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  • These Nude Portraits Are Not What You’d Expect [5 Photos]

    Utah-based photographer Trevor Christensen found that while shooting portraits, his subjects always seemed uncomfortable due to the imbalance of power that exists between photographer and subject. How could he bring the people on both of sides of the camera to the same level? With a nude photo shoot, of course! Obviously, having the subjects strip down would not help even out the balance of power, but what if the photographer was the nude one? That’s just what Trevor did, thus creating a situation where both parties were equally vulnerable. The series is off to a great start and we hope Trevor is able to find willing subjects to watch him strip down behind the camera. You can keep up with his work at his website and on Instagram. 

  • Conquering the Arby’s Mountain, A Tale of Regret and Perseverance

    A tale of regret and perseverance, by Heinrich Harrer. My day started like every other, drinking my coffee and listening to a morning radio show driving my daily commute. Little did I know that what I heard on that radio show would change the direction of my day towards something I never expected.  The radio hosts were talking about an article they had emailed to them from the Washington Post about a secret menu item that Arby’s was leaking out, the Meat Mountain. I didn’t think much of it at first, but further research in my cube rumored the sandwich to contain 3 Strips of Pepper Bacon, 1.5 ounces of Arby’s famous roast beast, 1.5 ounces of Angus steak, a 1.5 ounce brisket, 1.5 ounces of Corned beef, 1.5 ounces of ham, and 1.5 ounces of roast turkey all topped with 2 chicken tenders and then placed between two slices of cheese – cheddar and Swiss- then ceremoniously placed between a sandwich bun. After seeing a few pics online I decided that I was going to go potentially embarrass myself by asking for the mythical sandwich during my lunch hour. I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical at first, having been scorned and more »

  • 14 ‘Time Sliced’ Photos of Global Icons Show Astonishing Results

    English photographer, Richard Silver is taking his time with his newest project. A photo series called ‘Time Sliced’, a collection of iconic landmarks around the world transitioning from day to night in one layered image. In the series Silver takes a look at The Colosseum, India gate, Easter Island, Milan Shanghi and other landmark buildings around the globe. The rest of his series can be seen on his Flickr Page. Flickr page         

  • Food That Looks Like Iggy Azalea Is Now A Thing [15 Photos]

    Although we should know better by now, we are still somehow amazed every time we come across a Tumblr with a bizarre theme. Such is the case with “Food That Looks Like Iggy Azalea.” Why would someone devote time to this? How does it go so popular? Why does it make us laugh? Maybe these questions aren’t meant to be answered. We should just sit back, look at pictures of Iggy Azalea side by side with various cuts of chicken, and giggle.

  • We Can’t Stop Laughing At These Portraits Of People Being Tasered [21 Photos]

    As members of the global family that is the human race, we should feel hurt when watching our brothers and sisters getting shocked with a 300,000 volt stun gun. But we don’t. Instead we laugh. Because it’s funny and it’s not happening to us. Photographer Patrick Hall usually tries to make his models feel as comfortable as possible when he captures their portraits. But that can get boring and probably leads to lots of pent-up anger. Hall found his release in this “Taser Photoshoot,” utilizing the aforementioned 3000,000 volt stun gun. The result is over 50 portraits of people laughing, crying, and sometimes both that make up one of the funniest photoshoots we’ve seen and a nice change from all those sappy “strangers meeting for the first time” shoots that go viral. For more info on the technical aspects of the shoot, you can read Patrick Hall’s write-up at Fstoppers. To view the rest of the series, check out the Taser Photoshoot.  

  • A Map Of The Carbon Footprint Of All 31,000 ZIP Codes In The U.S.

    Is your town a carbon criminal? This interactive carbon footprint map from the CoolClimate Calculator will help you find out how your town compares to local averages. We took a look at the east coast of the United States and the New York City region and things are not looking good. This map should be a clear indicator as to why we need Tesla’s electric technology to become the vehicle standard in the 21st century.   See the full interactive map here>> 

  • We May Not Have Hoverboards, But Hoverbikes Are On The Way

    2015 is almost here and the hoverboards Mattel promised us in Back to the Future II are still nowhere to be found. But while we just sit around feeling sorry for ourselves, a group of innovative Englishmen are working on something even better—a hoverbike. Malloy Aeronautics is currently raising money for their work on the Hoverbike helicopter, the world’s first flying motorcycle. Using four rotors placed in a unique overlapping manner, the Hoverbike offers a smooth ride in a compact package. It will also be able to be controlled remotely, like a traditional drone. And as much as it looks like a fun toy for millionaires, it actually has real applications. MA is hoping that their Hoverbike will replace the Robinson R22 helicopter for everyday one-man operational areas like rounding up cattle and land survey. So far they have a 1/3 scale version completed and you can check out the flight test below. The test flights of the full scale model are coming, but until then you can keep up with the progress and donate a few bucks at Malloy Aeronautics.

