Posts tagged with "My Modern Met"

This husband-calling contest is real and it’s as hilarious as you would think

January 23, 2023


If you’ve ever had trouble getting your husband’s attention, you might want to take some tips from participants in the Iowa State Fair‘s husband-calling contest. And, if you aren’t sure what husband-calling is, just take a look at the viral video that’s amassed over 17 million views on TikTok.


This clip from the Iowa State Fair shows contestants hollering for “Bob,” “Keith,” “Darryl,” and more fellas. And judging by their performances, you won’t want to mess with these women, reports My Modern Met.


  While the video is from a 2017 PBS Iowa broadcast, it gained new attention once it was posted by @_rhinestonecowboy on TikTok. The hilarious video shows a wide range of techniques, from operatic pleading to a good old-fashioned shout. 


Bonnie Swalell Eilert took home top prize in that year’s contest with a dressing down of her husband, Roy. Starting with a high-pitched shriek of his name, she made sure he knew that he better not be late. Her performance was convincing enough to make her the winner and to make anyone watching the video get moving just a bit quicker.


In a follow-up, @_rhinestonecowboy posted a clip from the 2021 competition. Swalell Eilert was among the contestants, telling Roy to “get yourself in here.” As always, the approaches to the calls were all different but equally amusing. Winner Camellia Pohl made an impression by trilling her r’s while lovingly calling out “Randy,” and telling him that dinner was ready.


So what does one win for being an expert husband caller? While everyone who participates gets a ribbon, only the lucky winner gets the prized blue ribbon and $5.


Husband calling isn’t the only unique contest that people can sign up for at the Iowa State Fair. The fair, held annually in August since 1854, features other events—including mom calling, chicken calling, cow chip throwing, and yodeling.


This year’s fair will be held from August 10 through August 20 in Des Moines.


Research contact: @mymodernmet

AI portraits reveal how young celebrities might look as they age

January 11, 2023

Most, if not all, people are curious about how they’ll look as they age. Although there’s no way to tell what the future holds, artificial intelligence (AI) could offer some clue, reports My Modern Met.

With the help of this technology, photographer and lawyer Alper Yesiltas is imagining what young celebrities will look like a few decades from now. In his series Young Age(d), Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber, and more have aged forward many years to reveal gray hair and forehead wrinkles.

Yesiltas uses several applications, including AI photo enhancer Remini, to create his compelling generated portraiture. He first focuses on forming a face that’s “persuasive.” This is the hardest part of the process, as Yesiltas must strike a delicate balance between preserving a famous person’s current likeness while also including signifiers of their advanced age. But, he must be subtle about it; otherwise, we might not believe the change or recognize the individual. In Young Age(d), he’s achieved it—and left us wondering about other famous folks not included in the series.

If you’d like to see more impressive AI from Yesiltas, check out his project As If Nothing Happened. It features celebrity portraits of people who unexpectedly died—including Princess Diana, Janis Joplin, John Lennon, Elvis Presley, and Tupac Shakur—and imagines what they would have looked like, had they still been alive. They are not necessarily flattering, but they are fascinating for sure.

Research contact: @mymodernmet

‘Pissed-Off Cats Calendar’ delivers a year of sassy felines for 2023

December 23, 2022

Part of the joys of owning a cat is knowing that he or she is silently judging you 24/7 on the basis of even the most impromptu life decisions. Staring at you from across the room, many felines furrow their brows—indicating their deep disappointment with anything that does not directly benefit them. (“How could you go into the kitchen and not offer me a treat? Rude!”) This, of course, only makes us love them more; and now, there’s a calendar to celebrate your excessively finicky feline all year long, reports My Modern Met.

The Racoon Society has published its 2023 Pissed-Off Cats Calendar, with 12 kitties giving you a ton of sass each month.

The calendar features felines with peering eyes and over-it expression, accompanied by their inner monologues. In January, for instance, a kitty is nestled under a pile of cozy blankets and telling humans to “go find your own damn blankets.”

Seasonably appropriate, the photos and sentiments change as the calendar flips forward, but all are connected with the thread of seriously peevish cats who are sure to make you laugh the whole year.

