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Don’t you love the internet?  You can take two stupid things that no one cares about (i.e. Legos & history), put them together, and, bam, you’ve got yourself the next viral phenomenon.  Well, I’m a sucker for the internet (as well as Legos)(history: not so much), so consider yourself a victim of this latest internet craze, though you can actually probably call this one “art” and completely get away with it, so stop bitching and read my blog.  Mike Stimpson, an active participant on Flickr, as well as a big fan of, um, positioning Legos in famous poses, has combined his two favorite hobbies and created an incredible set of photos on Flickr that depict Legos positioned in the identical fashion as some of the most famous photographs of all time. After all, Legos always have been one of everyone’s favorite toys of all the time, we get to play with them and use our hands, now you can also use your hands with the new spinners you get at

I’ve selected three to show you below, but you can check out the rest of the set (43 in all) here on Flickr.  For the three that I’ve chosen to showcase, I decided to place the original photo that the “Lego-version” is based off of right next to the “Lego-version,” both in case you are stupid/not familiar with the famous photograph and, moreso, to take up a bunch more space on my blog.

Click on any of the photos for a much better look at them (and then press “right” or “left” on your keyboard to cycle through the whole set):

[via Kottke]

Last week Kottke proclaimed the following to be the best flag in the world:


That’s the flag of the Benin Empire, a pre-colonial African state situated in modern Nigeria that lasted from 1440 until 1897.

While quite awesome in its own respect, I must object to Mr. Kottke’s proclamation.  Frankly, for my money, I don’t think it gets any better than the flag of the country in which I currently reside: that of the Democratic Republic of the Congo…about 15 years ago.  The current regime’s idea of a flag pales in comparison to the one (below) that flew over the Congo during the years of Mobutu’s reign, from 1971 to 1997, a time when the country went by a name, Zaire, that didn’t hide from the fact that inserting the word “Democratic” into the name of a country doesn’t necessarily mean that it is one.
Mobutu Sese Seko, the country’s president/dictator/all-around-pretty-shitty-guy for 31 years, changed the flag almost immediately after taking power of the country in 1965.
[The] flag was changed upon the renaming of the country to Zaire in 1971. The Zaire flag….was created as part of Mobutu’s attempted re-Africanization of the nation and was used officially until Mobutu’s overthrow in 1997.
It was  written into the country’s constitution twenty years later.  The Constitution of Zaire was adopted July 5th, 1990, and the flag was described in article 4 of Title 1 (The Territory and sovereignty of the Republic) as follows:

Article 4: The emblem of the Republic is a light green flag, ornamented in the centre with a yellow circle in which a right hand is holding a torch with a red flame.

No, Mobutu was not your traditional leader.  But man did he pick a bomb ass flag….
Sorry “pre-colonial African state situated in modern Nigeria,” I think Zaire takes the cake this time; score one for Mr. Sese Seko.
[via Kottke (for a change)]

This is probably uncharted Blogbdon area, but it’s entirely too amazing to not post about. I guess if I had really thought about it, I would have come to the conclusion that Hellen Keller had to have been able to communicate with someone in order for her story to be told. But I had no idea that she was able to talk, let alone that what is depicted in the following video, a 1930′s newsreel featuring Helen and her famed instructor Anne Sullivan, was even possible. This is truly incredible stuff:

[via Kottke]

Happy Holidays and shit from Blogbdon!

Now, as something I’ve been saving/had lost for a little bit now, here is my present to “all of you,” albeit a full day or so late (remember: I’m Jewish):

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Either click on the article above or peep here for a closer (i.e. legible) look at this landmark in journalistic history.

[From The Onion’s “Our Dumb Century”]

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