May 16, 2015

Inhabited Turtle Shell

For for Frieze art fair in New York, performance artist Kris Lemsalu is lying very still for three-and-a-half hours beneath a giant fake turtle shell decorated with giant rhinestones. And that's it. She calls it an inhabited sculpture. [forbes.com]

Posted By: Alex - Sat May 16, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Art, Performance Art

Robert Baudin, Aerial Counterfeiter

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Although he seems generally forgotten today, counterfeiter and pilot Robert Baudin was quite notorious while alive, and seems to have had quite a remarkable career, as detailed in the review of his autobiography Fake (see sidebar) quoted below.

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Kirkus review.

More details of his life here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat May 16, 2015 - Comments (2)
Category: Crime, Money, 1960's, 1970's, Australia

May 15, 2015

Nudist Lost In Woods

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A man staying at a nudist camp in the Poconos got lost in the woods. He was missing from some time Monday to Wednesday evening. Three days. Nude. In the woods. Bet it wasn't the vacation he planned.

Posted By: patty - Fri May 15, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Accidents, Goofs and Screw-ups, Body, Nudism

Think before you build

Back in the 1930s, Benjamin Klinger spent 4 years building a boat in his basement. Then discovered he couldn't get the boat out of his basement.

Unfortunately, I can't find any report that tells what ended up happening. Did he tear down a wall to get the boat out? Or is the boat still sitting there to this day?


Sources: Milwaukee Sentinel - Jun 22, 1935; and San Bernardino County Sun - Jun 22, 1935.

Posted By: Alex - Fri May 15, 2015 - Comments (13)
Category: Boats, 1930's

Forbidden Zone



Full background here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri May 15, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Movies, Music, Pop Art, Surrealism, 1980's, Parody

May 14, 2015

Manatee Orgy

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Every year Florida wildlife officials receive multiple reports of manatees, sea cows, in distress from concerned individuals. Little do these good Samaritans know that the groups of animals are not in distress at all. During their mating season manatees have group sex. So, if you are in Florida at the right time an you see these large animals thrashing around in groups remember, its bad form to interrupt an orgy.

Posted By: patty - Thu May 14, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Sex

The Entopod

Perhaps you weren't eating bugs because it wasn't easy enough to prepare them. Well, now there's the Entopod. Designed by Edinburgh student Courtney Yule, the Entopod is a "starter kit" for eating bugs. It includes a grinder for making insect flour, detachable containers for heating the insecto-food in the oven, and more! She hopes it will encourage people to experiment with "entomophagy." More info at BBC News.

Posted By: Alex - Thu May 14, 2015 - Comments (8)
Category: Food, Insects

May 13, 2015

Great-Grandpa Is Buried Where?

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The GM factory in Detroit contains an old Jewish Cemetery. When GM acquired the land they agreed to leave the cemetery,which has had no burials since the '40s, intact. The company allows visitors just twice a year due to security concerns.

Posted By: patty - Wed May 13, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Buildings and Other Structures, Culture and Civilization, Industry, Factories and Manufacturing

Pink Geyser

Tourists visiting the Strokkur geyser in Iceland were startled to see that it had turned a bright shade of pink. The reason: the Chilean artist Marco Evaristti had surreptitiously dumped pink food coloring into it, explaining that he did this in the name of art. He called his creation "Pink State." Icelandic authorities responded by putting him in jail for 15 days. The geyser has now returned to its normal color. [grapevine.is]

Posted By: Alex - Wed May 13, 2015 - Comments (16)
Category: Art

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