The 2023 Pissed-Off Cats Calendar is wire coil-bound to make it easy to hang in your office, kitchen, or above your feline’s bed. Accompanying the amusing photography are 300+ fun official occasions, including National Pizza Day (February 9) and National Hug Your Cat Day (June 4).

Get your copy in The Racoon Society’s Etsy shop.

Research contact: @mymodernmet

Felines pose for portraits that are full of playful purrsonality

December 1, 2022

Cats are often seen as aloof, but if you spend any length of time with them you’ll know they are full of purrsonality. Self-proclaimed catographer Nils Jacobi offers a multifaceted look at felines through his growing portfolio of over 10,000 cat pictures. The images run the gamut from distinguished to silly and show all sides of fabulous felines, reports My Modern Met.


Some of the kitties have luxurious long fur (like Maine Coon cats), while others are shorthairs with a penchant for sticking out their tongues. “I love taking pictures of cats in action and funny portraits with unique facial expressions,” Jacobi tells My Modern Met.


His photos are polished and stylish, and he’s parlayed a love for felines into prolific commercial work for magazines and advertising in the pet industry.


Despite his love for cats and a large social media following, cats were not his first subjects when Jacobi started his photography career. He began taking pictures of people in 2011, but saw that his candid kitty photos got more buzz online and decided to focus his efforts there.


It’s a great deal for all involved; Jacobi prefers to work with animals over human models, and we get to enjoy his seemingly endless portfolio of cat content.


Research contact: @mymodernmet

Not just another pretty face: Enigmatic expressions emerge from vibrantly colored wooden ‘pixels’

November 28, 2022

Texas-based artist Gil Bruvel captures feelings of tranquility in his ongoing series of sculptures. Using colorful blocks of wood, he constructs large-scale portraits of calm expressions. As a result of this innovative technique, these faces possess a mesmerizing textural quality to them that mimics a pixelated aesthetic, reports My Modern Met.


Originally from Australia and the South of France, Bruvel has been practicing vipassanā meditation for over 40 years. The Mask Series is his way of depicting different emotional states associated with this routine—by way of expression, color, form, and pattern.


Aside from the distinct approach, these numerous faces share some similarities. All of these portraits feature human faces with eyes closed, for instance. Some may smile, but most possess just a gentle curve of the lips that reflects their contentment.


When viewed up close, these sculptural works look as though they could be made from metal or some other material. However, when Bruvel reveals the full 360 view, it is easier to make out the dozens of wooden blocks that are fused together to create a distinctly human face. While smaller and thinner planks are used in the center of the face, such as the nose and lips, thicker lumber is added to the perimeter of the face, almost creating a frame around the facial features.


To see more amazing sculptures by Bruvel, follow the artist on Instagram to keep up to date with his latest projects.


Research contact: @mymodernmet

Architects design building with apartments floating over water, like the bow of a ship

October 6, 2022

Large buildings can sometimes look like man-made mountains—concrete and steel structures taking us one step closer to the sky. Amsterdam‘s latest housing project, conceived by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Barcode Architects, is a spectacular example of this, called  Sluishuis, reports My Modern Met.

 MMM describes the new residential structure as “an incredible vision that is both rooted in place and yet floating in mid-air. The stunning structure’s sharp, geometric angles meet water, city, and sky. One corner rises as an echo of the bow of a ship, allowing the surrounding water to enter a surreal world inside.”

The building is so people-friendly and environmentally green that it stands apart as an example of a housing future for not only  IJburg—an urban development district in the eastern part of Amsterdam—but quite possibly the world.

Every angle of the building offers a different view: The apartments hang above the water, so you can sip your coffee and watc

Above, another view of Sluishuis. (Photo source: Ossip Van Duivenbode/BIG)

h sailboats drift dreamily by beneath you. “We have tried to design a building with a surprisingly changing perspective and a unique contemporary character, which reflects the identity of the future residents and all users of Sluishuis,” says Dirk Peters, a founding partner at Barcode Architects.

