You may be familiar with the work of Jenny Holzer, whose word-based public artworks have become ubiquitous in our culture. One of her most famous projects, projected across the side of a building, features the phrase, “Protect me from what I want.” Her themes often tackle womanhood, war, and consumerism. Now, the Whitney Museum has taken Holzer’s truisms and turned them into temporary tattoos you can wear, and which, if applied, would, technically, make you a work of art. Choice sentiments range from “In a dream you saw a way to survive and you were full of joy” to “Turn soft and lovely anytime you have the chance.” [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
I’ve had a lapse in judgment or two which have led to embarrassing acts of desperation in front of a man. But nothing I’ve done has even been quite so desperate (or completely nutburgers) as what Helen Sun did to her man: The 38-year-old woman allegedly slipped a Mickey in her husband’s Gatorade and then handcuffed herself to him! Keep reading »
I’m confused. What does a sportswear line have to do with the stock market? Puma is advertising its new line of bodywear for women with an iPhone app that shows women putting on and taking off Puma-branded clothing … as the DOW rises and falls? Here’s how it works. The Puma Index app — which will get you 20 percent off at Puma if you show it at the store — features three lovely models dressed in varying amounts of Puma gear. When the DOW rises, they put on more clothes; when the DOW falls … and falls … they strip down to reveal the Puma bodywear they have underneath. Oh, and they jump on trampolines. “We’ve seen a lot of branded applications and a lot of them play it too straight down the middle,” Antonio Bertone, Puma’s Chief Marketing Officer, told CNBC. “We thought that if we could do this right and have models take off clothes when the market was going down, this could really work.” So, in theory, app users want the market to crash, right? Because what would ultimately happen if it just kept going lower and lower? “They’ll be in their bra and underwear having a pillow fight.” Check out the video demonstrating how the app works, after the jump … [CNBC] Keep reading »
I’ve heard of pulling pigtails before, but Stephfon Bennett of Columbus, Ohio, had a whole new idea on how to get a girl. Diana Martinez was sitting in her car outside her apartment building with a friend, when three guys surrounded them, one holding a gun to her head through the window. They demanded all her money before she opened the door, knocking one of them over and getting away. She called the police and after filing her report, went inside her apartment. An hour later, she opened her front door. And Stephfon, whom she identified as one of the robbers, was standing there. Her cousin frantically called the police, scared that Stephfon would do something violent. Instead, he shyly asked Diana if she had a boyfriend and would like to go on a date. Too bad the police quickly arrived and arrested him—from his mug shot he actually looks kind of cute. Note to all the dudes out there: armed robbery is hardly the way to a girl’s heart. Who said chivalry was dead? [WBNS 10 TV] Keep reading »
I had every intention of writing this post at 9:09 a.m., but I forgot, OK? Happy 9/9/09 everyone! Lots of fun stuff is going on today. More than 10,000 couples in Beijing are getting hitched because in China nine is considered to be the number of longevity. Peeps are going wedding-crazy in Australia, too, where three times as many people are getting hitched today as on the average weekday. Las Vegas is in on the wedding bonanza too. The Stratosphere hotel will be marrying 99 couples at 9:09 p.m. for the discount price of $99.09. But even if you’re not getting married, there are lots of ways to celebrate the day. You could watch a baseball game tonight—where there are nine players on the field, nine innings, and 90 feet between bases. Or you could book a room at one of the establishments taking part in Hotels.com’s “$99 Or Less” room sale. Or you could go see “9,” the post-apocalyptic animated flick from Tim Burton. A few party poopers are saying that the world is going to end today. But, you know, whatever. See you on 10/10/10. [CNN] Keep reading »
“Star Wars” has many religious themes, so it’s not a stretch to depict “Star Wars” characters in iconic Western religion paintings. The sci-fi blog io9 has compiled the best Photoshopped images of the characters as martyrs and saints into one long gallery, but we have two more photos after the jump. [io9 via Impact Lab] Keep reading »
Friskians, pop quiz time! (Disclaimer: If your boss is standing nearby, please close this window ASAP. But then again, you would never cruise the internet during work hours would you?) Imagine you work in an office: You consider yourself a dutiful, honest employee, though you may have taken an extra granola bar or two from the office’s kitchen stash. In your spare time you have taken on some volunteer work helping out a non-profit company with a special project. You are tasked with making 10,000 copies for an upcoming meeting at the non-profit. Do you:
A) Go to Kinkos and pay way too much for the copies.
B) Ask your employer permission to make 10,000 copies for a “good cause.” Corporations love “good causes.”
C) Sneak into the office wearing all black at 9 p.m. when the last workaholic has gone home and make the copies.
D) Tell the non-profit company that you can’t afford to volunteer for them anymore and that they should find richer volunteers. Keep reading »
We love this flowchart poster that reminds us if we’re not happy, we can do something about it, and if we are, well, we can keep right on doing what we’re doing. It was created by designers Alex of Headup and David Meiklejohn. Alex calls the chart a “simple process for evaluating what may be the most important question one could ever want to answer.” Who thought something so complicated could be so easy? A poster and postcards will be available for sale soon. [via Julia Allison] Keep reading »
It often seems like the future is never coming. I mean where are our hover boards and why haven’t Dippin’ Dots caught on yet? But scientists are coming up with some super-futuristic solutions that will be improving our lives way sooner than you’d think. Within the next decade, we could all be skinny, telepathic, and have the ability to fly! OK, so I lied about the last one, but who needs to fly when we’ll be able to turn on the TV with our brains and lose weight from the comfort of our own couches? Keep reading »