The Wide World of Weed

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Pot News for Those Who Partake
 
In regards to unimportant questions: Did cannabis make The Beatles’ ‘Rubber Soul’ worse?

After that, here’s A look at Marijuana through the years

Los Angeles keeps innovating: 420 Nurses is a social network and photo studio for pot smoking “models” trying to make a dollar

While in Denver, these ladies are doing it different: Cannabrand, an advertising agency devoted exclusively to marketing marijuana

Meanwhile on the East Coast, “Stoners trade tie-dye T-shirts for Wall Street suits”

And in Jamaica, an obvious story: Rastas ready for ganja decriminalization
 

 

The Line

Saul Steinberg’s 404-inch drawing from 1954 comes to life in this video trailer for a new Nieves publication

Camila Morrone is…

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Wednesday’s Muse

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420 Pages of Funny Drawings by Jay Howell

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You’ve probably watched at least 420 minutes of his drawings on television, so repeatedly flipping through all of the pages in Jay Howell’s new art book should be an enjoyable breeze for you. Titled “Punks Git Cut: A Zine Anthology by Jay Howell” it’s just one of the many rad new publications that Last Gasp is kickstarting for their fall new season of books. Pre-order today and impress your friends tomorrow

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Reminisce Over This

Limp Bizkit Ft. Method Man, N Together Now, 1999

“When I’m driving, I definitely can’t do that math”

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Launched as a pilot program “aimed to convince Americans to adopt the system of measure in use across much of the rest of the world,” Interstate 19 in Arizona is the only continuous stretch of highway in the United States that uses the metric system. As you can guess, the Carter administration program failed because America is still waiting on the rest of world to adopt the US customary system.

TWIN PEAKS: 25 Years Later

Are Andy and Lucy still a clueless happy couple? Is Agent Bob Cooper still chilling at the Black Lodge? And how are Audrey and Shelly holding up now that they are in their 40s? These might be some of the questions that are answered when David Lynch’s Twin Peaks returns to the small (yet remarkably bigger) screen in 2016 on Showtime. Celebrate with a cup of coffee, because you probably need one anyway.

Euphoria Again – The Mouse Rides On (EP Stream)

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Lunchtime Laughter

Whites: still calling the shots till 2050.

Openings & Parties: Lance De Los Reyes – Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

This past Friday night, The Hole debuted the first solo exhibition by NY-based artist Lance De Los Reyes. Christos Katsiaouni was on hand to document the scene.

Nu Liife

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A special Monday version of our weekly comic by Andrew Jeffrey Wright / @ajw4ever

CHIT CHAT ROULETTE

Directed & animated by David Lüpschen

“Hang in There” Kitty, IRL

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Somehow this cat managed to get wedged between a garage door and its frame down in Flagler Beach, Fl. According to the police captain who helped with the rescue: “There was no damage to the garage door and the cat walked away on its own.” Good enough.

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Morning Dose of Better Call Saul: The Song

Performed by Junior Brown.

“Better Call Saul” beams through TV sets in February 2015.

“My mum told me that if I didn’t want to get pregnant, I should put a potato up there. I believed her.”

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After complaining to physicians about abdominal pain, doctors found a sprouting potato deep inside a 22-year-old Colombian girl, which she had been using as some type of backwoods contraception device. Apparently, Mother does not always know best.

Picture of the Day & The Weekly Round-Up

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David Benjamin Sherry

Last Week…

We looked through some of Ed Templeton’s nudes

Tim & Eric made a hilarious commercial for GE

We released the TWBE FC Home Team Party Cap. Buy one!

Nixie made a drone camera that you wear on your wrist

and

Rocky Barnes was our Muse

Pygmy Falcon

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Odd Creatures is a recurring column about the world’s weirdest species written by award-winning science writer and author Bec Crew, and illustrated by the super-talented Aiyana Udesen

 

Look at this tiny little fighter pilot. This is the pygmy falcon, (Polihierax semitorquatus), Africa’s smallest raptor bird. Native to several regions in Africa, including southern Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, this compact killer only grows to about 20 centimeters long (a bit less than 8 inches), which makes it only slightly larger than a house sparrow. But don’t let this guy’s small stature and extreme fluff fool you – it doesn’t just hunt insects, lizards, snakes and mice, it also hunts other birds, striking them down in mid-air and ripping them from their nests.

And speaking of nests, the pygmy falcon sure knows how to live in style. They’re too busy dive-bombing the shit out of their prey to worry about domestic matters like building a nest, so they move into other species’ nests instead. In southern Africa, the pygmy falcon population lives and breeds in the enormous homes of the sociable weaver bird (Philetairus socius), the largest and arguably most elaborate structures built by any bird on the planet. Sometimes these nests will stretch 7 meters across and can easily weigh more than a ton. They basically look like someone threw a big, golden-brown haystack in a tree and it stuck. Sometimes they’re so big, they snap the branches and collapse all over the place.

Built like the bird equivalent of an apartment block, the sociable weaver’s nest can house hundreds of pairs of birds from several generations. They’re sectioned off like honeycomb with over 100 little chambers connected by a complex system of tunnels and entrances, and lined with plant matter, fur and cotton. They even have their own heating and cooling systems, with internal chambers retaining the heat to keep everyone warm at night, and the cooler rooms arranged around the edge of the structure to be used as a shady refuge during the day. These nests can be occupied for over a century before they start to decay.

Inside, the pygmy falcons can be quite sweet for the miniature assassins that they are, occasionally living in what’s known as polyandrous relationships, which means the chicks are cared for by three, sometimes four adults, including both parents. The reason for this congregation of babysitters could be for added defense, or maybe they just enjoy the warmth of all that collective fluff.

The pygmy falcons aren’t the only ones who take advantage of the hospitality of the aptly named sociable weavers – Kalahari tree skinks (Trachylepis spilogaster) also gather around their colossal nests, feeding, nesting, and basking in the sun. And a study conducted by Australian researchers earlier this year found that although lizards are one of the pygmy falcon’s absolute favorite foods, they appear to have absolutely no effect on the tree skinks’ population near the weaver nests. None. In fact, they report that, “We observed skinks on all trees with active pygmy falcon nests, while we observed no skinks on three trees without pygmy falcon nests.” WTF are you doing, lizards?

While it’s not clear why the pygmy falcons aren’t eating the Kalahari tree skinks to oblivion, it could be because they’re hunting and eating everything else, including the skinks’ other predators, so are inadvertently protecting them. If you’re going to be protected by something, it might as well be a communal-living puffball of death.
 

—Bec Crew / @BecCrew

Art Tonight (and this weekend) in New York

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Peter Sutherland and Jim Mangan at Muddguts, Lance De Los Reyes at The Hole, and Chuck Webster drawing at the Wythe Hotel. All the info below.

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16-Bits of Surrealism

The Persistence of Pixels, an homage to Dalí

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