Discarded Paintings Remixed with Monsters

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Regardless of how many good vibes or “happy trees” got painted into that old mountain landscape at the thrift store, there are few of us who would consider giving the dusty old painting a new home. Artist Chris McMahon might be changing that sentiment however, giving those old paintings a new and unusual chance at life. McMahon is part of a growing number of people remixing discarded paintings by placing strange new creatures into the scene. His Mountain Monster, shown above, is a good example of the technique. Through the tops of the puffy white clouds comes a massive four-legged beast set on total destruction (or is that just a smile?).

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Bizarre and Hilarious Animal Mashups

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Is it a Killer Penguin? A Pengorca? Whatever you want to call it, the hybrid animal above is convincing enough to elicit more than one close look. The work of Reddit user Arne Olav, each of these hilarious animal combinations harkens back to legends like the centaur, the hippocamp or the Chimera (an imaginative Greek animal combining a lion, snake, and goat). With “Chimera” being such an excellent example of animal combining, the word is now used to describing these imaginative mashups.

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Quote a Bluth: An Arrested Development Interactive

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The long-awaited premiere of Arrested Development’s fourth season graced our senses this Sunday more than six years after the show was cancelled because of dwindling ratings. Fans of the show have rabidly declared their love in the form of memes, gifs, and random quotes – across every social network conceivable. This spur of online support inspired the creator of the series, Mitchell Hurwitz, to create another season of our favorite dysfunctional family; exclusively for Netflix. This Quote a Bluth interactive created by Column Five – whose headquarters are in Newport Beach, California, home of the Bluth family and their world-famous banana stand – takes a look back across the first three seasons of Arrested Development, and some of the funniest moments provided by each character.

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Heartbreaking First World Problems from Twitter

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“The barista put 3 pumps of caramel in my macchiato today. I clearly said 2!” Life is tough for “first-worlders” sometimes, so what’s the best way to vent these struggles? Twitter of course! What better way to broadcast frustration about “serious problems” than to you 1,500 close friends around the web. This hilarious collection of tweets pokes fun at this all too common trend, juxtaposing stock images of despondent first world people dwelling on the sad trivialities of their lives.

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Mad Men or Mod Men? Comparing the Show to Now

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It’s only a matter of 26 episodes before the phenomenon that is Mad Men ends… so it’s only appropriate to reflect a bit on how the show has effected our culture. Because of the gorgeously styled and expertly acted mid-century series, we’ve seen endless artistic tributes, design influences, and throwback fashions. The 21st century has a serious love affair with the 60s, and since we’re currently so enamored with that era, the cool folks at Shutterstock recently asked just what the 21 st century version of the long running show would look like. Their resulting images are entertaining and even a bit revealing.

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Thumbs Up! Famous Films Without the Guns

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Sometimes in life, all it takes is removing one key ingredient to change the message… in fact, it sometimes completely reverses the original meaning. That’s the case in these great movie still remixes from the blog Thumbs and Ammo, where we are given a collection of shoot’em up moments with one element removed: the guns. Suddenly tough guys like Al Pacino’s Tony Montana in Scarface don’t look so tough… he’s just enthusiastically giving a thumbs-up.

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Architecture for Dogs

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Have you ever thought about designing something unique for your dog to participate in? Japanese designer Kenya Hara created a project called Architecture for Dogs, a curated collection of houses and beds for the pooches. Hara connected with 11 architects who chose a particular breed of dog to design for. The architects then designed places of leisure based on that breeds particular behaviors.

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Superman Re-Skinned as Other Pop-Icons

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Perhaps the most famous of all Superman imagery comes, not surprisingly, from his very first comic features. The cover of Superman #6 featured a smiling hero, his radiant face looking out on a world he was happy and generous enough to save. It’s classic Americana to the max. When artist Mike Mitchell recently took on the iconic image, he gave it everything but a new face – “re-skinning” Superman with the clothing of pop-culture icons far and wide, old and new.

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Living Modern Art: Duo Pranks Tate Modern & Saatchi

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Ok, confession time. The last time I visited the Tate Modern there were a number of exhibits which people just didn’t seen to “get.” Richard Sarra’s Trip Hammer, Martin Boyce’s Gate (We don’t meet here. We are always together first.) and anything made by Charlotte Posenenske had people with puzzled looks surrounding them and muttering sentences like “I just don’t get how this is art…” To most observers – modern or not – these industrially-styled artworks are hard to understand. So, when I found a room filled only with a ladder, some plastic, an electric lift and a sign reading something like “This space undergoing renovation,” I couldn’t help turning the sign around and seeing what happened. Surprisingly, people almost immediately showed up in the room, stood looking past the rope surrounding the equipment and started analyzing the fine art they were observing. It happened… over, and over, and over… and no one once said they thought it wasn’t art. So when I found this museum hijacking video by a duo going by the names of Doug and Mikael, I couldn’t help but love it.

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The Simpsons Come to Life as Celebrities

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What if a live-action version of the Simpsons was created? Like the Flintstones and Transformers movies, many cartoons have been adapted for live characters. But, in the case of the famous yellow family in the long running hit from Springfield – who could possibly be chosen to portray such memorable characters as Homer Simpson and friends? Artist Brad Anderson gave the question a stab, photoshopping versions of the family and other famous characters from the show using famous celebrities to fill each roll.

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