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Australia’s Creepy Doll Hospital

Doll Head Wash

Source: Daily Mail

For some of us, dolls are sinister, nightmare-inducing creatures with distant, glassy eyes that follow us around while they plot our demise in their little doll heads. Maybe these fears stem from a childhood misgiving, like cutting off most of P.J. Sparkle’s hair and dyeing it a magical shade of florescent that can only be achieved with a stolen green highlighter. Seemed like a good idea at the time, but what we ended up with was a deranged, wild-eyed goblin baby that vowed to eat us the next time we succumbed to slumber.

Still, there are some who regard dolls as a cherished childhood toy that embodies love and security. Those people are whom Australia’s Doll Hospital caters to. In a warehouse stacked to the ceiling with accumulated doll parts, “head doll surgeon” Geoff Chapman works to restore ragged childhood dolls to their former glory, repairing the silent victims of sibling rivalry or a teething puppy. He is the third-generation owner of the hospital, which started as an offshoot of a general store that received a shipment of damaged dolls.

Fair warning -in this hospital for broken dolls, there are things that can’t be unseen.

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These Oktoberfest Pictures Will Make You Thirsty

It’s that time of year again. Along with changing leaves and the clean scent of new school notebooks, late September also welcomes the return of Oktoberfest, a 16-day festival that’s held each year in Munich, Bavaria i Germany. More than six million people trek to the city for Oktoberfest, celebrating Bavarian culture with tasty sausages and soft pretzels and a healthy dose of good German beer.

Along with traditional Bavarian food and drink, the city also celebrates by hosting a number of parades and performances. Check out this gallery featuring the many facets of the Oktoberfest celebration. Hint: you might want to keep a beer stein handy—these pictures are guaranteed to make you thirsty.
 

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Waitress Carries Beer Steins

Source: Hotel Nights

Toast at Oktoberfest

Source: Mashable

Rifleman's Parade 2014

Young men participate in the Rifleman's Parade at Oktoberfest. Source: Lollitop

Rifleman's Parade

Source: Flickr

Munich Parade

Source: Boston

Crowds Gather in Munich

Source: Boston

Gingerbread Hearts Munich

Gingerbread hearts are sold during Oktoberfest. Source: NBC

Parade of Costumes Germany

Source: News Cafe

Oktoberfest Parades

Source: RT

Oktoberfest Carnival at Night

Source: Wikipedia

Excited Festival Attendees in Germany

Source: Daily Mail

Hangover Hill Munich

Festival attendees sleep on the aptly named Hangover Hill. Source: The Global Experience Blog

Ceremonial Bavarian Costume

Woman dressed in a traditional ceremonial Bavarian costume. Source: The Atlantic

Olympia Looping

Olympia Looping, the well-known carnival ride, makes an appearance at Oktoberfest. Source: Wikipedia

Beer Stein Waitress

Source: WSJ

Crowds in Munich for Oktoberfest

Source: The Atlantic

Oktoberfest Carnival at Night

Source: The Atlantic

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The World According To Japan

Japanese World Map 1853

Finding itself smack-dab in the middle of the known world, this 1853 map proves that ethnocentrism isn’t a uniquely American phenomenon. At this point in time, Japan was run by the Tokuguwa shogunate, the last feudal military government of its kind. It was during this period that the shogunate ended its isolationist trade policies and, as the map suggest, really opened itself up to the rest of the world.

Vintage Polish Movie Posters: When Hollywood Met The Hammer And Sickle

Cabaret Polish

1972: In possibly one of the most bizarre movie posters ever, this work by Wiktor Gorka for the film “Cabaret” is probably only a little weirder than the actual storyline of the movie, if you stopped to think about it.
Source: Blogspot

American-made movies are shown—and increasingly made for viewing—around the world, so it makes sense that their advertising would change with the country – if for no other reason than to accommodate language difference. Sometimes these changes are barely noticeable, and merely highlight the nuance of a “foreign” perspective. Other times, Rocky ends up looking like a chick flick.

Poland stands out in the international film advertising mix, and rightfully so. From 1945 to 1989, Poland was under the clutches of the Soviet bloc, where U.S. “propaganda” material was strictly banned. Working around the constraints of the ban, Polish artists produced colorful and quirky film posters that often have very little to do with the movie they portray. These often contrasting, sometimes mind-boggling depictions of American cinema have to be seen to be believed.

Polish King Kong

1968: Rivaling Godzilla, this poster for “King Kong Escapes” leaves you muttering, “Escape from whom or what, exactly?” or maybe “Tell me why is he’s purple again?”
Source: Botch The Crab

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