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Vintage Illustrations Of Alice In Wonderland By Salvador Dali

Just when you thought Alice in Wonderland couldn’t get any more psychedelic, we drop these illustrations by Dali on you and your mind is officially blown! Here’s more about this amazing series by Dali: In 1969, Salvador Dali produced a stunning series of illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s tale Alice in Wonderland—in Brainpickings’ words, it was “a collaboration [...]

The Thief Who Stole A Dali Then Sent It Back

A brazen art thief recently stole Cartel de Don Juan Tenorio by Salvador Dali, valued at over $150k, from the Venus Over Manhattan Gallery in New York by distracting the guard and walking out with the piece in broad daylight. Then he sent it back. The gallery put the word out about the thief, but didn’t [...]

11 Other Big Events That Also Occurred on September 11th

Even before the tragic attacks of 2001, some pretty noteworthy events had occurred on September 11th. While our brains will forever link the calendar date to the 2001 attacks – and rightly so – let’s take a look at some other notable September 11th happenings from previous years. 1297 William Wallace defeats forces of the English crown [...]

The Haiku Trivia Contest!

Let’s do something a little different this week. Haiku Trivia! I’ve got a $50 mental_floss store shopping spree for the person who tells us the most amazing fact in haiku form. A couple runners-up will win mental_floss t-shirts. Examples: Salvador Dali wore a homemade scent made of fish glue and manure * Carly Simon’s dad is the “Simon” portion of Simon & [...]

The Art of the Video Game

Aled Lewis has made pixelated, video game-style versions of several classic works of art. The above piece is a mashup of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure and Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory. He’s also altered works of Van Gogh, da Vinci, and Edward Hopper. They’re his contribution to an upcoming [...]

Dietribes: Lobster Tales

• Lobster love goes back a long way (1605 marks the first recorded lobster catch), while the creatures were more than plentiful in the 17th and 18th centuries. But originally these sea creatures were consider pauper’s food – there are stories of indentured servants having it written into their contracts that they could not be served [...]

First Surreal Animation

LinkScroll down for today’s pictures & links. First Surreal Animation This inspired trip is “Fantasmagorie” from 1908, made by Emile Cohl. Some of the old cartoons were very bizarre… for example, Russian scientist Ladislas Starevitch used to create animated films using dead insects with wire limbs. Another very strange cartoon is this one… “You wanna be a [...]

Artist-Inspired Tattoos

Photo link Flavorwire has assembled a cool slideshow of people with artist-inspired tattoos, from the pop art of Andy Warhol to Banksy’s graffiti work. Other artists represented include Joan Miro, Salvador Dali, Gustav Klimt, Georgia O’Keeffe and Frida Kahlo. I think the colors in the Starry Night-inspired sleeve above are just gorgeous. Link

The Biggest Rabbit Ever

The idea of giant bunny rabbits may remind you of Night of the Lepus, but this is no movie -it’s prehistory. A new species called the Minorcan King of the Rabbits (Nuralagus rex) has been discovered on the island of Minorca. It weighed over 26 pounds and had rather small ears compared to rabbits we [...]

Postcards from Google Earth

The above image is from San Francisco. Artist Clement Valla discovered that if you zoom and direct Google Earth just right, you’ll end up with some really weird and distorted images. It’s like Salvador Dali spend time working as a civil engineer: The images are screenshots from Google Earth with basic color adjustments and cropping. I [...]