• Russians Go To Hong Kong; Climb All The Things [35 HQ Photos]

    Fun Fact*: Russians have 38 words for “vodka” but no word for “nope.” But what is it with Russians and their complete lack of fear? Is it the vodka coursing through their veins? Or maybe their ushankas are too tight, cutting off circulation to their brains. Whatever the reason, the lack of a fear gene in Russian DNA has enabled them to be a country of daredevils, especially when it comes to climbing tall buildings without any sort of safety precautions. Vitaliy Raskalov and Vadim Makhorov are two such brave (or insane) individuals who recently traveled to Hong Kong and climbed pretty much everything. Some of their most dizzying photos are below, but you can view the rest and other crazy adventures at their site, On The Roofs.  *Not a fact.

  • Put Away Your Pail And Shovel, Your Sand Creations Will Never Look This Good [15 Photos]

    When you think Moscow artist, you probably imagine someone who specializes in bleak paintings or some other medium that is certainly not beach sand. But Moscow does in fact have beaches and the Russian capital is also home to one of the world’s best sand sculptors, Ilya Filimontsev. Ilya took up sand sculpting in 2005 and clearly illustrated an aptitude for it. Before long, he was attending events in North America, Europe, and Asia, taking home plenty of awards along the way. Check out more of Ilya Filimontsev’s incredible work on Facebook and Flickr.

  • Mobile Bachelor Pad Allows For Camping In Style [7 Photos]

    We all like to get away from everything and head into the wilderness for some peace and quiet, but that doesn’t mean we have to go full Ted Kaczynski and while away the hours in a creepy shack, composing technology-fearing manifestos. Why go camping when you can go “glamping?” (Pardon the portmanteau of glamorous and camping, we promise never to use it again.) The Soul Box from Allergutendinge allows you to camp wherever you want without sacrificing the comforts of home. It’s a minimal two-story, mobile structure with a kitchen and bed on the first floor and viewing platform above. The bed doubles as a step to the upper level. The front folds down, becoming a patio, an the top can open up to let in sunlight. Maybe survivalists would have a more pleasant disposition if they opted for such a bright and breezy abode.

  • This Nevada Town Was Destroyed By An Atomic Bomb In 1955 [21 Photos]

    During the 1950s, the US government routinely held atomic bomb tests in Nevada, a number of which were above-ground and could easily be seen in nearby Las Vegas. In May 1955, as the cold war arms race intensified between the US and the Soviet Union, LIFE photographer Loomis Dean traveled to Nevada’s Yucaa Flats to capture the aftermath of an atomic blast test. The series, never published in the magazine, shows the chilling remnants of a town constructed for the sole purpose of being destroyed by the bomb. If only the mannequins were able to duck and cover…

  • Inside The World’s Deepest Cave [15 Photos]

    In Abkhazia, Georgia you can find the spelunking mecca known as Krubera Cave. First discovered in 1960, Krubera Cave is the deepest known cave on Earth. It wasn’t found to be the deepest until 2001, when an expedition of the Ukrainian Speleological Association reached a depth of 5610 feet, besting the previous record, Lamprechtsofen in the Austrian Alps, by over 250 feet. History was made yet again in 2004 when Krubera was found to be more than 2000 meters (6561 feet) deep, the only cave known to be so deep [insert “yo momma” joke here]. For more photos and information on Krubera cave, check out English Russia.

  • #TBT Featuring Helen Mirren [20 Photos]

    Back in November, Jon Stewart interviewed Jennifer Lawrence and pointed out how much the actress looks like a young Helen Mirren. In a recent interview, Mirren herself acknowledged the resemblance but stated that Lawrence is actually prettier than her younger self. There’s no denying there is some similarity, but any reason to look at pictures of a young Helen Mirren is fine with us. These photos were taken in the late 60s and early 70s, when Mirren was just beginning her career. Enjoy these pics and try your hardest not to think about how Dame Helen Mirren will be celbrating her 69th birthday next week.

  • You’ll Never Guess What These Sculptures Are Made From [17 Photos]

    One can get bored looking at sculptures made from clay or marble all the time. Artist Yong Ho Ji must have recognized this when he chose to work in a most unique medium—old tires. The Korean artist masterfully uses strips from old tires to create these detailed, realistic sculptures of all manner of man and beast. If you look closely, you can see the tread, giving the sculptures a one-of-kind texture. Check out more of this incredible work at Yon Ho Ji’s website.

