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How (Not) to Make an MTV Clip

This manic-paced, surreal animation demonstrates incredible energy and weird sensibilities of the Russian "Pilot Animation Studio", led by Alexander Tatarsky til his untimely death in 2007. This short was made in 1995 for the obscure "U-Free" group... The group thankfully is long gone, but this crazy animation endures. Enjoy.


Today's pictures & links:

"The Rocket Car" from 1929

S. Berliner sends us an interesting piece of automotive history:

Brothers Daniel and Floyd Hungerford from Elmira, NY - pioneer aviators, inventors, and eccentrics of the first order - built a rocket-powered car in 1929, which they named 'Shirley Lois, Moon Girl' after Daniel's young daughter. For several years, they showed the car at county fairs and air shows in the vain hope of attracting investors. By the 1940's they had given up on the project. According to S. Berliner, the rocket car still exists and can be viewed at New York State Museum in Albany. Read more about this strangest vehicle (which does not even have any visible doors) here (scroll down).

(images credit: David Smith, via Sam Berliner, III)

Also read our "Aerodynamic Marvels" series for more auto rarities from the same period.



(image credit: Kala)


"The Marriage Bed", by Edwina Sandys

Roses... nails... sounds familiar. This piece is on display in the Brooklyn Museum, New York.

(image credit: Edwina Sandys)


The Art of Deception: Spectacular Mimicry!

Photographer Christian Ziegler has an immensely intriguing series of images in National Geographic detailing the mimicry of insects; it's worth a close look (literally) -

Photography by Christian Ziegler, National Geographic)

On the left: a false face of a butterfly pupa from Costa Rica: large "eyes" are supposed to deter birds from eating it. Right: scary false "big eyes" of the saw-nosed plant hopper.


Mixed fresh links for today:

Making a Computer Chip - [mind-boggling]
Gorgeous Futuristic Vintage Concept Cars, more! - [auto] - via
Remembering Apollo 11, and a giant screwup - [space, wow]
Perhaps the Strangest Hotel Ever - [architecture]
A huge overview of evolving technologies - [vintage tech]
Animated Engines: great visualization site - [interesting]
Ready to give up money altogether? - [weird article]
Japanese Coffee-making Robot - [geeky video]
Right way to open the banana, Stuck Squirrel - [fun videos]
Make stunning Flash websites for free! - [promotion]
10 Odd Things you can buy from Amazon - [promotion]


The Triceracopter!

In the wake of the new Transformer movie, this project from 1977 by artist Patricia Renick may get more attention. You can visit this page for more images and an interview.

(image credit: Patricia Renick)

"In 1977 Patricia Renick mounted an extraordinary solo exhibition at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center. The exhibit comprised one exceptional sculpture crafted of fiberglass and built on the frame of a Vietnam era U.S. Army OH6A/Cayuse helicopter."


How a Lady Could Protect Herself in Victorian Times

... by wearing a set of needles on all necessary places!


Cats Chilling Out

Almost a tanning salon, of sorts...

(originals unknown)

Absinthe? Cats love it! -

In the meantime, dogs...

Nikon Image Award-winning photo by Martin Langer


Unusual Clothing For Smuggling Things

Verzets Museum in Amsterdam explores life under Nazis during World War II and how the Dutch population resisted their occupiers... On the left: Pregnancy corset, with an extra pocket in it for money, etc. Right - a chess board with a hidden compartment for passport, documents...

(images credit: Verzets Museum, Amsterdam; thanks Antoine Van Hove


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(original unknown)


Really Weird Coin

... would like to get more information about this:

UPDATE: This is Latvian-made 1 "lats" coin - more info.



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Anonymous metkere said...

That weird coin is 1 Lats from Latvia (http://www.bank.lv/eng/main/all/lvnaud/coin/1lats/puce/).

"An owl fibula is featured in the centre of the coin, with the numeral 1 and the inscription LATS placed on the left and right side of it respectively".

Anonymous chefren said...

The Latvian Banks Collector coins are even more strange. Fully valid currency.


Another wierd story is about the swedish artist who forged 9 pieces of swedish 10 kr coins and spred them into use. They are made out of 10.7 grams of 18 carat gold.


(sorry, it's swedish but you could try google translate - http://translate.google.com/translate?prev=hp&hl=sv&js=y&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dn.se%2Fekonomi%2Fvissa-mynt-ar-guld-som-glimmar-1.608380&sl=sv&tl=en&history_state0= )

Blogger PangolinOne said...

The camp chimney sweep is my favourite.



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