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June 15, 2007

Early Mickey

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Ah, Mickey. That adorable, big eared mouse, with whom we've laughed and cried! Just a mouse. Just a drawing. But to us, he was human! The first animated being of his kind.

Mickey_anc_02_2 But was he original after all? It appears not! 1000 years before Mickey ever appeared in Plane Crazy, a French artist fashioned a bronze brooch that looks astonishingly like Mickey Mouse. Of course, he didn't mean to invent Mickey; he was trying to sculpt a lion but failed miserably, inadvertently stumbling upon the most famous cartoon character of all time.

Discovery Article about the brooch

(via: boingboing)

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June 04, 2007

Cute and Curious in Pink

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The Republic of Tinselman brings your attention to this pair of extraordinary giant rabbit slippers, believed to be unearthed (somewhere) in the hottest area of Nevada. The president of the Republic is upset. He wants to know: who could possibly wear such gigantic slippers? How could such a huge being go for so long without being discovered? Where does he or she hide? And why (for god's sakes, why!) is it wearing pink bunny slippers!

(image courtesy of burningbeach.com)

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June 03, 2007

A New Eye

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A few years back, I discovered a box of false glass eyes in an antique store. Their detail – down to the smallest capillary – was near perfect. I bought one of the eyes for only a few bucks.

G_eye_02_3 For a long time, I kept it sitting around on my desk: it's craftsmanship was somehow inspiring. But the best part of my glass eye: it was perfect for playing pranks on unsuspecting friends and relatives, many of which were horrified as one of my eyes seemed to inadvertently pop forth from its socket (a favorite of my kids)!

Then, one day, the eye smashed to pieces. Shattered. I don't remember how. A sad day indeed. (I probably punched a hole through the nearest wall or something).

G_eye_03 How would I ever get another false eye? It was impossible. I was bereft. I was lost. My inspiration was gone. My pranks... shattered (sort of like my glass eye).

And just today, I discovered the answer! Occularist, Kim Erickson: he labors with the same level of dedication and craft as those occularists of old. Take a look at this amazing video journal describing his work.

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