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These Very Weird Portraits Are Actually Alive

Artist Seung-Hwan Oh allows mold to grow on his negatives, distorting the images.

Seung-Hwan Oh is truly dedicated to his photo project, “Impermanence.” To produce his unique portraits, the photographer covers the positive film in light-sensitive emulsion-consuming microbes before immersing them in water. Over the course of months or years the silver halides destabilize and the resulting mold obscures the portraits. For Seung-Hwan, “this creates an aesthetic of entangled creation and destruction that inevitably is ephemeral.”

Seung-Hwan has been working on Impermanence for four years but only has 15 final images to show for his hard work. He is highly selective, and there is a very low probability the mold grows in the way in which he would like. He uses only one out of every 500 pictures he takes.

Impermanence began in 2010 when Seung-Hwan learned about how fungus threatens to destroy historical film archives. For him, he uses the reaction to “. . . deliver the idea of impermanence of matter applying this natural disaster into my work.” Impermanence is an ongoing project, and can be viewed in full on his site.

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Russian Artist Cuts Off Earlobe in Government Protest

He previously nailed his scrotum to the stones in Red Square

Less than a year after nailing his scrotum to the cobblestones of Red Square, a Russian artist cut off his earlobe Sunday in protest of the Russian government’s treatment of dissidents.

The artist, Pyotr Pavlensky, was hospitalized following the incident and will be released from the hospital soon, The Guardian reported.

In a Facebook post, Pavlensky said that he was protesting the government’s alleged detention of dissidents under the false pretense of insanity.

“Armed with psychiatric diagnoses, the bureaucrat in a white lab coat cuts off from society those pieces that prevent him from establishing a monolithic dictate of a single, mandatory norm for everyone,” he wrote, according to the Guardian.

[Guardian]

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Washington Man Killed by Bus at Idaho Corn Maze

HAUSER, Idaho — A bus carrying paintball players struck and killed a Washington state man inside a zombie attraction at a corn maze in northern Idaho, authorities said Saturday.

Jeremy T. McSpadden Jr., 18, of Spokane Valley, Washington, was a role player in the “Zombie Slayer Paintball Bus” attraction at the Incredible Corn Maze in Hauser on Friday night, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said. Dressed as a zombie, he emerged from his hiding place and ran toward the modified school bus, but he tripped and fell in front of the rear passenger-side tires, witnesses reported.

He was run over and apparently killed instantly. Because of the uneven terrain of the corn maze, the bus frequently rocks, and the occupants did not immediately notice what had happened, investigators said.

“It was not until the bus had traveled away from the victim’s location and the role players began to reset for the next bus to come along that anyone realized something was wrong,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

The attraction is new this season, according to the corn maze’s website. For $15, customers ride the bus, which has paintball guns mounted outside the windows, and shoot at the zombies as the vehicle drives through the corn maze.

The bus was going forward, and neither speed nor alcohol was a factor, Sgt. Ward Crawford said.

“The focus of the attraction is the bus creeps forward so the customers have plenty of opportunity to blast away at the zombies,” Crawford said. “This looks like it was just a horrific confluence of events.”

A recording on the corn maze’s information line Saturday morning said, “We are sad to announce that all of the attractions, including the free drive-in movie, will be canceled for the remainder of the weekend.”

A message left seeking further comment was not immediately returned.

Hauser is near the Washington border east of Spokane.

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Here Are the Most Terrifying Pictures of the Sun You’ll Ever See

A NASA photo taken Oct. 8 appears to look like Jack-O-Lantern. NASA/GSFC/SDO

The sun looks like it's ready for Halloween

Just in time for Halloween, NASA released photos of the Sun on Wednesday—and it’s looking a lot like a Jack-O-Lantern, and it’s kind of terrifying.

The images, produced by NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio, aren’t photoshopped, but they do combine images from two wavelengths that typically emit gold and yellow.

The difference in the photo’s brightness is a result of different levels of energy and light emissions from the surface of the sun. More energy emitted results in a brighter appearance.

