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  • Minimalist Illustrations of Brazil’s World Cup Stadiums

    Portugese illustrator André Chiote created stunning retro-style, minimalist posters of this year’s World Cup stadiums. Chiote illustrated five of the more popular stadiums of Brazil’s twelve stadiums. The illustrations use the official colors of the country to create shadows and break apart each stadium’s aesthetic detail. Green and yellow are used in the majority of the posters, using blue to accent one poster.

  • The Geographic Legacy of ‘Seinfeld’ [Link]

    “Seinfeld” is constantly cited as the greatest sitcom of the 90s if not of all time and its reruns still attract plenty of viewers in syndication. Thanks to exteriors shot in New York City and references to real locales, NYC tourism owes a little something to the “show about nothing,” too. Unfortunately, the sitcom, which premiered 25 years ago and ended its run in 1998, mentions many places that no longer exist. Find out which Seinfeld locations are still standing and what happened to the rest.

  • 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 These previously unpublished photos reveal some of the more unfamiliar aspects of the war, including gas mask tests, pigeon lofts, and officer celebrations.

  • Hysterical Japanese Politician Becomes Free Jazz Masterpiece [Video]

    Last week, a Japanese politician gained worldwide infamy when a video of him crying while trying to explain his flagrant use of public funds became a YouTube sensation. Just a few days later, a very talented composer and pianist was able to harmonize the hysterical outburst, resulting in this free jazz masterpiece. You know how Italian sounds like a beautiful, lilting melody? Well distraught Japanese is pretty much the opposite. Also, the lead sheet is included below so those of you that are musically inclined can follow along. Good luck…

  • Transforming X-Rays Into Art [14 Photos]

    Arie van ‘t Riet is a Dutch physicist who specializes in radiation physics, especially low-energy X-rays. At some point he realized that X-ray photography could also be art and he began capturing black and white nature scenes with his X-ray camera. He then took this method a step further by transferring them to Photoshop then inverting the images and selectively coloring them. The resulting images are brilliant nature scenes like you’ve never seen before. For more info on the process and to see the original X-rays, visit X-Ray Radiography of Nature.

  • Nothing Says “America” Like A Laser Fight On The Statue Of Liberty [Video]

    Is there a better way to celebrate freedom than watching a children’s cartoon featuring a laser battle atop the Statue of Liberty? No. Of course there isn’t. In 1987 we were blessed with a feature length G.I. Joe cartoon movie that featured this incredible introduction. Jersey City is promising a huge spectacular at Liberty State Park tonight, so let’s keep our fingers crossed for something at least half this amazing.

  • Visualizing Joey Chestnut’s Incredible Caloric Intake [Infographic]

    Joey Chestnut first appeared on the competitive eating circuit in 2005. That year, he placed third in Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, downing 32 hot dogs. The next year he lost to reigning champ Takeru Kobayashi by less than 2 dogs. Then in 2007 he won the famous July 4 contest and has won every year since. Today, while Chestnut hopes to capture his 8th title and the glutton-fest, let us take a look at just how many calories that human vacuum consumes.

  • 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.

  • Hulk Hogan Is A Real American [24 Photos]

    There’s no denying that Hulk Hogan is a real American. He fought for what’s right against the Soviet Union when he took on Nikolai Volkoff. He fought for his life against Iran when he took on the Iron Sheik. Hell, he was even Mr. America for a brief stint in 2003. Salute the man by looking through this gallery of his most American moments while listening to his best entrance song, “Real American” by Rick Derringer.

  • Ernest Hemingway’s Summer Camping Recipes [Link]

    July 4 is the perfect day to cook out, with fireworks, friends, and beer all day long. Unless Hurricane Arthur is currently kicking your ass, you have no excuse for not firing up the barbecue. And since we’re celebrating America, why not try a recipe from one of our greatest writers, Ernest Hemingway? Here’s one of Papa’s favorites, bacon-wrapped trout.

  • 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 »

  • Uncle Joey Got Married So The Cast Of “Full House” Reunited [12 Photos]

    Dave Coulier got hitched at an outdoor ceremony in lovely Paradise Valley, Montana on July 2, and the guest list was full of familiar faces (because you know Joey Gladstone would never get married with out Danny Tanner and Jesse Katsopolis by his side). Yes, Coulier’s wedding was practically a “Full House” reunion with former co-stars Bob Saget, Candance Cameron Bure, John Stamos, and Andrea Barber all in attendance. Although Michelle and Stephanie weren’t able to make it out they all still remain great friends and seem to have impromptu reunions once every six months.

