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I Can Fly! (and so much more)

This video is a compilation of the weirdest and most hilarious vintage inventions - some designed to make you (sort of) fly, others are rudimentary robots, etc... All are hugely fascinating.


By the way, see a lot more of crazy balancing efforts in this DRB article.

Today's pictures & links:

Brilliant Spider Web Urban Art

"Web of Light" installation by Ai Weiwei - a part of incredibly cool modern art assortment of wonders at Liverpool Biennial - see other sets here.

(images credit: Liverpool Biennial)


Powerful Swimming Tigers - via

White Bengal Tiger named Odin is six years old and 10 feet long from tail to nose. Odin lives at a Zoo in Vallejo, California, near San Francisco - and he likes to swim.

Lee Munro is his trainer; he says tigers are the most powerful swimmers out of all land-dwelling animals. The ferocious face he makes while diving is actually meant to close his nostrils to stop the water from going into his nose. For South-East Asia tigers it's just a good way to cool down.


Victorian Bathing Machines

Very common sight at 19th century beach resorts. Inside these bathing machines the bathers were naked... "Naked bathing was initially promoted as the healthiest way of experiencing the sea". But of course, Victorian sensibilities required a private space to change in and out of dress - conveniently brought right into the sea

This picture was taken in Scarborough, Yorkshire, 1897. (image via National Maritime Museum)

More elaborate version (from 1908): The bathing machine of King Alfonso XIII -

(images credit: George Eastman House Collection, via)

Queen Victoria also had one, of course.


Mixed fresh links for today:

Deadly Natural Land Disasters - [apocalyptic]
Klein Bottle House - [architecture]
A harrowing story of running out of gas in the middle of nowhere - [w/ pics]
More great ways to harness wind energy - [green tech]
Yet another creative robber - [weird]
Interesting relationship between ants and caterpillars - [nature video]
Rubik's Mirror Cube - [geek video]
Sarcasm - [neat video, some language]
Radiohead: great music visualization - [wow video]
UseNeXT - Next Generation Downloading - [sponsored]



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The Gleaming Lights of the Souls

Mind-boggling art by Yayoi Kusama... (it reminds us of the Slartibartfast' "Universe Under Construction" in the "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy", only without computer effects)

(image credit: Liverpool Biennial)

Another awesome art from the same source is Another Place by Anthony Gormley...

"It consists of 100 cast-iron sculptures spread over a distance of almost 3km at Crosby Beach near Liverpool. The statues were taken from casts of the artist's own body, and the dramatic tidal activity at the beach means that often some of them are completely submerged."

(image credit: Steve White)

(image credit: Daily Life / Getty Images)

(image credit: ukadventuresofthetravellingbag)


SUVs again... Mazdas are tastier.

(original unknown)


Industrial Art Furniture!

Bob from Stig Art makes seriously weird furniture (some ideas for super villains, or just for the evil boss)

(image credit: stig-art.co.uk)


Abandoned Limestone Quarries

Located in Maastricht, Netherlands - and explored by Marco Cauberg and his team. They call it "caving", mapping the mazes.

Inside these limestone quarries... there is art. Fresco’s and paintings made with coal, dating from 1700s-1900s, sometimes even from 1400s. During war-time, many quarries were transformed into weapon factories.


Superheroes have nothing on this guy

As a follow-up to our recent Superheroes article, here is a movie poster for the Sultan Rahi's action vehicle:

Apparently, Pakistani actor Sultan Rahi has made 804 movies... In addition to decimating lions and psychedelic fights (part 1 and part 2), this guy can also smoke and sing all at once, here is proof.

Speaking of the movie posters, these ones from Minsk, Belarus, take the cake for ugliness - or perhaps for the abstract esthetic:

(image via)

In case you are wondering, they promote such movies as "Scooby-Doo", "Bridget Jones's Diary", "Shallow Hal" and "Freaky Friday".


Epic 360 Panoramic Photography Collection

WebUrbanist has published a round-up of some of the best panoramas, including this one from festive Times Square (made by Jook Leung)

(image credit: panoramas.dk)



Gender... bread... Somebody had to do it.

Seen at The London Design Festival, via.


Probably the worst urban outfit

But then again, maybe we're just out of touch with Japanese school girl culture.


Train your cat to watch LOL-cats.



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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ouch @ 7:50 ramp guy landing on his face...

But man, that must've been such a fascinating age.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

>> "maybe we're just out of touch
>> with Japanese school girl culture."

If you turn your back for 5 minutes, you'll get out of touch with Japanese school girl culture!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Avi, it would be great if you did a piece on Yorkshire's beauty it's self, it would go quite nicely with the other beautiful parts of the world you've covered.

Blogger Ashley Keene said...

I actually got to see some of Yayoi's work at the Phoenix Art Museum. It was absolutely stunning. You walk into the room and, well, it lives up to it's name "You Who Are Getting Obliterated in the Dancing Swarm of Fireflies” I could have stayed in there for hours.

A short blog about it can be found here: http://www.theelementsite.com/blog/?p=66

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The singing-while-smoking guy is some indian actor, not Sultan Rahi. BTW, IIRC Sultan Rahi (dead now) once held the world record for making the most killings in movies.

Blogger Dan said...

What are those buildings behind "Train your cat to watch LOL-cats"?

Blogger Tometheus said...

Hmm.. my understanding is that the bathing machines weren't for nude bathing. (See the wikipedia article that was linked, as well as this page.) The 'naked bathing' quote seems to be talking about the time before the bathing machines on the National Maritime Museum description on the image.

Blogger Avi Abrams said...

Tometheus - "...enabled the bather to enter the water, sometimes naked, without being seen" source

Not everybody used this possibility, though.


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