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Fine Arts Bombing

"Simkin and the City" is one of these rare videos that strike you as utterly surreal and yet entirely logical. Sure, it's a great idea to bring fine arts (and top quality ballet) into the masses, onto the busy streets of New York... or is it? Daniil Simkin, a soloist of the American Ballet Theatre in New York City, shows us what can be done with "guerrilla ballet" and everyday surroundings:



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Today's pictures & links:

Bizarre Photograph from Street Fighting in Cairo

You've seen many extreme photos from the Muslim Brotherhood conflict in Egypt, but this one tops them all with sheer surreal atmosphere:


(image via)

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Walrus Enjoys Siesta on a Russian Submarine

These pictures are way back from 2006, however, they got fresh exposure on the internet recently. The original seems to come from The Key Aviation Forum: Russian Navy thread.




(images credit: The Aviation Forum)

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The Tank Monument in Lebanon

With recent events in Egypt, Syria, and other civil and political unrest involving tank and army vehicles, this seems to be relevant today, as it was yesterday:




This is the Tank Monument to Peace commemorating the end of the 1975-1990 Civil War in Lebanon - created by avant garde artist and architect Arman, born Armand Pierre Fernandez in Nice, France (1928-2005). He is well-known for creating art installations consisting of accumulation of various objects, and for artistic acts of "destruction". This monument successfully combines both ideas in a swiss-cheese structure with menacing guns (and tank carcasses) sticking out in every direction.


(images via)

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Mixed fresh links for today:

The Most Interesting Measuring Cup in the World - [great find]
New Carnivorous Mammal Species Discovered! - [wow nature]
5 Computers From the Days Before Computers - [geek info]
The Fake Lion in a Chinese Zoo - [wait... what?!]
Surreal Train Photo by Michael Knudsen - [wow pic]
What a Weird & Wonderful Article - [cats, arts, etc.]
Japan's Abandoned Queen Chateau Soapland - [abandoned]
Funniest Reviews on Amazon - [hilarious]
Hyper-surreal Realism by Simon Stalenhag - [wow art, sci-fi]
Hilarious: Mistakenly Switched Captions - [fun pics]
Must-See Vintage Movie Posters Site - [huge collection]
Tremendous Waves Breaking Over the Beach Wall - [wow video]
Rush Hour in China, Train Pushers in Japan - [wow videos]
Truly Mad South Korean Video Ads - [fun video]
How To Train Your Robot - [wow video]
Most Dangerous Dogs in the World - [compilation]
Bizarre Vintage Medicine Ads - [weird, funny]

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Look Up! "A Decisive Moment"

Very eloquent capture by Elliott Erwitt; Wikipedia describes this photographer as a master of Henri Cartier-Bresson's "decisive moment".


(image credit: Elliott Erwitt)

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"Little Owl: Triple Portrait" by Vladimir Kogan

Wildlife photographer Vladimir Kogan has a wonderful gallery of birds, but these three cuties take the cake:


(image credit: Vladimir Kogan)

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The Apple Delivery Truck, 1920s

This beautifully shaped vehicle was photographed in Covent Garden in 1928.


(image via Retronaut)

Very cool website Retronaut has many images from 1920s and other time eras, make sure to check it out.

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The "Big Bus"; and other specimens from the "Mega Bus Wonderland"

Remember the wonderful "Big Bus" from the 1976 movie? -





The following crazy image is a Photoshop job, of course, but strangely, it is only a glimpse of a huge body of work by Marcos Robles from Chile, who seems to be intent on making weird collages of gigantic buses and trucks. Sometimes it is hard to tell which models are real and which ones are totally imaginary.


(images credit: Riquelme Robles Marcos Eduardo)

Here is a crazy combination of a Scania bus, a truck and a hot rod:



And here is the incomparable King of All Buses Ever and Ever, Amen:


(images credit: Riquelme Robles Marcos Eduardo)

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What Is Inside a Woman's Heart? - A Map from 1830

In the 1830s, D. W. Kellogg (and his brother) became prominent producers of decorative prints, which often took the form of creative map-making. Here's a beautiful vintage poster "A Map of the Open Country of a Woman's Heart", created by D. W. Kellogg in 1830:


(image via Presurfer)

See it in detail here.

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This was made entirely out of paperclips!


(image via)

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Some other remarkable images from our Facebook daily photo stream:

Mystery Section in a Bookstore

... taken quite literally -


(original unknown)


Scrat is Tired -




"Transparent" utility box, painted by Mona Caron:


(image via, see more here)


Neat idea, useful in the kitchen? - (see video here):




What can be done from these "Dollar Plus" store rubber balls:



Scary stuff!


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"I know... Life's can be weird sometimes"


(original unknown)

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