  • That Time We Drove An All Electric Harley-Davidson Through The Streets Of Manhattan… [Photos]

    A few weeks back Harley-Davidson stormed into NYC with their new Project LiveWire bike we’ve been telling you so much about. Since we’re such huge fans of the brand we got the opportunity to be one of the first in America to actually test drive the bike on the streets of Manhattan. Our lasting impression, beyond the fact that it rides similarly to a traditional Harley-Davidson minus the growl, is the fact that it has effortless, white-knuckle pick me up that will take you from stoplight to cruising in a matter of seconds. A very impressive trait you won’t find in any other all-electric, street-legal vehicles on the road today. If you have interest in Harley-Davidson we certainly encourage you to visit projectlivewire.com to follow the Project LiveWire tour and learn more about testing the bike at your local stop. We’re working on getting pictures of our test drive around Manhattan and the event, where we sipped cocktails and mingled with Harley-Davidson executives, so keep following us on @RSVLTS for more.

  • Photo of the Day: Hurricane Arthur As Seen From Space

    Beach-goers along the East Coast are going to have a soggy 4th of July…unless Tim Howard saves us all. The first tropical system of the Atlantic season, Tropical Storm Arthur, formed off southern Florida on July 1, 2014, and is moving north along the coast. NASA snapped the following image from their Terra satellite on July 2 at 11:35 a.m. when Arthur was 105 miles east of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

  • 21 Reasons Why Firework Fails Are Much Better In GIF Form

    Every neighborhood has the 4th of July all-star who says f&%k you to the local firework display by putting on a rogue show of his own in the front yard. Some will light off a few bottle rockets while over overachievers end up on this list of reasons why amateur firework displays are much Better in GIF Form. Important life advice from the guy in GIF number 7…

  • 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.

  • 8 OF THE MOST PATRIOTIC ALCOHOLIC DRINKS YOU CAN HAVE ON THE 4TH OF JULY [Link]

    With the 4th of July weekend about to begin, there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself imbibing an alcoholic beverage in the next three days. But since we’ll be celebrating America, you’ll want to make sure you’re drinking something patriotic and not committing a faux pas, sipping on a cognac with your pinky in the air. So look through this list and be sure to drink like a true American. You can go without your Islay single malt for one weekend.

  • Richard Linklater Plays The Ultimate Long Game With New Film “Boyhood” [Video]

    Filmmaker Richard Linklater has definitely had a varied career. He has directed mainstream hits, such as “Dazed and Confused” and “School of Rock,” while also taking risks with projects like “Waking Life” and “A Scanner Darkly.” His latest movie, “Boyhood,” falls into the latter group. Linklater wanted to make a movie following a boy’s life, which has been done to death, but he wanted to use the same boy throughout the movie. This meant that Linklater and the rest of the crew, featuring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, would film a little bit of the movie each year for 12 years. This was an epic undertaking and we’ll see if it pays off when “Boyhood” is released later this month.

  • 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. 

  • A Timeline of the Most Recognizable Boot on the Soccer Pitch

    Nike has always been renowned for innovation in footwear technology. They’ve always managed to push the envelope, keeping whatever market they choose to infiltrate on their toes. Literally. Most recently breaking into snowboarding, an industry already saturated with boot manufactures and brands, but Nike being Nike managed to breakthrough the barriers, by creating one of the most advanced boots on the market. Undeniably wiggling themselves into the upper echelon of the industry. In 1996 they did they same with soccer. They found the best player in the world, at the time being Ronaldo (Not that Ronaldo), a young Brazilian force to be reckoned with and they studied him for two years. Then in 1998, they released the Nike Mercurial, a skeptical boot with never before seen technology. The rest is history. Today roughly half the players on each team you see playing in the World Cup have on the Mercurials in either orange or neon yellow, the two colorways Nike chose for this year’s release.

  • Top 5 Speeches From Fictional American Presidents in Movies

    In the crazy mixed up world we live in, fiction many times takes precedent over non-fiction. The grey area can sometimes even confuse the history of the world with fantasy. We’d like to think… Well we hope to think we can distinguish the two and commemorate great speeches made by fictional American Presidents. Now we know none of these speeches can compare to the eloquence of The Gettysburg Address or the courage of Teddy’s Milwaukee speech minutes after an assassination attempt left him wounded by a gun shot. These fictional speeches by actors live on in the distance of JFK’s Moon speech or LBJ’s address on equal rights, but in the generation we live in some of these speeches, ironically or not, have become more familiar than the great ones of our past leaders. We’re not trying to glorify them, more like ‘distinguish’ them from truth… And also expose the sheer awesomeness that are the Top 5 Speeches from Fictional American Presidents in Movies.

