Dec 14, 2016

Is this the Craziest Find at a Street Market... Ever?

I am such a sucker for antique stores, obscure markets, and garage sales. I love pouring old and odd things -- the weirder, the better. I've bought pocket-sized trinkets all over America, many of which neither I nor the store clerk was able to figure out what they were. But this one really beats them all...   

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May 16, 2012

25 Handy Words That Simply Don’t Exist In English

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By some estimates, there are around 170,000 words in current use in the English language. The latest, twenty-volume edition of the Oxford English Dictionary records 171,476 words in current use, with 47,156 outdated words, and countless techinal terms, neologisms, and common words borrowed from other languages.

And yet, there are still those ideas that you wanna express, and simply can't find the right term...cause it doesn't exist. In English, at least.

But other languages have all kinds of interesting concepts and vocab words for things you just need to descibe. These terms don't have an English equivalent, but after reading this list, you'll sure wish they did.    

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Jan 24, 2012

How the Glock Became America's Gun of Choice

While guns, Glocks or otherwise, are not necessarily masculine and a topic for ManMade, the genres in which is so often appears - nearly every crime film, ganster lore, hip-hop lyrics - certainly cross our paths from time to time. And supposedly the standard issue service weapon for two-thirds of U.S. police forces.

So, the real question is...why? What about the glock allowed it to permiate into Hollywood films and rap lyrics? Do actually criminals prefer the glock, or is it just the fictional imagination?  

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Oct 06, 2011

How Many Slaves Work for You?

created at: 10/06/2011

Slavery Footprint is a fascinating and well-designed exploration of how the things you consume affect workers, or more accurately, bonded laborers, namely, the 

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Apr 25, 2011

Oh My Goodness, These Wonderfully Creepy Sculptures are BANANAS!

Some sculptures opt for clay, some welded steel, and some plain old garbage. Japanese artist  y_yamaden's medium of choice?

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Apr 22, 2011

Infographic of the Day: Pizza Consumption Around the World

Did you know that men who wear muscle shirts when answering the door are three times more likely to order pepperoni pizza than any other kind?

Or perhaps that 17% of all restaurants are pizzerias? Or that 93% of U.S. citizens eat pizza at least once a month?

You will once you check out this sweet infographic from GrandePizzaOnline.     

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Apr 20, 2011

How Do You Know Dictators are Bad? They've Written Terrible Books!

I mean, I guess it makes sense: The kind of person who violently claws and maims one's way to evil autocracy is likely the kind of person who can get themselves published.

And by "published," I mean, write a really terrible book and get it printed. Name a despot, and dude's got a book. A bad one.

  • Muammar al-Gaddafi - Hallucinogenic stream of consciousness
  • Saddam Hussein - erotic allegorical fiction
  • Kim Jong Il - revolutionary film criticism
  • Joseph Stalin - Georgian pastoral odes
  • Ayatollah Khomeini - Persian mystical poetry

And the list goes on and on. Weird, right?

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Apr 19, 2011

Sad Stuff on the Street

Sad Stuff on the Street is a new photo blog featuring...sad stuff on the street. These are no plastic bag, elegantly floating against a stone wall, lilting in the wind. These are, presumably, actual dropped scoops of ice cream, lost toys, and misplaced personal items. 

Fascinating stuff.


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Apr 15, 2011

Apr 14, 2011

Not Just for Playing With: Man Finds Therapy in Creating a G.I. Joe Alter Ego

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I really love a weird story behind an artist. Henry Darger was a near shut in while writing his 30,000 page book with illustrations.

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Martin Ramirez was institutionalized (possibly because he couldn't speak English) and spent every waking minute drawing on whatever materials he could find.

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Recently a friend clued me in to an artist named Mark Hogancamp.

Mark's story is bizarre. In 2000 Mark was attacked and beaten into a coma while leaving a bar. When he came out of the coma he had little memory of his former life, his marriage, or his rampant alcoholism. He found comfort and therapy through his art, an ongoing photo series telling

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Apr 12, 2011

Astronaut Want Ad: Job Opportunities for Commercial Space Travel

created at: 04/12/2011

Until recently, the odds of getting a job as a full time astronaut that actually travel into space were incredibly slim: most candidates are not only ranked military officers and trained fighter pilots, but had Ph.Ds in the sciences, inpeccable physical health, have a body of a certain size, shape, and weight, pass a trillion tests, to only have a few go into space each year.

All that's still true, but a game-changing want ad just posted: Richard Branson's Virgin group is branching out into space travel, and they're hiring.  

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