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Blogity-blah-blah-blog: January 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

Bored Panda

Today I would like to share a website I found called Bored Panda-the Only Magazine for Pandas. It is a treasure chest of random visual oddities, I think that's how it can be best described. I'll share just a few images along with links to the articles that go with each image. I found this site through of course. I'll share five interesting things I found at this site and I'll leave the rest of the exploring up to you.

1) Here are some images from an article called "Top 33 World's Strangest Buildings"

The Kansas City Library, Missouri.
Apparently they carry books with large print.

Rotating Tower, Dubai.
It would be great to live in an apartment where you can say, "Honey, the sun is glaring on the TV, could you turn the room about 90ยบ?"

The Basket Building, Ohio
I'm assuming it's a mental institution.

2) "One Sheet of Paper"-Here are some works of art made from one sheet of paper (just in case you couldn't figure that out from the title of the article).

Impenetrable Castle
I don't know about that, last time I checked, scissors beat paper.

Look at that detail!

White Hand.
Oh no, that skeletal hand is attacking a turkey!

Down the River.

"Do you hear that sound? Why is the current getting faster?"

Holding onto Myself.
Nice title.

3) When God Runs Out of Paint: 26 Albino Animals

"I am not a lab rat!"

"Corn always makes me sneeze."

"Wanna see my impression of a water sprinkler?"

4) Top 40+ Creative Ads Made to Stop You Smoking

Sorry, no funny comments for these ones. There really isn't anything funny to say about these. (Click the one above to see it larger if you can't read the label.)

5) 25 Incredible Photos Made without Photoshop

Are you sure that water is clean?

We have lift off.

She's an awfully mean big sister.

Hope you enjoyed these images, head on over to Bored Panda to see more!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Rest in PEZ

The other day I heard some sad news. Curtis Allina, inventor of the PEZ dispenser died at the age of 87 on December 15, 2009. PEZ has always been one of my favorite candies. It's not only a big part of American pop culture, but a part of pop culture the world over.

Here are some fun facts about PEZ.

1) People who enjoy collecting PEZ dispensers can attend an annual PEZ convention in Ohio, Missouri, California, Minnesota, Connecticut, South Carolina, Austria, Finland, and Sweden.

2) In 2006, a PEZ dispenser in the form of a clear 50's space gun sold for $11,000 on eBay.

3) PEZ candy comes in the following flavors: Apple, Cherry, Chocolate, Coffee, Cola, Grape, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Peppermint, Raspberry, Sour Watermelon, Sour Green Apple, Sour Blue Raspberry, Sour Pineapple, Strawberry, Sugarfree Orange, Sugarfree Lemon, Sugarfree Strawberry, and Yogurt.

4) There is a documentary called PEZheads: the movie. Here's the trailer:

5) A Tweety Bird PEZ made a special guest appearance on Seinfeld:

Here are a few pictures of some PEZ dispenser collections:

You can even put your own head on a PEZ dispenser:

(Click the pic to enlarge)

Since PEZ has become such a huge part of pop culture, I think a statue should be erected in memory of the man who invented the PEZ dispenser, Curtis Allina. So I took the liberty of making some concept art for a statue:

Rest in PEZ, Mr. Allina.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Just wanted to share a short animated film that I remember from my childhood. I remember watching it at the day care I attended as a child. It's called "Jumping" by Osamu Tezuka, and it won the grand prize in 1984 at the World Festival of Animated Films in Zagreb, Croatia.

After watching this again after so many years it definitely takes on a whole new meaning for me. It's funny how we view things when we're children and then take another look at them when we are older. Now that I think of it, I can't believe they showed this at the day care I attended.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Calls From Chris: Part Three

I thought I would start off the New Year with another installment of "Calls From Chris". Click here for part one, and here for part two if you haven't heard the previous ones, or if you want to go back and listen to them again. I feel I should make a disclaimer before I post this. Something I haven't mentioned before is that I am not posting these to make fun of Chris in anyway. Chris is the kind of person that can brighten your day just by being around him, and I just want to share that with everyone. So enjoy "Calls From Chris: Part Three"!