This an artist’s rendition (not the actual tree) of the Tree of 40 Fruit created by artist Sam Van Aken. It’s a hybrid tree he created by grafting trees together, because there are people who do that sort of thing. It can grow over 40 varieties of stone fruits, hence the name.
The Tree of 40 Fruit is an ongoing series of hybridized fruit trees by contemporary artist Sam Van Aken. Each unique Tree of 40 Fruit grows over forty different types of stone fruit including peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and almonds. Sculpted through the process of grafting, the Tree of 40 Fruit blossom in variegated tones of pink, crimson and white in spring, and in summer bear a multitude of fruit. Primarily composed of native and antique varieties the Tree of 40 Fruit are a form of conversation, preserving heirloom stone fruit varieties that are not commercially produced or available.
National Geographic recently interviewed Van Aken. Here’s video.
(via Laughing Squid)
I’ll just leave this here.
This is the Eye2Eye wearable hummingbird feeder from HeatStick. You wear it on your head and tiny little hummingbirds come and eat right in front of your face.
From the website:
“It is based on a Full-Face Face Shield with a miniaturized hummingbird feeding tube built into it on the inside. Hummingbirds feed right in front of your eyes, right between your eyes, about an inch above your nose …”
Here is a video of it in action. What I can’t tell is how long that guy sat there waiting for a hummingbird to come and eat from his face feeder. Maybe it’s a trained hummingbird. I don’t know if that’s a thing, but it would be cool, right?
(via Incredible Things)
It’s rare that I think slugs are kind of cute, but this one is. It’s a Jorunna Parva and he’s got little ears and everything. Sort of. Bored Panda says, “This tiny sea slug’s bunny ears are actually rhinophores, or chemosensory scent/taste organs that help them detect chemicals in the water and make their way across the ocean floor. They can be found from the Indian Ocean to the Philippines to Japan.”
Slugbunny would have been a good name for an all-girl 1990s rock band.
I found this on Laughing Squid. It’s from 2014 but I thought it was cool. The guy’s name is Petr Spatina and he’s a Prague street musician. He’s playing a glass harp rendition of La Campanella from Grandes études de Paganini by Franz Liszt.
I wonder if he knows how to play Itsy Bitsy Spider. No matter what my husband plays on the piano – Tom Waits, Bach, whatever – she always stops him and yells “Itsy Bitsy Spider, Daddy!!” It’s cute. So, I thought I’d mention it.
I can’t play anything.
Oh, Japan. Don’t ever change.
The NYPD is warning people not to buy this gun shaped iPhone case, and Amazon has reportedly stopped selling them.
Also, New York’s Oceans County Prosecutor’s Office posted this message on its Facebook page: “Please folks – this cell phone case is not a cool product or a good idea. A police officer’s job is hard enough, without having to make a split second decision in the dark of night when someone decides without thinking to pull this out while stopped for a motor vehicle violation.”
I say leave it alone and let’s just see how things play out. What’s the worst that could happen?
(via Metro/ Image via Twitter)
Fuku the owlet and Marimo the kitten are best friends. They like to snuggle and nap and do BFF things at the their home in the Hukulou coffee shop in Osaka, Japan (of course).
I fainted from the sweetness.
(via Bored Panda)
Gay marriage is boring. Sure, it’s new in the U.S. but we’ve been doing that shiz in Canada for ten years.*
Here’s something interesting: a robot wedding! In Japan, if course.
This is Frois and Yukirin. They are robots and they are, I presume, in love. Or one of them needs the Japanese equivalent of a green card. It’s none of my business.
There was cake and dancing and kissing, apparently. I don’t know how they met or where they went for the honeymoon because nobody tells me anything. I wasn’t even invited.
In other news I think this means we’re one step closer to Robopocalypse.**
*I kid. It’s a big deal and it’s GOOD. INTERNET MOBS, DON’T MISUNDERSTAND ME AND ACCUSE ME OF BEING UNSUPPORTIVE OF GAY MARRIAGE AND START A CAMPAIGN TO RUIN MY LIFE AS YOU SEEM TO ENJOY DOING SO MUCH!!! I AM ACTUALLY REALLY SCARED OF YOU.
**The real one, not the movie, which will probably be released regardless of which robots get married and which I really wish Paul Verhoeven was directing. BUT AGAIN NOBODY ASKED ME WHAT I THOUGHT. Nobody ever asks me.