Zombified Disney Princesses

Warning: this post contains graphically violent (cartoon) images directly involving Disney princesses. If you are a child, please click away and go watch “Beauty and the Beast” blissfully untainted. If you are an adult and children are nearby, I’d advise clicking away when the pitter-patter of tiny feet reaches your ears. I’m sure you don’t want your monthly family viewing of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” spoiled by questions like, “Mommy, why isn’t Snow White eating any of those dwarves’ brains?” We got that? Okay.

The family-unfriendly, horror movie-inspired pics arranged below are courtesy not of The House of Mouse but of Witit Karpkraikaew, or Clocktowerman, as he goes by on deviantArt. On his two-year-old page, the Thailand-based artist posts gruesome portraits depicting Disney princesses in a much less glamorous fashion than usual. In the paintings, the beloved animated characters are imagined as reanimated corpses (like the monsters of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”) with an unquenchable hunger for human flesh – Snow White likes her men brainy, it seems. Their innards are outards, their lips have rotted away and whole limbs have been torn off. It’s like Walt Disney went all George A. Romero.

As was warned, not suitable for littluns. [Read more…]

Five Friends Take the Same Photo for 30 Years

In the summer of 1982, five teenage boys sat down on a wooden bench together and posed for a group photo at Copco Lake, California. 30 years later, they’re still taking that photo. High school buddies John Wardlaw, John Dickson, Mark Rumer, Dallas Burney and John Molony made a pact: every five years, they gather together at the California lake, sit on that same bench and recreate the picture they took at 19 years old.

To begin with, a ritual was never intended: the original picture from ‘82 was taken simply to mark the vacation. Captured with a 35-millimetre camera on self-timer, the photo saw the young vacationers sporting curiously “dark and mysterious” expressions as Molony held up a Folgers Instant Coffee jar containing a live cockroach, a piece of butterscotch candy (food for the cockroach) and a photograph of Robert Young (company for the cockroach). Revisiting the lake in 1987 saw them taking the photo again, on the advice of cabin owner Wardlaw (nicknamed “Wedge”), with the same facial expressions and the same pose, and they’ve done so ever since.

Their touching tradition recently gained media attention when Dickson posted the photographs on a website dedicated to the pact. “Watch us lose hair and gain forehead, gain and lose and gain and lose weight,” Dickson posted on the site. “There are reasons we all decided it was better to take the photo with our shirts on.”

Such collective dedication makes for a heartfelt tribute to the power of friendship. But how long will this go on for? “We plan on doing this for the rest of our lives, no matter what,” says Dickson. “Up until there’s one guy just sitting in the same pose! Even then, maybe someone will take a picture of an empty bench for us.” [Read more…]

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…]

The Video Notebook: A Retro Design

Don’t go sticking this in your VCR (providing you’re perpetually trapped in the ‘80s). Behold the Video Notebook, a 260-page writing pad ingeniously designed to mimic the appearance of a VHS cassette tape, a recording device now considered primitive in the modern age of the Blu-ray. Such a strikingly retro design will allow for diarists and casual scribblers the world over to indulge in sweet nostalgia, of which the makers of this conceptually brilliant product were fully aware: “For most of us, the VHS is just a nostalgic memory, but we thought it was an object worth revisiting, in the form of this very nice Video Notebook.”

A must-have for any self-respecting film fan of a certain age, the Video Notebook comes with a protective sleeve and a sheet of sticky labels for writing on, just like the actual tapes of yesteryear. The manufacturing company has apparently (and unsurprisingly) sold out of the product, although you can find it on Amazon for a measly $29.99. Oh, a little advice: if you do buy the Video Notebook (and who could blame you?), try and make sure you don’t get it mixed up with your VHS copy of “The Notebook” – y’know, if you’re a complete doofus.

The images above were taken by filmmaker BenDavid Grabinski, a proud purchaser of the Video Notebook, and the images below are official marketing stills. [Read more…]