Monthly Archives: June 2012
Since Michaelangelo many artists have taken inspiration from the Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor and architect who created some of the most seminal works in the history of Western art.
And until now few would have thought to etch copies of his masterpieces onto the skins of any kind of fruit.
But American Phil Hansen has used his background in pointillism to re-create some of the Sistine Chapel painter’s most instantly recognisable artworks on the skins of bananas.
Likeness: Phil tattoos Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam onto a a banana
To the point: Phil Hansen has re-created Ballet dancers by Edgar Degas by painstakingly inserting a pin into the skin of a banana
Phil, from Seattle, Washington spends hours painstakingly making the ‘fruit tattoos’ by pushing a pin into the banana enough times to make an image.
He has done Michaelangelo’s The Creation of Adam and a depiction of his David as well as paintings by other celebrated artists.
These remarkable photographs show the banan-art interpretation of the Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli and Edgar Degas’ famous dancers.
But Phil revealed that his favourite ‘tattoo’ was his reproduction of the Skull with Burning Cigarette by Vincent van Gogh.
Speaking of how he discovered his new fruit-art fusion Phil said: ‘I was sitting around one day doing some drawing, and my wife handed me a banana to eat as a snack.
Training: Phil uses his background in pointillism to create his fruity masterpieces
Influential: Michelangelo’s David (top) is one of the artist’s most celebrated works but Phil’s favourite banan-art is Van Gogh’s Skull with a Burning Cigarette (bottom)
‘They are not my favourite to eat so I decided to draw on the banana with my pencil instead.
‘A little later, I realised that the browning in the banana could make a quality image.’
Phil revealed how his background in pointillism – where an artist creates images with small dots of paint – helped him to apply a similar practice to bananas.
The 32-year-old spends up to two hours on each piece and after they are completed he leaves the fruit to rot and go completely black.
Detailed: Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli probably never imagined that his Birth of Venus would appear on a banana
He added: ‘I’ve poked a lot of bananas making anything from simple designs and messages to masterpieces and people’s faces.
‘I let them sit until they become completely blackened. It’s a unique experience to watch something you created being destroyed throughout the week.
‘At first, I just ate the bananas but after eating too many, but now I also make banana bread.’
A federal grand jury has indicted a 23-year-old college student on charges of making explosives and possessing illegal firearms in her home.
Celia Alchemy Savage who unabashedly admits ‘it’s my hobby to blow things up’ expressed no remorse following a raid of her Cornelia, Georgia home on May 30 revealing multiple explosives, guns and illegal drugs.
‘Making bombs is serious, and the combination of explosives and drugs creates a situation that law enforcement cannot ignore,’ U.S. Attorney Sall Quillian Yates responded to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Charged: College student Celia Alchemy Savage, pictured, has been indicted on federal charges of making explosives and drug possession after several were found in her rural Georgia home among other weapons and illegal drugs
The Gainesville State College student was charged Thursday with three counts of making and possessing explosive devices and possessing firearms while being an unlawful drug user.
She faces up to 10 years behind bars and a fine of up to $25,000 per count.
She is currently held without bond.
Savage seems to enjoy something of a double life, with photographs on social networking sites showing her toting guns, riding motorcycles, skydiving – and posing provocatively for the camera.
In other photographs on Facebook, the Gainesville State College student dons boxing gloves – before switching to her barely-there bikini to become a ring girl.
The profile page also admits to her love of blowing things up – and her loathing of the law.
Double life: Photographs on Facebook show the student toting guns – but others show her looking glamourous
Stash: Officers allegedly found weapons, including a revolver, and drugs including meth and pot
‘I despise all law enforcement and any governing authority,’ she writes. ‘I am not one for selective targeting but mass destruction.’
The weapons were discovered after an army of law enforcement officers – from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement officers – searched Savage’s home in the woods.
Authorities discovered two pipe bombs, a selection of firearms – including a Taurus .454 calibre revolver – suspected illegal drugs – including meth and pot – and drug paraphernalia.
Savage allegedly told an FBI agent she has made up to seven pipe bombs as ‘manufacturing explosive devices and detonating them for recreation was her hobby’, an ATF report noted.
She added that she likes to blow up toilets in the woods, as a video uploaded to YouTube shows. Her father Tommy confirmed she appeared in the video, Channel 2 reported.
