• This Afghanistan Veteran Now Hunts Poachers In Africa [8 Photos]

    Kinessa Johnson served in the US Army in Afghanistan as a diesel mechanic for four years. Now she has joined the ranks of Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife (VETPAW) as an anti-poaching advisor. She and her fellow post-9/11 veterans train and support African rangers and provide sustainable solutions to the poaching problem. You can learn more about what Kinessa does at her Reddit AMA and keep up with her travels at Facebook and Instagram.

  • 16 Cities Transformed Into Little Planets

    Earlier this year we shared the incredible (and free!) 3D tours available via breathtaking 360° panoramic photos at AirPano. Now the developers of the site have further enticed us to take a virtual voyage by converting their helicopter panoramas into spherical stereographic projections known as Little Planets. We’re a tad miffed that they neglected to include Hoboken (and RSVLTS HQ), but we have to admit, Abu Dhabi looks amazing. Which little planet city is your favorite?

  • A Pilot’s Incredible View Of The Eclipse [5 Photos]

    If you were lucky enough to be in Europe a few hours ago, you may have caught the rare solar eclipse. Well, as long as you weren’t one of the many Europeans cursed with cloud coverage that is. But fear not, there were plenty of photographers who captured the event for those of us in cloudy Europe and the rest of the world. The most unique photos we’ve seen are these cockpit snapshots of the eclipse. Redditor philthadelphia’s brother-in-law received them in an email meant for somebody else. Damn. I just get emails about boating equipment for some other Joe Cucci.

  • The First Spacewalk Was 50 Years Ago Today…But It Almost Wasn’t A Success

    At 4:35 AM EDT on March 18, 1965, man walked in space for the first time. Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov left his comrade Pavel Belyayev and the comfy confines of their Voskhod 2 and made history. Leonov was only 30 years old at the time and his spacewalk lasted just a little over 12 minutes, but such a duration was probably for the best. 8 minutes into the historic feat, Leonov realized his fingertips weren’t touching his gloves and his feet were floating in his boots. His suit was inflating and he needed to get back to his airlock by somehow maneuvering his 18 feet of lifeline. Worst of all, he was approaching orbital sunset, which would leave him in pitch black. Leonov needed to act fast. “After calculating the amount of time in light and oxygen supply left, I decided to drop the pressure inside the suit … knowing all the while that I would reach the threshold of nitrogen boiling in my blood, but I had no choice.” With the pressure relieved, Leonov had to then quickly make his way to the airlock. He was ultimately successful, paving the way for Ed White to complete the first NASA extra-vehicular more »

  • Cities Around The World Go Green For St. Patrick’s Day [37 Photos]

    Over 70 million people worldwide claim to be of Irish descent, so it only makes sense that St. Patrick’s Day is celebrate all over the world. As a show of Irish pride, each year Tourism Ireland sponsors a Global Greening wherein landmarks around the world are illuminated by green lights for St. Patrick’s Day. The 2015 Global Greening finds 160 landmarks taking part in the celebration. For a complete list of participating cities, check out Tourism Ireland.

  • You Won’t Believe These Stars Are The Same Age [16 Photos]

    Let’s be honest, all celebrities have the means to make themselves look whatever age they want, but it’s still incredible to see side-by-side comparisons of stars who are the same age but look nothing like it. For some it may be because the roles they are known for are so much younger than their real age. For others it may that they’ve opted for plastic surgery to keep young. And then there’s 75-year-old Chuck Norris, who must live on his Total Gym machine to look like that while poor Michael Gambon is left to decay.

  • Volcanic Lightning Is The Coolest Thing Ever [6 Photos]

    When bits of rock, ash, and ice particles in a volcanic plume collide, they produce a static charge. This charge is visible as a “dirty thunderstorm” or volcanic lightning. Although many have reported witnessing the phenomenon, photographic evidence is rare. But earlier this month, German filmmaker Marc Szeglat was able to capture these incredible photos of volcanic lightning at Sakurajima volcano on Japan’s island of Kyushu. Szeglat described witnessing this incredible site: “There was a delay of several seconds between seeing the eruption and the arrival of the shockwave and sound. This was very exciting as I didn’t know how strong the shockwave would be. But when it happened I felt the breath of wind from the interior of the earth like an extremely brief squall. After that, my friend and I laughed loudly and we were very happy.”

