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These 15 Animals Without Hair Are Barely Recognizable

June 13th, 2014 by Skirmant? | No Comments | Filed in Design

Humans are not the only ones who suffer from hair loss. Whether caused by disease or old age, this condition can affect our animal friends, too.

Hair loss from the head or body is technically called alopecia. It can have many different causes, such as natural processes (seasonality or aging), biological dysfunctions (vitamin or mineral imbalance), genetic mutations, diseases or parasitic infestations. Some dogs, cats, rats and guinea pigs were even bred to be hairless by humans.

Luckily, the animals and birds from our list below don’t seem to mind their hair, fur or feather loss. What do you think – are they still just as cute without their fur or feathers?

Rabbit

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This cute bunny was born in 2009 and he instantly became an Internet sensation for being bald. Fortunately, after three months he grew his first coat and turned out to be as normal as his fluffy siblings. (Source: teddytassen.se)

Bear

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Dolores the bear is among other female bears that were affected by sudden hair loss at a zoo in Leipzig, Germany. Some experts believe this was caused by a genetic defect, though the animals do not seem to be suffering from any other afflictions. (Source: Daily Mail)

Hedgehog

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Meet Betty, the cute bald hedgehog-ette from Foxy Lodge rescue center, UK. She is a healthy and absolutely fine critter apart from being bald, the cause of which is unknown. (Source: greatyarmouthmercury.co.uk)

Parrot

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Oscar was a 35-year-old Moluccan cockatoo female that suffered from a condition affecting birds – Beak and Feather Disease. She would pluck her own feathers because they would irritate her so much. (Source: Daily Mail)

Raccoon

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These mammals sometimes might develop a parasitic infestation (mange or fungal infection) that cause their hair to fall out. This is quite a common phenomenon in wildlife. (Image credits: broccoli)

Squirrel

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Bald squirrels are not that uncommon; their hair loss is usually related to an illness caused by mites. (Source: Daily Mail)

Guinea Pig

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Image credits: Alina Gerika

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The Skinny Pig is a hairless breed of guinea pig. Judging by their pink skin, there’s no need to explain why guinea pigs are called “pigs.”
(Image credits: margaretshairlesspigs.webs.com)

Penguin

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This bald baby penguin was born without feathers and was rejected by his parents at an aquarium in China’s Liaoning Province. Workers at the aquarium decided that the baby penguin’s lack of feathers and weak condition was due to difficulties digesting food and absorbing nutrition. Thanks to his keepers, the bird managed to grow a feathery coat and was successfully re-introduced to its family. (Source: Daily Mail)

Rat

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Image credits: CSBeck

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Image credits: Maxim Loskutov

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Hairless rats are produced by breeding different combinations of genes. On the other hand, hairless lab rats provide researchers with valuable data on compromised immune systems and genetic kidney diseases. (Image credits: CSBeck)

Chimpanzee

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Chimpanzees, like other monkeys, apes and humans, sometimes suffer from alopecia – an illness that can make them lose hair from all over the body. These poor creatures attract many visitors to zoos. (Image credits: RedEyedRex)

Dog

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These are Peruvian hairless dogs. Machu Picchu (the 4-months-old pup in the picture above) was offered to as a pet to U.S. President Barack Obama. He promised his daughters a new pet for the White House, but the dog had to be hypoallergenic because one of them is allergic to most dog breeds. Peruvian hairless dogs are said to be perfect for sensitive people due to their lack of hair. (Image credits: Karel Navarro)

Wombat

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Meet Karmann – an orphaned baby wombat from Australia. Wombats are supposed to stay in their mother’s pouch until they are seven months old. However, poor Karmann was rescued from the pouch of her dying mother at 3 months old, so she is hairless.  She is being cared for at a wildlife shelter in Melbourne. (Source: Daily Mail)

Baboon

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The bald baboon female was spotted in Zimbabwe’s countryside. The animal might have lost its hair due to alopecia. However, this hairless baboon was spotted in the wild, so the cause of its baldness is unknown. (Source: Daily Mail)

Kangaroo

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This tiny creature is Sabrina, a female kangaroo who was abandoned by her mother at the Serengeti-Park in Germany. These animals do not develop hair until they emerge from the mother’s pouch. The hairless Sabrina always had to be carried close to a warm body or wrapped up in a blanket to keep her warm. (Source: Daily Mail)

Hamster

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Hairless Syrian hamsters lack fur due to a genetic disorder. Hairless hamster pups are only born to parents with the hairless gene, so they aren’t supposed to breed. (Image credits: The Thicket Rabbitry)

These 15 Animals Without Hair Are Barely Recognizable originally appeared on Bored Panda on June 13, 2014.

