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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Performance Artist Kira O'Reilly

After my exposure to the works of Kira O'Reilly, I would say I find her performances to be both varied and consistent. They are varied in the sense that they always incorporate new and interesting ways to make you think, "What the fuck?" but consistent in that they always make think, "What the fuck?"

Let us begin with an early piece named 'Succour' performed back in 2001-2002. O'Reilly sits in a towel covered chair surrounded by white sand. She wraps tape around her body in a grid like pattern from the pits of her arms down to her ankles. Once the grid is completed, O'Reilly picks up a scalpel and starts cutting little diagonal slashes into each taped square. When finished, she removes the tape, puts a little piece of gauze onto each cut, then drops them onto the sand.




In 2006, O'Reilly performed "inthewrongplaceness" at the Newlyn Art Gallery, where she spent four hours naked hugging a dead pig. According to an article from the Daily Mail, she said the performance was an attempt to 'identify' with the pig which she, at various times, cut with a knife.



Animal rights activist were angered by "inthewrongplaceness" so O'Reilly responded with a performance called "Falling Asleep with a Pig" where, for a few days, she lived with a pig named Deliah in a specially constructed sty.



Kira has a number of projects she is currently performing, two of which are "Stair Falling" and "Slick Glittery". "Stair Falling" is exactly what it sounds like, except done in slow motion...and of course, naked.


Here is a video link showing a sample of "Stair Falling


In "Slick Glittery", O'Reilly enters a room with eggs and glitter placed throughout the floor. Then, over the course of the next four hours (and of course without any clothes on) she rolls about the floor, crushing the eggs beneath her body, letting the glitter stick to her skin.



Monday, December 15, 2014

Enigma of the Parking Lot

For some people, it seems parking their car or leaving a parking space is about as difficult as solving a Rubik's Cube.








Friday, December 5, 2014

Sulsa Do Corp / God Rock Ministries / Expert Karate



I have no idea how I am just now discovering Master David Bateman's Sulsa Do Corp. Master Bateman teaches out of Bateman's USA TaeKwonDo/Expert Karate in Cleveland Tennessee. According to the school's webpage, he teaches USA TaeKwonDo and Expert Karate. Expert Karate is described as a style established in 1985 under the governing body of the United States Expert Karate Association. It incorporates techniques from Karate, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido, TaeKwonDo as well as weapons training such as Bo Staff, Stick Fighing, Nunchaku, Katana and Archery.



But most awesomely, the style has a secret weapon other MMA styles do not. It also includes "Sul Sa Do training, better known as the KOREAN STYLE NINJA or Modern Elite Warrior!!! Practicing Jungle and Urban Warfare Tactics and Survival Skills.." Based on this, I can only imagine this video is but a small sample of Master Bateman's imposing skills.





Wednesday, December 3, 2014

News Weird: November 2014

Metro: Man fakes being in a coma for two years
Asswipe Alan Knight conned his elderly neighbor out of £40,000. For two years he was able to avoid going to court by having his family claim that an accident had left him in a quadriplegic state and that, at various times, seizures would cause him to fall into a coma.


But it seems the whole thing was a scam as the dipshit was caught on CCTV walking around shopping at a various Tesco stores.

Det Con Paul Harry, from South Wales Police, said: ‘In my entire career this is the most calculated, long-term deception of a vulnerable, elderly neighbour I have ever seen.’


IFL Science: Seals Caught Having Sex With Penguins
It was recently reported in IFL Science that a group of scientist have witnessed multiple incidents of fur seals trying to have sex with king penguins.






Vancouverdesi: Live fish removed from man’s intestines
A Brazilian man underwent surgery at the University Hospital in Londrina to remove a long Lungfish from his intestines. The man apparently decided to put the fish up his rear as part of a sexual fantasy but was unable to remove it after it had wriggled its way up his intestines. 

