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Subliminal Advertising: how it's done

Watch the video to the end to experience a veritable shock of disbelief:


Today's pictures & links:
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This is a real weapon in use today

According to this source, it's a The Personnel Halting and Stimulation Response (PHaSR) - a non-lethal laser weapon which simply dazzles the aggressor:

(image credit: Kirtland Air Force Base)


Upside Down Coffee Set

Pretty neat idea from a portfolio of neat ideas of Monique Goossens:

(image credit: Monique Goossens)


Evolution of Coca-Cola bottles

More info

(image credit: wiki)



More at Sandia MEMS bug gallery - note the size of gears, compared to the size of a mite!
(Courtesy of Sandia National Laboratories, SUMMiT (tm) Technologies)

(images credit: Sandia)


Mixed fresh links for today:

Museum: Inside Human Body - [wow pics, click next]
Snow Art in Japan: geeky - [photos]
The weirdest way to stay thin - [vintage]
Web Sites Let Bibliophiles Share Books Virtually - [useful]
The Art of George Rhoads - [steampunk]
What they advertise, and what you eat - [gallery]
Beating Heart Sculpture - [gross video]
Changing Speeds: A Love Story - [hilarious video]
Big Dog: Ultimate Off-Road "Walker" - [robot video]


Fantastic Yosemite Park Color Photography

From the portfolio of Vahé Peroomian:

For about one week each February, Horsetail Falls is illuminated by the very last rays of sunlight:

(images credit: Vahé Peroomian)


Patricia Piccinini Art Update

Since our last article, unpredictable Patricia Piccinini has come up with more gorgeous weirdness. Looks like these gamers played a little too long:

(images credit: Patricia Piccinini)


Sad Clowns

...and homeless, too:

(photo by Yakov Shubin)

(photo by Victor Ratushny)


CERN 007

Hilarious Photoshop variation on Large Hadron Collider theme:

(image credit: BiomDefiler)


"Top Performers" display in Russia

"We are proud of these people" - from some Soviet Brezhnev period (middle 70s) factory - click to enlarge.

UPDATE All the photos are of the same person! Take a closer look.
(thanks, Marc)


Taking the Jump

These are staged photos (see all on this page) by Kerry Skarbakka:


Finally, a request from one of our readers - if anyone knows any info about it, please email us.
Ian Nigel Staveacre writes:

"Many years ago... I found a photo article in (possibly) National Geographic magazine. It showed a truly magnificent miniature of Buckingham Palace:

This looked, to the best of my memory, seven feet high, maybe twelve feet long... But it was accurate in every aspect, right down to tiny little wine bottles with real wine, tiny magazines and books, there were real carpets, plush furnishings, fireplaces, with real framed art hanging above them.

All the detailed rooms had electric lighting, the water lines worked, they said... I was most impressed with the five inch-long vintage motorcycle, which they said had a real, working motor. That's about all I can remember... every single item inside and out of the model castle was accurate, and as real as they could make it.

What really surprises me is that I have been able to find out nothing about this thing. I have never seen it in any publication since, which also is very surprising. I have researched through National Geographic archives to no avail. I have even e-mailed government offices in the UK, and places like art museums, etc...they sent their regrets...never heard of it. That leads me to believe I must have seen this thing a long, long time ago. I can't believe it's sitting in some museum storage closet...

Our most excellent readers/researchers seem to agree that the miniature in question is of The Windsor Castle (Queen Mary's Dollhouse) - more info and images are here.
(thank you Spencer and Michelle!)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mayby http://www.egeskov.dk/en/titanias-palace

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re Buckingham Palace. I have a vague recollection of seeing this model on childrens TV, mid to late 70's. Maybe Blue Peter?

Anonymous Marc said...

Those Soviet workers are all the same person, no? Am I exceptionally observant, or am I thick and that's an obvious joke to everyone else, or am I completely insane?

Anonymous walker1812 said...

I think you are right that all the Soviet workers are the same person.. good eye. I felt it was too ridiculous to be real but didn't notice that.

Blogger Matthieu said...

The chap in the soviet worker photo looks like Steve Pemberton from the league of gentlemen...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The model of Buckingham Palace mentioned is almost certainly Queen Mary's Dolls House, in Windsor Castle:
Genuinely amazing.

Blogger Sigivald said...

The Phasr(pdf) is not quite "in use now", as it's an Air Force Research Lab development project.

Prototypes exist and have been tested, but I'm aware of no evidence that it's been deployed - but I wouldn't be surprised if it was soon, as civilian equivalents are supposedly available now.


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