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27 Feb 12:30

Backyard crows bring gifts to 8-year-old girl who feeds them: ‘It’s showing me how much they love me’

by Travis Gettys
Every morning, 8-year-old Gabi Mann and her mother fill their backyard birdbath with fresh water and cover bird-feeder platforms with peanuts, and then toss handfuls of dog food into the grass. Crows gather as they work, calling loudly to them, and then quickly clear nuts from the feeders. The birds...
27 Feb 14:04

coffee evolution

by Wrong Hands

coffee evolution

27 Feb 14:22


26 Feb 18:53

ISIS Destroys Mosul Museum Collection and Ancient Assyrian Statues [UPDATED]

by Benjamin Sutton
Members of ISIS destroying ancient statues in the Mosul Museum (animated gif by Hrag Vartanian for Hyperallergic)

Members of ISIS destroying ancient statues in the Mosul Museum (all GIFs by Hrag Vartanian for Hyperallergic)

A video released on Thursday by ISIS shows members of the terrorist organization destroying ancient Assyrian artifacts at Iraq’s Mosul Museum and the nearby Nineveh archaeological site. The disturbing footage shows men toppling statues, smashing them with sledgehammers, and breaking them apart with drills and jackhammers.

A large a bull-man sculpture being excavated at Niveneh in 1990 (photo via Wikimedia Commons)

A large a bull-man sculpture being excavated at Nineveh in 1990 (photo via Wikimedia Commons) (click to enlarge)

“The prophet Muhammad commanded us to shatter and destroy these statues,” a spokesman for ISIS says at the beginning of the video, according to a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute. “This is what his companions did later on when they conquered lands. Since Allah commanded us to shatter and destroy these statues, idols, and remains, it is easy for us to obey and we do not care [what people think], even if this costs billions of dollars.”

The video begins inside the Mosul Museum, which ISIS has occupied since last summer, when it first threatened to destroy the collection. Considered the country’s second most important museum, after the Iraq Museum in Baghdad, the institution houses many artifacts dating back to the city’s heyday as the capital of the Assyrian Empire. The museum, which like many of Iraq’s institutions was looted after the US invasion in 2003, was on the verge of reopening following an extensive renovation when ISIS took control of Mosul in June 2014.

The interior of the Mosul Museum (video screenshot by the author)

The interior of the Mosul Museum (video screenshot by the author)

The latter portion of the video shows the destruction of sculptures at the Nineveh archaeological site directly across the Tigris river from Mosul. While many of the large-winged figures and bas-reliefs that used to adorn the ancient site have made their way into the collections of the West’s most prestigious museums — including the Metropolitan Museum, the British Museum, and the Louvre — others remained at the site, whose ancient gates have also been preserved. The ISIS video shows men using drills and sledgehammers to destroy at least three tall statues of winged and bearded figures, some of which date back to the 7th century BCE. The large sculptures adorned the gates of the ancient city.

According to an ISIS spokesperson at the beginning of the video, the artworks were “the idols of peoples of previous centuries, which were worshiped instead of Allah.” The group has been known to smuggle antiquities out of Iraq and Syria and sell them to fund its operations, but the decision to destroy rather than export the invaluable Mosul artifacts is part of ISIS’s mission to decimate shrines, buildings, and artworks that it views as heretical to its theology.

Members of ISIS destroying ancient statues in the Mosul Museum (animated gif by Hrag Vartanian for Hyperallergic)

Members of ISIS destroying ancient statues in the Mosul Museum

In a statement this afternoon, Thomas P. Campbell, the director of the Metropolitan Museum, expressed sadness and anger over ISIS’s actions:

Speaking with great sadness on behalf of the Metropolitan, a museum whose collection proudly protects and displays the arts of ancient and Islamic Mesopotamia, we strongly condemn this act of catastrophic destruction to one of the most important museums in the Middle East. The Mosul Museum’s collection covers the entire range of civilization in the region, with outstanding sculptures from royal cities such as Nimrud, Nineveh, and Hatra in northern Iraq. This mindless attack on great art, on history, and on human understanding constitutes a tragic assault not only on the Mosul Museum, but on our universal commitment to use art to unite people and promote human understanding. Such wanton brutality must stop, before all vestiges of the ancient world are obliterated.

Update, 7:11pm ET: Archaeologists told the UK’s Channel 4 that many if not all of the sculptures shown being smashed at the Mosul Museum are in fact replicas of the originals, most of which were moved to the Iraq Museum in Baghdad in anticipation of a situation such as this one.

