The 8 Ugliest Animals You’ll Ever Lay Eyes On

July 8, 2014
Pangolin Desert

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Ugliest Animals: Pangolin

Pangolin Walking

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The pangolin is named after the Malay word, pengguling, which literally translates as “something that rolls up” – an apt title for this prickly creature. The pangolin’s aesthetically challenged “shell” is actually an amalgam of large, hardened, overlapping plate-like scales, which are made of keratin. The scales might not look so appealing, but they allow the pangolin to curl up into a ball when threatened, acting as armor.

Ugliest Animals Pangolin

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23 Artists Who Upcycle Old Texts To Create Beautiful Book Art

July 7, 2014

Depending on whom you ask, repurposing books is either beautiful or blasphemy. The very idea of cutting up pages with an X-acto knife or pulling a leather cover off an old novel to make a purse is enough to make some book lovers wince. But the artists featured below argue that they are not so much destroying as they are giving forgotten volumes a new life.

Many of the pieces here were created from books that nobody had cracked open in years, and like outdated science textbooks would probably have soon found their way into the recycling bin. Of course, this argument doesn’t work as well for the art pieces fashioned out of still-revered vintage novels. Although book upcycling is a controversial art, its physical beauty is undeniable.

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Book Art Landscape

“It is recycling, but not just in the material sense; it’s a recycling of ideas, images, text, and textures from our cultural past. We pull from the past to make something new, the way art always has.” --Brian Dettmer, from the preface of Art Made from Books: Altered, Sculpted, Carved, Transformed Source: Wordpress.

Book Art Bearings

“Baby, I’ll give you the stars!” This piece, Bearings, is from an exhibit of cut book illustrations by Thomas Allen called Beautiful Evidence. Using only science textbooks for the series, he created sweet--but not saccharine--little scenes of people interacting with astronomy and other scientific concepts. Source: Inhabitat

Book Art Book Lamp

This beautiful lamp, Orbit, is just one of several styles of “booklamps” made by Michael Bom and Antoinet Deurloo of Bomdesign in Rottingham, the Netherlands. Source: Travel Between The Pages

Book Art Bridge

Jodi Harvey-Brown of Wet Canvas Art in Delta, Pennsylvania, sculpts books to reflect the stories they tell, like the fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood” and the classic Johann David Wyss novel, Swiss Family Robinson. This one, Parisian Bridge, was commissioned by a jewelry designer and depicts a couple in love in the City of Lights. Source:

Book Art Cascading

Alicia Martín’s Cascading Books, or Biografias, was an over the top, 5,000-book art installation featured in various locations across Spain and the Netherlands. A wire mesh frame gave the mass of unused volumes the illusion of being poured like a liquid. In 2012, she also created an upcycled book art installation in which hundreds of novels were shaped into a giant doughnut. Source: PXL Eyes

Brian Dettmer Art

To say that New Yorker Brian Dettmer’s book autopsies are complex is a massive understatement, as the work here proves. What’s even more amazing is that he doesn’t plan ahead before he carves. To see a bit of his process, watch his profile on CBS News. Source: Blogspot

Headboard Art Work

Kassandra Utzinger of the blog Design Every Day in Vancouver, Canada, concocted this oddly soothing headboard idea. DIY here. Source: Design Everyday

Jewelry From Books

Jeremy May has created a unique and environmentally-friendly process of jewelry-making. Each piece consists of hundreds of book pages that are pressed together, laminated, and shaped. The book that gave its pages to create the ring, bracelet, or necklace then becomes a jewelry case; the carved-out space holds the piece perfectly. This necklace is named “O MΕΓΑΛΟΣ ΨΑΡΑΣ,” which, according to Lexilogos, is Greek for “The Big Fisherman.” Source: Little Fly

Book Art Log

Made from old paperbacks, Julie Dodd’s art installation, Illegal Logging, was meant to call attention to how far the logging industry oversteps its boundaries and to the plight of old-growth trees that are in danger of being felled. Source: Seattle Pi.

Book Art Longmen

Guy Laramée carves landscapes and scenery into books, painstakingly shaping them to reflect actual artifacts and terrain, like China: this one, Longmen, is from his Great Wall series. Source: Guy Laramée

Nancy Drew Clock

This adorable Nancy Drew clock is made from a real copy of The Secret of the Old Clock. Brandon Wiley of Wiley Designs stocks his Etsy shop full of a variety of books converted into clocks. Source: Etsy

Book Art Nightlight

A circus elephant night light for a nursery or bedroom. Using a vintage dictionary print and a standard electrical box, The Rekindled Page in Savannah, Georgia created this delightful little lamp. Source: Etsy

Ekat Panikanova

Russian-born artist Ekaterina Panikanova, who now splits her time between her hometown of St. Petersburg and Rome, created this work using vintage books, paint, and a visionary mind. This is just one piece from her stunning Errata collection, in which she approaches the books’ pages as part canvas, part mosaic. She uses open books to symbolize the human psyche, allowing her to search within herself, page by page. Source: Lamono Magazine

Sherri Green Book Art

Sherri Green of The Library Laboratory in Ypsilanti, Michigan, turns old books into planters and sells them at local craft fairs. She has two day jobs, so the fact that she got some good press from the Huffington Post in December 2013, should be a big help in getting her business off the ground. She takes orders via her website. Source: The Library Laboratory

Susan Hoerth Book Art

Susan Hoerth of The Abandoned Attic in McAllen, Texas, started with an old illustrated book of Edgar Allan Poe tales and came up with this macabre offering. Pictured here: “The Black Cat,” “The Gold-Bug,” a pile of plague-ridden skulls from “The Masque of the Red Death,” and many other bizarre characters and objects from his spooky and often grotesque stories. Source: Etsy

Book Art Skullduggery

It’s about time we hit upon some graphic novels. James Allen of Seattle calls his work “excavations.” As he cuts, he reinterprets the book’s narrative by creating new scenes with its existing artwork. This piece is entitled Skulduggery after the only word Allen chose to unearth. Source: The Huffington Post.

