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Just Some Very Strange Portraits of Barack Obama

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Most people don't make art unless they're feeling inspired, and over the past year or so, Barack Obama has inspired lots of people -- some of them so much that they felt compelled to make Barack Obama-themed art, some of which is very, very, -- even bloggably -- strange. Culled from the wonderful compendium that is ArtofObama.com, these images might inspire you too, or curse you with weird dreams for weeks, depending on your temperament.

To begin, consider the dove. A symbol of peace, and commonly associated with public figures living, dead and fictional who inspire positive feelings in their followers. Usually, however, the doves are flying around in the background and the inspirational public figure occupies some uncluttered foreground space. Artist Derek Chatwood, however, chose to depict Barack Obama as so inspiring and hope-y that he is literally stuffed with doves, who are flying out of his various orifices.

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Dan Lacey paints pictures of people with pancakes on their heads. So naturally, when he turned his talents to the president-elect, he painted this:
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Breaking his mold, Lacey also painted this amazing portrait of Obama -- naked -- riding a unicorn in front of St. Paul's Excel Energy Center.
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Speaking of unicorns, check out Lukas Ketner's portrait of a sweaty Obama wading through Portland's Willamette River (I believe that's the Burnside Bridge behind him) with a unicorn chasing him and roses emanating from his pelvis. Go figure.obama-art-hunk-351x449.jpg

Inevitably, perhaps, there's also the comic book interpretation -- in this case, Batobama and Robiden. Click here for a larger view.
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Moving into the physical (albeit tiny) world, here are some tiny, nano-sized recreations of Shepard Fairey's now-famous Obama portrait, "carved" by scientists at the University of Michigan. Each one is less than half a millimeter wide.
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Here's a heady idea. (Ha.) These guys must have excellent -- and very patient -- barbers. I bet no one shaved a portrait of McCain into their head!
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Heather Courtney created this hand-crafted Barack-in-the-box toy. It plays "You Light Up My Life" when you crank the handle.
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An artist named mmike created this tension-wire sculpture of Obama, which he describes thusly: "Tension - A portrait of Barack Obama - 10-23-2008 - 2"²x2"²x9"² - 1000 feet of steel high tension wire, black enamel and poplar base."
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Finally, a little desktop wallpaper.
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Little Baby's Ice Cream
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Pizza and Cricket Cake Are Just Some of the Odd Flavors You'll Find at This Philadelphia Ice Cream Shop
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Little Baby's Ice Cream

Ice cream flavors can get pretty out-there, thanks to the growing number of creative scoop shops willing to take risks and broaden their customers’ horizons beyond chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Intrepid foodies can cool off with frozen treats that taste like horseradish, foie gras, and avocado, while Philadelphia's Little Baby’s Ice Cream is pushing the boundaries of taste with chilly offerings like everything bagel, Maryland BBQ, ranch, and cricket cake.

Cricket-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

Everything Bagel-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

As Lonely Planet News reports, Little Baby’s Ice Cream launched its first signature “oddball” ice cream—Earl Grey sriracha—in 2011. Since then, its rotating menu has only gotten quirkier. In addition to the aforementioned flavors, customers who swing by Little Baby’s this summer can even try pizza ice cream.

The store created the savory flavor in 2011, to celebrate neighborhood eatery Pizza Brain’s inclusion into Guinness World Records for its vast collection of pizza memorabilia. The savory, Italian-esque snack is made from ingredients like tomato, basil, oregano, salt, and garlic—and yes, it actually tastes like pizza, Little Baby’s co-owner Pete Angevine told Lonely Planet News.

Pizza-flavored ice cream, made by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

“Frequently, folks will see it on the menu and be incredulous, then be convinced to taste it, giggle, talk about how surprised they are that it really tastes just like pizza … and then order something else,” Angevine said. “That’s just fine. Just as often though, they’ll end up getting a pizza milkshake!”

Little Baby’s flagship location is in Philadelphia's East Kensington neighborhood, but customers can also sample their unconventional goods at additional outposts in West Philadelphia, Baltimore, and a pop-up stand in Washington, D.C.’s Union Market. Just make sure to bring along a sense of adventure, and to leave your preconceived notions of what ice cream should taste like at home.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

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Warby Parker
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Warby Parker Is Giving Away Free Eclipse Glasses in August
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Warby Parker

When this year’s rare “all-American” total solar eclipse comes around on August 21, you’ll want to be prepared. Whether you’re chasing the eclipse to Kentucky or viewing it from your backyard, you’ll need a way to watch it safely. That means an eclipse filter over your telescope, or specially designed eclipse glasses.

For the latter, you can just show up at your nearest Warby Parker, and their eye experts will hand over a pair of eclipse glasses. The stores are giving out the free eye protectors throughout August. The company’s Nashville store is also having an eclipse party to view the celestial event on the day-of.

Get your glasses early, because you don’t want to miss out on this eclipse, which will cross the continental U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. There are only so many total solar eclipses you’ll get to see in your lifetime, after all.

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