• New Meme Alert: Hustle Man [25 Photos]

    The ultra-popular Humans of New York always features a picture of someone on the street of NYC along with a touching if not overly-sappy diatribe about lost love, or finding inspiration, or some other nonsense. Until today. Today we were gifted Hustle Man. His words were succinct yet powerful: ”I’m Hustle Man! That’s all you need to know.” Hustle Man is our new hero and we’re not the only ones. These pictures have been popping up in the Facebook comments for Humans of New York over the last few hours. Check out more of them on Facebook. 

  • 40 Photos Of Russians With Their Rugs

    Back in the days of the Soviet Union, simple construction methods led to people often needing to hang rugs on the walls to keep in the warmth and keep out the noise. The rugs came to be seen as somewhat of a status symbol and are still found on walls in Russia today. In this age of selfies and social media, they serve the added benefit of being a sweet backdrop. Need to show off your guns? Do it in front of the rug! Need to look sexy while holding a pet? Nothing hotter than laying in front of a rug! Need a backdrop that contrasts your new Adidas tracksuit? That rug on the wall will certainly make it pop! Hey, at least it’s better than a Bob Marley poster.

  • Photographing Life From High Up In The Air [15 HQ Photos]

    Pilot and aerial photographer Alex MacLean travels the world, capturing photos from high up in his Flight Design CT two-seater. Trained as an architect, MacLean has a knack for recognizing patterns that are all but invisible to those of us stuck on terra firma. His work has been exhibited all over North America, Europe, and Asia and appears in countless private, public, and university collections. For more of incredible photographs, visit Alex MacLean Aerial Photographer.

  • Behind The Scenes Photos Of James Franco, Jason Segel, And Seth Rogen When They Were Teens [17 Photos]

    From 1999-2000, NBC aired “Freaks and Geeks,” a high school comedy-drama set in the early 80s. The series was created by Paul Feig, who went on to direct “Bridesmaids,” and produced by Judd Apatow, who has made pretty much every comedy blockbuster of the last 15 years. The short-lived show is most remembered, though, for the “Freaks,” including James Franco, Jason Segel, and Seth Rogen. It was the first time many of us saw these actors, and nobody could guess the huge stars they would become after appearing on a show that lasted just 18 episodes.

  • A Look At The Navy’s New $3 Billion Ship, USS Zumwalt [11 Photos]

    On April 12, the US Navy christened its lates ship, the USS Zumwalt. It is the first of 3 ships in the new DDG category of destroyers, featuring the latest technology at a cost of over $3 billion each. Initially offering two 155mm AGSs equivalent to 12 155mm howitzers, it is anticipated that one AGS will be switched out with the Navy’s awesome new rail gun beginning in the 2020s. And despite being 40% larger than the ubiquitous Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, the new class of DDG is incredibly stealthy. The radar signature of the ship is akin to a fishing boat and the sound levels are about the same as the common Los Angeles-class submarines. All 3 DDG ships should be launched by the end of the decade, ushering in a new era of Naval warfare.

  • Have A Space Party Celebration For Yuri’s Night [12 Photos]

    April 12, 1961 marked the monumental occasion of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s first manned spaceflight. On that day 20 years later, NASA launched the first space shuttle. To commemorate the importance of April 12, Yuri’s Night was established in 2001 to encourage parties and gatherings aimed at entertaining while celebrating these milestones and encouraging a new generation of space explorers. In 2011, on the 50th anniversary of Gagarin’s flight, over 100,000 people attended 567 official events in 75 countries on all 7 continents. If you still haven’t made plans, find a party near you on the official Yuri’s Night site or use these photos from past events to give you ideas on planning your own. Check out more Yuri’s Night photos on Flickr.

  • George Bush Uses Wikipedia For Artistic Inspiration [12 Photos]

    Everyone’s a critic, especially critics. Last week, former President George W. Bush unveiled portraits of world leaders he’s painted since leaving office. He’s no Chuck Close, eschewing realism for a more grade-school art class aesthetic, but his work does have a folksy quaintness about them. But leave it to an art critic to point out that Bush based his paintings on photos from Wikipedia and the top results on Google Images. You can read Greg Allen’s critique of the process on his blog. It seems that by tearing apart Bush’s art and the “message” of his methods, it just legitimizes him as an artist and not an old dude who just wants to paint to piss away some time. And deeper-meaning or not, that wonky-eyed Merkel gives me the willies.

