Why are thicker mustaches like bigger breasts?

The mustache of singer and actor 
Ibrahim Tatlises is one ideal.

Just as women crave bigger boobs, Middle Eastern men with inadequately masculine mustaches seek mustache surgery:
Thick, handsome mustaches have long been prized by men throughout the Middle East as symbols of masculine virility, wisdom and maturity.

But not all mustaches are created equal, and in recent years, increasing numbers of Middle Eastern men have been going under the knife to attain the perfect specimen.
More: Mideast men go under knife for manly mustaches, CNN>>

5 disturbing headshots by Paul Ripke

Some are illusions accomplished in-camera and some are not.

See more at Paul Ripke>>

The barbequed roadkill prank

They declined to kill it and grill it.

A Montana barbeque restaurant did not want to buy an ad from Dex Media, a publisher of online and print telephone directories.
So the salesman, either as a prank or by "accident", listed the restaurant under its "Animal Carcass Removal" category.

The Bar 3 Bar-B-Q restaurant sued and won an undisclosed amount.

Topless swimsuit illusion

"Trompe-l'oeil Body"
(Click to enlarge)

Multi coloured trompe-l'oeil swimsuit featuring a print which covers the front of the garment. This body features a scooped neck, low back and high cut leg. This is a high fashion item and not intended for excessive wear. Hand wash cold.

Designer Says:

The trompe-l'oeil body is available in limited supply. This playful trompe-l'oeil print gives the illusion of a nude female torso, offering the idea of an innate femininity beneath the tough exterior. Make a style statement at the pool side on a winter vacation or simply team with leather shorts or a skirt for a cutting edge look.
Buy it for $401 at Not Just a Label>>

Secret documents should not be parade confetti

 You don't expect to find this while a huge 
turkey balloon floats down the street.

Ethan Finkelstein and his friends were watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade when he noticed some confetti stuck to a friend's coat:
"It landed on her shoulder," Finkelstein told PIX11 News, "and it says 'SSN' and it's written like a social security number, and we're like, 'That's really bizarre.'

It made the Tufts University freshman concerned, so he and his friends picked up more of the confetti that had fallen around them.

"There are phone numbers, addresses, more social security numbers, license plate numbers and then we find all these incident reports from police."

One confetti strip indicates that it's from an arrest record, and other strips offer more detail. "This is really shocking," Finkelstein said. "It says, 'At 4:30 A.M. a pipe bomb was thrown at a house in the Kings Grant' area."
Police investigated and discovered that the confetti was made from classified police documents from the Nassau County Police Department.

In the spirit of the day, a police employee standing near Mr.  Finkelstein brought the shredded documents for his friends and family to use as confetti.

The police department is considering getting cross-cut shredding machines that reduce documents to small shredded pieces of paper rather than the horizontal slices that were found.

And they very likely had a spirited chat with that employee.

- Long Island cops probe how secret information became NYC confetti, Ars Technica>>
- PIX11 EXCLUSIVE: Nassau County POLICE EMPLOYEE Brought Classified Confetti to Thanksgiving Parade, WPIX>>

Smokestack pranksters kept secret for 50 years

They painted "The last laugh" on 
a smokestack above their high school
in Springfield, Illinois in 1962.

With the way we share information today, would anyone be able to keep this prank a secret for more than a few minutes?
In 1962, there was a tall smokestack atop Springfield High School. The top of the stack was about 100 feet from the ground. One morning at the beginning of June in 1962, Springfield awoke to find the words “The Last Laugh” painted on that smokestack...

Since it was close to graduation, suspicion naturally focused on the SHS senior class. Principal Evenson called the class together and warned the guilty party or parties to come forward, or else. But no one confessed.
It wasn't until fifty years later, at a class reunion, that the pranksters finally revealed themselves.

It turns out that the hooligans, a boy and a girl, were two of the smartest kids in the school.

Read more: 50 years later, SHS grads confess to spectacular prank. The State Journal-Register>>

Moving crowds with an optical illusion sidewalk

"I'm moving that way... shouldn't you?"

Researchers at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo are developing a method to subtly influence crowds of pedestrians using the same types of lenses used in novelty postcards.

