Inspired by the recent Criterion re-release of Eraserhead
on Blu-ray, Flavorwire offers up The 50 Weirdest Movies Ever Made
— "many that rival Lynch’s strange aesthetic."
Ten years ago today saw the English launch of a quirky Japanese puzzler, a sleeper hit
that would go down as one of the most endearing, original, and gleefully weird
gaming stories of the 2000s: Katamari Damacy
Its fever-dream plot has the record-scratching, Freddie Mercury-esque King of All Cosmos
destroy the stars in a drunken fugue, and you, the diminutive Prince, must restore them with the Katamari -- a magical sticky ball that snowballs through cluttered environments
, rolling up paperclips, flowerpots, cows, buses, houses, skyscrapers, and continents into new constellations.
It also boasts one of the most infectiously joyous soundtracks of all time
-- an eccentric, richly produced
, and incredibly catchy blend of funk
, bossa nova
, experimental electronica
, bamboo flute
, hair metal
, buoyant parade music
, soaring children's choirs
, Macintalk fanfares
, and the finest theme song this side of Super Mario Bros
Called a consumerist critique
by sculptor-turned-developer Keita Takahashi
(who after one sequel
moved on to Glitch
, the supremely odd Noby Noby Boy
, and playground design
), the series has inspired much celebration
] on its way from budget bin to MoMA exhibit
. Look inside for essays, artwork, comics, lyrics, more music, hopes, dreams... my, the internet really is full of things. [more inside]
Middle East Peace Potential through Dynamics in Spherical Geometry: Engendering connectivity from incommensurable 5-fold and 6-fold conceptual frameworks
. This is an exploration of the hypothesis that unique belief systems depend for their coherence on distinctive patterns typically embodied in geometrical symbols in two dimensions. On the basis of that assumption, the case tentatively explored here is that of the "incommensurability" of the 5-fold Star of Islam and the 6-fold Star of David of Judaism...Mathematically these patterns cannot be readily combined. This issue is described in mathematics in terms of tiling...A set of hexagons and pentagons can however be uniquely fitted together as a particular three-dimensional polyhedron, namely the truncated icosahedron. [more inside]
For the last few
weeks, the Twitter account @Homer_Marijuana
has been publishing a bizarre piece of long-form fan fiction about The Simpsons
, family, America's wars in the Middle East, and marijuana, vast amounts of all sorts of marijuana. Now, 5,015 tweets later, Marijuana Simpson has concluded
, and is available to read on an easier-to-follow Scribd document
Draped in a glittering techni-colour dreamcoat and hiding somewhere behind an animatronic dick-face, it's Anklepants
- lord of mutant bass and distorted pop electro.
“That was the type of feeling you had - you were *in danger* at one of their shows.” The legendary X-rated Butthole Surfers show at Danceteria
. (Video is NSFW due to strobelighted, confusing Butthole Surfers fornication.) For a glimpse of the band at their peak — markedly clothed, but no less extreme and noizy — see this full 1986 CBGB's set
. If all this is too much, kick back with the comedy stylings of their 1988 Bar-B-Que Movie
Brian Finkelstein got all of his receipts from 2003 following a credit card dispute. He is reposting them every day
with commentary about what he was doing at the time.
"[We] were looking at Hieronymus Bosch’s painting The Garden of Earthly Delights
and discovered, much to our amusement, music written upon the posterior of one of the many tortured denizens of the rightmost panel of the painting which is intended to represent Hell. I decided to transcribe it into modern notation, assuming the second line of the staff is C, as is common for chants of this era.
" via Dangerous Minds
Passweird - Passwords too gross to steal.
This website will create for you a password that is not only secure*, but is also so utterly repulsive that not even the most hardened criminal, identity thief, NSA agent, or jealous boyfriend would ever want to use it. *ish, but probably not. Don't use these for real.
Sometimes it's hard to remember that there are Holiday songs that aren't about being jolly, rocking around Christmas trees, and drugging your girlfriend's drink
. From the dirgelike
to the hopelessly obscure
, here are some Christmas carols you probably won't hear on Black Friday. [more inside]
Anthropologists weigh in on Jared Diamond's latest: lack of citations, ethnographic carelessness, and the smoothing of complex narratives into quotable fables. The World Until Yesterday
has prompted a flurry of commentary from anthropologists unenthusiastic about the physiologist turned evolutionary biologist turned geographer. In a recent London Review of Books
, leading political anthropologist James C. Scott
doesn't buy Diamond's description of the modern nation-state arising to curtail primitive tribal violence "[i]n a passage that recapitulates the fable of the social contract" given how "slaving was at the very centre of state-making."