  • The Brilliant Colors Of Holi Remind Us That Spring Is Almost Here [14 Photos]

    Despite what the current weather leads you to believe, spring is in fact just around the corner. It’s hard to imagine, especially if you were stuck on the runway at New York’s JFK Airport for two hours yesterday morning while your plane was being deiced, but it’s true. The vernal equinox is just two weeks away and to help usher in spring and leave this awful winter behind, Hindus the world over are celebrating Holi. Holi, also known as the festival of colors and festival of love, is an ancient Hindu celebration of love, frolic, and colors. The most famous portion of the Holi celebration is the festival of colors, where revelers chase each other with briliiantly colored dry powder and colored water, sometimes even utilizing squirt guns and water balloons. Not only is it a ton of fun, the bright spring colors also make for an excellent photo opportunity.

  • 16 Aerial Photos Of Boston’s Whitest Winter

    Boston is just 1.9 inches away from beating the record set in the winter of 1995-96 of 107.6 inches of snow. And with another 2 inches expected tonight, it’s safe to say this is Boston’s snowiest winter. To commemorate this record-breaking event that exactly zero Bostonians are excited about, Boston Globe photographer David L Ryan captured these photos of Beantown from above. Suddenly that light dusting we received in New Jersey last night doesn’t seem so bad…

  • Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Swimsuit Photos Have Us Pining For Summer

    We’re bracing ourselves for some afternoon snow here at RSVLTS HQ while Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is torturing us with a photoshoot featuring some very skimpy swimsuits. The British actress and supermodel made the cover of Esquire UK’s April issue, which also contains an interview and photos from the shoot. The issue hits newsstands today and you can check out the interview and, most importantly, the high-quality photos at Esquire UK. Summer can’t come soon enough…

  • Get Incredibly Close To A Serengeti Lion Pride

    The lions of Africa’s Serengeti must combat high temperatures while searching for the food and water that is in dangerously short supply. To bring the story of their struggle to the world, photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols and cinematographer Nathan Williamson relied on old-fashioned experience and contemporary technology such as robots, drones, and night-vision cameras in order to capture these magnificent cats. Their resulting documentary, Lions on the Edge, was produced by National Geographic for the channel’s “Big Cat Week.”

  • The Bombing Of Dresden then And Now [10 Photos]

    By early 1945, Allied Forces were well on their way to defeating Germany in the European Theatre of World War II. Between February 13 and 15, US and British forces dropped more than 3,900 tons of bombs and incendiary devices on Dresden, the capital of the German state of Saxony. Over 1,600 acres of the city were destroyed and an estimated 25,000 people, mostly civilians and refugees, were killed. Photographer Sean Gallup recently returned to Dresden for the seventieth anniversary and combined contemporary shots of the city with photos of the aftermath of the bombing.

  • The Kazakh Eagle-Hunting Festival Looks Amazing [14 Photos]

    Kazakhs living in western China near the borders of Mongolia, Russia, and Kazakhstan, have been hunting with eagles for hundreds of years. In an attempt to promote traditional hunting methods and to preserve the tradition and ancient rules for future generations, the few remaining eagle hunters in the region gather for an annual festival. Photographer Kevin Frayer traveled to Xinjiang, China to capture the traditional hunters and their impressive falconry skills. Along with a similar festival in Mongolia, these demonstrations ensure these ancient skills will not be lost to history.

  • Impressive Work From Russia’s Ice Sculpting Championship [33 Photos]

    I believe there is an old Russian saying “when life hands you freezing temperatures, endless snow, and vast expanses of barren land, host Ice Sculpting Cup of Russia.” I made up that saying, but I certainly believe it because that’s just what Russia did. After all, what else is there to do in the Ural city of Perm, where the population has been steadily decreasing since the 80s? 40 ice and snow sculptors from more than 10 countries were invited to create works that symbolized their home countries. The giant ice sculpture celebrating the Russian circus is pretty cool (ha!), but we can’t help but notice the lack of America-themed sculptures. What’s the deal, Russia?

  • 19 Photos From The 2015 Tough Guy Race

    Described as “the toughest race in the world,” the Tough Guy Challenge is held annually on a 600-acre farm near Wolverhampton, England. The race was originally held in 1987, organized by Billy Wilson, who insists that no one has ever completed the course according to his demanding rules. But that doesn’t stop people from trying. This year, 5,000 maniacs tackled more than 200 obstacles, including mud, smoke, fire, and electrical shocks. More than 1,500 participants failed to even complete the course. With a time of one hour and 39 minutes, Norway’s John Albon was declared the 2015 champion. Jeez, and I complained about getting dirty at the color run.

