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You’re Never Too Old for Halloween

When a picture of a 91-year-old man in a Halloween costume went viral this week, I was asked if other senior citizens dressed up in Halloween costumes. Of course they do, and why are you asking me, anyway? Redditor Kristin_Ols23 posted this photograph of her 91-year-old grandfather. His costume for this Halloween is the Mayor of [...]

13 Vintage Photos Of Hurricanes And Their Aftermath

As Hurricane Sandy makes landfall on the East Coast, here’s a look back at other dramatic hurricanes in American history. Galveston, Texas Hurricane, September 1900 This hurricane was the deadliest in U.S. history—the estimated death toll was 8000 (to compare, 1800 people died during Hurricane Katrina). Damage to a church. The hurricane, which had a storm [...]

How Movie Effects Fool Your Brain

In this funny 15-minute TED Talk, special effects guru Rob Legato explains, shot by shot, how he made visual effects work in Apollo 13, Titanic, and Hugo. In addition to making great models, he did it by observing what people noticed versus what they saw. A sample quote regarding the Saturn V launch [...]

The Missing Links: Why America Smells (Or Thinks It Does)

The Grinch, Voldemort and Michael Jackson’s Zombie No this isn’t the beginning of a “…walk into a bar…” joke. These are just 3 of the entries in the list of the 16 best special effects makeup creations. (But if anyone can come up with a really good punchline for a joke about those 3 walking into a [...]

The Venice of Africa

Photo: Hugo!/Flickr No, that’s not a photo of a flooded village. Rather, it’s of the city of Ganvié in the Republic of Benin, which calls itself "The Venice of Africa." Kuriositas has the details [...]

6 Freakishly Effective Ways to Court the Muse

Some writers can just sit at their desks and bang the keys. Others need to get naked and climb a mulberry tree before they’re sufficiently inspired. Right now, we’re only interested in the latter. 1. Take Orders from a Dog Sometimes the only thing standing between an artist and true greatness is the lack of a good [...]

Latch Hook Eye Pillows

Karl Hugo Erickson made a set of delightfully spooky pillows using the latch hook technique. The texture of the material seems to make them slightly unsettling (but in a good way). Link -via Craft

Armored Cat

Your cat doesn’t have a helmet? Why not? deviantART user Diarment made one for his cat Hugo. It’s reminiscent of Princess Leia’s slave girl costume, if Leia had been a cat. Link via Super Punch

The Quick 10: 10 Dolls That Will Keep You Awake Tonight

I love a good scare, but like most people, I have a line that just shouldn’t be crossed. And that line involves blinky eyes, cracked porcelain skin, and oddly-jointed bodies. Yup: dolls scare the crap out of me. I’m in good company though – it seems like plenty of people out there are terrified of [...]