Hollow rock turns into a router full of survival info when you build a fire beside it

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Keepalive is Aram Bartholl's fake hollow boulder in the woods of Neuenkirchen, Germany. It conceals a thermoelectric generator that powers a router configured to serve documents related to wilderness survival. The router switches on if the rock is sufficiently warmed, say by a blazing campfire adjacent to it. Read the rest

99-year-old woman wakes to an exotic "honey bear" sleeping on her chest

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This is a kinkajou, or "honey bear," a mammal who usually calls the Central and South American rainforests its home. That's far from Miami, Florida, where one scared the hell out of a 99-year-old woman who woke up to find it sleeping on her chest. The animal ran off into the attic where her son-in-law was able to lure it into a cage. He brought it to the South Dade Avian & Exotic Animal Medical Center where veterinarian Don J. Harris identified it.

“I don’t know, I guess her first impression was it might be a cat, but when they both got a look at each other, they both freaked out," Harris said.

According to the Miami Herald, the kinkajou's owner has been found. Read the rest

Man makes money suctioning beer cans to his head

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Jamie Keeton of Evergreen Park, Illinois says he makes $1,000 a day suctioning cans and other objects to his head. He recently took his show to China and says he will soon land a Guinness World Record for the unique talent.

"Twenty three years ago, I shaved my head for the first time," Keeton told WZZM13. "And I was at a ball game. I was trying to cool my head down because it was a hot day. And all of a sudden they hit a home run," Keeton said. "I went up to grab it... I missed it, and then said, 'Where's my drink?' Everybody was laughing... The drink was stuck to the back of my head. The drink was pouring out of it."

According to one doctor, the ability stems from Keeton's slightly high baseline body temperature of 100 degrees. Read the rest

Man's head audibly ticked like a clock

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If you stood next to Sankey Flynn (1918-2001) of Greensboro, North Carolina, you might have thought he had a wristwatch in his head. An audible tick-tock sound could be heard coming from Flynn's ears about twice a second.

According to physicians, the noise came from the "spasmodic contraction of muscles in the roof of his mouth. This causes the eustachian tube, leading from the throat to the ears, to open and shut making the peculiar noise."

Clipping above from the Waynesville Mountaineer, June 1, 1950; Below, from the Somerset Daily American, Feb 26, 1951.

(via Weird Universe)

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Watch Hervé "Tattoo" Villechaize sing "Why?" (1981)

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Hervé Villechaize, who most famously played Tattoo on TV's "Fantasy Island," sings his song "Why?" on TV in 1981. The bizarre video effects are from the original clip. (The uploader dubbed the audio from his 7" vinyl record of the song.)

And just for posterity, here's a poorer-quality copy of the video with the original audio track.

(Thanks, UPSO!)

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Deeply weird animation of a clay man assembling himself

Czech filmmaker Jan Švankmajer's Tma/Svetlo/Tma ("Darkness Light Darkness"), a stunningly surreal stop-motion animation from 1989.

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Just a giant bear and his human friend, getting snuggly

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Folks, don't try this with the gigantic bear you have at home.

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Giant inflatable duck hates drinking water in Japan

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In this Japanese TV commercial we learn that anyone who tries to prevent college students from enjoying any beverage other than water will face the wrath of a giant inflatable duck.

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Prepare to be mesmerized by this industrial egg-breaking and separating machine

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The Ovo-Tech Rz-1 breaks eggs like nobody's business.

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A Dr. Seuss addiction

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On June 30, 2001, a woman brought a strange sculpture onto the Antiques Roadshow for appraisal called The Kangaroo Bird. She paid $60.00 for it and wasn’t she excited to find out it was an original Dr. Seuss sculpture valued at $25,000?!

The Kangaroo Bird was part of a project that Ted Geisel, Dr. Seuss, called The Seuss System of Unorthodox Taxidermy. He created these heads to be displayed in bookshops around New York to promote his new book And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.  They are very striking and unforgettable.  I dare you.  Just try to not remember The Kangaroo Bird.

 

I got my first glimpse of Dr. Seuss’s Unorthodox Taxidermy while in Kauai, Hawaii, in 2000. I was strolling through an art gallery and nearly dropped my ice cream cone when I saw the Blue Green Abalard.

