Meet Jumpy, The Dog Who Does Parkour

May 2, 2014

He skateboards, he leaps, he shoots up trees and wears an awesome flat bill hat. He’s your best self. He’s also, you know, a dog. Watch in awe as Jumpy and his trainer Alex Duong spend the afternoon parkour-ing in the park.

What We Love This Week, Volume LXIII

May 2, 2014
Remakes Magritte

Source: Bored Panda

Modern Remakes Of The World’s Most Iconic Paintings

Remakes Dali

Source: Bored Panda

Classic works of art never cease to inspire; which is why it’s wholly unsurprising that–no matter how many years have passed–artists offer their unique takes on them. From Magritte to Dalí to Vermeer, Bored Panda offers us a humor-filled, 21st century take on these art masters’ works.

Remakes Adam

Source: Bored Panda

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7 Of The Most Bizarre Hobbies That People Actually Do

April 29, 2014

Once primitive man overcame the need to search endlessly for food, a bit of a gap opened up in the average human’s schedule. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the advance of modern medicine has given most of us seven or eight decades to fill up with distractions. Here are seven bizarre hobbies people have found to make the time just fly by.

Bizarre Hobbies: Filing Lawsuits

Bizarre Hobbies Jonathan Riches

Use of this image is considered “fair use” under US Copyright law. Not that that will stop him from suing ATI. Source: The Smoking Gun

Going to court is something most sane people try to avoid. Fortunately, the insane have valiantly stepped up to plug that gap. Meet Jonathan Lee Riches—listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s most litigious man. A listing that prompted Riches to sue Guinness because of course it did.

Riches has a history of mental illness and a felony record that saw him serve time in Kentucky federal prison. We bring this up mainly as part of our inevitable legal defense for calling him “insane” in the preceding paragraph. You can’t be too careful.

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The Secrets Behind Mona Lisa’s Smile

April 26, 2014

It would be easy to blame author Dan Brown and his blockbuster book and subsequent movie, “The Da Vinci Code”, for renewed public interest in the mysteries surrounding the world’s most famous portrait. The novel imagines all sorts of keys in the artist’s work that unlock mysteries of the ages. But even before Brown published his fictional tome, Mona Lisa has been an object of scrutiny for 500 years as scholars have tried to find answers to questions raised by the masterpiece.

Mona Lisa Full Portrait

Source: Wikimedia

Researchers are currently lifting and testing bone sets from an Italian convent in hopes of identifying the remains of Lisa Gherardini, whom many believe to be the portrait’s subject. Those involved with the project to exhume her remains and use the skull to reconstruct her face say it will prove with more certainty that Mona Lisa is who they think she is, the wife of a Florentine silk merchant. DNA results may be completed as early as June.

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What We Love This Week, Volume LXII

April 25, 2014

Photographer Zooms In On The Fascinating Lives Of Snails

One thing that most boring animals have going for them is that, when properly seasoned, they can taste pretty great. The same, sadly, cannot be said for the snail. Associated with all that is slow, slightly disgusting and unpleasant, snails are seldom the subject of artistic inquiry. Except, of course, if your name is Vyacheslav Mishchenko. The photographer has utilized his camera to highlight the actually kind of cute life of the average snail, giving us cause to reconsider our own thoughts–or lack thereof–on the icky invertebrates. See more at The Roosevelts.

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Pen Spinning–It Can Actually Be An Art Form

April 24, 2014

What you do while bore is, to some, a burgeoning art form. Meet the Taiwanese pen spinners, whose joys include shattering the novelty of juggling by simply using pens for purposes other than writing.