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The Bush Family Posing on an Elephant in 1964

<p><img src=”http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/bush-family-on-an-elephant.jpg” alt=”" title=”bush-family-on-an-elephant” width=”570″ height=”489″ class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-93674″/></p> <p>OK, it’s a statue. But it fooled me long enough to start searching for other pictures of future presidents posing with extra large animals. Unless someone has a good pic of young Grover Cleveland with a rhinoceros, I guess I’ll shelve the idea.</p> <p>Here’s the caption from the [...]

A Huge Collection of Niche Blogs

<p><img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-50770″ title=”tumblr_lpb01w7bHA1qa9b8ro1_500″ src=”http://uploads.neatorama.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/tumblr_lpb01w7bHA1qa9b8ro1_500.jpg” alt=”" width=”500″ height=”638″/></p> <p>I don’t know about you guys, but I’m a big fan of weird new niche blogs, which is why I love it when Miss C posts her niche blog posts over at Mental Floss. My favorite blog from this roundup is most certainly <a rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://blackandwtf.tumblr.com/”>Black [...]

George Barris’ Five Most Famous Cars

<p>Did you watch TV at any time during the ’60s, ’70s or ’80s?<br /> Then you’re probably familiar with George Barris’ work. He worked on some of the most instantly recognizable vehicles that have ever graced the small screen. Though the Batmobile is probably his most famous piece, you’re sure to recognize some of his other [...]

14 Great Examples of Geeky Fine Art

<p>Fine art is alive and well, and artists often incorporate the fun aspects of pop culture—particularly the geek side of the spectrum. </p> <h3>1. Headless Chicken</h3> <p><img class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-94093″ title=”headlesschicken” src=”http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/headlesschicken-565×460.jpg” alt=”" width=”565″ height=”460″/></p> <p>Internet Week New York asked artists and students if they could <a rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.canyoudrawtheinternet.com/”>draw the internet</a>. The results were quite eclectic, but [...]

Kinetic Sculpture Metropolis II To Premiere At LACMA

<p><iframe class=”embeddedvideo” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” width=”480″ height=”303″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/llacDdn5yIE?version=3&amp;hl=en_US”></iframe></p> <p style=”text-align:center;”>(<a rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llacDdn5yIE”>YouTube Link</a>)</p> <p style=”text-align:left;”>Anybody who built tracks for their Hot Wheels as a kid will drool when they see this incredible setup! Metropolis II is an amazing, kinetic work of art by Chris Burden that measures 20×30 feet, and features over 1200 matchbox cars that travel at [...]

DIY Alien Abduction Lamp

<p><img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-50765″ title=”al-final” src=”http://uploads.neatorama.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/al-final.jpg” alt=”" width=”400″ height=”600″/></p> <p>This cool lamp gives an eerie glow as the tractor beam from a UFO finds an Earthling to beam up and study. You may have seen this type of alien abduction lamp for sale, in stores or on the internet, but you can make one yourself for [...]

Zip Tie Cactus Sculpture

<p><img src=”http://uploads.neatorama.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/FP35XHJGQRAVRAW.jpg” alt=”" title=”FP35XHJGQRAVRAW” width=”500″ height=”375″ class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-50760″/></p> <p>From a distance, this sculpture makes for a convincing cactus. Brian Jewett made it out of zip ties, a garden hose, and water nozzles. He provides instructions at the link on how you can make your own. <a rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.instructables.com/id/Cable-Tie-Cacti/”>Link</a> -via <a rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2011/08/cable-tie-cacti.html”>Make</a></p>

Driveable Video Game

<p><center><iframe class=”embeddedvideo” src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/TaTB5Q11Dzc?version=3&amp;hl=en_US” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” width=”500″ height=”314″></iframe><br /> (<a rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaTB5Q11Dzc”>Video Link</a>)</center></p> <p>Garnet Hertz, the man behind the <a rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.neatorama.com/2006/05/12/garnet-hertz-cockroach-controlled-mobile-robot/”>cockroach-controlled robot</a>, has developed a small car that lets you navigate the open road through the imagery of a 1980s-era car racing video game. The project, titled OutRun, “explores the consequences of using only a computer [...]

Shaka’s 3D Paintings

<p><img src=”http://uploads.neatorama.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/shaka-3d-paintings6-550×423-500×384.jpg” alt=”" title=”shaka-3d-paintings6-550×423″ width=”500″ height=”384″ class=”aligncenter size-medium wp-image-50756″/></p> <p>A French street artist named Shaka creates three-dimensional paintings. Scenes of riots and agitated crowds in gloriously trippy colors predominate his work. Google Translate isn’t working with his site, but the gallery at the link is definitely worth exploring. <a rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.fubiz.net/2011/08/04/shaka-3d-paintings/”>Link</a> (<a rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=fr&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fubiz.net%2F2011%2F08%2F04%2Fshaka-3d-paintings%2F&act=url”>Google [...]

Batman and Captain Kirk Together

<p><center><iframe class=”embeddedvideo” src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/eR14SH5tby4?version=3&amp;hl=en_US” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” width=”500″ height=”405″></iframe><br /> (<a rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eR14SH5tby4″>Video Link</a>)</center></p> <p>William Shatner and Adam West, two giants of their time, came together to star in an unsold 1968 television pilot based on the life of Alexander the Great. Alas, it was simply too awesome to proceed. Too many minds would have been blown. <a rel=”nofollow” [...]