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Honest and Creepy, Satire and Homage: Grant Wood’s American Gothic

Getty Images No American artwork has been parodied more than American Gothic. Zombies, dogs, Beavis and Butt-Head, the Muppets, Lego figures, and even Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton have taken a turn with the pitchfork. But the painting itself is no joke—American Gothic is as recognizable as the Mona Lisa and The Scream. During the Great Depression, [...]

Cat Donuts

Aren’t these donuts adorable? The text at the source is in Japanese, and the Babelfish translation didn’t help, so I don’t know who made them. They’re like a sweet real-life version of Nekopan! Now I want a donut. Link -via Nan Koenig

10 Abandoned Psych Wards Photographers Love Sneaking Into

Abandoned buildings have long held a fascination for me. They imply a mystery (what happened?) and a challenge (can I get inside and see?) as well as a thrilling bit of danger (guard dogs! rape-happy squatters! the floor might collapse!) that make an almost irresistible combination, especially for a photographer. But of all the sites [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Facts About Stephen King

It’s Stephen King’s birthday! Do you suppose he’s celebrating somewhere with a Bloody Mary? (He’s not: see Fact #8.) I know – just because a guy writes in the horror genre doesn’t mean he loves all things creepy. But in King’s case, I think he does. Anyway. Whether you like his writing or consider it [...]