Meet Venus, the Amazing Chimera Cat

No, dear reader, the image above has not been photoshopped. This is Venus, an adorable kitten with more than a passing resemblance to a certain two-faced Batman villain. Venus’ furry face, as you can see, is distinctively split into two halves: the left is covered in black fur and features a yellow eye, while the right is covered in ginger fur and features a blue eye. Widely thought to be a chimera (google it), she looks like two completely different cats spliced into one.

“She’s as sweet as can be…. gentle, loving, and has this little tiny kitten like “meow” even though she is 3 now,” says her currently nameless owner. “She acts like a big baby in the way that she loves to be babied. She doesn’t bother any furniture with her claws and uses a scratching post. She does not have one single bad habit. She’s perfect!”

Venus was adopted from a North Carolina dairy farm in 2009. Images of her curious appearance, taken by “mommy,” have just recently gone viral. She has her own official Facebook page, which has now garnered over 5,000 likes, and has been named the “coolest cat ever” over on Reddit, understandably so. [Read more…]

The Dog Rider Costume: Give Your Mutt a Rider

Those long-standing boundaries between cool and cute, they’ve just been demolished. The Dog Rider Costume, manufactured by the Paper Magic Group, is a dog harness specially designed to mount your canine companion with a saddle and a rider figurine, giving your furry friend the appearance of a noble steed. The result is as adorable as it is totally awesome. There are six options for riders, as you’ll see above and below: there’s a jockey, a monkey, a cowboy, a mailman, a Lord of the Rings-esque goblin and, for Halloween, the headless horseman of Sleepy Hollow.

The harness is adjustable and fits dogs of medium to large size, with a neck that measures 17-20”. It allows you to dress up your dog all nice and pretty without getting into any trouble with the RSPCA. Handily, all Dog Rider Costumes are available on Amazon if you wish to buy one for your beloved mutt, and why wouldn’t you? It’s so cute/cool.

Here’s a tricky question: which rider is your favourite? [Read more…]

ParisTexas: A Splicing of Insects and Musical Instruments

Warning: this post is not for those with a fear of insects. Come to think of, it is not for those with a fear of musical instruments either. The two – insects and musical instruments, not people with a fear of them – are boldly juxtaposed in a spectacularly inventive branding scheme for Copenhagen-based fashion store ParisTexas. The design above, for example, genetically splices a beetle, the kind you’ll find crawling around your backyard, with a trumpet, the kind you’ll find in the brass section of an orchestra.

Denmark-based design agency Scandinavian DesignLab were set the challenge of creating a distinct and unique identity for the clothing retailer that would set a new trend rather than follow a pre-existing one, representing the originality of ParisTexas’ clothing line. “The assignment involved creating an identity that breaks with the traditional thinking behind identities and by extension supports a sense of unique, international exclusivity and underground style,” explains the design agency’s official website.

I think you’ll agree with me when I say they have succeeded – have you ever seen anything like this? Well, not in a David Cronenberg movie, I mean. If you don’t suffer from entomophobia or melophobia (google them), check out the rest of Scandinavian DesignLab’s series below. [Read more…]

The Film Map: Over 900 Movies in One Location

This is a must-have item for any die-hard movie buff with an empty space on their bedroom wall. UK-based design studio Dorothy has created the Film Map, a map featuring over 900 movie titles as the names of roads, buildings, ponds and parks. This stunning and inventive piece comes after Dorothy’s Song Map, another cultural map which was much the same but with song titles replacing film titles.

“A street map made up of over 900 film titles including cinema classics such as Lost Highway, On the Waterfront, Jurassic Park, Reservoir Dogs, Carlito’s Way, Nightmare on Elm Street, Valley of the Dolls and Chinatown,” says the official Dorothy site. “The Map, which is loosely based on the style of a vintage Los Angeles street map has its own Hollywood Boulevard and includes districts dedicated to Hitchcock and Cult British Horror movies. Like most cities it also has its own Red Light area. There’s an A-Z key at the base of the Map listing all the films featured with their release dates and names of the directors.”

Check out images of the Film Map below, and maybe even buy one over on the official Dorothy site, where it’s selling for a measly £25 plus p&p (around $50 for US readers). Also, if you ever find the magical location displayed in the map, make sure you steer clear of Jurassic Park – things may get a little messy there. [Read more…]

Kristin and Kayla: Adorable Sisters in Amazing Photos

Here’s something guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Jason Lee, a California-based American wedding photographer of eight years, has become something of an internet sensation thanks to funny and imaginative pictures taken by Lee of his two adorable young girls, Kristin (8) and Kayla (5). The photos, uploaded onto Lee’s wildly popular Flickr account, see the lively little siblings snapped as they partake in weird and wacky situations, which vary from daily chores to werewolf-hunting, ceiling fan-riding to playing Super Mario Bros. – in full-scale.

The photos of Kristin and Kayla began when Lee’s mother was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2006. As Kristin and Kayla were constantly sick with colds and coughs at the time, they couldn’t see their grandmother for fear that she catch their kid germs. Lee decided to start an online photo blog wherein his mother could see her granddaughters and what was going on in their lives. As time went by, the photos of Kristin and Kayla became more and more inventive and fantastical, and Lee and the girls’ internet fame was set in motion.

“Most of the ideas come from the girls,” says Lee of his creative process. “From observing them play, or hearing the funny and outrageous things they say. Their day to day life also plays a big role for my inspiration.” On his shooting technique: “After coming up with an idea, I then ‘set up’ the scene, and often use artificial lighting to enhance the images. It helps to plan out the shoot before hand, so at most, I only have them in the shoot for a minute or two.”

Below are some of the stunning, rib-tickling and heartwarming photos in Lee’s collection. If you want to see more (and why wouldn’t you?), head over to his Flickr page or his official blog. [Read more…]