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College Students Asked to Urinate in Showers to Save Water

The student-led campaign is called "Go with the Flow"

Two college students have come up with a plan that they say will save 720 million liters (about 187 million gallons) of water every year. Their radical new idea? Pee in the shower.

Debs Torr and Chris Dobson, two students at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, started the Go with the Flow campaign to inspire the school’s 15,000 students to urinate during their morning showers instead of in the toilet, BBC reports.

“We’ve done the maths, and this project stands to have a phenomenal impact,” Dobson told BBC. “With 15,000 students at UEA, over a year we would save enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 26 times over.”

He admits movement has been “divisive,” igniting passions in the age-old debate about whether or not it’s socially acceptable to pee in the shower. Though a school spokesperson told BBC that the university supports Dobson and Torr, Dobson made a concession to the skeptics who want to keep the firm separation of church and state between where they pee and where they shampoo: “We would encourage that every person using the same shower consents to the challenge and if not that they don’t take part.”

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Restaurant Menu Has No Prices So Customers Pay What God Tells Them to Pay

"Revenues are up," says the owner

A North Carolina restaurant has announced it’s putting the business in the hands of God and letting customers pay what they want for their meals.

According to a Sept. 29 post on the Facebook page for the restaurant Just Cookin in Dallas, North Carolina:

I am putting my “FAITH” where my CASH REGISTER is.

I am letting go and letting GOD!!

No prices….No totals…..You pay what you think your meal is worth!!!

“I gave Him control of the cash register,” Dana Parris told the Gaston Gazette. “There’s been a few people who got to eat who didn’t have the money. And there’s been a lot of people who have overpaid what the normal price would be. We’ve been blessed. Revenues are up.”

This unique policy is a complete 180º from the restaurant customers who claim their faith forbids them from paying for their entire meals because the servers’ lifestyles go against their religion. Also worth noting: the “pay what you wish” concept, most often associated with museums, does exist at some eateries. Panera has been running pay-what-you-wish restaurants across the U.S. for the past four years, so the neediest people can get something to eat and even volunteer to work there as payment.

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Boy Rescued After Falling 6 Stories Down Trash Chute

A bystander in the condo building heard the boy screaming

An 8-year-old boy survived a harrowing six-story fall down a Hawaii condominium’s trash chute before being rescued by a bystander who heard his screams, officials told Reuters.

The boy was on the 8th floor of the building when he fell down the chute before he crashed onto a buildup of trash on the second floor. Dan Kaetsu, a resident in the condominium, passed an emergency hose down to the boy, who grasped the hose and walked up the walls while Kaetsu and at least one other person pulled him up.

Kaetsu said it appeared the boy was throwing out trash when he fell into the chute. He had injuries to his face and hands, but is expected to survive, a hospital spokeswoman said.

[Reuters]

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Man Willing to Swap Detroit Home for an iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6/6 Plus Launch in Japan
A customer looks at the new iPhone 6 Plus at the launch of the new Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus at the Apple store on Sept. 19, 2014 in Tokyo. Chris McGrath—Getty Images

Realtor tells local news he may want an iPhone Plus, but that's negotiable

A Detroit man who is having trouble selling his home is reportedly willing to trade it in for an iPhone 6 or a 32GB iPad, according to his realtor, FOX 2 reports.

“It’s a real listing,” realtor Larry Else tells FOX 2, as the theme to The Price Is Right plays in the background. “It sounds like he wants the premium version [iPhone 6 Plus], but I’m sure that he’s willing to negotiate.”

If prospective homeowners don’t have an iPhone 6, they can pay $3,000 for the three-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath — down from $5,000 when it was listed for sale in June, according to Zillow.com. The investigative news website Motor City Muckraker reports Wayne County records show the owner still owes more than $6,000 in property taxes.

Here is the full FOX 2 segment:

 

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Feel Good Friday: 16 Fun Photos to Start Your Weekend

From American flag kilts to octopus helmet covers, here's a handful of photos to get your weekend started right

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The 35 Most Surprising Photos of the Month

From eating ice cream in the senate to kissing Tony Bennett, each photograph will give you an intriguing experience, as TIME shares the most outrageous images from September 2014

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