Headism – artist Philip Levine uses his bald head as art display

March 2, 2013 in Amazing, Crazy and bizarre, Europe and Middle East, Pictures

 

When English artist Philip Levine started to go bald a few years ago, he decided to take advantage of the situation in stead of seeing only the negative. Philip shaved his head and made his bald head an area to display art. In collaboration with artist Kate Sinclair he decorates and paints his head into many colours and patterns using a variety of materials. That’s how the Headism movement started. See more at: www.headism.co.uk. Pictures by Daniel Regan: www.danielregan.com.

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The Dachshund United Nations art installation in Sydney

March 2, 2013 in Amazing, Europe and Middle East, Funny, North America, Serious stuff

 

Australian artist Bennett Miller has re-created the U.N. using live Dachshunds. The Dachshund UN is a miniature version of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. The difference is that humans are replaced by dogs and the assembly has no power in the UN.

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Meet Mexican real-life superhero Superbarrio Gomez

February 27, 2013 in Amazing, Crazy and bizarre, North America

 

Marco Rascón Córdova, a high school dropout, has been a real-life superhero for many years in Mexico. Marco has taken the name of Superbarrio Gomez, wearing red tights and a red and yellow wrestler’s mask. The name of Superbarrio means super-neighborhood, which describes his actions as a real-life hero. He is not the usual crime fighting hero, but rather deals with helping the ones in need by organizing labor rallies, protests, filing petitions and helping those being evicted from their home. 

Superbarrio also declared himself a candidate for the 1996 Presidential elections in in the U.S. Of course, he didn’t run for the office officially, but he merely ran a campaign to increase awareness and improve lives of Mexican workers in the U.S.  (Via: wikipedia.org)

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Incredible photo art by Swedish Erik Johansson

February 24, 2013 in Amazing, Europe and Middle East, Pictures, Serious stuff

 

Erik Johansson is a full time photographer from Sweden, currently based in Berlin, Germany. Erik uses photography to create very unsual and amazing pieces of photo art. He describes his style as “Surreal ideas realized in a realistic way with a touch of humor”. Erik starts out the process of creating a piece of photo art by drawing a sketch to make an idea visual. When an idea is deemed good enough, he starts the planning to find a suitable location to take photos. This step may take anywhere from a couple of days, a few months and even years in some cases. He then shoots the picures and afterwards put them together and modifies into his original idea on his computer. All pictures by Erik Johansson. For more info, visit his site: erikjohanssonphoto.com.

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10 interesting facts about the Oscars

February 23, 2013 in Amazing, North America

 

1. Oscar is only a nickname for the statuette

The statuettes official name is “Academy Award of Merit”. It is unclear how the nickname Oscar began, but on popular story centers around a librarian, Margaret Herrick, working at the Academy. When she first saw the statue, she bursted out that it looked like her Uncle Oscar and apparently the name should have sticked to the statue since then.

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The Maeklong railway food market in Thailand

February 21, 2013 in Amazing, Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre

 

Welcome to the amazing food market where trains run through 8 times a day. The Maeklong food market, 70 km south-west of the capital Bangkok in Thailand, is very special compared to other food markets. All the stalls are set up on both sides of a railway. A railway still being used. So, as a train passes by all the stall owners must quickly gather their goods and pull them aside, in order for the train to pass. This happens 8 times a day. After the train has passed, they can unpack their stalls and the shopping continues.

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First mass Moon wedding since the death of the founder

February 17, 2013 in Amazing, Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre, Serious stuff

 

3,500 couples got married in the first mass wedding in the Moon movement, since the death of their founder. Almost identically dressed up, the many couples took part in the ceremony, performed by Hak Ja-Han, the widow of Moon founder Sun Myung Moon who passed away in September 2012.

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Pictures from the Rio de Janeiro carnival

February 14, 2013 in Amazing, Pictures, South America

 

It’s time for the annual world famous carnival in Rio de Janeiro. In order to celebrate we bring you a series of picures. Enjoy. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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When Danish police delivered sushi on behalf of traffic victim

February 13, 2013 in Amazing, Europe and Middle East, Funny

 

When a young couple in Denmark opened the door to get the sushi they ordered, they were in for a surprise. A police officer was standing with their sushi in his hands.

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10 interesting facts about the Rio de Janeiro carnival

February 13, 2013 in Amazing, South America

 

It’s time for the yearly carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Here’s 10 interesting facts you didn’t know about the festivities.

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La Tomatina – the famous tomato festival in the Spanish town Buñol

January 28, 2013 in Amazing, Crazy and bizarre, Europe and Middle East, Pictures

 

Every year in the end of August the tomato festival La Tomatina is held in Buñol, Spain. To put it simple, it’s a giant tomato fight for fun where participants throw tomatos at each other. The fight begins by trucks entering the scene of Plaza del Pueblo throwing tomatos around. For the next hour tomatos are thrown everywhere by everyone completely coloring the town and the participants red. It is highy recommended to use goggles and gloves to avoid injuries and it is also mandatory to crush the tomato before throwing. It is estimated that 150.000 tomatos in total are used in the fight. They come from the region of Extremadura, being of inferior taste and cheap, grown specifically for the festivities. After the fight the streets are hosed down by fire trucks. Pictures from Wikimedia Commons.

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Amazing Snow Art in Les Arc by Simon Beck

January 27, 2013 in Amazing, Europe and Middle East, Pictures

 

Simon Beck spends every winter in French Les Arc turning the snow-covered landscape into magnificent giant pieces of snow-art.  Simon Beck plans a pattern before putting on snowshoes and “drawing” the patternby walking in the nature. Depending on size and shape it takes from six hours to a couple of days to finish the work. The Snow Art will only last until the next snowfall has covered it. For more info, visit: Simon Beck on Facebook. Pictures from Simon Beck.

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7-year-old Remi Urbano got a cat after more than 100.000 Facebook likes

January 23, 2013 in Amazing, Crazy and bizarre, Funny, North America, Serious stuff

 

7-year-old Remi Urbano and his younger sister really really wanted a cat. But their dad wouldn’t allow it. Following a lot of begging, their dad Dan Urbano suggested a bet. Only if the two kids could get 1.000 Facebook likes, would they get a cat. As it turned out, Dan seriously underestimated the power of the internet. And the Facebooks users love of cats and a feel-good story.

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The Rio de Janeiro street art paintings by Haas & Hahn

January 22, 2013 in Amazing, Pictures, Serious stuff, South America

 

Meet Dre Urhahn and Jeroen Koolhaas from the Netherlands. They decided to put some color into the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. The favelas of Rio are visible from many places in the Brazilian city. With this in mind, Haas & Hahn decided to paint beautiful paintings on the streets and walls of the favela in order to make people rethink the way they reflect on the renowned area. Below is the result of this thinking. Find out more at: www.favelapainting.com.

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The Chand Baori stepwell of Rajasthan, India

January 20, 2013 in Amazing, Asia-Pacific, Pictures, Serious stuff

 

The Chand Baori stepwell is an incredible masterpiece landmark. Constructed in the 8th century by King Chanda of the Nikumbha Dynasty, the well has steps built into the inner walls.

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