Woman pulls knife on security agent then hits him with fanny pack containing surprise pigeon

In Northern Virginia, a distraught woman yelled at Social Security Administration workers, then hit a security guard in the head with her fanny pack--which held a small pigeon inside. She then pulled a knife on the security agent. Read the rest

Elon Musk is back on his 'Thai cave diver is a pedo' business again 😞

“I suggest that you call people you know in Thailand, find out what’s actually going on and stop defending child rapists, you fucking asshole.” — Elon Musk, September 4, 2018, to Buzzfeed News. Read the rest

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's carefully-planned surrealism

In Harajuku Pop Princess Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's lavish, wonderfully-costumed and choreographed pop video there's no danger whatsoever of a "left tree" situation resulting.

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Egypt zoo reportedly disguised donkey as a zebra

The International Garden municipal park in Cairo, Egypt is under scrutiny after Mahmoud Sarhan, 18, visited the zoo and noticed that the "zebras" looked very much like donkeys painted with stripes. His photos of the bizarre beasts went viral yet Garden Project director Mohammed Sultan insists that the "The zebra is real and not painted."

From CNN:

Sarhan said several things about the animal stood out and made him suspicious. The black paint had melted on the donkey's face and the ears didn't look like the right size for a zebra, he said.
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This toast thinks he's sexy, but he's kind of a jerk

Big Toast is an anthropomorphic slice of toast who like to slather himself with butter and pines for his ex-girlfriend, a fried egg. Read the rest

And now, 35 minutes of commercials directed by David Lynch

It's the only mainlined injection of capitalism worth your time this week. Read the rest

Watch "The Frog," a deeply weird short film from 1908

Spanish film director and cinematographer Segundo Chomón (1871-1929) was a pioneer of movie special effects, camera tricks, and optical illusions at the intersection of technology, art, and magic. See more of his surreal work at the Internet Archive's "Segundo de Chomón Collection."

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Minor league baseball team majorly screws up 'Millennial Night' promo

Like all minor league baseball teams, the Montgomery Biscuits, Double-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, has a robust promotional schedule. There's Harry Potter Night, Christmas in July, and Star Wars night just to name a few. But Saturday night's promotion isn't going over well with a certain demographic. Read the rest

Scammer who lived high life as fake Saudi prince gets outed by 🥓

If you’re going to pose as a billionaire Saudi prince (Sultan Bin Khalid Al-Saud, to be exact) who is interested in investing hundreds of millions of dollars in one of Miami Beach’s most legendary hotels, here's a pro-tip: first, bone up on important Muslim traditions. Read the rest

Woman arrested for arguing over Chinese food order, then biting restaurant owner's ear

In Michigan, a woman was arrested on charges that she bit off part of a man's ear, while she was fighting with him at a Chinese restaurant over food she'd ordered. The victim does not speak English as a first language, and had a hard time communicating. The woman who attacked him immediately lost custody of her child as a consequence. Read the rest

Deeply trippy stabilized 360 footage of a rollercoaster ride

Jeb Corliss held a GoPro Fusion 360 camera on the Goliath rollercoaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Then he stabilized the footage. Enjoy the trip. And it is a trip. Read the rest

Frighteningly lifelike clay sculptures

Polina Verbitsaya has gotten quite adept at sculpting polymer clay into weird sculptures, like disturbing people, body parts, and and other visceral gew-gaws. Read the rest

Designer makes figures that are simultaneously charming and troubling

Jun seo Hahm likes to create strange and wondrous beings, like this mouth-walker or these "negative-metaballs" below: Read the rest

What is this strange metal artifact that washed up in North Carolina?

A mysterious metal object washed up on a beach in Corolla on the Outer Banks in North Carolina and nobody seems to know its origin. Is it part of a Russian nuclear sub? An ocean buoy? Advanced alien technology? Or something far stranger? From the Charlotte Observer:

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, which controls much of the land along the Outer Banks, says the object is outside its jurisdiction. "I don't know what the object is," said Mike Barber, a spokesman for the National Park Service.

Sam Walker, news director at Max Radio of the Carolinas in Nags Head, is the one who first started asking questions about the object. He says it's sitting far from any beach access ramp, making it tough for heavy equipment to remove it. "Stuff washes up all the time, and if it's not bothering anything, it just stays," he told the Observer. "There's no telling how deep this thing is in the sand."

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Watch this and you'll be humming about sexy pants all day

Bill Wurtz is back, this time with sexy pants. Read the rest

Watch: "Horse destroys the universe"

Cyriak Harris is writing a novel titled "Horse Destroys the Universe." Cyriak has been creating strange animated GIFs and videos for more than a decade so he made a promo animation for his book-in-progress. Guess what? It's incredibly weird and amazing. From the novel description:

Life was simple for Buttercup the horse. Chewing grass in a field, gazing dreamily at passing clouds or standing at a hedge to watch the world go by. Perhaps a light nap followed by a gentle canter and more grazing, and then off to the stable for a programme of psychological tests designed to expand the boundaries of horse consciousness.

For Betty and Tim, life was also simple. Or at least as simple as life could be when you are scientists conducting neurological experiments on a horse. That is until the day they discovered their horse was conducting an experiment of its own.

Life became rather more complicated after that for Tim, Betty and Buttercup, and the ensuing struggle for control over one horse's destiny results in an intellectual arms race that takes all three of them to the edge of reality and beyond. It is a struggle that threatens to shake the foundations of civilisation and unravel the fabric of time and space. Can anyone stop this horse from destroying the universe?

Pledge on Unbound to support the completion of "Horse Destroys the Universe"

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Octopuses, starfish, and prawns rain down on Chinese city

A mass of sea creatures rained down on the Chinese city of Qingda during a storm last week. From Mysterious Universe:

The phenomenon of “fish rain” or “animal rain” is a rare, but very real, weather phenomenon which has been documented for centuries. Reports of thousands of falling fish, frogs, and other animals that have no business in the sky have occurred since the Roman empire...

While waterspouts are widely believed to be responsible for the phenomenon, the process of waterspouts sucking animals out of the sea has never been directly observed. This explanation certainly makes sense for Qingdao, China. It’s a coastal city, and this fish rain was accompanied by a large and powerful storm system.

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