These visitors to Nightmares Fear Factory in Niagara Falls certainly got their money’s worth if their terrified reactions, caught by secret cameras, are anything to go by. This series of hilarious snaps shows tourists to the creepy Canadian building shrieking in fright, clutching each other for comfort and grimacing with fear.
‘I didn’t even mean to hurt them’: Moment boy, 14, burst into tears in the back of a police car minutes after killing parents
Alex Crain, now 15, from Naples, Florida, was arrested at his home in December 2010 for the slayings and has never spoken publicly or given any reason as to why he killed them.
Now a video has been released of a 14-year-old Crain sitting in the back of a police cruiser, wailing and crying to himself and shouting things like ‘I swear I didn’t mean to kill them’, ‘I’m sorry’ and ‘I didn’t mean to hurt them’.
Crain’s admissions, recorded on a dashboard camera tape, are the first – and only – insights into the former Palmetto Ridge High School student’s state of mind after he shot his parents, Thomas and Kelly, in their bed in December 2010.
Throughout his court case, Crain never gave a reason as to why he shot his parents and has never explained his actions to anyone.
Slain: The bodies of Thomas and Kelly Crain were found in the master bedroom of their Florida home around 9am in December 2010
Upset: Alex Crain can be seen wailing and crying at the back of a police cruiser after he was arrested for shooting his parents dead
Regrets: He twice shouts at the police who are standing outside the vehicle before lying down and remaining silent for a prolonged period of time
In April, the teen was charged as an adult and pleaded no contest to two charges of manslaughter before being handed down the 20-year sentence.
In the video, Crain can be seen banging his head against the car window and shouting: ‘I shouldn’t have done it. What the f*** is wrong with me? I shot my own parents for no f***ing reason.’
He twice shouts at the police who are standing outside the vehicle before lying down and remaining silent for a prolonged period of time.
Another tape supposedly shows Crain in the interview room, according to NaplesNews.
When he is being fingerprinted he is heard asking: ‘You’re testing for gunshot residue, aren’t you?’
Other than that he is said to have shown no emotion.
Crain is currently serving out his sentence at the Department of Corrections’ Reception and Medical Center but will be transferred to another prison soon.
Well, it’s not exactly as advanced as you’re used to seeing in sci-fi movies, but China’s colorful robot-themed restaurant can be a sign of things to come.
They’re probably going to render us extinct one day, so we might as well enjoy their servitude, while it lasts. A unique restaurant, in Harbin, China’s Heilongjiang Province, has 18 different robots doing all kinds of jobs, from ushering in guests to waiting tables and cooking various dishes. All the robots were designed and created by the Harbin Haohai Robot Company. Chief Engineer Liu Hasheng, they invested around 5 million yuan ($790,000) in the restaurant, with each robot costing 200,000 to 300,000 yuan ($31,500 – $47,000). With an average cost per dinner of between $6 and $10, they won’t be recovering their investment anytime soon, but it is great advertisement for what the robot company can create.
So what happens at the Harbin robot-operated restaurant that makes it so special? As customers walk through the door, they are greeted by a robot usher that extends its right arm and says “Earth Person, Hello, Welcome to the Robot Restaurant,” with a robotic accent. After you’ve placed your order with one of the human waiters, the robots in the kitchen get cooking. There are dumpling-making robots, noodle experts and even robot chefs that get the foods right every time. Once the meals are ready, robot waiters bring guest their orders, following a set of tracks through the restaurant. All robots are equipped with sensors which allow them to move freely without bumping into anything or anyone. As human guests enjoy their robot-cooked food, a singing robot provides the entertainment.
According to China Daily, the 18 differently-colored robots range from 1.3meters to 1.6meters in height, can show more than 10 different facial expressions and speak simple Chinese. They are controlled by a human staff in the computer room, and can work for five straight hours after a 2-hour charge.
Chinese people must not enjoy working in restaurants, as they’ve had quite a few previous attempts to replace humans with robots. In 2010, they opened their first robot restaurant, in Jiang, but they’ve also invented robot cooks a couple of times. If you like this kind of robot-operated joints, you should definitely visit the Hajime Restaurant, in Japan, where robot samurai have replaced human waiters.
Photos via Xinhua News
A man who has been drinking his wife’s breast milk, straight from the source, for over one and a half years says it cured his erectile dysfunction.
