Asher’s Art Gallery (Scary October Edition) (Every Other Monday)

* Some of these pieces are pretty creepy!

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my Gallery is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some awesome pieces. Now, have fun exploring my Gallery!

  •  The Smiling Spider by Odilon Redon Lithograph 1888 

This is a grotesquely awesome work by “French Symbolist” Redon. The titular spider is atramentous with 8 very long legs. The most surreal part of the piece is the spider’s face. It has human-like features and short, fang-like teeth. It’s also missing one eye, and almost absorbs the background. While, it’s not the most colorful piece, I believe that this adds to the creepiness factor. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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  • Necronom IV by H.R. Giger 1976 Airbrush on paper

This is an incredibly awesome work by the genius of Aliens, H.R. Giger. This is a painting of a fierce-looking Necromorph with multiple tentacles. The face reminds me of a dragonfish, and the long head is like a giant spine. The use of dark colors really brings this work to life. I adore the incredibly intricate design, and creepy visuals. Tell me what you think of this horror masterpiece in the comments’ section below.

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More Crappy Video Game Cover Art (Every Other Tuesday)

STRONG PROFANITY WARNING!!

Art found on various websites

Hello fellow gamers! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to cringe profusely at some horrible video game cover art. Now, lets begin this adventure into the detritus of the video game world!

  • Fester’s Quest for the NES (1989) Genre: Adventure/Run and Gun

If you have been watching the Angry Video Game Nerd for as long as I have, you have probably seen his review for this game. According to James Rolfe; “This game is ass”! It’s a run and gun adventure game that stars Uncle Fester from the Addam’s Family. Unfortunately, the cover doesn’t do anything to ease the pain! It depicts the titular Fester as a bald, Curly Howard-looking, buffoon with incredibly red lips. He almost gives off the vibe of a pedophile with the strange sneer. There’s also a single spider hanging down from his head. If I can give the artwork any praise, I’d say that the mansion in the distance actually looks pretty good. The piece all together just rubs me the wrong way, and I don’t know if the creator was aiming for this or not. Tell me what you think of this “masterpiece” in the comments’ section below.

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  • Bust-A-Move Arcade 2 Edition for the Playstation (1995) Genre: Puzzle

I have already discussed one of the crazy covers before in an earlier post, but this one is just Fucked Up! As I said before, Bust-A-Move is an incredibly addicting puzzle game starring the dragons Bub and Bob of Bubble Bobble fame. The game had very cute graphics and exhilarating gameplay. Then we get to the cover, and all I can say is, WHAT THE HELL WERE THEY THINKING!!! We have an image that wouldn’t look out of place in a Clockwork Orange! The cover has various bubbles with screaming faces inside. Their eyes are pried open with toothpicks, and they appear to be in great distress. I especially “adore” the tagline; “SO ADDICTIVE…IT SHOULD BE ILLEGAL”! It’s crazy, because this is a rated “E” game! I’m going to show the cover, but be warned, it’s really unsettling! Tell me what you think of it in the comments’ section below.

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Nature Is Awesome! (Every Other Tuesday)

Animals and plants found on various websites and books

Hello fellow nature lovers! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at the amazing organisms found in nature. Now, let’s start exploring!

  • Manatee (Sirenia) Size: Up to 8.4 feet  Diet: Herbivore Habitat: Coastal areas of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico 

The Manatee is an adorable creature of the sea. It’s also one of the biggest Herbivores, weighing up to 1,300 lbs. They have a very peaceful disposition, and are quite fascinated by humans. They are fascinating  creatures with widely spaced eyes, and an incredibly prehensile upper lip. They have extremely high intellect, and can perform tasks like dolphins. The Manatee is also known as the “Sea Cow”.

mana Just look at that quite, squishy face!

 

  • Blister Bush (Notobubon galbanum) Size: Up to 2.5 metres Habitat: Table Mountain in South Africa 

The Blister Bush is a dangerous plant that’s native to South Africa. It’s in the same family as carrots, but eating them is a huge no no! The bush has leaves, which resemble parsley, and it’s very green in color. The bush carries a corrosive blend of chemicals which include; xanthotoxin, bergapten, and psoralen. These chemicals cause blistering within days of human contact. They explode with sunlight exposure, and if 5% or more of the body is covered, serious scarring will occur. It can be treated by applying the strongest SPF sunscreen to the irritated area. Despite its many dangers, the bush actually has powerful medicinal purposes. It’s used by people in rural Africa as a cure for kidney stones. It also can be used to prevent miscarriages. 

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Strange Animals And Plants (Every Other Tuesday)

Info on plants and animals found on various websites and books

Hello fellow nature lovers! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more fascinating creatures. Now, let’s start exploring!