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This Drop Of Water On Your Plate Is Actually A Tasty Cake

June 13th, 2014 by Julija | No Comments | Filed in Design

Japanese cuisine never ceases to amaze, and this cake is no exception. Although it looks like a giant drop of water, it is actually a form of rise cake, or Shingen Moshi. This cake is called Mizu because it has a water base. The water comes from the Japanese Alps and the cake has a very delicate texture.

The cake is made with agar, a common analog to gelatin in Asian cuisine, which makes the cake melt in your mouth. It looks like it might pop if you poke it with a needle, but it can actually be eaten with a spoon!  You better be quick eating it, however, because it melts away like ice and dissolves into sweet water after 30 minutes.

(Via: Sploid)

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This Drop Of Water On Your Plate Is Actually A Tasty Cake originally appeared on Bored Panda on June 13, 2014.

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This Drop Of Water On Your Plate Is Actually A Tasty Cake

June 13th, 2014 by Julija | No Comments | Filed in Design

Japanese cuisine never ceases to amaze, and this cake is no exception. Although it looks like a giant drop of water, it is actually a form of rise cake, or Shingen Moshi. This cake is called Mizu because it has a water base. The water comes from the Japanese Alps and the cake has a very delicate texture.

The cake is made with agar, a common analog to gelatin in Asian cuisine, which makes the cake melt in your mouth. It looks like it might pop if you poke it with a needle, but it can actually be eaten with a spoon!  You better be quick eating it, however, because it melts away like ice and dissolves into sweet water after 30 minutes.

(Via: Sploid)

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This Drop Of Water On Your Plate Is Actually A Tasty Cake originally appeared on Bored Panda on June 13, 2014.

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Photoshop Wizard Turns His Wildest Dreams Into Crazy Photo Manipulations

June 11th, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Tons of photographers use Photoshop to insert new elements into their photographs, but not all of them can create the crazy and mind-bending images that Buenos Aires-based art director and digital artist Martin De Pasquale does.

De Pasquale creates wild new impossible realities by combining multiple images or by creating new effects on Photoshop. Some of his images are simply silly, while others offer morbid commentary on the impermanence and weakness of his own body.

His images may seem like magic, but he does indeed reveal his secrets – in his behind-the-scenes video, he shows us how he used Photoshop to create one of these images.

More info: Behance | Pinterest | Facebook (h/t: illusion)

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Photoshop Wizard Turns His Wildest Dreams Into Crazy Photo Manipulations originally appeared on Bored Panda on June 11, 2014.

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Man Lives In A Boeing 727 In The Middle Of The Woods

June 9th, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Bruce Campbell is an inventive engineer who bought a retired Boeing 727 aircraft fuselage and upcycled it into an unusual and innovative home. The huge 3-engine commercial airliner is propped up on concrete pillars in a suburban wooded area outside of Portland, Oregon, and has its own driveway.

The aircraft features a makeshift shower, but he is still working to install a working lavatory and to restore some of the plane’s original interior elements, like seating and lights. Campbell lives in this plane 6 months every year, and spends the other part of the year in Japan, where he is also looking to buy and similarly re-use a retired Boeing 747 fuselage. The 10 acres where he’s building his Oregon home cost $23,000 when he bought them in his 20s, and the plane set him back $220,000.

Source: airplanehome.com (h/t: huffpost)

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Retirement into an aerospace class castle should be every jetliner’s constructive fate. They should never be mindlessly scrapped” – said Bruce Campbell, the aircraft’s owner (and resident).

