Also I saw a bulldog puppy on my way to work today!!! AW best day ever!
With an early heat wave hitting NYC, we’re reminded once again of how intense the sun can be yet tend to forget how little time it takes to damage our skin. UV SunSense wristbands make for an easy way to monitor sun exposure with the simple color-changing gauge alerting when it’s time to reapply sunscreen or to get out of the sun all together.
The recyclable wristbands work simply by simultaneously applying sunscreen to the band and your body. When the band’s purple color fades, it’s time to reapply. When the words “apply sunscreen to this side” disappear, it’s time to find some shade. Because the bands sense the potency of the sunscreen, if sun-worshippers take a break, the bands do to.
Each pack includes seven bands and can be purchased from Amazon for $6.
My mom is a skin cancer fanatic. When I would lay out in high school she would run by and squirt me with sunscreen and run away so I’d have to rub it in. I can’t wait to do that to my kids….or watch my mom do it to my kids. mwhahhaha.
I love these PHD Comics- besides the fact they are kinda science oriented, they are totally spot on. Like the one below. This seriously happened to me yesterday- I have no idea how I’m still awake right now…
Also true… one time i had a 15 min conversation about mascara and fake eyelashes with another grad student/museum employee at my internship
if you are reading this Nicholas, I will totally marry you just on the merit of your art….
Galanin is also one of those featured gawker artists btw.
If someone ever told me I was the cheese on their baguette, I’d be super-flattered.
this is Le Le and they are french and I thought it was fun and Drew showed me this, obviously, cause otherwise this would be a Britney Spears video.
I really liked this project, which shows little robots traversing Washington Square Park in NYC with only the help of strangers.
“Every time the robot got caught under a park bench, ground futilely against a curb, or became trapped in a pothole, some passerby would always rescue it and send it toward its goal. Never once was a Tweenbot lost or damaged. Often, people would ignore the instructions to aim the Tweenbot in the “right” direction, if that direction meant sending the robot into a perilous situation. One man turned the robot back in the direction from which it had just come, saying out loud to the Tweenbot, “You can’t go that way, it’s toward the road.” There’s a video too!
The second one is really creepy.
Thanks Ryan for sending me this.
I love this print so much, I told Vicki I wanted to put it in our new apartment. Should I?? Not sure. At any rate, Brandon Bird’s stuff is hilarious and great. It’s sort of like my love for animals doing things they aren’t supposed to (like ride a bike!), only it’s celebrities doing things you wouldn’t imagine (like be a lame Sega loser..) more here!
Яolcats: English Translations of Eastern Bloc Lolcats
I just picked a few to put on the blog but there are a bunch and they are so so good.
-His lethargic display of apathy and lack of industry is shameful!
-It is a legitimate response to the harsh and inconsequential nature of being. I celebrate his tenacity!
Commissar Markov has long been a loyal party member, but I fear his growing influence in state policy.
Commissar Markov has long been a loyal party member, but I fear his growing influence in state policy. Perhaps it is time to cash in a favor from my friends at the Kremlin.
Submit with honor, and you will earn a proper burial among your fathers!
i have the feeling it’s an art stunt.
This one you have to “diffuse” to get it to shut up.
This one you have to hit the target.
There’s also my favorite alarm clock, which is when I call Emily when I walk to work from Dan’s house. So I guess, in that case, I’m the alarm clock.
I think this is better than Fuck Yeah Ryan Gosling.
.. in Des Moines famed bulldog beauty contest aka my dreams.
Porterhouse (the handsome dog in pic number one) had finished in 2nd place the last two years, so congrats for making it to the big time!! Now I just have to stop myself from googling ‘adopt bulldog puppies’ for the rest of the day. Damnit. Pics via Jezebel.
According to Wikipedia…
The graham cracker was developed in 1829 in Bound Brook, New Jersey, by Presbyterian minister Rev. Sylvester Graham. Though called a cracker, it is sweet rather than salty and so bears some resemblance to a cookie (American English) / biscuit (British English) (although the term is unheard of in the United Kingdom/Republic of Ireland – a digestive biscuit is the closest approximation). The true graham cracker is made with graham flour, which is unsifted and coarsely ground wheat flour.
It was originally conceived of as a health food as part of the Graham Diet, a regimen to suppress what he considered unhealthy carnal urges, the source of many maladies according to Graham. Reverend Graham would often lecture about the adverse effects of masturbation or “self-abuse” as he called it. One of his many theories was that one could curb their sexual appetite by eating bland foods. Another man who held this belief was Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, the inventor of the corn flakes cereal. 