Peters notes, “Everywhere are species of local plants, climbing up the building from planters, and running across the roof. With this kind of attention to sustainability and thought for the planet, Sluishuis is a building that almost breathes.”

Indeed, Sluishuis encompasses a central courtyard, plenty of green areas, a common recreational and community space, an archipelago with floating gardens, and even a sailing school

With a zero energy performance coefficient (EPC), all 440 apartments are energy neutral, making the building one of the most eco-friendly ever created. With triple-glazing, excellent insulation, and heat recovery from the showers and ventilation systems, it offers a lifestyle that is free from environmental anxiety. The opening that rises from the water also invites boats to dock inside.

The energy for the building is provided by the sun—caught and converted into usable power by approximately 2,200 square meters (about 75,347 square feet) of solar panels.

Daylight is drawn into the building from all sides; and the height, layers, and levels create different vantage points. Wood and untreated aluminum allow the building to blend into the landscape, and reflect the changing moods of weather and water.

The building is inclusive, with accommodation for people of mixed incomes and within various stages of life. On offer are urban studios, duplex penthouses, and premium apartments with sunny terraces. All the homes are accessed from the central courtyard.

To see more incredible buildings and contemporary designs created by the teams behind this project, you can visit BIG’s and Barcode Architects’ respective websites.

Research contact: @mymodernmet

Adorable dog photobombs her pawrents’ wedding photo with the cutest smile

September 28, 2022

A wedding day lives on forever through photography. That’s why couples rely on a trusted photographer; they don’t want to leave anything up to chance.

Or maybe they should: In doing so, they might capture amazing shot—like the one that Calgary wedding photographer Sarah Pukin snapped of this Canadian couple and their beloved pup, reports My Modern Met.

As Callie and Travis Jones posed for a picture under their flower-lined arch, their dog Luna stood between them. To say Luna was happy her pawrents tied the knot is an understatement; she is literally grinning from ear to ear!

The entire wedding day was a busy one (as most are), but the laid-back couple chose a beautiful setting that was a dream for Pukin. “Their venue was a literal playground for me as a wedding photographer—there were so many unique spots to create and capture artistic angles with,” she shares with My Modern Met. “The whole day flowed in a laid-back nature with no set schedule for things just allowing everyone to mingle, enjoy, and celebrate!”

Things were made even better with the addition of Luna. “I am dog obsessed,” Pukin admits. “I think everyone who comes across my website or has met me knows this. So, Luna was a pleasure and a gem.” The pup did great through all of the family photos, and it wasn’t until Pukin was going through and selecting the final images that she saw Luna’s grin. “Her smile was perfect and she did a really good job posing for the photo!”

For every wedding day that Pukin documents, she strives to tell a couple’s story in an honest and organic way. Moments like Luna’s smile show that Pukin has done her job of helping to foster an environment in which people and pups are relaxed and happy.

And as for other dogs who want to follow in Luna’s footsteps? Pukin welcomes it. “Any dog that wants to photo bomb is welcome, too, in my books!”

Research contact: @mymodernmet

Italy will pay you over $15,000 to move to the island of Sardinia

September 16, 2022

Italy is a dream destination for many people. Between the stunning landscapes and the long history of art and culture, there is a lot to appreciate in this small European country. And while most people plan on only visiting, there are increasing opportunities to move to certain regions. Not only that, but the Italian government is even paying people to relocate, reports My Modern Met.

 One of the most recent initiatives is aiming to encourage workers and families to settle on the beautiful island of Sardinia, which is just off the west coast of Italy. Like many other parts of the country, Sardinia is suffering from a shrinking population and weak economy, so the government is using a total of about US$44 million to distribute to those willing to move to the idyllic island.

 Of course, this attractive offer comes with some requirements. In order to receive the maximum grant of €15,000 (about US$15,195), applicants must be willing to transfer to a rural municipality with fewer than 3,000 inhabitants and live there full-time—this is intended to deter wealthy buyers from taking advantage of the scheme to create luxury holiday houses.

 Furthermore, the money must be used to purchase and renovate a Sardinian home—and the recipients of the funds have to register their residency in Sardinia within 18 months of their arrival.