Warning, it's a little graphic




Observer:Russian Lawmaker Proposes Mailing Putin Sperm to Impregnate Russian Women
Yelena Borisovna Mizoulina - the Chairwoman of Parliamentary Commission on Women’s Affairs, Children and Family - allegedly introduced a bill that would provide Russian woman access to Vladimir Putin's sperm.  “The essence of my proposition is simple. Each female citizen of Russia will be able to receive by mail the genetic material of the President, get pregnant from him and have a baby. These mothers will be receiving special allowances from the government.”



Thursday, November 27, 2014

Frankie the pug wins the gold at the pee Olympics


Frankie the pug impressively walking on front paws while peeing for over a minute.



Though Frankie took the gold, there were other notable entrants as well.




Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Wang Rong Rollin: "Chick Chick"


In an effort to show that they can be just as weird as the Japanese, the Chinese pop group Wang Rong Rollin created this music video for their new song "Chick Chick"



DC-Mack & KHAOTIC JAKE

The song that made them who they are today


For more of the next big thing to hit rap, be sure to check out their YouTube page

Sunday, November 2, 2014

News Anchor Dan Thorn is a Silly Goose


A friend posted this video of news anchor Dan Thorn from WVNS-TV 59 News seemingly having a little impromptu dance party with himself while waiting to go on the air. I got such a kick out of Dan's complete lack of inhibition next to his partner's complete disinterest.



It seems this wasn't just a one time event resulting from the use of psychotropic drugs prior to going to work. On Dan's YouTube page you can find more videos of him demonstrating his mad skills, such as this dance tribute to Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off'.

Friday, October 31, 2014

News Weird: October 2014



Florida resident, Melissa Dawn Sellers, was really looking forward to enjoying her leftover spaghetti and meatballs when she discovered her roommate, Carlos Ortiz Jr, had carelessly thrown them out. Understandably, Sellers became enraged and wanting justice to be served, was forced to take the only reasonable course of action before her: dousing Ortiz Jr with nail polish remover and setting him on fire.



NY Daily News: President of Belarus declares country's sausage is free of toilet paper


The President/Dictator of Belarus pridefully told Russian reporters that Belarusian sausage was superior. "Belarusian (food) is of substantially higher in quality. There is no toilet paper in the salami and never was."


Online romance flames out after woman gets stuck inside chimney

Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, a 30 year old Californian woman, was rescued by firefighters after she became stuck in the chimney of a home owned by a man she had met online. Firefighters had to take the chimney apart to a point they could reach the woman, then used dish soap to lube her up and pull her free.

According to the homeowner, who did not want to be identified, the two went on about six dates before he decided to call it off. Interestingly, it seems this isn't the first stalker like encounter he has had with Nunez-Figueroa. "She seemed totally cool until the first flag was her actually being on my roof two weeks ago," said the unnamed homeowner.

Though I don't know if this is Nunez-Figueroa's first attempt at stalking, but she might want get a new hobby as she doesn't seem very good at it.


The New Tribune: Anti-violence activists charged in vicious attack


In Washington, Pennsylvania two members of the "Stop the Violence" organization allegedly beat a former roommate to the point that he vomited blood and was left unconscious on the street.

Nikole Ardeno and Emanuel Velez believed the victim, Joshua Magraff, had stolen property from their home and retaliated by punching and kicking him until he had seizures. Ironically, the two were arrested a short time later with Ardeno still wearing the same "Stop the Violence" T-shirt she had on the night before at the "Stop the Violence" march she helped coordinate.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Lesley the Pony Has an A+ Day


I don't know exactly what...this is....about. But it belongs on this blog. The song part is kind of catchy.


Lesley the Pony Has an A+ Day! from Christian Larrave on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

PSA Weird

Who doesn't love a good PSA?. All that awareness being raised and attitudes being changed. If it wasn't for public service announcements I would probably be a drug addicted arsonist with a venereal disease, recklessly injuring myself at work, throwing my trash on the street and crapping wherever I pleased.


What is the best way to inform dignified, venerable seniors of the importance of having safe sex? Apparently it is with a short PSA of seniors simulating various sex acts. Warning, viewing this video may cause your eyes to bleed.




