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  • One World Trade Center Opens For Business And The View Is Amazing

    One World Trade Center’s first tenant will move in on Monday when Conde Nast moves into floors 20 through 44 of the 1,776-foot skyscraper. It has been over 8 years since construction began on the world’s tallest office building, and we can’t wait to see the view from the top for ourselves. Unfortunately, the 120,000 square foot observation deck on the 102nd floor won’t open until spring 2015. However, photographer James Keivom was able to capture these photos from the unfinished deck. For more photos and info about One World Trade Center, check out the full article at the Daily News.

  • 40 Years Ago Muhammad Ali Unveiled The Rope-A-Dope

    The greatest boxing event of the 20th century took place 40 years ago today in Kinshasa, Zaire when undefeated world heavyweight champion George Foreman faced off against former heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali. Ali had been stripped of his title in 1967 when he refused to comply with the draft and enter the US Army. His boxing license was suspended for over 3 years, and when he returned to the sport, Joe Frazier was the undefeated champ. Ali made his way up the ranks and fought Frazier in 1971’s Fight of the Century. Frazier won by decision but two years later faced George Foreman, who knocked Frazier down six times in two rounds before the fight was stopped. Young George Formeman was the new champ. In 1974, promoter Don King was able to convince Ali and Foreman to fight if he could offer up a $5 million purse. The young King didn’t actually have the money, so once the fighters signed on, he searched for an outside country to put up the money and sponsor the fight. President Mobutu Sésé Seko of Zaire was awarded the event and the Rumble in the Jungle was born. The fight itself was memorable for more »

  • The Most Glorious Facial Hair From The 2014 World Beard And Moustache Championships [13 Photos]

    Nearly 300 contestants from 9 countries gathered in Portland, Oregon on Saturday for the 2014 Just for Men World Beard & Moustache Championships. The bewhiskered gents competed in 18 categories for a chance at the grand prize—an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 world championships in Leogang, Austria. Our favorite is the dude who uses his beard to string cheese puffs although the thought of eating them makes us vomit in our mouths a bit. For more info on the competition and upcoming follicle fests, check out Beard Team USA.

  • 45 Photos Celebrating The Life Of Jack Kerouac

    On the night of October 20, 1969, in St. Petersburg, Florida, Jack Kerouac was drinking whiskey while scribbling notes for a novel about his father when he suddenly felt ill. He went to the bathroom where he began to throw up blood. An ambulance was called and he was rushed to the hospital, where emergency surgery was performed, but to no avail. At 5:15 AM on October 21, Kerouac was dead. Just 47 years old, a life of alcohol abuse led to the cirrhosis and internal hemorrhage that claimed his life. Born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1922, Kerouac was not only a bright child, reading anything he could get his hands on, he was also a gifted athlete. In fact, it was football that brought Kerouac to New York City when he received a scholarship to play the sport at Columbia University. But clashes with famed coach Lout Little and a distaste for the stuffy academic life led Kerouac to drop out of school and join the US Merchant Marine. While at sea, Kerouac wrote his first novel, The Sea is My Brother, which would not be published until 2011. When he returned to New York, he found himself spending more »

  • These New York Photos Are Incredible Composites Of Dozens Of Images

    At the age of 18, Taiwanese artist Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao came to New York to study photography. That was almost 20 years ago, and for the last decade, he has been creating these incredible composite images of iconic New York vistas, made up of dozens of images compressed and layered together. 40 of these amazing composite photos are now on view at the Museum of the City of New York through February 2015. If you can’t make it to the museum, check out six of these images below. Then watch the “making of” video to see how multiple shots are stitched together to create each epic composite.

  • Your Local Mall Can’t Compare With This Turkish Seaside Marvel [14 Photos]

    Yalikavak was one of Turkey’s major sponge fishing ports but has since become known as a tourist destination for its bustling towncenter. Now the town’s marina, a beautiful Mediterranean-style structure composed entirely of travertine, has been converted by Emre Arolat Architects into a shopping destination without compromising the classic construction. Stores, restaurants, and even a hotel will fill the complex. It’ll be the classiest place on Earth to eat one of those Auntie Anne’s hot dog/pretzel hybrids! For more info on the project, checkout the submission at the World Architecture Festival, where the project recently won in the “shopping” category.

