2001: A Space Odyssey original space suit is up for auction

Place a higher bid, Dave. This "nearly complete" spacesuit from Stanley Kubrick's seminal space opera 2001: A Space Odyssey is currently up for auction. Starting bid is $50,000 and it's expected to go as high as $300,000. From the Julien's Auctions description:

The spacesuit is an amalgamation of components worn by different actors and in many scenes throughout the film. This is highlighted by a helmet featuring four distinct layers of paint (a base of color of white, then green, then yellow, and lastly in its present color of white), indicating that it was used in different scenes by multiple actors and representing a number of characters . This nearly complete costume is of the lunar type in its present state (silver body suit, blue back pack, white helmet). This suit appears to be original in silver (never repainted). However, due to the layering of paint, the helmet appears to have been employed as a lunar type, then two of the four Discovery types (green and then yellow; the other colors/types being red and blue), then as a lunar type again. This helmet has a textured strip of tape inside with "HELMET A" written across in red.

Most notably, the base green layer of paint seen in chips, cracks, and green overspray throughout the helmet surface suggest that it may have been the very helmet worn by Keir Dullea, who portrayed Dr. Dave Bowman (the lead astronaut on the film’s Discovery mission to Jupiter) in the sequence in which he reenters antechamber of the Discovery surrounded by banks of circuit breakers leading to the "brain room" and logic center to “kill” HAL in one of the most famous science fiction scenes of all time.

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This work-from-home team surprises each day with crazy costumes

“My work team has been one-upping each other every day during our quarantine meetings with homemade costumes,” says IMGURian @squirrld1. “Here's some of my favorites.” Read the rest

Family recreates Simpsons' intro after finding costumes during quaran-cleaning

This is a wonderful thing. Author and Librarian Joel A. Sutherland posted this video, with the following message, on Twitter:

Social Isolation, Day 23

Kids: We're booooored! What can we do?

Wife *cleaning basement*: What are we ever going to do with these Simpsons Halloween costumes we only wore once?

Me:

How great is that?!

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Bob Ross couple's costume and other Halloween night surprises in my neighborhood

This Bob Ross "painted" happy little trees onto their partner's face all evening.

I've lived in Alameda, California going on 10 years now and I'm always surprised by what I see on Halloween night — it's a real circus! Each year, thousands of revelers head to my neighborhood in the Fernside district to trick or treat. And my neighbors go all out with decorations, costumes and candy. I've heard from friends in the busier parts of the neighborhood that it's easy to hand out over 1,000 pieces of candy in that one night.

This year I decided to document the madness. Here's what I captured.

This giant faux spider dropped down from a tree to frighten folks.

I didn't end up making it to this "Haunted Cave" but I sure do love its sign.

There was a line of people with kids waiting to get photo opps with this pretend Goofy.

I saw many Jack O'Lanterns, including this toothy one.

Two years ago was when I first spotted a couple of vendors selling light-up toys. Now, they're everywhere and they've graduated from small push carts to actual tables.

This was the first year I saw vendors selling hot dogs and sausages. Business was brisk. (A neighborhood friend reports that he's seen them in other parts of our 'hood in past years._

This family must dig Shakespeare.

Every year, this family truly brings it. This year their display contained a fire element in the pirate ship's cannon.

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Utah elementary student wore a Nazi costume to school parade

On Halloween, a child at Creekside Elementary School in Kaysville, Utah wore a Nazi uniform as his costume for a parade at school. After some people complained online, the school principal and a teacher were suspended with pay for allowing such a thing. I wish they could suspend the boy's parents from being parents. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, "others (on social media) supported the boy." From the Salt Lake Tribune:

In a statement, the Davis County School District apologized for the costume.

“[The district] does not tolerate speech, images or conduct that portray or promote hate in any form,” the statement read. “The district is taking the matter very seriously and is investigating every aspect of the situation.”

School district spokesman Chris Williams declined to name the faculty members who were placed on paid leave, but the elementary school’s website lists Steve B. Hammer as the principal.

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Security camera captures dinosaurs invading home

Aw, and they only took one piece each despite being terrifying dinosaurs. Read the rest

Costumes of Greatness: 'Blue Screen of Death'

This is a genius Halloween costume idea. Read the rest

Amazing! 7-months-pregnant lady cosplays 'Fat Thor' from 'Avengers: Endgame' (Chris Hemsworth)

This is the most amazing expecting mom costume idea ever. Read the rest

Cosplay of Greatness: 'Isaac Clarke'

Stupendous dedication and execution on this cosplay masterpiece. Read the rest

Halloween Costume: Lunar Module Costume: Big Sis Lunar Lander, Little Sis Astronaut (with flag)

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Japanese group wears hilarious "mundane" Halloween costumes over flashy ones

Forgot to take out the trash, the Halloween costume.

"Too embarrassed" to wear glitzy, showy Halloween costumes, a group of folks in Japan decided to start wearing "mundane" ones starting in 2014. These hilarious "jimi Halloween" costumes feature people in ordinary, everyday types of situations.

Like, here's a lady who is playing a "camera assistant for children's photo studio":

And this guy is about to win at Old Maid:

This lady is a YouTuber testing lipstick colors:

Mundane? Sure. Boring? Never. Clever? Yes, my god, yes!

Search the hashtag #DPZ or head to Spoon & Tomago to see more.

(Kottke)

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Man with one leg creates wonderful Halloween costumes

Paralympian skier, comedian, and motivational speaker Josh Sundquist and his collaborators create fantastic costumes based around the fact that Sundquist has just one leg. This year, he's Pixar mascot Luxo Jr. who first appeared in the 1986 short film of the same name.

A few years ago, Sundquist was a foosball player!

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Sesame Street 'Yip Yip' halloween costume of greatness

This is an excellent Halloween costume. Read the rest

Engineer shows off her awesome mechanical dinosaur costume

Esmée Kramer is student in network and systems engineering. Read the rest

Next-level parenting: crocheting a freehand, glow-in-the-dark Alien Xenomorph kids' costume

Cleveland's Stephanie "Crochetverse" Pokorny created a freehand, crocheted Alien Xenomorph costume for her (incredibly lucky!) son, Jake, adding glow-in-the-dark fabric paint accents to make it luminescent. It's completely amazing. Read the rest

"Halloween in a Box" tells the story of plastic costumes of yore

My mom always sewed my Halloween costumes when I was a kid, so I never got to wear one of the many licensed ones featured in the recently released documentary, "Halloween in a Box." I'm not really complaining but the plastic-masked ones you'd find at Woolworth did have a real charm to them. In any event, this film follows the history of these costumes and how its manufacturers had to work together to keep trick-or-treating alive after the Tylenol poisonings of the early eighties. Read the rest

Cinderella with glass arm instead of glass slipper

Glass arms are so much more magical than glass slippers. A woman whose daughter was born with one arm asked professional costume designer and cosplayer Mandy Pursley for a bit of photographic inspiration. Pursley, who also has one arm, sent photos shot her modeling a fantastic Cinderella costume she made that is leveled way up with an exquisite "glass" prosthetic arm by artist Gilbert Lozano and fabricators Cemrock. From Pursley's Facebook post:

This costume is dedicated to all the little girls learning to navigate the world with their "lucky fins" or other challenges. I hope you know you are beautiful, and that you are UNSTOPPABLE!!! Write your own story, and be your own kind of princess. ❤

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