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Facepaint in Motion (dozens of flickr videos of facepaint artist James Kuhn.)
posted by crunchland on Aug 24, 2011 - 7 comments

pigs go in, sausage comes out

12 videos of creepy automata (well, actually only 11, because one of them is no longer online)
posted by luvcraft on Apr 27, 2011 - 18 comments

Can You See Me Now?

"The results were astounding. In a six-month period — from Aug 31, 2009, to Feb. 28, 2010, Deutsche Telekom had recorded and saved his longitude and latitude coordinates more than 35,000 times. It traced him from a train on the way to Erlangen at the start through to that last night, when he was home in Berlin. Mr. Spitz has provided a rare glimpse — an unprecedented one, privacy experts say — of what is being collected as we walk around with our phones."
posted by Scoop on Mar 26, 2011 - 45 comments

Automated robots look less threatening in seal suits

"A ball-throwing robot with visual feedback" sounds dull, so let's hide the robot arm in a plush seal suit! Now that ball-throwing robot with stereo vision looks like a seal playing basketball! Just ignore the robotic hand coming out of it's mouth, and the un-seal-like movements. (via)
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 2, 2011 - 32 comments

He sees you.

No matter what you do, no matter where you go, Watson will find you.
posted by Lord_Pall on Feb 27, 2011 - 27 comments

Scary Sketches to Glimpse in the Dark

Nearly three decades ago, folklorist Alvin Schwartz published Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, the first of three horror anthologies that would go on to become the single most challenged book series of the 1990s. But most of the backlash was against not the stories themselves (which were fairly tame), but rather the illustrations of artist Stephen Gammell. His bizarre, grotesque, nightmarish black-and-white inkscapes suffused every page with an eerie, unsettling menace. Sadly, the series has since been re-issued with new illustrations by Brett Helquist, of A Series of Unfortunate Events fame. Luckily for fans of Gammell's dark vision, copies of the old artwork abound online, including in these three image galleries: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones. Interested in revisiting the stories themselves? Then don't miss the virtual re-enactments of YouTube user MoonRaven09, or the dramatic readings of fellow YouTuber daMeatHook.
posted by Rhaomi on Oct 29, 2010 - 48 comments

Sleep Well Tonite, People

An Avatar costume for you and your best friend. SLYT
posted by biddeford on Oct 21, 2010 - 32 comments

"My brother and I were directly descended from Chaucer. (There’s no non-dick way to say that, is there?)"

"Three years ago, on my first trip to England, I visited the Tower of London with my friends Tony and Emily. When I got home and uploaded my pictures, I found this strange blur of light on this photo taken outside the room that housed all the torture implements at the Tower... I told Antonia about my weird photo from 2007, and how I wanted to take another picture in the same place when we went, just for fun... [Back at the tower, I] took another shot of Esme on the walkway. And when I looked at it on my camera after, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. Now don’t laugh at me, but do you see a sort of smudge to the center and right? Like a smudge made of light?... It made my heart stop for a second. I’m clearly starting to see spooky stuff in places where there is nothing spooky to see."
posted by ocherdraco on Oct 1, 2010 - 22 comments

Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?

The strange face in the mirror illusion. Full Article.
posted by Brent Parker on Sep 19, 2010 - 61 comments

nom nom nom OH MY GOD

You know what's great about Hawaii? Its isolation can produce interesting forms of life, such as Eupethecia staurophragma i.e. carnivorous caterpillars! Don't believe it? Watch the video or view the photos (via boingboing).

Aww, are you giant carnivorous centipede lovers feeling neglected? No, problem Mefi has covered that.
posted by nomadicink on Aug 18, 2010 - 21 comments

Unintentional or Hyper-Aware Marketing?

Why The Hills’ [new] Opening Credits Are Both Creepy and Cruel
For more can-this-really-be-an-accident marketing: This promo for the final season as compared to this earlier use of the same song.
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew on May 21, 2010 - 70 comments

Don't look don't look the shadows breathe

Haven't had your fill of creepy machinery? Watch John Nolan Films' 2010 animatronics showreel video (quicktime version). [more inside]
posted by cashman on May 20, 2010 - 18 comments

Draw With Me

Draw With Me (SLYT) is an original animated short by Mike Inel with an unexpectedly creepy ending. [more inside]
posted by runaway ballista on May 15, 2010 - 16 comments

She peeled away (NSFW)

Maybe it was V, or maybe something clicked when Travolta and Cage did Face/Off, but at some point some people became fixated on women shedding their skin (horrible site design warning) to reveal other women, aliens/monsters, men, robots, or sometimes just to create masks, suits or shells (mostly NSFW, all creepy as hell).
posted by swimming naked when the tide goes out on Apr 13, 2010 - 64 comments

Creepiness and Wikipedia: Like chocolate and peanut butter

Wikipedia can be a time sink for sure, but often it's difficult to find the most bizarre, creepy, or disturbing articles. Thankfully, someone with lots of time on their hands has made a jaw-droppingly comprehensive list of creepy pages on Wikipedia (the list is in the second post on that page). [Previously]
posted by Frobenius Twist on Apr 13, 2010 - 56 comments

cute and cuddly, creepy, or kick ass!

