Category: Picture of the Day

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Humans pretend to understand, like abstract art since Neolithic

Finally, archaeological evidence of the parallel DuckTales universe. (♩ Woo-oo! ♪)

Whenever modern art enters discussion (like you, The Guys keep up very erudite circles), there will inevitably be a few dissenters who cannot stand the abstract. While much can be expressed outside of recognizable shape and form, you can’t help but wonder if it’s making fun of you. And then, when you see the price tag on an over-sized mobile made of garbage, then you’re sure it is.

But, a new exhibit at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Greece proves that we’ve struggled with — and yet insisted on — finding meaning in abstract modern art for the past 7,000 years. They are displaying a Neolithic sculpture tantalizingly titled the “7,000-year-old enigma.” What is it?

Carved out of granite, the 36 cm (14 inches) “enigma” statuette of the late Neolithic era has a pointed nose and long neck leading to a markedly round belly, flat back and cylindrical stumpy legs.

Great. But, what is it?

‘It could depict a human-like figure with a bird-like face, or a bird-like entity which has nothing to do with man but with the ideology and symbolism of the Neolithic society,’ Katya Manteli, an archaeologist with the museum, told Reuters.

OK, but is it a boy or a girl duck … thing?

More puzzling still is the lack of clear indication of sex. Is it due to technical sculpting limitations? Or did the sculptor intend to create an asexual figure. […] ‘Yes, it could be a pregnant figure but there are no breasts, used in Neolithic times to depict the female body. On the other hand it lacks male organs so it is presented as an asexual figure,’ Manteli said.”

But which bathroom does it use?! Very important legislators in the U.S. need to know before passing anti-trans laws and eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts.

‘There are enigmatic aspects to it which make it charming.’

Well, there we go. The perfect term to describe any thing that is noteworthy but otherwise indescribable: it’s charming. This proves once and for all that art has always existed to shamefully infuriate us.

Modern art: a 7,000-years-old tradition of shaming us into paying for museums.
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Only a good guy with a knife …

Although the patient has sworn off of knives, the surgical team "told him if you ever feel like you need more iron in your body, try spinach." Doctors got jokes, son!
Although the patient has sworn off of knives, the surgical team “told him if you ever feel like you need more iron in your body, try spinach.” Doctors got jokes, son!

Surgeons in India cut 40 knives out of the stomach of a man who compulsively ate them. He swallowed folding knifes whole — some folded, some open. Some were even broken and rusting in his stomach.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: the only cure for knife problems is more knives.

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Dong-gonnit! Another career ruined by penis

Japan needs to reconsider vetting its Olympic team by game show.
Japan needs to reconsider vetting its Olympic team by game show.

All in all, having a penis is pretty great. It makes it easy to pee anywhere, gives us something to play with when our phone battery dies and guarantees our voices will be heard in any meeting or election.

But, privilege acknowledged, nobody considers the relatively few, but none-the-less devastating challenges of having a penis, the hurdles it can prevent us from clearing. And, in Japanese pole vaulter Hiroki Ogita’s case, we mean literal hurdles.

Ogita was knocked out of the first round of the Olympics pole vault competition in Rio when he nearly cleared a height of 5.3 meters (17.3 feet). Though his leg and shin made contact with the bar, it remained in place. No, it was his penis that pulled it — and his Olympic dreams — back to earth.

Pow! Right in the penis

Is there no career a penis can’t end? (We’re still holding out for Donald Trump’s orange dork — complete with oversized merkin — to definitively derail his train-wreck campaign.)

Penis.

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Best Korean leader also best feminist

Breaking the Internet harder than Sony's private email servers. #nofilter
Breaking the Internet harder than Sony’s private email servers. #nofilter

Feminism is good for both men and women alike — up until today, British businessmen’s power strides into meetings were slowed down by receptionists hobbling in front of them on high heels — so you’d think it would be equally embraced by both genders. But, no, men are mostly either indifferent to or hostilely against feminism, and The Guys think it might be because too many feminist leaders are women.

Well, no more. In the proud tradition of courageous eights through tens, Supreme Leader of Best Korea Kim Jung Un just released an official portrait sans Photoshop. Finally, we know what a true feminist leader looks like: bold, sassy, porous and, most importantly, male.

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When Germany thinks you’re a little racist, damn

Even German right-wing tabloid BILD took a time-out from antisemitism to call David Cameron a slacker on helping non-white people.
Even German right-wing tabloid BILD took a time-out from antisemitism to call British Prime Minister David Cameron a “slacker” for not helping non-white people.

The issue of immigration is a complicated one, fraught with legitimate concerns on both sides. Only one side, however, believes in building walls and using the military to keep barbarian hordes out, though. And, when it comes to the ongoing North African refugee crisis in Europe — Britain, Germany is looking your way.

