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Crazy Garfield Variants

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The comic strip Garfield hasn't made me laugh for a long time -- but its many unauthorized spinoffs amaze me. We started coverage of strange Garfield stuff in July 2007, focusing on De-Garfed, a strip in which Garfield's thought bubbles are removed. Here's an example:

De-Garfed 2

Recently things got even funnier, with Garfield Minus Garfield, a strip in which Garfield is completely deleted. As the anonymous author says, "the result is an even better comic about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life." Here are some samples:

Garfield - Nothing

Garfield - Purpose

But that's not all! Participants in the 4chan online forums devised Realfield (site is in Spanish), a version of Garfield in which the cartoon cat has been replaced with a more realistic, mute orange cat named Realfield. Awesome:

Realfield - birthday

Realfield - pants

Finally, you may enjoy The Garfield Randomizer, a site that cuts up Garfield strips and randomly reassembles them. Check it out and see how weird you can get! Here's an example:

Garfield - randomized

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Inside This Pop-Up Book Are a Planetarium, a Speaker, a Decoder Ring, and More
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Designer Kelli Anderson's new book is for more than just reading. This Book Is a Planetarium is really a collection of paper gadgets. With each thick, card stock page you turn, another surprise pops out.

"This book concisely explains—and actively demonstrates with six functional pop-up paper contraptions—the science at play in our everyday world," the book's back cover explains. It turns out, there's a whole lot you can do with a few pieces of paper and a little bit of imagination.

A book is open to reveal a spiralgraph inside.
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There's the eponymous planetarium, a paper dome that you can use with your cell phone's flashlight to project constellations onto the ceiling. There's a conical speaker, which you can use to amplify a smaller music player. There's a spiralgraph you can use to make geometric designs. There's a basic cipher you can use to encode and decode secret messages, and on its reverse side, a calendar. There's a stringed musical instrument you can play on. All are miniature, functional machines that can expand your perceptions of what a simple piece of paper can become.

The cover of This Book Is a Planetarium
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Japanese Artist Crafts Intricate Insects Using Bamboo
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Noriyuki Saitoh

Not everyone finds insects beautiful. Some people think of them as scary, disturbing, or downright disgusting. But when Japanese artist Noriyuki Saitoh looks at a discarded cicada shell or a feeding praying mantis, he sees inspiration for his next creation.

Saitoh’s sculptures, spotted over at Colossal, are crafted by hand from bamboo. He uses the natural material to make some incredibly lifelike pieces. In one example, three wasps perch on a piece of honeycomb. In another, two mating dragonflies create a heart shape with their abdomens.

The figures he creates aren’t meant to be exact replicas of real insects. Rather, Saitoh starts his process with a list of dimensions and allows room for creativity when fine-tuning the appearances. The sense of movement and level of detail he puts into each sculpture is what makes them look so convincing.

You can browse the artist’s work on his website or follow him on social media for more stunning samples from his portfolio.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

[h/t Colossal]

All images courtesy of Noriyuki Saitoh.

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