Lenticular lenses change according to the angle of the viewer. The theory is that if the lenses are on the ground and contain an image that seems to move to the right, the crowd will also move to the right.

Pedestrian Guidance System For Crowded Places 


A naked mutant woman shaves in a bathroom

The Schick Intuition Value Pack

3 hidden weapons of a North Korean assassin

These two pens tried to be mightier.

In 2011, a man named Ahn was arrested in Seoul. He was going to assassinate a South Korean activist named Park Sang-hak.

He was likely going to use one of these disguised weapons found by police:
1) A Parker ballpoint pen containing a poison needle.
2) A pen that can shoot a toxin-filled bullet.
3) A flashlight with holes in the front that can fire three bullets.
The intended victim, activist Park Sang-hak, is the son of a former spy for North Korea who fled with his family to the South. He has been working to bring democracy to North Korea and has sent millions of balloons filled with pro-democracy propaganda into the North.

He has no doubt North Korea will try to kill him again.

An assassination attempt foiled

'Poison' pen mightier than sword for would-be North Korean assassin, CNN>>

When you don't want real bacon around your neck

You want fabric bacon.

I don't think anyone will mistake it for the real thing. These 100% silk scarves, digitally printed with the image of a strip of bacon, are handmade by Swiss artist Natalie Luder.

The scarf is called, of course, Fou Lard.

Wear a slice.

And if you like the look but also want the smell, you can spritz a little of this product around your neck as well: Bacōn cologne by the company Fargginay>>

"Scent by the gods"
(And yes, it's a real product)

Now you're all ready not to attend that swanky PETA fundraiser.

Buy a scarf from Natalie Luder>>

A cancer patient is attacked by sick women

She was victimized by more than her cancer.

When a 36-year old woman gets an aggressive form of breast cancer, she reaches out to others via her blog, CatsNotCancer:
Valerie's posts were reposted, commented on, circulated around online cancer support groups. CatsNotCancer quickly gained more than 2,100 followers on Tumblr, partly because of her content and partly because Valerie took the time to respond to everyone who left messages on her blog looking for guidance, help, or empathy.

That's how she met Beth three months later, in December 2010.

"She was a fellow blogger who introduced herself and said she was going through treatment for lymphoma," Valerie recalls. "I had just undergone my fourth round of chemo and I was feeling really sick—I had no energy, and my mood was in the dumps. It was an accomplishment to put up a blog post during the day."

Nevertheless, she responded to Beth's overture of friendship, and for the first week, their communication was benign. The 19-year-old Wisconsin native, who appeared physically healthy in photographs, talked about her daily struggles with balancing lymphoma treatments and college classes (she wanted to become a psychologist), and the two talked companionably about their favorite TV show, Lost.
When Beth confessed that she was pregnant after being raped by a relative and said she felt "mortified", Valerie began to get suspicious about her stories.
But while Beth e-mailed daily updates on her mortifying pregnancy—"Aborting it is what [my doctor] would recommend his daughter to do. He doesn't think I could handle it mentally or physically. Blah blah."—Valerie contacted her own oncologist about the content she'd read on Beth's blog. She remembers one about Beth throwing up blood between classes at school, then skipping to the hospital to get a five-unit blood transfusion. "My doc was like, 'There's no way in hell that's happening,'" Valerie says. An adult has 11 to 13 units of blood in their body, total, and from the pictures she'd posted, Beth was a petite woman. If she'd lost half the blood in her body, she'd die, not be home in time to blog about it before dinner.

Nor would the average lymphoma patient have the energy to be a full-time student while undergoing treatment, or risk exposing herself to hundreds of germy students while actively being treated for cancer of the immune system.

But Valerie didn't confront Beth with suspicions that she was faking her sickness. Instead, to preserve her own health and sanity, she abruptly stopped answering Beth's e-mails, texts, and phone calls. "Her lying was so alien as a concept, the idea of outing her horrified me," she says. "Part of me thought, 'There's something horribly wrong with her, and if she is being abused, I don't want to make life harder on her.'"

