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  • 16 Home Theaters That Will Put you To Shame

    Think all you need for your home theater is a 60″ TV, a recliner, and a mini-fridge? Think again. These 16 home theaters incorporate elements from classic films like Batman, Star Wars, and Star Trek to create an experience before the movie even begins. Suddenly your wobbly coffee table and “Scarface” poster just don’t seem to cut it anymore. On a related note, I’ve decided to redecorate my home theater in homage to my favorite film, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” The toilet in the bathroom adjacent to my den broke some weeks ago, and I’ve opted to not fix it, instead allowing the effluence to create an authentic New York underground ambiance.

  • Vivian Maier Was The Queen Of Selfies [18 HQ Photos]

    A couple months ago, we told you all about Vivian Maier, the nanny who was a secret photographer. Her body of work, uncovered just a few years ago, is an incredible collection of the people and places of 1950-1970 Chicago and New York. Despite her secretive life leading one to believe she was a bit shy, Maier also took incredible self-portraits that would make even the greatest of Instagrammers totes jelly. These artistic selfies are better than anything you’ll find on social media and they don’t even need bad filters! Check out more great photos at the Vivian Maier Collection.

  • 17 Terrifying Masked Monkeys To Ruin Your Friday

    Finnish photographer Perttu Saksa was traveling in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2012 when he first saw the masked macaque monkeys that were forced into performing on the street for money. The “monkey masters” who keep the macaques dress them in doll masks and children’s clothes to make them appear fun and playful, but in Saksa’s eyes they are anything but. His series, “A Kind of You,” collects the most chilling portraits of the monkeys. Thankfully, Saksa isn’t the only one to take pity on the monkey performers. Since early 2013, monkey ownership has been an animal abuse crime. These photos may haunt you, but at least you can take comfort in knowing the practice is being wiped out. 

  • The World’s Deepest Indoor Pool Will Give You A Panic Attack [11 Photos]

    Located in Brussels, Belgium, Nemo 33 is the deepest indoor swimming pool in the world. The 113 feet deep pool contains 2.5 million liters of water, about the same as an Olympic-sized pool. The water is maintained at 86 °F and there are plenty of simulated caves to explore. The pool is open to tourists and amateur and professional divers as long as they are at least 12 years old and certified or supervised by certified trainers. There is also a restaurant at the facility so you can enjoy one last meal before having a panic attack at the bottom of the pool.

  • The Angola Prison Rodeo Is Scary Fun For The Whole Family [20 Photos]

    For 50 years, Louisiana’s most violent criminals imprisoned at the Louisiana State Penitentiary are given a brief respite in their sentences (many of them for life!) and allowed to take part in the Angola Prison Rodeo. Featuring such fun events as Bull Riding, Wild Cow Milking, and Convict Poker, the rodeo attracts thousands of spectators and raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for religious educational programs for the inmates. The rodeo helps the prisoners feel like a part of society again, if just for a little while, because although they may have maimed or murdered innocent people, they still deserve the chance to be gored by a bull.

  • Grab A Martini And Check Out These “Mad Men” Sets [17 HQ Photos]

    There was a time when our generation thought of the 60s as a time when stuffy old men fought communism and orchestrated presidential assassinations while promiscuous hippie girls seduced slow-witted boys from their childhood. Then “Mad Men” came along and showed us the sharp suits and ample-bosomed redheads of the era. It also taught us that our grandparents’ houses were really cool looking once you remove the bowls of Werther’s Originals and tar stains brought on by 50 years of smoking Chesterfields. Interior Design recently interviewed series creator Matthew Weiner about the sets and the time period. Take a look at these photos, then read the interview at Interior Design. 

  • Build Your Own Tiny House For $30K [16 Photos]

    Are you tired of paying for a bunch of space you really need? Or maybe you’ve been contemplating living off the grid whilst you compile your manifesto (mine is a call for compassionate fascism, or compascism™)? Either way, with hOMe plans from Tiny House Build, you can be on your way to living in your own 207 square foot paradise (plus 110 square feet of loft space, of course). The hOMe is a tiny house built on a trailer whose 8’6″wide x 13’5″ tall dimensions keep it within legal road restrictions meaning you can move form place to place without the need of a transport permit. With a full-sized kitchen, room for conventional-sized appliances, plenty of storage space, and even an office, the hOMe is a perfect place for you and your partner to hide out in while you do whatever is you don’t want anyone to know about. Best of all, the cost of construction, furniture, and appliances comes to about $30,000. Purchase your plans and leave society behind at Tiny House Build.  

