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  • 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. 

  • Oculus Rift Experiment Lags Reality by Slowing Down Vision

    In a brilliant attempt to stay ahead of a trend that hasn’t even come out yet, Swedish energy provider Umeå Energi’s gigabit internet service took Oculus Rift, the new virtual reality headset that Facebook recently acquired, to show how lag effects reality. The point is to mount a camera on the front of an Oculus Rift and then it feeds video onto the headset’s screen, with the video staying between 0.3 seconds and an entire three seconds behind. The user’s perception of reality is so skewed showing how much a tiny lag effects real time.

  • 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.

  • Incredible Before And After Of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” Visual Effects [Video]

    Last week we posted before and after photos of recent CGI-heavy movies. But just because all those movies were from the last few years, doesn’t mean that green screens are a strictly contemporary phenomena. “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” was released 26 years ago and much of the movie features veteran actor Bob Hoskins, who played Smee in “Hook” and Mario Mario in the awful “Super Mario Bros.” film, interacting with cartoon characters. For the scenes that take place in Toon Town, Hoskins is the only non-animated entity. Watch this incredible before and after video of Hoskins acting alone in front of a blue screen and see all the hard work that went in to making a childhood favorite.

  • The Coolest Grandma On Twitter

    Hey, I guess they’re right. Senior citizens, although slow and dangerous behind the wheel, can still serve a purpose. They can make us laugh on Twitter! Baddie, who has been stealing men since 1928, is our new favorite Twitter celebrity. Check out her adventures at Hooters and her high fashion @baddiewinkle. Too bad my grandma doesn’t have a sassy Twitter account, but I guess nobody wants to see selfies form inside a coffin. And now I’m sad.

  • Your Post-Workout Protein Shake Should Be Loaded With Insects [Link]

    Are you still reaching for powdered whey protein for your workout shake? You’re doing it wrong, bro. Insects are the way to go. At up to 65% protein by weight and loaded with vitamins and amino acids, dried crickets might be the new go-to for protein supplements. But before we start adding cricket concentrate to our protein bars, people need to get used to the idea of eating bugs. Or maybe just realize that they already eat plenty of insects every day. 

  • MRI Scans Of Fruits And Vegetables Are Way More Interesting Than You Think [20 GIFs]

    All I can think of when looking at these MRI scans of fruits and vegetables is how good their insurance must be. I was told to get one once, but couldn’t quite afford the billion dollars it costs with garbage insurance. I may have to suffer from terrible headaches and night terrors, but at least now I know what an MRI of a spaghetti squash looks like! After seeing these, I won’t be able to eat a persimmon without picturing a giant leach trying to suck my face. Luckily, I don’t know where to acquire persimmons. Seriously, though, these are pretty incredible pictures and there are plenty more on Inside Insides, where you can also purchase prints of your favorites. Nothing says hip, creative intellectual like a print of an MRI of some kale.

  • Amazing Aerial Shots of Hidden NYC Rooftops [13 Photos]

    Alex Maclean is known for his beautiful aerial shots as taken from planes. His ventures have taken him across beautiful landscapes all across the world, but none more interesting then the hidden rooftops of New York City. His book “Up On The Roof: New York’s Secret Skyline Spaces” shows a view rarely seen, in fact hardly ever seen before Google maps satellite imagery, and even with that details are hard to come by. Maclean shows secret tranquil pools, gardens and antique planes above the chaos of the city. 

  • 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.

  • The Four Seasons Hotel Now Has A Private Jet To Extend Their Luxurious Experience

      The Four Seasons hotels have really taken it up a notch with a new private luxury jet. Each trip personalized with their own itineraries and luxurious accommodations for every passenger. The luxury five-star hotel company is making an extension of their luxurious service with air travel by giving a Boeing 757 plane a complete overhaul for private use. “From the Serengeti to Thailand and everywhere in between, Four Seasons has carefully crafted an unbeatable experience that melds world-class destinations, exciting activities, and luxurious amenities and service to create an unparalleled vacation experience. Explore the world in ways you never thought imaginable with the expertise of the travel professionals from Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.”