  • The Most Amazing Lie in History [Link]

    Think you know everything about the D-day invasion? Wrong! This is the exciting story of Joan Pujol Garcias, a Spaniard chicken farmer who also happened to be a con man and an amateur spy. He received decorations from both the Axis and Allies in World War II. And his unbelievable story really happened.

  • The “Who Ice Bucketed Who” Flowchart [Updated August 26]

    As more and more people take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, including many celebrities, we have wondered about the connections between them. It’s an interesting notion, but proved to be a lot of work, so we just hoped someone else would figure it out. And they did. @RSVLTS Hey! We updated the ice bucket chart as of today. Feel free to use it to update your article http://t.co/OfyMC6ro0n — Jeremy Masselis (@JrmyMssls) August 26, 2014 A few days ago we posted “The Infographic We’ve All Been Waiting For: Who Ice Bucketed Who” and it went viral on Twitter. Because things are moving so fast in the world of the Ice Bucket Challenge DigitasLBi, the geniuses behind the incredible infographic showing who challenged who up to August 22, decided to do an update as of August 26th. Click on the image below to see the full size graphic.

  • In 1987, Apple Made A Video Of Their Predictions For 1997. They Were Way Off.

    Apple was king of the computing market in 1987. 3 years earlier, they released the Macintosh to great acclaim and soon enough was dominating the desktop publishing world. CEO John Sculley had recently deposed Steve Jobs and it looked like the company could do no wrong. High on hubris, they produced this video depicting their vision of 1997. But the reality was quite different. In Apple’s vision of 1997, they owned most of the computing market. But what were they really like at the time? Pretty much at the bottom! PCs were dominating and Apple was doing so bad that they actually purchased NeXT, the company Steve Jobs started after he got the boot, and brought back Jobs as an adviser. The next year, Jobs would release the iMac and the company would start the turnaround that led to their current success. Obviously this video is supposed to be comedic, but it’s even funnier looking back at how things actually turned out. But hey, that VistaMac II would have been pretty rad, right? 

  • Iconic Album Covers Put into Google Street

    In the latest installment in their newest article of culture-as-seen-by-Google-Street-View, The Guardian has created a series of intricate photos imposing famous album covers in their Google street view frame. Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Eminem are depicted in the series some in their hometowns or memorable place in their lives. Original Pirate Material by the Streets. Mike Skinner’s 2002 debut features the inglorious Kestrel House in Islington, London, taken from a picture by Rut Blees Luxemburg called Towering Inferno Late for the Sky by Jackson Browne. A surrealist view of one of the many classy houses around Hancock Park in Los Angeles, 1974: Bob Seldemann spliced the house with another sky for a result that resembles a Magritte painting   The Marshall Mathers LP by Eminem. The rapper sits in front of his childhood home on Dresden street, north Detroit, just down the road from 8-Mile – the street he made famous in film – in 2000. The house was demolished last year after damage from a fire Willy and the Poor Boys by Creedence Clearwater Revival. The CCR lads are pictured mock-busking to local kids outside the Fish Kee Market on Hollis Street in Oakland, California in 1969. The shop more »

  • Arby’s Has A Meat Mountain Sandwich, Because ‘Murica

    Poor Arby’s made the grave mistake of producing an advertisement featuring all of their available meat stacked upon one another. What did people do when they saw the ad? They did what every fine American would do, pointed to the picture and said “gimme.” Arby’s had to deliver and deliver they did, with the new “secret menu” option that is blowing up all over the web—the Meat Mountain. What comes on this glorious sandwich? The Meat Mountain features 2 chicken tenders, roast turkey, ham, Swiss cheese, corned beef, brisket, Angus steak, cheddar cheese, roast beef, and bacon all on a bun. And it only costs $10, which is a great deal according to Fast Company who did the math and figured out the same ingredients would cost $9.13 at a grocery store. But should you eat the Meat Mountain? With about 1200 calories and 48 grams of fat, it’s probably not going to do you any favors to eat it. But you only live once, and in the words of the great Warren Zevon, “enjoy every sandwich.” 