  • 10 HQ Photos Of Our Newest National Monument, The San Gabriel Mountains

    Last week, President Obama designated southern California’s San Gabriel Mountains a National Monument. About 350,000 acres of the mountain range’s 655,000 acres received the designation and federal protection that comes along with it. For many residents of Los Angeles, the mountains provide the only open space escape available. In fact, more than 15 million people live within 90 minutes of the mountain range. Also, 30% of Los Angeles’ drinking water comes form the mountains—a very important reason to make sure that water supply is kept clean. Along with the designation comes more than a million dollars to go towards upgrading and maintaining trails and picnic areas. With more than 3 million visitors annually, the San Gabriel Mountains will need all the preservation aid they can get. These high quality photos come from the US Department of Agriculture. For more great photos, check out the USDA on Flickr.

  • This German Astronaut Is Capturing Incredible Photos Of The Earth [40 Photos]

    Dr. Alexander Gerst is a German geophysicist and was selected to be an astronaut by the European Space Agency in 2009. Ealirer this year, he launched from Kazakhstan to join the crew at the International Space Station. Currently a member of Expedition 41, Gerst has been capturing incredible photos of the Earth and, thanks to the miracle of social media, has been able to immediately share his work. Some of our favorites are in the gallery, but you can keep up with “Astro Alex” on Twitter and Flickr.

  • Kurt Cobain’s Final Photo Shoot Revealed

    In August 1993, Nirvana was in New York for a performance at the Roseland Ballroom. Photographer Jesse Frohman was sent to shoot the band for the London Observer’s Sunday magazine. Nobody knew at the time that it would be the last formal photo shoot before Kurt Cobain committed suicide in April, 1994. Now the 90 photos have been collected in a new book entitled Kurt Cobain: The Last Session. Along with the photographs, the interview between Cobain and music journalist Jon Savage that originally appeared in the Observer has been reprinted. Check out the photos below and read an excerpt from the interview at Dazed Digital. And you can pre-order the book, to be published November 12, from Amazon for $31.

  • The Old-School Beauty Of Anita Ekberg

    Born in 1931, Swedish actress and pin-up model Anita Ekberg is best known for her role in Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita.” In the iconic film, which introduced the world to the word “paparazzi” via the annoying photographer Paparazzo, Ekberg wades through Rome’s Trevi Fountain in a sensual scene. Ekberg’s career began in the 50s, after being crowned Miss Sweden in 1950. She then moved to the United States to take part in the Miss Universe competition. Although she did not win, she garnered enough attention to begin modeling in pin-up magazines. By the mid-1950s, Ekberg had entered the film industry and was even advertised as “Paramount’s Marilyn Monroe.” It was “La Dolce Vita” in 1960 that made Ekberg a legend and solidified her status as a sex symbol. And Rome must have made quite an impact on her, for it is where resides today, at the age of 83.

  • 14 HQ Photos From The World’s Largest Hot Air Balloon Festival

    The world’s largest hot air balloon event, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, is currently underway in New Mexico. The nine-day event, which ends October 12, is currently is in its 43rd year. Over 500 teams from 22 countries have brought their balloons to this year’s festivities, a huge difference from the original gathering in 1972 which saw just 13 balloons take to the skies. In addition to various competitions including races, a ring toss, and pole grab events, the get-together is also an opportunity for creative aeronauts to showcase their uniquely shaped and decorated balloons. For more info on this year’s festival check out Balloon Fiesta.

  • Thor Heyerdahl Was An Awesome Adventurer [30 Photos]

    Today marks the 100th birthday of Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl. While studying zoology and botany as a young man in Oslo, Heyerdahl spent his free time pouring over books about Polynesian history and culture. Although common beliefs hold that Polynesia was settled from west to east, Heyerdahl believed that South Americans, particularly Incas, were able to make the voyage west across the Pacific Ocean. To prove his hypothesis, Heyerdahl constructed an Incan raft based on writings and drawings from the Spanish conquistadors. The primitive boat, named the Kon-Tiki, successfully completed the 101-day journey from Peru to French Polynesia in 1947. The boat and film documenting the trip were immediate hits worldwide and Thor Heyerdahl became the world’s most notable adventurer. Over the following decades, Heyerdahl completed other voyages in primitive boats, but the Kon-Tiki remained his most famous expedition. Heyerdahl passed away in 2002 at the age of 87, but interest in his life and explorations continue. “Kon-Tiki,” a historical drama about the voyage, was released in 2012 to critical acclaim and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

  • 15 Eye-Opening HQ Photos Show The Disappearing Aral Sea

    Originally formed where the Syr Darya and Amu Darya rivers joined between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, the Aral Sea was once one of the four largest lakes in the world. But beginning in the 1960s, Soviet irrigation projects diverted the flow of the rivers and the Aral Sea began its decline. By 2007, the sea was just 10% of its original size and had split into four lakes—the North Aral Sea, the eastern and western basins of the South Aral Sea, and a smaller lake in between the North and South. A dam project was completed in 2005 in an effort to save the North Aral Sea. However, these photos of the last 15 years illustrate how little is left of the once great sea and why the disappearance of the Aral Sea is known as “one of the planet’s worst environmental disasters.”