  • Robinson Cano Surprises Booing Yankees Fans [Video]

    Robinson Cano returns to New York today, but no longer as a Yankee. He left the Yanks for Seattle and a $240 million, 10-year contract. Although most folks would go where the money is, that doesn’t mean fans still aren’t angry. To help them blow off steam, Jimmy Fallon presented a giant portrait of the second baseman for fans to boo in public. They didn’t know the real Robinson Cano was right behind the picture. How quickly their attitudes change…

  • A Message from Palcohol

    Palcohol wants to give you some important safety tips on using its powdered alcohol before it’s inevitably banned for being unsafe. A Message from Palcohol from Funny Or Die

  • BMW’s Vision of the Future Looks Promising

    BMW recently released specs from it’s newest concept, the Vision Future Luxury, a beautiful futuristic car they’ll be taking technology and engineering from in their near future models. Using what they’re calling ‘subtractive modeling’, the German car manufacturer focused solely on a minimalistic approach to luxury, simply meaning the car is made of layers, first carbon fiber, then “user interface components,” (gauges, lights and panels, then the aluminum framing. After that the true luxury trimming is added on with handcrafted wood and leather accents. The idea was to ‘subtract’ any unnecessary luxury to the car, while keeping up with the standard of the word. Once the layers are put in, then BMW really got into the good stuff. Precise laser headlights, LED rear lights, a back seat tablet for passengers in the center console and a 3D control panel giving some serious depth to dashboard gauges.

  • The 45 Most Popular Women On Instagram of 2014

    Back in January we published a story called The 50 Most Popular People on Instagram of 2014 and in the months since it has gone mega viral all over the web. To narrow things down a bit we’ll focus on the women of Instagram. As you’ll see from the list the Jenner/Kardashian family has a dominance over Instagram that is nearly unmatchable.

  • The Most Popular Drunk Foods Around The World

    BuzzFeed Yellow has produced a rather insightful video on the choice food for a late night drunk snack around the globe. In America the perfect compliment to a long night of boozing is pepperoni pizza, while in Japan a bowl of ramen hits the spot. Italians keep it fairly light with a porchetta sandwich they enjoy a bowl of champ (whipped potatoes).

  • Google’s Self-Driving Car on City Streets Can Now Detect Construction Zones and Cyclists

    It’s been a while since we’ve last heard from Google’s self driving car. Last we heard the tech mogul was “working out the kinks” related to a self-sufficient driving machine in a crowded urban environment, not just a highway. Google wants their self-driving cars to be conscious of unpredictable road distractions like a cyclist using a hand signal to cross a lane or construction zones. The vehicle becomes aware of the orange street signs and immediately knows to be on the lookout for construction zones and detoured lanes. The self-driving cars have logged over 70,000 miles in Google’s Mountain View, California.

  • A Precise Look at the United Nations of Baseball

    Over the years arguments over baseball territories have taken years off the lives of men and women alike in the corner of sports bars across America. Those days are now numbered. With the stroke of a few keys, The New York Times created an interactive map showing the exact location based on zip codes of Baseball fandom.  Using aggregated data provided by the Facebook, The Times created an unprecedented look at the geography of baseball fandom, narrowing down to precise detail the exact line pinstripes turn red in connecticut, or the line in chicago that separates sox from cubs loyals. Check out the entire article with fully interactive capabilities here.  

  • 4 Reasons Why You Won’t Be Using Google Glass

    Wearable tech; it’s fast becoming an industry in its own right. So it’s to be expected that there’s been a fair amount of chatter about the launch of Google Glass. But is the buzz really justified? If you’re not turned on by all the geeky talk about specs and functions, is there room for Google Glass in your life? Having played with it, I’m looking past the technology to give you a summary of what Google Glass gives you on a more practical level.

  • Epic Nike Commercial Featuring Ronaldo, Rooney, and The Hulk [Video]

    This epic new commercial from Nike Football (the soccer kind) for their #RiskEverything campaign features kids transforming into soccer superstars, like Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, with every kick of the ball. The commercial is so spectacular, the Incredible Hulk even makes an appearance! If this commercial doesn’t get you amped up for the World Cup, nothing will. Hey, it’s only one time every four years that you have to watch soccer. Plus, it’s a great excuse to get drunk with foreigners!

  • The Dos and Don’ts of Approaching a Woman at the Bar

    You may think you’re being charming when you throw your drunken arms around a strange woman’s waist at the bar to tell her how her beautiful eyes remind you of whirlpools, but chances are you’ve both frightened and annoyed her. No matter how suave they are in their minds, guys tend to scare women away with their pick-up tactics in these darkened venues. Here are some tips from a woman to let you know why you’re scaring the ladies away at night and how to turn that around.

