Jun
28
2008
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“No excuse for not not voting” — Funny clip

From The Onion:

Our morning show's political correspondent offers tips on how you can seem informed about politics without picking up a single newspaper.


Link to clip

Written by Peter C in: Entertainment,Humor,Politics,Video |
Jun
27
2008
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Wordle — Word cloud generator, curiously addictive

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Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.

Create your own or just browse the latest user creations.

Written by Peter C in: Arts,Design,Entertainment,Generators,Words etc |
Jun
26
2008
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The Brooklyn Bridge Waterfalls Have Risen

UPDATE: Video available here.


Eliasson Waterfall at Brooklyn Bridge from rsguskind on Vimeo.

 

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NEW YORK – Four giant waterfalls will be erected in New York for three months this summer in a public art project city officials hope will create $55 million in extra tourism revenue for the Big Apple.

The waterfalls, including one that will fall from the famed Brooklyn Bridge, are the brainchild of Danish artist Olafur Eliasson. Installation will cost $15 million, funded by private donations to New York's Public Art Fund.

Link

Written by Peter C in: Arts,Design,Events,Hmmn. Interesting.,Video |
Jun
26
2008
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Glide Dental Floss — Pig ambient

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Saatchi & Saatchi New York ambient for Glide Dental Floss involves a pig. I have no idea what a pig has to do with dental floss. Are they saying that I have a bit of pork rind jammed between my teeth just like this pig is jammed between buildings? Are buildings the teeth of the city? Wow. Far fetched but eyecatching then I guess.

Found here.

Jun
26
2008
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Freestyle Street Soccer

This doesn't appear to be a sponsored viral, but who knows, fun to watch just the same.

Link to clip.

Written by Peter C in: Entertainment,Humor,Sport,Video,Virals |
Jun
25
2008
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The website is down! From the viewpoint of an IT guy.

Hilarious look at the life of a tech support person versus the evil Sales Guy, a la You Suck at Photoshop.

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Link to clip.  [Via]

Written by Peter C in: Entertainment,Humor,Tech,Video |
Jun
24
2008
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Puppies and Jugs

Wonderbra brand has launched a campaign to recruit women from across the UK to pose in their underwear. This viral ad was created by integrated marketing agency Iris.

The new campaign, which with its emphasis on real body shapes echoes Dove's ongoing Real Women strategy, launches today. A viral film featuring a montage of images representing a range of familiar nicknames, from puppies to jugs, is used to describe women's breasts.

Wonderbra is aiming to encourage 1,000 women to attend Britain's largest underwear shoot to date in central London on June 2.

Link to clip.

Previously on P&F about Wonderbra:

Wonderbra: stand behind the yellow line

Written by Peter C in: Advertising,Design,Entertainment,Events,Humor,Sex,Video |
Jun
23
2008
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Beirut fast food — Buns and Guns

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From BBC:

A fast-food restaurant in Beirut's war-torn southern suburb has hit upon an explosive way to attract customers.

Buns and Guns is made out to look like a military post and diners eat to the sound of gunfire instead of muzak.

Owner Yousef Ibrahim presents rebranded Lebanese favourites like the "rocket-propelled grenade" (chicken on a skewer) and "terrorist bread".

"They accuse us of terrorism, so let's serve terrorist bread, why not?" Mr Ibrahim told Hezbollah's al-Manar TV.

 

Other dishes include the Kalashnikov, Dragunov, Viper, B52, while realistic-looking weapons and ammunition decorate the counters, and camouflage netting hangs from the ceiling.

Beirut has recently passed through another round of civil strife when pro-government partisans and those of the Hezbollah-led opposition fought street battles in west Beirut.

But that does not necessarily mean that the customers think the restaurant is in bad taste.

Buns and Guns (motto: A sandwich can kill you) is located in a strongly Hezbollah-supporting area, where the group's militia is lionised by many.

"My goal was to make people laugh before they ask me why weapons. The important thing is that they laugh," Mr Ibrahim said.

He insists the only way his sandwiches could kill the customers is by their generous proportions.

"It attracts customers in an unconventional way. You noticed the moment I opened the restaurant, there was a lot of business," he told the al-Manar correspondent, who later tucked into an RPG sandwich.

Link to article

Written by Peter C in: Food,Hmmn. Interesting.,Humor,Weird News |
Jun
23
2008
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Le le’s Breakfast — Art by Piet Parra — NSFW

Video for Le le's hitsong 'Breakfast'. It consists solely of drawings made by Piet Parra that are also used as loops during the live performances. The song is about bitches and eggs…

Link to YouTube clip.