  • RSVLTS Visit St. Louis For A Bud VIP Weekend [35 HQ Photos]

    Our friends at Budweiser invited us out to St. Louis last weekend for a Bud VIP weekend complete with a brewery tour, Rams game, Cardinals game, and so much more. It sounded great, but we’ll be honest, we had no idea what to expect from the city. We knew it was home to plenty of professional sports teams and the Gateway Arch and…um…yeah, that’s about all we knew. But Budweiser made sure we’d see everything that we were missing out on in one of America’s 20 largest metropolitan areas. Serving as home base for the weekend was the Magnolia Hotel in downtown St. Louis. Known for years as the Mayfair Hotel and hosting such guests as Harry S Truman, Irving Berlin, and Cary Grant, the building had recently undergone renovations and was reopened as the Magnolia Hotel. Budweiser was kind enough to supply us with a keg of Budweiser and plenty of Gooey Louie gooey butter cake. If you’ve never had gooey butter cake, make friends with someone in St. Louis ASAP. Our first big adventure was a VIP tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Now we’ve taken brewery tours before, but they’ve always been microbreweries. While we love our microbrews, more »

  • 16 HQ Photos From The Early Days Of Mountain Biking

    Retro bikes? Quirky facial hair? Vintage clothing? Overly warm photos with vignetting? Sounds like all the makings of a hipster Instagram account. But these photos are the real deal. They were taken by Wende Cragg, who would get together with her other adventurous cyclists in the 70s and ride down California’s mountain trails during the early days of what would become the sport of mountain biking. At the time, bike manufacturers didn’t build specialized bikes for downhill, mountainous terrain. It was common for ones hub brake to burn up all the grease on these downhill voyages and seize up, requiring one to repack the bearings. Because of this, these races became known as “Repacks” and their popularity led to modern mountain biking as we know it today. More of these great photos can be found at Biking History and for a more in-depth look at Wende Cragg and her fellow California repackers, check out Collectors Weekly.

  • Nairobi At Night Looks Like A Neo-Noir Film Set [20 Photos]

    Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, is the largest city in Eastern Africa and a major world financial center. As the population grows and the city center becomes more dense, corporations are moving their operations outside the Central Business District. As the infrastructure of the CDB deteriorates, a gritty urban landscape is left in its wake. Just the sort of place that looks great in black and white photographs! Photographer Msingi Sasis realized the beauty of the city’s urban decay, using it as the perfect backdrop for his series Nairobi Noir. The photos capture the heart and humanity that remains in the city as corporations take their business elsewhere. Some of our favorites are below, but you can see the rest of the series at Nairobi Noir.

  • Ralph Lauren Brings Holograms To Fashion Week

    To promote his new brand of Polo for Women, Ralph Lauren hosted a typical Fashion Week party with celebrities (Kendall Jenner) and fancy food (lobster rolls), but he also had something special planned—a 4D hologram spectacular on a 60 foot screen in Central Park. Proving that holograms can be used for more than creepy performances from dead pop stars, Lauren’s models appeared to walk on water during the innovative 10-minute show. Some argue that the clothes, at times appearing blurry, were overshadowed by the technology and extravagance of the show, but ultimately such a display is what will garnish the most media attention for the Polo for Women brand. And by the end of the show, featuring a dancing Ralph Lauren, everyone was enjoying themselves. If you’re a New Yorker who wasn’t invited the party, you and the rest of the hoi polloi can check out a public showing of the holographic performance tonight at 9 in Central Park. And if you’d like to see the clothes in person, head over to the new 38,000 square foot Ralph Lauren Polo flagship store on Fifth Avenue.

  • 16 Photos That Explain Why Customs Can Be So Slow

    Nobody likes waiting in line at the airport and customs can be the worst. We’ve all stood there, waiting for hours wondering what takes so long. Can’t they just let us through faster? Do they ever even find anything? Yes. They find tons. A customs agent on Imgur posted these photos from customs agencies around the world showing all the crazy places people hide drugs, money, and exotic animals. And if this is the stuff they’re able to find, just think of the weird things smugglers do to get their goods in successfully.