  • 45 Early Photos Of Babe Ruth From The Library Of Congress

    On July 11, 1914, George Herman “Babe” Ruth, Jr. played his first professional baseball game. The 19-year-old Boston Red Sox pitcher won the game against the Cleveland Naps, 4-3. He wen 0-for-2 at bat, striking out the first time and then removed for a pinch hitter in the seventh inning. It was not a glorious start, but he would go on to become the biggest baseball player of the era. To celebrate Babe Ruth’s baseball centennial, we collected these Library of Congress photos from early in his career. Also, we came across his World War I draft card, listing his occupation as “Base Ball” and his place of employment as “Fenway Park.”

  • Bird’s Eye View Airport Photos Are Surprisingly Peaceful [12 Photos]

    When you think about airports, you think about the stress of arriving hours before your flight; the stress of getting fondled and interrogated by TSA; the stress of making it to your gate before your flight leaves despite arriving at the airport hours ago. And if you’re afraid of flying, there’s that, too. Airports are not a peaceful place. At least, they aren’t from our point of view, here on the ground. But when you look down at airports from satellite images, they don’t seem so bad. Just expanses of runways and some cute little planes. Even the world’s busiest airports, like Heathrow and JFK, look serene. For more of these calming airport images, check out Holding Pattern. Just don’t let these pictures fool you, airports are still awful.

  • 3D Images From 1920 Work Better Than You’d Expect [28 Photos and GIFs]

    Before we had 3D IMAX movies, people had to get their 3D fix from stereoscopic images. The stereoscopic process, developed in 1838, originally entailed the use of two drawings slightly different from each other. When viewed as a single image through a special device, the drawing appeared in 3D. When photography was invented, photographs were used and stereograms took off. You may be more familiar with this process through the View-Master toys we all had in the 80s to look at 3D images of Fraggle Rock.

  • This UK House Is Made Out Of Garbage [10 Photos]

    The University of Brighton has added a new building—and it’s unlike any structure in the United Kingdom. The “Waste House,” designed by architect Duncan Baker-Brown of BBM Architects and his students at the University is the first permanent house in the country to be made entirely of recycled material. The materials used were salvaged from demolition sites and found on Freegle, a website where people give away their junk. The most incredible part of the house is the insulation. Windows on the walls allow you to peer in at the variety of materials used to insulate the house, including 20,000 toothbrushes, DVD cases, and two tons of denim. The home will remain on campus permanently and act as a design workshop focusing on sustainable development.

  • Franciele Perão Is The Best Reason To Cheer On Brazil [41 Photos]

    Are you still undecided on who you want to win today’s World Cup match between Germany and Brazil? After these photos of Brazilian model Franciele Perão in her home country’s jersey hit Reddit, we think a few undecided folks have since pledged allegiance to Brazil. After all, who wouldn’t get behind those hips? Be sure to follow Franciele Perão on Facebook.

  • A Photographer Toured North Korea—But Can He Trust What He Saw? [24 Photos]

    Danish photographer Ulrik Pedersen recently traveled to North Korea, capturing these photos of everyday life. At first he was surprised at just how normal life in the isolated dictatorship appeared, but then he realized he wasn’t getting a realistic view of the nation. Pedersen was there for two weeks, and the entire time he was accompanied by his tour guide and driver along with numerous check-ins from government officials. He even noticed that many of the buildings he saw were fakes, constructed simply to back up the made-up stories from his guides. It was this deceptive nature that leads Pedersen to believe that the people are worse off than he previously imagined. For more eye-opening photo collections, visit Ulrik Pedersen Photography.

  • 9 Mind Blowing Photos Of Typhoon Neoguri From Space

    Typhoon Neoguri is currently battering Okinawa as it moves torwards Japan’s main island of Honshu. The storm, expecting to reach Tokyo on Thursday, is the equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane, with sustained winds of 123 mph and gusts up to 168 mph. Early this morning, Alexander Gerst, an astronaut from the European Space Agency currently aboard the International Space Station, captured these incredible photos as the ISS traveled over the Pacific. The size of the storm has been compared to Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the US east coast in 2012. Keep up with Gerst’s photos from ISS at Flickr.

