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Harry Potter and the Unfortunate Reality of Growing Up and Being Middle-Aged

Friday 07.25.2014 , Posted by
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Growing up isn’t always easy. We’ve seen Harry Potter go from a young boy (played by an equally young Daniel Radcliffe) to a grown man over more than a decade of books and movies. But what happens to Harry in the future? This funny but sobering look at that potential future takes the form of book covers styled just like the real thing – but here Harry (along with his famous scar) is looking decidedly older. Check out that receding hairline! [Read more...]

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It’s a Lunatic Bum. It’s a New Age Tom Green. It’s Matthew Silver: The Great Performer

Friday 06.27.2014 , Posted by
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Laughter is contagious. Energy moves through the universe in a ripple affect. When we take ourselves too seriously, we block this powerful flow, but Matthew Silver is trying to break the dam that society has built and remind the world that it’s okay to laugh. It’s okay to look up and interact with people. It’s okay to be the “village idiot” and it’s okay to laugh with strangers. And the more we do, the happier the world will be. Like Tom Green with a positive message, street artist Matthew Silver can bring a smile to the faces of even the most serious New Yorkers. With an element of surprise, he acts as a modern day jester and works just as hard to make people laugh as others do to buy more stuff. [Read more...]

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Napkin Table: For Your Most Awkward Date, EVER

Monday 06.09.2014 , Posted by
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If your first dates aren’t ending up awkward enough, I think we’ve found your solution. The “Napkin Table” is the creation of industrial design students at Tunghai University of Taiwan – a device which loops around you and your partner’s neck, creating a table like eating surface in between. Yes, now any sudden neck/torso motions you were hoping to make are transferred to the tabletop of both you and your date. If romance is on the menu, you might give this invention a miss – unless the apple of your eye has an appetite for humor. [Read more...]

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Good Morning. Here Are People That Look Like Donuts.

Wednesday 05.28.2014 , Posted by
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Being called a “donut” is not normally the most flattering thing, but this wacky series makes it visual. Ad agency Bruton Stroube teamed up with Strange Donuts to create a series of human/donut doppelgangers that are truly ridiculous. Now you have a whole new tasty way to judge people on their looks. [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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Seven Tweets. Seven Years. How One Man is Learning Twitter.

Wednesday 05.07.2014 , Posted by
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To learn something well, you’ve got to have patience. Justin “Bimmer” has that in spades.

He’s tweeted 7 times over the last 7 years… and he’s starting to get the hang of it.

His website isn’t too bad either: Explosions and Boobs (that’s fairly self explanatory). [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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Honest Slogans Show the “Truth” Behind Famous Brands

Thursday 04.17.2014 , Posted by
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What’s that you say? AXE body spray isn’t getting you all the ladies?? These “honest slogans” are exactly what the ad execs at big corporations don’t want you to think. They spend countless hours pondering how to make their often common brand stand out from the crowd – giving us any possible reason to remember them – and then Clif Dickens comes along to squash it all… or at least make us say “yep, that’s about right.” [Read more...]

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Get a Sniff of this Street Art from Plastic Jesus

Tuesday 03.25.2014 , Posted by
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Is that a huge pile of cocaine, a rolled up twenty dollar bill and an American “Excess” card? It’s not hard to understand why people are bowing down to LA street artist Plastic Jesus and his wonderfully satirical brand of subversive art. His pieces have been springing up around the world, winning him plenty of praise, and doing something truly special: making people laugh and think. [Read more...]

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Forget Expensive Costumes: Here’s Some Low Cost Cosplay

Monday 03.17.2014 , Posted by
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So here’s the situation: you badly want to hit up Comic-Con, but you’re a few bucks short of a fully molded, hyper-real Ironman costume… like, $3200 short. The truth is, that’s not even a problem! Enter Thai cosplay enthusiast Anucha “Cha” Saengchart and his Facebook page Low Cost Cosplay.

You’ve got a bath towel and a pillow? Mirror mirror, now you’re the Evil Queen from Snow White. [Read more...]

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