This is Spinal Tap may not have invented the mockumentary genre, but it certainly popularized it. Released 30 years ago, Rob Reiner’s cult classic comedy—which starred Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer—turned the fictional heavy metal band of its title into bona fide musical superstars. It also called into question what the exact dimensions of an on-stage Stonehenge should be. Here are 15 things you might not know about the 1984 film.
Pittsburgh, PA-based graphic designer and writer Don Moyer likes to draw things that make him laugh. That’s why he’s been hard at work on a fantastic series of drawings based on traditional blue willow china plate patterns. The designs look authentic except for one extraordinary difference: the otherwise tranquil design on each plate includes some sort of unexpected calamity. It could be an alien invasion or natural disaster. It could be a sea monster or a swarm of bats. It could even be a giant zombie poodle, flying monkeys or robots. There are simply so many ways that disaster might strike.
Moyer calls this awesome ongoing series Calamityware. Two of his designs (the flying monkeys and the giant robot) have been produced as actual porcelain plates thanks to successfully funded Kickstarter projects.
Swiss artist Mathias Schmied uses a razor blade, careful hands and keen eyes to transform comic books into even more dynamic works of art. Superheroes and explosions alike breach the boundaries of their respective pages. He creates pieces using single pages and entire issues, the latter producing multi-layered scenes with a cinematic sense of perspective. Sometimes Mathias completely removes the characters, leaving their negative space to convey the drama taking place within each panel.
You know what’s awesome? The simultaneously thrilling and terrifying sight of the impossibly massive talons belonging to a mighty Harpy Eagle. This humbling photo was recently shared by Redditor louiebaur. To get an even better sense of just how big these talons are, click here for a comparison image.
And remember, it’s not just the length and sharpness of those talons that are fearsome, the strength of the eagle’s grip is enough to break arm bones or crush a hand. So yes, that’s a lot of avian awesomeness in one photo. Let’s hope that whoever is touching those talons with their fragile human fingers is awfully good friends with that particular eagle.