In 1972 an Italian pop star named Adriano Celentano composed a song that was an immediate hit in Italy despite the fact that the lyrics weren’t Italian. It’s an upbeat and catchy tune that has an irresistible beat and an awesome not-so-secret-secret: its lyrics aren’t written in any language at all. With the exception of the words “all right,” they’re complete and utter gibberish.

The song is called “Prisencolinensinainciusol" and Celentano wrote it to mimic the way American English sounds to non-English speakers. Actually, he didn’t even write down the lyrics. They were improvised over a looped beat. Once you know this, the catchy tune becomes absolutely fascinating. This song was Celentano’s effort to explore language barriers and encourage people to communicate more.

"Ever since I started singing, I was very influenced by American music and everything Americans did," he tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered, through interpreter Sim Smiley.

"So at a certain point, because I like American slang — which, for a singer, is much easier to sing than Italian — I thought that I would write a song which would only have as its theme the inability to communicate," he says. "And to do this, I had to write a song where the lyrics didn’t mean anything."

"Prisencolinensinainciusol" was recored by Adriano Celentano and his wife, performer-turned-producer Claudia Mori, but the wonderful performance seen in this video shows Celentano singing with showgirl Raffaella Carrà, who danced and lip-synched to Mori’s vocals.

Now if you really want to mess with your brain, click here to watch a version of the song that’s been subtitled to make it seem as though the gibberish is actually English.

[via Mark’s Scrapbook and NPR]

Once upon a time, well after the dinosaurs, but long before people were simultaneously tweeting, posting food photos on Instagram, and updating their respective status on Facebook, some enterprising person came up with this handy postcard enabling even the busiest person to communicate with friends and family. It’s easy to keep in touch. Just check the appropriate boxes and lick a stamp.
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Once upon a time, well after the dinosaurs, but long before people were simultaneously tweeting, posting food photos on Instagram, and updating their respective status on Facebook, some enterprising person came up with this handy postcard enabling even the busiest person to communicate with friends and family. It’s easy to keep in touch. Just check the appropriate boxes and lick a stamp.

From the collection of The Boat Lullabies

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London-based designer Christine Kawasaki-Chan is working on an awesome lettering project, entitled ‘_____ as _____’, for which she recreates English food-related idioms using typography and actual food.

Pictured here are Easy as pie, Cool as a cucumber, Warm as toast, and Keen as mustard. We can’t wait to see more mouthwatering depictions of food-related idioms. Keep an eye on Christine’s Dribble project page for additional pieces.

[via Design Taxi]

Meet a 21st century Travis Bickle (sort of). We couldn’t help but think of the spring-loaded holster used in Taxi Driver when we first saw the custom smartphone quick release system created by Japanese performer and designer Showta Mori.
Click here to check out the funny video series in which Showta Mori demonstrates how his awesome "Quick on the Call" ontraption works. The device attaches to your forearm allowing your smartphone to be rapidly popped out through your sleeve, enabling you to use your phone without first reaching into a bag or pocket, to say nothing of demonstrating some serious geek chic.
If you find this gadget as irresistibly fun as we do, the "Quick on the Call" Sleeve Smartphone Case is currently available via Etsy.
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Meet a 21st century Travis Bickle (sort of). We couldn’t help but think of the spring-loaded holster used in Taxi Driver when we first saw the custom smartphone quick release system created by Japanese performer and designer Showta Mori.

Click here to check out the funny video series in which Showta Mori demonstrates how his awesome "Quick on the Call" ontraption works. The device attaches to your forearm allowing your smartphone to be rapidly popped out through your sleeve, enabling you to use your phone without first reaching into a bag or pocket, to say nothing of demonstrating some serious geek chic.

If you find this gadget as irresistibly fun as we do, the "Quick on the Call" Sleeve Smartphone Case is currently available via Etsy.

[via Laughing Squid]

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This awesome device is a fully-functional Typewriter Arm Guard with Bluetooth and Touchpad created by Thomas Willeford of Brute Force Studios. The keyboard is mounted on an intricately tooled Steampunkish leather and brass arm guard.

Watch a video demonstration here. Then head over to Etsy to view more images and, if you’ve got $1200 to spare, perhaps even order one for yourself.

[via Technabob]

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What if real birds could tweet on Twitter? Voldemars Dudums, Latvian conceptual artist and creative director, decided to find out bu creating an awesomely clever bird feeder using an old keyboard and irresistible cube of delicious bacon fat.

"When the birds would fly down to snack their inadvertent key presses were fed to an api that parsed each little tap into a bonafide tweet on the @hungry_birds Twitter account (fyi, these particular feathered friends became political during the U.S. elections, so there’s that). The birds, mostly tomtits, would tweet roughly 100 times each day and could even be watched live over on Birds on Twitter.”

Click here to watch a video about the Birds on Twitter project.

[via Colossal]

Using resin, recycled keyboard keys and cables, Nuremberg, Germany-based artist Babis Cloud (aka Babis Panagiotidis), created this awesome rocking horse sculpture, entitled Hedonism(y) Trojaner. The piece appears to be representative of the myriad hazards of excessive reliance on the internet, but it’s also just pretty magnificent to behold.

"Recreated of hundreds of buttons, the essences of communication, Babis’s sculpture is pointing out an unpleasant truth. The internet itself, not only its viruses deserves the term ‘Trojan’. We are looking for information via internet, we share it and pass some on, voluntary or involuntary. We define ourselves by Facebook profiles, find our jobs online, buy teddy bears or google side effects of viagra. The internet as a medium, humans stuck with their hedonism.”

Quoted text via iGNANT

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This awesome mask, called the ”Mask of Emotion,” is a project created by the Digital Media Design Department at Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea. 
The mask conveys a variety of facial expressions using LEDs that light up to form different emoticons. The default setting is a completely blank or expressionless face. But when someone shakes hands with the wearer, the mask smiles in response to the greeting.

"The project was designed to hide personal emotions by eliciting a different set of public facial expressions that could be used to generate conversation and response in public spaces."

This mask might be just the ticket for those of us who spend so much time texting and chatting online that the urge to emote using keyboard characters arises even when interacting with someone in person. 
[via Makezine]
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This awesome mask, called the ”Mask of Emotion,” is a project created by the Digital Media Design Department at Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea. 

The mask conveys a variety of facial expressions using LEDs that light up to form different emoticons. The default setting is a completely blank or expressionless face. But when someone shakes hands with the wearer, the mask smiles in response to the greeting.

"The project was designed to hide personal emotions by eliciting a different set of public facial expressions that could be used to generate conversation and response in public spaces."

This mask might be just the ticket for those of us who spend so much time texting and chatting online that the urge to emote using keyboard characters arises even when interacting with someone in person. 

[via Makezine]

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