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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)
      (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:


      "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

      Making a Computer Chip
      - [mind-boggling]
      Gorgeous Futuristic Vintage Concept Cars,
      - [auto] -
      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


      Hi There!

      (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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