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Only in Japan: Man Spends 11 Years Building Gigantic “Robot” Beetle

Thursday 09.05.2013 , Posted by

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When Hitoshi Takahashi was 50 years old, he decided he was old enough to do whatever he wanted… the result wasn’t your average “buy an RV and hit the road,” instead he spent the next 11 years creating a frightening 36 foot long, 12 foot tall mechanical beetle. Takahashi is the owner of a machine shop in Ibaraki Prefecture’s planned city of Tsukuba. The area is known for it’s many engineering colleges and scientific research centers… so perhaps that all had an influence on him. [Read more…]

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Four Words You Don’t Often Hear Together: Abandoned Underwater Strip Club!

Wednesday 08.28.2013 , Posted by

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Most of the time when you want to explore an abandoned building, you don’t have to don scuba gear to get a closer look… but if said building is an old strip club, things are truly getting bizarre. That seems to be the case here with a “gentleman’s” club just off – and under – the coast of Eilat, Isreal. [Read more…]

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Nychos: Pulling the world apart, one animal at a time

Monday 08.19.2013 , Posted by

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The street artist going by the name of Nychos didn’t have what we’d call a ‘normal’ upbringing. He was born into an Austrian hunting family in South Africa and spent much of his childhood seeing things which many ‘normal’ people would consider cruel or even brutal. For Nychos though, it was a fascinating world. At seven he was bitten by a boar while he was playing in the forest close to home. Just a little while later he had boar meat for lunch. In another instance he saw a dead baby lamb being consumed by maggots the same color as its fur. Instead of being horrified, he was fascinated. He studied the hidden insides of animals and noticed the way life often grows from other life. At the same time he was also a child of the 80s, growing up watching cartoons and being influenced by their flashy bright colors. [Read more…]

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Play with your food! Bizarre Dioramas Created with Real Fish Heads (with the Remainder Saved for Dinner)

Friday 08.16.2013 , Posted by

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It’s official. We can all stop being creative because it’s all been done now. That’s because French artist Anne-Catherine Becker-Echivard is creating elaborate dioramas using fresh and expressive fish heads for her characters. Bet you never thought of that idea! [Read more…]

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What’s Inside these Bizarre Cartoons? A Whole Lot of Weirdness, That’s What.

Wednesday 08.07.2013 , Posted by

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The cartoon characters drawn by the dynamic duo of Juan and Alejandro Mingarro (aka Brosmind) are always weird and surprising, so much so that they reveal even weirder things when we look at their insides. Yeah, that’s pretty weird, but we’ve come to expect this kind of thing from these Spanish designers. They created their studio back in 2006 as a professional outlet for their constant sketching which always seems to combine a healthy dose of fantasy, humor and the absolutely bizarre. This latest series, What’s Inside, is no different. [Read more…]

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Nail Houses: Lone Chinese Homes, When the Owners Won’t Move for New Development

Wednesday 07.31.2013 , Posted by

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It’s not often that we think of China when it comes to defending human rights, but that’s apparently the case with a unique Chinese phenomenon: the “Nail House.” These are homes where the resident refuses to move in order to make way for new construction. In extreme cases, builders are forced to work around the lone building, leaving single home monoliths standing in the midst of construction zones and even in the growing basements of skyscrapers. [Read more…]

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Self Portrait as a Panda? Tomas Schneider Creates Bizarre Sculptures Inspired by Dreams

Wednesday 07.31.2013 , Posted by

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The world of dreams is one that makes complete sense until you wake up… the fact that you might be part panda, part bearded human makes no difference. Then your eyes open and the realization hits you… what was that?? Artist Tomas Schneider’s strange sculptures are inspired by those dreamy and mind wandering states where anything is possible and bizarre events often transpire [Read more…]

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11 Rustic Animals Disguised as Fans, Because Inanimate Objects Should Keep You Cool

Tuesday 07.30.2013 , Posted by

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During my hunt for ways to keep me cool in an air condition-less Southern California office, I quickly found myself on the hunt for a desk fan. In my search, I randomly stumbled upon San Diego-based design house Deco Breeze, a firm that makes a range of rustic fans and night lights in the shape of some of my favorite (and most hated) animals. [Read more…]

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Nicolas Cage Has Become a Disney Princess

Friday 07.26.2013 , Posted by

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Just when you thought Nicolas Cage couldn’t play anything more weird/bizarre/strange/odd, he’s showing up around the web as Disney’s iconic Princesses. What’s better than Nick Cage’s face on Ariel from The Little Mermaid? Nothing. That’s what. He wants to be part of your world. Get over it. [Read more…]

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Would You Eat a Sandwich in a London Urinal?

Friday 07.26.2013 , Posted by

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As the Brits would say, we’re not “taking the piss” when we say this London sandwich bar/cafe is situated in a Victorian urinal. Called Attendant, the narrow subterranean place is located just south of Regents Park and somewhat hidden below an ornate wrought iron entrance gate. The urinal, which was abandoned for over 50 years, was remodeled by partners Peter Tomlinson and Ben Russell for a respectable $150,000. Besides knocking out one wall, the duo report that the main project was a very thorough cleaning. [Read more…]

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