  • These Color Photos Of Paris Are 100 Years Old

    Looking at these vivid color photos of Paris, it’s hard to imagine that they were taken over 100 years ago in 1914. They are part of a collection from the Alfred Kahn Museum in Paris. Kahn was a wealthy banker who began funding a project to document the world through photography in 1909. He sent photographers to more than 50 countries around the world. Unfortunately, he had to cancel the project in 1931 when he lost his fortune in the Wall Street Crisis. But by that time, he had amassed 72,000 photos that can now be seen at the museum on the grounds of his Parisian estate. Especially notable among these photos is the original Moulin Rouge which was destroyed by a fire less than a year after the photo was taken.

  • An Icelandic Volcano Is Erupting And It’s Glorious [11 Photos and Video]

    Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano began erupting on Friday, August 29 with a larger eruption on Sunday, August 31. Fountains of lava have been seen shooting 70 meters into the air. And due to a series of earthquakes since August 16, cracks have been created in the Vatnajokull glacier allowing for lava to pour through. The concern is if the flow continues, the glacier can melt, causing vast flooding in the area. Also, increased volcanic activity has resulted in increasingly violent eruptions over the last 72 hours. The ash warning, initially at red, the highest level, has since been reduced to orange. So far the activity hasn’t affected commercial flights, unlike Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010, whose ash cloud interrupted flights for 6 days. It’s incredible to see this amazing display, but it’s also important to remember the very real consequences that can follow.

  • This Tunisian Island Is Becoming A Street Art Paradise [35 Photos]

    Tunisia is probably best known for its desert vistas dotted with stone buildings, characteristics that made it the perfect place to stand in for the planet Tatooine in the Star Wars films. With such beauty, it may seem odd that a Tunisian village is now inviting artists to paint all over their walls. But the result is nothing short of fantastic. The island of Djerba, known as the “Island of Dreams,” is now home to a street art project called “Djerbahood.” 150 artists from 30 countries were invited to Djerba to leave their distinctive marks on the village. During July and August, they visited for a week each and painted their murals. Now one of Tunisia’s oldest cities is home to a marvel of modern art. Check out more photos from the project at Djerbahood and on Facebook.

  • Hospital Food Around The World [17 Photos]

    Have you been in the hospital, suffering from a debilitating injury or horribly diseased, and thought “well, at least it can;t get any worse” only to be fed a meal that makes you envious of the bologna sandwiches at Rikers? Hey, I’ve been there. I once had to eat turkey bacon at an Adventist hospital. Who the hell makes bacon out of a damn turkey?? If you thought other places around the globe had it better, you were right. But don’t be too angry, for it could also be much worse. Bread, a pickle, and an unappetizngly pink sausage? Damn Poland, you scary.

  • When Life Hands You Tomatoes, Throw Them At Each Other [12 Photos]

    Each year, on the last Wednesday of august, the Spanish town of Buñol holds a huge tomato throwing festival known as La Tomatina. It all began in 1945 when a fight during a parade ended with the crowd pelting each other with produce from a vegetable stall. The next year a group brought tomatoes from home and repeated the process. The tradition continued to grow in popularity each year and was actually banned in the 50s, with participants jailed. But the tomato throwers would not give up, and the town eventually conceded. This year 22,000 participants threw 125 tons of ripe tomatoes at each other. Apparently, the town wants ants, because that’s how you get ants.

  • 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. Help a bro out, share this story with your friends: Tweet More awesomeness from The Roosevelts 1. Russian Daredevils Climb Dubai’s Princess Tower And Take Stomach-Churning Selfies [13 Photos] 2. 34 Cleaver Photos That Will Make You Double Take more »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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.

  • 25 Reasons You Should Follow The Air Force On Instagram

    National Aviation Day was this week so what better way to celebrate than following our own flying servicemen, the US Air Force? All branches of the military have jumped on the social media bandwagon but there is something especially visual about the Air Force that makes their Instagram so great. Is it the expansive aerial vistas? The sleek curves of the SR-71 Blackbird? The otherworldliness of the Stealth Bomber? The badass pilot selfies? Yes. It’s all of those reasons. And more. Check out these highlights and be sure to follow @officialusairforce on Instagram.  

  • Shocking Before & After Photos Of The California Drought

    Until recently, drought conditions had been worsening steadily for California since 2011. The past couple weeks have seen conditions remain the same rather than getting worse, but it doesn’t look like conditions will improve anytime soon, either. A wet El Niño fall had been predicted this year, but as we get closer the chances of such weather actually occurring have dropped to just 65%. And even if it does arrive, it won’t be anywhere near as wet as originally anticipated. With almost 99.8% of the state experiencing “severe” drought and more than half at “exceptional,” the driest on the five-level scale, the situation is looking dire for California residents.