  • Smithsonian Photo Contest Finalists Announced [25 HQ Photos]

    The photo editors at Smithsonian have announced the finalists for their 11th Annual Photo Contest. Over 50,000 submissions were whittled down to just 60 finalists. 10 photos were chosen for the following categories: Natural, Travel, People, Americana, Altered, and Mobile. We chose 25 of our favorites to showcase below, but you can view the other finalists and vote for your favorites at Smithsonian.

  • Extreme Close-Ups Of Insects Look Like Aliens [17 Photos]

    Indonesia-based photographer Yudy Sauw takes extreme close-up photos of insects, getting as close as 10 centimeters away, to capture details we could never see with the naked eye. Patience is of the utmost importance since the slightest movement can cause the insects to flee, ruining the shot. In the end, it certainly pays off, with Sauw capturing incredible photos such as tiny water droplets on a fly’s head and the fangs of a tiger beetle. For more great insect photos, check out Yudy Sauw on 500px.

  • The Ridiculous Dogs Of Intergroom 2014 [12 Photos]

    More than 3,000 dog and cat groomers from around the world descended upon New Jersey last weekend for Intergroom 2014, one of the largest conventions of its kind. Attendees were offered seminars and demonstrations of new products, but, mot important, was the competition. The following dogs from the Creative Challenge competition illustrate the talent and bizarre creativity of the best groomers the world has to offer. Do you think they have a creative competition for cats, too? I wouldn’t mind watching the calamity of such an event unfold…

  • The Hipster Fashion Of Namibia [24 Photos]

    At first glance, the people in these photos, what with their vintage clothing, trilby hats, pocket watches, pipes, and antique luggage, could pose for your regular Brooklyn hipster. But then you notice the background, and that sure ain’t Williamsburg. These pictures come from the African nation of Namibia, where Loux the Vintage Guru, a designer, stylist, and tailor, is leading a sharp-dressed fashion revolution. Loux gives old clothes new life and is spreading his vintage aesthetic with the help of a group of like-minded designers and stylists form Johannesburg known as Khumbula. For more of these great photos, check out Loux the Vintage guru on Tumblr.

  • The Mercury 7: America’s First Astronauts [22 HQ Photos]

    On April 9, 1959, NASA announced the original seven men chosen to be astronauts for the manned spaceflights of the Mercury program. Dubbed the Mercury 7, the group was made up of Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, and Deke Slayton. NASA originally planned for an open competition to find its first astronauts, but President Eisenhower, ever a stick in the mud, insisted that they all be test pilots. Due to the size of the Mercury capsule, candidates could be no taller than 5’11″ and weigh less than 180 pounds. Other requirements were age under 40, a bachelor’s degree, and at least 1500 hours of flying time. More than 500 initially applied, and after rounds of testing, both physical and mental, the group was whittled down to 18. The final 7 were chosen because of their genius-level IQs and their ability to function both as a team and solo. Between them, the 7 flew on all classes of manned NASA spacecraft from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle programs. With the exception, of Gus Grissom, who was tragically killed in the 1967 Apollo 1 fire, they all lived long lives well into retirement more »

  • Spectacular Landscapes Around The World [20 Photos]

    The United Kingdom-based Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers recently held a one-off Spectacular Landscapes competition. Hundreds of photographers entered, and those voted the 20 best are presented in the gallery. For more info on the competition and current open competitions, check out Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers.

  • Incredible Street Art Portraits From MTO [21 Photos and Video]

    Originally from France then relocating to Germany, street artist MTO has created incredible works all over the world. His giant black and white portraits often feature film and music icons, such as Robert De Niro, Jim Jarmusch, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan. The portraits, averaging between 2 to 3 meters tall, take MTO up to 5 hours to complete. Last year, he also made a documentary titled “FL” about his experiences with the controversy surrounding a mural he painted in Sarasota, Florida. You can check out the film a the end of the photostream. For more of MTO’s work, head over to his Facebook page. 

  • Incredible Macro Photography Of Coral [20 HQ Photos]

    Not only is Daniel Stoupin a PhD student at the University of Queensland reseaerching marine biology, he also happens to be a avid nature photographer and videographer. His science background led to and interest in macro photography and the revelation of the diverse and complex life we miss out on with the naked eye. For this collection, corals were illuminated with a full-spectrum lamp to bring out fluorescent colors not visible under white light. For more photos form this series and other amazing collections, check out Daniel Stoupin’s Microworlds Photography.