In the season three premiere of TLC’s Strange Sex, Jeff reveals how he is sexually stimulated by breastfeeding and impregnating his wife, Michelle.
Jeff, who lives in Ohio, says candidly on the show: ‘There are individuals out there that get turned on by feet, spanking, and cars. I get turned on by drinking my wife’s breast milk and getting her pregnant.’
Sexual fetishes: In the season three premiere of TLC’s Strange Sex, Jeff reveals how he is stimulated by breastfeeding and impregnating his wife, Michelle
The couple have one child, Ala, and it wasn’t until she was born and Michelle was nursing her that his fetish was ‘fully realised.’
He said: ‘Michelle was nursing her, and it was something I felt like, you now what, I’d actually like try it.
‘The first time I breast fed from Michelle, I just latched on and the milk started flowing. It was such a turn on, I had to stop, otherwise I would have finished right then and there,’ he said. ‘It was that much of a turn on.’
America’s most wanted paedophile wins fight to stop extradition from UK on grounds it will breach his human rights
One of America’s most-wanted paedophiles can walk the streets of Britain a free man after the High Court ruled that extraditing him to the US would breach his human rights.
Convicted paedophile Shawn Sullivan has been a wanted man since 1994 for allegedly molesting two 11-year-old girls and having unlawful sex with a girl of 14 in Minnesota.
If extradited to America and found guilty he could face 25 years jail on each count.
But two senior judges demanded assurances from the US Government that Sullivan – who lives in the affluent London suburb of Barnes with his Ministry of Justice worker wife – would not be put into a controversial sex offenders’ treatment programme.
Shawn Sullivan, a paedophile who is one of America’s most wanted men, will be allowed to stay in the UK with his partner, 34-year-old MoJ policy manager Sarah Smith
Today they refused to comply, and so the judges turned down the plea to return him to the US.
Lord Justice Moses and Mr Justice Eady both believe the programme, known as ‘civil commitment’, would be a ‘flagrant denial’ of his rights under the European Convention on Human Rights.
But critics will see it as another example of the one-sided extradition treaty between the two countries.
Last week it emerged that seven times more British citizens have been sent to the US under the lopsided Extradition Act than Americans sent in the opposite direction.
Home Office figures reveal how the treaty at the centre of the case against Asperger’s sufferer Gary McKinnon is being used by the US authorities far more often than their British counterparts.
Sullivan, who has joint Irish/US nationality – who also goes under the name O’Suilleabhain – was given a suspended jail sentence in Ireland in 1996 for sexually assaulting two 12-year-old girls.
He was arrested in London in June 2010 while living with 34-year-old MoJ policy manager Sarah Smith in Barnes, South West London. They married in Wandsworth Prison before he was granted bail and tagged.
But lawyers for Sullivan – who has been put on America’s most-wanted sex criminals list – said if returned he could be declared ‘sexually dangerous’ and jailed without trial and with no hope of release.
The judges gave the US authorities until today to give an assurance that he would not be put on the civil commitment programme and be given a fair trial.
Today Lord Justice Moses confirmed that that ‘the United States will not provide an assurance’ that Sullivan would not be entered into the programme.
As a result his appeal would be allowed and extradition refused.
Sullivan originally from Fort Benning, Georgia, has remained here pending extradition proceedings.
Although on the list of America’s most wanted criminals he went undetected until 2007 when he was added to Interpol’s most wanted list.
In December 2010 Senior District Judge Riddle said there was no reason not to order extradition and sent the request from the US Government Home Secretary Theresa May.
In February last year she rejected representations on his behalf and ordered extradition.
But in refusing to give the go ahead Lord Justice Moses said there was a ‘real risk’ that if sent back his rights under the European Convention on Human Rights might be violated.
Under civil commitment, the court was told, someone could be held with no hope of release even though they had not been convicted of any offence.
Lord Justice Moses added: ‘I emphasise again that my judgment rests solely on my conclusion that the is a real risk that if extradited the appellant might be subject to an order for civil commitment within Minnesota, and that that amounts to a risk that he would suffer a flagrant denial of his rights.’
He said under the programme: ‘There is no requirement that the offences took place recently, nor , indeed, that the misconduct resulted in conviction, provided that the misconduct is substantiated by credible evidence.’
He said because the United States may now wish to given an assurance and because if he allowed the appeal it may be to no avail, he was adjourning the case for further argument.
