10 Famous World Locations… Zoomed Out

Great Pyramids of Giza 2

We’ve all seen the postcards. Picturesque scenes from around the world highlighting many of the “7 wonders” in all their glory… it all looks so incredible. But what if you step back a few thousand steps? Redditor thepobv recently pulled together a truly eye-opening collection of images from many of the worlds most famous sites… then added images from far back off the tourist trail. The results are enlightening.

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Forget Expensive Costumes: Here’s Some Low Cost Cosplay

So here’s the situation: you badly want to hit up Comic-Con, but you’re a few bucks short of a fully molded, hyper-real Ironman costume… like, $3200 short. The truth is, that’s not even a problem! Enter Thai cosplay enthusiast Anucha “Cha” Saengchart and his Facebook page Low Cost Cosplay.

You’ve got a bath towel and a pillow? Mirror mirror, now you’re the Evil Queen from Snow White.

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5 Great Reasons To Read Hunter S. Thompson

I have loved Hunter Thompson’s writing ever since, in high school, the film of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas starring Johnny Depp turned me on to the book of the same name. You don’t forget a sentence like, “We were somewhere around Barstow when the drugs began to take hold.”

And you shouldn’t dismiss him, as some critics have, as a sloppy, self-indulgent, drug-ingesting hack. He took a lot of drugs, drank too much, loved guns and women (and excess in general) – he was a bit of a maniac to be sure, an imperfect character if there ever was one… and it is unfortunate that these facts obscure his real talent. Here are some of the best reasons why you should read his books and take him seriously.

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Every Human has a Pantone Color, and Angelica Dass is Finding All of Them

Black and white? We know humanity is far more diverse than that. Brazilian photographer Angelica Dass’ ongoing series Humanae has the lofty goal of recording and cataloging all possible human skin tones. From her many samples so far, we see an incredible spectrum – one which places us far closer to one another than we’re often led to see.

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We Talk to Nick Pedersen About Ultima, His Fantastically Detailed Vision of the Future

Nick Pedersen has a vision of the future, and he’s revealing it to us through vast landscapes of a world after the “peak” of human civilization. His stunningly detailed works see humans in a not so distant time, surrounded by the ruins of society as we know it.

Here is a world filled with nuclear power plants long dormant; the rusting hulks of cruise ships that no longer sail; and even the remnant scribbles of street art no longer speaking. It’s not all bleak however – because despite the cold, nature has come back with abundance.

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Oscar Nominees Posing On the Runway… with Younger Versions of Themselves

As the stars hit the red carpet for the 2014 Oscars, it’s time to reflect on where they’ve been before… right there on the red carpet. There are a surprising number of nominees this year who have already walked the carpet, and a number who have won before too. This collection of doctored photographs plays on that theme, putting famous stars right next to their younger, but already famous, selves.

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We’ve Got You Covered: People Matching Their Bodies to Book Covers

For anyone who adores books, this is one way to get far closer to those literary loves. Working a Thursday night at Skylight Books in LA, Emily Pullen grabbed a book and matched her body to the figure on the cover. Her friends and co-workers joined in, matching each of their bodies more or less perfectly with those on the books – everything from faces and eyeballs, to punching fists and flexing muscle men. It was addictive.

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This Is What You Look Like On TV: Olivier Culmann Photographs People Watching TV Around the World

This intimate look at the experience of watching TV is brought to you by Olivier Culmann. While it sometimes seems impossible to tear our eyes away from our favorite shows, the French photographer turns our attention back on ourselves, depicting what happens when we immerse ourselves in television’s alluring glow.  

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Classic Paintings of London On Top of Google Street Views of the City

If you walk the streets of London often enough, it’s easy to forget the massive amount of history that surrounds you. But, just looking up can send your head spinning into the past again. From the giant dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral, to the towers of Westminster Abby and the quiet banks of the Thames in Greenwich, almost every view of the old city is filled with stories from the past. Redditor shystone recently when on an internet odyssey using classic paintings from the city’s history and matching them up with modern day views from Google Street View.

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How Creatives Work: Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman died earlier this month of a heroin overdose. Many critics have said that he was perhaps the greatest actor of his generation and one of the greatest who ever lived. What made Hoffman so beloved by so many was his mixture of pure skill, drive to work, and humility. The ambition of his acting and his ability to rise to any occasion allowed him to become famous, but also are evidence of his ability to submerge himself deep into a role.  It was his honesty in his many performances that set them apart and made them memorable.

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