  • American Food Aisles From Around The World [15 Photos]

    Go into pretty much any supermarket in America and you’ll find the “ethnic foods” aisle which undoubtedly stocks all sorts of Mexican food, and, depending on your neighborhood demographics, British, Indian, Korean, Estonian, etc. But if you go to another country will you find “American” food in a special aisle? Hell yeah, you will! And apparently American food to everyone else is either high sodium or high sugar junk food. It’s good to know that wherever you are in the world, you will be able to buy marshmallow fluff and peanut butter. What’s that, garcon? You want me to eat escar-huh? Ain’t that a snail? No thanks, dude, I got me some fluffernutters.

  • The Hottest Pictures On…eBay? [10 Photos]

    The secret of selling on eBay revealed! Other motorcycle part sellers hate him. What does “babenotincluded” do to make a ton of money on the auction site? It’s simple, really. All you need to be a successful seller is competitive pricing, accurate and detailed descriptions, pictures of the product from various angles, and barely-clothed babes handling your wares. And it really works! I don’t even own a motorcycle or know what any of this stuff is, but I’ve been ordering all morning. By the end of the day I’ll have enough stuff to open my own eBay store. Now I just need to get some models. Check out more great deals on motorcycle parts (and photos, if that’s you’re thing, you dirty devil you) at eBay.

  • Russian Team Builds Functional Replica WW2 Tank [22 Photos and Video]

    What’s that? You once put a radiator in a 1985 Oldsmobile Delta 88? That’s cool. These Russian dudes just got together one time and rebuilt a World War II German VI Tiger tank. But your mechanical skills are impressive, too, I guess. The functional 1:1 replica tank was built in 2011 for a movie for Russia’s Mosfilm studio. The entire set of over 60 photos can be found on Imgur. Also, check out the video of the initial test drive at the end of the photostream. 

  • Berlin Wall Graffiti In The 80s [12 Photos]

    Despite the tense political climate that literally divided the city, West Berlin was a destination for many artists and musicians in the 80s. French street artist Thierry Noir moved to the city in 1982 and became the first artist to use the Berlin Wall as a canvas when he began painting it on a whim in 1984. Noir spent 5 years covering the wall in bright imagery that was a stark contrast to the infamous wall separating democratic West Berlin and Communist East Berlin. The wall came down in 1989, and now, 25 years later, Thierry Noir is having his first solo exhibition at London’s Howard Griffin Gallery. Prints based on Noir’s Berlin Wall painting will be exhibited alongside photographs and video from his work in the 80s. For more info on Thierry Noir and the exhibit, check out the Howard Griffin Gallery.

  • Remembering The 1974 Super Outbreak Tornadoes [31 Photos]

    April 3-4, 1974 saw the “Super Outbreak” of tornadoes, the second largest tornado outbreak in a 24-hour period, just behind the April 2011 outbreak. It was the most violent outbreak recorded, however, with 30 F4/F5 tornadoes. In total, 148 tornadoes were confirmed in 13 states, damaging approximately 900 square miles along a combined path length of 2600 miles. 319 deaths were reported, making it one of the deadliest outbreaks also. Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and Alabama were hit the hardest. In fact, during the outbreak Indiana became the first and only state in US history to have a tornado warning cover the entire state. The outbreak ended after 18 hours at 7 AM in North Carolina on April 4. In addition to the 319 deaths, 5,484 were left injured.

  • This Korean Coffeehouse Is Shaped Like A Retro Camera [10 Photos]

    A former helicopter pilot has opened a two-story coffeehouse and camera museum just outside Seoul, South Korea. The best part is that the building itself looks just like a Rolleiflex camera. It’s the perfect spot for photographers to grab a coffee, look at some vintage cameras, then capture some shots of the fantastic vistas around the property. For more information, check out their Facebook and blog, but be warned, it’s all in Korean. Good thing Chrome has that auto-translate feature.

