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Skot Olsen -- Blessed Saint Architeuthis
Classic piece of freaky squid-related art, now purchaseable on giclee for $200! (very tempted)
Saint Architeuthis is the patron saint of doomed sailors. While the origins of the saint remain unclear, it's recent history and worship are well documented. Whalers who turned their attention to catching giant squid and sea serpents in the 19th century, began asking Saint Architeuthis for mercy whenever a hunt would go awry, which was fairly frequent. When hunting for such animals, one would sometimes be thrown over board or a boat would sink exposing the men to whatever was in the water at the time. A sailor would ask Saint Architeuthis for the quick and relatively painless death of drowning, rather than the hideous demise of being ripped apart by the beak of the squid or chewed up in the sea serpent's hideous maw. Often, men would have visions of Saint Architeuthis who would appear before them in the form of a gigantic, yet benevolent squid wearing a bishop's mitre and carrying tools of the squid hunter's trade.
art  squid  skot-olsen  prints  giclees  toget  weird 
may 2017 by jm
ArquitecturB
amazing architectural-oddities Tumblr (via Present and Correct)
tumblr  art  photography  architecture  weird  odd 
october 2016 by jm
Northland man denies burning down house but insurer refuses to pay out
This is a mad story. The insurance company is accusing a guy in NZ of using remote-login software from 400km away to trigger a "print" command to a complicated Heath Robinson setup in order to light a fire to burn down his house
fraud  insurance  weird  nz  crime  printers  remote-login 
september 2016 by jm
Japan's Robot Dogs Get Funerals as Sony Looks Away
in July 2014, [Sony's] repairs [of Aibo robot dogs] stopped and owners were left to look elsewhere for help. The Sony stiff has led not only to the formation of support groups--where Aibo enthusiasts can share tips and help each other with repairs--but has fed the bionic pet vet industry.

“The people who have them feel their presence and personality,” Nobuyuki Narimatsu, director of A-Fun, a repair company for robot dogs, told AFP. “So we think that somehow, they really have souls.” While concerted repair efforts have kept many an Aibo alive, a shortage of spare parts means that some of their lives have come to an end.
sony  aibo  robots  japan  dogs  pets  weird  future  badiotday  iot  gadgets 
march 2015 by jm
UK psyops created N. Irish Satanic Panic during the Troubles - Boing Boing
During the 1970s, when Northern Ireland was gripped by near-civil-war, British military intelligence staged the evidence of "black masses" in order to create a Satanism panic among the "superstitious" Irish to discredit the paramilitaries.

The secret history of imaginary Irish Satanism is documented in Black Magic and Bogeymen: Fear, Rumour and Popular Belief in the North of Ireland 1972-74, a new book from Sheffield University's Richard Jenkins, who interviewed Captain Colin Wallace, the former head of British Army "black operations" for Northern Ireland.
northern-ireland  1970s  the-troubles  ireland  uvf  ira  history  black-magic  satanism  weird  fear  mi5 
october 2014 by jm
Papa's Maze | spoon & tamago
While going through her papa's old belongings, a young girl discovered something incredible - a mind-bogglingly intricate maze that her father had drawn by hand 30 years ago. While working as a school janitor it had taken him 7 years to produce the piece, only for it to be forgotten about... until now.


34" x 24" print, $40
mazes  art  prints  weird  papas-maze  japan 
march 2014 by jm
Codex Seraphinianus: A new edition of the strangest book in the world
Excited! one commenter claims a paperback of the new edition of Luigi Serafini's masterwork should cost about $75 when it comes out in a couple of months. sign me up, this is an amazing work
codex-seraphinianus  art  weird  strange  books  luigi-serafini 
october 2013 by jm
Why it's time to lighten up about "weird" Japan
'Being majime (too serious) is not cool in Japan; likewise it is important for voyeurs of Japanese culture to recognize that most everything pop-culture-y that is exported to the West comes at us with a wink. If you're all up in arms about it, then maybe the joke is on you.'
japan  majime  seriousness  fun  weird  news  journalism  from delicious
december 2009 by jm

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