632 posts tagged Cute
632 posts tagged Cute
This adorable little hedgehog was made using almonds, eggs, cream, sugar and then even more almonds. We love him, not just because he’s so cute, but because he was created using a recipe that was written all the way back in 1817. Think about that for a second. What that means is that even 200 years ago people were coming up with novelty treats and edible sculptures shaped like ridiculously cute animals.
The recipe comes from a book entitled Treatise on Confectionary, written by Joseph Bell. Here it is:
To make a Hedge Hog.
Take 1lb. Valentia almonds; blanch and beat them very fine, with a little rose water; mix in the yolks of six eggs; whisk up the whites of four eggs very stiff; mix all together, with half a pint of cream, and sweeten it with beat sugar to your taste; set the whole in a stew pan on a clear fire, and stir it till it is thick enough to model into the shape of a hedge hog; put a small currant for each eye, and stick it all over with cut almonds for the bristles of the hedge hog; then set it on a dish, and pour over it a rich custard.
It’s actually possible that this recipe is even older still. It may be a reprint from this 1747 source. So the next time you find yourself daydreaming about 18th/19th century banquets, as we know some of you sometimes do, don’t forget to include the ornamental, edible almond hedgehog.
We just discovered an awesome new addition to our collection of reinterpretations of The Gashlycrumb Tinies by the one and only Edward Gorey. Instead of an alphabet of ill-fated kiddies, the creators of Brentalfloss have chosen to depict the deaths of familiar video game characters. Behold “The Game Over Tinies.”
The Brentalfloss website appears to be down at the moment, but you can get a closer look at each geektastically macabre panel in this morbidly delightful music video. Poor Aerith, we still miss her terribly…
All babies are small compared to their parents, but there is something particularly awesome about the size difference between this proud mama Galápagos Tortoise and her tiny new hatchlings, who emerged from their shells back in January 2014 at Australia’s Taronga Western Plains Zoo. This zoo became the first in Australia to successfully breed Galápagos Tortoises when RJ, the slightly larger baby you see standing between the wee hatchlings and parent, hatched three years ago.
One of the longest-living vertebrates, Galápagos Tortoises can live for over 100 years in the wild and reach weights of around 880 pounds (400 kg) and lenghths of up to 5 feet (1.5 m). They are found only on the Galápagos archipelago, west of continental Ecuador.
Head over to ZooBorns for additional photos and to learn more about Galápagos Tortoises.
"Rat Race Coffee Break," from the Things To Do While Waiting for an Oil Change collection.
As long as he’s got some chalk handy, Ann Arbor, Michigan-based artist David Zinn, aka Sluggo (previously featured here), knows how to turn a boring wait (and an open brick patio) into an awesome artistic opportunity.
Reblogged from sluggoonthestreet
Because it’s been many months since we first made the discovery, as a public service the Department of Teeny-weeny Wonders would like to remind everyone that baby Horseshoe Crabs are incredibly small and awesomely cute. The wee hatchlings in these photos are baby Atlantic Horseshoe Crabs (Limulus polyphemus).
"Atlantic Horseshoe Crabs lay eggs 2,000 to 30,000 eggs, which hatch approximately 2 weeks later. Hatchlings stay in tidal areas for about a year before traveling into deeper areas of the ocean."
These little ones were recently collected from local tidal areas by husbandry staff from the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. They’ll be kept under quarantine for one month and then moved to the aquarium’s invertebrate touch tanks.
French artist and freelance illustrator Gilbert Legrand has spent the last 10 years transforming everyday household objects into delightful character sculptures. A pair of scissors becomes an amorous couple, a folding ruler is a choral quintet, a toilet brush is a bushy-maned lion and a clothes hanger becomes a laid-back, denim-wearing rat. We love the awesomely whimsical way Legrand sees the world.
Visit Gilbert Legrand’s website to view more of his playful sculptures.
The Department of Teeny-weeny Wonders invites you to pick up a pencil and consider the size of its eraser as you look at this amazing photo of wee baby poison dart frog taken by Andrew Cowie at the London Aquarium. The recently born baby frog is an endangered species and the first ever to be born at London’s aquarium.
Did you know that baby frogs (recently developed from tadpoles) are called froglets? The name is nearly as cute as the tiny amphibians themselves.
How good is your posture? In Japan sitting with a hunched back is known as neko-ze, which translates to mean ‘cat’s back.’ Odds are good that many of us are sporting neko-ze right now as we sit in front of our computers. Poor posture is bad for our backs and can lead to other health issues.
That’s why Japanese toymaker Bandai is putting out this awesome set of eight hunchbacked cat figures, in hopes that slouching office workers will place them beside their computers as a friendly reminder to sit up straight. Say hello to weirdly cute toy kitties and goodbye to neko-ze.
As further encouragement, the series of capsule toys will include four secret cats who sit upright with perfect posture. Right now Bandai is only sharing their silhouettes, so we’ll have to wait until the June 24, 2014 release date to get a better look at them.
We’ve featured many different kinds and sizes of origami over the years, but this may be the first time we’ve ever seen origami that’s not only made from delicate facial tissues, but also animated. Artist Yuki Ariga created this utterly delightful stop motion animated short for Japanese paper manufacturer Nepia. It features a series of lively origami animals interacting with the artist’s gentle hands.
These adorably strange little creatures that looks like a pieces of coral that just woke up are Pygmy seahorses, a species of seahorse that was completely unknown to science until the 1970s. Found in Southeast Asia in the Coral Triangle area, they’re incredibly small - measuring only two centimeters long - which ranks them among the smallest seahorses on earth. So between their itty-bittiess and their amazing ability to blend in amongst the the sea grasses, soft corals and gorgonians that they inhabit, it’s a wonder they were discovered at all.