  • Hollywood’s Hottest Stars Posing As Classic Pinups [20 Photos]

    Timothy White is one of the most in-demand photographers when it comes to capturing Hollywood’s hottest stars. And after looking through this collection, it’s obvious why he’s so popular. The photos are from White’s 2008 hardcover collection, Hollywood Pinups, featuring 80 pages of contemporary beauties done up in the heels, fishnets, and bright red lipstick of classic 40s pinup models. If you’re in the LA area, you can check out these photos in person at Gallery GO through March 16. Source: Timothy White

  • Take A Look Inside The World’s Most Luxurious Cruise Ship [14 Photos]

    The Seven Seas Explorer, currently being built in Italy, is already called the world’s most luxurious cruise ship. Regent Seven Seas Cruises is already known for their high-end fleet, but these renderings prove the Seven Seas Explorer will reach an entire new level of opulence. Setting sail in 2016, the $450 million Seven Seas Explorer will be 732 feet long yet only carry 750 guests. That’s because every room is a suite and the fattest of the fat cats will spend their time in the 3,800 square feet Regent Suite, complete with its own sauna and steam room, a spa treatment area, and a glass-covered veranda. The price for such luxury? $5,000 per person, per day. The ship also features high-end restaurants, a 694-seat cabaret theater, and a 1920s-themed lounge decorated in silver, gold, black, and white. The maiden voyage in July, 2016 will be a 14-night cruise from Monte Carlo to Venice, Italy. Tickets just went on sale last week, available only to previous Regent customers, and are going fast. Tickets will be open to the public beginning February 4–if any remain, that is.

  • 85 Iconic Photos Of Buzz Aldrin On His 85th Birthday

    Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin was born on January 20, 1930 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. Aldrin turned down a scholarship to MIT in order to attend West Point, where he graduated with a mechanical engineering degree in 1951. He served as a fighter pilot during the Korean War, flying 66 combat missions in F-86 Sabres. Aldrin was selected as part of the third group of NASA astronauts in 1963. He was a pilot on Gemini 12, the final Gemini mission, in 1966. In 1969 he made history along with Apollo 11 crewmates Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins, when they reached the moon. Aldrin retired from NASA in 1971 and retired from active duty in the Air Force in 1972. Since then, he has made a rap video with Snoop Dogg, voiced cartoon versions of himself on The Simpsons and Futurama, and explained the Apollo 11 mission to Optimus Prime in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The photos in the gallery are from the Apollo 11 era. There are photos of training exercises before the mission, photos captured on the lunar surface during the mission, and celebrations after the crew’s safe return. For hundreds of more incredible photos, check out the Apollo more »

  • Your Phone Is Filthy And These Photos Prove It

    You might want to reconsider purchasing a Bluetooth headset. Sure, you’ll look like a douche, but at least you’ll be a douche who doesn’t contract some third-world fecal-oral syndrome from their phone. Because as these photos prove, phones are vile, disgusting things. Dr. Simon Park, Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biology at the University of Surrey, had his students imprint their phones onto bacteriological growth petri dishes to see what kinds of fun things would grow. It’s important to remember that college students are particularly filthy creatures, but the results are alarming nonetheless. Although not all bacteria are dangerous, disease-carrying bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus, were present. So should we burn our phones and revert to communicating via landline and pagers? Nah. Dr. Park suggests just wiping your phone down once a week. And maybe you foodie Instagrammers shouldn’t keep your phone so close to your lunch.

  • Incredible Restoration Of Historic Brooklyn Movie Theater

    Originally constructed in 1929, Loew’s Kings Theatre in Brooklyn was one of the five flagship “Loew’s Wonder Theatres” in the New York metropolitan area. The 3,676-seat theater, complete with elaborate pipe organ, was built to exhibit both films and vaudeville stage shows, but with the decline of vaudeville, the venue soon focused solely on film. In 1977, Loews donated the pipe organ to New York City venue Town Hall and two years later, Loew’s King Theatre shut its doors. New York City took control of the property in 1979 and over the next several decades, the pristine interior fell into disrepair. In 2010, the city announced a plan to convert the theater into a performing arts hall by 2014. Now, after 38 years, the Kings Theatre is set to open February 3 with a performance by Diana Ross. Three of the other “Wonder Theaters” have been converted into churches while Loew’s Jersey Theatre in Jersey City is open for special events and screenings. If you aren’t able to stop by these incredible theaters in person, check out the photos below and marvel at the filmgoing experience before shopping mall multiplexes.

  • This Daredevil Tightrope Web Is Pure Nope [11 Photos]

    While most of us were eating turkey and watching football, stunt coordinator and slackline world champion Andy Lewis was spending Thanksgiving 400 feet over the Utah desert weaving his Pentagon Space Net. Lewis and his friends constructed the 2000 -square-foot handwoven net out of tightropes. The only way to reach the net? Just five highline “walkways,” 200 feet long and and inch thick. That’s cool and all, but this year I had lamb for Thanksgiving. Now that’s living on the edge.

