8 Fascinating Finds From The Internet

May 23, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: main

1. Pain Is Skin Deep: Extreme Close-Up Portraits Of People On The Edge

In an article from 2015 on photographer Bruce Gilden’s book Face, the word “dehumanize” was used to describe the artist’s grim, unflinching portraits of people he encountered across the country who in many cases had fallen on desperate, dire times. With craggy and withered faces beat by the street or the horrific effects of drug and alcohol abuse that manifests itself by destroying skin and teeth, Gilden’s subjects are unsettling to look at for so many reasons

Dangerous Minds

 

2. Jacob Riis: The Photographer Who Showed “How the Other Half Lives” in 1890s NYC

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In 1870, 21-year-old Jacob Riis immigrated from his home in Denmark to bustling New York City. With only $40, a gold locket housing the hair of the girl he had left behind, and dreams of working as a carpenter, he sought a better life in the United States of America. Unfortunately, when he arrived in the city, he immediately faced a myriad of obstacles.

Like the hundreds of thousands of other immigrants who fled to New York in pursuit of a better life, Riis was forced to take up residence in one of the city’s notoriously cramped and disease-ridden tenements. Living in squalor and unable to find steady employment, Riis worked numerous jobs, ranging from a farmhand to an ironworker, before finally landing a role as a journalist-in-training at the New York News Association.

As he excelled at his work, he soon made a name for himself at various other newspapers, including the New-York Tribune where he was hired as a police reporter. Faced with documenting the life he knew all too well, he used his writing as a means to expose the plight, poverty, and hardships of immigrants. Eventually, he longed to paint a more detailed picture of his firsthand experiences, which he felt he could not properly capture through prose. So, he made a life-changing decision: he would teach himself photography.

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My Modern Met

 

3. Vampire Killing Kits From The 1800’s

There seems to be historical evidence that vampire hunting kits became popular in western Europe after the release of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Superstitious travelers would supposedly purchase these vampire killer kits in preparation for their perilous travels to Eastern Europe.

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4. There Are People Who Pay Thousands for the Empty Pill Bottles of Dead Celebrities

In the last few years, Heritage Auctions in Dallas has offered bottles from the 1970s that originally contained Elvis Presley’s doses of valium, Dexedrine, tetracycline and the beta blocker Inderal. Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles has offered a smattering of Elvis’s medication bottles from the 1970s, two of which sold for over $6000 each, as well as containers for Michael Jackson’s pain relievers, assortments of Truman Capote’s prescribed drugs and Marilyn Monroe’s barbiturates and anti-allergy pills. Vessels for non-lethal drugs prescribed for Jack Kevorkian have come on the market, too.

Atlas Obscura

 

 

5. The 1994 Scientology Handbook is Just as Crazy as you Imagined it to Be

The handbook is a massive 871-page hardcover book available to buy on Amazon, featuring over 700 bizarre comic book-style visual aids, which an Instagram account (defunct) recently started posting after coming into possession of a copy, using the hashtag #scientologyvisualaidz.

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MessyNessyChic

 

 

6. Best Pictures from Russian Dating Sites

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Sad And Useless

 

 

7. How People React When Complete Strangers Fall Asleep On Them On The Subway

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Bored Panda

 

8. World’s Largest Panorama TITANIC Gives Insight To A Tragic Moment 105 Years Ago

360° Panorama “TITANIC – The Promise of Modernity” by Yadegar Asisi in the Panometer Leipzig. With a scale of 1:1, the panoramic image covers an area of approximately 3,500 square metres, leading visitors to the sunken wreck of the RMS Titanic, 3,800 metres below the surface of the North Atlantic.

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