  • 16 Character Posters From “The Expendables 3″

    Lionsgate has just released new character posters for this summer’s “The Expendables 3.” The third installment in the franchise that features a ton of classic action stars in its cast will add such action icons as Wesley Snipes, UFC’ s Ronda Rousey, and…Kelsey Grammer? Eh, whatever. You know you’re going to watch it no matter what. “The Expendables 3,” no doubt as stupid and wildly entertaining as the first two movies, is set to be released August 15.

  • Mind-Blowing Portraits of American Mass Consumption [16 Photos]

    We use a lot of junk in America, and when we’re done with it we just toss it away, never to think about it again. Although it’s easy to forget about our trash once it’s out of our homes, the reality is that it’s all building up somewhere. Photographer Chris Jordan explored the nation’s shipping ports and industrial yards for his collection “Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption.” The destruction he saw as a result of our rampant consumerism sickened him, but being as much of part of the problem as anyone, his aim isn’t to lay blame on others. As an American consumer myself, I am in no position to finger wag; but I do know that when we reflect on a difficult question in the absence of an answer, our attention can turn inward, and in that space may exist the possibility of some evolution of thought or action. So my hope is that these photographs can serve as portals to a kind of cultural self-inquiry. It may not be the most comfortable terrain, but I have heard it said that in risking self-awareness, at least we know that we are awake. For more photos from the more »

  • 3D Paper Dioramas Of Classic Videogames [10 Photos]

    To give his mancave a unique look, Luxembourg-based Flickr user Wuppes creates 3D paper dioramas of his favorite childhood videogames. Everything is done by hand, with the 3D effect accomplished with an X-acto, some contruction paper, and a glue stick. Apparently those skills you learn in elementary school art classes do pay off! For more dioramas, check out Wuppes on Flickr.

  • New Meme Alert: In-The-Way Photographer [31 Photos]

    A photographer capturing a cycling race was photographed on the ground inthe middle of the action trying to get a shot. Although he said he was never in the way, that didn’t stop Redditors at /r/PhotoshopBattles from placing him in the middle of all sorts of historic events. Follow the latest additions to the battle on Reddit.

  • Brilliant Neon Portraits Taken In The Dark [17 Photos]

    Where as most photographers embrace light, since it is so essential to their art, Portugese photographer Hid Saib learned to light up the darkness with his series titled “Neon.” Hid Saib used glow-in-the-dark paint on his models then captured them in the dark, creating brilliant neon scenes. The radiating paint specks appear as galaxies and celestial bodies all over the models. More of the series and other work can be found on Hid Saib Fotografia and Flickr.

  • X-Ray Art Gives You Inside Look At Fish [12 Photos]

    Biologist Adam Summers conducts research that applies physics and engineering principles to animals to understand the evolution of complex behaviors like feeding, movement, and reproduction. He also embraces art as a way to teach about marine biology, as is the case with these photos. Utilizing two dyes to highlight different tissue, the fish are bleached with hydrogen peroxide to remove dark pigment, then the flesh is dissolved using s digestive enzyme. The collagen that holds the skeleton and skin together is left intact and glycerin immersion makes the fish clear. Then the clear fish with visible innards is photographed. The entire collection, “Cleared,” can be seen at the Seattle Aquarium. For more information on the science behind the photos, visit Picturing Science.

  • Sculptor Spends 2 Years Constructing Globe Out Of Matches [16 Photos]

    New York-based sculptor Andy Yoder has spent the last two years constructing a giant globe out of thousands and thousands of matches. According to his son, who shared these photos on Reddit, the 42″ diameter globe has a frame of foam and cardboard inside a plywood skeleton. Each hand-painted match was then glued into place using wood glue. Then the entire globe was covered with flame retardant. The detail of the finished product is incredible, especially the inclusion of Hurricane Sandy. Title “Early One Morning,” the globe will be exhibited at by Winkleman Gallery at the New York Contemporary Art Fair May 8-11, 2014. For more info and other work, check out Andy Yoder and the Winkleman Gallery. 

  • Earth’s Cities At Night From Space [14 GIFs]

    These GIFs of cities at night as seen from space are blended with maps of the pictured regions to give you a better idea of exactly where you are looking. Obviously, the brighter sections will correlate with bigger cities, giving a better impression of population density. The amount of empty, dark space in Australia is incredible when viewed this way, but even more interesting is North Korea’s lack of light. Even Pyongyang, a city of over 2.5 million, barely registers any light, illustrating a lack of resources rather than population density.

