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March 10, 2019

"20 Slices" is the world's first book made from Kraft Singles

Cheese Book 1 - Invoke Beuys

New York-based artist Ben Denzer made the one pictured above and below from twenty plastic-wrapped slices of Kraft American cheese.


He produced a very limited edition of ten, which has sold out.

Among the buyers: the University of Michigan library

You could look it up.

But wait — there's more!

Inspired by the great reception for his Cheese Book, Denzer went on to create books from Splenda packets ("20 Sweeteners") and Ketchup packets ("5 Ketchups").

You can buy "5 Ketchups" (below) from the Whitney Museum of Art.

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A snip at $50.

It's a limited edition of 50, so you can count on its appreciating enough to fund your retirement — in the Bizarro World.

[via Atlas Obscura]

March 10, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Recoil Offgrid: "What if?"


Recoil Offgrid is a magazine whose existence only came to my notice when I read Maureen O'Connor's February 26, 2019 New York Times Magazine "Letter of Recommendation" feature about it.


Wrote O'Connor, "'What If?' [is] a recurring feature that is Offgrid's most addictive: it blends fiction, journalism, and alarmingly evocative illustrations to describe the most agonizing ways to die in modern life — and offers expert advice on how to avoid or escape them."

There's an app for that.

March 10, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Museum of Kites


From Atlas Obscura:



In the middle of a busy business district of Chuo, in Tokyo, is a small museum hidden on the fifth floor above a busy restaurant.

Only a small metal sign at the building’s entrance indicates its existence.

Stumbling across the tiny museum reveals a trove of thousands of unique kites.


The Museum of Kites is packed full of kites from the personal collection of one man.

Shingo Modegi founded the Japan Kite Association and also happens to be the former owner of the restaurant that takes up the lower floors of the building.

Modegi also personally participated in setting the record for the largest kite in the world in 2006.

The museum space itself is rather cluttered, but despite its size, the collection holds upwards of 3,000 items.


You'll find anything from tiny box kites to giant replicas of planes and birds, making this cramped exhibit look like a hidden attic full of treasures.

The kites themselves come in all shapes, sizes, and materials, from traditional to modern and paper to nylon.

Some hang from the ceilings while others lean against the walls.


Some kites even date from Japan's Edo period, which lasted from 1603 to 1868.

If, after seeing this impressive collection, you feel inspired to make a kite of your own, the museum is happy to oblige, as it offers building materials like bamboo, fabrics, and cords in its gift shop as well as fully-built kites and souvenirs.

The museum is located on the fifth floor of the Taimeiken building. It's open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Sunday.

March 10, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

The Elephant Who Was a Rhinoceros — Eric Bünger

I learned of this singular man in a recent piece in the Economist.

You can too!

March 10, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bugatti La Voiture Noire is the world's most expensive car


From CBS News:


The aerodynamic sports car, which is the only one of its kind built, boasts 1,149 horsepower and a quad-turbocharged 16-cylinder engine with six tailpipes.

It is not yet known what the top speed is for the car, but its design is based on the Bugatti Chiron supercar, which has a top speed of 261 mph.


Wrap it up, I'll take it.

Wait a sec — they're only making one and it's already sold, for $19 million.

You could look it up.


March 10, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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