Microbiologists compete to make the best petri dish bacteria art

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I might not have thought that the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) was made up of super artistic types but there I go, being all judgy and stereotyping people.

Apparently they have an art competition that challenges scientists to get creative with agar, a gelatinous substance used to make biological cultures. Which makes them both weird and cool, and kind of gross, because bacteria.

“The petri dish paintings are created much the same way that stencil drawings or silk-screens are made. Bacteria and yeasts were laid into the agar, which serves as a soil-like surface for the microbes, which then begin to grow. Because many microbes synthesize molecules of pigment, we see them in a brilliant array of colors, from Spirillum rubrum purple to Pseudomonas fluoresces yellow.” So, like silk screens but with bacteria and yeast. EXACTLY THE SAME.

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(via Nerdist and Incredible Things)


Interactive game in which you scrub a guy’s back in the shower

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Some guy made a game where you “scrub a hunk’s back” in the gym shower. The guy is wearing sunglasses and I can’t help but wonder if he has one of those eye conditions that make you sensitive to the light, because why else would you be wearing sunglasses in the shower? And if so, does he wear them all the time?

My brother had a friend in high school who wore sunglasses indoors and claimed to have one of those conditions but I think he was lying. I had a crush on him.

There are naked men in the game so don’t play it at work if your workplace frowns upon games involving wet naked men.

(Via Geekologie)


This is a slug that looks like a bunny

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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.

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(Images: Saan Rina / ダイブストアエグザイル / d.hatena.ne.jp


Japanese spa offers ramen baths because of course it does


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Ramen, it’s not just for eating anymore.

Yunessun Spa House in Hakone, Japan, is apparently offering baths in pork broth because it’s high in collagen and the idea is that bathing in it is good for your skin because collagen is an essential for skin elasticity and diminishes as we age. It looks like silly fun, though any purported benefits from bathing in it are probably bullshit. And what benefits the (synthetic) noodles are supposed to have is anyone’s guess.

One woman said, “It feels like bathing in a real noodle bowl,” which may or may not be supposed to be a selling point.

If this looks appealing to you and you can’t afford a trip to Japan you could probably buy yourself a couple hundred packs of ramen noodles at the dollar store.

Yunessun also offers coffee, tea, sake, and red wine baths.

(via First we Feast)


Two girls try to make each other swallow a cockroach, because Japan

I don’t know what the prize is for the winner of this Japanese game show but I can’t think of anything that would induce me to participate.

 


Is H&M creating and “honoring” neo-Nazi metal bands?

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Did H&M create fake neo-Nazi metal bands in order to “honor” them and sell clothes?

Metal Injection is investigating the weirdness.

A marketing campaign by some entity calling itself Strong Scene Productions claimed to be designed to sell a new “metal” line by the Swedish retailer.

The campaign purported to be highlighting forgotten underground metal bands of yore. The weird thing? None of them actually appeared to exist before a couple of weeks ago.

“As illustrated by the bomber jacket and t-shirts worn by the models of H & M, the new items feature logos from long-forgotten underground goth- and thrash acts such as the French LANY, Mexican MORTUS, American “cosmic hippie metal” -gurus MYSTIC TRIANGLE and GREY from Germany – the originator of the whole symphonic female metal-genre.

“Here’s the problem, none of these bands have any sort of history beyond pages created this year. For example, Strong Scene claims to be founded in 1999, yet they only recently launched a Facebook page. They have an amazing Geocities-like “official” website listing all their bands, none of which have info on them available anywhere.”

A Reddit member claiming to remember one of the bands from high school had only been a Reddit member for a few hours.

Strong Scene posted a video to YouTube featuring these supposed “legendary” underground groups.

And some guy on Twitter who’s a metal something or other claims these bands are all his favourites, though the tweets have been removed since Metal Injection posted them. See them there. 

Anyway:

“But here is the absolute worst part, if this is all a giant marketing stunt. Two of the bands seem to have ties to the NSBM scene (that’s National Socalist Black Metal aka racists/neo-nazis). For example, the bio of the band “The One” lists them as being a part of the official band page of the record label “National Heritage Pride.” The band LA/NY have imagery of Hitler on their band profile.”

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The image has since been removed from wherever it came from. But still. What the what?

There’s more. Read it here.

H&M reportedly says they know nothing about any of this, and after the story broke, it seems that Strong Scene distanced themselves from H&M and claimed the whole thing was some kind of joke, and that they are actually “a one- time improvised, collective art project in the vein of Spinal Tap, Monty Python and the Yes Men with no intentions on anything except for art.”

Er, yes. Just like Spinal Tap. But with Hitler. Makes sense. Either that or a super idiotic campaign gone horribly wrong.

Either way, I vote this one a big fail. Your art, I like it not, Strong Scene.


Motor oil, skunk, and B.O. candles, for all your air freshening needs

This company, the Stinky Candle Co., also makes candles that smell like delicious things, like chocolate chip cookies, buttered popcorn, and pickles. But it’s the body odor, skunk, and motor oil candles and such that make them cute. And urine? My first thought was “Ain’t nobody gonna buy that!” But then I realized that at the very least there will be gag gifts and that the world is a strange place.

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A group of kids skipped school AND YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENED NEXT OMG WTF?

I’ll leave it to you to figure out what this is an ad for.

 


Glitter pills would make you poop glitter but don’t take them because that would be stupid

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Speaking of butts, someone is selling Glitter Pills on Etsy. They’re supposed to make you poop glitter, apparently, but they’re not supposed to make you poop glitter because you’re not supposed to take them. You’re just supposed to look a them and think “Haha. Those pills would make me poop glitter but swallowing glitter would be dangerous, so I’ll just look at them.” Some people probably take them anyway. But you shouldn’t. Don’t take the glitter pills.

From the site: “this item is not meant for consuption, and is only intened for decorative purposes and are not edible, store is not responsible for any misuse of product.” (Typos theirs)

Another way to poop glitter is to becomes a burlesque performer. All the burlesque ladies wind up pooping glitter after performances. It’s a hazard of the trade.


A Frenchman invented pills to make your farts smell like roses

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OK, so I’m late to this party. That’s because I’ve been busy. Also because nobody invites me to parties anymore, so I have to crash them and then I drink all the booze and yell at people, which is why nobody invites me to parties. None of that is true. Anymore. Except the part about me being late to the party, and being busy.

They call that a LEDE, people. Look it up. It’s a writing term.

ANYWAY.

This guy claims to have invented a pill that makes your farts smell like roses or chocolate.

According to The Telegraph, a Frenchman named Christian Poincheval has developed a range of pills aimed at making people’s flatulence smell sweeter that he says will make the perfect Christmas present.

They’re apparently made of “100 percent natural ingredients such as fennel, seaweed and blueberries.”

You can buy them online at pilulepet.com, where they retail for €9.99 euros for a jar of 60.

“Mr Poincheval said he came up with the idea for the pills one evening when he was enjoying a hearty meal with some friends.

“Our farts were so smelly we were nearly suffocated. Something had to be done,” he said.

So he began researching natural ingredients that would reduce flatulence and after months of experimentation came up with the recipe for his pills.

He has been selling the pills since 2006 and says he sells several hundred a month.” (The Telegraph)

The part that stands out most about this story for me is who farts at the dinner table??? Yeesh. That’s disgusting.