Book Spine Rug

This may look like a cool floor mat, but it’s really too fragile for everyday use. For the art piece Bibliophilism, Pamela Paulsrud of Chicago, Illinois transformed leather book spines into a rug that would be quite at home in a dusty Victorian-era gentleman’s study. Can’t you just smell the pipe tobacco? Source: Pamela Paulsrud.

Stack Paintings

Los Angeles artist Mike Stilkey builds his canvases with stacks of books, then paints on their spines using a mix of ink, lacquer, paint, and colored pencil. His work mainly consists of portraits of pensive humans and anthropomorphic animals; this one is titled Times of Uncertainty. Source: LA I'm Yours

T Rex

Madame TRex is an art print on an antique dictionary page by Madame Bricolage of Warsaw, Poland. Works like these are all the rage on Etsy.com (for the Etsy-uninitiated, it’s a website where artists and craftspeople sell their wares); many shops offer similar prints. Source: Etsy.

Book Art Tree

A little clay man sleeping under a book tree. This sculpture, one in a series, was created from books and clay by Daniel Lai, aka Kenjio, of Knoxville, TN. Source: Over Blog.

White Rabbit Art

Janie Jones of Madame Treacle in London, UK, cut a page from a vintage copy of Alice in Wonderland and added this color print of the ever-nervous White Rabbit, who is obviously late for an important date. Source: Etsy

Wreath From Book Pages

Paper flowers are certainly nothing new in the arts and crafts canon. But Katie Lloyd of Anthology on Main in Houston, Texas has taken the craft to a higher level in her variety of wreaths, bridal bouquets, and other gorgeousness folded from old book pages. The joy of catching the bouquet at a wedding fades over time as natural flowers wilt and die, but book-paper flowers can continue to display that joyful memory for many years. Similarly, this wreath can be stored and reused. Source: Green 4 U.

Su Blackwell Book Art

We’ve saved the best for last. This woman’s art may stop your breath as you scroll through her website’s gallery. Su Blackwell of London, UK, creates the inner world of a book, often famous novels or fairy tales, in intense three-dimensional detail. This work, A Guide to Edensor, Derbyshire, shows how intricate her art can be. Source: The Break's Over.

Horace Greasley: How To Escape A POW Camp Over 200 Times

July 6, 2014
Horace Greasley Portrait

Pte. Horace “Jim” Greasley (Hey, you try to come up with a nickname for Horace) Source: Wikipedia

Horace Greasley, known as Jim to his friends, joined the British army in 1939. His regiment landed in Normandy, and while the rest of the army retreated to Dunkirk, he and his comrades were ordered to stay behind and fight off the advancing Germans. Soon the exhausted regiment was cornered after they dared to grab a nap in a barn south of Lille, France.

They surrendered and were forced to march for ten weeks to Holland. Many of his fellow soldiers died during the trek; Greasley survived by eating plants and insects by the roadside, and by the food that the occasional villager would sneak to the men as they passed by. They then took a three-day train ride without food or water to reach a prisoner-of-war camp in Poland.

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The True Size Of Australia

July 4, 2014

True Size Of Australia

For most people, Australia is simply out of sight and out of mind. But when you compare the nearly three-million square mile country to other regions–like this GIF does–it’s a lot harder to ignore.

Let’s Talk About Sex Attitudes, Baby

July 1, 2014

So let’s get all Salt-n-Pepa and talk about sex, baby. Better yet, let’s talk about sex throughout human history. After all, Iwan Bloch, considered by many to be the first sexologist, believed that “historical knowledge offered an important key to understanding contemporary problems of sexuality”. History can also provide valuable perspective on how attitudes about sex and sexual mores have changed over the centuries, and how religion has shaped some ideas we might have about sex today. Here are eight things you never knew about sex in different cultures and eras and were afraid to ask.

Sex Attitudes Roman Orgy

Ancient Roman artwork often depicts scenes of orgiastic debauchery. Source: Blogspot

Sex Attitudes: Rome And Orgies

Let’s start in ancient Rome, which has the reputation for being permissive when it came to all things sexual. Its anything-goes rep might be somewhat warranted. In ancient Roman culture prostitution was legal; what might be considered “pornographic” art was collected in upper-class households; it was not uncommon for Roman men to be attracted to teenagers of both sexes; and pederasty—the homosexual relationship between a male adult and an adolescent male—was commonplace and acceptable so long as the younger partner was not a freeborn Roman. Though effeminacy was frowned upon in men, there was no distinction in Roman society between homosexuality and heterosexuality. In fact, the language did not even contain words for the concepts.

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11 Of History’s Strangest Inventions

June 30, 2014

Swimming Aids

Invented in 1925 by Italian M. Goventosa de Udine, these swimming aids were made from bike tires and allowed the wearer to move at speeds of up to 93 mph. And while they’re a far cry from being fashionable—or even remotely comfortable—at least you could move faster than a running cheetah. Right?

Ice Age-Resistant Boats

Irrationally afraid of an impending ice age? Live in Holland in the year 1600? Fear no more. This boat, which was designed in Holland, had (as the inventors believed) the capacity to transport goods over frozen rivers and lakes.

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