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Nothing says romance like blood-spurting candy
It's only a month until Valentine's Day, and you may be considering giving your significant other some token of your affection. A card, a small present and, as most traditions go, a bit of candy. So you'll be happy to know that a candy-maker has just the thing to show your partner that you care: a sweet candy heart. No, not the cute little candy hearts with saccharine love messages imprinted on them.
We're talking about a 2-pound, throbbing, anatomically correct gummy heart. That squirts candy blood.
The man who invented the Jelly Belly in 1976 might have been bought out of the company four years later, but he never gave up his love for making candy. And just like the popular jelly bean he created, his inventions remain anything but conventional. In addition to the heart, customers can also get their hands on a bizarre gummy severed foot with a gangrenous toe, candy urine and a plateful of candy barf.
Ahh, delicious romance. Bon appetit.
When people say artwork, most of us immediately think of classic art pieces, such as paintings, drawings and sculpture.
Most us don't think of diamond-encrusted fetal skulls, but really, who does?
Well, artist Damien Hirst did when he unveiled "For Heaven's Sake" at his current show, which features the skull of a 19th-century infant cast in platinum and encrusted with pink diamonds, and white diamonds along the fontanels and cranial sutures -- more than 8,000 diamonds altogether. Hirst says it's a followup to his 2007 piece "For the Love of God," which was an adult skull in similar platinum and diamonds.
The skull was apparently part of a Victorian collection (yes, they collected weird pathology oddities like infant skulls) and the finished piece is on display at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy. Hirst, whose themes often include death, said that the skull motif in Aztec artwork inspired him to use skulls, although some of his previous artwork included the severed head of a cow and a 22-ton shark preserved in formaldehyde.
The two skull pieces are reportedly the most expensive commissioned artwork since the crown jewels, and the intense imagery is expected to shock the remaining nine people who are still capable of being surprised by modern art.
And we shall call it ... Vertigoland
Off the topic of strange, and more along the lines of clever and awesome, architect Ju-Hyun Kim decided that for all its many attractions, New York City was simply too dense to offer an amusement park in the city. Most theme parks need hundreds of acres of open space to be laid out, since theme park attractions need space.
But Kim wondered, what if an amusement park were designed on the vertical axis instead of the horizontal one? Not seeing one, he decided he'd tackle the problem himself. So Kim decided he'd create a new type of theme park from the ground up. Literally. He designed a purely vertical theme park that would take up roughly the same footprint as a regular commercial building, but would include roller coasters, flume rides, bungee jumping, a Ferris wheel and a "zero-gravity zone" sphere in a swaying upright skeleton built to bowel-evacuating heights.
Kim's concept was to reduce urban sprawl and the pollution footprint in a dense urban environment, but the concept could be utilized anywhere to minimize walking distance from parking lots, but with an innovative design that would allow urbanites easy access to have a fun day out at whatever the amusement park would be named. People suffering from fear of heights would reference it with their own nickname: Complete and Utter Hell.
The real reason Lincoln has a surprising patch of green chest hair
There are two kinds of people who never sleep: graffiti vandals and people who like to tinker with everything. Well, the tinkerers have finally encroached on the territory of the people best known for defacing every plain surface with everything from gang tags to random musings to murals and even a bit of clever art (nod to guerrilla artist Banksy here).
And in some offbeat blending of the tinkerers and the taggers, a new graffiti product that's totally green, common and biodegradeable is being used successfully on porous materials: moss.
Some unknown tinkerer -- no doubt working from a secret lair -- discovered that mixing a few handfuls of common moss in a blender with some warm water, buttermilk and a common garden water-retention gel made the perfect matrix to grow moss on nearly any surface. The careful graffiti artist would just need to come by and spritz the moss a few times to help it bloom, but presumably in a moist enough environment, the moss would thrive.
So the next time you're visiting a city and notice that some founding father is sporting a rather unseemly patch of hair, you'll know why.
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