  • Betel Palm (Areca catechu) Size: Up to 66ft Habitat: Asia and Africa

The Betel Palm is a unique palm tree that bares orange and scarlet fruit called betel nuts. They are usually wrapped around betel leaves to create a dish called Paan. The nuts can be chewed, and are said to taste like pepper. The nut produces a small stimulant, which is similar to drinking a cup of coffee. Chewing the nut is incredibly addictive, and can be used as a mouthwash. Unfortunately, scientists have linked frequent usage of the nut to oral cancers and some gastrointestinal problems. It also stains the lips red, and produces an abundance of red saliva.

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  • Liopleurodon When It Lived: 160 Million Years Ago Carnivore Size: Up to 33ft Habitat: Water 

The liopleurodon was a gigantic species of plesiosaur that lived in the middle of the Jurassic period. It had four paddle-like limbs, and the skull the size of a 6 foot man. It had a protruded snout with rows of ultra sharp teeth. The dinosaur was an aggressive hunter, and could detect sense like a shark. Unfortunately, its massive body would collapse if it stayed out of water.

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Hilariously Bad Video Game Covers (Every Other Wednesday)

Covers found on various websites

Hello fellow Gamers, and welcome to a new Wednesday post! I have wanted to discuss this topic for a long time! The cover art on a video game is the first thing that a viewer sees. Some of them are freaking awesome, while others stun you like a deer in the headlights. This post will be covering some of the really BAD ones. Keep in mind that the covers do not always determine the value of the game. Now, get ready to laugh and cringe as we begin our journey into the gallery of horrors!

  •  Pac-Man for the Atari: Everybody and their mother knows about Pac-Man. He was one of the first ultra popular video games. You play as the titular character, and try to gobble up pellets while avoiding ghosts. I don’t know what kind of drugs the artist was on when he created this unholy abomination of a cover, but I really hope he’s getting help. The cover depicts Pac-Man as a yellow-faced ping-pong ball with buck teeth and an anorexic body. The “pellets” look more like checker pieces, and the ghosts have legs! This is both an insult to the player, and a horrific, false depiction of the game.

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  • Tongue of the Fatman (Or Slaughter Sport) for the Genesis, DOS, and Commodore 64: Tongue of the Fatman is an incredibly bizarre fighting game that was created by Activision in 1989. It has a pretty unique story, the characters are grotesquely awesome,  but the controls are awful. The cover art doesn’t do anything to promote a good public image, and may scare little kids. The cover depicts a incredibly disturbing potato-shaped man with purple lips, strangely white teeth, and beady, blue eyes. The cover is just ridiculous enough to make it kind of a guilty pleasure of mine.

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More Awesome Animals From Around The World (Every Other Tuesday)

Animals found on en.wikipedia.org and other websites

Hello fellow animal lovers! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more interesting animals. Now, let’s discover something incredible!

  • Superb bird-of-paradise (Lophorina superba) Size: 26 cm Habiat: The rain forests of New Guinea

This strange avian species has a large male population with an incredibly weird mating dance. The males are black with blue-green breast covers, while the females are reddish-brown. When trying to find a mate, the male bird will spread its breast shield and transform into a sublime, eclipse-shaped creature. This is a truly bizarre sight, and the female will usually reject 20 suitors before deciding on a mate. The bird’s diet consists of fruit and small animals.

weird bird thing I have no words. This is just bizarre!

 

  • Galapagos batfish (Ogcocephalus darwini) Size: 20.3 cm Depths Found: 3 to 76 m around the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos batfish is a crazy looking creature with pronounced red lips. It is a poor swimmer, and uses its pectoral fins to “glide” along the sea floor. The fin changes into a needle-like appendage when the fish reaches maturity. Like the awesome anglerfish, the appendage is a lure that attracts prey. It eats small fish and mollusks. 

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Strange Animals From Around The World (Every Other Tuesday)

Info found on various websites and en.wikipedia.org

Hello, fellow animal lovers! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more fascinating creatures. Now, let’s start exploring!

  • Camel Spider (Solifugae) Size: Up to 15 cm Habitat: North Africa and The Middle East

The Camel Spider is not a true spider, and shares many similarities with scorpions. It has five pairs of legs and large chelicerae, which can pierce the bones of small birds. The species is carnivorous, and can eat small lizards and rodents. While not venomous to humans, the Camel Spider can still inflict a painful bite.

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  • Golden tortoise beetle (Charidotella sexpunctata) Size: 5-7 mm Habitat: The Americas

The Golden tortoise beetle is a beautiful insect that belongs to the leaf beetle family. It has the nickname, “goldbug”, due to its shiny color. The adults turn reddish-brown when provoked.

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