  • The St. Bart’s Villa Where Leo Held His New Year’s Party [21 Photos]

    Leonardo DiCaprio took his scraggly beard, now-signature man bun, and a menagerie of models to St. Bart’s to party in a 16,000-square-foot beachside villa. The $28,000-a-night luxury pad features six bedrooms, a recording studio, a movie theater, a private pool, and a whiskey bar. Fellow “pussy posse” buds Tobey Maguire and Kevin Connolly were also there, along with Chris Rock, Lana Del Rey, Salma Hayek, and even Jon Bon Jovi. Well at least now we know why Leo never got back to us about partying at RSVLTS HQ. Maybe next year…

  • Russian Surfers Are Insane [20 Photos]

    What do you do when you live in Vladivostok on Russia’s Pacific Coast and wish to go surfing in the winter? You make sure your wetsuit has enough room for your massive balls and you go catch some waves. Salt life, comrade! Even when it’s 5 degrees and snowing, these Russians go out and surf. They say they can stay in the water for up to an hour and a half, then it’s back to the car to warm up with some tea or coffee before jumping back into the freezing ocean. It’s 25 degrees here and I won’t even walk across the street fully covered in winter gear to get a coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts.

  • The Volvo Ocean Race Is Insane [18 High Quality Photos]

    The Volvo Ocean Race just may be the most extreme race you’ve never heard of. Held every three years since 1972, the sailing race takes teams all over the world over the course of nine months. The 2014-2015 race is the longest ever, covering 39,379 nautical miles between 11 ports in 11 countries. Just how extreme is it? Aside from being at sea for more than 20 days at a time, the teams, made up of nine sailors, can bring only limited supplies. Food is all freeze-dried and protein bars and must be properly rationed despite sailors burning about 6000 calories each day. Two of the sailors must have medical training to treat any illness or injury that may occur. And temperatures can range from freezing to above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The second leg of the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race, highlighted in the photos below, just wrapped up after 23 days and 5200 nautical miles, from Cape Town, South Africa to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Dutch Team Brunel took first place. And what kind of cash can the winners look forward to? Absolutely nothing! Apparently, being badass enough to complete the Volvo Ocean Race is the only reward these more »

  • Paintbrushes Transformed Into Incredible Works Of Art [15 Photos]

    We often take our tools for granted. We marvel at the finish product which would be impossible without the aid of our tools, but we neglect to take the time to marvel at our tools for allowing us to accomplish our work. We can learn a lot from Rebecca Szeto. The San Francisco-based artist recognizes that her paintbrushes are a historical record of the art they’ve helped create. To pay them back for the help, she transforms the brushes into beautifully carved and painted figurines. It almost makes me feel bad for chewing on my brushes until they split then tossing them in the garbage.

  • Junk Food Transformed Into Art In These Renaissance-Style Portraits [10 Photos]

    Are we overly-obsessed with fast food? So much so that the latest quadruple-bacon-greaseburger becomes a coveted object? Or has our sense of irony grown so out of hand that our sarcastic love of something so gross has now become sincere? Or do we just think taking classy photos of Taco Bell is funny? Yeah, probably just the last one. But whatever your reasons, these are some pretty unique photographs. Photographer Rebecca Ruetten’s series of five still life photos and five portraits are an absurd take on the Renaissance work of Caravaggio. Titled “Contemporary Pieces,” the series was exhibited at Karussell Hamburg earlier this year. For more info, check out Rebecca Ruetten.

  • You’ve Got To Be Crazy To Capture New York City Like This [32 High Quality Photos]

    What do they put in the water in Eastern Europe that makes everyone so fearless? Probably Vodka. That’s the only explanation we can think of when it comes to urban explorers such as Ukrainian photographer Vitaliy Raskalov and Russian photographer Vadim Makhorov. Just 21 and 25 years old respectively, the two must not care about seeing their 30s, because they are constantly traveling the world and climbing to the top of every building they come across. Which works out for us because we get these great photos from places we are too practical to ever experience. Recently the duo visited New York City and captured these incredible shots from the tops of skyscrapers and bridges. These are just some of the photos they took, but you can check out the rest, along with more details about the shoot, at On The Roofs.

  • Taking Roller Coaster Pictures To A New Level [47 Photos]

    From the greatest grotesque grimaces to the coolest calm countenances to that dude puking (alliteration isn’t always easy), we’ve collected the best roller coaster action shots out there. What’s that? You’ve got some roller coaster reactions of your own? Well share them with us, we promise not to not laugh at you. 

