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Hair Apparent: Insects Made Of Human Hair

Uh, that’s not a butterfly. That’s a butterfly sculpture made out of hair. Seattle artist Adrienne Antonson creates “resourceful, sustainable, meticulous and pretty” insects using only human hair and glue.

Antonson decided to work in hair because, “As an artist with a deep interest in sustainable and self-supporting systems, human hair seems the most immediate and true material. I find the historical implications and various uses of human hair fascinating. I am also intrigued with the attraction/repulsion response the material evokes. It is sentimental, challenging and honest.”

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Bring Some Bugs To Your Picnic

Nothing puts a damper on a day in the park like ants crawling into your picnic basket. Gross. I shudder at the thought of mosquitoes, crickets, and wasps. Ugh, they’re icky! And I’m quick to kill ‘em (sorry, animal lovers), but insects give me the heebie jeebies. Now, however, there’s a better way to have bugs at your picnic or garden party. After the jump, check out cute ways to let insects infest your wardrobe. Keep reading »

Quick Tip Of The Day: Repel Ants Naturally

Ants have a really annoying habit of seeking refuge from the sun’s heat in the homes of humans. While some people might find it therapeutic or fun to completely decimate an invading colony of ants with a can of Raid, dealing with the situation that way isn’t very eco-friendly and discarding ant carcasses surely isn’t pleasurable. Instead, stop the ants from coming into your home with the help of a fruit. Ants hate cucumbers, so put slices on wax paper near cracks, crevices, and other areas where the insects might sneak into your home. Just remember to replace the cucumber slices periodically because they’ll rot. [Apartment Therapy] Keep reading »

Mating Calls In The Key Of Mosquito

That buzzing sound mosquitoes make all summer is really annoying, but if you were a girl mosquito, you might think it sounded like love. That’s because in one species of mosquito (Aedes aegypti, a carrier for human dengue and yellow fever) can adjust their buzzing so it harmonizes with their mate’s. Researchers believe it’s how the female tests the male’s fitness. “We think what the females are doing is saying, ‘Can you match this harmonic, and how fast does it take you to match it?’” said Ronald Hoy of Columbia University. “If the male is slow or doesn’t match it, she’ll just fly away.” The Discovery Channel should totally do a show called, “Insects, They’re Just Like Us!” [LiveScience] Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: Praying Mantis, Spanking, And Pamela Anderson’s New Show

  • Female praying mantises benefit substantially from consuming their male partners — females put on weight and produced more eggs using the energy from their cannibalistic after-mating meal, according to a new study. However, not every sexual encounter ended in the male’s death. About 60 percent of the time, the male praying mantis does not get eaten. [Sydney Morning Herald]
  • Analysis of several studies on spanking found that spanking can lead to problems such as delinquent and anti-social behavior in childhood, as well as aggression, criminal and anti-social behavior and spousal or child abuse as an adult. [Springfield News-Leader]
  • Pamela Anderson just signed a seven-figure deal for a reality show on E! that will debut in December. Maybe she and Tommy Lee will be remarried by then. [Hollyscoop]
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    Isabella Rossellini Investigates Bug Love

    While Isabella Rossellini may be known for her roles in Alias and Death Becomes Her, she’s now helping to answer the question people have been asking since the beginning of time — how do insects do it? Isabella’s short film series Green Porno will get to the bottom of this. Personally, we’re hoping the film delves into which insect has the best sex life — our guess is that spiders might have a tough time wrapping their…err, legs around it, with all of those appendages getting in the way. But check out these beetles doing it doggy style — sensual! Green Porno will be available on iTunes and streaming on sundance.org/festival beginning January 18. [Yahoo News]
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