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Contraband Images by Taryn Simon

Pictured is cow dung toothpaste from India, one of the many contraband items Taryn Simon photographed over a five day stay inside JFK Airport. While items such as heroin and animal corpses are outright nefarious, others–like blocks of pork fat–are just strange. Link -via Flavorwire See also: 10 Weird Items People Tried to Smuggle

Word Portraits of Famous Authors

Artist John Sokol makes portraits of famous authors using words from their writings to form images. Pictured above is William Faulkner with text from his novel The Sound and the Fury. Other portraits that you can see at the link include Walt Whitman, Eudora Welty, James Joyce, and John Keats. Link -via Dude Craft

QR Code Art

In the past, Scott Blake made composite portraits of people using barcodes. Now he’s getting with the times and using QR codes instead. Pictured above is a portrait of radio show host Amy Goodman. Each one links to segments from her show over the past nine years. Link via Dude Craft | Artist’s Website | Photo: [...]

Other Single Princes

Now that Prince William is getting hitched, who will young girls dream about? Buzzfeed rounded up eleven young princes from all over who have yet to sweep a princess off her feet and take her to live happily ever after. If I were thirty years younger… Pictured is Prince Carl Philip of Sweden. Sweden is [...]

Hundreds of Tourist Photos of Famous Landmarks Blended into Composite Images

Swiss photographer Corinne Vionnet compiled hundreds of photographs made by tourists of major landmarks and assembled them into solitary images. Pictured above is the Brandenberg Gate in Berlin. Others include the Kaaba in Mecca, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and Chichen Itza in Mexico. Link via Geekosystem | Artist’s Website

What’s the Longest Word in the English Language?

Pictured above is the longest word in the English language. It’s a slang term for a disease incurred by inhaling silicone dioxide. Sam Kean has a story at NPR’s website describing the difficult task of defining a “word” so that one may determine which is the longest. For example, do the names for chemical chains [...]

How Captain Awesome Signs His Name

Douglas Allen Smith, Jr. petitioned the State of Oregon to change his name. His new name will be Captain Awesome. Pictured above is how he currently signs his name. Smith is quite consistent, signing his name the same way all four times that the single-page document requires. Presumably his new signature will be even more [...]

Franco Recchia’s Cityscapes from Old Computers

Italian sculptor Franco Recchia builds models of cities from components of old computers. Pictured above is a representation of Central Park in New York City made from circuit boards. At the link, you can view other sculptures of New York City, Boston, and Pittsburgh. Link via Dude Craft | Photo: Agora Gallery

The Modern Bicycle in 1876

Pictured above is the “Duplex,” which uses a connecting-iron “by means of which the two front wheels of ordinary bicycles of the same make may be coupled together.” The link goes to a fulltext and extensively illustrated manual from 1876, offering tips on how to get on and off the high-wheeled non-tandem bicycles, how to ride [...]

Internet Database of Periodic Tables

Chemist Mark Leach has a website filled with dozens of different periodic tables. Pictured above is one that illustrates Madelung’s Rule addressing electron sequencing. I have no idea what that means. Fortunately, there is another, more understandable periodical table filled with pretty elephants. Link via The Presurfer | Image: Mark Leach