  • Astronomy Photographer Of The Year Finalists Announced [8 HQ Photos]

    The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the finalists for its sixth annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year Award. The competition ends September 17 and on the following day, an exhibition of the winning images opens at the Royal Observatory. The overall winner will be awarded £1500 ($2500), while winners of each of the different categories will receive £500 ($850). For more info on the contest and exhibition, visit Royal Museums Greenwich. More of the submitted photos can be viewed at the contest’s official Flickr album.

  • 17 Photos Of “Fancy Cycling” Tricks From 1901

    Although initially developed in the mid-1800s, the bicycle as we know it today really took off in the 1890s, thanks to the invention of the pneumatic tire and rear freewheel. The bicycle craze took hold across Europe and America and it was only a matter of time before old-timey daredevils were doing tricks that would curl your mustache. In 1901, “Fancy Cycling” by Isabel Marks was published. The book featured photos of unenthusiastic Edwardian socialites engaging in all manner of cycling shenanigans. The book was republished last year and is available on Amazon.

  • 33 Never Before Seen Photos Of World War I

    On June 28, 1914, Bosnian Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. This event led Austria-Hungary to decalre war on Serbia and due to the alliance system, by August of 1914, most of Europe became entangled in what would eventually be known as World War I. What’s incredible is that 100 years after the war began, we are still uncovering relics from the era. These previously unpublished photos reveal some of the more unfamiliar aspects of the war, including gas mask tests, pigeon lofts, and officer celebrations.

  • 50 Photos Of A July 4th Celebration In 1941

    From 1935 to 1944, the Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information collected photographs depicting American life. In total, over 175,000 black and white film negatives were collected. In 1941, photographer Ruseell Lee captured a 4th of July celebration in Vale, Oregon for the FSA. We’ve highlighted some of the best photos in this gallery to show you how this holiday has been bringing together Americans with picnics, parades, and baseball for many years. Even when a grass fire breaks out. For more photos from this incredible, historic collection, check out the Library of Congress FSA Collection.

  • Lou Gehrig Bid Farewell To Baseball 75 Years Ago

    On July 4, 1939, Yankee first baseman Lou Gehrig bid farewell to baseball. He played 17 seasons with Yankees, setting records for career grand slams and consecutive games played. He played 2130 games before taking himself out of the lineup for the first time in May, 1939. A trip to the Mayo Clinic led to a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The public was made aware of his illness on June 19 and the Yankees announced his retirement June 21. The Yankees proclaimed July 4, 1939 “Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day” and Gehrig gave the following speech, considered one of the best of 20th century, in front of 61,808 fans. Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans. Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn’t consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I’m lucky. Who wouldn’t consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, more »

  • 5 Amazing Photos Of One World Trade Center Struck By Lightning

    Hurricane Arthur is traveling up the east coast, ruining the 4th of July for everyone and last night New York got a taste of the bad weather with a sever lightning storm. As much as we cursed the storm, it did make for some fantastic visuals. The spire atop One World Trade Center made more an excellent lightning rod and a few photographers were lucky enough to capture the scene. But as cool as it was, it would be great if we could get some nice weather this weekend…

  • These Low And High Tide Photos Will Amaze You

    English photographer Michael Marten spent 8 years traveling around the British coastline, capturing the drastic changes from low to high tide. The photos, taken from the same location 6 or 18 hours apart, illustrate the power of a natural force that we usually experience gradually, oblivious to the dramatic transition. 53 such photos were collected in a book titled Sea Change: A Tidal Journey Around Britain. For more photos from the series and other projects, visit Michael Marten Fine Art Photography.

  • These “Vintage” Surfing Photos Were All Taken In The Last Decade [27 Photos]

    Since 2006, photographer Joni Sternbach has been making tintypes of surfers all over the world. Tintypes are an early style of photograph that involves producing an image on thin iron plates. The resulting image has a haunting quality that looks like something out of the late 19th century. Sternbach is working on publishing a book of the series and has a Kickstarter page set up to help with publishing costs. The project has already reached its goal, but there is still one week left for those who wish to reserve a copy or get some extras, such as archival prints. To view the rest of the series and other great work, check out Joni Sternbach Photography. 

  • 14 Hybrid Photos of London’s Bridges Then And Now

    London’s Tower Bridge turns 120 this week and to celebrate the mileston the Museum of London Docklands is hosting its largest art exhibit. Titled Bridge, the exhibit features both historical and contemporary works of art and photography showcasing the city’s many bridges. The museum used photos from their archives and contemporary photos taken from the same angle to create these hybrid photos below. No matter how life has changed over the last century, these bridges are still just as important at connecting the city and its citizens. For more info on the exhibit, running through November 2, check out the Museum of London Docklands.