26 Feb 17:36


Cary Renquist

Human Spirograph.

26 Feb 19:08

Net neutrality wins: FCC votes to classify Internet as a public utility

by Reuters
U.S. regulators on Thursday imposed the toughest rules yet on Internet service providers, aiming to ensure fair treatment of all web traffic through their networks. The Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines, with Democrats in favor, to approve new “net neutrality” rul...
25 Feb 01:51


26 Feb 04:28

When my daughter asks why she can't wear things she thinks are "cool", I show her this photo from my freshmen year in highschool.

26 Feb 12:40

Bohn ads

by (Robin Benson)
Cary Renquist

C'mon world of tomorrow -- hurry up and get here...

25 Feb 10:51

Put my fat cat on a diet and bought a feeder with a timer. Now this is how he waits patiently for dinner.

25 Feb 17:30


24 Feb 22:12

"Guys, if you can’t fathom why women hate being catcalled, just think about those obnoxious salesmen..."

Guys, if you can’t fathom why women hate being catcalled, just think about those obnoxious salesmen at mall kiosks. You know how awkward and annoyed you feel trying to get by them as they desperately try to push their shitty product on you?

Imagine if that happened EVERYWHERE, and if - instead of shoe cleaner - their product was DICK.

That’s a woman’s reality: a never-ending, thinly veiled penis infomercial. Moral reasons aside, you shouldn’t catcall simply because it doesn’t work. From an economic standpoint, dick is over-saturating the marketplace. Supply and demand. Too many guys are trying to supply dick. Droves of desperate dudes are drastically decreasing dick demand, detrimenting distribution.

Simply put: The Cock Market is an all time low.

The reason vagina is such a valuable commodity is because it’s harder to come by. You can’t just get it through a hole in the wall at a truck stop bathroom. You want your product to sell, you have to create a need.

In everyone’s best interest, gentlemen, treat your dicks like the McRib. Periodically take them off the market. Give consumers a chance to miss them and forget how gross they really are.


Nat Baimel (@NatBaimel)

I died ten times reading this.

(via absentlyabbie)

this is such a great way to explain it to guys who don’t get why women don’t want to say hello to them or get hostile when they do.  THEY avoid the kiosk salesmen when they say, “Hello!” just as much.  That sales person could just be friendly and might not go on about it, but you don’t know and you don’t want to chance it.

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24 Feb 19:44

Frontispiece. Dog cave. The book of curiosities :...

Cary Renquist

Was wonderin' WTF?...
The Grotta del Cane (Dogs Cave) is not really a cave, its a volcanic feature called mofetta or fumarole, a volcanic discharge of carbon dioxide. This source of carbon dioxide is located inside a small hollow, a tiny cave which is only 9m long. The important fact is: the floor is going down to the inside. So a shallow lake of about 30cm of almost pure carbon dioxide, which is heavier than normal air, forms inside the cave. People entering the cave accompanied by a dog do not feel any difference, because their head is above the carbon dioxide lake, but the dog suffocates due to the lack of oxygen. The dog collapses and if not removed from the grotto will soon die of asphyxiation. Carbon dioxid is actually not poisonous, it is just the lack of oxygen.
(I assume that the folks in the engraving are saving a dog rather than tossing one in...)

Frontispiece. Dog cave. The book of curiosities : containing ten thousand wonders and curiosities of nature and art. 1822.

24 Feb 18:12

Extreme architecture.

24 Feb 16:52

A crappy job from the ancient world —- The Guardian of the Royal...

A crappy job from the ancient world —- The Guardian of the Royal Anus

In ancient Egypt the pharaoh had an entire staff to meet his every need.  What was most impressive was the team of doctors that was always on hand to diagnose and treat whatever ailment the pharaoh should happen to be stricken with.  There was the Guardian of the Eyes (Ophthalmologist), the Guardian of the Teeth (Dentist), Guardian of the Heart (Cardiologist), and just about every medical specialty that could be thought of.  One of these esteemed ancient physicians was the Guardian of the Anus, what we would consider today to be a Proctologist. 

The job of the Guardian of the Anus was to attend to the digestive health and the health of the royal posterior.  As Guardian of the Anus, the physician was qualified to diagnose digestive ailments and administer medicines such as emetics (cause vomiting in case of poison) and clysters (enema).  The Guardian of the Anus was also a nutritional expert, knowing what the best diet was to keep his highness regular.  The final duty of the Guardian of the Anus was to administer regular enemas.  From ancient times to the Victorian Age enemas were believed to cure a whole range of maladies.  They were also believed to prevent illness and were administered several times a month for good health.

