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An octopus, in need of sunscreen

Floating just below the surface of the water near Italy's Mt. Vesuvius, an octopus suns its head lump in this National Geographic Picture of the Day.

Thanks Maggie Fitzgibbon!

Grandad's fancy, duded up fleas


SammichesBeCrazy, a redditor, posted these fancy fleas that his grandpa dressed up in tiny clothes, back in olden times.

Found these fleas in an old box. Apparently my grandpa caught and dressed them... When he was TWELVE. (i.imgur.com)

Split-second high-speed photos of dogs shaking their jowls

Photographer Carli Davidson catches high-speed frames of dogs shaking their jowls. Insane landscapes of weird and cute.

Shake (via Making Light)

(Image: downsized thumbnail from Shake6.jpg, by Carli Davidson)

Baby naps peacefully atop enormous, plush Totoro


Redditor Honestly_ snapped this pic of a tiny baby sleeping peacefully atop a giant, plush Totoro from the Studio Ghibli masterpiece My Neighbor Totoro. Dawwww.

I hope he appreciates this when he's older... (i.imgur.com) (via Super Punch)

Occupy News Bins: miniature Lego OWS, complete with pepper-spraying cop

"No property was harmed during this installation," DocPop tells us about this hilarious teeny-tiny Lego Occupy. "From what I understand the piece has already been removed though I don't know by whom."

Photos of disassembled gadgets, artfully arranged


Todd McLellan's gorgeous photo-series "Everyone has a piece of the puzzle" shows everyday electronic items disassembled and arranged in neat (or messy) layouts, laying the machine bare in all its glory and higgedly-piggeldy.

Everyone has a piece of the puzzle (via Crib Candy)

Ben from Ben and Jerry's serves ice-cream to OWSers


Scott Lynch was kind enough to place this photo of Ben "Ben and Jerry's" Cohen scooping up free ice-cream for the Occupy Wall Street protesters in the Boing Boing Flickr pool.

Occupy Wall Street: Day 52, Zuccotti Park, Ben and Jerry's, scooped by the real, actual Ben

Wired.com photo policy: all staff-produced photos will now be Creative Commons licensed


Wired.com has a new photo policy: "Beginning today, we’re releasing all Wired.com staff-produced photos under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC) license and making them available in high-res format on a newly launched public Flickr stream." They've commemorated the event by releasing 50 of their archival images under the same terms, including this fab Jim Merithew shot from The Toy and Action Figure Museum. Bravo!

Wired.com Goes Creative Commons: 50 Great Images That Are Now Yours

Kick-ass makeup on Colombian student protesters

These student protesters in Bogota, Colombia have really got it going on, makeupwise.

Student protestors in Colombia know how to get attention (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)

(Image: cropped, downsized thumbnail from a photo by AP Photo/Fernando Vergara))

Adorable Minecraft creeper and candy


Brand sez, "My little girl (age 8) put together her costume this year based on her favorite video game creature: the Minecraft Creeper. I've seen a few creepers this year, but none as good as hers."

Sad Creeper has a candies (Thanks, Brand!)

Zombie poodle


Zombie Poodle, an unsourced net-finding, shows how a little creative dog grooming can turn even the cutest dog-breeds into shambling zombies.

Just a Zombie Poodle (Pic) (via Neatorama)

Edible Venn diagram: the piagram

I can't find any further info on this Venn piagram, but surely it belongs in the annals of great math related food humor.

Update: It only took nine minutes for more context to arrive, courtesy of adamhst in the comments: this was created by Redditor HungryHungryHippy in celebration of the last Pi Day.

Venn piagram.

The roots of perennial wheat

This is not the best photo, but it is pretty damn mind-blowing. What you see here is Jerry Glover, National Geographic Emerging Explorer, holding the root system of a single perennial wheat plant. The photo was taken by Scientific American editor Mariette DiChristina at the Compass Summit in Palos Verdes, California.

There's more to this than just a freaky looking plant dreadlock. That root system represents something far bigger than itself: Soil health. Perennial plants build soil and protect against erosion in ways annual plants and their skimpy root structures simply cannot. It's why, since large-scale corn farming replaced perennial prairie, Iowa has lost some 8 vertical inches of precious topsoil. Glover's argument: To protect our farming resources for future generations we need to pay more attention to the potential benefits of perennial crops.

Airplane graveyard


Ransom Riggs's photo-essay on the airplane graveyard in the Mojave Desert features astounding imagery of ancient, rotting aviation hardware bleaching its bones in the desert sun.

I thought it was a mirage the first time I saw it. I was driving through the wastes of the Mojave Desert, two hours from anywhere, when off in the shimmering distance appeared the silhouettes of a hundred parked jetliners. I pulled off and tried to get closer to them, but a mean-looking perimeter fence keeps onlookers far away. All I could do was stand and stare, wondering what the hell this massive armada of airplanes was doing here, silently baking in the 110 degree heat. For years afterward I’d ask people what they knew about it, and I kept hearing the same thing: the place has been on lockdown since 9/11, and they won’t let civilians anywhere near the boneyard. But last week my luck changed — I met a very nice fellow who works there, and with a minimum of cajoling on my part he agreed to take me beyond the high-security fence and show me around. Of course, I brought my camera.

(via How to Be a Retronaut)

Artist produces temporary works by etching her oversensitive skin


Ariana Page Russell is a visual artist whose work features intricate patterns etched in her own skin. Russell has dermatographia, an immune system disorder that causes histamine swelling in response to light scratching. The effect lasts about 30 minutes: "This allows me to painlessly draw on my skin with just enough time to photograph the results. Even though I can direct this ephemeral response by drawing on it, the reaction is involuntary, much like the uncontrollable nature of a blush."

