Odd Collections And Their Even More Eccentric Owners

November 5, 2013
Dimitris Pistiolas Movie Cameras

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It’s fair to say that at some point in our lives, we’ve all had a collection that, if others saw it, might make them question our sanity. For you, it might be old magazines, cigarette lighters or even, say, antique seat cushions. But for a handful of people, a collection is not complete until they possess those items–however obscure–in their entirety. Welcome to some of the weirdest collections in the world.

Odd Collections: Movie Cameras

Making it into the Guinness Book of Records for the eighth time in 2008 for his collection of old movie cameras, Dimitris Pistiolas’ from Athens, Greece, started collecting these vintage cinematic devices at the tender age of 15. Now a 78-year-old retired postman, his impressive collection is made up of almost one thousand different models and projectors from around the world.

The film fanatic has always had a love for cameras, so much so that Dimitris says he sacrificed his home life to fulfill his life long craze. With a haul that dates back to the 1960’s, when asked about how he found so many, he waxed like one would about finding The One: “You must search for them, chase them for many years to find them.”

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The Weirdest Wedding Traditions In The World

November 3, 2013
Blackening Scotland Tradition

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Weddings are meant to be one of the happiest days in the lives of two devoted partners, but there are a few wacky wedding customs from around the world that can throw a spanner in the works. From throwing soot over the bride to banging pots and pans on the couple’s wedding night, some traditions are just plain weird.

Blackening of the Bride and Groom

Blackening Wedding Traditon

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Up in the Highlands of Scotland, there lies an age-old wedding custom that quite literally puts the bride and groom in a sticky situation. The ‘Blackening of the Bride’ ritual involves throwing treacle, soot and flour, at the happy couple to ward off evil spirits that might undermine their marriage. Nowadays, it’s a good excuse for the in-laws to hurl things at the bride and it’s believed that if you can endure the blackening, then you can handle marriage.

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An Amazing Recap Of The Burning Man Festival

October 27, 2013

For those of us unable to attend the Labor Day scorcher known as the Burning Man Festival, this video is just about the next best thing. This past year, a whopping 68,000 people took to the Nevada summit seeking inspiration, reconnection with what matters, or maybe just a simple change of pace. Either way, Burning Man’s growth is incredible: when it officially began just 17 years ago, a mere 20 people attended.

An Incredible Graph Documenting Where People Meet

October 23, 2013

Where People Meet

In an increasingly mobile and rootless society, a few things have happened. The first is that everything–even something as intimate as romance–can be commoditized. The second is the notion that “high school sweethearts” are on their way toward becoming fossils, perhaps to be replaced by internet cyber-sweeties.

The Fascinating History Of Obscene Gestures

October 18, 2013
Johnny Cash Finger

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The (Middle) finger

Synonymous with various phrases revolving around a verb that begins with the letter F, the middle finger is one of the most universally recognized and reviled gestures in history. Made particularly popular by late 20th century rock and punk personalities as a sign of rebellion and anti-establishmentarianism, the finger today is used liberally by people of all ages.

Obscene Gestures Little Kid Finger

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The finger dates all the way back to ancient Greece when it was meant as an insult, suggesting that the recipient of the gesture would easily submit to anal intercourse. By the Roman era, the middle finger had garnered the superstitious trait of being indecent, and is seen in Roman literature as an act of ill-intention and tool of black magic.

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Russell Brand Lets Loose On Designer’s Unsavory History

September 21, 2013

Alienating the world one cutting quip at a time, Russell Brand took the time to tear into designer Hugo Boss’s ties with the Nazis…at an event sponsored in part by Hugo Boss. Enjoy.