 The hope is that more workers will be enticed to move to Sardinia and bolster the economy by filling needed occupations and starting small businesses.

“Thanks to the contributions to their first houses,” says Sardinian President Christian Solinas, “this is strengthened and becomes fertile ground for those who will move there or decide to build a family. There can be no growth without a real enhancement of the territories, of the interior and most disadvantaged areas, which must pass through new policies for their repopulation.”

 Research contact: @mymodernmet

Self-taught senior builds jet engine go-kart and takes it for a wild ride

August 25, 2022

Inventor Robert “Rocketman” Maddox is full of vigor and wild energy, and he shares his infectious lust for life through his custom creations. Having grown up “watching rockets blast off to the Moon and Wile E. Coyote chasing the Roadrunner on his rocket/jet powered machines on TV,” his love of thrust-powered machines only increased with time. Now, he creates his own thrilling vehicles propelled by pulse-jet engines. They’re like mini rockets you can drive, reports My Modern Met.

Although Maddox is now in his 60s, he is still just as excited by rockets as he was when he was ten—and building “rocket powered balsa wood airplanes powered with Jetex rocket motors.” He’s been at it for years, but really decided to capture his inventions in motion and consistently upload footage to YouTube in the last four years.

 In a recent episode of his ongoing YouTube series, which he aptly calls “The Rocketman Show,” he introduced Beast—a custom go-kart with a pulse-jet engine. 

 In the video, we can see Maddox seated in Beast, ready to rip through an empty desert. Once he gets started, the pipes behind Maddox glow red, the darkening evening skies only emphasizing the searing crimson heat and the ground beneath him blurring as he accelerates above it.

  His glee at his speed and his inventive world might be in direct proportion to the danger his invention openly invites. There are no airbags on his rocket go-kart, no protective measures against the hard surface of the salt flats, no illusions of safety that we ordinary folk like to build around ourselves. There is only Maddox with the wind and a grin on his face, and his beautiful machine.

 The glowing pipes are actually the engine of his wild rocket. Using pulse-jet power, the bend of the pipes is the combustion chamber and the U-shape controls the air flow and keeps the fuel from burning up all at once. At the brightest burn, the heat might be anywhere between 1900°F and 2300°F, but Maddox in his blue helmet and black T-shirt is unfazed.

  His face above his voluminous beard is ecstatic, and when you see his eyes, you know that this is how we should all grow old. Maddox is building things, having fun, and feeling fully alive.

 To learn more about Maddox’s inventions—or to live vicariously through his outrageous rides—you can visit his website and subscribe to his channel on YouTube.

 Research contact: @mymodernmet

He’s here! Cincinnati Zoo announces the name of adorable newborn hippo

August 22, 2022

On August 3, the Cincinnati Zoo welcomed an adorable male baby hippo. The zoo team held a fan vote to decide on the name for the newest member of the hippo family, and it came down to a decision between Fritz and Ferguson. After over 200,000 votes were cast, the zookeepers happily announced that the chosen name for the hippo is…Fritz, reports My Modern Met.

“We would have been happy with either name, but we really think the name Fritz fits this spunky little guy’s personality,” Cincinnati Zoo’s head hippo keeper, Wendy Rice, says. “We also thought it was funny that it was suggested because ‘Fritz’ is here due to Bibi’s birth control being ‘on the fritz.’

Bibi is a 23-year-old hippo who previously gave birth to a premature baby girl named Fiona, who required human intervention to survive. Due to this, the hippo keepers were nervous about Bibi’s second pregnancy.

Fortunately, all went well, and Fritz was born twice the weight of his sister. Currently two weeks old, he is already walking and exploring his habitat under the supervision of his mom.

“We will continue to expose Fritz to the habitat more and more in the coming days,” Cincinnati Zoo’s director of animal care, Christina Gorsuch, shares. “Once we’re confident that he and Bibi are comfortable in all corners of that space, visitors will get a chance to see them.”

You can keep up with baby Fritz by following the Cincinnati Zoo on Instagram.

Research contact: @mymodernmet