Written by Peter C in: Arts,Design,Entertainment,Illustration,Music,NSFW,Video |
Jun
23
2008
0

Improv Everywhere — Brooklyn Bridge Flash Mob

From http://www.ImprovEverywhere.com, 700 agents lined the length of the Brooklyn Bridge a week before its 125th birthday. In the rain and cold we created a wave of camera flashes across the bridge from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

 

Link to YouTube clip.

Written by Peter C in: Events,Hmmn. Interesting.,Video |
Jun
23
2008
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Jun
20
2008
0

Uppercase Laser-Cut Scarf

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Lowercase and number scarves are also available. Made by Little Factory in Hong Kong.

Written by Peter C in: Design,Fashion |
Jun
19
2008
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Heineken Concert Poster — Italy

Nice looking Poster from JWT Italy, although it reminds me of a Guinness!

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Jun
18
2008
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Feasibility Study: Indulging Anxiety

Feasibility Study is an illustration of a man's anxious emotional struggle the day after he loses his job. The goal was to make more of an emotional landscape than a concrete narrative. This was my Masters thesis project at the Glasgow School of Art.


Feasibility Study: Indulging Anxiety from Ryan Fedyk on Vimeo

Link to animation

Written by Peter C in: Uncategorized |
Jun
17
2008
0

The Top 10 Historical Hoaxers

This is a list of the most successful hoaxers from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

1: Horace De Vere Cole

Horace De Vere Cole was a man devoted to, one might almost say obsessed by, practical jokes. His most memorable prank was probably giving carefully selected free theatre tickets to bald men so that when their gleaming pates were seen from the Upper Circle a rather rude word could clearly be seen. Whether impersonating foreign dignitaries to the consternation of senior naval officals or shocking Edwardian society by performing astoundingly vulgar tricks with a cow's udder in public thoroughfares his was a life devoted to, and ultimately squandered on, the pursuit of japery. Click here for more

2: Henry de la Poer Beresford

The wildly unpredictable third marquess of Waterford was never conclusively linked with the mystery of Spring-Heeled Jack, the demonic apparition who terrorised the women of South London in the 1830s, but 'the Mad Marquis' certainly had the athleticism and the temperament to be at the root of Battersea's own Urban Legend. Click here for more

3: Charles Dawson

Although he could conceivably been the hapless victim of the Piltdown man hoax, it's perhaps kinder to think of Charles Dawson as the perpetrator of that celebrated piece of archaeological fakery. Hailed at the time as ‘by far the most important ever made in England, and of equal, if not of greater consequence than any other discovery yet made, either at home or abroad’, the Piltdown Man skull later proved to be the combination of two quite disparate hominids. From its 'discovery' in 1912 to the exposure of the fraud in the 1950s, Eoanthropus dawsoni was considered as the 'missing link' between ape and man. Click here for more

4: Elizabeth Parsons

Perhaps the most successful fake haunting in history is the Cock Lane Ghost.. The site of the haunting, in Cock Lane in the City of London, attracted many curious observers. The Duke of York and Samuel Johnson were just two dignitaries who were drawn to witness the celebrated phenomena. They were, of course, entirely fraudulent – the work of an eleven-year-old girl called Elizabeth Parsons who convinced witnesses by means of assorted scratchings, feats of ventriloquism and bumps in the night that the house was inhabited by the shade of girl murdered by a former lodger. Her father ended up standing trial for the imposture, and was sentenced to the pillory, but remained comparatively untouched by a sympathetic London mob. Click here for more

5: Mary Willcocks

On Good Friday 1817, a young woman wearing a black turban and speaking an unknown language was found wandering in Almondsbury, north-east of Bristol. Convincing the locals that she was the exotic Princess Caraboo, she was the centre of much excitement, involving dancing, swimming, and the cooking of chicken curries. It was only in the June of that year that the princess was exposed as Mary Willcocks, a former nursemaid from Witheridge. She continued to trade on the Princess Caraboo name even after exposure, finally dying in a houseful of cats at the turn of the last Century. Click here for more

6: Frances Griffiths

Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright were the teenage cousins behind the still-famous Cottingley Fairies photographs. Although the pictures did not initially fool the family members to which the girls showed them, in 1920 they came to the attention of celebrated author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who had become obsessed with the supernatural after the loss of his son in the Great War. He made a cause célèbre of the photos, which made it almost impossible for the girls to admit their deception. They maintained the veracity of the images for over sixty-five years, only confessing that the 'fairies' were in fact paper cut-outs in 1983. Click here for more

7: Theodore Hook

Theodore Hook anticipated and eclipsed the modern 'unrequited takeaway pizza prank' by orchestrating in 1809 a day-long series of deliveries and official visits to the home of one Mrs.Tottenham, who had previously slighted the mercurial writer. Click here for more