  • New York At Night In 1946 [17 Photos]

    Andreas Feininger was a one of the most popular photographers of the 20th century, known for his black and white scenes of Manhattan. He got his start in 1943 working for “Life” magazine. He would stay with the magazine almost 20 years. Early in his career, in 1946, Feininger published this photo essay, “New York at Night,” in the pages of “Life.” These photos were the only color photos in that issue of the magazine and also some of the only color photos Feininger ever published. He captured the neon lights and life of the city like no one else could. For more info on Feininger and a look at the full issue of “Life” where this came from, check out The Bowery Boys, who unearthed this gem. 

  • The Mini Paceman Adventure Is The Pickup You Want But Can Never Get [9 Photos]

    Apprentices at a BMW plant in Germany worked with their instructors to create this concept Mini Paceman dubbed the Adventure. The students took a Cooper S Paceman and gave it a green metallic body while adding roof rack and pickup truck-like cargo bed. The modified chassis offers extra ground clearance while offroad tires and a snorkel allow for river crossings. It’s the perfect little truck for all your tiny adventures. As fun as it looks, though, Mini insists it’s a true one-off that will never see production. You’ll just have to look at these pics and dream a little dream of the little truck that wasn’t to be.

  • Own Prince’s Spanish Bachelor Pad [11 Photos]

    Superstar musician Prince, who currently spends his time suing his fans for millions of dollars for posting 30 year old concert videos, has put his Spanish mansion up for sale. Prince purchased the 6 bedroom, 6 bath house in 1998 as a wedding gift for a now ex-wife. There is a lot less purple velvet than one would expect, and no basketball court, but there is a huge kitchen perfect for making pancakes. Outside you’ll find a tennis court, jacuzzi, and heated pool along with a security system to keep all those pesky fans away. Buy it today on Luxury Estate for the low price of $7.8 million—little red corvette not included.

  • Incredible Entries From National Geographic’s Traveler Photo Contest [30 HQ Photos]

    The 26th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest has been announced and entries are being accepted until June 30, 2014. Think you have what it takes to win? Here’s a look at some of the competition. An 8-day Alaskan expedition for two will be given to the first prize winner, a 5-day photo workshop for second prize, and a 6-day cruise for two for third place. Personally, the third place prize sounds better than second. For more info and to enter you’re picture that probably won’t win, head over to Traveler Photo Contest 2014.

  • 29 Photos Of Extreme Weather In The Southwest

    Phoenix-based photographer Mike Olbinski began photographing storms 4 years ago. His storm-chasing often finds him traveling hundreds of miles to remote areas in Arizona, Texas, Colorado, California, and Oklahoma to capture a shot of a storm. His favorite subjects are the swirling formations of supercell thunderstorms, of which you can find many examples below. For more incredible photos, check out Mike Olbinski Photography. He’s also available for weddings, so if it rains on your wedding day, you’ll still be guaranteed awesome pictures!

  • 19 Pin-Ups With The Photos That Inspired Them

    Gil Elvgren was one of the most prolific artists of the pin-up era. Where did he get the inspiration for his work? Did his fantastic imagination conjure these images of gals with great gams fixing cars and raising their skirts for no reason out of thin air? Nah, he found models to pose for him and painted from the photographs. Here’s a fun game to play while going through these pictures: pick which one you think your Grandpa envisioned whilst making sweet love to your Grandma. I’m going with number 4.

  • This Insider’s Look At The Giant Panda Research Center Is As Awesome As It Sounds [13 Photos]

    Photographer Ami Vitale was recently given exclusive access into the Woolong National Nature Reserve managed by the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda. Pandas are trained there to exist in the wild so they will survive after being released. The training involves keepers dressed in panda suits (complete with authentic panda smell) mimicking conditions in the wild. Only about 1600 pandas currently exist in the wild, but researchers hope that with the help of the training center, those numbers will steadily rise. For more of Ami Vitale’s work, check out Ami Vitale Photography.

  • What If Famous Designers Packaged Food? [10 Photos]

    Designer Peddy Mergui wants people to notice how much power a product’s package has over buyers. To illustrate the point, he wrapped over a dozen basic products, such as milk, flour, and oranges, in famous brands’ packaging for his series “Wheat is Wheat is Wheat.” Once these boring, everyday staples are wrapped in designer packaging, we suddenly want to purchase them and are willing to pay a premium for the lifestyle the brand symbolizes. For more info on the exhibit, visit the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design. Personally, I think the Dolce & Gabbana butter cookie looks delicious but I’m pretty sure I couldn’t afford it. But I would totally make fun of whoever would buy iMilk. Android Milk for life!

