Friday, October 23, 2015

Self-Taught Artist Paints Terrifying Monsters On Faces

Nikki Shelley has reached an impressive following on Facebook thanks to her makeup skills. The mother-of-three uses face paints to create a kind of different monsters and terrifying faces.
She had no training and taught herself to face-paint at home in Rugby, Warwickshire.
More info: Facebook

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Giant 16th-Century ‘Colossus’ Sculpture In Florence, Italy Has Entire Rooms Hidden Inside

This epic colossus, half man, half mountain, was erected in the late 1500s by renowned Italian sculptor Giambologna as a symbol of Italy’s rugged Appenine mountains. This mountain god, fittingly named Appennino, stand 35 feet tall over the ground of the Villa di Pratolino in Tuscany.
The rugged, mountainous statue hides a wonderful secret – his interior hides several rooms with different functions that made this colossus come to life. The monster that his left hand holds spewed water from an underground stream, and it is rumored that space in his head was made for a fireplace which, when lit, would blow smoke out of his nostrils.
The park in which the colossus currently stands, Villa Demidoff, will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10AM until 7PM until the end of October.
More info: | Blogspot (h/t: mymodernmet)

Image credits: Andreas Angelidakis

Friday, October 16, 2015

Food Coloring Isn't That Interesting Here On Earth...But In Space? It's Awesome.

The most exciting thing food coloring has ever done for me is turn a regular white frosting into a slightly less white, more sky-blue birthday cake topping. That's all well and good, and adding a dash of color to the little things in life is not something to take for granted...
But when you're in outer space, food coloring -- along with pretty much everything else, I assume -- gets waymore interesting.

Because, y'know, space is the best.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

10 Most Bizarre Protests Ever Seen

Protests are not always about the angry crowd, bull horns and violence. To grab attention, whether of a handsome guy in the subway or of some concerned authority, people have been coming up with quirky ways of putting their point forward. Some succeeded in bringing about the desired change while others failed. Here is a list of 10 strange and most bizarre protests from around the world.

The 10 Most Bizarre Protests Ever Seen:

10. Slutwalk – Global Movement

On January 24, 2011 when addressing the issue of campus rape, Toronto Police Constable Michael Sanguinetti told a York University class that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized,” he drew criticisms from all corners and was accused of promoting “blame the victim” perception. His controversial statement sparked a unique protest where women (some dressed provocatively) would march down the streets in an attempt t redefine the term ‘slut’ as someone who is in control of her sex life which doesn’t mean that she should expect violence simply because ‘she’ is in charge of her sex life and not the man. ‘No one should equate enjoying sex with attracting sexual assault’. Although the SlutWalk originated in Toronto, it has since then gone global.

9. Going Naked Is Better Than Wearing Fur – Global Movement

PETA (“People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals”) is respected worldwide for its formidable work on behalf of the animals. They are known for putting up messages in the most unconventional manner. One such head-turning campaign was when protestors paraded around carrying simulated skinned animals covered in blood. The PETA protesters screamed slogans like ‘I’d rather go naked than wear fur’ to put-off people from using animal fur for fashion. ‘Luxury’ no longer seemed pretty.

8. Spraying Milk Protest in Belgium

European dairy farmers had for long been suffering the crunch of drop in the prices of milk. But in 2009, around 2,500 European farmers flocked to Brussels to protest against the constant collapse in price rises. Earlier they had created a “milk lake,” pouring thousands of litres of white stuff onto the street. This time they squirted milk straight from the cow’s udder towards the police. The protesters burned hay and tires and threw bottles at police, others pelted officers with chickens. The city has had a history of violent protests by farmers. Caught in the midst of such violence the cow went nerve-wretched and chased people down the street.

7. Scrub The Country’s Flag Clean in Peru

In 2000, Alberto Fujimori was re-elected as the president of Peru. This brought criticism from all corners of the country for Fujimori was unpopular due to his extravagant abuse of power and his use of violence to crush his opponents. Some Peruvian women taking the matter in their hands gathered in Lima’s main plaza regularly to wash the country’s flag that was soiled by dirty politics. The scrubbing of the national flag went on for months unheeded by the authorities until a video emerged showing Fujimori’s ally bribing a legislature. Following this Fujimori fled to Japan from where he resigned the presidency. He was later imprisoned.

6. Dangling From A Hook in Paris

According to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) some 100 million sharks are caught in commercial and sports fishing every year and in the past decade several species have decline by more than 80 percent. Alice Newstead, an artist & activist wanted to do something to make people take notice how the sharks are slowly becoming extinct. So she took protesting to the next level by painting her body silver (depicting a shark) then piercing her back with big fish hooks and hoisted herself into the air with the help of on those hooks. Following this she hung from the ceiling of a Paris boutique for an agonising 15 minutes.