8: Elizabeth Crofts

In 1554, during the reign of Queen Mary I, a crowd of as many as 17,000 was attracted to Aldersgate steet in London to hear the anti-Catholic pronouncements uttered apparently by an invisible spirit who became known as 'The Bird in the Wall'. After several days, the wall from which the voice appeared to emanate was torn down to reveal a serving maid, Elizabeth Crofts, who had apparently been persuaded by one or more Protestant nobles to perpetrate the fraud. Despite the harsh penalties for treason and religious non-conformism prevalent at that time, Crofts seemed to suffer little punishment for her actions and was never heard of again after the incident. Click here for more

9: Archibald Belaney

Hastings-born Archibald Belaney had a lifelong interest in American tribes of the Old West and it was no surprise when he emigrated to Canada in 1906 to live as a trapper. It was rather surprising though that, after achieving success as an author under the name Grey Owl he gave his biography to Canadian Who's Who as: ‘Born encampment, State of Sonora, Mexico, son of George, a native of Scotland, and Kathrine (Cochise) Belaney; a half-breed Apache Indian … adopted as blood-brother by Ojibway tribe, 1920 … speaks Ojibway but has forgotten Apache.’ On 10 December 1937, on his second British lecture tour, Grey Owl, the modern Hiawatha, gave a command performance at Buckingham Palace attended by Queen Mary, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and the two princesses. It wasn't until after his death that his true identity was exposed, with Archie having deceived readers across the English-speaking world. Click here for more

10: Mary Toft

Mary Toft, born in 1703, and described as illiterate, was of small stature, with a healthy, strong constitution, and a sullen temper. Despite her humble origins she was able to fool several eminent London physicians including King George I's doctor, Sir Richard Manningham, into believing that she had given birth to a large litter of rabbits. Only when threatened with dissection by a group of Royal physicians was she persuaded to recant her story. Toft's case echoed that of Agnes Bowker from Market Harborough, Leicestershire, who was said to have given birth to a cat. Unlike Toft, Bowker never confessed to a hoax, and although deceit was suspected by the then bishop of London, she may, indeed, have been the cat's mother. Click here for more

Taken from The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Jun
17
2008
0

Vanishing America — Photographic Series

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Link to gallery 

Written by Peter C in: Arts,History,Photography |
Jun
17
2008
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Digital Forensics: Photo Tampering Throughout History [Slide Show]

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Scientific American has an interesting slide show of historic photographs that have been doctored.

Shown here:

1937:
In this doctored Nazi photograph, Adolf Hitler had Joseph Goebbels [second from right] removed from the original photograph. It remains unclear why Goebbels had fallen out of favor with Hitler.

Those were the days, before Photoshop.

Written by Peter C in: Fashion,History,Hmmn. Interesting.,Photography |
Jun
16
2008
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Guinness World Records says Mr Paolini is the world’s most successful TV hijacker

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Gabriele Paolini calls himself the 'Prophylactic prophet' and pops up behind on-air reporters promoting condom use. But now Italy's Supreme Court has upheld a three-month suspended sentence on him for interrupting a report on the state broadcaster RAI in June 2001.

From BBC:

Mr Paolini has made a career of popping up uninvited behind unwitting on-air TV reporters promoting condom use.

Guinness World Records says Mr Paolini is the world's most successful TV hijacker, interrupting 20,000 link-ups.

Link to article

Jun
12
2008
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“How can we dispose of 237 ton of cannabis?”

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From The Sun:

RAF Top Guns have blown up the world’s biggest drug haul – in desert trenches in Afghanistan.

Harrier jets dropped three 1,000lb bombs on almost 237 tons of cannabis unearthed by Britain’s Special Boat Service and local commandos.

The haul – weighing more than 30 double-decker buses and spread over a site the size of two football fields – had a street value of at least £225million.

Last night a delighted Whitehall source said: “It was unbelievable – truly staggering.”

Link to full story with more pictures. 

Written by Peter C in: Drugas,Hmmn. Interesting.,Politics,Weird News |
Jun
12
2008
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Puppies and Flowers : Unicorn found in Tuscany

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From The Guardian:

An animal expert in Italy is claiming to have found proof of the existence of unicorns after he stumbled upon a young roe deer with a single horn growing from the centre of its forehead.

The 10-month old animal is part of a herd of deer that are otherwise equipped with two antlers at the Prato natural science centre in Tuscany.

''It's proof that the mythical unicorn celebrated in iconography and legends was probably not just a fantastic creature but a real animal: a deer or other species with an anomaly similar to that of our deer,'' said the centre's director Gilberto Tozzi.

Link Thanks Brady.

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