  • These Sculptures Of Shrouded Ghosts Will Give You Chills

    In his “Ghosts Underground” series, Italian sculptor Livio Scapella depicts the expressions of shrouded souls coming to terms with their fate. If the busts look familiar, it’s because they are a modern twist on the 18th century works of Italian masters Antonio Corradini and Giuseppe Sanmartino, whose sculptures of veiled figures have haunted the world for 400 years. The stones dark and light stones embedded in the chests, symbolizing a hardened heart, are strictly a Scapella flourish, though. As unnerving as the subject of death can be, there is no denying the beauty and skill involved in these sculptures. Scapella is a more than capable successor to the Italian masters who came before him.

  • Amazing Photos Recreate Pan Am flight Experience Down To Every Detail [14 Photos]

    Michael Kelley is a photographer who also happens to be an aviation geek. Anthony Toth is the pinnacle of aviation geeks, whose love of Pan Am led him to construct a replica of the interior of a 747 inside a 3000-square-foot warehouse. When these two men got together, this incredible photography project happened. With Kelley’s photography skills and Toth’s detailed set (even the silverware is authentic Pan Am), these photos really look like they were taken in the 70s. After looking through the pictures, be sure to read Kelley’s extremely interesting article at Fstoppers detailing how the project came about along with all the technical aspects. There’s also a great behind-the-scenes video to watch.

  • Audi TT Offroad Concept Gets 124 MPG [7 Photos]

    At the Shanghai Auto Show, Audi showed off its newest concept vehicle just to toy with us. The TT Offroad is a compact SUV with a hybrid drivetrain. Its 12 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery has an all-electric range of 31 miles, but its inductive charging system allows it to be charged by parking on an inductive mat—no wire necessary. The TT Offroad can reach 60 miles an hour in 5.2 seconds and in the all-electric EV mode, can reach about 80 mph. The two motors mean that in Hybrid mode, the front motor is often used to charge the battery, much like the Chevy Volt. Best of all, the concept features a 1:8 scale radio controlled version stashed in the trunk. Unfortunately, the TT Offroad is just a concept car and Audi estimates at least 2 years until a similar production car exists. That is, if they even decide to go in that direction.

  • RSVLTS Visit The New York World’s Fair 50 Years Later [37 HQ Photos]

    50 years ago today, the New York World’s Fair opened, running for two six-month seasons from 1964-65. Anyone who’s been to a Mets game knows that you can still find reminders of the exposition around Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, such as the iconic Unisphere. But the highlight of the fair, the New York State Pavilion, has sat unused and off limits to park visitors. Designed by architect Philip Johnson, the New York State Pavilion consists of three sections: the observation towers, the Theaterama, and the “Tent of Tomorrow.” To celebrate the 50 year anniversary, the “Tent of Tomorrow” was opened to visitors just for the day for the first time in years. Thousands showed up, including the RSVLTS, and waited in line for over 4 hours for the chance to see inside. Over the past few years the New York State Pavilion Paint Project has taken over the site and has been working hard at repainting and restoring the Tent of Tomorrow to its former glory. For more info on the project and future plans for the site, visit New York State Pavilion Paint Project.

  • Them Eyes: 15 Photos Of Powerful Peepers

    Photojournalist Steve McCurry is best known for his photo “Afghan Girl,” which appeared on the cover of National Geographic in June, 1985. The photo is known for the girl’s powerful glare directly at the camera. Today McCurry has a blog where he groups his iconic photographs into categories. “Eloquence of the Eye” is one such collection, featuring “Afghan Girl” and many other portraits he’s taken all over the world. View the rest of the series and many other great photos at Steve McCurry’s Blog.

  • This Tiny House Is Only 84 Square Feet [7 Photos]

    Ten years ago, after a trip to Guatemala and some health problems, Dee Williams reexamined her life and made some drastic changes. She sold her three-bedroom house in Portland, Oregon, built an 84-square-foot home on a trailer, and drove it to her friends’ yard in Olympia, Washington. She has just 305 possessions in her tiny home. There is no refrigerator or oven or even running water. She has a sink and a toilet but no shower. There are lights that run on solar power and a propane stove with one burner. The upstairs is a loft with just enough room for a bed. Over the last decade, Williams has become a big voice in the world of tiny house living and has published a book about her life. It looks like it could be a neat way to live for a little while, but could you do it permanently? Read more about Dee Williams at the New York Times.

