Bottom Feeders: Plates and cups dredged from the sea-bottom



Mary O'Malley's "Bottom Feeders" sculpture-series depicts cups, teapots, plates, saucers and bowls that appear to have been recovered from the sea-bottom, covered in barnacles, coral, tentacles and crustaceans.

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LISTEN: Man records crickets, discovers angels and humans singing to God

Composer Jim Wilson has recorded the sound of crickets and then slowed down the recording, revealing something so amazing. The crickets sound like they are singing the most angelic chorus in perfect harmony. Though it sounds like human voices, everything you hear in the recording is the crickets themselves.

Some listeners are not convinced.

I prefer this cricket song.

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Wasp crackers

It's pretty predictable that a list of the world's "100 strangest" foods would be mostly entrails and arthropods, but the digger wasp-crackers of Omachi, Japan are curiously appetizing (YMMV).

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I didn't carve my pumpkin, so a squirrel carved it for me

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Book of seashell scans bound in a seashell


Lauren Bishop made an "artist's book" of scans of seashells she found in Florida, bound inside a scallop shell. It's beautiful. (via Ellen Kushner)

Magnificent structures built by architects from the animal kingdom

If you can photograph the architecture of the original builders in the animal kingdom with the same professional clarity and precision used to photograph human architecture, you’ll see that the work of animals stands up to anything we’ve made in our cities. The mud skyscrapers engineered by termites, and the woven houses of birds, as well as the ceramic mansions of the underworld are utterly magnificent. Behold the spring source of art! Nests, shells, webs, hives, etc. could each have their own book, but only a few of each types are featured here. Each is captured in an impeccable, perfect image, an iconographic representation of an entire museum of examples you’ll be inspired to seek out.

Animal Architecture
by Ingo Arndt
Harry N. Abrams
2014, 160 pages, 8.6 x 10.1 x 0.8 inches
$20 Buy a copy on Amazon

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Kitten rescued after getting head stuck in wheel

The Martin Country Sheriff's Office was called in to rescue a 10-week-old kitten who'd gotten its head stuck in a RV wheel. They successfully exercised "care, precision, and perseverance" to save the kitten.

Cat grooming bag doubles as feline gimp suit

Fortunately, my three cats are happy to sit in my lap while I trim their nails, so I don't have to put them in this miniature gimp suit.

Catnip joints for cats

Of course! They're $10 for five. [via]

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The Terrible Sea Lion: a social media parable


Wondermark's instant classic "Terrible Sea Lion" strip is getting a fresh lease on life as a perfect parable for the experience of posting about #Gamergate and then being haunted by endlessly persistent entitled jerks.

WATCH: Slow Loris eating a rice ball

Watching this classic video of Kinako, born in a Japanese pet shop, eating a rice ball is a delightful way to start my Friday.

Noisy cover of Sgt Pepper's from Flaming Lips and friends


The Flaming Lips's With A Little Help From My Fwends drops next week, but NPR has a first listen to the noisy, funny, irreverent full-album cover produced as a charity benefit for a group that provides veterinary care for needy pet owners.

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Giant panda masturbation resolved [NSFP]

A phenomenon that had long been suspected, but never directly observed, now finally videoed by a World Wildlife Federation photographer in Sichuan province.

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WATCH: Well-trained protection dog

The dog is a great listener, but I still wouldn't want to be the guy with the padded arm. [via]

Cat enters building

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