Anthropologist Alex Golub
, who shares Papua New Guinea as a major research site, wrote "Still, it is telling that we live in an age when a member of America’s National Academy of Sciences and one of the world’s foremost public intellectuals has less concern for citations and footnotes than do the contributors to Wikipedia."
David Correia pulls no punches in his opinion piece "F*ck Jared Diamond"
calling Diamond's resurrection of environmental determinism as racist apologia and his latest book as essentializing primitivism in order to define Western industrialized exceptionalism. [more inside]
, one of the weirder videos on YouTube, is a short film about three restaurant employees—Sammy, Bill, and Finger—who hunt demons. Sort of like Invader Zim meets David Lynch's "sitcom" Rabbits
On June 6, 2013 @BurlCoatFactory
started posting on Twitter, apparently on behalf of the Burlington Coat Factory retail chain. The tweets started out reasonably enough
, if a bit whimsical
. But after a month had gone by things started to get a bit zanier
and eventually full on weird
New York Magazine reports
that until a few days ago the Burlington Coat Factory website linked directly to the account, but the link has now been removed and the corporation has allegedly disavowed any connection to the account (though said disavowal
has apparently also been removed). Jezebel
, and even Esquire
cover the weirdness.
Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin welcome you to Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine
. Every Friday, they dig through the annals of medical history to uncover all the odd, weird, wrong, dumb and just gross ways we've tried to fix people over the years. [more inside]
So you’re at a gallery—now what?
The fact is, nobody knows what art is or why people make it. This is blatantly disturbing. Some say the function of art is to generate conversation—an unpleasant thought. I’m not sure we want to put art in the same category as skin disease and Carl Winslow: things to talk about on the internet.
This is why so many of us have a bad time at galleries: we try to make art Interesting when we should just let it be weird. Art should never be Interesting.
The Weirdest Band in the World
is a blog devoted to singers, musicians, and bands that are crazy
, or otherwise unusual
. Bloggers Andy and Jake write about bands both successful
, whether metal
, or whatever other genre
, always with an unflagging appreciation for what makes these bands unique, and with none of the snark and jeering that often laces articles elsewhere about people doing weird things. [more inside]
It is an apocalypse tale with no doomsday, a punk movie with no concert, a science fiction story with less than ten seconds of aliens - Repo Man: A Lattice of Coincidence
, a look back at the 1984 classic film by cult director Alex Cox, whose current project is a crowdfunded
adaptation of Harry Harrison's Bill, the Galactic Hero
‘I am a phantasmagoric
maximalist. I like things to be overwhelmingly strange
and capacitous. I want what I write to live; it isn’t about
something, it is
something’— Michael Cisco
. [more inside]
Hey guys, remember that old show "Fraggle Rock?"
And, and you know that recently-released movie The Hobbit?
Well, why not combine the two
"In the records of the more or less illustrious dead, there are many who are remembered for only one thing - but there can be few whose sole claim to posthumous fame is the extravagantly bizarre naming of their children
For those who like a little WTF?
with their opera. [NSFW]
. Of course, there's a Making Of
video. Also NSFW
, and in German.
- a tumblr of weird ads, illustrations, and photographs of a vintage or antiquated nature
Just what it says on the tin. (sytp)
When sex means reproduction, certain proclivities may simply not be part of cultural models of sexuality
: "Barry and Bonnie Hewlett had been studying the Aka and Ngandu people of central Africa for many years before they began to specifically study the groups' sexuality... [T]he Hewletts conclude, "Homosexuality and masturbation are rare or nonexistent [in these two cultures], not because they are frowned upon or punished, but because they are not part of the cultural models of sexuality in either ethnic group."" [more inside]
Back in March
I posted about the forgotten Nickelodeon show Turkey Television
. Recently a full episode of the show (later era) has shown up on YouTube: Part 1
- Part 2
- Part 3
If that's too much video tryptophan (even at its best, Turkey Television was amazingly uneven), here's a few clips
(WARNING: CONTAINS UNCLE HOGRAM
, also some of Uncle Floyd
's bizarre Day In The Life Of A Food) from YouTube user 2reelers
. [more inside]
(previously here on sign language interpreters
and her 352-page book about 'Invented Languages'
) is currently kicking ass and taking etymologies at the Mental Floss site with a flurry of listicles* on the 'invention' of today's English/American language:
The solidly informational "11 Weirdly Spelled Words—And How They Got That Way"
The entertainingly snarky "11 Creative Suffixes That Inspire New Words"
The just plain fun "From Y’all To Youse, 8 English Ways to Make “You” Plural"
plus one non-linguistic piece of pure pedantry: "11 Movie Chess Scenes Where The Board Is Set Up Wrong"
*** [more inside]
Dancing Stingrays (SLWimp)
(wait for it to hit you...)
