Dream of Venus: Inside Salvador Dalí‘s spectacular & perverse Surrealist funhouse from 1939 [via NIna Reznick]

The fabled entrance to the “Dream of Venus” pavilion created by Salvador Dalí for the World’s Fair in 1939.


Salvador Dalí was asked to create a pavilion for the World’s Fair to be held in Summer of 1939 in Flushing Meadow, Queens, NY. Given a canvas this big, as you might imagine, Dalí‘s concept for what was called “Dream of Venus” was just as over-the-top as the wildly eccentric Surrealist himself. In a letter written to his friend, Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel, Dalí reported that the pavilion would include “genuine explosive giraffes.” That never happened during the eight weeks it took to set up and construct what has been referred to as Dalí‘s “funhouse.”

The creation of the pavilion was the idea of noted architect, artist, and art collector, Ian Woodner. Woodner approached New York art dealer Julien Levy and together they quickly decided to give the gig to Dalí. As you entered the pavilion you had to pass between twin pillars that were fashioned in the image of female legs that were protruding from a skirt that had been pulled up above the knees. In various windows at the entrance, Dali placed a sculpture of a nude torso of a woman with another naked body of a woman in a window above who had a mermaid-like tail. There was also a large-scale image of Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus.” Dalí had intended to remove the head of the goddess and replace it with a fish head. This was one of many conceptual ideas the artist had intended to incorporate into the pavilion that was soundly rejected by the Fair’s organizers and sponsors. Dalí was so incensed by the Fair’s requests for alterations to his fever-dream funhouse that he wrote a pamphlet called “Declaration of the Independence of the Imagination and the Rights of Man to His Own Madness.” The pamphlet condemned the Fair’s censorship of his work and with the help of a pilot and an airplane, he had copies of it dropped from the sky all over New York City.

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What a wonderful find!


Centuries Ago, a Cat Walked Across This Medieval Manuscript

While pawing through a stack of medieval manuscripts from Dubrovnik, Croatia, a student stumbled upon a familiar set of splotches marring the book’s page.

Fascinating talk about the early days of the iPhone

In his first public interview since leaving Apple in 2012, former head of iOS development Scott Forstall provided commentary on his background, the first iPhone and his relationship with company cofounder Steve Jobs.


Speaking with John Markoff, formerly of the New York Times, Forstall offered a timeline of events leading up to his contribution to "Project Purple," the secret internal initiative that ultimately resulted in the first iPhone.

Apple began "Project Purple" because Steve Jobs hated Microsoft exec, says Scott Forstall.


New York Times reporter John Markoff interviewed some of the original engineers who work on the first iPhone that was unveiled in January 2007. Hugo Fiennes, Nitin Ganatra, and Scott Herz all talked about their own experience working on this incredible project. Fast forward to: (1:06:56)


Every Day This Dog Rides The Bus All By Herself To Go To The Park

Meet Seattle’s celebrity dog, Eclipse, who takes a bus to a nearby park all by herself. “All the bus drivers know her. She sits here just like a person does,” fellow rider Tiona Rainwater told KOMO. “She makes everybody happy. How could you not love this face?”

It all started when the black Labrador and Mastiff mix was at a bus stop with her owner Jeff Young. Her human was taking too long to finish his cigarette. So, when the bus arrived, the pooch just got on it by herself and got off at the park. Since that day, the owner knows he can always catch up with her later in the park. The guy realized this smart girl can ride those 3-4 stops on the D line on her own and always knows where to get off.

Although some officers say that Eclipse should ideally be on a leash, King County allows dogs on public transport at the discretion of a driver. So, as this pooch causes no harm but only makes passengers smile, the drivers are always more than happy to give this four-legged miss a lift.

What about the doggie herself? Well, she seems to be proud of herself. Besides, her Facebook profile says: “I love my big city life and enjoy taking the D line daily to the Belltown dog park.” What a smart doggie!

More info: Facebook (h/t)

If you ride a D line bus in Seattle, you can meet this unexpected furry passenger named Eclipse…

Image credits: Sunday Post

“All the bus drivers know her. She sits here just like a person does”

Image credits: King County Dept. of Transportation

The doggie rides the bus all by herself, has a bus pass attached to her collar, and gets off at her favorite park

Image credits: Lindsay Cohen

It all started when the black Labrador and Mastiff mix was at a bus stop with her owner Jeff Young

Image credits: KOMO news

Her human was taking too long to finish his cigarette, so when the bus arrived…

Image credits: King County Dept. of Transportation

The canine just got on it by herself and got off at the park

Image credits: King County Dept. of Transportation

That’s when the owner realized this smart girl can ride those 3-4 stops on the D line on her own

Image credits: KOMO news

King County allows dogs on public transport at the discretion of a driver, and Eclipse makes people smile

Image credits: KOMO news

Therefore, the drivers are always glad to give this four-legged miss a lift

Image credits: KOMO news

“She makes everybody happy. How could you not love this face?”

Image credits: KOMO news

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Crowd cheers as dog interrupts classical music performance

A dog with a penchant for classical music casually sauntered on stage during an outdoor orchestra performance in Turkey — to the delight of audience members.

In the clip, posted to Twitter by Pianist Fazil Say, the pup struts past several musicians playing in the Vienna Chamber Orchestra in Ephesus on June 20.

It then plops down next to the concertmaster during the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony — prompting cheers from the crowd.




Conductor Ola Rudner keeps his cool and continues the performance.

The music apparently had a calming effect on the dog, who yawns just as the clip cuts out.

“Cutest moment in classical music,” Say wrote.

It wasn’t clear whether the dog was a stray or someone’s pet.


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