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Dutch building features emojis as modern-day grotesques

Dutch architect Attika Architekten has included emojis in place of more traditional roundels on a block of flats in Vathorst. The emoji gargoyles grotesques date the building for future historians.


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“In classical architecture they used heads of the king or whatever, and they put that on the façade,” Attika architect Changiz Tehrani tells t Verge. “So we were thinking, what can we use as an ornament so when you look at this building in 10 or 20 years you can say ‘hey this is from that year!'”

Originally designed by Shigetaka Kurita and released by the Japanese company NTT DoCoMo in 1999, emojis started out as 176 very basic 12 by 12 pixel designs (which are now in the collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art). The set has since grown to include 1,088 symbols, with everything from a wad of money with wings to a top hat, ready to serve your every texting need.


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Spotter: ArtNetAttika

PS: thanks to reader for telling me: “Not water spouts, so not gargoyles. Grotesques.” Change made.

Posted: 6th, May 2017 | In: The Consumer | Comment

Dutch Gone Wild: 10 Insane Record Covers From The Netherlands

THE Internet has certainly done its fair share of mockery when it comes to vintage album covers from America and the UK.  How about we spread the snarkiness to a less traveled geography – say, the Netherlands?  Yes, I know Dutch singles are a ridiculously small niche, but there are some ridiculously bad covers to explore.  Take a look.


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Was there a social program in Amsterdam which allowed the city’s homeless and insane to make records?  I’m just curious.

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Posted: 14th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comment

Massive Dutch clog stolen

ANYONE being offered a massive Dutch clog on the black market or at a car boot sale should contact the police. It may be the the four metres long, two metres high, two tonnes wooden shoe stolen from its site in Enter, Holland.

Says a Rosita de Vries:

“We don’t know who stole it, but it’s disappeared… They (the thieves) would have had a truck to fly off with this shoe.”

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Posted: 12th, January 2012 | In: Strange But True | Comments (2)

Robin Van Persie’s Broken Ankle Mends In Hours

van-persie-horrorARSENAL striker Robin Van Persie is injured on duty for Holland and the papers rub their hands with glee and begin to speculate on how terrible his injury is. Anorak brings you the Anatomy Of A Disaster:

On Sunday the Mail delivered its lead sports story:


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Posted: 16th, November 2009 | In: Sports | Comment

Dutch Prostitutes Tart Up The Whore Miles

THe Dutch want to control everything:

Prostitutes in the Dutch city of Eindhoven are to be awarded “credits” in return for good behaviour under a new scheme to encourage them to abandon the oldest profession.

The prostitutes will receive so-called “street miles” that they can use to acquire free designer clothes or furniture, provided they take up an offer by the city council to take steps leading to a career change and a safer lifestyle.

“We needed to come up with incentives that these women might latch on to,” said Veronique Beurskens of Eindhoven council, who is leading a drive to rid the city of street prostitution.



Posted: 7th, October 2008 | In: Reviews | Comments (15)

In Holland Children Play Football To Win

THE Football Association bans football league tables and trophies for 9, 10 and 11-year old. But children want to win. Why, like the professionals, they’ll cheat to win:

For the first time in over 100 years, a Dutch primary school football team has been caught cheating. In the final of the girls’ tournament, The Willibrordus Catholic primary school in the town of Bovenkarspel fielded players who were already in secondary school. The Royal Dutch Football Union (KNVB) discovered the deception after an extensive investigation. Willibrordus was ordered to return the trophy after the summer holidays.

Bet they scratched their names in it first…

Sweet FA: Banning Things Is The Labour Party’s Competitive Sport

Posted: 18th, September 2008 | In: Reviews | Comments (3)