The Woman Who Literally Throws Herself at Men

Normally, I wouldn’t watch women throwing themselves at men, to refrain from encouraging them. However, photographer Lilly McElroy’s accurately titled series I Throw Myself At Men is too entertaining not to look at! The Arizona native literally flings her body at unknown men, capturing the moment of surprise, confusion, and awkward human contact.

At first, McElroy put out an ad on Craigslist for a man to meet her for a sort of blind date where she could throw herself at him and document it. Eventually, as the project progressed, she just went from bar to bar, asking guys if they’d take part in her experiment. If they joined in, she bought them a drink afterwards. Although, even with the alcoholic incentive, it’s hard to tell how strangers would react to a projectile girl, as chronicled in the varied faces in the series.

McElroy made sure to pick catchers with a sturdy build, but there’s always the possibility that the guy simply won’t catch the girl. It’s a very interesting social experiment. How the man and any onlookers react says a lot about social relationships, gender roles, and community interactions. It makes one wonder what the response would be if certain variables were changed. What if genders were reversed?

Lilly McElroy’s website
via [Junkculture]

December 10, 2016

World Map Reveals What Each Country Does Better Than Any Other

Designer David McCandless of Information is Beautiful has created a fascinating world map called International Number Ones. “Because every country is the best at something,” McCandless also offers the caveat that this accolade is “according to data,” which makes perfect sense once you study the map. Being the number one at something isn’t necessarily a compliment. Many countries are the “best” when it comes to issues that are morally reprehensible.

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December 9, 2016

Intricately Detailed Floating Cube Casts Stunning Shadows

We have always been big fans of Pakistan-born artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s mesmerizing art. In 2014, we raved about Intersections, a captivating wooden cube that cast dreamy shadows with a single light bulb. Fortunately for us, Agha is still creating intricate installations in this style, with her most recent, radiant piece being All The Flowers Are For Me. Like Intersections, All The Flowers Are For Me plays with light and space.

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