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Egg Cuber and other crazy products that never caught on

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By Casper Johansson in New Trends on Wednesday 20 June 2012

Our friends over at the Huffington Post compiled an awesome collection of retro products that, for one reason or a hundred, never quite caught on. Hmmm, the Egg Cuber, Beef-flavored water for your dog, a Solitude Tank for the beach, Yogurt shampoo … I just can’t see why they weren’t popular. [via The Huffington Post]

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Time cover shows mum breastfeeding her 3 year old son

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By Casper Johansson in New Trends on Friday 11 May 2012

Is this taking the whole concept of shocking cover images too far? This Time Magazine image shows 26 year old mum, Jamie Lynne Grume, breastfeeding her 3 year old son with the headline: ‘Are you mom enough?’. The story tackles the complex issue of child attachment, in the most blunt of ways. Anything for free […]

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Crazed text messages from panicked scorned girl

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By Casper Johansson in New Trends on Saturday 5 May 2012

Ok, so this is a good reminder why one night stands don’t always pay off, especially when one half of the stand reads too much into the previous evening’s, erm, activities. Out of the USA comes this bizarre, one-sided text correspondence from a girl directed at the guy who bedded her, then discreetly sent her […]

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Portrait photos of Marilyn Monroe from 1950

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By Casper Johansson in New Photography on Friday 27 April 2012

Our friends at Retronaut published these devastatingly beautiful portrait shots of the late, great Marilyn Monroe, which were taken by Edward Clarke in 1950, when she was around 24 years old. The photos are courtesy of the wonderful Life.com archive.

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A market in China where parents go to marry off their kids

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By Casper Johansson in New Trends on Saturday 21 April 2012

Only in China. No, wait, only in Shanghai would you find a Marriage Market at People’s Park, which operates every weekend and attracts, literally, hundreds of people all in the united quest of finding the perfect match for their child, their sibling, or occasionally, themselves. So how does it work? Simple. Parents post basic bios of their unwed children on the fences. Interested parties peruse the bios and make their selections. And the rest is in the hands of fate.

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Startling photos of child miners from the 1900s

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By Casper Johansson in New Photography on Thursday 5 April 2012

These images off How To Be A Retronaut were taken by Lewis Hine back in the 1900s and have been recently released by the National Child Labor Committee Collection at the Library of Congress. How far we’ve come, at least in some parts of the world, that this industry is no longer able to exploit children in this way.

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FAIL! Man wears crack jacket to drug trafficking court date

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By Casper Johansson in New Trends on Friday 13 January 2012

From the ‘what were you thinking’ file comes this news report of a man in Fort Lauderdale accused of drug trafficking who turned up to court for his trial wearing a jacket with a cartoon recipe for cooking crack cocaine. Yes, smart indeed.

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New Banksy artwork angers the Catholic Church

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By Casper Johansson in New Art on Tuesday 20 December 2011

Banksy has struck again, this time offending the Catholic Church with a bold artwork that critiques their stance on ongoing child abuse scandals. Banksy has taken a replica of a bust of an eighteenth century member of the Catholic hierarchy and added multi-coloured tiles to the face ā€” pixelating it ā€” as a comment on what he considers to be the Church’s cover-up. ‘Iā€™m never sure who deserves to be put on a pedestal or crushed under one’, Banksy noted. And who are we to disagree?

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Tattoo artist sued by ex-girlfriend for obscene design

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By Casper Johansson in New Design on Tuesday 29 November 2011

Oh boy, this is so bizarre it could only be true. Apparently a Dayton, Ohio, tattoo artist has been slapped with a $100,000 lawsuit by his ex-girlfriend for tattooing an image of, erm, excrement with flies on her back rather than the scene from Narnia that she had requested. The reason? He’d recently found out […]

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Pepper Spraying Cop tumblr

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By Casper Johansson in Cool Websites on Thursday 24 November 2011

For anyone who didn’t see the disgraceful incident at Davis, watch on, then you’ll appreciate the searing irony of these images on the awesome Pepper Spraying Cop tumblr. ‘Little did we know that Pepper Spraying Cop has cracked down on so many famous moments in history!’ Indeed.

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Stunning photos of the Northern Lights over Norway

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By Casper Johansson in New Photography on Thursday 27 October 2011

These incredible photos of the northern lights over Troms, Norway were taken by photographers Tommy Eliassen, Fredrik Broms, Justin Dernier, and Patrick Pleul, and featured on the always inspiring Lightbox section of Time Magazine online.

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Download the debut album from The Mischief Engine

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By Casper Johansson in New Music on Wednesday 19 October 2011

Chinese Democracy famously took Guns n Roses 7 years to complete, full-time. Much has been said of Axel Rose’s obsessive, dictatorial nature, and his collaborators’ unwillingness to work under a despot. But its wasn’t a bizzarro-fascist recording environment which hampered Soul Delay. [download the album via this link]

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S.C.U.M: Whitechapel from their new album Again Into Eyes

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By Casper Johansson in New Music on Friday 16 September 2011

Directed by Tim Noble and Sue Webster, this electric video is for the new S.C.U.M single, Whitechapel, which comes from their forthcoming album, Again Into Eyes.

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New Coldplay single: Paradise

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By Casper Johansson in New Music on Monday 12 September 2011

Confession: before they become too firmly wedged into the mainstream, I was a big Coldplay fan. This new single off the forthcoming Mylo Xyloto album sounds like a studio cut from their debut release, which can only be a good thing.

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Crazily awesome video for Wolfgang Gartner’s Illmerica

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By Casper Johansson in New Music on Monday 12 September 2011

Oh wow, I think my face just melted. This video for the Wolfgang Gartner track is about the craziest, dopest, most politically charged thing I’ve seen in a long time.

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