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Pie Comic (previously) is up there with Poorly Drawn Lines (again, previously here and here) as my favourite webcomic at the moment :

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Type on point

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Wing and a prayer

After dancing origami cranes, we now have a hunter-killer version.

Called the Lazurite Fly, it’s an open-source drone designed by Japanese electronics parts maker Rohm, it weighs just over an ounce.

It’s built around a carbon tube frame, covered in 3D-printed nylon, and is powered two ultralight motors.

I really love this. They’ve somehow managed to mostly retain the (unaerodynamic?) original crane shape and still make it floaty and elegant as it flies:

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Message in a bottle

By day, glassblower (glass artist?) Kiva Ford creates one-of-a-kind glass instruments designed for special applications in scientific laboratories. By night, he merges those designs with ridiculously intricate sculptures of the natural world.

The detail, finish, and skill involved in these pieces is absolutely
mind-blowing:

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Charles Fréger’s book Wilder Man: Image of the Savage documents the ritual, tribal and spiritual costumes of Europe. And it turns out that out ancestors (and weirder neighbours) were some creepy motherfuckers.

 

On New Year’s Day in Bulgaria men cover themselves with goatskins to impersonate the Kukeri, who both embody and chase away evil spirits. In the past they’d brush against women to bestow fertility [looks like Chewbacca joined the Grenadier Guards]:

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Krampus (Santa’s darker half) on St. Nicholas’s Eve in Austria:

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On Christmas Eve Pelzmärtle appears in the village of Bad Herrenalb, Germany with the Christkind (Baby Jesus) to scold naughty children and rap them with a stick. The straw costume is sewn on to the wearer [Christmas is apparently a super creepy time of year if you speak German]:

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Boes (cow herder masks) on the Eve of St. Anthony in Sardina:

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From Italy, these horned creatures are often three metres high and appear on Shrove Tuesday to spread terror on the streets of the wine village of Tramin. Their origin is unknown [that’s almost the scariest part of this sensibly-shoed T-Rex]:

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[The entire label on this photo was just ‘Basque’. I guess the Mr. Fréger thought that ‘those French/Spanish nutters’ was explanation enough for the blind sumo shepherd]:

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Sauvage at Carnival in Switerland [a.k.a. the patron saint of snipers]:

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Backdraft

Chinese photographer Chan Dick‘s aerial images of the Chai Wan Fire Station in Hong Kong:

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