You can see more of Russell's work on her site, at the Magnan Metz gallery, and at Collabcubed.

(via Kottke)

Lady Liberty's arm and torch


One for the demonstrators in some 1,000 cities in some 80 countries who are #occupying:

The arm and torch of the Statue of Liberty in Madison Square Park, New York. These portions of the Statue were exhibited to raise funds for the completion of the statue and its pedestal. The arm and torch remained in the park from 1876 until 1882. Members of the public could pay fifty cents to climb to the balcony of the torch.

Intrepid junkbot from Tinkerbots


Dan Jones (AKA Tinkerbots) was kind enough to add this charming fellow to the Boing Boing Flickr pool. There's plenty more where that came from.

Epic family zombie-slaying portrait shoot

A crafty family decided to do a series of portraits while dressed in improvised body-armor from a notional post-zombpocalyptic world. I love this little girl's zombie-hunting outfit!

When your dear significant other asks you for a family portrait that includes Post Apocalypse zombie slaying, well of course you just smile, nod, and say yes!

ChainCrafts got lucky, his wife requested exactly that for her birthday. Jumping at the opportunity, he used his crafty skills to create armor for his family from upcycled hubcaps, railroad crossing sign, soda tabs, strips of stainless steel, various bits of sports equipment, jump rings, and aluminum from duct parts.

(via Craft)

(Photo: BAKAN photography)

Photos of people being terrified in a spook house

Niagara Falls, Ontario's Nightmares Fear Factory has a Flickr feed full of visitors being terrorized in its environs. I grew up with the spookhouses of Niagara Falls, and they can be incredibly scary, even the basic Lundy's Lane spookhouse, which is often just a dark maze populated by bored locals with night-vision scopes who whisper menacingly in your ear or touch you unexpectedly. I've never tried Nightmares, but it has a reputation for being seriously terrifying.

(via Colossal)

Tiny tire-swing for a little bitty tree


Phil Jones writes, "Went out and bought a toy car spare tire because I thought this tiny tree needed a swing."

Miniature Tire Swing

(via Super Punch)

Parking jalopies in a tall stack


There's no additional info for this photo, so I'm not sure how this bizarre car-parking lift worked back in the glory days of running boards, but I'd sure love to see it in motion!

Vintage Vertical Parking

1931: Architect occupies Wall Street


Scott Edelman sez, "It seemed serendipitous that on a day when so many out there are occupying Wall Street I should run across this wonderful 1931 photo of Ralph Walker, the architect who designed One Wall Street, LITERALLY occupying Wall Street at the Society of Beaux-Arts Architects annual ball. With him are Ely Jacques Kahn, designer of the Squibb Building, and William Van Alen, designer of (isn't it obvious?) the Chrysler Building. I hope the event took place in a room with tall doors and high ceilings."

(Thanks, Scott!)

Occupy Wall Street (?) protest sign, with flowers


From the Boing Boing Flickr Pool, a nicely composed shot of an upbeat Occupy Wall Street (?) protest sign with flowers, taken by Sleepy Armadillo.

Glass floor


Esther Dyson snapped this vertiginous shot of a glass floor at the Digital Moscow event. I have a mild fear of heights, but this kind of thing goes straight into my spine and my digestive-tract's pucker-reflex without consulting my brain.

(via Super Punch)

More than 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested on Brooklyn Bridge


The Guardian reports that 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested in "chaotic scenes" as a group of "several thousand" protesters move to cross the Brooklyn Bridge.

At one stage 500 protesters were blocked off by police on the bridge. At least one journalist, freelancer Natasha Lennard for the New York Times, was among those arrested. "About half way across the group of people who wanted to occupy the bridge launched their action and stepped into the road. They wanted to get arrested. It was sort of the idea," said Yaier Heber, one of the marchers.

But others said the sit-down protest appeared to happen only after the protesters were deliberately blocked off by police after actually being allowed onto the roadway. "They met the police line and ended up being arrested one by one," said Damon Eris, another protester.

The march ended in chaotic scenes with police buses driving up the bridge to be filled with arrested marchers. The packed buses then drove off to central booking. Meanwhile, other marchers waited at the bottom of the bridge's Manhattan side and cheered as some released protesters, or those who had escaped being blocked off, came back down. "Let them go! Let them go!" was a frequent chant.

(Image: | OccupyWallStreet Storms Brooklyn Bridge | by Steve O, from the Boing Boing Flickr Pool)

Caturday: Bodhi

Bodhi, a photo by TomorrowGirl contributed to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. Boing Boing's Caturday cover-kitten of the week is available for adoption at Friends of Animals Los Angeles.

Fire-escape haircut


From the Boing Boing Flickr pool, a candid moment of a young man cutting his hair on a San Francisco fire-escape, by Erik Wilson.

Fractal Menger sponge made from Post-Its


Nicholas Rougeux made this fabulous Menger sponge fractal out of mini Post-its, which he swears by for erecting fractals:

Each Post-It was torn into 16 equal squares, then folded into units and assembled into the sponge.

Post-its offer surprisingly structural durability and are easy to get in large quantities making them ideal for assembling structures like these.

(via Kottke)

Broken-hearted boat-builder seeks garage


A broken-hearted person in Heather's neighbourhood is building a boat. He wants your help, your garage, and your company.

Baby pandas need a nap


Giant panda cubs lie in a crib at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, Sichuan province September 26, 2011. (REUTERS/China Daily)