Giant Corpse Flower About to Go Off in California
From the article:

The super-stinky corpse flower whose giant bloom smells like rotting flesh will unleash a potent stench any day now at the Huntington Gardens in San Marino….Amorphophallus titanum stands in a pot at the entrance to the Huntington’s conservatory and is predicted to bloom sometime between Wednesday and Saturday, according to the gardens. 

This is in my top ten list of things I wanna do before I’m a corpse myself. I’ll get you next time, Gadget. Next time.
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Giant Corpse Flower About to Go Off in California

From the article:

The super-stinky corpse flower whose giant bloom smells like rotting flesh will unleash a potent stench any day now at the Huntington Gardens in San Marino….Amorphophallus titanum stands in a pot at the entrance to the Huntington’s conservatory and is predicted to bloom sometime between Wednesday and Saturday, according to the gardens. 

This is in my top ten list of things I wanna do before I’m a corpse myself. I’ll get you next time, Gadget. Next time.

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"Vampire Plant Sucks Victim’s Genes While Feeding"
From the article:

Like an herbivorous Count Dracula, a snakelike vine coils around its leafy victim, punctures its stem and proceeds to suck out its life juices.

I don’t know if that headline and lede is sensationalized, but I like it.
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"Vampire Plant Sucks Victim’s Genes While Feeding"

From the article:

Like an herbivorous Count Dracula, a snakelike vine coils around its leafy victim, punctures its stem and proceeds to suck out its life juices.

I don’t know if that headline and lede is sensationalized, but I like it.

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Pics from China’s Hungry Ghost Festival
From Wikipedia:

In Chinese culture, the fifteenth day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar is called Ghost Day and the seventh month in general is regarded as the Ghost Month (鬼月), in which ghosts and spirits, including those of the deceased ancestors, come out from the lower realm. Distinct from both the Qingming Festival (in spring) and Double Ninth Festival (in autumn) in which living descendants pay homage to their deceased ancestors, during Ghost Festival, the deceased are believed to visit the living.

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Pics from China’s Hungry Ghost Festival

From Wikipedia:

In Chinese culture, the fifteenth day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar is called Ghost Day and the seventh month in general is regarded as the Ghost Month (鬼月), in which ghosts and spirits, including those of the deceased ancestors, come out from the lower realm. Distinct from both the Qingming Festival (in spring) and Double Ninth Festival (in autumn) in which living descendants pay homage to their deceased ancestors, during Ghost Festival, the deceased are believed to visit the living.

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J.D. Salinger’s Home for Sale
Secluded New Hampshire home of the reclusive author of “The Catcher in the Rye” who died in 2010 is up for sale. Tons o’ pics pulled off a realty site.
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J.D. Salinger’s Home for Sale

Secluded New Hampshire home of the reclusive author of “The Catcher in the Rye” who died in 2010 is up for sale. Tons o’ pics pulled off a realty site.

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OTIS PHOTO: You can’t hear it, but Tangerine Dream played when I opened the can…
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OTIS PHOTO: You can’t hear it, but Tangerine Dream played when I opened the can…

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Nostalgic for Nostalgia: Wild Bill’s Nostalgia Center

Eventually, we remembered that we weren’t supposed to just gawp at the wonders in the parking lot and entered Wild Bill’s itself. The inside of the place definitely matches the outside. The space is sizeable, but has been shrunken like an artery full of cholesterol into narrow paths crammed on both sides and above with a range of things that I can only assume are pieces of Ziegler’s soul… (read more)

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OTIS PHOTO: Not really a beer drinker, which means I’m not really a pumpkin beer drinker, which means I ease into the season w/ stuff like this.  The 2014 OTIS Halloween Blog is coming…
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OTIS PHOTO: Not really a beer drinker, which means I’m not really a pumpkin beer drinker, which means I ease into the season w/ stuff like this.  The 2014 OTIS Halloween Blog is coming…

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An Artist Whose Sculptural Motif is Giant Hot Wheels
From the article:

Since 1997, artist Gerry Judah has built the main, car-themed structure for the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed in Sussex, England. Held on the grounds of the Goodwood Estate, Judah’s colossal, flying car designs are a sight to behold.