  • The Ladies Of The 1964 New York World’s Fair [26 Photos]

    On April 22, 1964, the New York World’s Fair opened in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. The fair was not actually sanctioned by the Bureau of International Expositions because rental fees were charged for exhibitors and because it ran twice as long as is allowed, but who cares? This is America, and we do what we want. Over 51 million people visited over the two six-month operating seasons, including the ladies you see below. Be careful with your ogling, though—these ladies could be your grandmother!

  • 22 Before And After Shots Reveal How Much Of Your Favorite Movies Are CGI

    When you’re watching a movie, you expect monsters and spaceships, and all manner of things that don’t actually exist to be computer generated. However, with the quality of contemporary visual effects, filmmakers are relying on computers more and more and real life less and less. Thanks to computer generated images, a director realize his exact vision for every scene. Buildings, trees, weather—all can be manipulated with computers and blended in seamlessly. Pretty soon, we won’t even need actors. Won’t be so smug then, will you George Clooney? Check out more photos at Business Insider.

  • The Incredible World Of…Snails? [16 Photos]

    Snails don’t get a lot of love, and one look at them pretty much tells you why. They basically appear to be boogers with antennae and a shell on their back. In a world of kittens and puppies, the snail rating on the cuteness scale is about a negative 12. But that’s only because we never get a good look at their lives up close. Ukraine-based artist and photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko aims to change that with his photographs showing the world the way snails see it, with giant berries, treacherous raindrops, and hardcore make-out sessions perched atop flower petals. Check out more of Vyacheslav Mishchenko’s photos on Facebook and maybe think twice before the next time you eat a snail, not just because they’re sort of cute after all, but also, they just don’t taste that great.

  • 14 Amazing Color Photos From The Late 1800s

    Between 1888 and 1924, the Detroit Photographic Company produced these color tinted images of black and white and sepia photographs to be sold as postcards. Graphic designer, photographer, and collector Marc Walter has amassed one of the largest private collections of these vintage travel photographs and he recently joined forces with documentarian and author Sabine Arque for a 612-page hardcover titled “An American Odyssey.” The book features photos from New York’s bustling immigrant neighborhoods in the East to Gold Rush towns of the West. Order “An American Odyssey” in May for $200.

  • 32 HQ Photos Of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

    The Wild Atlantic Way, the world’s longest coastal driving route, stretches over 1500 miles of Ireland’s west coast. There’s plenty to do along the way, with 159 “Discovery Points” marked along the route. Western Ireland is also home to some of the best whale watching in the world. But more than anything, the best part of the drive is the endless awe-inspiring vistas the country has to offer. For more info and other great photos, check out the Wild Atlantic Way on Facebook.

  • 25 Creepy Easter Bunnies To Ruin Your Holiday Weekend

    Legend has it that the Easter Bunny was created to teach kids to stay away from the filthy, disease carrying vermin. What better way to warn kids of the dangers of rabbit fever than a man in an ill-fitting, foul smelling costume forcing children to sit on his lap while blinding them with flashbulbs? The poor treatment of children during Easter was actually addressed at the 1949 Geneva Conference, and although deemed cruel, it was also found to be necessary to limit exposure to E. coli. The tradition continues to this day, where children can still be found trying in vain to escape the clutches of the awful Easter Bunny only to be rewarded with a hollow chocolate facsimile of the creature to devour on Sunday morning. Just don’t let them eat real rabbits. The lack of fatty acids in the meat causes rabbit starvation. Devious bastards.

  • Dad Photoshops Sons Onto Classic Album Covers [17 Photos]

    Awesome dad Lance Underwood takes pictures of his two sons, Taj and Amar, and Photoshops them onto classic jazz, hip-hop, and rock album covers. Not only do the kids get an amazing wardrobe out of the project, like tiny versions of the hip musicians they stand in for, they also will have the coolest photo album to share when they’re all grown up. Be sure to check out the rest of the photos at QT Albums.

  • 50 Years Of The Ford Mustang [51 Photos]

    50 years ago today, Ford introduced the Mustang at the 1964 New York’s World Fair. It’s unique shape, a sporty coupe with a long hood and short rear deck, was the first of the “pony car” class, including such other iconic cars as the Camaro and Firebird. The Mustang has been in continuous production for 50 years and is showing no signs of stopping. The 2015 Mustang, the sixth generation of the model, recently appeared atop the Empire State Building to celebrate the car’s 50th birthday in the city where it all began at the New York Auto Show. We’ve chosen a a Mustang for every year of the last half-century to include in the gallery below. Which is your favorite?

  • 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.