Joe Franklin (1926-2015), Pioneering New York City Radio and Television Talk Show Host

Joe Franklin

Joe Franklin (born Joseph Fortgang), the pioneering radio and television talk show host who earned a Guinness World Record for being the “longest running continuous on-air TV talk show host”, logging over 21,000 episodes of his late night talk show between 1950 and 1993, died in Manhattan after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 88 years old.

Rest in peace Mr. Franklin. You will be missed.

image via New York Daily News

via The New York Times

Unconventional Ways To Open a Bottle of Beer When a Proper Bottle Opener Isn’t Available

The Watercooler offers a number of unconventional and surprisingly effective ways to open a bottle of beer when a church key isn’t available. Examples include a mailbox, a fire hydrant, a urinal, a coin and even an eyelash curler.

Artist Uses Paint, Hair, and Plastic to Transform Models into Creepy Living Replicas of Pop Culture Figures

Creepy Living Sculptures of Pop Culture Icons
Ronald McDonald

Canadian artist Marie-Lou Desmeules slathers paint, hair, fabric, paper, and plastic on models, transforming them into garish, wonderfully creepy living replicas of famous people and pop culture characters. Photos of her wondrous pop culture replicants can be viewed on her Behance portfolio and her Instagram account.

Creepy Living Sculptures of Pop Culture Icons
Steve Jobs

Creepy Living Sculptures of Pop Culture Icons
Barbie

Creepy Living Sculptures of Pop Culture Icons
Kim Jong-un

Creepy Living Sculptures of Pop Culture Icons
Andy Warhol

Creepy Living Sculptures of Pop Culture Icons
Rambo

Creepy Living Sculptures of Pop Culture Icons
Bert/Travis Bickle (Taxi Driver)

photos by Marie-Lou Desmeules

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KQED Series ‘Deep Look’ Examines How Electric Light Has Fundamentally Changed Our Lives and Our Bodies

In their latest episode, the KQED science series Deep Look examines how electric light has fundamentally changed our lives, our sleep, and even our bodies.

Humorous Antique Movie Theater Slides From 1912 Inform the Audience of Basic Theater Etiquette

Silent Movie Theater Etiquette Slides 1912

These humorous photographic slides, circa 1912, kindly inform movie theater audiences of basic theater etiquette. It turns out that even a century ago, talking was a problem at movie theaters (even though the films were silent). The slides reside in the collection of the Library of Congress.

Silent Movie Theater Etiquette Slides 1912

Silent Movie Theater Etiquette Slides 1912

Silent Movie Theater Etiquette Slides 1912

Silent Movie Theater Etiquette Slides 1912

photos via Library of Congress

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A 22-Foot-Long Bike-Powered ‘Star Wars’ Star Destroyer Is Available For Free on Craigslist in Portland, Oregon

Star Destroyer

Residents of Portland, Oregon are in for a treat, as a custom-made, bicycle-powered, 22-foot-long Imperial I-class Star Destroyer parade float is currently available for free on Craigslist. The Star Wars-themed float fits in a standard road lane and requires four bicyclists to operate it. The current owner gives a stern warning about the seriousness of adopting such a craft.

SERIOUS REPLIES ONLY. YOU WILL NEED 4 PEOPLE ON BIKES OR A VERY LARGE TRUCK TO BE ABLE TO MOVE THIS.

Spaceship is bike powered; it does not actually fly.

The giant ship also made an appearance at two past Star Wars vs. Star Trek Bike Rides in Portland.

Star Destroyer

Star Destroyer

images via Craigslist

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Bioluminescent Plankton Illuminate the Waters Off Hong Kong

Bioluminescent Plankton Illuminates the Waters Off Hong Kong

Noctiluca scintillans, a species of bioluminescent plankton, illuminated a stretch of coastline near Hong Kong yesterday in a stunning display that was captured in long exposure photos by photographer Kin Cheung. Unfortunately, as The Atlantic reports, the glowing bloom is caused by farm pollution. The plankton is also known as “Sea Sparkle.”

