If you never hear from me again, please know it's just because I angered this movie's PR team and have been possessed by a haunted doll, and am now living out my days in the Ripley's Believe It or Not basement.
The idea of the year 2018 is pretty surreal, isn't it? That's when The Amazing Spider-Man IV is slated to come out... for now. Producer Matt Tolmachtold Den of Geek that the release date might not be as set in stone, and that the May 4th, 2018 spot might go to another film in the franchise. Waiting until 2019 for the ultimate film in the Amazing Spider-Man franchise? That's surreal.
But admittedly nowhere near as surreal as this commercial for Evian of all things.
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This video of a Portuguese man o' war washed up on a beach is pretty surreal; it's mesmerizing to watch it move, in the way that you're pretty sure it's an alien, but it definitely came from the sea - which makes it that much worse. Just look at it, staring at you like a creepy, translucent pigeon. It knows it can kill you. It knows.
Sandra Holmbom is no stranger to the surreal makeup look. Just check out her Timon (yes, from The Lion King). But this one certainly caught our eye.
Or maybe our lips. Check out another shot of it below, this time with teeth, because this the internet and uncanny things live here.
Sex sells, and apparently, Japan is buying. The latest advertising trend in the nation is turning women's legs into billboards, thereby finally correcting a frankly criminal waste of high value advertising space that has gone on too long. Now, if we could just start the new trend of branded masks that ensure we don't have to look at one another, but at products we might want to buy, we'd really be on our way to a brave new world.
Choo-san began doodling delightfully creepy illustrations on her hand with acrylic paint during a gap year spent studying for her university entrance exams. Impressed with her work, she began uploading her optical illusions online. Don't discount the artistic potential of procrastination, and check out more of her hyper-realistic work after the jump!
Not too long ago, a new Internet challenger appeared, a girl who entered a contest where participants had to cover a Justin Bieber song, with the prize being the Biebs himself showing the best video on some upcoming him-centric television special. It was an obvious, though great, parody, where the girl assumed the role of an overly attached girlfriend or stalker type. She was very good at it, and the lyrics were actually entertaining as well. Now, she's back with a parody of everyone's current "favorite" song, "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen. Like her Bieber song, we've captured some pretty good moments and put them after the break for your perusal and horror.
Justin Bieber is holding a contest wherein fans make their own video version of his song "Boyfriend," and the winners' entries will be featured in Bieber's upcoming NBC special. The songs submitted are pretty much what you'd expect -- girls taking the serious route, trying in earnest to win. There's one response, though, that's far and away the greatest thing that has happened on the Internet in a while. Contest winners will be announced June 21, and there's almost no way the above entry will win, but it won the Internet, so everything's alright. Check out some of our favorite moments from the video below.
Gotta love those stories that you come across late in the day, and then by the time you get a moment to report on them, they've already sort of solved themselves. For about two months now, an app called Girls Around Me has be available on Apple's App Store, and, for what it's worth, it's not that it's explicitly intended to make it easy to pretend that you know a girl, or find a girl who may be susceptible to drunkenly going home with you...
Well, actually I take it back, it's explicitly intended to do both of those things. As Cult of Mac expertly summarizes it: "Girls Around Me lets you identify women, find out where they are, look at pictures of them and then research their personal lives, all in pursuit of a 'one-night stand.'" Its creators wanted to make the lives of "ballers and pick-up artists" easier, which, while not my cup of tea, doesn't remove the fact that they're also giving would-be stalkers and date-rapists a incredible convenience.
You can decry the vapid commercialism of the modern Valentine's Day all you want, but it has got nothing on the bizarre Valentines of yesteryear. Back in the day, it apparently wasn't all that unusual to express your affection with a card featuring images of violence, suicide, bondage, cannibalism, worm eating, and you don't even want to know what else. Actually, having written that, I think we could afford to bring some of that hilarious weirdness back.
How do you make the Joker creepier than he already is? Make him a toddler! Truly, somewhere, for whatever reason, someone thought making a 1/6 scale baby doll that resembles Heath Ledger's Joker from Christopher Nolan'sThe Dark Knight was a good idea. You may be asking yourself, "is this an actual thing?" All answers point to yes, dear readers, and yes, that is a diaper in his duffle bag.
How Reddit tells it, someone -- presumably poptent user trunstyle -- was assigned to make an advertisement for a film class. This unofficial, in no way endorsed, ad for the Sour Patch Kids candies was the result. Like the candy, it attempts to be sour, then sweet. Unlike the candies, it starts really weird, gets okay, and then gets really, really weird. See the video after the break, but the above image is only a taste (pun) of what is in store.
The husband enters the room, bearing a gift box in his hands. His wife of 10 years watches eagerly, the remains of a steak dinner in front of her. "Darling," he begins. "I wanted to give you the best gift imaginable to commemorate our time together." She draws in a small breath as he lifts the lid of the box. "So I gave you a photo-realistic mask of myself."
The preceeding scenario has not and, hopefully will not, ever happen, but don't tell that to Japanese company Real-f. Using a system called 3DPF, or "3 Dimension Photo Forms," a series of photos taken from multiple angles are composited into freakishly lifelike images and fixed to vinyl chloride resin shaped after your own visage. The company says that minute details like pores and blood vessels are what set their product apart. Fantastic. The masks go for around $3,920 for the first, with each subsequent mask costing a paltry $780 each. You can even get a complete replica head made, for $5,875 for the original and copies for $1,960 after that. Why you would want to do that is anyone's guess.
Are these masks impressive? Yes. Unsettling? Very yes. More images below, if you can handle the weird.
Yay! It's like a Saturday morning cartoon ... for weirdos! This short film, "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared" by the This Is It Collective and directed by Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling, shows us all how to use our brain power for creativity. At least according to a dictator notebook.
(This Is It Collective via Have You Seen This?!)
While there are any number of foods involving cephalopods in one form another, this particular Japanese squid dish is not what it seems. When you pour soy sauce over the squid, its legs begin to move and "dance" around.
Apparently, the soy sauce is what makes the food get up and dance. There's some disagreement on Reddit about what exactly is going on, but all agree that the high salt of the soy sauce is key.
The natural world is a terrifying place, and it just got a little scarier -- especially for ants. Wired reports that scientists have reported that they have discovered 4 new kinds of fungus in Brazil that infect ants, effectively turning them into zombies that serve the will of the fungal infector. Fungus of the genus Cordyceps are not new to science, though their surprising diversity and how they take control of their hosts is still quite mysterious.
I would like to point out right now that this post will not contain a joke about love dolls.
Artist Wayne Chisnall is currently showing an impressive sculpture featuring the artist recreated and deconstructed as a plastic model kit. The sculpture, titled "And When I'm A Man," is indeed life-size and certainly gives you something to think on. Between the familiarity of the presentation and the unsettling nature of a cut-up human, it playfully touches on the commodification of people and challenges the viewer to consider what it means to "own" art.
Makes you think (about something other than love dolls).
(Wayne Chisnall via Gizmodo)