In response, Valerie says Beth went "totally apeshit."
That's how Valerie encountered another sick woman, with a different disease, called Munchausen syndrome.
Munchausen syndrome takes its name from an 18th-century German baron who was famous for embellishing tales of his military exploits to anyone who'd listen. But it wasn't until 1951 that Baron Munchausen became widely associated with another crop of pathological liars: people who go to incredible lengths to fake illness or psychological trauma for the express purpose of attracting medical attention and sympathy from other people. Munchausen sufferers don't just shave their heads and say, "Look! Cancer!" They alter their medical records, starve themselves, install catheters and chemo ports, even convince doctors to perform unnecessary surgeries on them—anything to legitimize the fantasy of their sickness.
Read the entire story: The Lying Disease. Why Would Someone Want to Fake a Serious Illness on the Internet? The Stranger>>

The hero of the story, on Flickr>>

Why you shouldn't tell smart children the truth

Non Sequitur comic strip by Wiley Miller, November 26, 2012>>

The $1 million Australian gas delivery scam

This image makes sense when 
you get to the end of the story.

Some tanker truck drivers in Australia figured out a great way to scam service stations by shorting them on fuel deliveries.

The drivers disabled the GPS tracking devices in their trucks and made unscheduled stops to rival gas stations to unload a portion of their fuel, and then delivered the rest to their regular stops.

They faked their paperwork to look like they'd delivered all the fuel.

In a year, they stole $1 million worth of gas.

They were caught because, one, the service stations they were delivering to had their own tank monitoring system, although I don't know why it took an entire year to uncover the fraud.

Two, one truck's GPS system was not disabled, and it showed a driver, Mark Andrew Reynolds, making an extra 11-minute stop.

Mr. Reynolds, who was sentenced to three years in jail, was paid about $116,000 for his role in the theft.

He spent most of his money on a prostitute he'd fallen in love with.

Tanker drivers stole petrol and sold it for 50c a litre in $1 million scam. Herald Sun, Australia>>

An odd incident in the Walmart vs. workers fight

The painting "The Island" by Walton Ford, which 
shows a violent struggle between carnivores and lambs, 
is in the art museum supported by Alice Walton. 
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In an ongoing dispute, workers at Walmart stores decided to hold a strike against the company to protest their low wages and the company's anti-union activities.

To show her support for the strikers, Alice Walton, the daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton and the second richest woman in America, sent out a surprising press release via her art museum, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art:
“Since Black Friday is the unofficial start of the Christmas season, and this is the season of giving, I and the staff of Crystal Bridges have decided to stand with the workers of Walmart, the source of my family’s fortune, in their Black Friday strikes, walkouts, and pickets. I recognize this may come as a surprise to both Walmart workers and the American public. I have always assumed these hard-working men and women were being treated well, paid well, and being compensated with proper health benefits and vacation time. On this holiday, I give thanks for the fortune I inherited and for all the workers who earned it for me. They deserve to share its benefits. I was shocked to the point of disbelief when I first learned of the working conditions these decent Americans endure at the company that bears our family’s name. As a Walton, I cannot stomach the thought of our employees working for poverty wages, without sufficient healthcare, on a permanent part-time basis, or under threat of harassment, retaliation, or termination for organizing in their workplace. The workers of Walmart deserve better.”
However, the press release was soon followed by this:
The website is in no form or manner affiliated with or represents Alice Walton and/or the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Please visit the official website of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art site at
It was, of course, a prank that called attention to the Walmart worker's demands.

Who Pranked Alice Walton? Hoax Sees Billionaire Heiress "Supporting" Walmart Strikers, Forbes>>

9 nudes for prudes

Where a long exposure leads to less exposure

Pictured is Nude #1, 2012. See 8 more at the website of Japanese artist Shinichi Maruyama>>

He wrote a postcard about his ex-wife...


What's wrong with this photo?

It might take a second or two to see it.

How to cure baldness with a tattoo

Of course, you'll still have no hair...
(Click to enlarge follicles)

A company called Good Look Ink creates the optical illusion of having hair on your head. They tattoo fake hair on your scalp, so you appear to have a slight stubble of hair. It looks like you could have hair if you wanted to, but you prefer to shave your head. That way, if your hairline is receding or thin, all the shiny spots are filled in with manly hair.

You might still look bald, but at least you're bald by choice.

