Picnic Basket, 33% Off 

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Who would have guessed that finding a buyer for a building shaped like a massive picnic basket would be difficult?

A ridiculous, picnic-basket shaped building

Ghost Guard 

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Let’s close out the week with a simple and amusing image of a ghost football player (who I guess is presumably naked save for his head protection).

The Latest in Paper and Microfilm Technology 

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

After reading this profile on the National Tracing Center, you’ll be amazed that any criminal has ever been caught on the basis of the gun used. You may also be appalled with the power the gun lobby has, which enabled them to ban a centralized computer database.

Now I Am Become Death, the Destroyer of Ants 

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

At an abandoned nuclear weapons bunker in Poland, a colony of wood ants lives underground in a cold, barren state of near-starvation. And yet, despite the incredibly harsh conditions, an enormously high death rate, and an utter lack of queens, this colony grows in size each year. Why? Because every year, thousands of worker ants fall down from a parent colony, and cannot climb back out. They join this sad, dystopian little ant world, and fight to survive. The whole thing is incredibly creepy, and more than a little disturbing. Enjoy!

Snitches Get Stitches 

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

In an effort to prevent piracy, major film studios pay companies to scour the Internet in search of illegal content and then submit copyright infringement complaints. Often, these companies aren’t terribly fastidious, lumping non-infringing content in with illegal sharing. A new low may have been reached, however, as Warner Bros. has flagged its own website for piracy.

Yet Another Reason Not to Play the Bagpipes 

Monday, September 5th, 2016

In 2014, a British man died as a result of a severe lung malady. Now, almost two years later, doctors believe they’ve solved the mystery. It turns out, the bagpipes did it.

Knockoff North Koreans 

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Speaking of bizarre stories out of China, the country is apparently now producing knockoff North Koreans. These fake defectors are then able to gain asylum, and benefits, in Europe.

Safe for Even the Fattest of Tourists 

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

A very long, very high bridge just opened in China, and it features a rather terrifying floor made up of transparent glass panes. Visitors will be able to stand 300 meters above the ground, between two mountains, and look directly down. So, how do you placate visitors who might be frightened about the safety of all this?

Apparently one option is to smash one of the panes with a sledgehammer. From the looks of the photo, it seems like everyone got a whack, which would be a hell of an addition to an already stunning attraction.

Honey, We’re Out of Smallpox Again. Can You Pick Some Up? 

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

D.A. Henderson was one of the people who rid the world of smallpox, saving millions of lives in the process. He passed away recently, and Brady Dennis took the time to share an amusing story:

“I used to bring home smallpox in my pocket,” he said merrily. “I would store them in the fridge until I could get them back to the lab.”

Nowadays, having smallpox in your fridge is likely to lead to you being locked away in federal prison. Those were simpler, germier times.

Motels From the Past 

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

I love atomic age design1, and these photographs of New Jersey motels capture some wonderful examples.


Footnotes:

  1. We recently rebranded over at Rogue Amoeba, and the new logo has some atomic age styling to it that I enjoy. ↩︎