32 posts tagged Strange
32 posts tagged Strange
Anyone who has spent time with a guinea pig probably knows how much they love to eat vegetables and endless piles of hay. (Pretty much more than anything.) But did you know that some guinea pigs also like to dress up in stylish clothing and headwear that reflects their unique personalities? Perhaps that’s why Japanese designer Maki Yamada opened an awesome online shop called Guinea Pig Fashion. There you’ll find a variety of clothing and fashion accessories custom-made for cavies. It’s undeniably cute and delightfully strange.
For the cavy who fancies lovely blonde locks topped by an adorable hat there’s the Straw Hat + Blonde Hair Extension.There are all sorts of pretty Dresses and Kimonos. The stealthy pig can don a tiny Ninja Costume while the more generally active and sporty pig has a selection of adorable Tank Tops< from which to choose. There’s even a frilly Guinea Pig Wedding Dress and White Veil, which pairs perfectly with the Guinea Pig Wedding Tuxedo with Base Tank Top. (But we caution you to keep an eye on those brides and grooms. It takes barely the blink of an eye for two guinea pigs to turn into six.)
Is that a frog riding a squirrel? Why yes it is! Neatorama contributor John Farrier recently shared some fascinating photos taken at Le Musée des grenouilles, The Frog Museum in Estavayer-le-Lac, Switzerland. If you’re in the mood for some whimsical amphibian taxidermy (and why wouldn’t you be?), then this is the place for you.
For obvious reasons, this awesome piece that includes a stuffed and bridled squirrel is our favourite. We’ll disregard his nakedness simply because the world didn’t have Squirrel Underpants back in the 1800s.
The frogs were collected and mounted by François Perrier during the mid-19th century:
“François Perrier loved frogs. From 1848 to 1860, he collected and preserved 108 of them engaging in decidedly non-batrachian behavior, such as attending school, marching in formation and riding squirrels.”
Head over to Neatorama to view more scenes of mid-19th century French life satirically depicted using stuffed frogs. It might just be the strangest thing you see today.
More cephalopods should be gifted with spiral lollies.
Meet Lizzie & Junior Blue, an awesome pair of sculptures created by Kathie Olivas as part of her awesome, ongoing series entitled Misery Children.
For a series entitled Bottom Feeders, New York-based ceramic artist Mary O’Malley created a variety of wonderful porcelain teacups, saucers, teapots, and vases adorned with and inhabited by a variety of “porcelain crustaceans.” Mary’s pieces don’t appear to be made by hand. Instead they look as though they spent ages on the ocean floor where they were overtaken and inhabited by all sorts of undersea creatures before being brought to the surface for display.
If you head over to Mary O’Malley Etsy shop you’ll find many original pieces from the Bottom Feeders series available for purchase. They’re perfect for your next underwater-themed high tea or a meeting of your local Lovecraftian
cult book club.
Brian Ashcraft at Kotaku assembled a fascinating post about an awesome Japanese phenomenon called “shinrei shashin” (心霊写真), which means “spirit or ghost photography.” These are photos in which a ghosts or spirit decided to make themselves visible during the moment a photo was taken. It’s supernatural photobombing.
“It’s usually accidental, and some people think it’s real. Others don’t. This notion isn’t only Japanese and exists pretty much wherever there are cameras. Oh, and dead people. This is very much a thing in Japan and pops up in movies, manga, and even video games. Take 3DS game Shinrei Camera, which was released last year.”
We love the creepiness of this, but our favourite shinrei shashin photos are the pictures of cats. This isn’t typical ghost photography, it’s simply cats being cats, which means there’s at least one phantom feline lurking and just generally being mysterious in the background of each image. And actually, if you take a look at the examples above, some of the kitty ghost photos are just as creepy as the shots involving humans.
Head over to Kotaku to view more examples of Japanese ghost photography.
Their extra eyes play tricks with our own eyes. We know it doesn’t stand to reason, but it seems like these kitties would have equally unusual meows to go with the extra pairs of eyes. Perhaps a second meow that begins right after the first one starts, so they’re just slightly out of sync.
These particular four-eyed kitty cats are currently on display at the Trifecta Gallery in Las Vegas, but only for one more week.
After seeing our recent post about Carollyne Yardley’s awesome painting Saint Squirrel: Protecting You ‘Cause You’re Nuts!, Sofia Gonzales sent us these amazing photos. Behold the wonder that is Pope Pinenuts II!
The top photo shows the the Pope Squirrel greeting his follows from the papal apartments. The bottom two photos show him blessing the Carnivorous Nights taxidermy contest at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY back in 2005.
Sofia tells us that “He was presented to me by my friends on my 30th birthday after telling them a dream I had about finding a secret door in the Guggenheim Museum where Pope Pinenuts II practiced his rituals.”
Sofia, you have awesome dreams and these photos are fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing them, and Pope Pinenuts II with us.
(Have you created something awesome? Let us know!)
Behold the glory that is Saint Squirrel: Protecting You ‘Cause You’re Nuts!
18 x 24, Oil on Canvas, 2010. This piece is available for viewing and purchase at The Apartment Gallery in Victoria, BC until April 01, 2013.
We love that Saint Squirrel wears ballet slippers and poses en pointe.
Could the new Pope be a squirrel in disguise as a man? If he’s really good, we’ll never know.
This curious piece of headgear is called the Ostrich Pillow. It’s “a soft cocoon that encases a person’s head and hands, allowing the person to take a power nap in relative privacy wherever they please.” Provided you aren’t claustrophobic or afraid of the dark, this might be just the ticket for finally getting some sound sleep on planes, trains, and maybe even at work (on your lunchbreak, of course).
The Ostrich Pillow was designed in 2011 by architecture studio Kawamura-Ganjavian. Last year production of the pillow was successfully funded via Kickstarter. If you didn’t get in on that, you can now order your own Ostrich Pillow at Studio Banana Things. Sweet dreams!
[via Laughing Squid]
”I almost always look for pictures with objects rather than landscapes, something with a focus rather than a panorama. Usually I choose pictures of an object or animal or a figure that can be removed from its context.”
Speaking of Instagram, Archie McPhee is on Instagram too!