What looks like the apocalypse, or a rough image from Skyline, is actually a supercell thunderstorm. Centrally rotating updrafts whip clouds around them and pour rain down below. That smudge to the right? That's a tree. Via Nasa.
Angela Rossi combines sculpture and taxidermy to make something that looks like the mutant toys in Sid's house in Toy Story. Up above is Timmy the Gazelle. Check out her site for more marketable horror.
In the Netherlands, store owners are trying a weird new tactic to stop thieves. As criminals leave the scene, they're sprayed with an invisible mist full of human DNA. How, exactly, does this prevent crime?
What I like about this montage of clips from Supervolcano - a BBC show about the Yellowstone megavolcano exploding - is that there is no messing around. We get all the crucial pillars of fire and no distracting plot.
Last night Syfy dumped its entire 4-hour miniseries of Riverworld in one giant blob of cheesy WTF. I'm guessing this show will never make it to series, but at least it answered some of our burning questions about the afterlife.
Over at the NCBI ROFL blog, we've learned about a crucial medical research paper recently published in a scientific journal: A study of seven leeches removed from six people's nostrils. Do the math. Yuck. One leech was 12 cm long!
In a move seemingly out of the most boring fan fiction ever, Darth Vader and French Daft Punk have teamed up, not to conquer the universe...but to sell footwear.
In 1978, the wretched Star Wars Holiday Special introduced us to the Wookiee celebration of Life Day. 31 years later, I recreated the magic, armed with $100 worth of hooch and a willingness to expose my friends to psychological torture.
So schlockmeister Godfrey Ho got these white guys together, tied scarves on their heads that say "ninja," and made them exchange scintillating dialog after fighting with swords. And it only gets better in Zombie vs. Ninja.
If you've never seen The Perils of Gwendoline In The Land Of The Yik Yak, then allow me to enlighten you about this glorious moment in the history of exploitation cinema.
Of course this indictment of LARPing in the USA is itself an exercise in role-playing. "Kalle" is Viennese performance artist Johannes Grenzfurthner, who loves to mix geek culture with bizarro art and strange scholarly endeavors.
If you are unfamiliar with the roiling cauldron of memes represented by this video, you will feel as if you've stepped off the cultural deep end and into an alternate reality. So let me sort it out for you a little bit.
A bizarre experiment carried out at CalTech has led economists to an even more bizarre assertion. Governments allocating spending for public goods like education should use "neurotechnology" - mind-reading via fMRI brain scans - to determine who should be taxed.
The awesomeness of exploitation flick Gamer is going to surprise you. Packed with insane violence, decadent sex, and (yes!) musical numbers, the movie is a blood-dark satire of futuristic videogame culture that will push all your buttons. Spoilers ahead!
It took Frank N. Furter just seven days to make you a man, but remaking him will take longer. That MTV remake of the Rocky Horror Picture Show is "on hold," inside sources tell io9. It "may take a while."
Be warned: Don't watch this video unless A) you have a stomach of steel or B) you have read at least one essay about gender and film by Kaja Silverman or Slovaj Zizek. You could also read Julia Kristeva's work on abjection. That would work too.
Getting excited for Mickey Rourke's bondage outfit in Iron Man 2? Let us entertain you while you wait for its unveiling by taking a little trip back to an out-of-control movie called Angel Heart.
The brilliant Japanese wrestling movie Oh! My Zombie Mermaid is finally coming to the West in July, raising all kinds of intriguing questions that aren't answered in the most bizarre way possible in the trailer.
Imagine if you crossed Barbarella with Benny Hill and slapped them down in a steampunk universe. You'd get weirdo British flick Pervirella, an epic about a damsel who can sex you so hard you explode.
Model for future space-going animals with built-in helmets? This is a fish whose eyeballs sit in the middle of its transparent head, getting a wraparound view of the universe. via Monterey Bay Aquarium