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  • The Time An Artist Sold His Own Excrement for the Price of Gold

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    Hannah Keyser
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Tate Museum The edgy, counterculture card game Cards Against Humanity made a statement about our consumer culture and the Black Friday craze by selling boxes of "bullshit," labeled as such, on their website the day after Thanksgiving. They sold 30,000 boxes of actual animal waste in under two hours. Well played, Cards Against Humanity, but you're not the first to see the potential for a profound prank in feces. In May, 1961, Italian artist Piero Manzoni produced ninety cans of Merda d’artista, or Artist's Shit, each carefully labeled and numbered. It was said to be a reaction to the fact…
  • The Time An Artist Sold His Own Excrement for the Price of Gold

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    Hannah Keyser
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Tate Museum The edgy, counterculture card game Cards Against Humanity made a statement about our consumer culture and the Black Friday craze by selling boxes of "bullshit," labeled as such, on their website the day after Thanksgiving. They sold 30,000 boxes of actual animal waste in under two hours. Well played, Cards Against Humanity, but you're not the first to see the potential for a profound prank in feces. In May, 1961, Italian artist Piero Manzoni produced ninety cans of Merda d’artista, or Artist's Shit, each carefully labeled and numbered. It was said to be a reaction to the fact…
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    This week, video popped up of a researcher freaking out after he spotted a rare Greenland shark in the Russian arctic.7 Cool Facts About the Greenland Sharkmentalfloss.com
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  • The Time An Artist Sold His Own Excrement for the Price of Gold

    Hannah Keyser
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Tate Museum The edgy, counterculture card game Cards Against Humanity made a statement about our consumer culture and the Black Friday craze by selling boxes of "bullshit," labeled as such, on their website the day after Thanksgiving. They sold 30,000 boxes of actual animal waste in under two hours. Well played, Cards Against Humanity, but you're not the first to see the potential for a profound prank in feces. In May, 1961, Italian artist Piero Manzoni produced ninety cans of Merda d’artista, or Artist's Shit, each carefully labeled and numbered. It was said to be a reaction to the fact…
  • 11 Innovative Techniques for Getting Better Recordings of Your Kids' Holiday Pageants

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Few things in life are more adorable and worthy of their own video recording than your child's first holiday pageant. Even if you’re not an award-winning director, you can still capture great footage on your phone or tablet with the right tech and equipment. 1. Pack a Tripod Smartphones are getting better at countering the effects of shaking hands, but nothing beats the stability of a tripod. And among tripods, nothing is as portable—or as flexible—as the Gorillapod Mobile. It fits most handsets (without requiring a traditional tripod screw mount), and its arms can stand on end or bend…
  • 7 Cool Facts About the Greenland Shark

    Erin McCarthy
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    This week, video popped up of a researcher freaking out after he spotted a rare Greenland shark on footage he had downloaded from a remote camera in the Russian arctic (you can watch the hilarious video above). Here are a few things you might not have known about this elusive deep sea denizen.  1. The first part of its scientific name, Somniosus microcephalus, roughly translates to “sleep,” because of the shark’s slow swimming; the second part of its name means “small head” (pretty self explanatory). In addition to Greenland shark, it’s sometimes called a sleeper shark or a…
  • 9 Famous Authors’ Favorite Workday Snacks

    Adrienne Crezo
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Writers are famously ritualistic. Some have favorite desk decorations or can only work during particular hours of the day. And some, like these nine, have specific food requirements. 1. Agatha Christie Christie's favorite mug may have read, "Don’t be greedy," but according to her grandson, that was “an injunction she never showed any sign of obeying.” She used it to drink heavy cream—no coffee. For a snack, she had scones and Devonshire cream ... minus the scones. 2. Victor Hugo Getty Images / iStock Hugo began his mornings with a cup of coffee, just like most people. But he dropped…
  • YouTube Yule Logs

    Chris Higgins
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:15 pm
    The televised "Yule Log" became a tradition in 1966, when WPIX-New York aired film of a crackling fire. The idea was to help New Yorkers without fireplaces enjoy a reasonably decent simulation of one. Fast-forward 48 years, and YouTube is where the best Yule Log action is. Pick your favorite, make it full-screen, and enjoy. (Technical note: a lot of these videos use YouTube's "annotations" feature to pop up ads and junk during the otherwise nice footage of fireplaces. If you're viewing on a device that lets you turn off annotations, do it. On a typical browser, you click the "gear" icon, then…
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  • The Time An Artist Sold His Own Excrement for the Price of Gold

    Hannah Keyser
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Tate Museum The edgy, counterculture card game Cards Against Humanity made a statement about our consumer culture and the Black Friday craze by selling boxes of "bullshit," labeled as such, on their website the day after Thanksgiving. They sold 30,000 boxes of actual animal waste in under two hours. Well played, Cards Against Humanity, but you're not the first to see the potential for a profound prank in feces. In May, 1961, Italian artist Piero Manzoni produced ninety cans of Merda d’artista, or Artist's Shit, each carefully labeled and numbered. It was said to be a reaction to the fact…
  • 11 Innovative Techniques for Getting Better Recordings of Your Kids' Holiday Pageants

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Few things in life are more adorable and worthy of their own video recording than your child's first holiday pageant. Even if you’re not an award-winning director, you can still capture great footage on your phone or tablet with the right tech and equipment. 1. Pack a Tripod Smartphones are getting better at countering the effects of shaking hands, but nothing beats the stability of a tripod. And among tripods, nothing is as portable—or as flexible—as the Gorillapod Mobile. It fits most handsets (without requiring a traditional tripod screw mount), and its arms can stand on end or bend…
  • 7 Cool Facts About the Greenland Shark

    Erin McCarthy
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    This week, video popped up of a researcher freaking out after he spotted a rare Greenland shark on footage he had downloaded from a remote camera in the Russian arctic (you can watch the hilarious video above). Here are a few things you might not have known about this elusive deep sea denizen.  1. The first part of its scientific name, Somniosus microcephalus, roughly translates to “sleep,” because of the shark’s slow swimming; the second part of its name means “small head” (pretty self explanatory). In addition to Greenland shark, it’s sometimes called a sleeper shark or a…
  • 9 Famous Authors’ Favorite Workday Snacks

    Adrienne Crezo
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Writers are famously ritualistic. Some have favorite desk decorations or can only work during particular hours of the day. And some, like these nine, have specific food requirements. 1. Agatha Christie Christie's favorite mug may have read, "Don’t be greedy," but according to her grandson, that was “an injunction she never showed any sign of obeying.” She used it to drink heavy cream—no coffee. For a snack, she had scones and Devonshire cream ... minus the scones. 2. Victor Hugo Getty Images / iStock Hugo began his mornings with a cup of coffee, just like most people. But he dropped…
  • YouTube Yule Logs

    Chris Higgins
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:15 pm
    The televised "Yule Log" became a tradition in 1966, when WPIX-New York aired film of a crackling fire. The idea was to help New Yorkers without fireplaces enjoy a reasonably decent simulation of one. Fast-forward 48 years, and YouTube is where the best Yule Log action is. Pick your favorite, make it full-screen, and enjoy. (Technical note: a lot of these videos use YouTube's "annotations" feature to pop up ads and junk during the otherwise nice footage of fireplaces. If you're viewing on a device that lets you turn off annotations, do it. On a typical browser, you click the "gear" icon, then…
 
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