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Image Macros: Oddballs and Advanced Forms

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Throughout the week, I've looked at Image Macros: Intro to LOL Cats, "Invisible" LOL Cats, "I Can Has Cheezburger?" LOL Cats, and I'm in Your X, Y'ing Your Z. Today the series wraps up with some unusual Image Macros that have caught my eye.

"Bucket" Image Macros are based on this deeply evocative two-panel image:

It loses a bit when scaled down like this -- check out a larger image at ihasabucket.com. (You know you've got a successful Image Macro when your entire site is just the image.) Also note that "Bucket" Image Macros are sometimes called "LOLrus" after the walrus (sea lion?) in this image.

More unusual (and awesome) Image Macros after the jump.

ROFL WafflePictured at left is a true Image Macro, from the Wikipedia page on Image Macros -- this is the ROFL Waffle. This image can be used in place of a typical text-based "ROFL" (Rolling On [the] Floor Laughing) text reply, to liven things up. Also recommended for waffle fans. (See also: Waffle House Fun Facts.)

Do Not Want is a genre of Image Macros based on incorrect subtitles in a pirated DVD version of Star Wars: Episode III (read the whole, long story) -- in a scene where Darth Vader yells "Nooooo!" the DVD subtitles read: "Do not want." Animals seem not to want lots of things, most notably fruits and vegetables. Here are some examples:

Do Not Want Dog

Do Not Want Cat

Relevant to My Interests has something to do with animals posting on web forums. (I'd like to see which forums are truly relevant to their interests, actually.) See:

Relevant Cat

Relevant Hedgehog

Relevant Dog

And, finally, here's a treat. Fine Art Image Macros add text to famous paintings for a bizarre cross-century artistic mashup. For example:

Dis Bot

Okay, one more, which seems to somehow tie all this together. Historical Image Macros:

Hat/Cheezburger

Well, I hope you've enjoyed this week of Image Macros -- I sure have! Special thanks to all those who created these images...whoever you are.

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Take a Peek Inside One of Berlin's Strangest Museums
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Vlad Korneev is a man with an obsession. He's spent years collecting technical and industrial objects from the last century—think iron lungs, World War II gas masks, 1930s fans, and vintage medical prostheses. At his Designpanoptikum in Berlin, which bills itself (accurately) as a "surreal museum of industrial objects," Korneev arranges his collection in fascinating, if disturbing, assemblages. (Atlas Obscura warns that it's "half design museum, half horror house of imagination.") Recently, the Midnight Archive caught up with Vlad for a special tour and some insight into the question visitors inevitably ask—"but what is it, really?" You can watch the full video below.

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Microscopic Videos Provide a Rare Close-Up Glimpse of the Natural World
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Nature’s wonders aren’t always visible to the naked eye. To celebrate the miniature realm, Nikon’s Small World in Motion digital video competition awards prizes to the most stunning microscopic moving images, as filmed and submitted by photographers and scientists. The winners of the seventh annual competition were just announced on September 21—and you can check out the top submissions below.

FIRST PRIZE

Daniel von Wangenheim, a biologist at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria, took first place with a time-lapse video of thale cress root growth. For the uninitiated, thale cress—known to scientists as Arabidopsis thalianais a small flowering plant, considered by many to be a weed. Plant and genetics researchers like thale cress because of its fast growth cycle, abundant seed production, ability to pollinate itself, and wild genes, which haven’t been subjected to breeding and artificial selection.

Von Wangenheim’s footage condenses 17 hours of root tip growth into just 10 seconds. Magnified with a confocal microscope, the root appears neon green and pink—but von Wangenheim’s work shouldn’t be appreciated only for its aesthetics, he explains in a Nikon news release.

"Once we have a better understanding of the behavior of plant roots and its underlying mechanisms, we can help them grow deeper into the soil to reach water, or defy gravity in upper areas of the soil to adjust their root branching angle to areas with richer nutrients," said von Wangenheim, who studies how plants perceive and respond to gravity. "One step further, this could finally help to successfully grow plants under microgravity conditions in outer space—to provide food for astronauts in long-lasting missions."

SECOND PRIZE

Second place went to Tsutomu Tomita and Shun Miyazaki, both seasoned micro-photographers. They used a stereomicroscope to create a time-lapse video of a sweating fingertip, resulting in footage that’s both mesmerizing and gross.

To prompt the scene, "Tomita created tension amongst the subjects by showing them a video of daredevils climbing to the top of a skyscraper," according to Nikon. "Sweating is a common part of daily life, but being able to see it at a microscopic level is equal parts enlightening and cringe-worthy."

THIRD PRIZE

Third prize was awarded to Satoshi Nishimura, a professor from Japan’s Jichi Medical University who’s also a photography hobbyist. He filmed leukocyte accumulations and platelet aggregations in injured mouse cells. The rainbow-hued video "provides a rare look at how the body reacts to a puncture wound and begins the healing process by creating a blood clot," Nikon said.

To view the complete list of winners, visit Nikon’s website.

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