5. Moon The Balloon in Canada

An American surveillance balloon was placed floating above the US/Canadian border with the intention of stopping people from illegally crossing the border into the US from Canada. Though it was seen as an attempt to invade into people’s privacy, the surveillance cameras didn’t have to wait too long to make the invasion. A group of 200 Canadians decided to protest against by pulling down their pants and exposing their bottoms toward the cameras therefore “mooning” the balloon.

4. I Am Now A URL! in Usa

Jennifer Thornburg was disturbed on having to dissect a live animal at her science class at school. She was an intern at PETA and wanted to draw attention at this casual inhumanity. She went out and protested by legally changing her name to Cutout The URL exists for real, of a website that vehemently protests scientific dissections of animals. Her driving license now reads ‘, Cutout’! Following this, her school started allowing students who were opposed to animal dissection to opt out.

3. The Pink Chaddi Campaign in India

In June 2009, activists of Sri Ram Sena, a right wing Hindu activist group, justified their attack on a pub in Mangalore, saying that the people inside – especially the woman- were tainting Indian culture. The founder of Sri Ram Sena, Pramod Muthalik threatened to marry off couples who were found romancing outdoors on Valentine’s Day. In response a group of young women defining themselves as ‘Consortium of Pub-going, Loose, and Forward Women’, initiated the Pink Chaddi campaign whereby supporters send in 2,000 pink underwear to Muthalik’s office on Valentine’s Day. (The term Chaddi literally means underwear and ironically chaddiwallah is also a term used to identify Sri Ram Sena cadres after the khaki shorts they wore). Later the embarrassed Muthalik, who was by then put on house arrest, rescinded his statements.

2. Chopping Off My Penis To Protest in Egypt

In a lazy Sunday, a 25-year-old young man named Sheikh Eissa chopped his penis off in protest against his parents’ choice of bride. He was in love with a woman and wanted to marry her but his parents rejected his love and ordered him to marry another woman. Unable to make his parents understand Eissa took up this drastic step. On discovering Eissa in his room covered with blood he was rushed to the hospital where his condition got stable. However the doctors were unable to reattach his severed testicles.

1. Pissing On President in Paris

FEMEN is a Paris-based self-proclaimed “sextremist” women group who became internationally renowned in December 2013 when they gathered in front of the Ukrainian embassy protesting against restraints on human rights and liberties (like sex trade, anti- abortion laws, the wearing of hijabs etc). The FEMEN protesters bared their breast and placing photographs of Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych on the pavement, urinated on it. President Victor Yanukovych had deployed police forces to suppress a citizens’ protest in Kiev against his trade policies. The five topless activists symbolically attempted to clean up Ukraine in a ‘natural way’!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Evolution of 8 Superheroes, Then and Now.

The world of superheroes has been much loved and worshipped since the last several decades, and it does help that there doesn’t seem to be a lack of said superheroes to love and worship. Not only do they provide due entertainment, they also provide one with an alternative universe to lose oneself in.
They have been around for a long, long time, and although your they may seem immortal, they are definitely not immune to change, as these pictures of your favourite superheroes from way back then and now will prove.

1. Hulk 

Introduced by Marvel Comics in 1962 in The Incredible Hulk #1, Hulk has evolved into one of the most loved, yet, probably the most misunderstood of all Marvel superheroes. Since his initial appearance in comics, Hulk has also made appearances in several other media such as television shows and movies. The TV show, entitled The Incredible Hulk was broadcast by CBS from 1978 to 1982, and had Lou Ferrigno play the Hulk.
The Hulk’s stint with movies began in 2003, with the release of Hulk in 2003, which had Eric Bana play the role of Hulk. In the 2008 movie The Incredible Hulk, Edward Norton played Hulk. The Hulk has also made appearances in the Avengers movie series, where Mark Ruffalo plays the Hulk.
Although the Hulk’s size has been portrayed as pretty much the same throughout his evolution from comics to TV to films, his colour has often changed, varying from gray to green, according to his roles.(source)

The Incredible Hulk (1978 TV series)

Avengers (2012)

2. Batman

Image source: reddit
First appearing in Detective Comics #27 in 1939, Batman became so popular that in the following year, DC started a comic book series entirely dedicated to him. A rising popularity among people led to Batman spilling over into other forms of media, such as radio, television, and films.
Batman entered television in 1943 with a 15-chapter serial released by Columbia Pictures, that had Lewis Wilson play Bruce Wayne/Batman. Later the same year, Batman was given his own radio show, with Stacy Harris playing Batman. He later appeared inThe Adventures of Superman radio show, after which it was decided that Batman would not have a radio show of his own.
1949 saw the release of a second Batman serial – a sequel to the 1943 version; this one had Robert Lowery portray Batman.
A live-action series of Batman was released in 1966, that ran till 1968, with Adam West playing Batman. A feature film spin-off of the same was made in 1966.
In 1989, Tim Burton’s Batman was released, which had Michael Keaton in the role of Batman. A sequel was released in 1992, titlesBatman Returns.
With The Dark Knight Trilogy, Batman returned to the big screen, starring Christian Bale; this series was perhaps the most popular of all Batman portrayals in cinema.
Batman is now all set to star alongside Superman in the new Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie, in which Ben Affleck is all set to play Batman.(source)