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Shredding a beautiful and scintillating jetliner is a tragedy in waste, and a profound failure of human imagination

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Jetliners are masterful works of aerospace science, and their superlative engineering grace is unmatched by any other structures people can live within

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They’re incredibly strong, durable, and long lived. And they easily withstand any earthquake or storm. Their interior is easy to keep immaculately clean because they are sealed pressure canisters

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You need to acquire two things: An airliner, and suitable land to host it

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Then you need to transport your airliner to your land. That’s the most daunting challenge

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Image credits: Airplane Home

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Man Lives In A Boeing 727 In The Middle Of The Woods originally appeared on Bored Panda on June 9, 2014.

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World’s Most Impressive Selfie Taken On The 98-foot (38-metre) Tall Christ The Redeemer Statue In Rio

June 3rd, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

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British travel company boss Lee Thompson has made a name for himself in the online fight to take the most awesome selfie by taking one from the top of the iconic Cristo Redentor (Christ The Redeemer) statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As a tourism company boss, he was able to secure special permission form the Brazilian tourism board to climb the monument through the access steps on the inside and take a look from atop the head of the statue, which is where he snapped his gut-wrenching selfies. This iconic Brazilian statue frequently needs repairs due to frequent lightning strikes and rain/wind erosion, and the steep and dangerous steps inside let workers access the top. (via)

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World’s Most Impressive Selfie Taken On The 98-foot (38-metre) Tall Christ The Redeemer Statue In Rio originally appeared on Bored Panda on June 3, 2014.

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17 Flowers That Look Like Something Else

May 30th, 2014 by Skirmant? | No Comments | Filed in Design

The flower, as a reproductive organ, evolved with one primary purpose in mind – to attract pollinators like insects or birds. This function has driven their astounding evolutionary explosion of distinct colors and shapes, some of which have even come to resemble various recognizable figures, plants or animals.

The colors of these flamboyant orchids attract insects and birds, signaling that these flowers are full of tasty nectar. Their shapes, on the other hand, often evolve to attract or accommodate specific pollinators while dissuading parasites or other, less desirable pollinators. Some flowers are more welcoming to bees, while others are perfect for hummingbirds or different insects.

Their stunning colors and biodiversity have attracted another type of creature as well – us. Orchid lovers value flowers like these for their resemblance to other recognizable objects which, while coincidental, is still definitely entertaining!

Monkey Face Orchid (Dracula Simia)

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Source: tree-nation.com

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Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)

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Image credits: José Roberto Rodrigues Araújo

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Source: thefeaturedcreature.com

Naked Man Orchid (Orchis Italica)

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Image credits: Ana Retamero

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Hooker’s Lips (Psychotria Elata)

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Dancing Girls (Impatiens Bequaertii)

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Laughing Bumble Bee Orchid (Ophrys bomybliflora)

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Swaddled Babies (Anguloa Uniflora)

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Parrot Flower (Impatiens Psittacina)

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Source: jittinflowers.blogspot.com

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Image credits: Bruce Kekule

Snap Dragon Seed Pod (Antirrhinum)

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Flying Duck Orchid (Caleana Major)

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Image credits: Michael Prideaux

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Orchid That Looks Like A Tiger

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Happy Alien (Calceolaria Uniflora)

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Angel Orchid (Habenaria Grandifloriformis)

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Source: gardenofeaden.blogspot.com

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Dove Orchid Or Holy Ghost Orchid (Peristeria Elata)

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Image credits: Saji Antony

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Orchid That Looks Like A Ballerina

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Image credits: Tere Montero

White Egret Orchid (Habenaria Radiata)

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Image credits: Rachel Scott-Renouf

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Darth Vader (Aristolochia Salvadorensis)

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Source: hortus.leidenuniv.nl

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Source: mondocarnivoro.it

P.S. We always try our best to credit each and every photographer, but sometimes it’s impossible to track some of them. Please contact us if you know the missing authors.

17 Flowers That Look Like Something Else originally appeared on Bored Panda on May 30, 2014.

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Your Favorite Childhood Cartoon Characters Reimagined As Criminals And Demons

May 19th, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Dan LuVisi, a digital concept artist based in Los Angeles, has created a twisted and evil series of images that have the potential to ruin some of your fondest childhood memories. This artist has taken aim with his dark and gritty pen at some of our favorite childhood pop culture characters in his “Popped Culture” series, turning them into hellish demons or unsavory elements of the criminal underworld.

