Image Macros: Oddballs and Advanced Forms

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 (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:


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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University of York
Stones, Bones, and Wrecks
UK Archaeologists Have Found One of the World’s Oldest 'Crayons'
University of York
University of York

A prehistoric chunk of pigment found near an ancient lake in England may be one of the world's oldest crayons, Colossal reports. The small object made of red ochre was discovered during an archaeological excavation near Lake Flixton, a prehistoric lake that has since become a peat wetland but was once occupied by Mesolithic hunter-gatherers. Though it’s hard to date the crayon itself, it was found in a layer of earth dating back to the 7th millennium BCE, according to a recent study by University of York archaeologists.

Measuring less than an inch long, the piece of pigment is sharpened at one end, and its shape indicates that it was modified by a person and used extensively as a tool, not shaped by nature. The piece "looks exactly like a crayon," study author Andy Needham of the University of York said in a press release.

A pebble of red ochre thought to be a prehistoric crayon
University of York

The fine grooves and striations on the crayon suggest that it was used as a drawing tool, and indicate that it might have been rubbed against a granular surface (like a rock). Other research has found that ochre was collected and used widely by prehistoric hunter-gatherers like the ones who lived near Lake Flixton, bolstering the theory that it was used as a tool.

The researchers also found another, pebble-shaped fragment of red ochre at a nearby site, which was scraped so heavily that it became concave, indicating that it might have been used to extract the pigment as a red powder.

"The pebble and crayon were located in an area already rich in art," Needham said. "It is possible there could have been an artistic use for these objects, perhaps for coloring animal skins or for use in decorative artwork."

[h/t Colossal]

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Tour the National Museum of Scotland From Home With Google Street View
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Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Google's Street View technology can be used to view some amazing art, whether it's behind the walls of the Palace of Versailles in France or the Guggenheim Museum in New York. As the BBC reports, the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh is the latest institution to receive the virtual treatment.

The museum contains items tracing the history of the world and humanity. In the Natural World galleries, visitors will find a hulking Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton and a panorama of wildlife. In the World Cultures galleries, there are centuries' worth of art and innovation to see. The museum's permanent galleries and the 20,000 objects on display can all be viewed from home thanks to the new online experience.

Users can navigate the virtual museum as they would a regular location on Street View. Just click the area you wish to explore and drag your cursor for full 365-degree views. If there's a particular piece that catches your interest, you may be able to learn more about it from Google Arts & Culture. The site has added 1000 items from the National Museum of Scotland to its database, complete with high-resolution photos and detailed descriptions.

The Street View tour is a convenient option for art lovers outside the UK, but the museum is also worth visiting in person: Like its virtual counterpart, admission to the institution is free.

[h/t BBC]


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