Mr Justice Eady agreed and said the material before them ‘reveals that there is more than a fanciful risk that the appellant would become subject to the civil commitment process’.
In the absence of any undertaking ‘he would suffer a flagrant breach of his rights’ under the Convention, which protects against loss of liberty without a proper hearing.
A brand new Lamborghini Murcielago LP64 would cost you over $400,000, but in China you can buy one that looks almost identical for only $65,000.
The Chinese love to build their own Lamborghini sport cars, probably because the original ones sold in China tend to break down a lot. The latest Lamborghini replica to come out of the rising Asian country is of the stunning Murcielago LP64, and is probably the best one yet. Refered to as the Shanzai Lamborghini, this impressive looking vehicle is said to be 99% identical to the original on the outside, while the interior is “only” 70% identical. Still, the price tag of 420,000 yuan ($65,000) is unbeatable for this kind of car. Only you’re not really buying a piece of Italian engineering, but a really well modified Toyota MR2.
The level of craftsmanship has really impressed car enthusiasts in China, ever since photos of the Shanzai Lamborghini made their appearance online. The car maker apparently has his own workshop and even posted a classified advertisement for his Lamborghini making service. The reservation period for a Chinese Lamborghini Murcielago LP64 replica is 5 months, and requires an initial deposit of 210,000 yuan. Pretty harsh conditions for a car that can never be registered and driven on official roads. But you can use it to brag to your friends. The translated ad and specifications for the Shanzai Lamborghini are listed below.
“2.2 liter Toyota 5s and 2.0 t 3S engine, 100 kilo-meters in 9 seconds, top speed 2000, 175 horse powers, sound decibel frequency can be more than 90% identical. Body is 1:1 ratio. Interior is Lamborghini style, dash board is not Lamborghini.
Cannot get license plate, reservation period is 5 month, order deposit is 50% of the total cost, 210,000 yuan.
Power window, power wings, GPS navigation, backup camera, real leather seats and leather interior.
Interior can be done upon customers’ request, it is impossible to be 100% (identical as the real)
Interior and exterior color can be determined by customer.
Engine cover is not transparent, rims are custom made, original rims cost 50,000 extra
Car’s front bumper is 2007 style
Original car key cost 9,000 extra
We did not make modification on the original beam, so car safety index is same as the original Toyota.
However we added stainless steel, steel pipe and steel plate in the driver and passenger side doors.
We also added 4 point racing seat belts.
This car cannot get license plate, but satisfies all driving capabilities. However our factor sells the car only for display.
Car symbol, glass, grille, tail lights and exterior accessions are all original factory parts. New style of LED tail lights cost 10,000 extra.
Steering wheel is racing car steering wheel with original Lamborghini symbol.
All buttons in interior are all original Lamborghini parts.”
Real Lamborghini Murcielago LP64
I bet you’d have never thought a restaurant that serves only canned food could ever become popular. Well, it can in Japan.
Eating cold food from metal cans with plastic cutlery, is not everyone’s idea of a good eating out experience, but Osaka’s Kanso Restaurant has been offering this exact type of experience for a while now and has enjoyed great success. Things have been going so well that Clean Brothers, the restaurant and cafe company behind the bizarre diner, has begun franchising the idea throughout Japan, under the name Mr. Kanso. And I’m not talking disaster shelters or anything like that, but big cities like Tokyo and Nagoya. The original Kanso opened in 2002, and there are currently 17 branches, 14 of which are franchises, but the number of interested franchisees is growing steadily.
There are no menus at Mr. Kanso restaurants, just shelves lined with about 300 different types of canned foods from all around the world that make the place look like a post-apocalypse shelter.. You can find anything from Hokkaido bear curry to French salad in a can, and that’s apparently very appealing to customers. According to some of the restaurant’s clients, the fun is in browsing all the different canned foods and trying out new flavors.
But why would anyone want to invest in a restaurant that only sells canned foods? There are several great reasons, and they all have to do with money. Because there is no cooking involved, there is no need for a well-supplied kitchen, or a staff of skilled cooks. Operating costs for a Mr. Kanso restaurant are also very low, adding up to about 3 million yen ($38,000), about a third of the usual expenses of opening and running a usual restaurant. Let’s say these are compelling reasons to open a Mr. Kanso, but what would possibly make customers go inside. That one I don’t have any answers to.
What about you, do you think the Mr. Kanso restaurant is a good idea?