Animals

Isabella Rossellini celebrates motherhood with MAMMAS

Article: Isabella Rossellini celebrates motherhood with MAMMAS

ISABELLA ROSSELLINI CELEBRATES MOTHERHOOD AND ALL ITS QUIRKY WONDER WITH ‘MAMMAS,’ NINE NEW SHORTS PREMIERING ON SUNDANCE CHANNEL AND SUNDANCECHANNEL.COM THIS MOTHER’S DAY, SUNDAY MAY 12

Hey Arizona, check out this male seahorse giving birth

Article: Hey Arizona, check out this male seahorse giving birth

The seahorse is the only male creature — outside of Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1994 movie JUNIOR — that gets knocked up, and as such has become something of a mascot to us in our line of work. Especially as women’s reproductive rights are increasingly under attack. But until someone forwarded this video to us, we had never actually seen a male seahorse give birth. It’s pretty mind-blowing and kind of, well, sexual. Ejaculatory, even.

Article: THE CITY DARK: What we lose with lots of light

With greenhouse gases causing potentially cataclysmic shifts in weather patterns, and various human-made chemical compounds finding their way into our food, water, and air, the idea of light pollution may seem a bit amusing. It’s light! It’s not going to kill you – right?

Study links sex with animals to penile cancer

Article: Study links sex with animals to penile cancer

No, seriously. We know this sounds like something straight out of The Onion, but a team of urologists in Brazil actually studied this. One theory on the connection is that sex with animals could cause micro-injuries to the penis, a well known risk factor in the development of penile cancer. You’d think you’d have to survey, like, millions of men to find this kind of connection, right? Turns out, in rural Brazil, not so much. The researchers studied just under 500 men, 118 of whom were penile cancer patients – the rest had healthy schlongs. And here’s where it gets crazy: 45% of the penile cancer patients reported having sex with animals, and 32% of the healthy men admitted to bestiality. Yes, you read those numbers right: 45% and 32%. For the discriminating zoophilia fan, it turns out that the kind of animal you schtup makes no difference to your penile cancer risk – mares, cows, pigs and chickens – they all popped up in this survey.

Who will love your pets when you've been lifted up to Heaven?

Article: Who will love your pets when you've been lifted up to Heaven?

As we’re sure you know, the Rapture is this Saturday, May 21st, 2011. You know, the day when good Christians like you (we’re assuming) who’ve accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior will be physically lifted up to Heaven. All your atheist, Muslim, Jewish and pagan friends will be left behind to fend for…

Hipster animals

Article: Hipster animals

Artist Dyna Moe illustrates different stereotypical subsets of the “hipster” demographic as anthropomorphic animals over at Hipster Animals. They’re all so cute and spot-on that I couldn’t figure out which of Moe’s animals to feature here, but I think “Trust Fund Asshole” fox is my favorite.  He’d be quite the party animal. [Via]

Zoopreme Court

Article: Zoopreme Court

Warren E. Bearger (Chief Justice 1969 – 1986) Dan Schofield and Alice DuBois hit on the trifecta of three of my favorite interests and topics (“animals, justice and puns”) with “Zoopreme Court” where these two artists “plan to illustrate all 112 justices of the Supreme Court, as well as some landmark cases.” This really APPEALS…

I can has gay wedding

Article: I can has gay wedding

We usually hate anything that anthropomorphizes cuddly animals in some inanely cute way, like with tuxedos or having them work at a desk  or some shit like that (you know, the kind of stuff your mom forwards to you and her entire address book, NOT bcc’d). But we can’t resist this particular case, since it…

SEDUCE ME gets queer

Article: SEDUCE ME gets queer

WATCH NEW EPISODES OF SEDUCE ME HERE

Crossing an iconic actress, who has always fallen far outside the Hollywood norm, with the concept of animal mating habits sounds like tricky business. But like most genius things in this world, on paper they may first seem strange. Unimaginable. Downright odd.

And that was what I thought when I first heard of GREEN PORNO, Isabella Rossellini’s opus of animal sex shorts. Since renamed SEDUCE ME, a much more PG choice, nothing has changed. It is still a wonderful and educational trip into biology as art. Rossellini deadpans as a spider or a deer and even tackles Noah and his arc in the new season, premiering today. And while I adore the simplicity of the paper costumes and sets and laugh at Isabella’s spot-on acting (not too serious, but serious enough for, you know, a biology lesson), there is one thing I am super excited about in this season: it got really queer!

Emergency Bras at the 20th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony

Article: Emergency Bras at the 20th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony

The 20th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, which honors achievements that “first make people laugh, and then make them think,” was held Harvard University last Thursday. On hand to help honor the 2010 prize laureates was Dr. Elana Bodnar, last year’s winner of the Ig Nobel Public Health Prize for her Emergency Bra, a…

OK Go does it again (sort of)

Article: OK Go does it again (sort of)

OK Go just released their new video for White Knuckles. It’s not quite as cool or intricate as some of their other videos, plus all the dogs make it a little precious (maybe you have to be a dog lover to really appreciate it). But if we try to be objective, than we realize our…

Close encounters of the nature kind

Article: Close encounters of the nature kind

In this video National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen shares a remarkable encounter he had with a leopard seal in Antarctica. Over the four days, this (friendly? confused?) giant leopard seal took a liking or concern to Nicklen an attempted to feed him penguins and tried to teach him how to hunt. I thought it was…

Isabella Rossellini’s new video series, SEDUCE ME (spawn of GREEN PORNO), is ready for your viewing pleasure

Article: Isabella Rossellini’s new video series, SEDUCE ME (spawn of GREEN PORNO), is ready for your viewing pleasure

Isabella Rossellini gets down and ducky with animal mating rituals in the all-new SEDUCE ME.