  • Chinese Man Builds Mini Electric Lamborghini For His Grandson [12 Photos]

    A 50-year-old man in China has built a mini electric Lamborghini that runs on five batteries to drive his grandson to school in. The car took about six months to build and cost just $825. It can reach a top speed of 26 mph and the batteries last long enough for a trip to the grandson’s school and back. The mini car features a working horn, stereo, and electric operated rain canopy and even has a hitch to hook up a trailer. The first car was so popular, two more have already been built for other family members. Jeez, my parents wouldn’t even buy me a Power Wheels. Why couldn’t I be born in central China? 

  • Kids From Around The World Photographed With Their Toys [20 Photos]

    Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti’s  latest project, “Toy Stories,” is a collection of photographs from all over the world of children with their toys. As to be expected, the difference in the amount and cost of the toys is apparent when comparing children from first and third-world countries. What’s even more interesting is how Galimberti described the differences in how the subjects acted when he met them: “The richest children were more possessive. At the beginning, they wouldn’t want me to touch their toys, and I would need more time before they would let me play with them…In poor countries, it was much easier. Even if they only had two or three toys, they didn’t really care. In Africa, the kids would mostly play with their friends outside.” Socioeconomic commentary aside, if there’s anything else to get form this series, it’s don’t mess with little Italian boys. Look at that kid’s collection of slingshots and rocks! For more photos from “Toy Stories” and other equally interesting collections, be sure to check out Gabriele Galimberti.

  • Incredible Destruction From The 9.2 Earthquake That Struck Alaska 50 Years Ago [50 Photos]

    On March 27, 1964, the most powerful recorded earthquake in U.S. history struck Alaska. The Great Alaska Earthquake registered a moment magnitude of 9.2, the second largest in recorded history. Lasting nearly 3 minutes, the event resulted in tsunamis, collapsed structures, and fissures that claimed the lives of about 139 people across south-central Alaska. The powerful earthquake also brought tsunamis to Oregon, where 5 people died, and California, where 13 died. An estimated $311 million ($2.28 billion today) in property damage resulted. 11 major aftershocks with a magnitude greater than 6.2 were felt on the first day alone, with 9 more occurring in the following 3 weeks. Lesser aftershocks were felt up to a year later. The following pictures, from the Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage, show the immense damage in and around Anchorage. Over 900 more photos are available on Viewshare.

  • These Hyper Realistic Masks Are Frighteningly Real [10 Photos]

    Artist Landon Meier first gained worldwide fame with his award winning baby head masks, portraying extremely detailed and oversized happy, crying, and disgusted baby faces. Then his hyper realistic masks of famous people, such as Charlie Sheen, Mike Tyson, and Bryan Cranston as Heisenberg solidified his fame. His most recent mask is an eerily lifelike Stephen Colbert that will undoubtedly flatter the egocentric late-night host. All of Meier’s work is incredible and you can see more at order your own baby head mask at Hyperflesh.

  • Negatives From Scott’s Antarctic Expedition May Go To Auction [14 Photos]

    113 photographic negatives taken by Captain Robert Falcon Scott between September and December of 1911 during his failed Antarctic expedition may go up for auction. The recently rediscovered negatives are currently held at the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge, but if the institute can’t raise £275,000 (about $455,000) soon, the negatives will go up for auction. The photos offer an unprecedented look at the ill-fated journey and the SPRI is hoping to be able to keep them with the help of donations. Whoever ends up owning the negatives will be in possession of a collection of exceptional historical significance. If they go to auction, I’ve got $20 to chip in.

  • Australian Bachelor Pad Hovers Over The Beach [18 Photos]

    Originally built in 1978, Australia’s iconic “Pole House” on the Great Ocean Road was really showing its age when the current owners purchased the property in 2005. After 13 months of renovation by Melbourne’s F2 Architecture, the house has reopened, with no signs of the Berber carpeted walls or light fixtures made from green wine bottles. From the outside, the house looks very much the same, but inside it is sleek and modern. The only hint of its age is the 1960s-era floating fireplace, which would have been foolish to remove. The entire house is basically one big, open room looking out onto the ocean. The supporting pole and bathroom are concealed in a burnt ash timber wall. And the best part? The house is available for vacation rentals through Great Ocean Road Holidays. You’ll be sure to get plenty of Sheilas, mate.


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