Category Archives: Art

Art: Strange Tire Elephants

Life is great. After decades of exploring cyberspace, we can still find new beautiful strange things like this almost every day.

From @artsloyal on Instagram.

Another angle from @modernartt

Who knows where this sculpture is located?

I haven’t found this one yet, but here’s another:

Nashville artist Alex Lockwood of Elephant Gallery created an absolutely incredible life-sized sculpture of an Asian elephant out of recycled tires. The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee hosted a drive to collect used tires from the local community. This wonderful rubber pachyderm was revealed on World Elephant Day 2017 and sits in front of the Elephant Discovery Center at the Sanctuary.

(Via LaughingSquid)

As long as they don’t become breeding grounds for mosquitoes, I’d like to see hundreds of these popping up all over the place. So cool.

Strange Photo: Komodo Dragons “Hugging”

This strange photo of Komodo dragons fighting was taken at just the right moment so they appear to be engaged in a happy hug.

It does not appear to be a well known image. TinEye has never heard of it.

It was posted on Instagram with credit to Muhtesem Doga but Google Translate says “Muhteşem doğa fotoğrafları” is Turkish for “gorgeous nature photos” so I don’t think @joysafaribay got the photo credit correct.

There could be a person in Turkey named Gorgeous Nature.

If you know the real name of the photographer leave a comment.

Komodo dragons can be seen in the Komodo National Park, in Indonesia. The park, part of and area with huge biodiversity, includes the three larger islands Komodo, Padar and Rinca, and 26 smaller ones.

Here is a YouTube video of a Komodo dragon fight:

Komodo dragons are the largest known living species of lizards and, just so you know, they are deadly. They have shark-like teeth and poisonous venom that can kill a person within hours of a bite. They don’t normally go after humans, but they can. They do sometimes attack humans seemingly unprovoked, so keep a safe distance if you visit them.

The big lizards seem pretty slow. You could just outrun them, right? Perhaps. They can sprint almost as fast as the average running speed of a healthy adult human.

Komodo dragons are solitary, coming together only to breed and eat. They are capable of running rapidly in brief sprints up to 20 km/h (12 mph), diving up to 4.5 m (15 ft), and climbing trees proficiently when young through use of their strong claws.

Via Wikipedia

While the current fastest human on record, Usain Bolt, ran nearly 28 mph and although humans could potentially run up to 40 mph, the average running speed of a “healthy” adult human is probably somewhere in the range of 10-15 miles per hour. 

Can you run 15 mph? If so, you’re probably fast enough for Komodo dragon evasion … unless you meet the Komodo dragon Usain Bolt.

Love is an Effect of the Sun

Illusions are real in their ways, and reality part a party of illusions. I held a one-man private ceremony as the sun set, not at the location of this video, however, this sunset was another, elsewhere.

I let the final handfuls of atoms in my possession rejoin the earth, speaking my prepared words, remembering love, laughter, lessons and shared intentions.

The view (not pictured) was spectacular, arguably the best I’ve seen on this world and the weather was perfect, all fitting, signs of rightness. Voices echoed from distant faces of ice and were then gone.

I next added an element of chance, asking the God of this simulation for guidance, blindly opening a good book while pointing to a passage. No one could fix or influence this, there was no cheating possible, no do-overs on my part. I saw the answer in black and white.

Time cannot be turned, but the heart can recall, after an appropriate span, with help and by grace, it’s former lighter steps.

Returning to me for a time after the fulfilled event was an old younger self, one that could feel genuine joy, one that could play, inventing ice caves and imaginary beasts in the snow. I was now, alone, what I too often looked to others for years in hopes to become: myself, simply content to be here.

Poisonous Frogs with Fluorescent Heads

A strange unique feature of some small Brazilian amphibians was recently discovered: natural fluorescence. In the Brazilian Atlantic forest, pumpkin toadlets (Brachycephalus ephippium) are tiny, brightly-colored, and poisonous frogs.

Seen by day, they walk around the forest producing soft buzzing calls in search of a mate. Interestingly, Postdoctoral Associate Sandra Goutte discovered not only that Brachycephalus ephippium could not hear its own mating calls, but unexpectedly, “when they shone an ultra-violet (UV) lamp on the frogs, their backs and heads glowed intensely.”

Read more at ScienceDaily.

Not to be confused with bioluminescence which is the ability to emit light in the dark, fluorescence is the absorption of short-wavelength electromagnetic radiation reemitted at longer wavelengths. In fluorescence, energy from an external light source is absorbed is and almost immediately reemitted with its color modified. Bioluminescence is a chemical reaction, rather than absorbed light, causing a visible glow. Bioluminescence is a chemiluminescence.

With the pumpkins toadlet, it is believed that the fluorescent color we humans can not see without a UV light is seen by predators and potential frog mates.

Quiz: Is glow in the dark hair fluorescence or chemiluminescence?

I’ve read that glow in the dark hair is a “growing fashion trend” somewhere.

Image via @alxdoeshair on Instagram. Fun at dance parties.

Video: Direction-Changing Fireball Above Los Angeles

Here’s a recent strange event. The Los Angeles Police Department tweeted a video of a fiery streak in the Wednesday (March 20, 2019) evening sky which people reported and the LAPD reassured the public that it was “just a film shoot” and nothing to be concerned about.