Source: Medicine in the Days of the Pharaohs

 By Bruno Halioua, Bernard Ziskind, page 13.

21 Feb 08:26

teachorg:#BlackHistoryMonth #tbt: Being the first African...


#BlackHistoryMonth #tbt: Being the first African American woman to travel to space is one of Mae Jemison’s many accomplishments. A dancer, Peace Corps doctor, public speaker and astronaut, Mae went to college at age 16, holds 9 honorary doctorates and has founded many STEM-related programs for students.

I will never be even half as cool as her.

23 Feb 22:30


23 Feb 22:45

These are the people who want to control your reproductive tract, ladies

by PZ Myers

I guess you don’t need a medical degree to run for office, and heck, you don’t even need grade school anatomy.

An Idaho lawmaker received a brief lesson on female anatomy after asking if a woman can swallow a small camera for doctors to conduct a remote gynecological exam.

The question Monday from Republican Rep. Vito Barbieri came as the House State Affairs Committee heard nearly three hours of testimony on a bill that would ban doctors from prescribing abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine.

Just so you know: things that enter the mouth can then pass on to the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and rectum, and then exit through the anus. That path does not connect to the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix or vagina. It doesn’t even run through to the kidneys or urethra.

It’s only in Republicans that there is a major loop from the colon up through the spine, in through the foramen magnum, and then terminating directly on the forebrain, so we could conceivably do brain scans by feeding them small remote cameras. If we thought they had a brain worth examining.

Explain that, evolution!

By the way, after demonstrating his ignorance, Barbieri of course went on to vote for a bill prohibiting the use of telemedicine in prescribing abortion medication.

23 Feb 18:02

We didn't come here to fuck spiders

23 Feb 07:09

When your friends hairy arm looks like a cat

23 Feb 05:01

Cranial Fauna

by Ian

Cranial Fauna

23 Feb 09:00

Short Rib Pho French Dip Banh Mi with Thai Basil Chimichurri.

by halfbakedharvest
Short Rib Pho French Dip Banh Mi with Thai Basil Chimichurri.-1

Ahh, are you confused??

The post Short Rib Pho French Dip Banh Mi with Thai Basil Chimichurri. appeared first on Half Baked Harvest.

23 Feb 13:20

Your face on a pancake

Technology marches onward! Product development company Kinneir Dufort has created a machine that can print faces onto pancakes. It explains:

Combining CNC (Computer Numerical Control) technology with embedded face recognition and tracking software, the system dispenses layers of batter directly onto a hot plate allowing the creation of detailed and complex images within the pancake surfaces. As the conventional pancake batter is applied it immediately starts to cook and change colour and as subsequent layers are added the different tonal qualities of the image build up.

23 Feb 01:59


21 Feb 18:12

Something amazing, Jon Adams

Something amazing, Jon Adams

21 Feb 18:20

nevver:Fuck it list

21 Feb 22:39

iheartcatgifs:Take a break to do this dance move right now—it’ll...


Take a break to do this dance move right now—it’ll definitely make your day better.

22 Feb 04:39

Photos from Duluth Polar Plunge 2015

by Tony Rogers


Great costumes, great turnout of willing idiots to jump into a hole in the lake for a cause. Just awesome, everyone!






































































The post Photos from Duluth Polar Plunge 2015 appeared first on Perfect Duluth Day.

21 Feb 01:26

Billboard Art Project Sets Off Terrorism Scare Near US/Mexico Border

by Kemy Lin
Billboard #1 at night above interstate highway (Image courtesy of the artist)

Daniel R. Small’s Billboard #1 at night above interstate highway (all images courtesy the artist)

A series of ten billboards erected along Interstate 10 in southern New Mexico by the art organization Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) has provoked suspicion, anxiety, and even outright antagonism. The billboards are part of “The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project,” a series of artist-produced billboards that are unfolding across the United States through Spring 2015 and tracing the history of America’s territorial expansion from east to west. The project, curated by artist Zoe Crosher and LAND’s Director Shamim M. Momin, includes 10 artists — among them John Baldessari and Shana Lutker — who each have or will create a “chapter” of billboards along the route west.

