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Shen Shaomin’s Beautiful And Terrifying Bone Sculptures

Bones automatically insinuate death, and often are the only physical remnant that insinuates life once existed. Shen Shaomin‘s bone works are equal parts terrifying and fascinating, man-made memorials to human intervention on the planet. Creatures that never have been or should be are pieced together from human and animal skeletons. The bones are carved and relief-carved with text taken from several sources, including the Bible, the Koran, and various sources. Inscribed in English, Arabic, and Chinese, the texts serve as warnings to the two largest industrial nations in the world of the damage being caused to the planet.

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Freddy Krueger inspired high heels

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Exorcist Association Gets Green Light From Vatican →


VATICAN CITY (AP) - Exorcists now have a legal weapon at their disposal.

The Vatican has formally recognized the International Association of Exorcists, a group of 250 priests in 30 countries who liberate the faithful from demons.

The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano reported Tuesday…


A child’s grave in Chippiannock cemetery, Rock Island, IL


8 of the cutest toxic caterpillars
The fuzzy darlings of many a children’s book do more than hang out on trees — they can deliver poisonous stings and a few of them are deadly.

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Book bound in human skin. The practice of using human skin to bind books was actually pretty popular during the 17th century. It’s referred to as Anthropodermic bibliopegy and proved pretty common when it came to anatomical textbooks. Medical professionals would often use the flesh of cadavers they’d dissected during their research.



Lockups like the one at Wheatley were used for incarcerating petty criminals for short periods. Drunks would often be locked inside until they sobered up. In fact, some lockups were actually attached to pubs, with the landlord having the key.

Lockups were part of a justice system that operated on a very local level. They were often an element of a complex that included stocks, pillory and village pound, the last having been in existence since the 1560s. Lockups belonged to the parish and were provided by the vestry or corporation of a town. They were not jails but places where someone who had not been brought to trial could be held securely.

Generally the lockup was used by the parish constable who had the (unpaid) job of keeping law and order in his own parish. He could also lock up more serious criminals before they were sent to a larger jail or before they had their case heard by a magistrate or judge.

Lockups generally went out of use in the mid-1800s, when a nation-wide organised police force developed and police stations with cells inside were built.

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Ballestar, 1984.

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Catholic torture of the Cathar heretics

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"They Live" Live in Downtown Los Angeles

Artists Stephen Zeigler and Calder Greenwood gave downtown residents a living installation inspired by the classic film  They Live, with signage and actor dressed as an alien in a business suit as seen through Roddy Piper’s magical glasses that reveal the truth of existence. From the film’s official description:

"They influence our decisions without us knowing it. They numb our senses without us feeling it. They control our lives without us realizing it. THEY LIVE."

A rugged loner (RODDY PIPER) stumbles upon a terrifying discovery: ghoulish creatures are masquerading as humans while they lull the public into submission through subliminal advertising messages. Only specially made sunglasses make the deadly truth visible.

Shepard Fairey credits the movie as a major source of inspiration: “They Live was… the basis for my use of the word ‘obey’. The movie has a very strong message about the power of commercialism and the way that people are manipulated by advertising.”

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Black and White Photography by Arthur Tress

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