We’re thrilled to announce that SEDUCE ME, a new five-part original series directed, written by and starring Isabella Rossellini has launched! For those of you who loved the web sensation GREEN PORNO, Isabella is back with a new set of films that explore the unconventional seduction rituals of creatures ranging from bedbugs to cuttle fish. In describing her new series, Isabella Rossellini says, “After my comical series, GREEN PORNO, on how animals mate, I wanted to showcase a new series about how animals seduce each other with different, varied and incredible strategies…they might give us some new ideas about how to conquer our mates!”

Check out the teaser video, after the jump.

Isabella Rossellini returns with spawn of GREEN PORNO: all new video series, SEDUCE ME

Article: Isabella Rossellini returns with spawn of GREEN PORNO: all new video series, SEDUCE ME

Image from the set of SEDUCE ME Prepare to be seduced by Isabella Rossellini and her glorious new web series for SundanceChannel.com, SEDUCE ME. Very much the spawn of her multiple Webby Award winning series, GREEN PORNO, SEDUCE ME continues Isabella’s explorations of the wild kingdom, only this time concentrating on the courting rituals of…

Holiday dress advice

Article: Holiday dress advice

December is the month of seemingly an endless parade of holiday parties. For some people deciding what to wear for these events can be a source of stress. If unsure, I recommend as a general policy to err on the side of dressing up as opposed to down or as Oscar Wilde cheekily stated, “You…

Hot guys + baby animals = genius

Article: Hot guys + baby animals = genius

Somebody must have done this before. There’s got to be a 1978 calendar buried in someone’s basement  somewhere featuring topless guys in tight pants with lush mustaches and fluffy wittle kittens. But we’ve never seen it. So we’re kind of getting a kick out of Hot Guys and Baby Animals, the new Recess Peanut Butter…

Penguins continue to wage war on family values

Article: Penguins continue to wage war on family values

photo by Paul_Mannix Guess which book, according to the American Library Association, is the title most often requested to be removed from schools and libraries in the U.S.? Give up? For the third year in a row, it’s And Tango Makes Three, which is a guide to building your own bomb while smoking crack and attending…

Fight climate change: eat more meat

Article: Fight climate change: eat more meat

Huh? Isn’t meat production one of the major causes of global warming? Well, yes… but according to Lisa Hamilton, author of Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness, eating meat raised under the right conditions can actually help mitigate climate change.

Travel tip: Icelandic Phallological Museum

Article: Travel tip: Icelandic Phallological Museum

photo by Elín Eydís Friðriksdóttir

If all the “Name That Schlong” contests on SUNfiltered got you hankering for an up-close-and-personal view of the specimens, you might want to consider booking your next vacation to Husavik, Iceland, where you could visit the Icelandic Phallological Museum. Which is exactly what it sounds like: a collection of phallic specimens — each lovingly stuffed and mounted — belonging to all manner of mammal, including whales, polar bears, shrews, and mice.

Bisexuality: Doing it like they do on the Discovery Channel

Article: Bisexuality: Doing it like they do on the Discovery Channel

photo by Paul Mannix

We were tickled pink a few weeks back when we read about the so-called gay penguins who were raising an adopted chick. But “bisexual penguins” would probably have been more accurate; most scientists agree that animals that engage in same-sex activity don’t usually shun heterosexual encounters. Rather, they simply have ingrained gay tendencies that are a part of what make their little animal community work. As sociologist Eric Anderson of the University of Bath in England so succinctly puts it, “Animals don’t do sexual identity. They just do sex.”

Beautiful decay: the art of Nate Hill

Article: Beautiful decay: the art of Nate Hill

Don’t let the term ‘rogue taxidermist’ confuse you. Nate Hill is nothing less than an artist, his materials are just less common. Instead of paint, Hill rummages through the dumpsters of New York’s Chinatown at night for discarded animal parts which he uses for his projects. Projects is intentionally vague, since his work ranges from…

GREEN PORNO 2 Film Screening With Isabella Rossellini

Article: GREEN PORNO 2 Film Screening With Isabella Rossellini

Make sure to go out for a Movie Night with Isabella Rossellini. The legendary actress will be presenting her new GREEN PORNO 2 shorts and her father’s film THE FLOWERS OF ST. FRANCIS Wednesday, April 1 at 7pm. The event will be held at the IFC Center Wednesday, located at 323 Sixth Avenue, New York,…

Greenporno Quiz

Article: Greenporno Quiz

Discover what kind of animal courtship most closely matches your particular style of romance in the Greenporno Quiz.