Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Town Where Everyone Wears A Gas Mask

"Scenes from Miyakejima can look downright post-apocalyptic. Each resident on the tiny Japanese island is required to carry a gas mask, just in case they need to quickly pull it on. But why?

Miyakejima, which lies 180 km south of Tokyo, is home to Mount Oyama, an extremely active volcano. In June 2000, Mount Oyama began a series of eruptions that released so much toxic gas into the air that the entire island had to be evacuated and was closed to human habitation for more than four years. In 2005, roughly 2,800 residents chose to repopulate the island, taking back the island's abandoned buildings. But even when Mount Oyama isn't mid-eruption, it continues to spew sulfuric gas. All residents and visitors are required to carry gas masks, and an air raid alarm goes off when the sulfur levels get unhealthily high. A third of the island is still off-limits to human travelers, and the government mandates health checks of all residents.

But all that poisoned air does have its perks. Gas mask tourism is a huge draw for people who want to pretend they're living in the post-apocalypse.


Thursday, January 26, 2012

the simple beauty of brilliance

Watch the first kiss in the history of cinema, filmed by Thomas Edison.

"In 1896, the famed inventor, futurist, and elephant electrocution archivist made history yet again by recording the first kiss in cinema history. This clip, which featured a mustachioed fellow leering over Canadian actress Mae Irwin, was considered scandalous at the time, but Edison was no stranger to courting controversy. This was the man who pioneered cat boxing, after all."


And now - the original Godzilla

Don't you just LOVE this?


Monday, January 23, 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Fat Man

Death by Fat Man - 75 000 people. It's still unfathomable.


Sunday, January 1, 2012