Rare Bowie photos

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Artnet collects a set of interesting stock images of David Bowie you might not have seen before, hidden from the Google spiders (if not the ones from Mars). Read the rest

PEW PEW! Best Star Wars shirt evar

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I spotted a kid wearing one of these yesterday and was disappointed that all he knew was that his dad got it somewhere; luckily it turned out to be a quick search away. Read the rest

Mickey Rat: lovable vermin tee-shirt

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He's the creation of Firebeard, and is available on a solid-blue tee through Neatorama. Read the rest

Portraits of the women of Botswana's heavy metal subculture

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South African photographer Paul Shiakallis produced a series of photos, "Leathered Skins, Unchained Hearts," of the "queens" of Botswana's heavy metal "Marok" scene, mostly in their homes. Read the rest

Sears Xmas Wishbook '77: synthetic fabrics, expensive video games, digital watches

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Greg Maletic scanned the 1977 Sears Christmas Wishbook, "Amazon, printed out." He presents a guided tour of its highlights, starting with the nascent console game and handheld electronic game industry's top offerings, which, when converted to 2015 dollars, are scorchingly expensive. Read the rest

Sexy ugly Christmas sweater

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YourSassyGrandma on Etsy is selling the Sexy Ugly Christmas Sweater for $50. Read the rest

Digital Wizard hoodie uses LEDs, speakers & accelerometers to "cast spells"

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The $120 Digital Wizard hoodie started out as a 2012 April Fool's prank, but as with other Thinkgeek April Fools products, it proved so popular that they went ahead and made it. Read the rest

HOWTO pack a suit so it doesn't wrinkle

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If you have to travel with a suit and don't fancy ironing it when you arrive, you can use one of two methods (depending on the size of your suitcase) to pack it so that it unpacks ready to wear. Read the rest

Ethiopian hats and wigs made from recycled consumer goods

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Eric Lafforgue is a prolific, talented photographer who's travelled the world, living among people in many hard-to-reach places and telling their stories with his camera. Among the most striking sets of images in his deep portfolio is his 2013 portraits of Daasanach people in Ethiopia, who have created exuberant wigs and hats from mass-produced consumer goods, both new and discarded, that have recently reached their part of the world. Read the rest

Ewok hooded scarf

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The hand-wash 55" knit scarf is $25 from Thinkgeek, with faux-fur ears. (via Oh Gizmo) Read the rest

Bags based on Baroque architecture

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The Arxi collection from Ukrainian designer Konstantin Kofta is a series of bags inspired by the ornaments of Baroque architecture. Read the rest

LED sneakers whose soles glow in seven ultra-bright colors

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The Fancy's $95 unisex, USB-chargeable light-up LED sneakers glow in seven colors and last 8-10 hours per charge. Read the rest

Cthulhu socks

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They're hand-screened and $11.09 from Danse Macabre on Etsy. (via Geekymerch) Read the rest

Surprising history of the "Canadian Tuxedo," starring Bing Crosby

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I've been known to sport a denim jacket and bluejeans with some regularity, making me the butt of my chums' "Canadian Tuxedo" barbs. Yet I never knew the origin of that phrase until now! Turns out that its origins may go much further back than the 2001 film "Super Troopers" that certainly fueled the phrase's popularity. According to Levi's:

In 1951, the world famous American crooner Bing Crosby was denied entrance into a Canadian hotel because he and his friend were dressed completely in denim. Although the Hotel management eventually recognized Bing and made an exception because of who he was, the story of the incident traveled fast. Friends of his back home contacted Levi Strauss and Co. and the designers immediately developed a custom denim tuxedo jacket for Bing so that he would never have problems wearing Levi’s Jeans, even in fancy establishments. It was made of the sturdy denim used for 501 Jeans, and decorated with a lovely corsage of Red Tabs, held onto the lapel with a cluster of shiny copper rivets.

Inside the jacket was a huge leather patch printed with a “Notice to All Hotel Men” stating that denim is a perfectly appropriate fabric and anyone wearing it should be allowed entrance into the finest hotels.

LS&Co presented the jacket to Bing at the 1951 Silver State Stampede in Elko, Nevada where he was honorary mayor. He was so tickled with the tux that he wore it to many press appearances for his next film, “Here Comes the Groom.” The original jacket, as well as one made for the town’s mayor, is in the Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko.

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This stylish men's suit is only $9 with free shipping

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I like it when Jason comes to LA and takes me to the Magic Castle for dinner. I don't enjoy putting on my old suit and digging around for my necktie to comply with the Magic Castle's strict dress code. But I wear the suit because it's worth watching the magicians in the Close Up Room do card tricks.

The next time Jason invites me to the Castle, I am tempted to wear this $8.88 Slenderman costume (maybe without the mask) and see if they will let me through the door. Read the rest

Ape Lad's killbot tee

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From Ape Lad: "I have a shirt up for sale on Cotton Bureau for a couple weeks. Perfect for the disloyal robot in your life!" Read the rest

A chess-set you wear in a ring

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The tiny board, made from fossil ivory and ebony, flips up on wincy hinges to reveal 32 minuscule chess pieces. The ring itself is sterling silver, and there's only one of them, made by Arduosity, who notes "I can tell you it is impossible, near imposible to set up." Read the rest

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