Surveillance Camera Man (SL Vimeo)
is a man who acts like a surveillance camera. However, he is not ceiling-mounted like most surveillance cameras. He takes video of people in public and private places. Most people have a problem with him, creating conflict. One person actually likes him.
"So a friend of mine pitched down the sound of a baby crying" - Probably the weirdest sound you will hear today
. [Link is SFW. Rest of site NSFW.] [more inside]
"I guess it started for me when, as a young sci-fi movie fan, I did a fanzine at age 12 to 15... that’s when I learned how relatively cheap and easy it was to self-publish, at least for a small circle of weirdos. Later, after comics went up to 50¢, I started collecting stuff equally weird but much cheaper than comic books: kook literature." - Rev. Ivan Stang
You may know of the Church of the SubGenius, that parody religion that worships the almighty "Bob" and was a fixture of MTV
and Night Flights
back in the day. But do you know of its SECRET ORIGINS? Co-founder Ivan Stang corresponded with hundreds of "mad prophets, crackpots, kooks & true visionaries," from sincere cults to winking charlatans to utter nutjobs to hate groups to independent artists and musicians, with some respected names thrown in, and synthesized them into a half-joking, half-serious celebration of the kook spirit. These days of course the forward-thinking crackpot looking for sheep goes directly to the internet. But while it lasted Stang and co-authors Mike Gunderloy, Waver Forest and Mark Johnston collaborated to document this vanished scene in the legendary book HIGH WEIRDNESS BY MAIL
. (All links within may quickly lead someplace NSFW by the nature of the beast.) [more inside]
Isle of Spagg...
On the other side of the Vertic Sea where things are distinctly fishier, lives the proud fisherman Inger and his half-mermaid (but not the half you'd expect) daughter Herring. When the least
respected old character on the island dies, conflict ensues and a favorite garment is ruined. Meanwhile two haberdashers with a checkered past deal with their own loss. Can Dr. Beez or one of the Oracles help? Can the Isle's 15 minstrels make music to make things better? And what about little Claude? It all happens in a 30 minute cartoon from the Brothers McLeod
, Greg and Myles, who have also animated (scroll down for video clips) Fuggy Fuggy
for MTV, Pablo and Frankensheep
and Quiff and Boot
for the BBC, Billy
for the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Existential Pleading of the Inner Heart
for anybody who wants it and other very random stuff.
Strange and Unproductive Thinking
, off David Lynch's fantastically weird album Crazy Clown Time
, is a humorous, rambling, insightful essay disguised as a song
in which the legendary director gives his thoughts on the purpose of evolution, the process that leads us to knowledge, and "the remarkable idea of a world free of tooth-decay".
Fans of the Nashville Predators Hockey team threw a live catfish onto the ice
during Friday’s game.
Since 1996, fans of Florida Panthers have been throwing fake rats onto the ice
, after player Scott Mellanby discovered a huge rat circulating in his dressing room, split it open with his stick and then scored a couple decisive goals, inspiring the 'Rat Trick' tradition.
And supporters of the Stockholm-based AIK ice hockey team threw rubber dildos, and waved giant inflatable penis
, to remind player Jan Huokko, (‘Dildo-Jan’) of a leaked sex video of him with his girlfriend.
Turns out this kind of thing is fairly common in the world of hockey fandom
. (Via Everlasting Blort
"As the Nazis approached Paris, the American Colony broke camp & abandoned the city like rats from a sinking ship. Behind them they left a frail, elderly, impoverished, homeless Irish-American who, as a young man, had been an heir to wealth, a close friend to Beardsley & Wilde, & the only important American in the 1890s Aesthetic movement of England & France. He was Vincent O'Sullivan
, one of the world's great authors of horror fiction..." [more inside]