Tuesday, February 21, 2012
[Fox News, image via CBS]
The auction house expects the fourth piece in the series – this one is drawn in vivid pastels on cardboard, and features a frame with a poem written by Munch – to fetch north of $80 million, meaning the iconic image of a figure screaming on a bridge in Oslo could be one of the priciest pieces of art in history. The drawing is currently owned by Norway's Petter Olsen, whose father was a close friend of Munch.
The drawing was completed in 1895, the second in the eventual series of four created between 1883 and 1910. Two of the works were painted with oil and tempera paints, while the fourth was another pastel piece.
Olsen's is the only version not in a museum, although he says he intends to open a new museum dedicated to Munch with the proceeds from the auction. Sotheby's will hold the auction for "The Scream" (or "Skrik," in Norwegian) on May 2 in New York.
In his harassment suit, Aaron Olson says his uncle posted childhood photos of him on Facebook, and proceeded to add “mean comments” underneath. Among the offending photos: “[Olson] posing in front of a Christmas tree.”
When confronted, the uncle, Randall LaBrie, agreed to untag Olson, but suggested that if he didn’t care for the photos “he should stay off Facebook.”
After the district court tossed out Olson’s request for a harassment restraining order against LaBrie, he took his case to the Court of Appeals, which also turned him down.
In its ruling, the court determined that mean comments “coupled with innocuous family photos” do not adversely effect “the safety, security, or privacy of another.”
A bit of controversy out of tonight’s Brit Awards, where Album of the Year award winner Adele was cut off in the middle of her acceptance speech by host James Corden.
Upset, Adele quickly wrapped up by saying “I’ll see you next time ‘round” and extending her middle finger.
After the show, Corden admitted that he doesn’t understand why he was forced to cut Adele off. “Blur played for 11 minutes and she didn’t get chance to say thank you once,” he told ITV2.
Adele later clarified that the gesture was for “the suits, not the fans.”
The incident, which occurred Saturday evening in the midst of Jazz FM’s Funky Sensation show, is still being investigated, but a statement posted to the station’s website blamed “some unauthorised activity and inappropriate behaviour in the studio.”
The naughty broadcast was captured in its entirety, and posted to Radiofail.
According to The Guardian, Jazz FM’s average weekly audience clocks in at “just over half a million listeners.”
Professor Mark Post, who reported growing small strips of meat from a pig’s stem cells last year, says his team has been able to repeat the process using stem cells from a cow and a serum taken from a calf fetus.
“In October we are going to provide a proof of concept showing out of stem cells we can make a product that looks, feels and hopefully tastes like meat,” Post said at the annual meeting of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science.
Unfortunately, the most efficient way to extract stem cells from cows still involves killing them, but Post says his process could produce a million times more meat per cow than the current method of butchery.
Each lab-grown burger requires 3,000 strips of muscle tissue and 200 strips of fat tissue. The strips currently take about six weeks to produce.
Post says the $350,000 burger is being financed by a wealthy and famous benefactor who chooses to remain anonymous, and celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal has been invited to cook the first specimen.
Terror outside Disneyland’s Tower of Terror ride. A 53-year-old man caused a ruckus at Disneyland Saturday, forcing a park employee to fend off punches and kicks while repeatedly pepper-spraying the man. The incident, of course, was caught on video and has since gone viral. If you can make it through the seemingly drunken and curse-laden escapade—and the woman yelling that “this is Disneyland,” the young man behind the camera giggling about how “epic” the situation is, and the park employee who drowns the perpetrator in pepper spray—then go ahead, watch the video.
Above: Guy should learn when to stay down. This goes on for a CRAZY long time