Gonzo Art: The Super Surreal Art Of Ralph Steadman

Creative energy is often really harnessed when shared, and the relationship between Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman is no exception. Virtually anything that Thompson produced during his career featured Steadman’s wonderfully bizarre illustrations, which greatly complemented the out-there, Gonzo brand of journalism that Thompson pioneered in the latter quarter of the 20th century.

Steadman’s images are instantly recognizable to anyone familiar with the enigma that was Hunter S. Thompson. And thanks to Johnny Depp’s brilliant portrayal of Thompson in 1998’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, another generation was introduced to the often misunderstood writer as well as Steadman’s sensory twisting and thought provoking drawings. Not only is Steadman’s work used for the Criterion Edition cover art of the film, but Fear and Loathing director Terry Gilliam thoughtfully (and effectively) assaulted the audience with Steadman’s often drug-fueled images throughout the film.

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What Happens When You Raise A Chimp With A Baby?

Gua Experiment Winthrop

Gua and her “stepfather” Source: Mad Science Museum

If movies are to serve as an authoritative guide to reality, then we’d have reason to believe that a person who grows up apart from society and in nature will wholeheartedly embrace his wild side, almost becoming indistinguishable from his animal brethren. But that does raise a question – could the opposite be true? If an animal is taken from the wild and raised by humans not as a pet but as a child, would it act more like a human?

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Cassius Clay Takes His Training Underwater

Cassius Clay Training 1961

Flip Schulke captured this photo of Cassius Clay in 1961, less than a year after he made his professional debut and three years before he would win the world heavyweight championship against Sonny Liston. Schulke’s work appeared in a number of publications, but the photographer is best-known for chronicling the civil rights movement in the American South.

A Look at the World’s Silliest Military Uniforms

Military battle dress is generally similar all over the world, since the physical demands of hard marching, concealment, and having lots of pockets are the same whether you’re the vicious oppressor or the noble freedom fighter. Formal uniforms, however, are free of the utilitarian requirements of crawling and getting shot at, so designers have traditionally felt free to liberate every silly flourish in their arsenal when designing a parade kit.

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Silly Uniforms Swiss Guard

Begin as you mean to continue: This man is a member of the Swiss Guard, which acts as the official palace guard of Vatican City. People who wish to join the guard (like anybody wouldn't!) must be male (of course), Catholic (duh), and willing to learn Italian. It is simply assumed that they will be adorable. Source: Reddit

Silly Uniforms Swiss Painting

The Guard has been patrolling the Vatican since 1506. In all that time, they haven't updated their uniforms or weaponry, though facial hair like this is clearly a lost art. Source: Diccon Bewes

Silly Uniforms Swiss Pikes

This is possibly the last thing hundreds of thousands of Aztecs ever saw. A wall of tough, determined men dressed in motley and bristling with pikes—God clearly has a sense of humor. Source: Daily Stormer

Silly Uniforms Yeoman Warder

Just in case there are some Protestants in the audience who enjoyed a good chuckle at the Swiss Guard, here's the Anglican counterpart to that. This is the uniform of Her Majesty's Right Honourable Yeoman Warders of the Royal Tower of ye Olde London. Source: The Miniatures Page

Silly Uniforms Beefeaters

We laugh, but the "Beefeaters" are dead serious. They are fully operational members of the British Army, which is the one that conquered a quarter of the Earth, and the Queen's Guard is made up mostly of seasoned veterans. These men have largely ceremonial duties, but they absolutely will kill you with piano wire if the need is felt. Do not touch their hats. Source: Yeomen Of The Guard

Silly Uniforms Greek Company

No tour of silly uniforms is really credible without a look at Greek parade dress. This is the uniform of the Evzones, which is one of those "smart" regiments which were all the rage back in the 1830s. Source: Reddit

Silly Uniforms Evzones Rear

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Silly Uniforms Greek

Don't let those adorable poofy balls on their shoes fool you—every inch of these men's uniforms screams murder at Greece's enemies. Evzones are an elite unit with a 6-foot, 1-inch height requirement and a proud history of slaughter that's the envy of every army in the Balkans. Source: Wordpress

Silly Uniforms Greek Guards

Here's how serious these guys are about holding grudges—that darling fustanella kilt of theirs has exactly 98 feet of cloth folded into exactly 400 pleats. Each pleat represents a single year of Turkish occupation. When ancient racial hatred of your country's blood enemies is literally woven into your clothes, odds are good that you're not a pushover in fights. Still: do something about those shoes, guys. Source: Colins Notes

Silly Uniforms India Pakistan

Countries can get weird at their borders. At genuinely dangerous borders, such as the Korean DMZ, soldiers tend to be dressed for a fight, which typically means field dress or formal uniforms. At borders where everybody hates each other, but there's no immediate threat of violence, both sides are allowed to swot about like angry peacocks . . . if those peacocks happened to be wearing the world's silliest hats. Here, India and Pakistan trade ceremonial F-Yous during the changing of the guard ceremony. They do this every day. Source: Reddit

Silly Uniforms Pakistan Guards

Okay, these uniforms are pretty cool. Black-and-red is always a nice way to announce "I will kill you." Source: Defence Department of Pakistan

Silly Uniforms Indian Guards

Traditional khaki is also nice. Those hats aren't getting any less ridiculous, but maybe those plain white spats can rescue the ensemble. Yeah, these are starting to look . . . Source: Adventures Of A Good Man

Silly Uniforms India Camels

. . . oh, for crying out loud. Source: Shram

Silly Uniforms DPRK Women

Fun Fact: When you search Google for "military uniform women asian," this is almost the only non-pornographic image that comes up. Source: The Daily Mail

Silly Uniforms Petraeus

In some cases, a perfectly sensible uniform can be ruined by accessories or too many medals. How many medals is too many medals? Right around the time the ribbons run out of space and spill over onto the other side of your chest. To be fair, General Petraeus is a bearer of the Distinguished Service Medal and a Bronze Star, but in this picture he's also wearing a unit badge—for a unit he isn't assigned to anymore—plus a French parachutists' badge, Romanian Chief of Defense Honor Emblem, and something called the Polish Iraq Star. Apparently, this actually did help him with the ladies. Source: Koerber-Stiftung

Silly Uniforms Russian Medals

When it comes to overdoing it with the medals, nobody beats the Red Army. Come to think of it, nobody beat the Red Army at anything else, either. Source: Times Of Israel

Silly Uniforms Fake Soldier

Some are born to greatness. Others have it thrust upon them. Still others buy tokens of greatness at the military-surplus store. This was briefly illegal in the United States, after Congress passed the Stolen Honor Act in response to the case of one Colorado man who was caught posing as a Medal of Honor recipient to get laid, and authorities discovered that that isn't actually illegal. The Act was overturned by a sober judiciary, which thereby gave lunatics the green light to dress like Sgt. Pepper whenever they want. If you're planning to do this, by the way, try not to go overboard like this guy. Skip the Medal of Honor and try to get by on just the Bronze Star, maybe you'll get away with it. Source: This Ain't Hell

Silly Uniforms Idi Amin

Alright, guy, we get that you're Idi Amin. Source: Gallery Hip

Silly Uniforms Reflective Belt

Okay—you can be hard for snipers to see, or you can be easy for drivers to see; not both. Source: Business Insider

Silly Uniforms Hussar

Perfect. Source: Wikipedia

Quick note: Many of these men are dressed in costumes Pennywise the Clown would consider demeaning, but that should by no means be taken to imply anything about their fighting ability. Almost literally 100 percent of these people are able to beat you half to death if you laugh at them in person, so we have to recommend against that.

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