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14 Startling Pet X-Rays Reveal the Weird Things Animals Eat

Wednesday 09.17.2014 , Posted by
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In what might be the most entertaining competition in existence, the “They Ate WHAT?” x-ray contest awards cash prizes to the most impressive images of hungry animals’ innards. These pets all have unique tastes ranging from rocks and socks, to a shish kabob skewer and 104 pennies. Below you will find the 14 gut-wrenching winners of this year’s contest. [Read more…]

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Strange Encounters: An Exquisitely Bizarre Series of Clay Sculptures

Friday 09.05.2014 , Posted by
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We’ve seen plenty of photoshopped animal heads on human bodies, but Italian artist Alessandro Gallo has put even more effort into this beloved pastime by making his creations by hand- out of clay! His characters, often in everyday clothes, like someone you’d pass on the street, look bizarrely realistic and somewhat creepy at the same time. Gallo’s attention to detail is impeccable and his hybrid series will be displayed in his upcoming solo show at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in Manhattan. The series, which he calls “Strani Incontri” which is Italian for “Strange Encounters” opens tomorrow (September 6th) and will be available for viewing through October 4th. [Read more…]

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How About Cutting a Face Into Your Hair? This Barber is Creating Detailed Portraits

Wednesday 07.09.2014 , Posted by
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Looking for a bold new style? How about carving Edward Scissorhands or Steve Jobs into your noggin? “Rob the Original” is doing that for his daring clients, creating a series of hair portraits that are just as bizarre as they are incredibly detailed. [Read more…]

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Who Flipped the Ford? Bizarrely Inverted Vehicles that Still Drive

Tuesday 07.01.2014 , Posted by
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If you want to hear endless jokes about your car being from Australia, we’ve got the rides for you. With their four wheels pointed sky high, both of these vehicles look like they’ve completely flipped over, but the real shock comes when they drive away quite normally. [Read more…]

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Easily the Most Bizarre Used Car Ad You Will See Today

Monday 05.12.2014 , Posted by
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While he could have just said “Buy My Volvo”, a Swedish art director by the name of Castor made a truly bizarre commercial for his aging ’93 Volvo wagon. Filled with a load of over the top glamor shots (including some nice rust patches) the video goes on to give a lengthy description of the cars many, many strange features – from a “curly exhaust” and “Hepatitis B,” to “spinsy whimsies on both sides.” At just 7,500 Kronor (or around $1,100 USD) we think this stunner is gonna go quick. [Read more…]

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Is that an Oakswagen? This Bosnian Fellow Built a Wooden VW Beetle and a Hat to Match

Monday 05.12.2014 , Posted by
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Momir Bojic, a 71-year old Bosnian man, spent 2 full years converting his Volkswagen Beetle into a rolling piece of wooden art. The entire body is now covered with tens of thousands of hand-carved oak shingles that lend a warm and woodsy texture to the vehicle. It’s now fitted with loads of custom touches too; from latticed tail-light lenses and spoked hubcaps, to windshield wiper covers and an ornate knob-strewn dashboard. Really, he hasn’t missed much. [Read more…]

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Gravity Defying Sandcastles and the Debunked Meme They Inspired

Thursday 05.08.2014 , Posted by
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When was the last time you saw a floating sandcastle? It’s one of those ideas that would easily find itself sculpted into a good fantasy story – but Massachusetts beachgoer Sandcastle Matt is making them a reality. He uses the time honored “drip method” of construction to form long arches, cantilevers and towers covered with tiny globular spires of sand. If you’re wondering about the structural strength of sand alone, you’re correct in thinking these can’t stand on their own – Matt uses found pieces of wood, vines and other seaside junk to form a framework that he builds upon. [Read more…]

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In Alabama it’s Illegal to Carry an Ice Cream Cone in Your Back Pocket (and other Bizarre Laws Visualized)

Thursday 05.01.2014 , Posted by
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There are some seriously weird laws on the books of many US states… but Olivia Locher is breaking them all. This New York-based photographer’s series I Fought The Law brings some of the best examples to life, begging the question: how the heck did these become laws? [Read more…]

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The Softer Side of Infamous Leaders

Monday 04.28.2014 , Posted by
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There’s nothing more powerful than standing tall, reaching out your arms, and grabbing a teddy bear. I’m pretty sure I heard that somewhere…

Beijing artist Chunlong Sun has taken the likenesses of 5 often-infamous world leaders and put stuffed animals in their world influencing hands. It’s an absolutely bizarre combo that strikes an unlikely balance between making each figure appear far more friendly and sinister at the very same time. What are these? Villains from a James Bond spoof? [Read more…]

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This Man Lived Inside a Bear for 2 Weeks… Twice.

Monday 04.21.2014 , Posted by
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French artist Abraham Poincheval just spent two weeks inside a bear… OK, it was a stuffed bear… but that doesn’t make it any less bizarre. Perhaps the only part of this that isn’t completely wacky, is that he did it at the Hunting and Wildlife Museum in Paris. [Read more…]

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