Bioluminescent Plankton Illuminates the Waters Off Hong Kong

Bioluminescent Plankton Illuminates the Waters Off Hong Kong

photos by Kin Cheung/Associated Press

Delightful Photos Illustrate the Crystalline Beauty of Frozen Soap Bubbles

Photos of Frozen Soap Bubbles by Cheryl Johnson

New Hampshire-based artist Cheryl Johnson has been taking advantage of frigid temperatures in the Northeast United States to make frozen soap bubbles. As her delightful photos illustrate, beautiful crystalline patterns form on the bubbles when they freeze. Instructions for frozen bubbles vary online, but Johnson makes hers when temperatures drop below 15° Fahrenheit.

Apartment Therapy has instructions and a recipe for a special soap solution made specifically for frozen bubbles.

Photos of Frozen Soap Bubbles by Cheryl Johnson

Photos of Frozen Soap Bubbles by Cheryl Johnson

Photos of Frozen Soap Bubbles by Cheryl Johnson

Photos of Frozen Soap Bubbles by Cheryl Johnson

photos by Cheryl Johnson

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A Touching Video That Shows How a Starving Kitten Found in a Power Plant Became an Integral Part of a Family

The Fabulous Mr. Pug has created a touching video documenting how his beloved kitten Coco came into his life after a pretty rough start and how she’s faring so far.

She was born in the thermal power plant I work in and she was alone, hungry, cold and scared. She was trying to eat dry bread when I found her. I brought her some kitten food and we instantly became best friends. One week later, we adopted her and she became a new member of our family. Today, she is one beautiful and playful kitty and she brings so much happiness into our lives!

Here’s a very playful Coco exploring the concept of bubbly water.

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The Remarkable 18-Month Effort to Repair an $11 Million Monet Painting After a Man Punched a Hole in It

Repairing a Monet Painting
photo via SWNS

Back in June 2012, an Irish man named Andrew Shannon walked into the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin and punched a hole in an $11 million painting by Claude Monet. The painting, entitled Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat, was badly torn in the incident. After the attack, museum conservators undertook an extraordinarily complex 18-month restoration of the painting. In addition to stabilizing the damage and ultimately glueing the work back together, the conservators had to research and replicate Monet’s painting technique, and reattach tiny flecks of paint that were recovered at the scene of the attack. The museum has documented the endeavor in an online feature.

In July 2014, the restored painting was put back on display at the National Gallery of Ireland. At the end of 2014, Shannon was sentenced to six years in prison for the attack. Incredibly, he is now on trial for a second attack, in which he is accused of destroying two paintings at a hotel in Ireland.

Repairing a Monet Painting
The painting was removed from public display and taken into the conservation studio for treatment. It was laid flat and stabilised from the front and back. Conservators removed the painting from its frame and documented any changes to the condition of the object. Photo via National Gallery of Ireland

Repairing a Monet Painting
Repair work to the damaged NGI canvas was carried out on the back of the painting. Before turning the painted side down onto the cushioned working surface, a temporary cover was applied to protect the vulnerable paint surface. Photo via National Gallery of Ireland

Repairing a Monet Painting
The process of tear repair involved flattening, aligning and rejoining the edges of the torn canvas. Initially the canvas was relaxed using localised application of moisture and gentle weighting for short intervals – training it to remain flat again. With the aid of a high-powered microscope and appropriately small tools, the tear edges were carefully aligned thread-by-thread. Re-joining of the realigned, broken canvas fibres involved applying a specially formulated adhesive to achieve a strong but reversible bond between the thread ends. Photo via National Gallery of Ireland

Repairing a Monet Painting
Tiny areas of paint loss (where fragments could not be reinserted) were filled with a reversible material made from chalk and a low percentage solution of animal gelatine glue. This material termed gesso, was pigmented to match the colour of the original priming layer. Photo via National Gallery of Ireland

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