Seven artists and their twitter streams.
Jeremiah Ketnet, Colin Johnson, Jason Limon, Dan May, Julie West, Kill Taupe, and Jonathan Bergeron. (many via)
posted by cjorgensen on Mar 27, 2010 - 6 comments

Freakish Paintings/Illustrations by Charlie Immer

The creepy, weird and gory paintings and illustrations of Charlie Immer. (via the excellent art blog, Ink Mountain)
posted by picea on Mar 25, 2010 - 14 comments

Nothing comes between me and my Calvins

Creepy banned CK ads from 1995 [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Mar 21, 2010 - 93 comments

Screaming is the Message

Japan: It's not funny anymore
posted by anotherpanacea on Mar 7, 2010 - 198 comments

Georgia O'Keefe goes mixed-medium

As if being rich and trashy weren't already enough work, now there's vajazzling, too. (NSFW)
posted by Jon_Evil on Feb 25, 2010 - 141 comments

Loopy Boopy

Colleen lives in New Orleans and makes strange dolls out of polymer clay. She has a blog and an Etsy shop. Here's a short interview. See also Art Dolls Only and the Travelling Doll Project.
posted by cjorgensen on Oct 12, 2009 - 21 comments

Everybody says bugs taste good even if they taste them only once

Insect Sushi Shoichi Uchiyama makes sushi of a different kind. Academic studies have shown insects are rich in nutrition and many are even more nutritionally balanced than meat or fish... In addition, they grow much faster and require less feed than animals and fish, and leftover vegetables are enough to farm many kinds of bugs. They grow in small spaces and don't compete with human beings over food... Recipes inside. (via Scribal Terror) [more inside]
posted by caddis on Sep 29, 2009 - 91 comments

"And there's a creepy doll..."

Sleep tight. (I recommend you listen to this while viewing the link.)
posted by grumblebee on Aug 27, 2009 - 10 comments

In that dark space between "awwww, how cute!" and "creepy".

you watch, because you can't stop. MLYT [more inside]
posted by HuronBob on Jul 4, 2009 - 59 comments

Spoiler: This time, Comic Sans does NOT save the day. Good.

FONT FIGHT! the long-awaited (by me and other fontaholics) follow-up to Font Conference. Better than the first IMO, but I'm sure we can still take issue with some of the 'characters'. [more inside]
posted by wendell on May 7, 2009 - 37 comments

Happy 5th Birthday Subservient Chicken

The creators of the subservient chicken look back on how it all came to be. As seen on MetaFilter 5 years ago today.
posted by billyfleetwood on Apr 7, 2009 - 33 comments

Creepy Christmas carols

An antidote to the holly jolly malaise: Few Christmas carols contain as much blood and suffering as "Down in yon forest." It was first documented in England by Ralph Vaughan Williams, but John Jacob Niles found an even gorier version in North Carolina (Alfred Deller's rendition). [more inside]
posted by imposster on Dec 9, 2008 - 29 comments

Uncanny Carne?

Hot Dogs in Hot Love. Banksy is back with a gallery show in NYC featuring crazy robotic food. At least I hope these are robots.
posted by Paid In Full on Oct 9, 2008 - 14 comments

They're coming outta the goddamn walls.

The žižkov television tower in Prague was pretty weird looking to begin with, since 2000 it's gotten much stranger...
posted by Artw on Jul 19, 2008 - 42 comments

Don’t put it in your mouth!

8 Forgotten Kids Shows Sure to Give You Nightmares [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Jul 13, 2008 - 51 comments

They see her rollin, they lovin'

A cute puppy (not Ugly) who hops like a bunny because she has no front legs is loved very much and given model airplane wheels.
posted by orthogonality on Jun 24, 2008 - 39 comments

You've gotta hope / That there's someone for you / Strange as you are

A cat with no face is nonetheless loved very much. Let's be blunt, Chase the cat is a surprising creature. When she was only a few weeks old, she lost her face in a car accident. While this link isn't exactly NSFW by any use of the term, she is a disfigured cat - no face, no eyelids - and at first she's a little hard to look at. However, she is in no pain and she is obviously well loved and well taken care of. Chase is currently "employed" as a therapy cat, so that people can "feel just as great about themselves and realize that not everyone looks perfect and that is OK."
posted by Sticherbeast on Jun 23, 2008 - 81 comments

