Monday, December 9, 2019

Banana Duct-Taped To Wall

Another trip into the absurd world of modern art.

Recently, a banana duct-taped to a wall sold for $120,000 at some fancy art show called Art Basel Miami. 

The piece, titled Comedian, was created by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. Cattelan appears to be most famous for making a 18-carat toilet titled "America" (how edgy) which was stolen back in September of this year. 

You might be questioning the longevity of Cattelan's most recent display of brilliance with the knowledge that most bananas rot pretty fast. Well, let me ease your mind because at the low price of $120,000, not only do you get the banana and a strip of duct-tape, additionally you get a certificate of authenticity which allows owners to replace the banana as needed (new banana not included). 

But the story doesn't end there. 

While on display the banana was eaten by New York based performance artist David Datuna.

You might think that a spectator eating a $120,000 banana would cause quite a bit of trouble for the gallery, the purchaser and Datuna. But that's only because you don't get how art works. You see, according to the gallery's director of museum relations Lucien Terras, consuming the banana did not diminish the integrity of the work. “He did not destroy the art work. The banana is the idea,”  And since it's just an idea, the whole situation was easily fixed as the gallery owner simply had another banana taped to the wall.

The Telegraph: Banana duct-taped to a wall sells for $120,000 at Art Basel

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Man Finds Mutant Rat With A Plant Growing Out Of It

An Indian farmer recently discovered a rat with a plant growing out of it's back.

Farmer Datar Singh, had planted soya beans on his farm earlier this year. On August 7, while inspecting his crop he discovered the rat.

It's speculated that a soya bean seed could have landed in an open wood and germinated there.

Neighbours which filmed the rat, said it looked to be in "immense pain".

Professor A. Siddiqui, head of the department of biology at a college in nearby Barnagar, said "It's a miracle. Though the plant had grown in the region near the neck, there was no brain damage."

Datar took the rat home, removed the plant, and set it free.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Mummified monk revealed inside 1,000-year-old Buddha statue

From the telegraph

"Scientific tests have revealed that an ancient Buddhist statue contains the perfectly preserved remains of a 1,000-year-old mummified monk, in what is believed to be the only such example in the world.

The monk, who is sitting in the lotus position, is thought to have starved himself to death in an act of extreme spiritual devotion in China or Tibet in the 10th century. His preserved remains were displayed in his monastery.

Some 200 years later, perhaps after his remains started to deteriorate, his mummified body was placed inside the elaborate, lacquered statue of Buddha."

Read the whole story at The Telegraph

Thursday, February 22, 2018

China cracks down on funeral strippers hired to entertain mourners, attract larger crowds

China has launched a fresh crackdown on funeral strippers.

The Ministry of Culture said it would target "obscene, pornographic and vulgar performances" at funerals and weddings.

It followed reports in the state run Global Times newspaper about roaring crowds, applauding and cursing as women performed at funerals.

Read the whole story at Independent

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Have You Ever Had A Dream....

According to Know Your Meme

"The original clip was a blooper from the 1999 Turner Classic Movies television special “Goodnight Moon and Other Sleepytime Tales.” Though the special was mostly animated, several children were interviewed as well. The video clip was uploaded to YouTube in January 2011. “Have you ever had a dream like this?” appears at the very end."