Frankenstein-ed Monsters That Have Nothing to do With Halloween


Dr. Victor Frankenstein, protagonist of Mary Shelley’s iconic 1818 novel Frankenstein, takes the cake for the maddest of all mad scientists. Without his wacky-yet-ultimately-successful attempt at reanimation, doctors might not have been inspired to put one man’s head on another man’s body, trick-or-treaters wouldn’t be running around with bolts from their necks and none of us would be running to see Harry Potter in the upcoming Victor Frankenstein film.

And while no real-life scientist has been able to recreate a monster in exactly the way Frankenstein did—you know, using a bunch of spare “parts” to create one magnificent beast—people have devised their own so-called frankensteins in a slew of interesting ways…

Art: Seven Wasted Men
It’s no revelation that art comes in many shapes and sizes. But London-based artist Michelle Reader has taken that notion to a whole new level. She brings her sculptures, most notably the Seven Wasted Men, to life using recyclables like scrap wood, cans, clocks and even old toys. Take that, Geppetto.

Book: No Rest for the Dead
The only thing worse than being interrupted while you’re trying to tell a story is being interrupted by someone who thinks they can tell it better. But for the 26 authors of the mystery novel No Rest for the Dead, those interruptions were their inspiration. Each author took a whack at their own section of the book to create one cohesive, frankenstein-ed story.

Movie: The Empire Strikes Back Uncut
Fan films are all right. And Star Wars fan films are pretty good. But frankenstein-ing together 480 different 15-second clips, each uniquely created by a different fan or group of fans, to recreate The Empire Strikes Back in its full 2-hour, 8-minute glory? That’s incredible. And the best part is that you can watch this potpourri-masterpiece entirely for free.

Auto: UHAC
It’s not a tank. It’s not a boat. It’s a tank/boat. Leave it to the Marines to create a giant, wall-scaling war machine—that also happens to be amphibious. Built mainly to carry U.S. Marine Corps vehicles from ships to shore, and over just about anything in between, the finalized UHAC model is expected to carry loads up to 190 tons. That’s like 1,100 Frankenstein’s monsters!

Food: Thanksgiving Voltron
Turducken? Pshh, the people over at Epic Meal Time topped the poultry king of edible mash-ups with their most recent Turkey Day creation, the Thanksgiving Voltron. The dish is, oh, you know, just an easy-breezy lil’ combination of one whole pig, two rabbits, two turkey legs, two bacon stuffed chickens, two ducks, a few crab legs and a whole bunch of shrimp. If that doesn’t feed the whole family, we don’t know what will.