  • You’ve Never Seen New York City Like This Before [38 High Quality Photos]

    Warning: These may be the greatest photos you’ll ever see of New York City. After viewing, you may be disappointed in every other picture you see of the Big Apple. But it’s totally worth it. Russian photographer Gelio recently visited New York City and quickly realized that to best experience the city, it was necessary to check it out from above. His incredible, high-quality photos capture New York’s fantastic skyscrapers, bridges, and parks from the sky, offering a unique perspective that even natives will never experience. These photos are just a small sample of Gelio’s series. You can check out many more along with descriptions of his journey and the city at Gelio.

  • 62 Photos From The Victoria’s Secret 2014 Fashion Show

    For the first time ever, Victoria’s Secret held their annual fashion show in London rather than New York, which made us feel a little better about not being invited to yesterday’s show. Entertainment was provided by Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift (who fit right in with all the angels). If your invite was also lost in the mail, you can check out all the beautiful women you missed out on in this huge gallery.

  • Paris Then And Now Using Videogame Screenshots [14 Photos]

    Just how real are videogames these days? Well if these screenshots from the latest Assassin’s Creed are any indication, pretty damn real. Each installment in the popular series takes place in a meticulously reconstructed point in history. The latest game takes place in Paris in the late 18th century. To see just how accurate Ubisoft was in recreating the city, Damien Hypolite used screenshots from the game to create “then and now” photos. Amazingly enough, the screenshots fit perfectly with the locations they recreated. What’s even more impressive is that Ubisoft is able to release a new installment of the series in a whole new location each year. We’ve sure come a long way from the New York streets of Ghostbusters on the NES.

  • 15 Photos From Argentina’s Amateur Pole Dance Competition…For Science!

    Although many filthy-minded individuals equate pole dancing with strip clubs, it can actually be an incredible display of acrobatics and athleticism. To prove that point, the Miss Pole Dance South America competition is held each year to find the best the continent has to offer. Now in its seventh year, the competition features women, men, and pairs competitors. The winners move on to the World Pole Dance Championship to be held in Hong Kong in 2015. Check out these photos to gain an appreciation for the awesome strength and skill required to pull off these acrobatics. Plus, they’re pretty hot.

  • Would You Go To A Bar Run Out Of Someone’s Basement? [8 Photos]

    It’s not all that crazy to see a bar operating out of a building’s basement, but usually that building is a commercial property. And there would definitely be something weird about a bar that was run out of the basement of a house. That’s probably why such a bar is a rare sight (legally speaking, at least). In Maryland, there is only one such bar and it has been operating for more than 50 years. Located in Pasadena, Maryland, just south of Baltimore, Irv’s Basement Bar has been operated by 91-year-old Irv Koch since 1963. It was then that he and his brother, both plumbers, bought the property and opened the bar. However, the bar’s exact location is a secret kept by regulars who know to knock on Irv’s front door and ask him to open the bar when they’re in need of libations. So, anyone in the know want to get us in if we travel down to Maryland?

  • Apollo 12 Survived Two Lightning Strikes To Capture These High Quality Lunar Photos

    On November 14, 1969, just four months after Apollo 11 made history and landed on the moon, Apollo 12 took off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. Just 36.5 seconds into the flight, lightning struck the Saturn V rocket, causing a false overload that took all three fuel cells offline. A second strike at 52 seconds took out the gyroscopes. The command module was transferred to battery backup, but the Saturn’s guidance system was still functional. Despite the rocky start, the Apollo 12 team reached the lunar surface on November 19. Pete Conrad, Richard Gordon, and Alan Bean became the second team to fly to the moon. When Pete Conrad, a relatively short man at 5’6″, first stepped on the moon he remarked, “Whoopie! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that’s a long one for me.” The following photos are just a few captured by the Apollo 12 astronauts. You can see many others at Project Apollo, but be careful: Once you start looking, it’s impossible to stop.

  • Take A Look Inside This Incredible Himalayan Radio Station [15 Photos]

    Located in Jomsom, a town in Nepal over 9000 feet above sea level, Mustang Broadcasting Community is a community FM radio station used to promote local culture. But constructing a station in a location constantly under attack from strong winds was no simple task. Architect Kim In-cheurl of South Korean firm Archium used locally sourced stone to build thick, protective walls. Interior walls utilize glass to get the most out of natural lighting from above. Doors and chairs made of wood act as a stark contrast to the stone walls and tables used throughout the property. All in all, it’s an incredible work of modern architecture that seamlessly blends into its Himalayan surroundings.

 

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