Australia has just loaned four koalas to Singapore zoo. The four Koalas named Paddle, Chan, Pellita and Idalia are vacationing for six months as part of Singapore's 50th anniversary of independence.
The Colonel is Back
Seemingly taking a cue from McDonalds recent ressurection of The Hamburglar, Kentucky Fried Chicken has announced that it will be re-employing the iconic Colonel Sanders in it's attempt to refresh the fast-food chain. What do you think about these recent efforts by the chains? Hit or miss?
Get to Know a Deviant
Johnson Ting aka johnsonting, is a professional video game artist who has worked with companies like Activision, Infinity Ward, Black Tusk and Square Enix. His gallery is filled with amazing concept art and we've chosen to feature Interstellar Dog Fight because it puts you directly in the cockpit of the ship. Be sure to view it in full-resolution so you can appreciate the insane amount of detailing involved.
Nickelback Wanted by Police
The Queensland Police Department shared a wanted poster which claimed that the, often ridiculed band Nickelback, was wanted for Crimes Against Music and stated that listening to their music could be "hazardous to your hearing and street cred". We believe the kids refer to this as - shots fired.
Big Oil Giveaway
An eight mile long oil slick formed off the coast of southern California in the US, after an onshore pipeline, owned by Plains All American Pipeline, ruptured. Early estimates are that 21 thousand gallons of oil leaked before it was shut off, but we all remember Shell giving early estimates on the Gulf spill that proved to be just a fraction of what was leaked. The major concern is for the wildlife, especially sea lions, that frequent the area this time of year.
A Leap in the Right Direction
Japan's aquariums promised Wednesday to stop acquiring dolphins captured during the Taiji hunt. The bloody hunt, which was depicted in the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, happens annually and allows hunters licenses to kill up to 2,000 dolphins. It is speculated that this move could be integral in ending the dolphin hunts as the price for the meat doesn't provide enough monentary incentive but selling dolphins to aquariums and marine shows has been very lucrative.
The Art of Life
In this journal, @ sinistrosephosphate, introduces us to the art of biomedical communications, or medical illustrations. It's a fascinating look into this, often overlooked, artistic field.
USA, Space Spy
So one minute the US government is saying we are out of the Space Race and then the next minute they're flying secret space missions in their new secret X-37B space drone. Is this a new partnership between the US government and US corporations? Spying on the rest of the world on behalf of those that get them elected? Surely not.
Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar collaborated on an album in 2012 but no tracks were ever released. Now someone has released some of it to the internet. Should you be at all curious, here is the link.
Six Word Story Workshop: Titles
"Drought Shaming" Is A Thing
With many on America's west coast panicking that their gardens won't be lush and green all summer, someone has released an app to make it easier to 'Drought Shame' your neighbors and even celebrities who aren't doing their part to preserve the ever dwindling water supply to the great state of California. Kim Kardasian, Jennifer Lopez and Barbara Streisland have all been outed as water wasters. While there is no evidence that watering gardens has any effect in the grand scheme of things, people are trying to do what they can to preserve whatever water they can. Fracking and water bottling still continues.
Ireland's same-sex marriage referendum
This Friday, Ireland is having a national referendum to decide if the rights of gay couples to marry should be made part of the national constitution. Early signs seem to favor the country adopting this policy. Ireland is the first country to put it to a national vote. While the country has been seen as very conservative, homosexuality was only decrimilinalized in 1993, the current government seems intent on bravely tackling some thorny issues to lead it away from its conversative past.
In the Forums
Today we wish a special day to DestinyBlue, a professional artist out of the UK, who has been a member of DeviantArt for 11 years! Be sure to check out her gallery and if you're feeling like getting your markers out, she has a special folder of lineart she offers up for you to color.