Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Weirdness Of The Day: Flashed Face Distortion Effect

File under cool and freaky. From PetaPixel. Link from Jody L.

"If you ever create a slideshow of portraits, you might want to avoid showing them aligned side-by-side with a gap in between. The video above shows a crazy optical illusion that researchers have dubbed the “Flashed Face Distortion Effect”. By flashing ordinary portraits aligned at the eyes, the human brain begins to compare and exaggerate the differences, causing the faces to seem hideous and ogre-like."

"Researcher Matthew Thompson writes, 'Like many interesting scientific discoveries, this one was an accident. Sean Murphy, an undergraduate student, was working alone in the lab on a set of faces for one of his experiments. He aligned a set of faces at the eyes and started to skim through them. After a few seconds, he noticed that some of the faces began to appear highly deformed and grotesque. He looked at the especially ugly faces individually, but each of them appeared normal or even attractive.' "

See for yourself:

More info and video at PetaPixel.

News Of The Day: Area Man Winded By Particularly Long Wendy's Order

From The Onion.

GLEN ALLEN, VA—Local man Brett Lussier, 43, was left fatigued and out of breath Thursday after placing a particularly long lunch order at the Wendy's franchise location on Brook Road, sources reported.

"I'll have a Spicy Chicken Sandwich, large fries, baked potato, a root beer," said the man, his voice slowing as his taxed lungs labored to produce each syllable of Junior Bacon Cheeseburger amid audible gasps for breath.

"Cup of chili and…and… hegh, ugh."

According to onlookers, the puffing, pink-faced Lussier then hacked a single wet cough, braced his wearied frame against the counter, and required a full 10 seconds of repose before he was finally able to wheeze out the word "Frosty."

Inexplicable Cat Photos Of The Day

Don't ask me--I don't have cats. And honestly, I don't really want the explanations for these. From Buzzfeed.

See more at Buzzfeed.

Quotes Of The Day: Celebs Dissing Celebs


If my children turned out like Madonna I would drown them with my own hands.
(Whitney Houston)

Joan always cries a lot. Her tear ducts must be close to her bladder. (Bette Davis on Joan Crawford)

His album was called Bad because there wasn't enough room on the sleeve for Pathetic. (Prince on Michael Jackson)

Donald says he wants to run for president, move into the White House. Why not? It wouldn’t be the first time he pushed a black family out of their house.
(Snoop Dogg on Donald Trump)

I would rather be on stage with a pig. (Mariah Carey on the possibility of her doing a duet with Jennifer Lopez)

He couldn't ad-lib a fart after a baked-bean dinner. (Johnny Carson on Chevy Chase)

I was particulary stunned by the casting of Tom Cruise, who is no more my Vampire Lestat [in Interview With The Vampire] than Edward G. Robinson is Rhett Bulter. (Anne Rice)

Mystery solved! Now we know who the "half a man" is in "Two And A Half Men." HINT: it's not the kid!
(Zooey Deschanel on Charlie Sheen)

That's not writing, that's typing.
(Truman Capote on Jack Kerouac)

She turned down the role of Helen Keller because she couldn't remember the lines.
(Joan Rivers on Bo Derek)

I've been doing the Fonda workout: the Peter Fonda workout. I wake up, take a hit of acid, smoke a joint, and go to my sister's house and ask her for money.
(Comedian Kevin Meaney)

I wouldn't fuck her with Bea Arthur's dick.
(Comedian Jeffrey Ross on Sandra Bernhardt)

Boy George is all England needs -- another queen who can't dress.
(Joan Rivers)

"She's a plumber's idea of Cleopatra." (W.C. Fields on Mae West)

If I hung out with 20-year-old porn stars all the time, I'd think I was a genius too.
(Sarah Silverman on Charlie Sheen)

His writing is limited to songs for dead blondes.
(Keith Richards on Elton John)

I'm glad I've given up drugs and alcohol. It would be awful to be like Keith Richards. He's pathetic. It's like a monkey with arthritis, trying to go on stage and look young.
(Elton John)

"Oh my God, look at you. Anyone else hurt in the accident?" (Don Rickles on Ernest Borgnine)

"Well at least he has finally found his true love. What a pity he can't marry himself." (Frank Sinatra on Robert Redford)

"There are two things I will never ever do in my whole life. The first is that I will never climb Mt. Everest. The second is that I will never work with Val Kilmer ever again." (Director John Frankenheimer)

"Kanye West is the biggest piece of s--- on Earth." (Pink)

"He looks like a dwarf who's been dipped in a bucket of pubic hair." (Boy George on Prince)

"She is so hairy, when she lifted up her arm, I thought it was Tina Turner in her armpit." (Joan Rivers on Madonna)

“Music journalists like Elvis Costello because music journalists look like Elvis Costello.” (David Lee Roth)


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