What happens if you get hit by the main beam of a particle accelerator like the LHC?
"Well, fortunately (unfortunately?) we don’t have to guess, as this exact scenario actually happened to Anatoli Bugorski, a Russian scientist, way back in 1978."
In 1984, the same year that Stop Making Sense was released, another meticulously crafted Talking Heads concert movie made its debut as well. Once in a Lifetime
is a 69-minute piece of experimental television (originally broadcast on England's Channel 4) that Talking Heads fans (as well as those interested in mid-80s video montage stylings) will surely want to check out.
"Young ladies, indelibly fix this shape of head in your memories. Any man who will make a natural, kind and true husband will have a head in outline from a side view like this." Phrenology Diagrams from Vaught's Practical Character Reader (1902)
. Full 268-page book available
in the LOC's Internet Archive.
Walking down Zürich's Lindenhofstrasse, you might stop in surprise by a relief depicting two men and a woman, draped in gauzy robes, each one calmly carrying their own severed head
. There is no explanatory sign. Don't worry, though: Felix, Regula and Exuperantius
are just the city's cephalophoric
patron saints. [more inside]
This Must Be The Place.
For fans of The Talking Heads and American Psycho. NSFW.
Laura Sanders paints realistic portraits of people swimming with their heads above the water. [more inside]
created over a 15 year period by Joseph Seigenthaler.
takes you on a fascinating guided tour of decapitation through the ages that covers biblical head severers Judith and Salome, the hapless victims of the Tudor axe, as well as the dreaded guillotine. Site contains some mild artistic gore, but nothing too horrendous.
, the first link is in German) - the remarkable late work of eccentric/mad 18th century Austrian sculptor Franz Xavier Messerschmidt