It looked very much like a fiery meteor crash landing in Downtown Los Angeles or maybe space debris or an alien invasion  … Apparently it was the work of the Red Bull Air Force’s team of skydivers, wearing wingsuits fitted with LED lights and pyrotechnics, reported the Los Angeles Times. Jumping from a helicopter 4,000 feet above L.A., they flew one mile before pulling their parachutes at 1,000 feet, the newspaper reported. The captivating stunt was the energy drink’s celebration of the final super moon of the year. Reactions on planet Earth ranged from amused, to alarmed to paranoid to irritated. …


A pair of wingsuit flyers sponsored by Red Bull lit up the skies over Los Angeles at twilight Wednesday.  The wingsuits left a trail of flames over the downtown L.A. skyline.  … On Twitter, some people reported seeing what they thought was a meteor or even a UFO.  But closeup video showed two people in wingsuits trailing sparks behind them in the air.

Read more at ABC7

Video, Original Footage | Credit: Celeste Perez

A meteor would be extremely unlikely to change direction as this fireball is seen to do in the video. In this one below it changes direction to a more shallow angle:

It’s a good explanation. I believe it, but in a city that size, I’m puzzled by the lack of a video showing the stunt people landing. Perhaps one will surface. I’ll add it here if so, or if you find it, feel free to post the YouTube URL into a comment.

Upate: Found this:

Solar Art Installation to Play “Africa” Song Forever

When writing or producing a hit song, there are many gold standards to consider. Is it good enough, for example, that someone will play it forever, on an infinite loop in a solar-powered art exhibit? Toto’s “Africa” recently passed this test.

Max Siedentopf, 27, a German-Namibian artist currently based in London, set up a sound installation titled “Toto Forever” to play the 1982 song on a loop at an undisclosed location in the 1,200-mile-long Namib Desert.

Siedentopf said solar batteries power the installation’s MP3 player and six speakers.

He said the desert is around 55 million years old, making it the “perfect spot” for the installation.

“Hopefully the song will play just as long,” he told CNN.

“Even though ‘Africa’ by Toto was released 1982 it is still very much present in today’s pop culture and frequently used for memes and even entire Reddit pages are dedicated to the song,” Siedentopf said.

“I was very intrigued by this and wanted to pay the song the ultimate homage and physically exhibit ‘Africa’ in Africa,” he said.

The artist said he will not reveal the exact location of the installation.

He said it is “like a treasure that only the most loyal of Toto fans can find.”


It has been years since I heard that song, but somehow I am able to press play in my mind and hear it again from start to finish in my mind’s ear. You too? How do we do that? Perhaps with our medial pre-frontal cortex just behind the forehead.

For me the Toto song isn’t recalled with autobiographical relevance. I’ve never had much to do with Africa. I’ve never learned or played this song as a musician, never owned the song or had it on a play list that I played regularly. I have no particular memory connected with it, yet it is still in there, stored in great detail. Odd.

Anyway, long may Africa play in Africa, surviving wild dogs that cry out in the night, sand quakes and sand storms, intense temperatures, curious camels and perhaps pesty perching pecking vultures for eons.

Fog Turns Stadium into UFO (Photo)

Here is a great not-a-ufo photo from Reddit. It looks like something from the movie District 9 to me. True strange mothership stadiums of the planet earth.

Here is the likely source. Credit to the photographer, Alexander Lubyanchenko.

Per here:

The [Krestovsky] stadium was opened in 2017 for the FIFA Confederations Cup. Initially, was planned to be completed by December 2008…As of May 2017, the stadium was 518% late and 548% over budget…At a cost of $1.1 billion at current exchange rates, it is considered one of the most expensive stadiums ever built.

Gazprom Arena

 (Russian: Газпром Арена) is a retractable roof stadium in the western portion of Krestovsky Islandin Saint Petersburg, Russia, which serves as home for FC Zenit Saint Petersburg

Via Wikipedia

Here it is minus the fog:

Award Winning Photo of Giraffes

Enjoy these strange photos: “Reticulated Giraffes close up wide angle view” by Rich Carey who is primarily an underwater photographer. Below are a few low res thumbnails. The full images can be found here.

Take some time to appreciate the art of nature as a way to lower stress and to thank the God of this simulation.



Painting Sells For Record $90.3 Million

A single painting, English artist David Hockney’s ‘Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)’, recently sold for $90 million at an auction. This is a record for a single painting for any living artist.

A painting by the British artist David Hockney has fetched $90.3 million at Christie’s on Thursday night, easily breaking the record for a work by a living artist sold at auction. Among his famous “pool paintings,” ”Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” is considered one of his premier works. The previous record by a living artist was set by Jeff Koons’ “Balloon Dog,” which sold for $58.4 million in 2013.

“CBS This Morning Saturday” co-host Anthony Mason got a chance to look at the Hockney masterpiece up close before it hit the auction block at Christie’s.

In an interview at his Los Angeles studio two years ago, Hockney told Mason he doesn’t know why it’s been so popular over the years, and aptly pointed out, “If there were a formula for that, there’d be a lot more of them, wouldn’t there.”

Hockney said he was drawn to California by the sunshine, far from his hometown of Bradford, England, which he described as having a “gothic gloom.” California is where he found his sense of color and where he developed a fascination with pools.

“It’s always an interesting thing. How do you paint water? How do you paint something transparent?” Hockney said …


The New York Times reported that the price for the 1972 painting, Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) “easily surpassed the high of $58.4 million, held by Jeff Koons for one of his Balloon Dog sculptures.”

Last December, a painting by Leonardo da Vinci sold for $450.3 million …

Via DallasNews

Portrait of an Artist was sold to an unknown buyer and the identity of the seller is also unconfirmed.

Via Telegraph

Don McLean, who wrote the hit song “Bye Bye Miss American Pie” years ago had another song with a brilliant line that sums up the auction experience from the perspective of the seller:

The more you pay, the more it’s worth.