  • Take A Look At Coney Island In The 60s [15 Photos]

    Born in New York in the 1940s, photographer Aaron Rose has spent more than 60 years exploring the city and capturing its citizens with his keen eye and had already produced more than 25,000 photos before the art world took notice of him in the 90s. Until a small selection of his work was shown at the Whitney Biennial in 1997, only friends and family were aware of Rose’s talent. A current show at the Museum of the City of New York titled In A World of Their Own: Coney Island Photographs by Aaron Rose, 1961-1963 spotlights 70 photos Rose captured of the city’s most famous beach. For more info on the exhibit, on display through August 3, visit the Museum of the City of New York.

  • Abandoned WWII Fighter Planes Lie Hidden In Ohio [15 Photos]

    Scrapyard worker Walter Soplata began a one-man mission in the late 1940s to save the fighter planes of World War II from being dismantled and hid them in his backyard in Newbury, Ohio. Over the years, Soplata bought up about 50 engines and 30 aircraft until his death in 2010. Family members have kept the location secret, fearing scrappers would destroy the planes, but urban explorer and photographer Johnny Joo recently stumbled upon the site. A family member gave him Joo the history and allowed him to take these incredible photos. For more great pics of long-abandoned places, check out Johnny Joo Photography on Facebook.

  • These Hyperrealistic Sculptures Are Made From Stone [11 Photos]

    We’ve shared the work of plenty of hyperrealistic painters whose oil paintings look high-resolution photographs but these hyperrealistic sculptures are in another league. Sculptor Robin Antar began working with stone in high school art classes and now, almost 40 years later, has carved her own niche in the art-world with her hyperrealistic work. Antar takes common, everyday objects and replicates them, sometimes enlarging them, but keeping every detail intact. Antar’s method involves using pieces from the actual object along with custom-made stains, paints, plastics, and gold leaf. Tell me you wouldn’t eat those Mint Milanos. And stone boxing gloves could make for one helluva funtastic bloodsport! For more work from Robin Antar, check out Realism in Stone. 

  • 10 Famous Faces As Face Paintings

    Using just makeup and face paint, makeup artist Maria Malone-Guerbaa is able to transform her models’ faces into those of celebrities and popular characters. Whereas many makeup artists rely on prosthetics to achieve similar transformations, Maria just needs paint and her natural talent. The London-based artist actually came to her profession relatively late. After starting a family and having two children, Maria decided to enroll in makeup school at the age of 33. Now 40, her immense talent has led to work in theater and television in England. Take a look at some of her work below and check out more at Facebook.

  • Love Letters As Street Art [20 Photos]

    New York-based artist Stephen Powers first garnered attention as a graffiti artist in New York City and his native Philadelphia under the name ESPO, which stood for Exterior Surface Painting Outreach. Powers gave up graffiti to become a full-time studio artist in 2000, but returned to the streets of Philadelphia in 2009 to celebrate his 25th anniversary as an artist. The project was a series of love letters to his hometown encompassing 50 walls on a 20 block stretch of Market Street. The series was a huge success and Powers took the idea on the road, painting love letters in Brooklyn, Dublin, Johannesburg, and other cities. The works were collected in two books, “A Love Letter For You” and “A Love Letter to the City,” available at Powers’ website, First and Fifteenth.

  • 1970s Brooklyn Was Nothing Like The Borough We Know Today [28 Photos]

    From 1972 to 1977, the Environmental Protection Agency sponsored DOCUMERICA, a project set up to “photographically document subjects of environmental concern.” Like the FSA photographers of the New Deal, many of the DOCUMERICA photographers interpreted this to be a broader “document America in all its forms” type of project. And its a good thing they did. World-renowned photographer Danny Lyon was one of the 70 DOCUMERICA photographers. Lyon documented inner-city life in El Paso, Galveston, Houston, Chicago, Brooklyn, and Patterson, New Jersey. His photos capture low-income and ethnic neighborhoods that would end up facing extinction, but not from environmental concerns. It would be in the name of “progress” that this way of life would eventually disappear. Brooklyn is New York City’s fastest-growing borough and its gentrified neighborhoods are drawing more and more young professionals, but it wasn’t always like that. In the 1970s, as neighborhoods continued to shift form Italian and Jewish to black and Puerto-Rican, racial tensions led to rising crime rates and an exodus of almost 500,000 residents, many of them white. Since big developers were wary of the area, Brooklyn became one of the most well-preserved 19th century cities in the country. Lyon recognized the beauty in more »