  • An Abandoned Shopping Mall Is Now An Urban Aquarium [9 Photos]

    As more of us do all of our shopping online (damn you, Amazon Prime, for making impulse purchases so easy!), our landscape will soon be dotted with thousands of abandoned shopping malls. What will we do with these giant, uncomfortably lit buildings that always smell like Auntie Anne’s, even when there is no actual Auntie Anne’s on the premises? How about a giant aquarium? Would that you drag you out of the house? This mall-turned-aquarium scenario isn’t some work of fiction from the pages of a presumably uninteresting young adult novel. Such a thing actually exists in Thailand! Photographer Jesse Rockwell was living in Bangkok when he heard stories of an abandoned shopping mall. The mall was originally built 11 stories high, but zoning laws didn’t allow buildings taller than 4 stories. The top of the building was demolished only to have the rest of the building burn down in a presumed arson. Rockwell found the mall behind a fence in old town Bangkok. When he went inside, he was greeted with a huge population of koi and catfish swimming throughout the building. The story is that someone began introducing the fish to the mall inthe early 2000s. Since then, their more »

  • These 3D Murals Are Incredibly Realistic [12 Photos]

    Artist John Pugh specializes in trompe l’oeil, which is an artsy-fartsy way of saying that his style of painting is so realistic as to deceive the eye into believing it’s actually real, 3D objects that are presented. In other words, he paints giant murals that look so real, you think you could walk right in. But don’t, because you’ll just hurt yourself trying. Pugh began painting his deceptive murals in the late 1970s. Since then his paintings have graced building all over the world, with public and private commissions across the United States, Taiwan, and New Zealand. Pugh lives in Santa Cruz, California and much of his work can be found in the state, from boardwalks to university campuses. Check out more of his incredible murals at The Art of John Pugh.

  • Lais Ribeiro restates her case as the most underrated lingerie model in the world

    Remember when I said Lais Ribeiro might be the most underrated Victoria’s Secret model? Well these new lingerie pics featuring a lot of armbra action isn’t going to change my stance on that one bit.In fact, this new photo shoot showing off some of Victoria’s Secret’s latest sexy goodies is only going to reinforce it and make it stronger. Take a look at the pictures and tell me you can’t see where I’m coming from on this. So hot.

  • Dan Bilzerian Gives Business Advice to Kids Running a Lemonade Stand

    Some people go to college for four-year marketing degrees to figure this sort of business acumen out. Dan Bilzerian just casually dishes the oldest business advice in the book to kids selling lemonade so they can buy books. It’s a dog-eat-dog-world and these kids just got a massive leg up in the world. School is in session, ladies and gentlemen. Hope you get all the books you want, kids.

  • Burning Man Attendees Get Punished With Gigantic Rainstorm

    For nearly 30 years, God has permitted Burning Man to go on more or less unhindered, despite the drug-fueled debauchery that takes place there. But this year, He is getting his revenge on the weeklong art-and-creative-expression festival held annually in the Nevada desert (which is, depending upon whom you ask — a lame networking event, a rich-man’s bacchanal, a cyberpunk mecca, a canvas for radical self-expression, or a place to patch up old feuds) in the form of a huge rainstorm that has closed Burning Man entirely. According to Burning Man’s official Twitter feed, the rain-out is likely to continue until tomorrow. If you’re in Reno, please stay there until we let you know the Gate has reopened. — Burning Man (@burningman) August 25, 2014 Burners aren’t happy about the late start: Ugh stuck in Reno bc Playa is closed bc of rain. — Annie Hye Park (@MissAnniePark) August 25, 2014 Burning Man is closed due to heavy rain. Bummer, man…. — Rachel Fisher (@TheRachelFisher) August 25, 2014 So they closed burning man bc of rain. pic.twitter.com/V9JR7AXFJV — Dad (@DuCoteNukem) August 25, 2014 Reporting by Kevin Roose of nymag.com

  • How Tall Are Your Favorite Superheroes? [Infographics]

