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bullcrapvendingmachine.jpgThe wearer hides behind the sheet, printed with an actual-size photo of a vending machine. Ms. Tsukioka's clothing is still in development, but she already has several versions, including one that unfolds from a kimono and a deluxe model with four sides for more complete camouflaging.
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I'll believe that this is Japan. I'll believe that this thing really exists. But I won't believe that it's anything other than a pseudo-art-project re-tooled as a 'disguise' to hide the wearer from criminals. As an aside, I do own the '101 Un-useless Japanese Inventions' book and it's filled with ideas like this.
NEW YORK (AP) -- "My Sweet Lord," an anatomically correct milk chocolate sculpture of Jesus Christ that infuriated Catholics before its April unveiling was canceled, returns Oct. 27 to a Chelsea art gallery, its creator said Tuesday.
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chocolatejesus.jpgAll I'd like to know is whether the head is hollow like a chocolate bunny. In fact, the artistic effect could be intensified by adding some delicious crunchy eye-buttons to his yummy, chocolatey head - or even a chewy, nougaty center. How about Longinus poking him in the side with a giant Pixie stick, opening a hole through which pours sticky treats such as Now & Later, Laffy Taffy and Skittles? That would be the cherry on the top of this blasphemous sundae.

Blasphemous Sundaes - now that's a great band name for you.

For what it's worth, he looks less like Jesus and more like Frank from Hellraiser. Maybe it's the hooks though.
University of Colorado police are looking into an incident at Macky Auditorium on Tuesday night during which a man, dressed in a black cape and wearing a gas mask, approached the stage where British singer Annie Lennox was performing and frightened her into retreating backstage.
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So she's frightened of a guy who just approached the stage? I mean, come on, it can hardly be the first time that she's seen this. Isn't 'Sweet Dreams' still somewhat of a goth anthem?

Somewhere, Billy the Impaler weeps. And it's much more intense than his normal everyday, "I wear black on the outside because it's how I feel on the inside" weeping. He weeps for innocence lost.
Pareidolia is a type of illusion or misperception involving a vague or obscure stimulus being perceived as something clear and distinct.
skeptic's dictionary

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A beneficial side-effect -
You may be hard-pressed to recall events after a night of binge drinking, but a new report suggests that low to moderate alcohol consumption may actually enhance memory.story
Of course, 'low to moderate' is all relative, but I am heartened by the statement that, "this may be approximately one to two drinks per day for some people or two to three for others, depending upon their size, metabolism or genetic background." I'm assuming 'genetic background' refers to those who have a genetic intolerance to alcohol, not to those of Irish or German descent.
In a second paradigm, rats were trained to expect a shock when they crossed from a white compartment to a black one inside a cage; a day after training, the rats were put back in the cage to see if they remembered that the black side was dangerous.
I for one can vouch for the effectiveness of a couple or more drinks per day. I usually remember not to cross over to the electrified portion of the room, and when I do, it's only in pursuit of another drink.

As an aside, the word 'paradigm' is so 1990. Don't these scientists know that in 2007, it's all about the archetype?
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The first appearance in print of images from Infernal Device are in this book written by Professor Jarosław Warylewski, Dean of Faculty of Law and Administration at Gdansk University.

Professor Warylewski kindly provided me with a copy of the textbook in exchange for use of some of the renderings. The verdict - the book is great, and it looks like it could have been a invaluable research tool. On the other hand, I've realized that Polish is not a language you can stumble through like German or Spanish. Consonant soup!

A major surprise are some of the other images in the book. The usual woodcuts that find their way into all books dealing with torture are here, but there are quite a few new pictures and images that I had not seen before, including a nice close-up photo of a Judas Cradle and an historical illustration of a Ducking Stool in use. There are also some photos of something that looks like a kind of medieval isolation chamber, perhaps a candidate for inclusion in the database.