Captain Lou Albano telling you don't do drugs...and if you do you'll go to hell before you die!




I used to think that venereal disease was just for a select few, but now I know it's for everybody!




After watching these Canadian workplace safety PSA's I'm terrified to leave the house. Thanks Canada!




Stopping forest fires by creeping people out?




I've already done a post on Take The Poo To The Loo but it may be the oddest PSA ever and certainly deserves to be on the list.




So what would a PSA directed by David Lynch look like? Pretty much what you would expect.




You know Spider-Man, you can buy a lot of bananas with the $400 bucks the mayor was about to give you.




Obviously Don't Copy That Floppy was a huge success since no one now steals digital media.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Baby Cage


Ah, times have changed. Remember the days when you could stick a crying baby in a cage and hang it outside the window of tall building? No? Me neither, but apparently you once could.

Invented and patented in 1922 by Emma Read, the "Portable Baby Cage" was designed to provide fresh air and sunlight to babies and small children being raised in crowded cities.


It's hard to say how many people actually used the baby cage but it seems the invention made it all the way to London where the then East Poplar borough council proposed to fix the cages to the outside of some of their buildings.  Also, the baby cages were distributed to members of London's Chelsea Baby Club.






Friday, September 12, 2014

Eye Tattooing

Apparently, over the past few years, there has been an increasing number of people tattooing the white area of their eyes.

This fairly new body modification was first attempted back in 2007 by tattoo artist LunaCobra and was performed on Shannon Larratt, Pauly Unstoppable and Josh Rahn. Here is a link to an article written by Larratt describing how it all went down.


Shannon Larratt having his eye tattooed

In this Eyeball Tattoo FAQ, Larratt claims that a great deal of research was done prior to the experiment. Interestingly, he summarizes the history of eyeball tattooing stating that the earliest reference dates back almost two thousand years when a Roman doctor attempted to color white patches over the iris. In the 19th century doctors made many attempts to use tattooing methods to cosmetically correct eye deformities. Larratt goes on to say that in the early 1900's, eyeball tattooing was advertised in newspapers by tattoo artist to change the color of the iris but points out that it is unknown if anyone actually went through with the procedure and that no references to these services exist beyond 1920.

Though I doubt it will become a big thing in the near future, eyeball tattooing has started to gain some popularity. Here are a few examples for your viewing pleasure.

Rodrigo Fernando Dos Santos

















Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Truth Behind Japanese Icons


It was recently revealed that the iconic Japanese Sanrio character Hello Kitty is actually a little girl and not a cat. Interestingly, this is not a new change. Christine Yano, an anthropologist from the University of Hawaii, is the curator of an upcoming Hello Kitty retrospective at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. In some of the written text for the exhibit she referred to Hello Kitty as a cat. "I was corrected — very firmly," she says. "That's one correction Sanrio made for my script for the show. Hello Kitty is not a cat. She's a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She's never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it's called Charmmy Kitty."


But Hello Kitty wasn't the only Japanese icon revealed to actually be a little girl.




Thursday, August 21, 2014

Tattooing Receipts On Your Body

There's an entry in the urban dictionary which defines Young-minded as "When a person does something that is so stupid, you simply must dimiss their actions as coming from an immature perspective."  I think this next entry is a perfect example of being young-minded.


Back in March, 18 year old Stian Ytterdahl of Norway had a McDonald's receipt tattooed onto his right forearm. Allegedly, Ytterdahl was at the restaurant when his friends decided he needed to be punished for being "a little too active towards the ladies". They said he had a choice of either getting a Barbie doll tattooed to his butt or the receipt on his arm.


Ytterdahl received a fair amount of media attention for the stunt which I'm sure was intoxicating for the young lad. In a seeming attempt to get a little more of the public's attention, Ytterdahl decided to double down on his first antic by having the sales receipt from the tattoo parlor tattooed onto his left forearm.