    Chances are, if you clicked on this post, then you know a thing or two about superheroes. It’s probably safe to assume that you’re hip to some basic trivia about the most popular cartoon crimefighters. You know…things like their origin stories, classic costumes, catchphrases, famous nemeses, etc. But have you ever noticed that our knowledge in one basic area of superhero factoids “comes up short?” That’s right: Height. How TALL are these guys?! Is Spidey a munchkin compared to Captain America? Do the babes going on dates with Thor need to wear heels? Would Rocket Raccoon and Howard the Duck stand eye to eye? Thirst no more ye parched knowledge seekers! We have your answer. We have gathered the most popular superheroes from The Marvel universe, and amassed them all here in our Superhero Height chart. Be sure to click the image below for a larger, more detailed view:

  • The Courageous Cats Of World War I [17 Photos]

    Cats have been sailing the seas for thousands of years, with the Egyptians probably the first to take along felines in order to control vermin populations on ships. If they could prove so useful n ships, why not use them on land to hunt rats and mice in trenches? It was such a notion that led to the wide use of cats in World War I. Although it makes perfect sense that cats would be used, it’s still strange to see them in these photos of the first modern war. And the cats weren’t just used for pest control. Some were trained to detect gas and many were embraced by the troops they served with as mascots. Take a look at these photos from almost 100 years ago and see what the doughboys would have been posting to Reddit if they were able to surf the web in their down time. 

  • Jean Claude Van Damme is the New “Chuck Norris”

    Jean Claude Van Damme is taking his retro-action hero awesomeness into contemporary relevance and making a lot of money doing it. With Chuck Norris paving the way for ’80s/’90s action stars to break back into the limelight with ChuckNorrisFacts, a blog dedicated to making the karate star a larger than life mythical being, the ‘Norris’ brand become a pop-culture beast. Sprinkle in a cameo in “Dodgeball” and there it was; satirical retro awesomeness. Van Damme realizes this and his “satirical-retro-awesomeness” self worth, so why not capitalize? Last year, JCVD used his skill set to send him into viral infamy with his Volvo ‘split’ campaign and another GoDaddy campaign, this year he’s become Coors Light’s sleeveless denim tuxedo wearing, mountain top exploring, ice sculpting hero in a series of over-the-top commercials. With the internet just being the internet, Van Damme has also found himself as the subject of a series of “just because GIFs” most include him getting groovy, and one include him punching a snake.

  • Top 10 Strange Sports Scandals [Link]

    Can you believe yesterday marked 25 years since Pete Rose was banned from baseball? In honor of Charlie Hustle’s fall from grace, Ask Men ranked the 10 strangest sports scandals. Spoiler alert: Much like the Hall of Fame, poor Pete Rose doesn’t appear on this list either.

  • 25 Years Ago Mankind Visited Neptune For The First Time [14 Photos]

    With the speed at which technology progresses these days, it’s sometime hard to imagine how far we’ve come in so short a time. Take for instance our knowledge of the planet Neptune. It wasn’t until August of 1989, just 25 years ago, that mankind saw up-close photos of the farthest planet from the sun (since 2006 when those nasty eggheadsof the International Astronomical Union demoted poor Pluto to “dwarf planet” status). Neptune was first seen by telescope in 1846  by Johann Galle using calculations supplied by Urbain Le Verrier. Its largest moon, Triton, was discovered shortly after but it wouldn’t be until the 20th century before the other 13 moons would be seen telescopically. In 1977, NASA launched the Voyager 2 space probe in an effort to explore the outer Solar System and interstellar space. Voyager 2 began exploring Neptune in June, 1989 and on August 25 it made its closest approach to the planet. It then passed close to Triton later that same day. Voyager 2 captured these iconic photos of Neptune and Triton and for the first time we could see the distinguishable weather patterns and Great Dark Spot on the planet. Voyager 2 is still flying through space and more »

  • Bushcraft 101: Your Essential Wilderness Survival Guide

    Whether you’re camping with a few pals or testing yourself alone in the wilderness against the elements, it always helps to be knowledgable of your surroundings and keeping in mind the 5C’s; cutting tools, covering, combustion devices, containers, and cordages. Dave Canterbury co-owner and supervising instructor at the Pathfinder School in Ohio, one of the best survival schools in the world, recently released a new book teaching his methods and instruction on survival. From building out your kit to manufacturing tools and supplies to food collection to cooking and protection from the elements Canterbury covers everything. His YouTube channel has more than 200,000 subscribers and his videos have more than 34 million views, so you know his methods and tactics speak for themselves. Bushcraft 101

  • The Incredible True Story Of A Man Who Carried His Disabled Twin Brother Through An Entire Ironman Race [8 Photos]

