leisure 03.12.08

The Best of Hump Day

The best of our monthly spins around the web, part of an ongoing effort to reduce workplace productivity by 43%.

Name That Candybar
A brain teaser Homer Simpson could love. We only got one right: the Snickers bar.

Men Who Look Like Kenny Rogers
Even the url makes us laugh.

Church Sign Generator
We're going to hell in a handbasket, no doubt about it, but this website allows us to indulge our blaspheming ways.

Mars Panorama
There's something so immediate about this Mars panorama that we like to visit occasionally, kick around some rocks, and look off into the Atomic Tangerine (to use the Crayola color wheel) horizon.

Ball of Paint
Honestly, we were hoping this might turn out to be an urban legend. But, no, it appears to be legit: enterprising souls have painted a baseball so many times that it has turned into a puckered red orb that weighs 1,700 pounds.

Oddest Book Titles
The annual poll by the U.K.'s Bookseller magazine is going on now for the Oddest Book Title of the Year. The contenders include I Was Tortured By the Pygmy Love Queen and Cheese Problems Solved.

Northern Lights
Northern Lights photos — one jaw-dropper after another.

Your Name on Toast
it's all about bespoke toast at Your Name on Toast (this one's for a good cause).

An infinite loop art project well worth the ride.

Day Mare Town
A charmingly illustrated game — you'll either need a lot of hints (available by clicking on the comments section) or a lot of time.

Map of Strange
A collection of mysteries, oddities, and strange stuff found on Google maps courtesy of Map of Strange.

What if someone had a photoblog 100 years ago? That's the neat idea behind Shorpy, where a time machine meets the internet.

Animator vs. Animation
Animator vs. Animation is the incredibly clever work of Alan Becker, who took three months to create it. The little stick figure turns on its creator, using all the tricks in the book (and many that are not) to wage a whimsical digital battle with Becker. May the best, uh, side win.

What May Happen in the Next Hundred Years from the Ladies' Home Journal of 1900. Some of their surmises were pretty good, but 'grand opera will be telephoned to private homes'?

An animation that moves from whimsical to, well, we won't give things away. But let's say if you've ever been driven crazy by a noisy neighbor, you'll be able to relate.

Surreal Places
3D digital art of imagined cities.

Strange Houses
A small but intriguing collection of housing oddities.

Human Descent
A vivid imagination and a working knowledge of Photoshop has produced some new animal hybrids. The penglion does not seem at all pleased by the way things turned out.

Mughal India
This site is courtesy of the British Museum, which hasn't lost its charm in this digital classroom manifestation. It's as if you're in the museum's Mughal India Room after hours and you can poke around to your heart's content. Ingenious.

Big Spanish Castle
One of the best optical illusions we've ever seen online. Totally rocks our inner geek.

An animated game involving a little elf with a long white cap stuck in the wilds of outer space. As is often the case with this kind of web game, figuring out how to proceed is the game. It takes a lot of trial and error, but it's nice to help the elf along his way.

Chalk Art
We've written before about Julian Beever, who does these incredible trompe l'oeil chalk works on city pavements. These more recent works include a laptop, a Coke bottle, and Julian Beever creating a chalk work.

Micro Art
Ukrainian artist Mykola Syadristy created jaw-dropping microminiatures such as the one shown here. This one may prove that it's easier for a camel (four of them!) to pass through the eye of a needle than it is for a So Suave graduate to enter the dating pool.

Gum Wrapper
Gary Duschl of Virginia Beach is someone else with a lot of time on his hands, and, really, you have to admire his tenacity. The chain started on March 11, 1965!

Extreme Ironing
how you can beat extreme ironing — 'the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt.'

Recurring Motif
April 15th, 1988, Washington Post:
"If Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn't be in the race."
— Geraldine Ferraro, former NY Congresswoman, former VP candidate, former role model.

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