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30 Years of Sore Thumbs: Photographer Captures His Legendary Game Controllers

Tuesday 07.29.2014 , Posted by
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Here’s some tactile nostalgia… but it might give you seriously sore thumbs. Spanish photographer Javier Laspiur has created a trip through the game controllers of yesterday, capturing a familiar, first-person view of many well remembered systems from the last 3 decades. A long time fan of gaming, his series doesn’t record the year the device came out, but instead makes it personal, tracking the first year he laid hands on each system. [Read more...]

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This Cycling Jacket Transforms You Into A Human Firefly

Monday 07.28.2014 , Posted by
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Cycling has become an increasingly-popular way to travel, but sharing the road safely is not always easy. From narrow streets to hazardous intersections, city infrastructure can present some challenging situations for bikers commuting to work or those simply desiring a leisurely ride. [Read more...]

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Surprised Kayakers Get Lifted From the Sea on the Back of a Whale

Sunday 07.27.2014 , Posted by
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“I’m on a Whale!” Well, at least that’s what I’m imagining these two kayakers said when they got an unexpected ride from a whale off the coast of Puerto Madryn, Argentina. Reported to be a father and daughter out for a scenic paddle, the two spotted a pod of southern right whales. To their surprise one of the whales came closer, swam under their tiny boat and lifted them gently out of the water on its back. They captured the entire playful encounter in a GoPro video that has now gone solidly viral… but not without controversy. [Read more...]

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Moments After This Animator Shared His Beautiful Video, His Girlfriend Said “YES!”

Friday 07.25.2014 , Posted by
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When Adam Rosenbaum decided to pop the question, he chose a format that is very close to our hearts. He created the charming animation below, sprinkled with important moments from he and his (now) fiance’s life together. We caught up with him to learn what went in to the very special moment. [Read more...]

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Which New York City Cyclist Would You Be?

Thursday 07.24.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve been to New York City – or any metropolitan area for that matter – you’ve probably spotted a few of these cyclists. Artist Kurt McRobert drew up this fantastic taxonomy of NYC bicyclists for a Time Out New York feature; and from the chain smoking “hipster,” to the “weekend warriors”, his images have nailed every single stereotype. Be careful though: you might find yourself fitting comfortably into one of these descriptions. [Read more...]

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Video Reveals Surprising Life Stories From the Homeless

Wednesday 07.23.2014 , Posted by
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It’s easy to think that homeless people are far different than ourselves – but just a short conversation can quickly reveal how easy it is to lose your footing in society. Forget about drug problems and being mentally disabled, a lot of homeless are just like us. [Read more...]

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The Village in Japan Where There are More Dolls than People

Friday 07.18.2014 , Posted by
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On the island of Shikoku, Japan lies the village of Nagoru – a place where life-size dolls outnumber people. It used to be an active community, but over the years many Nagoru locals moved to Osaka or Tokyo for jobs, and the village shrank to just a few dozen people. One of the locals that left was Ayano Tsukimi, but after years away she came back to the quaint place. In memory of her friends and family that lived there before, she began to make dolls based on their lives. [Read more...]

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A Selection From the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Wednesday 07.16.2014 , Posted by
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Every year travelers around the world take stunning photographs documenting their journey, capturing many beautiful locations, both urban and natural. National Geographic’s Travel Photo Contest is for anyone who wants to submit their favorite photos in four different categories: Spontaneous Moments, Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes and Sense of Place. This year, thousands of entries were submitted, and later this month finalists and winners will be announced. Here are 12 of our favorite images to get a taste of the incredible assortment of moments being captured. [Read more...]

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Do Cats Look Like Their Owners? Cats Faces Merged Onto Their Human Friends

Tuesday 07.08.2014 , Posted by
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Every time we see a wrinkly dog walk down the street next to it’s wrinkly owner, we’re reminded that dogs can look a lot like their human friends. But what about the cats? Sebastian Magnani is following up his series Underdogs with a feline themed face merging called Undercats. It’s fascinating, freaky and pretty hilarious. [Read more...]

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Happy 4th of July! American Flags from 1767 to the Present

Friday 07.04.2014 , Posted by
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Happy 4th of July America! In a celebratory visual fashion we think you’ll enjoy this fascinating look at the history of the old Stars and Stripes through history… in fact, back to before it was even the Stars and Stripes at all.

This patriotic print from Pop Chart Labs traces the flag through 48 versions, beginning with the star-less “Rebellious Stripes” of 1767 and finishing with the 50-star flag we’ve flown since 1960 (too bad for people who bought the 49-star version of 1959). You’ll definitely want to check out the zoomable view of this poster here. [Read more...]

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