SCP

Special Containment Procedures lists a collection of unusual, bizarre and often disturbing objects. [more inside]
posted by panboi on Jun 8, 2008 - 27 comments

Re-Pet, LLC

BestFriendsAgain.com The Best Friends Again program, sponsored by BioArts International, is a limited commercial dog cloning program. BioArts is the only entity in the world with both the know-how and the legal right to practice commercial dog and cat cloning. We are auctioning off 5 dog cloning service slots to the general public. We may or may not perform any additional commercial dog cloning services after this auction.
posted by psmealey on May 22, 2008 - 53 comments

I have pubic lice in my mailbox

Like sea monkeys in your pants! Entomological blogger Bug Girl (previously) debunked a web site touting the benefits of giant Japanese non-biting genital lice as personal "pets" (they just live happily in your underwear. It’s so COOL! They grow, and have families. You can feel em living and crawling around!). She dismissed it as a hoax. So the site's author sent her a sample.
posted by Turtles all the way down on May 7, 2008 - 60 comments

The Legend Begins...

In 1963 Willard Scott pulled on a pair of striped yellow pants, put a food tray on his head, and became one of the world's most recognizable clowns. [more inside]
posted by JDHarper on Apr 29, 2008 - 32 comments

creepy dutch tv host

This must be the creepiest tv host ever (possibly NSFW). Perhaps it's a joke, perhaps the guy is sozzled? That is all. [more inside]
posted by krautland on Apr 23, 2008 - 105 comments

Decaying photos

Decaying memorial photos at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow.
posted by parudox on Apr 11, 2008 - 14 comments

Automata are mechanical objects endowed with life.

Michael has a large collection of automata. Some are sort of creepy. [more inside]
posted by Dave Faris on Mar 25, 2008 - 32 comments

Keep your telescreens on comrades

With Comcast, your TV watches you. Comcast is developing cable boxes with cameras to watch the room. They will know who is there to provide shows in your profile, engage parental controls, and of course, deliver targeted advertising. Ceiling Cat Comcast is watching you....
posted by caddis on Mar 23, 2008 - 44 comments

Creepypasta: Scary microfiction for the internet age.

BEKs, "Easter Eggs," The Holders... Welcome to the world of creepypasta -- short, oft-repeated scary stories, anecdotes, and "facts." [more inside]
posted by hjo3 on Dec 20, 2007 - 43 comments

Smile.

Smile - a very creepy short student film.
posted by loquacious on Nov 17, 2007 - 40 comments

Welcome to the to the Mysterious Stranger

The Adventures of Mark Twain. Some of you may remember this strange film from 1985 , this clip in particular.
posted by nola on Sep 30, 2007 - 45 comments

May the nightmares ensue.

Partial face transplants.
posted by miss lynnster on Aug 31, 2007 - 15 comments

Pop-up Puppetry

Pop-Up Puppetry
posted by carsonb on Aug 18, 2007 - 18 comments

Foreclosure Radar

Foreclosure Radar. This is the fastest growth market in real estate, and we can help you capitalize on it. We go far beyond simple foreclosure listings: we track every single foreclosure auction in the state, every day.
posted by chunking express on Aug 14, 2007 - 32 comments

Home Semen Detection Kit

Has some strange man been having orgasms inside your wife or daughter? Sure, you may think not, but can you be sure?? You can now, thanks to the revolutionary new CheckMate (get it) Semen Detection Kit that is not, in fact, a joke despite how absolutely creepy it seems.
posted by jonson on Jun 12, 2007 - 66 comments

Smile baby, people are looking at you.

"Oh, someday, when I am Miss America, I'll tell the world to make things start when you're young. And what fun, it's gonna be, when Regis sings his song to me." In 2001, the Emmy-nominated HBO documentary Living Dolls captured child beauty pageants of the South in a post-Jon Benet world. Parts 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 [Update inside.]
posted by miss lynnster on Jun 4, 2007 - 66 comments

Disney's Private Government

The Reedy Creek Improvement District's goal "is to provide effective and efficient services to the public and our taxpayers." The taxpayer is Disney, and the taxes are used to provide services for Disney by contracting the services to Disney. The RCID is a county-like entity in Florida, composed of the cities of Lake Buena Vista and Bay Lake, which are also controlled by Disney. The government of the RCID is elected by the landowners - Disney executives who own five-acre plots, the only non-corporate and non-government landowners. The governments of the cities are elected by the residents - about 40 Disney employees split between Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista. The Rotten Library (SFW article on a NSFW site) discusses the district, which is administered from a SimCity 2000 construction site.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim on Feb 9, 2007 - 17 comments

Ewwwwww

Eric Schaeffer wants to marry you
posted by skjønn on Feb 8, 2007 - 53 comments

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