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The World’s Oldest Pants: 3000+ Years Old and They Haven’t Changed Much… at Least For Hippies

Wednesday 06.04.2014 , Posted by
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Long before gowns, robes, tunics, and togas were the common dress in the Roman Empire, nomadic herders in western China were pulling on pants. This pair of trousers excavated from a Yanghai graveyard in China’s Tarim Basin are between 3,300 and 3,000 years old, making them the oldest example of this form of apparel known to exist… and they look a lot like hippie pants. [Read more...]

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A Moment After Kissing His Subjects, This Photographer Takes a Shot

Tuesday 06.03.2014 , Posted by
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Jedediah Johnson says he picked up photography as a way to meet girls he could kiss. At first it didn’t go as planned (meeting lots of girls, but kissing none of them), but it sure looks like it’s working now. His series, The Makeout Project is a lip locked affair that sees the Chicago-based artist donning copious amounts of red lipstick and kissing his subjects, both women and men. Shortly after he removes his lips – but before he removes his steadying hand – Jedediah takes his photo. [Read more...]

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Short on Space? Try Ultra-Small Bonsai Trees

Tuesday 06.03.2014 , Posted by
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Is your tiny studio apartment too tiny even for a bonsai tree? Nope. These are easily small enough. Apparently there’s an ultra-small bonsai trend sweeping Japan that includes examples reaching no higher than 3cm (1.18 in)! Not all there are trees of course – many are succulents and some are even weeds plucked from the sidewalk. [Read more...]

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Google Sent One Man to a Deserted Japanese Island… to Map It

Monday 05.26.2014 , Posted by
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Forget roads. Google is more and more frequently found mapping the entire face of the planet, often with their 360 degree recording, backpack-based Google Trekker. In one recent adventure, they sent one man to document abandoned Hashima island off the coast of Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan. With buildings deteriorating so quickly that it’s reported you can hear concrete collapse when the wind blows, it could be the Trekker’s most dangerous foray yet. Don’t worry about wearing a hard hat though – you can now tour the island from the safety of your screen. [Read more...]

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My First Rifle: Photos of Kids and Their Guns

Wednesday 05.21.2014 , Posted by
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For much of the western world, owning a gun is near unthinkable… let alone giving one to your young child. That’s part of what prompted Dutch photographer An-Sofie Kesteleyn to jump on a plane for America, just one month after seeing the tragic story of a 5-year old boy in Kentucky who killed his 2-year old sister with a practice rifle (an event which was deemed an accident). [Read more...]

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These Photos Capture Unbelievable Cargo Transported By Motorbike

Saturday 05.17.2014 , Posted by
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Your tiny bike basket can only dream of transporting the incredible amount of things carried by these bikers in Vietnam. In his book entitled Bikes of Burden, photographer Hans Kemp provides a glimpse of the towering piles of precious cargo transported by motorbike each day in Vietnam. Ranging from common items such as baskets and eggs to more motley collections like hula hoops and goldfish, the perfectly-packed loads reveal the quirky scope of things offered for sale and seem to completely disregard the physics of high-speed movement, gravity, and acceleration.  [Read more...]

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Watch this Gentleman Enjoy the Five Stages of Inebriation

Thursday 05.15.2014 , Posted by
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Seriously, how great are vintage photographs when people aren’t acting stiff and formal?! Sometime between 1863 and 1868 Sydney photographer Charles Percy Pickering took these absolutely informal images of drunkenness in five stages, played by one convincing fellow in his studio. It looks like someone won’t be remembering Friday night! [Read more...]

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After English and Spanish, What’s the Most Common Language in Your State?

Wednesday 05.14.2014 , Posted by
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Did you know German is the third most spoken language in Colorado, or that it’s Hmong in Minnesota? What’s the third most spoken language in your state?

This map is too interesting. Yes, most people in the US speak English in daily life, followed down the list by Spanish in all but seven states… but what comes third? This map from Slate details some surprising results and points to drastically different histories of immigration across the US. [Read more...]

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These Images Reveal Sharp Lines in Mexico’s Wealth Disparity

Tuesday 05.13.2014 , Posted by
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In some places of the world, all it takes is looking out your back window to see the effects of poverty. These images drive that fact home, showing locations where homes of relative opulence run up next to those less fortunate. Here the houses of the “haves” are bright white, surrounded by well manicured lawns and strikingly clean; but an arms length across a clearly defined line we see the “have nots” with humble dwellings, grey and cobbled together. Is this the world we want to see? [Read more...]

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Corey Arnold Captures the Fun of Working the World’s Most Dangerous Job

Tuesday 05.13.2014 , Posted by
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Beating into towering walls of freezing water in search of fish, crab and octopus might not sound like the most enjoyable form of employment, but photographer/fisherman Corey Arnold’s fantastic book Fish-Work: The Bering Sea surely makes it look that way (besides an odd missing finger or two). [Read more...]

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