A tribute to the surreal poetry of Horse_Ebooks, Horse-egifs takes a randomly selected video and makes a gif from a randomly selected chunk of that video.and then it gets posted to tumblr. [via mefi projects
posted by The Whelk
on Feb 17, 2013 -
The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories needs your vote.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year, The Bookseller is pleased to announce the "Diagram of Diagrams" – a public vote to find the oddest book title of the past 30 years.
Direct link to poll page is here
. There are only a few days left to do your part for world-wide (literary) democracy!
posted by yhbc
on Aug 29, 2008 -
could have been known to us as the inventor of the telephone. Instead, he goes down in history as the accidental creator of one of the first electronic musical instruments
, the "Musical Telegraph." There are many other examples of early electronic instruments, including: the Teleharmonium
, the Audion Piano
, the Optophonic Piano
, the Trautonium
, the Ondes Martenot
, the Rhythmicon
, the Theremin Cello
and the better-known Aetherphone (aka Theremin
) to name a few. MetaFilter discussed odd music
posted by terrapin
on Mar 25, 2008 -
What happens in the shadow, in the grey regions, also interests us – all that is elusive and fugitive, all that can be said in those beautiful half tones, or in whispers, in deep shade.
Here are some short films by Stephen and Timothy, the Brothers Quay. [more inside]
posted by Iridic
on Feb 3, 2008 -
The Crooked House
is a pub in the UK's West Midlands built on coal mining land. Severe subsidence over time caused a 15 degree shift from the left wall to the right. Faced with the choice of repairing the damage or abandoning the structure, the owners took a different tack - buttresses now hold the building in place, and it remains at a permanent slant. Higher resolution photos here
posted by jonson
on Sep 27, 2007 -
The tromba marina
, also known as the marine trumpet
or nun’s fiddle
, is an obsolete, 4-7 foot tall, single-stringed instrument
in the viol family. Played with a bow, the tromba marina sounds strangely trumpet-like (for mp3's, scroll down to the bottom of the first link)
, hence the name . Buy one here
or make your own
. You can also see one up-close in the Musical Instrument Gallery
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but they don’t bother putting an image on their webpage, and the gallery’s carpet smells intensely of mildew
posted by unknowncommand
on Aug 4, 2006 -
Yesterday evening, I was on my way home on the train, when I noticed a man reading a glossy four-color magazine called Pizza Today
. It floored me that there was actually a magazine dedicated to pizza, with a feature article on dessert pizzas
on the cover! So I went looking for other odd niche magazines and found (bi)monthly printed publications for twins
, LEGO fans
, cowboys who are Christian
, ferret lovers
, collectors of clocks
and sheep herders
, and beaders
posted by lunarboy
on Dec 9, 2005 -
: Recognizing that for each placated consumer of technology there is an unsatisfied, complicated or strange one.
posted by signal
on Nov 16, 2005 -
In Education of Children from Birth to Puberty,
Jesuit priest Frank Nimrod
shares his wisdom about the human body: "The cannibals can tell us that the fresh and warm brain, just taken out of the cranium is very sweet," and "Our nose does not only serve the purpose of respiration, but the purpose of smelling also." Meanwhile, retired Bell Telephone Laboratories engineer I.W. Whiteside
writes an entire volume decoding the strange light patterns on his bookcase. His conclusion? Aliens! "After much thought, I concluded that these people have computer brains and laser-beam eyes." These are just two of many odd books
posted by hyperizer
on Feb 26, 2005 -
What's the Frequency, Moby?
Techno superstar Moby
was assaulted by a pair of mysterious assailants last night after a concert in Boston. "He wrote on his Web site that he is not angry about the attack, just mystified about the motive. He has asked the attackers to post an explanation." Moby's journal
has been discussed previously
, but is worth a look if you've never visited.
posted by Joey Michaels
on Dec 13, 2002 -
The strange range of human behavior continues to draw us like moths to a flame. Consider Amanda Fielding
who continually performed self-surgery on her braincase, Catharina Geisslerin
the woman who vomited frogs, and the Collyer brothers
who collected so much junk that it crushed them in their own home.
, compiler of the first dictionary of the English language, was compelled to whirl, twist, and make highly ritualized hand motions when going through doors. When he went for a walk, he touched every post he passed. If he missed one, he went back to touch it.
Recent research suggests that obsessive-compulsive
child behaviors can be caused by strep infection.
Who do you think are the most interesting, eccentric, and compulsive
posted by Morphic
on Oct 23, 2002 -