(And to be fair, it also works on men and women who have longer hair with spots that are thinning.)

 I am going bald.

I choose to be bald.

Good Look Ink>>

Even "scientific" facts change

"I yam what I yam!"
Popeye may be steady, but
facts about his spinach are not.

Spinach doesn't contain lots of iron, the Brontosaurus dinosaur is really an Apatosaurus, and the height of Mount Everest changes every year. Not only does science make mistakes about facts, but what we think of as "true" is not always true. And as we learn more about things, scientific facts change.
In 1870, German chemist Erich von Wolf analyzed the iron content of green vegetables and accidentally misplaced a decimal point when transcribing data from his notebook. As a result, spinach was reported to contain a tremendous amount of iron—35 milligrams per serving, not 3.5 milligrams (the true measured value). While the error was eventually corrected in 1937, the legend of spinach's nutritional power had already taken hold, one reason that studio executives chose it as the source of Popeye's vaunted strength.

The point, according to Samuel Arbesman, an applied mathematician and the author of the delightfully nerdy "The Half-Life of Facts," is that knowledge—the collection of "accepted facts"—is far less fixed than we assume. In every discipline, facts change in predictable, quantifiable ways, Mr. Arbesman contends, and understanding these changes isn't just interesting but also useful. For Mr. Arbesman, Wolf's copying mistake says less about spinach than about the way scientific knowledge propagates.
What does Mr. Arbesman suggest we (and science) do?
"Far better than learning facts is learning how to adapt to changing facts..."
Read more: The Scientific Blind Spot. Knowledge is less a canon than a consensus. The Wall Street Journal>>

The big red butt ball - an optical illusion

Be careful where you sit...

Don't mess with Mambo, transgendered whore!

Restaurant owner Marisol Simoes infused 
the wrong kind of entertainment to 
someone’s dining experience.

Elayna Katz went to a restaurant called Mambo Nuevo Latino in Ottawa, Canada and ordered some jambalaya. She told the waitress she wanted her order without olives.

Her food came with olives.

She wasn't happy with the response of her server (she got a new order but was then charged for both). Afterwards she tried to contact the restauraunt's owner without success, so she posted a bad review at an online restaurant review site.

That's when the restaurant's owner, Marisol Simoes, age 42, seems to have gone a little bit crazy.

Ms. Simoes left post after post attacking Ms. Katz. She posted personal information about her. She pretended to be Ms. Katz and emailed her boss and work colleagues, offered to have sex with them and said she was transgendered. She posted an advertisement on an adult dating site using Ms. Katz's online wedding photos and said that she was a man seeking other men.

This went on for two years.

When Ms. Simoes was caught and arrested, she was convicted of criminal libel. She was also told she must take anger management classes.

In an earlier interview about the two restaurants she owns, called Mambo and Kinki, Marisol Simoes was asked why customers were loyal to her restaurants:
The common factor between Kinki and Mambo is the way we infuse entertainment to anyone’s dining experience. It’s one thing to go out and enjoy a great meal and its another to experience memories somewhere. We are two of those places in the market that always go that extra step to inject some culture into your experience by way of entertainment.
- Restaurateur jailed for customer sex profile revenge plan. How not to react to a bad online review. The Register>>
- Interview with Kinki & Mambo Owner, Marisol Simoes, Ottawa Rickshaws>>

The mysterious slice of cake - an optical illusion

It's a real slice of white cake, but
something's not quite right.

 What about this red cake, with the 
fancy doily design on top?

These cake images are based on an old optical illusion about a missing slice of pie. I tried to make them with pie photos, but I got better results with cake.

Scroll down for the answer.

In the missing piece of pie puzzle,
you turn over the pie to find the piece.

 Ah, there it is.

 Here's the rest of the white cake.

And the red.

Oddly enough, once I've seen the slice of cake in the wrong position, I find it hard not to see an upside down slice of cake when I look at the whole cake.

Ah, there it is.

Cakes and pies are from:
- The Tender Crumb>>
- Carol's Creative Confections>>
- Weird Physics>>

Daddy, what's wrong with this Halloween candy?

The trick was on the man with the candy.