  • 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.

  • 25 Years Of The Reebok Pump In 25 Photos

    Can you believe it has been 25 years since Reebok Pumps were first released? If you had parents who loved you, you were probably fortunate enough to own a pair. My parents hated me so I had a pair of Spalding Typhoons. I blame my short basketball career, 1994-1994, on the fact that I didn’t have real Pumps. Anyway, here are 25 classic pics of Pumps to celebrate their 25th birthday. They enabled Dee Brown to win the dunk contest. They helped Ripley kill Aliens. They are even rad enough to almost take attention away from Gheorghe Mureșan’s eyebrows. Almost.

  • 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.

  • Wyoming Bachelor Pad With Indoor Stream [9 Photos]

    This Wyoming bachelor pad has everything you could possibly want—a huge great room, a billiards room, and even an indoor stream! That’s right, the foyer features a glass covered indoor stream right under your feet. And the same groundwater pumped in for the stream is also found in conduits located under the home for the geothermal cooling system. The 4400 square foot home also features 3 bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, along with studio and office space. The home was constructed using reclaimed wood, giving it a rustic, weathered appearance despite being built just 10 years ago. It’s a great house, just be sure to keep your more girthsome friends out of the foyer. I don’t know how strong that glass is.

  • The Michael Pineda Guide to Pine Tar

    New York Yankees Starter Michael Pineda was ejected in the second inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox for having a blotch of pine tar on his neck. This was the second time in two weeks Pineda had a run-in for using the “illegal” substance. Pine Tar, although illegal for pitchers to use in the rule books, is used quite frequently, but with great precaution and discretion. It’s an unwritten rule that batters and pitchers alike play with it, but because of it’s frequent use, both teams usually keep quiet about it. What Michael Pineda did, however, was a shockingly blatant method and the Red Sox capitalized on it. It looks as though Pineda has been having some trouble using pine tar in a discrete manor, so we thought we’d help him out for future outings on the mound. You see Michael, you’re using it all wrong. A blatant slap of tar on your neck is going to be noticeable as will a discoloration on the bottom brim of your cap, but what umps and opposing teams will never see coming is a complete image change. Some facial hair or even mascara will take you the full 9 next time you more »

  • 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.

  • The World Without Ice Caps Looks Much Wetter

    Are you having a good day? Well this is sure to bring you down! Recent studies suggest that there is enough ice in the polar ice caps to cause about 250-300 ft rise in sea level if they melt. With more than 75% of the planet’s population living less than 300 feet above sea level, this could be trouble. This map illustrates what a 260 foot rise in sea level would look like. What’s that? You live in a city on the east coast of the US? Not anymore. And say goodbye to Nana and Pop Pop, sunning themselves by their condo in Boca: all of Florida will go bye-bye. Although a depressing subject, the map is well-done and its classic style makes it a great piece that will fit in with pretty much any aesthetic. Just don’t look at it too closely if you want to remain blissfully ignorant. Order one today from Halcyon Maps for $42.

  • The Woolworth Building Became The World’s Tallest Building 101 Years Ago [11 Photos]

    On April 24, 1913, the Woolworth Building opened on Broadway in Lower Manhattan and became the world’s tallest building. At 792 feet, the 60-story building held the title from 1913 to 1930 and is still one of the country’s 50 tallest and one of New York City’s twenty tallest buildings. Its original appearance was akin to that of European Gothic cathedrals, leading to tis nickname “the Cathedral of Commerce.” Much of the original terra-cotta facade was replaced with cast stone and Gothic ornamentation was removed during a restoration in the late 70s, however the ornate lobby has been preserved and is still a major tourist draw. These photos of the construction come from the New York Public Library’s Flickr account. For more information on touring the Woolworth Building, visit Woolworth Tours.

  • 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!

  • Dance Videos With WWE Commentary Are Brilliant

    The Jamaican dancehall craze known as “daggering” is basically a mix between professional wrestling and sex, so mixing daggering videos with WWE commentary is a no-brainer. The result is brilliant, but be warned, kiddies: don’t try this at home. Daggering has been banned in Jamaica because too many dudes were crushing their naughty bits. And just in case you’re not familiar with daggering, we’ve also included Major Lazer’s “Pon Da Floor” to give you an idea of what it’s all about.