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November 12, 2014

Bizarre Haircuts made to look like Horns

Apparently haircuts that make your hair look like horns is a growing trend. Very bizarre, that is for certain.

October 30, 2014

September 1, 2014

Bizarre Vegan Foods caught on Camera

Ever noticed how some vegan foods look very strange? Well for fun I have created the following list of photographs of various vegan dishes and given the scoop on why they look so weird.

#1. Caramelized Seitan

If you are looking at the photo on the right and thinking that looks like meat, then I agree - it does LOOK like meat. But I swear to you that it is not.

It is actually Caramelized Seitan with Broccoli. The recipe for Caramelized Seitan is below. I am including the recipe just so you believe me when I say that it really is not meat and is seitan instead.

Garlicky Caramelized Seitan
Source: Veg News Magazine

2 tablespoons vegan margarine (Earth Balance)
1 teaspoon Olive Oil
¼ cup brown sugar
1 clove garlic (thinly sliced)
½ teaspoon chopped ginger
1 cup seitan, ¼ inch diced
1 cup chopped broccoli
Garnish: chopped scallions and sesame seeds

In a medium pan over medium heat, heat margarine and olive oil. Once hot, mix in brown sugar. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, then add garlic, ginger, and seitan, carefully coating with the hot sugar mixture. Cook seitan on each side, mixing and flipping often to prevent burning for 8-10 minutes.

Once the seitan is crisp and caramelized, toss in broccoli to steam. Add salt; remove from heat after 1 minute, and plate, topping with scallions and sesame seeds.

#2. Tofurky

Honestly, Tofurky isn't just weird to look at, it is also just a weird word to say out loud. Tofurky. Yes, it looks strange - like spam in a way - but the name "Tofurky" just makes it seem silly somehow. Ranks up there with silly words like "gazebo" or "antipope" or "blunderbuss" or "shenanigans".

#3. Fiddleheads

Honestly, Fiddleheads is another one of those words that are weird to say out loud. But in this case they actually look weirder than the word. They look like green worms... I have a hunch this is why so few people eat Fiddleheads. The concept of eating something that looks like worms messes with your head, even if you are not a vegan.

#4. Bizarrely Shaped Fruits, Vegetables and Berries

Sometimes plants just grow into into funny shapes. Like the butterfly shaped strawberry below. It still looks delicious however. And other times certain fruits just look completely alien to us - like the "African Cucumber" further below or the "Buddha's Hand" below that.

#5. Rawlicious Supercookies

According to raw vegan restaurant Rawlicious, their supercookies are made from "13 ingredients" including "Almonds, walnuts, coconut, goji berries, cacao nibs, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, bananas, currants, cinnamon, vanilla and a dash of agave." So they end up looking like a fight between a cookie and 12-grain bread, and the bread apparently lost the fight. So they look strange, but they oddly enough also look quite tasty. Plus cinnamon AND vanilla in the same cookie??? I gotta try one of those!

July 28, 2014

An Essay on Irish Swearing

I had intended to write a post called "5 Photo Essays worth Reading"

And the post was going to start with the following line:

"Below are 5 examples of photo essays that are worth reading. They don't take much time to "read", but they get their point across. :)"

At least that was what I was intending to write in this post.

And then I discovered, photo essays are hard to find - even using Google. So instead below is an essay on the topic of Irish Swearing instead.

Why? Because I looked at how difficult it was to find photo essays, then I swore like an Irishman, then I came up with the brilliant solution of posting this example of essay writing instead. If you do have a photo essay that could go on PHOTOBOT, then send it to me and I shall post it.

March 1, 2014

Hearing Aids as Art

Behold, an interesting collection of photographs showing that hearing aids can also be art - or the subject of art.

Hearing aids, as a piece of technology, have dramatically improved in the past 20 years to become works of art and also fashionable - 4 of the images below I got from a blog post about fashionable hearing aids. The rest of the images I gleaned from Google Images search results, advertisements and other sources.

Since their invention hearing aids have gone through a remarkable transformation - especially in 1898 when the first electric hearing aid was invented by Miller Reese Hutchison. The invention was a huge change for hearing impaired people, dramatically improving their ability to listen and communicate.

Over 9% of adults in North America suffer from hearing loss at some point in their life times, with the percentage going up dramatically if they are in high risk noisy occupations and not wearing adequate hearing protection. Thus hearing aids have helped a huge portion of the population.

But hearing aids for many years have been rather ugly. It is only in recent years that manufacturers of hearing aids have realized that by making more fashionable hearing aids, by making them beautiful - by making them ART - that they can bring in more sales and make more money.

In comes advertising - the realm of photographers and graphic designers. They can take an iPhone, jazz it up with photography and photo shop and make it a work of art. So why not do the same thing with hearing aids?

Hearing clinics, like the Omni Hearing Clinic in Vaughan, and other hearing clinics all over the world are stocking hearing aids that have great technology in them, they're waterproof, stain resistant, shock proof - and best of all, beautiful.

Like jewelry they can break over time (gold chains snap surprisingly easily), but due to higher standards in the hearing aids industry breakage is comparatively rare because hearing aids are built using stainless steel, industrial plastics, carbon fibre and similar durable materials.

The good news is that stainless steel and carbon fibre are very easy to make them look beautiful - which makes the jobs of photographers in the advertising industry even easier.

February 25, 2014

Cute Tiny Homes

Written by: Tamyka Bullen 

I have looked through pictures of small cute homes which are perfect for single people. Small houses give single people less headaches because they only can spend an hour to clean their homes. Build a small house is a better idea than purchasing a house because you have various options what you want to include in your new home. There are a lot of freedom to design the inside and outside of your home. I looked through different kind of small homes. I haven't decided what kind of home I want to live in.

I am not sure if I want this house since it looks big for a single person to live in unless if you wants to add extra room. Maybe the extra room is a mini library so you get a nice view at the forests, drink tea and read your favourite book. 

 I am not so sure about this tiny house because I wonder if he has the washroom and kitchen in his house? I can't imagine to go out to cook or pee or poop in the frigid temperature. Nah...not for me. HAHAHAHA 

 I started to think if it is good for single retired people to live in tiny houses but too cold to go out for cooking or number two toilet! 

 I think I like this size of the house and the white fence but I do not like the exteriority. I think it is plain and boring. Need to put more colours. Oh well...

 Hahaha. What a house is it! I love the tall window with the Arabic-style roof. Really kewl! Unfortunately, it does not go with the Victorian design that well. This house is too weird and not my type. 

 I like the idea to have the house in the middle of many trees. I love the garden. So beautiful. However, I think the design of the house is so boring. Green and white together...gross!!! 

Finally!!! I LOVE THIS HOUSE! Why?
1. Right size
2. Colours matched
3. Design is so beautiful and unique

What is your dream home?


February 4, 2014

Fantastical World

Posted by Tamyka

I love fantastical pictures because of many unique plants that are are not seen on the earth. I wonder if they do exist on other planets than we think? I wish they exist. Today, I have talked to a Deaf artist who lives on Toronto Island all her life. She lives in the surrounding of the nature. I am envious of her but in the future, I will have an Eco-friendly house with a nice backyard full of different plants and flowers. I truly believe that all creatures need to live in cooperation with the nature.

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