Batman 1943

The Dark Knight Rise(2012)

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3. Superman

Having first appeared in Action Comics #1, and garnering a major fan following, Superman had a dedicated comic in his name soon after.Since then, Superman has appeared in various media, such as radio, television, and cinema. The first such spin-off was the radio series The Adventures of Superman. 
1948 saw the release of the first Superman movie, with Kirk Alyn playing Superman. This was followed by the television series Adventures of Superman, featuring George Reeves as Superman. A Broadway musical titled It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman was released in 1966, and was later adapted for TV in 1975.
In 1978, Superman was revived in cinema, with Superman, starring Christopher Reeve. 2006 saw the release of the film Superman Returns, which had Brandon Routh as Superman. The most recent adaptation of Superman in film was in 2013, with the release of Man of Steel, with Henry Cavill playing Superman. He will reprise his role in the much awaited Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie.(source)

Superman (1948)

Man of Steel(2013)

4. Spiderman

Spiderman, after being introduced in Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962, soon made his way into other media such as radio, television, and cinema, and remains, to this day, one of the most loved superheroes.
His first appearance outside comic book pages was in 1967, with the ABC animated series titled Spider-Man. This was followed by the CBS live-action series The Amazing Spider-Man (1978-79), with Nicholas Hammond playing Spiderman.
Spiderman has featured in a number of animated series and films. He was also seen in a trilogy of live-action films featuring Tobey Maguire as Spiderman. Spiderman’s latest stint in cinema featured Andrew Garfield taking up the role of Spiderman in The Amazing Spider-Man, which released in 2012.
A Broadway musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, was also made, and is the most expensive musical in the history of Broadway.(source)

The Amazing Spider-Man (1978–1979)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2(2014)

5. Iron Man

Iron Man is unarguably one of the suavest superheroes out there. Making his debut in 1968, Iron Man, this series ran for almost 30 years, coming to an end in 1996. A second series, taking place in a parallel universe, was soon introduced, and this ran for 13 issues; a third volume ran 89 issues, coming to an end in 2004. 2005 saw the fourth series, titled The Invincible Iron Man.
In 2008, Iron Man was released in theatres, with Robert Downey Jr. playing Tony Stark. He reprised his role in later film sequels and adaptations, such as Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3 The Avengers, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Exo Man, although in no way related to Iron Man, holds a striking similarity in the iron suit that he, like Iron Man, dons, and, in this manner, he is something of a precursor to Iron Man. You can see the similarities, of course.(source)

Exo-Man (1977)

Exo Man

Iron Man 3(2013)

6. Thor

Thor made his first appearance in 1962 in Journey into Mystery #83 and appeared in several series and limited series.
Thor made his appearance in several animated television series – the first of which was released in 1966 – and later moved on to live action television film with the release of The Incredible Hulk Returns, with Eric Allan Kramer playing Thor.
In 2011, Chris Hemsworth played Thor in the movie by the same name, reprising his role for The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Dark World.(source)

The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988)

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

7. Captain America

Introduced in Timely Comics’ Captain America Comics #1 in 1941, Captain America was the first superhero to have featured in media other than comics, with the release of the 1944 movie serial, Captain America. 
In 1979, he appeared in two live-action television movies – Captain America, and Captain America II: Death Too Soon – both of which featured Reb Brown in the lead role.
The 1990 Captain America movie was the first feature-length depiction of the superhero; Matt Salinger portrayed Captain America in the film.
Other movie depictions of Captain America include Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Avengers: The Age of Ultron, with Chris Evans as Captain America.(source)

Captain America (1944)

Avengers (2012)

8. Catwoman

Catwoman was introduced by DC Comics in Batman #1, 1940, and stepped into the world of live-action television with the Batman series of 1966 through 1968, during which period she way portrayed by Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, and Eartha Kitt. She also made an appearance in the 2002 TV series, Birds of Prey, and later, Gotham.
The first film to feature Catwoman was Batman, released in 1966, which saw Lee Meriwether in the role. The 1992 film Batman Returns saw Michelle Pfeiffer in the role of Catwoman. 2004 saw the release of the movie Catwoman, starring Halle Berry. The most recent portrayal of Catwoman on screen was in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), wherein Anne Hathaway played Catwoman.(source)

Batman (1966–1968)

The Dark Knight Rises(2012)

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