Gravity Defying Sandcastles and the Debunked Meme They Inspired

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.

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

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?

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The Softer Side of Infamous Leaders

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?

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

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.

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Oddly Familiar Art Objects That Make You Feel Weird Inside. Do I Know You?

It’s an unsettling feeling when you find yourself relating to weird-looking inanimate objects with human characteristics. When a sculpture becomes a self-portrait narrative you begin to feel like the artist feels, and experience what the artist experiences. Simply by looking at one of Zimra Beiner‘s large scale ceramic sculptures you can feel confidence, laziness, hopelessness and organization. The objects take on a strange role in each viewer, becoming familiar manifestations of intangible feelings. 

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Porcelain or Splashing Sea Foam? This Bizarrely Beautiful Vase is Neither

Like delicate porcelain transformed into splashing sea foam, these fantastically beautiful, yet utterly unusual vases bridge the gap between functionality and pure aesthetics. The 3D printed design was created by Eragatory, which creates the form using a series of semi-automated steps that allow for customization on each decision.

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After Hurricane Xaver, This Woman is Letting Her Horse Live in the House

We’ve all been in houses that look like a pigsty… but what about one that’s starting to look a lot like a stable? To keep him safe, Doctor Stephanie Arndt brought her horse Nasar into the house when Hurricane Xaver blasted through their town of Holt, Germany. That was in late 2013, but Nasar has yet to leave the house. It seems he likes the comfortable indoor life, and is happily making himself at home!

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A Reverse Listening Device, and other Variations on Normal, From Dominic Wilcox

Dominic Wilcox has a vivid imagination, and a sketchbook chock full of ideas to prove it. Like some nutty professor, he conjures up devices to make the world a better, more interesting place… never mind how impractical, bizarre or utterly crazy they may be. In his recent window display for London’s famous Selfridges department store and their Festival of Imagination, he’s taken 14 pages from his sketchbook and brought them to life – the results are stopping foot traffic and entertaining minds.

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Bizarelly Animated Portraits Repeat the Weirdness

Romain Laurent can take any normal scene and make it absolutely bizarre. In his recent series of animated portraits, he uses the looping GIF to repeat impossibly strange scenarios from people slapping themselves in the face (with an extra set of arms) or stepping in a circle while keeping their torso still, to blowing endless piles of leaves out from under their shirt. Why are these so ridiculous, and ridiculously fun? Perhaps it’s because this series is just a fun break from his normal routine of commercial projects.

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Who Flipped the People, But Not Their Clothes? Bizarre Photographs of Parisians Walking on Their Hands

French photographer and art director Patrice Letarnec takes to the streets of Paris, flipping the bodies of each subject, but bizarrely, not the clothes. Here in a mind-bending fashion, legs become arms and hands become feet – and the head is altogether missing. Each impressive handstand takes place in a city devoid of other people, creating a surreal scene that makes one wonder how the rest of the populous appears.

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