Is it a Buoy or is it a Ship? The Navy’s Oldest and Oddest Research Vessel

If you just saw the image above, you might guess that the navy repurposed the front of a ship for the top of a buoy, or as many people have done, mistake it for a capsized ocean transport ship… the truth however, is far more interesting. You are looking at the US Navy’s oldest and most unusual research vessel. Appropriately called FLIP (Floating Instrument Platform), the 355ft long spoon-shaped ship is the world’s only vessel that can operate both horizontally and vertically. The ship performs its 28 minute transformation when 700 tons of seawater are pumped into the ‘handle’ of the ship causing it to lower into the water and the bow to rise.

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Magician Creates a Balloon Animal Every Day For a Year

So, what did you do with your 2013? Whatever it was, I’m pretty sure it didn’t match the inflated lunacy and downright dedication of magician Rob Driscoll. He spent the last 12 months making balloon animals… one, every, single, day. From a blow up turkey dinner and lightweight model of Wall-E the robot, to a jumping puma and a Tardis police box for the Dr. Who anniversary. Each day was marked by creative balloon twisting and now the collection of sculptures has reached more than 365.

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Bird Taxidermy Imagines Bizarre New Species’

If you’ve watched the BBC’s Planet Earth, then you know about the many bizarre species’ in the bird-of-paradise family. Their wildly flamboyant plumage has set them apart in the animal world, as has their equally bizarre and elaborate mating rituals. Perhaps that’s why these fantastic taxidermy sculptures by Karley Feaver are so familiar and yet fascinating. In her series Becoming Otherwise, she has created a diverse series of imaginary avian life, playing on themes of domesticity and imagining new paths of evolution.

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A Surrealist Wonderland Hidden in the Jungles of Mexico

Hidden in the rainforest of Mexico is a bizarre collection of cement buildings that would make any surrealist happy. Built over a 20 year period by the eccentric artist Edward James, the 20 acre site features over 36 towering structures – from concrete suspension bridges to bamboo like pavilions. If there’s one thing to go on your “visit in 2014 list,” this is it.

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Not Photoshopped: Jee Young Lee Creates Surreal Dreamscapes in Her Small Studio

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Korean artist Jee Young Lee has been weaving herself into exceedingly clever dream worlds she creates in her studio… and despite their other worldly appearance she uses absolutely no photo manipulation for the end result. In each image you can find Lee’s young figure hidden among the vibrant details of her carefully constructed, set-like pieces – perhaps a hand poking up from the center of a watery vortex of swirling fans, or her body floating in a lotus as in the picture above (inspired by the Story of Shim Cheong, a Korea folktale as well as by Shakespeare’s Ophelia).

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A Floating Golf Course in Coeur d’Alene, That Moves!

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In golf there are water features… and then there are water features. The Coeur d’Alene Resort in Idaho has one of the very best. With its location on the northern end of beautiful lake Coeur d’Alene, it’s the perfect spot for the 18-hole courses most notable element – an artificial floating island that holds the 14th hole.

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That’s a Commitment! Tattoos That Need More Than One Body to be Complete

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Think getting the name of your current love on your arm is a big commitment? Nope. Just a little coverup and that romance is history. But how about these ‘all in one’ tattoos we’re beginning to see crop up around the web. The often large-scale designs cover at least two bodies, and in many cases require all individuals to stand arm in arm to show the complete design. Now that’s a commitment!

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Bizarrely Improbable Objects That Make You Think

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Italian artist Giuseppe Colarusso is creating objects that are completely useless. From a table tennis paddle with a hole in the middle, to a square rolling pin, each of his creations demonstrates his playful deconstruction of its original purpose, giving that purpose a humorously pointless twist.

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How Creatives Work: The Emotional Performance Art of Marina Abramović

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It is 2010 and a woman sits in the atrium of The Museum of Modern Art. She wears a white robe and across from her sits someone else, a museum patron, or more generally a human being. The woman sits motionless, staring straight into the face of the person facing her, not looking away or breaking eye contact for any reason. When the patron in front of her feels like they have had the experience they wanted, they get up and walk away. The woman looks down with eyes shut, preparing herself for the next person.

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The Mysterious Life of the Double Faced Girl

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It’s a simple trick, but one that could leave you a little confused, intrigued and even a bit disturbed. Berlin-based artist Sebastian Bieniek has been working on a series of photographs called Doublefaced, capturing the daily life of a two faced girl.

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