Donald Junior Green from the UK probably wishes he hadn't fooled himself on Halloween night. He was handing out candy when he reached into his pocket and grabbed a plastic bag full of Haribo sweets and dropped it into some kid's goody bag.

Instead, as he realized later when he reached in his pocket, he gave the kid a plastic baggie containing something else - eight smaller bags of cocaine that he'd bought earlier that day for £200.

Once he realized his mistake, he immediately rushed to find out where the kids were trick-or-treating in the neighborhood.

But he couldn't find them. The kids were cold and wet, so that was the last house they visited. When they got home and dumped out the candy, their dad spotted the drugs and asked:
"What house did you get that candy at, dear?"
Officers quickly found and arrested Mr. Green.

The kid's dad, Simon Fowell, knew exactly what to do once he spotted the non-candy treat.

The kid's dad, Simon Fowell, is a police officer.

Man handed out cocaine by mistake to trick-or-treat children. Court told 23-year-old handed over Class A drug to police officer's children believing it was a bag of sweets. The Guardian>>

Anita gains psychic powers with Mesmerama

"Seize control with Mesmerama"
Real psychic psychedelic magic, from 1978

From American animator Sally Cruickshank:
"Anita the duck buys a psychic device at a novelty store in an alternate universe and creates mayhem at a crazy party. By Sally Cruikshank, with music by Robt. Armstrong and Allan Dodge."
This is what having magical psychic powers is all about, isn't it?

Make Me Psychic

Unreal astronomical photography by Jason Tozer

He captured these without using specialized astronomical equipment or performing any sort of Photoshop magic. (Click any of the images to enlarge.)

 He did, however, use a camera, glycerin, soap, and straws.

More planets at Creative Review>>

When only a fake will do for Hollywood

For an unreal time, have a snack, 
some drinks and a smoke.

When a movie or television production needs an onscreen product to look real, they turn to prop houses like ISS, which stock fictional brands which look similar to real brands but not enough to impede on a brand's intellectual property or associate the product with some kind of bad activity.

That's why a character might eat "Let's Potato Chips" instead of "Lay's Potato Chips", or drink a "Haberkern" instead of a "Heineken".

Says Michael Bertolina, from ISS:
“We’re trained to see brands, so when you don’t it’s almost jarring,” he says. “But the network won’t use a brand if it interferes with an advertising deal they have or if it’s not used for its intended use. So instead of covering it with tape or running into a legal nightmare, we create these brands that are fictional...”

“Our owner’s name is Gregg Bilson, so you’ll find Bilson cigarettes all over TV,” Bertolina adds. “If you watched Justified on FX, [Mags Bennett] ran a shop and had a rack of cigarettes behind her head all the time. They’re all Bilson.”
When A Name Brand Just Won’t Do: Hollywood’s Best Fake Products, Fast Company>>

This pretty woman had a horrible secret

Estíbaliz Carranza is very attractive.

She seems like a fun-loving person.
This is her Facebook photo.

She is very wordly. She has joint 
Spanish-Mexican citizenship and speaks 
fluent English, German and Italian.

She and her husband used to own 
this ice cream shop in Vienna, Austria.

But after Ms. Carranza left Austria, she was 
forced to return under police custody.

That's because of something workmen 
found in the basement underneath 
her ice cream parlor.

The workers, who were repairing leaky pipes, noticed a horrible smell and discovered human remains.

The remains were the bodies of Ms. Carranza's husband and boyfriend. She shot her husband in 2008 and her boyfriend in 2010 with the same 22-caliber Beretta pistol. Then she dismembered them with a chainsaw and put them in a freezer.

Later she buried them inside ice cream tubs filled with concrete and stored them in the basement.

In court she spoke about the first murder:
"It was like something out of a horror movie. There was blood everywhere, I remember I could not get the smell of blood out of my memory - I could not get rid of the smell."
Her defense lawyer said she is a very disturbed person.

She has pleaded guilty to the crimes.

She was pregnant with her current boyfriend's child when she was in prison before her trial. That boyfriend married her while she was in prison.

Goidsargi Estibaliz Carranza Zabala, age 34

More on her story: Ice cream killer pleads guilty to killing lover and boyfriend, Vienna Times>>