Does anyone believe this?
from the Science Museum of London- take a quick quiz about the Black Death and learn about how strange people in the 14th century were while enjoying funny little animations.
He loves children and the earth.
What a showdown.
Meetza just drinks out of our toilet, but these cats are productive.
I know I haven’t posted in a really long time. Sorry folks. But here’s this really cool art that Bryan Nash Gill makes by- well – I mean, the pictures kind of explain it.
“When asked by BBC why the band chose “Womanizer,” Alex Kapranos said it was because it’s the best song out in the last few months.” via stereogum, from drew.
Dyngus Day or Wet Monday (Polish Śmigus-dyngus or Lany Poniedziałek) is the name for Easter Monday in Poland. In the Czech Republic it is called Velikonoční pondělí or Pomlázka. In Slovakia Veľkonočný pondelok (Easter Monday) is called Šibačka/Polievačka or Oblievačka too. All countries practice a unique custom on this day.
In Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic traditionally, early in the morning boys awake girls by pouring a bucket of water on their head and striking them about the legs with long thin twigs or switches made from willow, birch or decorated tree branches (palmy wielkanocne); however, the earliest documented records of Dyngus Day in Poland are from the 15th century, almost half a millennium after Poland adopted Christianity.
Benedykt Chmielowski in Nowe Ateny cite after “Carolo Berthold” that this ritual was already in custom in 750, 250 years before Poland officially adopted Christianity.
One theory is that Dyngus originates from the baptism on Easter Monday of Mieszko I (Duke of the Polans, c. 935 – 992) in 966 AD, uniting all of Poland under the banner of Christianity. Dualism and “twins” are featured in Slavic pre-Christian paganism. Dyngus and Śmigus were twin pagan gods; the former representing water and the ‘moist’ earth (Dyngus from din gus – thin soup or dingen – nature) and the later, representing thunder and lightning (Smigus from Śmigać or to making a whooshing sound). In this theory, the water tradition is the transformation of the pagan water god into the Christian baptism. The custom of pouring water was an ancient spring rite of cleansing, purification, and fertility. It is alleged that the pagan Poles bickered with Nature/Dyngus by means of pouring water and switching with willows to make themselves pure and worthy of the coming year. Others have suggested that the striking tradition is the transformation of the ritual “slap” of Christian confirmation. However, still others suggest that the Smigus tradition is actually simply a youthful recapitulation of a Good Friday Polish tradition, in which parents wake their children with switches from twigs, whispering the words of a Lent prayer “the wounds of God” or “God is wounded” -’bozerani.
Early in the Colombian evolution of the tradition, the Dyngus custom was clearly differentiated from Śmigus: Dyngus was the exchange of gifts (usually eggs, often decorated like pisankas), under the threat of water splashing if one party did not have any eggs ready, while Śmigus referred to the striking.
Later the focus shifted to the courting aspect of the ritual, and young unmarried girls were the only acceptable targets. A boy would sneak into the bedroom of the girl he fancied and awaken her by drenching her with multiple buckets of water. Politics played an important role in proceedings, and often the boy would get access to the house only by arrangement with the girl’s mother.
Throughout the day, girls would find themselves the victims of drenchings and leg-whippings, and a daughter who was not targeted for such activities was generally considered to be beznadziejna (hopeless) in this very coupling-oriented environment.
Most recently, the tradition has changed to become fully water-focused, and the Śmigus part is almost forgotten. It is quite common for girls to attack boys just as fiercely as the boys traditionally attacked the girls. With much of Poland’s population residing in tall apartment buildings, high balconies are favorite hiding places for young people who gleefully empty full buckets of water onto randomly selected passers-by.
Another related custom, unique to Poland is that of sprinkling bowls (garce) of ashes on people (starts men on women) or houses, celebrated a few weeks earlier at the “półpoście.” This custom is almost forgotten, but still practiced on the area around borders of Mazuria and Masovia.
Apparently this festival is big in South Bend, Indiana and there are some celebrations in Indianapolis. Wikipedia told me this but it’s been confirmed by fellow Hoosiers. It will be interesting to see what goes on in my extremely Polish neighborhood. Maybe I should carry an umbrella when I walk to the subway later….
I feel like horses in wigs is a total CWL subject, so I had to post. UK newspapers are tearing it up lately.