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Artatomical: Matthias Grünewald’s Diseased Christ

The Isenheim Altarpiece of German Renissance painter Matthias Grünewald (1470 – 1528) is a powerful work of religious art. It’s also about as morbid and apocalyptic a vision of the Christian faith as you could ask for, thoroughly grounding our fleshly

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How Inventive: The Artificial Mommy Breast

How inventive! Here we see a 1963 photo of the next big thing infant sleep aids: the artificial breast with built-in heartbeat from the Japanese Majima company. As far as I can tell, this technology didn’t quite catch on. Amazon

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Monster of the Week: The Syphilitic Vampire

We’ve discussed humanoid sanguivores and Mexican vampire women before, but this week we turn our attention to Count Spirochete, the vampiric embodiment of syphilis. Just as the Russian sailing ship The Demeter delivered Dracula to the shores of England, so

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Art Spotlight: Irving Norman Film Coming Soon

If you’ve listened or read Stuff to Blow Your Mind before then you probably know I’m a huge fan of dark surrealist artist Irving Norman (1906–1989), so I’m very excited to learn that a full-length documentary titled “Truth Be Told:

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Retrofuturist Flashback: The Sleepcentre 2002

Let’s enjoy another slice of the future via the past, shall we? Here we see the Slumberland Sleepcentre 2002, the future of sleep as proposed back in 1978. According to the original caption, “He can ‘do anything’ just by moving

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Space Music: DJ Food’s ‘Future Shock’

Our two podcast episodes on Alvin Toffler’s “Future Shock” rank up there among my favorite episodes from the past year, so I was thrilled to wake up this morning and find DJ Food’s “Future Shock” mix on Solid Steel. The

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Top 10 Mindblowers: Hippos

Learn 10 mind-blowing facts about the hippopotamus… Read more ›

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Cosmic Canvas: Total Eclipse of the Sun

I’m continually fascinated by the power of eclipse to capture and stir the human imagination — especially when you imagine this celestial event reoccurring throughout the entire expanse of human history. Here we see the 1842 painting “The Total Eclipse

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Artatomical: ‘Marsyas’ By Anish Kapoor

In this edition of Artatomical, let us consider a piece from Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor (1954-). Kapoor’s work frequently entails large-scale public sculptures and architectural projects. He doesn’t often explore the human body, but his 2002 installation “Marsyas” takes an

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Monster of the Week: Santanico Pandemonium

Vampire women pose a special threat to the Mexican way of life, forcing the nation’s leading Luchadors to occasionally step in and aid eradication efforts. But even these masked heroes face a challenge against such unnaturally alluring females. We’ve discussed

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