Sunday, January 25, 2015

Only Available In Yokohama? Pity.

These spiky hedgehog treats are only found in Yokohama’s Chinatown at Yoseigo, a dim sum takeout joint that’s been in business since 1946. These sweet dumplings are filled with delicious custard cream.

A single dumpling costs about US$0.83 but you can save if you buy a prickle of hedgehogs.

More: RocketNews24


The Fox's Wedding

Legendary Venetian textile company, Fortuny, has introduced its first new fabric collection in more than two years. The collection draws inspiration from Japanese folklore of “The Fox’s Wedding”. The legend is that foxes marry in secret in the forest and only during a sun shower – far from prying human eyes.

The 2015 collection includes four newly designed patterns, two archival patterns and seven existing patterns in new colorways. The line also includes a limited edition series of Ann Wood designed Fortuny foxes wearing reversible Fortuny kimonos.

More lovely foxes: ann wood handmade


Norwegian Reality Show Sends Fashion Bloggers to Work in Cambodian Sweatshop

What happens when you send three Norwegian youths out into the world to meet the people who sew our clothes?

Anniken Jorgensen is one of three 17-year-old fashion bloggers who “star” in a five-part online reality series about the horrors of sweatshop labor in Cambodia. “I can’t take it any more,” she sobs in Norwegian. “What sort of life is this?


Via Ecouterre 

Heroes of Science Action Figures

Datazoid on DeviantArt created these action figures of scientists.  Each figure took between 40 minutes and 2 hours each to complete, totalling around 50 hours of work.

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Here are his selection criteria:

"The scientist must have been alive at some point in the 20th century. This is a practical consideration, as it really narrows the field down, and it eliminates a lot of the more outrageously-dressed characters, allowing me to work with mostly dudes in suits.
No scientists famous for major medical breakthroughs. Primarily because medical heroes is a category all of its own, and there are hundreds to choose from. I’ve included Alexander Fleming here, because he was primarily a chemist, and because his discovery of penicillin was not a discovery made in the course of trying to cure something."
Alas these aren’t real toys.

Thanks, Bruce!

Lots of Loises

Lois Lane, Superman's love interest, first appeared in 1938. Many actresses have played the journalist over the years. Here are some of them:

Phyllis Coates – Adventures Of Superman (Season 1)

Noel Neill – Adventures Of Superman (season 2-6)

Amy Adams in the latest Superman film, “Man of Steel.”

Margot Kidder – Superman Film Series
I liked Margot Kidder best.

More: General Tso's Revenge

Thanks Bruce!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Cow Head Will Not Erupt From Your Body If You Get A Smallpox Vaccine

This did not really happen. Cows' heads did not emerge from the bodies of people
newly inoculated against smallpox. But fear of the vaccine was so widespread that it prompted
British satirist James Gillray to create this spoof in 1802.
H. Humphrey/Henry Barton Jacobs Collection, Institute of the History of Medicine, JHU

Smallpox was a deadly disease that killed hundreds of thousands of Europeans each year. Then one day 18th-century English country doctor Edward Jenner noticed that milkmaids in English literature were described as having creamy complexions. One of the reason they had such nice complexion was they didn't get smallpox. Could it be that by being exposed to a bovine form of the disease, cowpox, milkmaids were protected from the much more lethal smallpox? Experimentation with live subjects led to the development of the first vaccine.

Despite its obvious benefits the discovery was not praised by everyone. Some religious leaders said it was immoral to stop a disease that God has created. A cartoon from 1802 lampoons Jenner. It shows a crazed scene in which cows' heads erupt from the bodies of people being inoculated against smallpox.
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose?

Listen to the story at NPR

The Best Things SkyMall Ever Sold

After 25 years in-flight catalog company SkyMall is filing for bankruptcy. Although I have never purchased anything from SkyMall I have whiled away time browsing through their quirky products. Of course I was a captive audience strapped into a flying sardine can, but still I'll miss them. Where else could I shop for these items?

More: Motherboard


Friday, January 23, 2015

Saskatoon dad builds daughter backyard luge track

Saskatoon dad, Blair McDaid, gave his seven-year-old daughter Ophelia a birthday gift that won't last past spring: a backyard luge track. Riders use a plastic toboggan to navigate the course that starts at the top of a wooden platform, and continues in a loop along three sides of his yard.

More: CBC News

Stretched VW Microbus Limo

Road trip, anyone? Being a fan of all things vintage I adore this 1965 Volkswagen microbus with only 1600 miles on it since it was completely restored. Only high-end parts were used and it has 33 windows, custom sound and light systems and seats 12.  

It's for sale on eBay for $220,000 so I won't be hitting the road in this party bus until I get some crowdfunding together.

Via The Awesomer

Real Food, But Not Really

These videos prove that if the food you see in commercials looks too good to be true it probably is. Food stylists use food dyes, cotton-ball stuffing, imitation ice, and an array of other clever devices to make artificial foods that look like home-prepared foods - only better. It’s real food, but not really. Directed, filmed & edited by Minhky Le

More: The Curious Brain