  • You’ll Never Guess How These Tornadoes Of Light Are Created [10 Photos]

    British photographer Martin Kimbell creates incredible tornadoes of light using a most-unlikely object—a hula hoop. Experimenting with different objects to “draw” light designs in his long-exposure photographs, Kimbell eventually settled on the ubiquitous children’s toy and lined it with LEDs. When hurled in the air, the hula hoop is transformed into these dazzling light trails spiraling across the night sky. The trails can be modified by utilizing hoops of varying sizes and weights and altering the throw. Using this method, Kimbell is able to keep all the effects work inside the camera, never having to resort to Photoshop wizardry. See more of Kimbell’s “light paintings” and other series at Flickr.

  • Aerial Shots Of Iceland Or Middle Earth? [13 Photos]

    Iceland, Europe’s most sparsely populated country, is known for it’s incredible natural vistas. With volcanoes, geysers, and waterfalls and bursting with color thanks to an abundance of lichen varieties, it is like nowhere else on Earth. And as magical as it looks from the ground, it’s even more otherworldly when seen from above. France-based photographer Sarah Martinet recently traveled to Iceland and captured these incredible shots from the open windows of an airplane. The landscapes, free of civilization but bursting with natural wonder, look more like Middle Earth from the Lord of the Rings than anything in our world. Check out some of the series below and take a fantasy vacation through the rest of the photos at Sarah Martinet Photography.

  • The Derp-fest That Is Synchronized Swimming [21 Photos]

    When one thinks of synchronized swimming, elaborate technicolor scenes featuring Esther Williams come to mind, with a bevy of beauties effortlessly performing in unison with utmost grace. But no one can be graceful every second, and with our entire lives being captured 24/7 from every angle, even synchronized swimmers get caught looking like schlubs. Recently, the 2014 European Swimming Championship was held in Berlin and the synchronized swimming competition was a goldmine for awkward photos. Take a look below and see what happens when graceful swimmers go full derp.

  • Facekinis Get The High Fashion Treatment; Rey Mysterio Rejoices

    Do you love going to the beach or chillaxing by the pool on a beautiful summer’s day but hate the way the sun transforms your face from a prime cut to aged jerky? Learn the secret that Rey Mysterio and his luchador compadres have known for years and don a facekini. Available in a variety of colors, a facekini is a mask that that covers a swimmer’s face and neck with holes cut out for the eyes, nostrils, and mouth. The bizarre yet useful piece of swimwear first became popular on the beaches of China a couple years ago. But now the facekini has been given the haute couture treatment in Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book. Check out the fashionable photos below then hurry out and buy your own facekini before all the hipsters get them first.

  • Mt. Stromboli Has Been Flowing Lava Continuously And You Had No Idea [15 Photos]

    Here in the eastern United States we have very little experience with volcanoes, so we tend to believe that a volcano constantly flowing lava would be big news and cause for concern. But in Italy, home to 3 volcanoes that have erupted in the last century, it’s just seen as a boon to tourism. And such is the case with Mt. Stromboli, which we didn’t even know was place, let alone one of the world’s most active volcanoes. For the last 2,000 years, Mt. Stromboli has been pretty much continuously erupting. For the most part, the eruptions are low-level and are actually called Strombolian eruptions, a term used on volcanoes all over the world. However, this year has seen increased activity with some impressive lava flows earlier this year. It looked as if the volcano had calmed down until last week, when the lava once again started to flow. On August 7, the lava traveled 900 feet down the side of the mountain, reaching the sea for the first time since 2007. German volcanologist Dr. Tom Pfeiffer, founder of Volcano Discovery, traveled to Mt. Stromboli August 8-12 and captured these incredible photos of the lava flow. Some of our favorites are below, more »

  • 45 Years Ago The Apollo 11 Astronauts Were Declared Free Of Moon Germs; Ticker-Tape Parade Held

    When you’re the first country to send men to the moon, there are certain precautions you must take. We’re talking, of course, about moon germs. How would you like to be the nation responsible for most epic accomplishment in human history only to have your astronauts return lousy with lunar bacilli that replicates exponentially in the rich Earth atmosphere and eradicates all of humanity? That would be a total bummer and a real bad PR move. NASA knew this and that’s why when the Apollo 11 crew returned to Earth they were placed in a Mobile Quarantine Facility just in case they had some alien disease. The MQF was a converted Airstream trailer that housed the 3 astronauts along with a doctor and assistant for cooking and cleaning. The trailer had a communications facility (read: telephone) which allowed the crew to meet with their families and President Richard Nixon. After almost 3 weeks in quarantine, it was decided that the astronauts were free of moon germs and they were freed on August 10. On August 13, the crew was officially welcomed home with a ticker-tape parade in New York city. Did NASA give up on quarantining their moonmen? Of course! But more »

 
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