A Vintage–And Slightly Disturbing–Halloween Photo

October 16, 2013

Halloween 1925

Taken in 1925, these Halloween fun-havers are dressed in some certainly spooky–and pretty offensive–costumes. We’re not sure who is beneath the masks, but on the same token, we’re not sure we want to.

The Fantastic Turquoise Ice Of Lake Baikal

October 13, 2013

Lake Baikal

Located in Siberia, Laka Baikal is the largest freshwater lake on the planet that contains approximately 20 percent of the Earth’s freshwater. Apart from being the oldest lake in the world at over 25 million years old, Lake Baikal is also home to over two thousand varieties of flora and fauna, of which almost 1,600 are endemic to the lake.

The water of Lake Baikal is renowned for being some of the clearest in the world. When the lake freezes during the winter, an amazing phenomena takes place: large shards of transparent ice form on the surface of the lake, giving the amazing appearance of turquoise ice.

Lake Baikal Frozen

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Banksy’s Sirens Of The Lambs

October 12, 2013

Across New York City this weekend, a slaughterhouse delivery truck is carrying 60 creatures to their death. But this is no ordinary truck and these are no ordinary creatures: the creatures are actually stuffed animals and the truck is a part of Banksy’s Better Out Than In street exhibit. Behold, Banksy’s Sirens Of The Lambs:

As described in Banksy’s audioguide accompanying the Sirens of the Lambs:

This is a piece of sculpture art, and I know what you’re thinking, ‘Isn’t it a bit subtle?’ Here, the artist Banksy is making some sort of comment on the causal cruelty of the food industry. Or perhaps something vague and pretentious about the loss of childhood innocence.

The truck contains over 60 cuddly soft toys on the road to a swift death. However, in order to bring them to life, four professional puppeteers are required, strapped into bucket seats, dressed entirely in black lycra, pulling on an array of levers with each limb and given only one toilet break a day – proving that the only sentient beings held in lower esteem than livestock are mime artists.

Videos Of The Sirens Of The Lambs

The World’s Coolest Food Art

October 10, 2013
Carl Warner Yellow

Source: Daily Mail

Although their parents warned them not to play with their food, the following five artists never listened to that piece of advice. And surprisingly, we’re thankful for that. Using rice, chocolate, salmon and grains as their mediums of choice, these “childlike” individuals create incredibly complex pieces of art. Here are the world’s coolest food artists.

Cool Food Art No.1: Mother of the Year

Samantha Lee Art

Source: PBS

Samantha Lee may be the world’s coolest mom. The Malaysian mother of two, who works as a kids’ party planner, first began making bento in 2008. For those who do not know, bento is a balanced, visually appealing meal packed into a box. Lee initially created the Japanese bento for her eldest daughter, around the time when Lee’s second daughter was born.

Samantha Lee Minions

Source: Street I Am

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The Bizarre Dragon Blood Tree

October 7, 2013

Dragon Blood Tree Yemen

Despite its rather uninviting appearance, the Indian Ocean archipelago-dwelling Dragon Blood tree has been used in everything from lipstick to breath fresheners, fever reduction concoctions and even toothpaste.

15 Incredibly Odd Photos From The Archives

October 4, 2013

It’s said that a single photo speaks a thousand words, but for some of the more eccentric of the bunch, a few more words of explanation will always be needed. For the last century, photographers have been snapping both beautiful and bizarre shots of everyday life. At Black and WTF, one person made it their mission to delve into the dusty, black and white photographic archives to find some of the most incredibly odd photos known to man.

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Odd Photos Egg

Taken in 1926, Dorothy Gulliver poses for a publicity shot for The Collegians, a four-year series about college life by some of Hollywood’s early masterminds.

Centipede Dancers

A troupe of dancers from Brussels perform “The Centipede” in 1929.

Odd Photos Dog Head

This photo really takes the biscuit when it comes to the bizarre. In explaining the ensemble, the dog’s owner said “I hooked a coat hanger over his shoulders to form shoulders, and newspaper stuffed into his trousers”. If you look carefully, you can also see a cat seated in his lap.

Boxing Couple

In this oddly-posed photo from the 1950’s, actress Mamie Van Doren punches her husband Ray Anthony in the nose.

Coats Hanging

One winter, a clothier from Denmark came up with an odd but effective sales scheme. He hung more than a thousand overcoats from a scaffold around his shop. So many customers turned up to see the spectacle that the police were called. He sold every single coat.

Odd Photos Crow Boy

Here, a crow tucks a boy into bed. Little else can be understood from this photo, but at least the boy doesn’t seem to mind the company of his avian caretaker.

Dog Shaving

At the peak of his career, Fritz the celebrity bulldog gets a professional shave for his TV appearance in 1961.

Horse Head

While the internet today is inexplicably filled with people wearing horse masks, have you ever wondered where the idea originally came from? Here, the horseman takes a break in between shooting the Jean Cocteau film Testament of Orpheus.

Kangaroo Bowling

The 1950’s beauty model Monique Van Vooren goes bowling with a kangaroo. How the kangaroo is able to hold the bowling ball is unknown to this day.

Odd Photos Koskimo

Taken in 1910, a person from the Native American Koskimo tribe stands in a full-body fur garment with oversized gloves and a Hami mask (aka a ‘dangerous thing’ mask) during a traditional ceremony.

Post Office Goods

While the English Post Office has been known for long delays and missing mail, it deserves credit for the incredible array of things able to be sent. In the 1930s, you could mail anything from rabbits to pheasants so long as it had a neck label with a mailing address and another which stated that ‘no liquid was likely to exude’.

Skeleton Man

We all know how important adhering to the highway code is, but “Mr. Statistic” took it to a new level in 1952. He was arrested after trying to warn drivers about traffic fatalities during Labour Day weekend in Los Angeles.

Beauty Machine Max Factor

While this machine may look a bit macabre a first glance, it is in fact an early Max Factor invention from 1934. The Beauty Micrometer was meant to detect beauty defects in women that are invisible to the naked eye.

Book Pile

Taken in the early 1910’s, a woman calls for more books to be donated to the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue...while standing on an enormous pile of them.

Odd Photos Harley Cage

Although it never made it as a permanent part of the police force, this Harley Davidson mobile booking cage in the 1920’s certainly proved a great a talking point.