  • President Obama Plays Ping Pong, Gets Photoshopped [32 Photos]

    While in London, President Obama joined UK Prime Minister David Cameron in a game of ping pong with two students at the Globe Academy. The two lost the lighthearted doubles match, but the scene made for a great photo-op. Then the Internet saw the pictures. Over the past 24 hours, Reddit’s PhotoshopBattles was busy ‘shopping the president into scenes from Star Wars, Forrest Gump, and even sadomasochism-heavy film “Secretary.” Let this be a lesson to you: If you are photographed biting your lip while holding a ping pong paddle, you’ll soon find yourself whacking Maggie Gyllenhaal’s posterior. And check out the rest of the submissions on Reddit.

  • New York Then And Now [18 Photos and Video]

    Amateur photographer Cora Drimus traveled to New York City in April and used the photographs of her trip to make this incredible video juxtaposing the new photos with old shots, some dating back to the 19th century, of the same locations. The result is a reminder of just how much New York City and the world as a whole has changed over the course of the last century. The transition from horse and buggies to cars, railroads to highways, and the rise of ever taller skyscrapers are all documented here. Watch the video and check out some of our favorite photos below.

  • World’s Largest Underground Trampoline Unveiled [5 Photos]

    Zip World in Wales, already home to the longest zip line in the Northern Hemisphere is now claiming the world’s largest underground trampoline. Is it a default title, since it’s the only underground trampoline we know of? Probably, but that doesn’t negate how huge of a project it is. Opening to the public July 3, Bounce Below is part of the Zip World amusement park in northern Wales. An enormous slate cavern has been transformed for the project with the installation of 3 trampolines, each linked by a 60-foot slide. The first trampoline is 20 feet from the ground, the second is 60 feet, and the highest is 180 feet above the ground. Each trampoline is about 60 feet wide, accommodating plenty of people. For more info, check out Zip World.

  • Catalans Protest Using Human Towers [11 Photos]

    The Catalan people of northeastern Spain are seeking support for a referendum in November calling for the region to become an independent state. To raise awareness of the issue, Catalans in 8 European capitals, including London, Paris, Rome, and Berlin, erected human towers on June 8, at 12 PM Barcelona time. The “towers for democracy” then sparked more human towers in 60 other cities around the world, including Montreal and Santiago. Although part of Spain, Catalonia has its own unique culture and heritage. The Catalan language is its own Romance language distinct from the Spanish and French also spoken in the region. In the 1930s, Spanish dictator Francesco Franco tried to quash the identity and spirit of the Catalans, but since the 1960s, the the movement for an independent Catalonia has grown. The construction of human towers, or castells, is a practice that dates back to the early 18th century in southern Catalonia. The practice involves competing teams, or olles castelleres, elegantly raising each other up to 36 feet in the air. The unique tradition was declared Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010. Despite the Spanish government stating the Catalans have no right to call more »

  • Mexico Celebrates National Pole Dance Day [9 Photos]

    On June 8, Mexico celebrated Pole Dance National Day for the fourth year in a row. The holiday aims to bring awareness to the skill involved with the sport that is often unfairly dismissed as being sleazy. Pole dancing, or pole fitness, is an increasingly popular sport in Mexico whose practitioners claim improves their strength and fitness. During the holiday, pole dancers take to the streets, parks, and outdoor gyms and display their talent using street lamps, sign posts, or whatever else is available. Now that the holiday is popular in Mexico, it’s time for it to spread to the rest of the world. What do you say, pole dancers of the USA? Show us your stuff!

  • 25 HQ Aerial Photos That Give You A New Perspective Of The World

    In 1987, author Frank White first described the Overview Effect as an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of Earth and mankind’s place upon it. When viewing the planet from above, some astronauts have described a feeling of awe and understanding of the interconnectedness between all species. Obviously, it’s not possible for all of us to travel to space and experience the Overview Effect, but a website aims to do the next best thing by offering daily high quality satellite images of locations all over the planet. Farms, parking lots, cemeteries, cities—all are on display at the site. Some of our favorites are below, but plenty more can be found at Daily Overview.