Stephen Colbert Takes News of 5,000 New Scrabble Words Rather Harshly on ‘The Colbert Report’

That’s right, Hasbro has added new Scrabble words, and I’m sorry, but this ends our Hasbromance.

Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report, took the news that board game company Hasbro recently added 5,000 new words to the official Meriam-Webster’s Official Scrabble Players Dictionary rather harshly. In a clip from a recent episode, Colbert comically decried Hasbro’s additions of words like “chillax,” “selfie,” and “bromance” to make Scrabble more appealing to younger players.

A Charming Stop Motion Animation of Bookcases Magically Building Themselves in a Wood Shop

A set of four wooden bookcases magically build themselves in a wood shop in this charming stop motion animation by woodworker and filmmaker Frank Howarth. In addition to being a very entertaining work of animation, the video doubles as a surprisingly fascinating step-by-step demonstration of how to make a bookcase.

This is the fully animated story of making four bookcases. The four cases are made from two pieces of walnut veneer plywood with almost no waste. The base for the cases is made from solid walnut with mitered corners The bookcases are 33 inches tall and 47 inches wide. The finish is wipe on polyurethane. They fit under and within the spacing of the windows in the living room.

I shot approximately 11,700 frames for this animation and used roughly 6,400 of them. I worked on this project intermittently from the 5th of January to 1st of March, 2014.

via The Kid Should See This

A Map Detailing the World’s Alcoholic Preferences and Consumption by Country

Alcohol Map

Self-described digital craftsman Piero Ciarfaglia (known also as zenoid) has created a map detailing the world’s alcoholic consumption and preferences by country. The map was compiled for data visualization site Ghost in the Data using alcohol and health data from the World Health Organization. The maps breaks the data down into Wine, Beer, and Spirits, and gives average numbers for consumption every week as well as a visualization of how many drinks it represents.

via Vox

Upside-Down Photos of Human Faces That Look Like Aliens

Upside-Down Photos of Human Faces That Look Like Aliens

“Alienation” is a wonderfully bizarre photo series by photographer Anelia Loubser that transforms ordinary human faces into alien-like faces simply by flipping the portraits vertically.

“Alienation” is a collection of portraits that challenges the viewer by using creative tactics based on the concept, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change” – Wayne Dyer.

Be introduced to the alienated being inside us all, disconcerting beauty emerges. The work is on the one hand strangely aesthetic, on the other hand mysteriously eerie.

Upside-Down Photos of Human Faces That Look Like Aliens

Upside-Down Photos of Human Faces That Look Like Aliens

Upside-Down Photos of Human Faces That Look Like Aliens

Upside-Down Photos of Human Faces That Look Like Aliens

photos by Anelia Loubser

via CAT IN WATER, Photojojo