It was beautiful. It was unique. And it was something I just couldn't take with me.  What I assumed was an original Seuss sculpture, was actually a one of 99, limited edition, hand-painted, cast resin reproductions. You can sometimes find the Blue Green Abalard on Ebay with a buy it now price of about $20,000 - and this is just a copy.  Isn’t that something?  

Anyway, I talked about the Blue Green Abalard for the next 5 years to whoever would listen to me. I was haunted by the missed opportunity to have something so interesting and then I met my wife. She had just learned about a Secret Art of Dr. Read the rest

Crapgadget watch: toys of unimaginable ghastliness

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Funny or Die scoured the Web for ten genuinely awful toys that were discovered in the wild -- toys that transcend mere poor quality assurance and enter the realm of non-Euclidean ghastliness that defies all reason. Read the rest

Racist, sexist, gross and weird: THANKSGIVING

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From the late 1800s to the early 1940s, many Americans celebrated Thanksgiving by dressing up as "ragamuffins" in masked costumes and then thronged the streets, basically trick-or-treating for money and gifts. Read the rest

Steiff Japan's centaur teddybears

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The Teddytaur is an actual, $400 product, made from alpaca-wool, sold by high-end toymaker Steiff in its Japanese store. (Thanks, Fipi Lele!) Read the rest

Dumb Cuneiform: your tweets, translated into ancient Persian and stamped into clay tablets

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It's real and it does exactly what it says it will: send Dumb Cuneiform a tweet or an SMS message and they'll transliterate it into ancient Persian cuneiform, stamp it into a clay tablet and mail it to you. $20. It's Snow-Crash-a-riffic. Read the rest

Erotic ebooks about copyright notices, Clippy and Tetris blocks

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Coaxed by the Copyright Page: An Erotic Short Story is Leonard Delaney's latest erotic short story, part four in the Digital Desires series, which includes Taken by the Tetris Blocks, Conquered by Clippy and Invaded by the Iwatch -- they're $2.32 each. Read the rest

Crocodile-buffalo hybrid photographed in Thailand! (And Egyptian demon seen in Greece!)

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This creepy crocodile-buffalo hybrid turned up in High Rock, Thailand this month. The beast bears a striking resemblance to the half-aquatic, half-terrestrial Hindu god Makara, and is now on display in the village! According to Mysterious Universe, the creature may actually be a calf with a skin disorder. Sure it is....

Related, off the west coast of Greece, tourist Harvey Robertson snapped the following photo of this bizarre crocodile-hippo-dolphin that could be the earthly incarnation of the Egyptian demon Ammit, seen in illustration below!

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Inside the hollow Earth are aliens, Nazis, and the Lost Tribes of Israel

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The shell of the Earth is about 800 miles thick before it opens up to a massive hollow containing its own sun. Entry points are at the North and South Poles. The residents include the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel, led inside by God, where they live for hundreds of years and enjoy such advances as "flying saucer technology." This according to Rodney Cluff, author of World Top Secret: Our Earth IS Hollow!: The Scientific, Scriptural and Historical Evidence that Our Earth Is Hollow!

Over at Atlas Obscura, Eric Grundhauser interviewed Cluff for a wonderful feature about the fictional and non-fictional (?) history of the hollow Earth:

One of the most popular pieces of evidence for Hollow Earth is a supposed secret journal entry by Admiral Richard Byrd, who claimed to be the first person to fly over the North and South pole. According to believers, Byrd’s secret journal from 1947 included a report of flying into one of the Symmes Holes, and making contact with the race that lives inside the Earth.

Of course this too, has supposedly been covered up.

Through the mid-2000s and into the early 2010s, Cluff was actually a part of a long-gestating expedition known most recently as the North Pole Inner Earth Expedition. Unfortunately after a number of setbacks including backers and members of the team falling victim to calamities ranging from cancer to fatal plane crashes, the expedition was put on hiatus. Had the expedition been successful, the team would have chartered one of the world’s largest ice breaking ships straight to the North Pole, where they would have attempted to contact the denizens of the Hollow Earth through the hole they believed they would find.

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