No matter what your perspective is on letting poor brown people who no longer have a home into your country, you know you’re kind of an assh*le when even German racists call you out for not doing enough for African and Arabic people.

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World’s dumbest salamander found in amber

Even though it was, by all accounts, a dummy, that won't stop us from using it as whatever a paperweight is.
We can’t wait to clone it, Jurassic Park-style, and play hours and hours of “Pete and Re-pete.”

It’s important to remember that, as we fight what seems to be a losing War on Animals every spring through fall, that natural selection has given us only the most fit of foes. So, it’s a tough war, but would our sacrifices mean anything if it was easy? Like, if the Caribbean salamander were still alive?

Scientists had long suspected that the Caribbean had salamanders, and now we know why they died off. They finally found one preserved in amber.

‘There are very few salamander fossils of any type, and no one has ever found a salamander preserved in amber,’ study author George Poinar, Jr., a professor emeritus in the Oregon State’s College of Science, said in a press release.

In other words: they were even dumb by salamander standards.

So, feel good about that bug you squashed today. Even if you outsize it by, like, 5 to 1? (we’re warriors, not model designers), you still crushed the very best nature could throw at you. And that’s why we choose to fight the animals: not because it is easy, but because it is hahd hard.

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Police finally cracking down on Elsa impersonators

The Hanahan Police Department managed to promote Frozen, a local business that hires out princesses for children's parties and breast cancer awareness in one mildly inappropriate photo.
Hey, officer! If it’s soooo cold, maybe you should put some sleeves on rather than take weird bondage fantasy photos with former debutantes in pink handcuffs.

Law enforcement in Hanahan, South Carolina have finally begun cracking down on the latest vermin to infest our malls, parks and other public spaces: creepy chicks dressed as Elsa the Snow Queen from Disney’s Frozen.

Granted, the Hanahan Police Chief did it as a stunt to make people in South Carolina feel better about cold temperatures (and living in South Carolina), but we hope this is only the beginning of a larger national trend.

Ladies, this is all about gender equality. If it’s creepy for a guy to dress up as popular characters so that other people’s kids will hug him, then it’s also weird when women do it, too.

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Double porno! What does it even mean?!

"Oh, we don't work for tips, ma'am ... No, really. We're not allowed to accept cash for doing our jobs."
“Oh, we don’t work for tips, ma’am …. No, really. We’re not allowed to accept cash for doing our job.”

Do not close this browser! What you are seeing is safe for work and merely two police officers delivering a pizza, not the most elaborately nested pornographic setup in history.

The two Portland Police officers, Michael Filbert and Royce Curtiss, responded to an auto collision involving a Pizza Hut delivery driver. Once their accident investigation was over, the two officers did both driver and family waiting for their dinner a solid by delivering the pizza.

The Portland Police Bureau refused to specify whether the pizza came with bacon.

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Does a bear respite in the woods?

Do you know how scared animals are of The Guys? They’re so scared that, when we take a week off, they feel safe enough to kick back in human sex swings. (That’s what hammocks are for in America’s swingingest, most penis-shaped state, right?)

Great, now there's Charmin and bear s*t flakes all over their Gilligan bed. (Source: New York Daily News)
Great, now there’s Charmin and bear s*t flakes all over their Gilligan bed.
(Source: NY Daily News)

That black bear is just lucky that he wasn’t wearing a hoodie while being in some Floridian’s backyard.

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How to undo your entire story with a single graphic

If you fear growing old due to dementia, then Bloomberg reported good news: people in their 90s are mentally sharper than those born a decade earlier!

But, Bloomberg also accidentally reported bad news in their lead graphic:

"Ayako Wakasu, 94, smiles as her glasses are adjusted by a staff member at a day care facility on Gogo Island in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, Japan, on March 22, 2013."
“Ayako Wakasu, 94, smiles as her glasses are adjusted by a staff member at a day care facility on Gogo Island in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, Japan, on March 22, 2013.” [Emphasis ours.]
Or, in fewer than 1,000 words: You will be an able-minded prisoner in your own withered body.

According to their report, both last decade’s and this decade’s nonagenarians were on par for physical strength — pretty much none. However, advances in technology like scooters, ramps, and chair lifts have improved mobility for this decade’s 90-year-olds.

So, it looks like Star Trek accurately predicted our future yet again:

"My nose itches and the Indiana Jones theme song is stuck in my head."
(thinking) “My nose itches and the Indiana Jones theme song is stuck in my head.”

Or, at best, Aliens did:

"Give Grandma a hug, you bitch!"
“Come give Grandma a hug, you bitch!”

Either way, The Guys don’t plan to call off our 50th birthday suicide pact just yet. Unless that Italian guy really does perfect head transplants.