The set of billboards in New Mexico is by Los Angeles-based artist Daniel R. Small, and are known as “Chapter 7: Pending Cipher for the Open Present.” Small’s billboard images contain information appropriated from two quasi-historical landmarks. The black writing is based on the inscriptions upon Los Lunas Decalogue Stone which contains the text of the Ten Commandments written in a language derived from old Cypriot Greek and ancient Hebrew. This text — which might appear to the average passerby like a swarm of indecipherable angular symbols — is then interspersed with modern proofreading marks in red and superimposed over photographs from the set of Cecil B. DeMille’s classic 1923 film The Ten Commandments in Guadalupe, California.

Location of Small’s ten billboards in southern New Mexico (Screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic)

Location of Small’s ten billboards in southern New Mexico (Screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic)

Taken together, Small’s red marks and black text meld into hieroglyphic-like symbols that have aroused curiosity and trepidation in some locals. Craig Melton, a resident of Las Cruces, told the Las Cruces Sun News, “I’ve been trying to figure out what it is, what it means.” Melton, who drives past the billboards several times a week, explained:

I was beginning to wonder if it was some kind of threat or warning. You never know, we’re close to the border and you think that ISIS or some other subversives might be trying to get at us.

Melton isn’t alone in his averse reaction to the billboards; in the comments section of Las Cruces Sun News’s Facebook link to the article, others expressed both curiosity and distaste about the “foreign country writing” and “terrorist words” inscribed on the billboards.


Comment on Las Cruces Sun News’s Facebook page (Screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic)


Comment on Las Cruces Sun News’s Facebook page (Screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic)

Comment on Las Cruces Sun News’s Facebook page (Screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic)

Other commenters focus on the fact that the billboards were inscribed with a non-English language, lamenting that a translation was not readily available below Small’s text. “I thought terrorists were making their way into the city,” remarked one commenter, “this has been a concern in my mind since [the billboards have] been up … glad they are the 10 commandments-but how are we to know if we can’t read it?”

Comment on Las Cruces Sun News’s Facebook page (Screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic)

Comment on Las Cruces Sun News’s Facebook page (Screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic)

Others expressed their distaste for the billboards in person. In an email from February 13, Small recounts:

There was also a very hostile reaction from a local neighborhood when the installers from Lamar were up the billboard ladder. A group of locals surrounded the base of the pole shouting obscenities and claiming that the billboards were either Satanic or Islamic.

In this instance, the equation of Satanism and Islamism may stem from the Islamophobia rampant in the United States, and the intensity and tenor of viewer responses is bizarre. As one commenter laments, “If you can’t read something, the first thing that pops in your head is terrorists?”

Comment on Las Cruces Sun News’s Facebook page (Screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic)

Comment on Las Cruces Sun News’s Facebook page (Screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic)

Small did not anticipate this level of response to his billboards and notes that none of the other chapters of the Manifest Destiny project, thus far, have elicited such heated responses. The “misinterpretation” of the language on his billboards and viewers’ projection of meaning and provenance upon the text adds another dimension to Small’s layering of deceptive information. Both the text and image content of Small’s billboards are fabricated; according to Small, the language is formulated from a fusion of ancient Greek and Hebrew and “the site (The Los Lunas Decalogue Stone) was staged by archaeologist Frank Hibben who is known to have forged several archaeological sites to prove his theory about pre-Columbian contact with North America by an unknown civilization.”


Comment on Las Cruces Sun News’s Facebook page (Screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic)

The project engages with billboards’ place and function in American culture as sites of capitalistic excess, political promotion, and religious feuds sentiment. Unlike most billboards that dot the American landscape, Small argues that his are more than merely symbolic instructions.” By hinting at the history of the surrounding landscape itself, the project pushes back upon the perception of billboards as visual pollution. The history that informs Small’s billboards is, however, a rather inaccessible and opaque one of which few are aware. Most viewers expect billboards to be easily understandable and to impart their message with little resistance, so Small’s billboards, which call for greater contemplation and, perhaps even an acknowledgement of their incomprehensibility, have aroused anger and frustration in audiences to an extent that is both comical and illuminating. As commenter Daniel Rodriguez asks: “Meaning to who [sic] I’m an American [and] I can’t understand it wtf?”

Billboard #3

Billboard #3

Billboard #5

Billboard #5

Billboard #7

Billboard #7

The billboards in “Chapter 7: Pending Cipher for the Open Present” will remain on view through the end of February. The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project continues across the United States through June 2015. 

20 Feb 22:29