Who wants to go with us to Pig Beach? Today we learned that there is an island in the Bahamas that’s home to almost two dozen happy pink pigs and piglets. When a Redditor named chazwmeadd shared this awesome discovery, fellow Redditor katedid shared photos from their own recent visit to this magical porcine paradise.
Pig Beach is an otherwise uninhabited island in the Exuma district of the Bahamas and is also known as Pig Island or Big Major Cay. Different stories exist purporting the pigs’ presence on this island:
The pigs are said to have been dropped off on Big Major Cay by a group of sailors who wanted to come back and cook them. The sailors, though, never returned; the pigs survived on excess food dumped from passing ships. One other legend has it that the pigs were survivors of a shipwreck and managed to swim to shore while another claims that the pigs had escaped from a nearby islet. Others suggest that the pigs were part of a business scheme to attract tourists to the Bahamas.
The pigs are now fed by locals and tourists and the island is unofficially known as Pig Beach by the locals. Eric Cheng, a photographer who took snapshots of the pigs, said of them:
"Because locals bring food, the pigs will run into the water and actually swim out to the oncoming boats, as if to greet them individually. It is strange enough to see pigs laying around on tropical beaches of white sand, but to see them then charge into the water to greet oncoming boats is just bizarre."
However they got there, they appear to be pretty pleased about it. We’d love to visit and have a swim with the pigs. Who’s going to join us?
These awesome portraits, depicting gorgeous drag queens with only half of their faces made up, were all shot by photographer Leland Bobbé for an ongoing series entitled Half-Drag. “My intention with Half-Drag is to capture both the male and the alter-ego female side of these subjects in one image.” The photos are as fascinating as they are beautiful.
Visit Vogue Italyto view all of the Half-Dragproject photos that Leland Bobbé has created thus far. Half-Drag is an ongoing, non-commercial project, so if you like what you see, you might consider supporting Bobbé’s project by contributing here.
Kawaii! Forever on the cutting edge of cuteness, “Cute Toast Art“ is one of the latest cute crazes to sweep Japan. The goal is simple: create the cutest piece of toast you can and then see if you have guts to consume something so incredibly adorable. The best part is, making ridiculously cute toast is surprisingly easy.
Here’s how you do it yourself:
1. Cut a square of aluminum foil to fit the shape of a slice of bread. 2. Draw the design of you choice on the aluminum foil with a pen. 3. Cut the parts you want to darken while toasting. 4. Lay the aluminum foil over the bread. 5. Toast in the toaster oven and enjoy!
Dutch artist Kees Veenenbos is one of the leading digital artist who creates amazing renderings of space and planetary landscapes. His work has been featured in National geographic on numerous occasions, as well as being used in several NASA’s projects. In fact, majority of his Mars digital elevation models have been used by NASA depicing beautiful images of Mars, including creative concept renderings with water and ice present on the Martian surface.
Hawaii-based photographer Christy Lee Rogers specializes in creating dreamlike photos of people underwater. Her project Reckless Unbound shows people swirling around one another while wearing colorful outfits. The photos are reminiscent of the paintings of old Baroque masters, who would often paint people floating around in heavenly realms.
Rogers creates her photos in swimming pools at night. The scenes are illuminated with bright off-camera lights, and the shoots often last two to four hours each.
From the Department of Awesome Natural Occurrences come these photos, taken by staff at a crocodile park in Xiamen, southeast China’s Fujian Province, where adorable twin baby crocodiles hatched from the same egg. It must have been awfully cozy in there.
Keeper Xiao Zeng said: “I have witnessed the birth of thousands of baby crocodiles, but it’s first time for me to see two crocodiles in one egg.” We’re not nearly as experienced as Xiao Zeng, but it’s the first time we’ve seen anything like it either.
Joshua Allen Harris is a New York-based street artist who uses tape and plastic shopping and garbage bags, carefully positioned atop subway grates, to create awesome works of inflatable ephemeral art. Each piece appears to be little more than litter until wind rushes up out of the grate, inflating the bags and thus giving momentary life to Joshua’s plastic creatures. He began with a white bear, and then graduated to gorillas, giraffes, and even centaurs, minotaurs and a sea serpent.
We strongly recommend spending some time at Joshua Allen Harris’ Youtube channel where you’ll find numerous videos of his inflatable art coming to life on the streets of New York. Still photos of these pieces are all well and good, but watching them rise up and take shape and then seeing passersby react to them is really something special.
Sometimes people do truly awesome things in the name of love. It was love that drove Argentinian farmer Pedro Ureta to transform part of his land in Argentina’s Pampas into a multi-coloured guitar-shaped forest that stretches 2/3 of a mile:
“After flying over fields in the Pampas that resembled a milk pail, Pedro Ureta’s wife Graciela suggested they embed a design into their own fields. Ureta never really had time to think about turning his field into a giant work of art, and told her they would put the project off until they both had more time. In 1977, Graciela unexpectedly died from a brain aneurysm, and her dream was lost forever.
Crushed by the loss of his love, a few years later Ureta began working on designing a guitar in his field that could be seen from above by airplane. He settled on the design because his late wife loved the instrument and he wanted to memorialize her on his land.
Working tirelessly to plant and cultivate the trees, Ureta created a perfect guitar shape, complete with a star-shaped hole in the middle. Using mostly cypress trees to form the outline, Ureta used blue eucalyptus trees to accent the strings on the neck of the guitar. Easily visible from airplanes, the guitar brings joy to many who fly over the Pampas.”
And then there’s a bittersweet little coda: It turns out that Pedro Ureta is afraid of flying. Because of this he has only ever seen his awesome guitar-shaped forest in photos taken by others. It would seem that it’s enough for him to know that he accomplished the task he set out before him in remembrance of his departed wife.
Here’s an unsettling sight you probably won’t be able to un-see. If there are any pupaphobics present, we apologize, but this simply isn’t something we could keep to ourselves.
Back in 2007 Jason Paul Smith and his friend Rob attended a Halloween party dressed as an impressibly creepy version of the inseparable Sesame Street muppet pair Bert and Ernie, complete with a dead-eyed rubber ducky friend. They already look pretty ominous, so we’re hoping they went all the way and sang Ernie’s bath time rubber ducky serenade.