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An Artist Whose Sculptural Motif is Giant Hot Wheels

From the article:

Since 1997, artist Gerry Judah has built the main, car-themed structure for the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed in Sussex, England. Held on the grounds of the Goodwood Estate, Judah’s colossal, flying car designs are a sight to behold.

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British Museum Doing An Exhibit on Witches
From the website:

This exhibition will examine the portrayal of witches and witchcraft in art from the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century. It will feature prints and drawings by artists including Dürer, Goya, Delacroix, Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, alongside classical Greek vessels and Renaissance maiolica.

No black flame candles, apparently.
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British Museum Doing An Exhibit on Witches

From the website:

This exhibition will examine the portrayal of witches and witchcraft in art from the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century. It will feature prints and drawings by artists including Dürer, Goya, Delacroix, Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, alongside classical Greek vessels and Renaissance maiolica.

No black flame candles, apparently.

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Man Makes Dino-Cycle
From the article:

The Norwegian artist developed the completely bizarre mode of transportation to travel across the bible belt of Norway as a form of protest. Moestue explains, “It is a protest against the dogmatic religious education of children, and the idea originated from the theme-parks of creationists that teach children that humans and dinosaurs used to live together.”

You just…could never go back to a regular bike after this one, huh?
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Man Makes Dino-Cycle

From the article:

The Norwegian artist developed the completely bizarre mode of transportation to travel across the bible belt of Norway as a form of protest. Moestue explains, “It is a protest against the dogmatic religious education of children, and the idea originated from the theme-parks of creationists that teach children that humans and dinosaurs used to live together.”

You just…could never go back to a regular bike after this one, huh?

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OTIS PHOTO: Reading this right now, in preparation for an upcoming Autumn jaunt.
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OTIS PHOTO: Reading this right now, in preparation for an upcoming Autumn jaunt.

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Six Flags Almost Had a Ghostbusters Ride
From the article:

During the early 1980′s, Bally was developing an interactive Ghostbusters-themed ride called The Hauntington Hotel, for Six Flags theme parks. The modern movie-branded take on Disney’s classic Haunted Mansion attraction would have been the first interactive video game/theme park ride.

The concept art is way cool. Our planet was almost worth saving.
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Six Flags Almost Had a Ghostbusters Ride

From the article:

During the early 1980′s, Bally was developing an interactive Ghostbusters-themed ride called The Hauntington Hotel, for Six Flags theme parks. The modern movie-branded take on Disney’s classic Haunted Mansion attraction would have been the first interactive video game/theme park ride.

The concept art is way cool. Our planet was almost worth saving.

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Doctor Who-Themed Restaurant Opens in New York
From the article:

It looks like a tiny cafe from the front door, but open up and you’ll see an immense spread of artful Whovian decor at the Pandorica, a restaurant in Beacon, New York. It’s named after a prison in the Doctor Who universe.

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Doctor Who-Themed Restaurant Opens in New York

From the article:

It looks like a tiny cafe from the front door, but open up and you’ll see an immense spread of artful Whovian decor at the Pandorica, a restaurant in Beacon, New York. It’s named after a prison in the Doctor Who universe.

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A Tour of a Toxic Beach in New York
From the article:

The bottom of the creek is covered in a 15- to 20-foot layer of a material we refer to as ‘Black Mayonnaise’…It has the consistency of mayo, it smells of petroleum, and it’s a composite of 150 years of industrial waste, human excrement, petroleum residue and coal tar.

Been to two Superfund sites myself, and, honestly, “This is how much we suck” is as interesting of a tour as “This is how awesome we are.” 
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A Tour of a Toxic Beach in New York

From the article:

The bottom of the creek is covered in a 15- to 20-foot layer of a material we refer to as ‘Black Mayonnaise’…It has the consistency of mayo, it smells of petroleum, and it’s a composite of 150 years of industrial waste, human excrement, petroleum residue and coal tar.

Been to two Superfund sites myself, and, honestly, “This is how much we suck” is as interesting of a tour as “This is how awesome we are.” 

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110-Foot-Tall Pegasus Nears Completion at Florida Water Park "If I were here during a hurricane, I would evacuate into this structure," joked Stark.
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110-Foot-Tall Pegasus Nears Completion at Florida Water Park 

"If I were here during a hurricane, I would evacuate into this structure," joked Stark.

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