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12 Weirdly Wonderful Pieces of Nicolas Cage Fan Art

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The internet is a strange, strange place—and the proof is in the weird fan art dedicated to actor Nicolas Cage. Here are some of our favorites.

1. Everything’s Better Caged

There’s no more famous fan art tribute to Nicolas Cage than the Tumblr dedicated to putting the actor in every great role. For example, here’s Nic Cage As Everyone's vision of what we would have gotten if Bryan Cranston was replaced with Mr. Cage in Breaking Bad. (The Tumblr also features Cage filling in for celebrities going about their everyday lives.)

2. The Mini-Fig Actor

Nic Cage As Everyone fan Evan O’Reilly created this delightful Nicolas Cage LEGO Mini-Fig so you can even act out your favorite Nic Cage As Everyone movie ideas in toy form.

3. Here Nic-y Nic-y

Nic Cage also makes a fantastic house pet. As the Tumblr Nicolas Cage Cats proves, if there’s anything that can make LOL cats better, it’s Nicolas Cage’s face.

4. A Whole New World

BuzzFeed’s Jen Lewis knew what she was doing when she photoshopped the internet’s favorite actor into these classic Disney scenes.

5. The Ultimate In Cage Costumery

For those who wish they could live their lives as Nicolas Cage, there is always the terrifying and fascinating Nic Cage Morphsuit created by Imgur user RubberDogTurdsGIFS. Admit it, you just can’t turn away from this monstrosity.

6. Face On

Since most of us can’t make our own custom morphsuit with our favorite actor all over it, you can always just print out the actor’s face and wear it as a mask like DeviantArt user Scalemate Judge.

7. The Nicolas Cage Movie Matrix

No, this isn’t a take on what it would be like if Nicolas Cage was in The Matrix (though you can see what that might look like thanks to Redditor JRWinn17). It’s instead a look at Cage movies on The Shniznit's graph that is based on how good the movie is and how serious or insane the actor is in the film. Note that not every movie he has been in is on this list—Face/Off and Ghost Rider are both missing, for example—but it gives you a pretty good idea of what to expect when you’re looking for a Nic Cage movie you haven’t already seen.

8. Digimon Cage

DeviantArt user Wingza made this great creation depicting two of his original Digimon characters to sell at Wondercon. I don’t know about you guys, but I think these two need to be added to the official Digimon franchise ASAP.

9. Uncanny Valley

When it comes to over-the-top strange fan art, it’s tough to beat artist Brandon Bird’s Uncanny Valley painting featuring a Japanese macaque version of the actor cuddled up with another macaque. Even the other snow monkey looks confused.

10. The Cage Couch

This amazing couch, designed by Redditor Vfn, is unfortunately only a Photoshop dream—for the moment. But the way the internet works, it’s probably only a matter of time until some huge nerd with a big bank account makes this thing into a reality.

Can't wait for the couch? Amazon seller Nicolas Cage Pillowcase exclusively sells items featuring the actor.

11. Fan Décor

If you need some more home decorating advice to show off your total Cage fandom, Deviant Art user hebishasa has some ideas on how to really Cage up your bedroom. I really like the idea of a plush Nic toy.

12. Nicolas Cage Roulette

You might argue that this web toy isn’t actually fan art, but Scott Luptowski’s tool that allows you to click a link and instantly find yourself streaming a Nicolas Cage film on Netflix is pretty cool.

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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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