Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bold And Courageous Kickstarter Aims To Create Biggest D*ck Drawing Of All Time (NSFW)

We're always happy to see Kickstarter using its powers to bring awareness and much needed funds to grassroots art projects and underexposed creative endeavors around the world. Or, to help make one big giant d*ck drawing. That works too.

Today we're admiring the hopes and dreams of a young man named Alex Wong, who just really, really loves penis drawings. Having just graduated college without steady employment, Wong is using this precious time in a man's life to explore the complex space where art and physicality intersect, sort of.

Wong explains on Kickstarter:

"With your help, I will be able to create a wonderful (and long) drawing of the male anatomy. This is both a personal project rooted in my childhood dreams, as well as a collaborate project to spread awareness and understanding of our bodies. We didn't grow up drawing d*cks out of nowhere. It was fun, it was funny. It's still fun and it's still funny. Whether it is a terrible sketch on a bar napkin or a beautiful painting on a canvas; a d*ck drawing is a d*ck drawing. Seeing an abstract d*ck by Picasso in a museum is just as funny as drawing one for yourself in the condensation of a car window. Let's impress Guinness with the World's Biggest D*ck Drawing. Project WBDD is officially on the rise!"

The plan is simple. Every dollar you donate will add an inch to the penis rendering. The sky is the limit, people.

It's worth noting that Wong seems realistic about the possible outcomes of his artistic endeavor. He expresses his fears honestly on the world wide web: "Maybe nobody will pledge to get balls, a head, pubes or veins added to the dick drawing and it'll end up looking deformed. Who cares! All d*ck drawings are different."

May the force be with you, Wong.

On a darker note, Jezebel makes the very astute point that Wong is not that good at drawing d*cks. Of course, the art of penile rendering is subjective. For those not convinced, you may find a more worthy cause to donate to here.

h/t Jezebel

Neil Armstrong's Lunar Heartbeat Is A Strong, Smooth Bass Line For This John Lennon Cover

Who knew Neil Armstrong's heartbeat would make such a smooth bass line?

On July 20th, 1969, the astronaut became the first person to set foot on the moon, and uttered these famous words: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

Armstrong spent two-and-a-half hours exploring the lunar surface, and somewhat surprisingly, his heart rate during the mission was much lower than expected -- even lower than the heart rates of some scientists back at Mission Control. It spiked only once to a rate of 160 beats per minute at the end of the spacewalk.

While listening to a radio program about the moon landing, even German-based singer-songwriter Louise Gold became fascinated by Armstrong's steady beat, and decided to use it as the bass line in a new song -- turn up the volume and listen to it in the Youtube video above.

"It struck me then that this strong yet peaceful sound could be the perfect rhythm for a song," Gold told CNET.

She said John Lennon's "Oh My Love" fit well with how she imagined Armstrong must have felt on that historic day: "peaceful and exhilarated at the same time, a bit like being in love with someone and finding out that this person loves you back," Gold told online magazine Vice in an email.

The songwriter then mixed in a sample of data from NASA's Voyager spacecrafts that had been converted into melodies, and posted the cover on YouTube on July 16, 2014.

As YouTube user Gustavo Abanto pointed out in a comment, you can hear the heartbeats in the video at 2:10.

And YouTube user Alex Beyer commented, "This is so beautiful and haunting."

Elephants Protect Baby From Being Swept Away By River During Bath Time

It takes a village to raise a child and a herd of elephants to raise a calf.

In the video above a group of elephants is seen wading in a river for bath time at the Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary and rescue center in Thailand. The adults have no problem fighting the current with their massive bodies, but one little calf didn't have that size advantage. To stop the baby from being swept away, the adult nannies helped block the current and guide the little guy to safety.

This isn't the first time we've seen a herd of elephants protecting their young against a strong current, because elephants never forgets to look out for one another.