  • 149 Bob Dylan Acetates Discovered In NYC Closet

    3 months ago, the music collectible treasure hunters at Record Mecca uncovered 149 Bob Dylan acetates in a closet in New York City. The acetates, records cut in real-time to give performers and producers an idea of how their work-in-progress sounds, were cut during sessions for Dylan’s Nashville Skyline, Self Portrait, and New Morning. But what’s on them? Record Mecca’s Jeff Gold explains: We discovered many of the acetates were unreleased versions of songs, in some cases with different overdubs, sometimes without any overdubs, many with different mixes, different edits and in a few cases completely unreleased and unknown versions. There are outtakes too, including electric versions of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” and “Folsom Prison Blues” recorded during the Self Portrait sessions, and a gospel tinged version of “Tomorrow is Such a Long Time” recorded during the New Morning sessions. It’s an amazing find, and Gold was sure to provide Dyaln’s office with transfers of all the music found. Although Gold is keeping many of the discs for his private collection, a few are for sale at Record Mecca, including an alternate Nashville Skyline for $7000.

  • 5 Shark Tank Pitches that Bit the Big One

    What could be better than watching people beg billionaires for money? Watching them fail, of course! Shark Tank has helped some ordinary folks achieve extraordinary success with their businesses, it’s true, but you know you watch it for the same reason you watch American Idol auditions: to see people make bigger idiots of themselves than you ever have. If it’s a bit of idiocy escapism you’re after, we’ve got five doses of Shark Tank failure from first season to last, to fuel your schadenfreude. Sit back, relax, and laugh at other people’s dreams as they tank. Ionic Ear No surprise that one of the most outrageous ideas to appear on Shark Tank swam along on the very first episode—pilot episodes set the bar high to get audiences paying attention. As a listening device, though, the Ionic Ear totally jumps the shark. While the days of techno-implants might be near, they won’t be starting with this Bluetooth speaker surgically injected into users’ ears, nor did it’s creator get the $1,000,000 he was asking for what was little more than a PowerPoint presentation. Wake’n Bacon Bacon was all the buzz when this device debuted on Season Two of Shark Tank, but by more »

  • 67 GIFS That Prove Irina Shayk Is Totally Irresistible In GIF Form

    Irina Shayk landed the July/August cover of Maxim this month and it got us thinkin’… could the world’s most beautiful WAG, a seven time Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model, be even Better in GIF Form? Surely it could not be but it is true. But as we’ve seen with everyone from  Megan Fox to Kevin Durant to Michael Jordan to people on water slides, everything is better looking, more astounding and funnier as a GIF.

  • POV Videos Of Verruckt, The World’s Tallest Waterslide

    Last fall, we shared photos of the construction of Verruckt, the world’s tallest waterslide at Kansas City’s Schlitterbahn water park. Originally slated to open in May, here we are in July and sadly the slide is still not open to the public. However, the folks at Schlitterbahn have given us hope with these two recent videos. The first is a POV video of a test run with only sand bags in the raft while the second video is a manned test run with waterpark designer Jeff Henry and ride engineer John Schooley in the raft. Now let’s just hope they open it up to the public soon!

  • The Surprising Lessons Of Drunk History [Link]

    “Drunk History” was one of the best sketches on Funny or Die and we were incredibly excited when Comedy Central picked it up as a 30-minute TV show last year. With season 2 just beginning, now is the perfect time to learn a little bit about how the show came about and what it’s like making each hilarious episode. Let writer Emily Zemler, who portrays Janis Joplin on an episode airing July 15, show you how much of the show is comedy and how much is real history. 

  • This Epic Infographic Connects 727 Musicians

    Sure, everyone knows the connection between Nirvana and the Foo Fighters via Dave Grohl or Cream and the Yardbirds via Eric Clapton but this incredibly detailed infographic goes much, much deeper. With over 500 bands connecting over 700 artists, this is the ultimate chart for music trivia enthusiasts. Best of all, you can order the masterpiece as a 39″ x 39″ print on 100 lb archival from Pop Chart Lab for $60. Click on the image below to see the full-size version.

  • Purrfect Photoshops Of Cats And Their Owners [15 Photos]

    Swiss photographer Sebastian Magnani garnered worldwide fame last year when his series “Underdogs,” featuring photos of dogs digitally spliced with their owners’ bodies, blew up on the Internet. What began as a fun side project in 2009 became a sensation across the blogosphere. Magnani’s recent series “Undercats” is the same idea, but with cats (obviously). What’s interesting is that where the dog/human hybrids seem playful and friendly, the cats spliced with their owners transform the humans into aloof, mysterious creatures. I don’t trust that one with the red earrings for a second. To view “Underdogs” and other great projects from Sebastian Magnani, be sure to check out his portfolio. 

 
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