I was inspired by my childhood nostalgia, growing up on Disney and Nickelodeon cartoons,” said LuVisi to Huffpost. “But what my intentions were to do, was combine that love with the dark underbelly of Hollywood and how it corrupts some of its many actors and actresses.” For some of the images, he has also created elaborate and entertaining back-stories, which you can read on his blog.

I know, the characters I am painting are gross, scary and dark. But I am not a crazy person,” LuVisi writes on his blog in defense of his work. “I have two lovely cats (okay, may be semi-crazy), and I like to think I’m an okay guy.

The prints are being created in preparation for a book that he will release in collaboration with his friend Alex Konstad that will be called Popped Culture. He also has prints for sale.

There seems to be quite some interest among modern artists to re-visit, explore and modify their favorite characters from their childhood. Bearded Disney princesses and race-remixed Disney princesses are just a few of the curiosities that can be found online, while the people at Coloring Book Corruptions also make a habit of destroying people’s childhood memories.

Source: Danluvisiart.com | Blogspot | Facebook | Deviantart | Inprnt (via: huffpost)

Homer Simpson

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Mickey Mouse

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Donald Duck

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Goofy

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Tigger

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Ernie and Bert

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Kermit

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Eve

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Lenny and Carl

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Finn and Jake

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Mike Wazowski

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Otto

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Cookie Monster

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Your Favorite Childhood Cartoon Characters Reimagined As Criminals And Demons originally appeared on Bored Panda on May 19, 2014.

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1.5 Million Balloons Unleashed Total Chaos On Cleveland In 1986

April 24th, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

In 1986, Cleveland proved once and for all that balloons, held by most of us to be a symbol of festivities and celebration, can also serve as surreal and terrifying proof that there can be too much of a good thing.

It all started with the superficially awesome but fundamentally disastrous goal of setting the world record for simultaneously-released helium balloons. Photographer Thom Sheridan captured images of this beautiful but eventually catastrophic event. This feat, which involved filling 1.5 million latex balloons with helium and capturing them under a massive net, was dubbed Balloonfest ’86. It was organized by United Way as a sort of charity event, but the unexpectedly chaotic event wound up causing more in damages than it raised.

To read more about the chaos that ensued, read on below the images!

Source: cleveland.com | Flickr (via: gizmodo)

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For one, there were storms forecast later in the day, so the event’s organizers wound up releasing the balloons early. When the rain did come, it wet the balloons and caused them to descend without popping.

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They ended up covering the surface of Lake Erie and hampering the Coast Guard’s search efforts for two men who had been lost on the lake after their boat capsized. They were later found dead. The floating balloons made finding the head of someone fighting to stay above water impossible.

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They also spooked several expensive racehorses, which caused them to injure themselves and prompted their owner to successfully sue for damages.

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And while latex balloons are biodegradable, they managed to cause a great nuisance throughout the region until they eventually degraded.

1.5 Million Balloons Unleashed Total Chaos On Cleveland In 1986 originally appeared on Bored Panda on April 24, 2014.

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80-Year-Old Man Hasn’t Watered This Sealed Bottle Garden Since 1972 And It’s Still Alive

April 7th, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

In a beautiful example of a closed but functional ecosystem, David Latimer has grown a garden sealed inside of a giant glass bottle that he has only opened once since he started it almost 54 years ago.

Latimer planted the garden on Easter Sunday in 1960. He placed some compost and a quarter pint of water into a 10-gallon glass carboy and inserted a spiderwort sprout using wires. In 1972, he opened the garden again to add a bit of water. With that one exception, the garden has remained totally sealed – all it needs is plenty of sunlight!

It might seem strange to some that a totally sealed garden would thrive like this, but it’s not – the garden is a perfectly self-sufficient ecosystem. The bacteria in the compost break down the dead plants and break down the oxygen given off by the plants, turning it into the carbon dioxide that the plants need to survive. The bottle is an excellent micro version of the earth as a whole.

(via: dailymail)

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Here’s  a how-to video for making your own terrarium:

80-Year-Old Man Hasn’t Watered This Sealed Bottle Garden Since 1972 And It’s Still Alive originally appeared on Bored Panda on April 7, 2014.

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