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Art Masterpieces in Vegetables

Chinese artist Ju Duoqi puts a whole new meaning to ‘playing with your food,’ transforming ordinary vegetables into veggie replicas of legendary works of art by masters such as Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci, and Andy Warhol’s Marylin Monroe.

Ju Duoqi’s kitchen is her studio, and vegetables are her paint. The 35-year-old artist uses boiled, dried, fried, and pickled vegetables, finishing with the fastest-rotting ingredients to create her masterpiece versions made entirely out of vegetables.

Her art breathes new life into ordinary vegetables, taking ‘green art’ to the extreme using everyday vegetables such as tofu, cabbage, ginger, lotus roots, coriander, and sweet potatoes.

Lumpy potatoes acquire expressive facial features, and radish roots, lettuce leaves, and cloves of garlic are transformed into Botticelli’s Venus.

Sichuan-born Ju carefully slices and carves the veggies, and then assembles her works with toothpicks, taking up to 2 weeks to complete a single recreation of some of the world’s most famous works in photographs.

The former website and computer game designer turned artist has been creating about 2 vegetable sculptures a month since 2006.

“You wouldn’t know them any better if they were chopped into French fries and covered in ketchup, but when placed in the picture, they all appear unfamiliar and rich in facial expression.”

“On the ground lies the body of a winter melon soldier, with rotting ketchup flowing out of his body like blood. The battleground is strewn with rotting vegetable leaves. This great story of history, this world-famous painting, here becomes completely absurd.”

These ’simple techniques’ pay Ju’s bills, as photos taken of the culinary masterpieces go for between $1,500 to $2,000 US each.

Her works which also include replicas of famous pieces such as Monet’s self-portrait and Leonardo’s Mona Lisa created with tofu are currently showcased at the Paris-Beijing Photo Gallery for ‘The Vegetable Museum’ exhibition.

Her organic version of Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Munroe fashioned from cabbage and a spring onion sold within a few hours of the exhibition’s launch to a foreign buyer, hungry for what could be called ‘crop art.’

Things you will find only in America

1. Only in America……can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance.

2. Only in America……are there handicap parking places in front of a skating rink.

3. Only in America……do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

4. Only in America……do people order double cheese burgers, large fries, and a diet Coke.

5. Only in America……do banks leave both doors to the vault open and then chain the pens to the counters.

6. Only in America……do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.

7. Only in America……do we use answering machines to screen calls and then have call waiting so we won’t miss a call from someone we didn’t want to talk to in the first place.

8. Only in America……do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight.

9. Only in America……do we use the word ‘politics’ to describe the process so well: Poli’ in Latin meaning ‘many’ and ‘tics’ meaning ‘bloodsucking creatures’.

10. Only in America……do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering

Think out of the Square

Below are four (4) questions and a bonus question. You have to answer them
instantly. You can’t take your time, answer all of them immediately.OK?

Let’s find out just how clever you really are.

Ready? GO!!! (scroll down)

First Question:

You are participating in a race. You overtake the second person. What position are you in?(scroll down for answer)
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Answer: If you answered that you are first, then you are absolutely wrong! If you overtake the second person and you take his place, you are second!

Try not to screw up in the next question. To answer the second question, don’t take as much time as you took for the first question.
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Second Question:
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If you overtake the last person, then you are…?
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Answer: If you answered that you are second to last, then you are wrong again. Tell me, how can you overtake the LAST Person?
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You’re not very good at this! Are you?
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Third Question:

Very tricky math!

Note: This must be done in your head only. Do NOT use paper and pencil or a calculator. Try it.

Take 1000 and add 40 to it.
Now add another 1000.
Now add 30.
Add another 1000.
Now add 20.
Now add another 1000. Now add 10.

What is the total?
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Scroll down for answer.
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Did you get 5000?
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The correct answer is actually 4100.
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Don’t believe it? Check with your calculator! Today is definitely not your day.

Maybe you will get the last question right?
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Fourth Question:
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Mary’s father has five daughters: 1. Nana, 2. Nene, 3. Nini, 4. Nono. (observe the pattern of letters)
What is the name of the fifth daughter?
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Answer: Nunu?
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NO! Of course not.
Her name is Mary. Read the question again

Okay, now the bonus round:

There is a mute person who wants to buy a toothbrush. By imitating the action of brushing one’s teeth he successfully expresses himself to the shopkeeper and the purchase is done.

Now if there is a blind man who wishes to buy a pair of sunglasses! , how should he express himself?

Smart Business Slogans!!

1) At an Optometrist’s office: “If you don’t see what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place.”

2) In a Restaurant window: “Don’t stand there hungry. Come on in and get fed up.”

3) In a Podiatrist’s office: “Time wounds all heels.”

4) On a Plumber’s Shop: “We repair what your husband fixed.”

5) On the trucks of a Plumbing Company: “Don’t sleep with a drip. Call us.”

6) Pizza Shop Slogan: “7 days without pizza makes one weak.”

7) At a Tire Shop: “Invite us to your next blowout.”

8 ) On a Plastic Surgeon’s Office door: “Hello. Can we pick your nose?”

9) At a Towing company: “We don’t charge an arm and a leg. We want tows.”

10) On an Electrician’s truck: “Let us remove your shorts.”

11) In a Nonsmoking Area: “If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and put you out.”

12) On a Septic Tank Truck sign: “We’re #1 in the #2 business.”

13) On a Fence: “Salesmen welcome! Dog food is expensive.”

14) At a Car Dealership: “The best way to get back on your feet — miss a car payment.”

15) Outside a Muffler Shop: “No appointment necessary. We hear you coming.”

16) At the Electric Company: “We would be delighted if you send in your payment. However, if you don’t, you will be de-Lighted.”

17) In the front yard of a Funeral Home: “Please drive carefully. We’ll wait.”

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