If any of you are ophidiophobic the Department of Awesome Camouflage would like to offer reassurance that, no matter what your eyes or adrenal cortex are trying to tell you, the animals in these photo are NOT snakes. They’re a wily species of caterpillar that wards off predators by expanding and turning the end of its body, which bears the unmistakable markings of a snake’s head on the underside. If approached, they’ll even go so far as to strike like a real snake. These strikes are completely harmless, but they look so convincing that we’re pretty sure we’d flinch all the same.

This fascinating photo was taken by Daniel Janzen, a biology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, in the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in northwestern Costa Rica. He’s working there cataloguing caterpillars and says this specimen is a member of the genus Hemeroplanes

[via Telegraph.co.uk and Geekologie]

A few weeks ago we shared a couple photos taken at a Japanese pigeon mask party. Today, thanks to Kotaku, we learned that that festive occasion was just the tip of an awesomely weird Japanese iceberg.

A Japanese comedy site called Daily Portal Z recently held a “Hato Event" (‘hato’ means pigeon in Japanese) at Osaka’s Grand Front shopping center. Attendees wore our Pigeon Masks and had their photos taken at the massive and fashionable Grand Front Osaka shopping center.

But there’s more, so much more. It seems Twitter is full of Japanese users posting their own photos while wearing pigeons masks - during meals, at the office, at the bar, lounging at home with their cats, riding the subway, even at the park hanging out with live pigeons. It’s amazing. When we go to Japan, we’ll be sure to pack a Pigeon Mask.

Visit Kotaku for more photos and complete photo credits.

Here’s yet another awesome thing about Japan: Pigeon Mask Parties.

Whether they’re made of feathers or latex, hanging out in the park or at a bar, it’s clear that pigeons love to flock. Did you know that a group of pigeons is called a loft? That means you could also call these gatherings Loft Parties. It sounds like Pigeon Mask code.

Check out The Pigeon Mask website for more glimpses of our Pigeon Mask in the wild.

[Bottom photo via dots_and_loops via The Pigeon Mask]

To celebrate Chinese New Year and the start of the Year of the Horse, RocketNews24 has assembled an awesome collection of animals and people wearing our creepy Horse Head Mask.

These are just some of our favourites. Head over to RocketNews24 to view them all.

Happy New Year! It’s the year of the horse on Geyser of Awesome!

We recently experienced first hand how our Squirrel Mask instantly transforms a party from a fun gathering into a wonderfully surreal experience.

It turns out that almost everyone has an inner squirrel that they’re eager to let out. Now we understand that there should always be at least one latex animal mask on hand in order to enable a party to achieve its potential awesomeness.

[via Liquidnight]

For an ongoing series of portraits entitled Just the Two of Us, Austrian photographer Klaus Pichler visited the homes of Austrian cosplayers and photographed them wearing their awesome costumes against the backdrop of their personal homes.

Klaus describes his project:

"Who hasn’t had the desire just to be someone else for awhile? Dressing up is a way of creating an alter ego and a second skin which one’s behaviour can be adjusted to. Regardless of the motivating factors which cause somebody to acquire a costume, the main principle remains the same: the civilian steps behind the mask and turns into somebody else.

For this photo series I visited owners of elaborate costumes in their own homes. As a matter of fact, ’Just the Two of Us’ deals with both: the costumes and the people behind them.

The homes of these cosplayers vary from photo to photo as much as their costumes. The juxtaposition of fantastic costumes and (relatively) ordinary domestic settings is mysterious and wonderful. We were especially delighted to discover one of his subjects wearing our Magical Unicorn Mask.

Visit Colossal and Klaus Pichler’s website to view the rest of this project.