Thursday, 31 October 2013

Trick or treat

Probably the weirdest Halloween themed ad I have ever seen. Dating back to the thirties, this pumpkinhead and scarcily clad witch were used to try to sell......... boot polish. First seen here.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

China through North Korean eyes

I found this hilarious: North Korean propaganda poster makers were asked (by two British artists) to prepare propaganda posters for present day China. Highly recommended to check out the other posters as well on the linked site. First seen here.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013


A Jenny Downing contribution from a few years back - an ingenious blend of Dali's painting and the Simpsons family. First seen here.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Most popular names for girls in all US states 1960-2012

The linked animated gif presents the most popular names in the USA for baby girls per year and per state for a 52 years period. Well presented, and I found it more interesting than I would have expected. First seen here.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Take a look at these hands

At first sight there is nothing special about this image. Until you realize that there is no pen at all - it is a painted index finger. Part of a series of fascinating finger body art by Ray Massey. First seen here.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Killer heels

Another example of a shoe designer joining the mixed nuts ranks. SIT Noir is responsible for these crocs, that seem to be made for Halloween rather than other uses. First seen here.

Friday, 25 October 2013

IKEA Escher bunk

No, unfortunately for all Escher fans, this is a spoof advertisement. First seen here.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Wooden sculptures

On the thin line between Art for Art's Sake and Potpourri material. Artist Professor Tom Eckert carves these hyper-realistic sculptures of everyday objects entirely made of wood. Stunning and brilliant. First seen here.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Opera Puffs

Granted, they were different times, and in the thirties (I'd guess that's when this one was published), smoking was socially accepted and medically fine. Still, the best slogan you can come up with for your brand is "they will not stick to the lips"??? First seen here.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

From old to young

Do click the link, where several examples are given in stunning animated gifs. Two images of the same person, one in old age, one in their youth, are perfectly aligned and, as the bar moves across the surface, it's like watching a person go back in time. First seen here.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Pony tail

Most likely set up rather than a chance encounter, but even so, a great shot. First seen here.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Dog shaming

The concept is not new, but  had not seen this particular shot before, and I think it's hilarious. First seen here.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Ladies Day at Ascot

Thanks to Jenny Downing who buzzed about this some years ago. Lady's Day at Ascot is traditionally a showcase for women in hats - although not all of them as weird as this one. One wonders who the bigger nut is, the lady who wears this monstrosity or Beth Simpson, the designer of the model "windswept picnic". First seen here.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Rain forest river

Before the purge, "Satellite stunners" was one of the topics of this blog. I still like them, and the linked site gives a great selection. The one I picked is a Brazilian rain forest river. First seen here.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Oh no not again!

I can't remember where I picked up this gem - possibly on Fukung. Wonderful human-like stance of the little monkey, enjoying a bath in front of the photographers.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Inside the box

The idea is great, the results fantastic. Photographer Ron Brinkmann created a cubic box from six mirror tiles. Inside he placed a camera and a light source, and took shots with the remote control. First seen here.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013


Made me smile - especially because I did not see the last frame coming at all. First seen here.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Coin sculptures by Robert Wechsler

Once more getting very close to Art for Art's Sake territory. Robert Wechsler creates stunning geometric sculptures using only coins as building blocks. The link has many more great examples of his art. First seen here.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Catapult shoe

This "design" is really too bizarre for words. Mixed nuts alert for sure. First seen here.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Hybrid animals by Arne Olaf

Thanks to Jenny Downing for drawing my attention to the linked article. Arne Olof created several hybrid animals in Photoshop, with funny and strikingly natural results. First seen here.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Giselle lounge table

Full marks for Russian designer Anna Neklesa for trying something radically different. And her ballet inspired lounge table has sufficient strong points in general looks and practicality (love those magazine pockets) to overlook the safety hazard that the outstretched leg poses.. First seen here.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Celebrities who look like mattresses

Taken from a hilarious post at 9gag of fourteen celebrities combined with a mattress of the same type as their dresses/suits. First seen here.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013


Optical illusions hold a strange fascination for me (before the purge of this blog, I had a separate category for them). This is one of the best I have ever seen - I had to double check that it was a jpg file rather than an animated gif. Found on Fukung, a site I never link to, as it has too much nsfw content.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

P is for Potpourri

A great example of the clever photography of Bela Borsodi, who uses nothing but ordinary objects and people to create the letters of the English Alphabet. First seen here.

Monday, 7 October 2013

The Mona Lisa experience

When I encountered this picture on the web a few years ago, I was stunned - I have seen the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, and this is not at all like I remembered. Turns out that in April 2005 the painting was moved to a new location within the museum, where it is displayed in a purpose-built, climate-controlled enclosure behind bulletproof glass. About 6 million people view the painting at the Louvre each year - and most of them from a distance by the looks of it. Baffling that the tourists flock together to catch a glimpse of this one, rather than spend their time leisurely looking in detail at all the other treasures. First seen here.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Google Earth goes bonkers

No, this is not an earth quake aftermath, but an occasion where the Google Earth software that creates the 3D view clearly went off its rocker. First seen here.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Bone dry

Perhaps un peu macabre, but there is no denying that this wine label design really stands out. First seen here.

Friday, 4 October 2013

3D portraits from telephonebooks

Once again an example of crafts rather than fine arts, but what an amazing result. Using a very sharp knife, Alex Queral carefully peels away the pages like the skin of an onion to reveal the portrait within. In this case of course Clint Eastwood. First seen here.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

When I'm 64... or 65....

This is a golden oldie, which had me stumped for quite a while. Moving the four pieces of the shape top left around to make the rectangle bottom right seems an easy job. Until you count the squares and find you just created an additional one. Recently seen here.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Variation on a theme

The leaning tower of Pisa makes every tourist want to take a standard shot - holding the landmark. This is a funny variation on that theme. First seen here.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Lotus sculpture

This is getting close to Art for Art's Sake material... Designer Gerry Judah created this Lotus sculpture for the sixteenth Goodwood Festival of Speed. The hollow 60-ton structure is made from sheets of steel, forming a track that features six historic Lotus Formula 1 cars. First seen here.