So will this be the final act in the Ytterdahl saga? Who knows. Whether or not he continues the insanity (perhaps tattooing the receipt for the second tattoo on his leg), we can appreciate and thank him for his contribution to the list of award winning WTF tattoos.


Metro: Teenager gets McDonald’s receipt tattooed on his arm as a ‘punishment’ from friends

Daily News: Norwegian teen who got McDonald's tattoo keeps promise, gets tattoo parlor receipt inked on too

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Uncomfortably Numb


So I came across this wonderfully bad cover of Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb. Haven't laughed that hard in a while.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Rap Genius GMCFOSHO

GMCFOSHO


My first introduction to gmcfosho was the strangely hypnotic comeupoutdawahta.




But he has plenty of other jems including imdabes, which brought him into the limelight back in 2012.




Friday, August 8, 2014

Performance Artist Michal Samama

WARNING: CONTAINS NUDITY

Michal Samama is a performance artist who, according to her bio, creates "body-based art works that incorporate movement, sound, objects, text, installation and site-specific practices....In my works I seek the space where opposites overlap. I explore how weakness, at its most extreme, utter vulnerability, uncovers a peculiar, uncanny power. I do that by creating obstacles for myself, actions to perform on stage of which I could never achieve full mastery, and keep me exposed to the possibility of failure. This structure produces images that are at the same time humorous and disturbing and evoke a sense of insecurity rather than comfort and ease...My aim is to trigger, in my most intimate, private, almost idiosyncratic images, the texture of the scars the collective leaves on the individual body, in my very flesh. It is there at my most intimate that I find the traces of collective memory, the hidden choreography of our life, for which there is no author...Much of my research is devoted to the tension between the ephemeral and the eternal; performance art and visual arts; I test the power but also the risk and uncertainty of live-presence with its ephemeral, passing quality against the static quality and the possibility of perpetuation in the visual arts."

Wow, most of that fancy intellectual talk went over my head but it sounds like her performances must be some really deep, philosophical stuff. Let's take a look.

Michal Samama: The Chicken Memorial




Michal Samama: Block



Monday, July 28, 2014

Comcast Customer Service Hell

Ryan Block recently called Comcast to try and have his service disconnected. His agent proceeded to open five of the seven gates to customer service hell.

After about ten minutes talking to the aggressive "customer retention" agent, Block became so frustrated that he began recording the conversation.


Maybe I'm wrong but it doesn't seem like irritating the shit out of customers is the best public relations strategy.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tracey Emin's My Bed sold for $4.3 million

So the story goes something like this: Back in 1998, artist Tracey Emin spent four days depressed in bed after being dumped. She went to get a glass of water and on the way back took a look at the bed and decided to make it into art.

Fast forward to July 1st of 2014. The piece is auctioned at Christie's in London and sells for a whopping 2.5 million pounds (4.3 million dollars to us Yankees).



So what do you get for 4.3 million dollars? Well of course you get the bed itself. But in addition you also get some dirty stained sheets, a small blue rug, used condoms, menstrual stained underwear, pregnancy tests, cigarettes, and various other miscellaneous items. What a bargain!



Here Emin talks about the piece and her "installation process"




http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-18/emin-s-messy-bed-shattering-record-shows-female-art-surge.html

http://time.com/2933839/tracey-emin-my-bed-auctioned/



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Oklahoma Primary Loser Says His Opponent Was Replaced By Body Double

Remember the movie They Live with wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper? No? Well the plot basically revolves around Piper's character John, a down and out drifter who acquires special sunglasses which allow him to see that some people (the politically powerful and wealthy) are actually aliens. Not a bad sci-fi movie, but I suspect Mr. Timothy Ray Murray would believe the film to be a documentary.