    Twin brothers Steen and Peder Madrup were three months early in 1980, weighing only 2.6 pounds. Peder also suffered a lack of oxygen at birth, resulting in cerebral palsy and life confined to a wheelchair. As they grew up Steen became interested in athletic activities while Peder devoted his time to organizations and clubs as a spokesman for the disabled. In 2013, Steen decided he would run a half marathon along with Peder. Peder thought his brother was crazy, but 2 hours and 16 minutes later, they were crossing the finish line. Since then they have completed in increasingly difficult athletic competitions, including Ironman Copenhagen on August 24. After 15 hours and 32 minutes, the brothers crossed the finish line, with Peder becoming the first person with cerebral palsy to complete an Ironman. Take a look at these photos of Steen swimming, cycling, and running with his brother then check out their other races at Team Tvilling.

  • Nina Agdal Is Closing Out Summer 2014 With A Bang [20 Photos]

    Summer is over kids. It pains up to say it. There aren’t enough sad emoji faces to capture how depressing it to think about that. But luckily Nina Agdal is here with a quick pick-me-up with Mambo swimwear. Bookmark this page so when there is two feel of snow on the ground you can relive the glory days of summer 2014.

  • These Digital Collages Are Funny And Surreal

    Spanish artist Joseba Elorza studied to become a sound technician and while working mornings at a radio station, he began creating collages at night. It was then that he came upon the idea of MiraRuido, a synesthesic portmanteau of the Spanish words for “look” and “noise.” The visual aspect eventually won out and Elorza now makes a living as an artist and illustrator, with his work having appeared in the pages of such publications as Esquire, New Scientist, and Hollywood Reporter. Joseba Elorza’s digital collages combine pastoral vistas with historical photographs and sci-fi twists. The resulting images are bouth thought-provoking and often times humorous. He has recently expanded into the  world of music video’s with his video for Air Review’s “Young,” featuring animated versions of many of his collages. Check out more work at MiraRuido, where you can also purchase prints of your favorites. 

  • The Madden 15 Xbox One Bundle You Deserve

    Get ‘em while they’re hot. Xbox One and Madden 15 have just announced a bundle package for $399 that includes a copy of Madden 15. With all of the new features Madden brings to the table year after year, the game is getting eerily close to reality. New defense feature make it more fun to rush the backfield as well as a new feature that let’s you make aggressive or conservative tackles. The more aggressive the more pounding hits, more fumbles, more glory, but the more chances you’ll miss your target. Other new features include Run The Gauntlet, a practice simulation that not only teaches you the specifics of gameplay, but how to read offensive and defensive plays and Crowd-sourced Play Call a playbook option that utilizes data from millions of online games to surface the best selection of plays possible for the match-up and situation.

  • Amazing GoPro Video From The Royal Danish Air Force

    GoPro cameras aren’t just for extreme sport enthusiasts. The compact yet high quality cameras are now finding themselves installed all over, including Royal Danish Air Force F-16 cockpits. Check out this footage of low level tests over Greenland. The footage was originally intended for internal RDAF research, but the higher-ups were nice enough to let Major John “STI” Kristensen, Detachement Commander and Lead Pilot on the Greenland F16 Test, to compile this video and share it on social media. The video is a journey from the ice rim east of Kangerlussuaq, to the DYE-2 radar station, over the Ilulissat icefjord, over the HDMS Knud Rasmussen patrol ship, and over the town of Ilussisat where the polar explorer Knud Rasmussen was born.

  • The World’s 25 Weirdest Drinking Customs [Infographic]

    A cultured man is sure to completely delve into local culture when traveling abroad. This doesn’t just mean learning a few words in the local language or eating unidentifiable organ meats, there are also drinking customs that one must take part in while imbibing local spirits (almost certainly anise-flavored). Whether it’s drinking from a shoe in Ukraine or kidnapping a bride in Germany, you’re sure to encounter all manner of pageantry when it comes to getting drunk abroad. If nothing else, it will make you appreciate our plain American ways where when it comes to drinking, all you need to do is drink, swallow, and repeat. Ad nauseam.

  • Sochi Looks Like It Got Ravaged By A Zombie Apocalypse 6 Months After The 2014 Winter Olympics [Photos]

    As we’ve seen with abandoned venues from Olympic host communities in Athens, Beijing and London, once the games are complete and the masses vacate what is left months (and years later) typically looks like a the remnants of a zombie apocalypse. The same rings true for Sochi, Russia six months after the completion of the 2014 Winter Olympics.