After losing the Republican primary in Oklahoma to Rep. Frank Lucas, Murray wrote a letter obtained by KFOR local channel 4 that stated "...it is widely known Rep. Frank D. Lucas is no longer alive and has been displayed by a look alike.” Though KFOR couldn't get Murray to respond to their calls, his website  (as of July 14th) provides a great deal more info about his theory:
I, Mr. Timothy Ray Murray am in dispute about the June 24, 2014 primary election as the votes being switched with Rep. Lucas. This is because Rep. Frank D. Lucas died and has been substituted in public as a look alike. I will continue legal correction through the Federal Courts and possibly Oklahoma Courts as needed to correct to voter selected Representation for Oklahoma’s 3rd District. As Ambassador for The People of The United States, I will continue to pursue for The People of Oklahoma correct voter Representation in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate of The People’s voice. In order to comply with Federal and State Law as of 11:59 PM July 7, 2014 all expenses after that time of this pursuit are that of Hon. Timothy Ray Murray, including this website. The Campaign is also suspended at the fore-mentioned time until this matter is resolved. Hon. Timothy Ray Murray July 8, 2014

It seems that sometime in the recent past Murray had two other letters on his website which provided more insight into Mr. Murray's claims. These letters, featured in the KFOR report, state that Rep. Lucas and other members of Congress "were depicted as being executed by The World Court on or about Jan. 11, 2011 in Southern Ukraine...We know that it is possible to use look alike artificial or man made replacements..."  In case you were concerned, it should be noted that Mr. Murray assures us that he himself is not a look alike by stating "I, Timothy Ray Murray, am a human, born in Oklahoma, and obtained and continue to fully meet the requirements to serve as U.S. Representative when honored to so."

This is the second time Murray has run against Lucas. If he makes a third attempt, I'm sure it will be interesting.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Angel's Bonus Technique: Grapefruiting

*Warning: Strong Language/Adult Content*



Angel's Bonus Technique
aka: Grapefruiting
aka: Grapefruit Yo Man
aka: I could of been f_cking a grapefruit all these years



Sunday, July 6, 2014

Crack Shack or Mansion

I had no idea that real estate prices in Vancouver were so insanely high. That is until I played Crack Shack or Mansion?


It's a simple enough game. Your'e presented with a picture of a house and asked to choose if you think it's a crack house or a Vancouver home which listed at over a million Canadian dollars (The Canadian/U.S. exchange rate is pretty close and all of the home presented are still over a million U.S. dollars, at least based on today's rates).

According to this article, foreign investors are responsible for driving up the price of  the average, single family Vancouver home to almost a million dollars. This is pretty crazy considering median income is only about seventy thousand.

Anyway, give Crack Shack or Mansion a try. And don't forget to also play Crack Shack or Mansion II. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Ibrahim Hamato: Amazing Table Tennis Player

At the age of 10, Ibrahim Hamato suffered a terrible accident which caused the loss of both of his arms. He had loved the game of table tennis and though it would seem pretty hopeless that he'd be able to ever enjoy it again, three years after the accident Ibrahim began experimenting with ways he could possibly do so.

He tried holding the paddle under what remained of his arm, but it didn't really work. He then tried using his mouth, and with a great deal of effort and patience, he found that this worked for him. Over time Ibrahim became quite good. So good that he even competes in tournaments run by the International Table Tennis Federation. 



This year Ibrahim was a guest of honor at the 2014 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo.  Here you can see him playing with some of the best in the world.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Swimming the Dream


Dreams don't just come true because you want them to. It takes determination and hard work. You have to push yourself to go further than you've ever gone before. Jane Petkov knows what I'm talking about. He had a dream. A dream to do something no one else in the world had ever done before. A dream to swim further than any man had before, while tied up in a bag.



The record breaking attempt happened on September 11, 2013 on Lake Orhid, in Macedonia. Wrapped in an orange bag with his arms and legs strapped to his body, it took Petkov 2 hours and 55 minutes to swim the 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) to shore“I was very cold for the first kilometer but after that it was all fine, no problem whatsoever, “he said.”Had the water been warmer, I could have swum 10km or more.”

The event was filmed from a life boat and the footage sent to Guinness World Records.