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December 11, 2017 | 7 Comments » | Topics: Fascinating |

This is what a starving polar bear looks like

Weak muscles, atrophied by extended starvation could barely hold him up. Our Sea_Legacy team watched as he painfully staggered towards the abandoned fishing camp from which we were observing and found some trash to eat—a piece of foam from the seat of a snowmobile, as we later found out. People have asked why we couldn’t help it, why we didn’t feed it. In addition to being illegal to feed wildlife, polar bears like this one need several hundred pounds of meat to survive. They primarily eat seals and they struggle when they are stranded for long periods of time on land, without a sea ice platform from which to hunt. We didn’t have a weapon and we didn’t have any food for it. There literally was nothing we could do for him as we were hundreds of miles from the nearest Inuit community. What could we have done? What we did do was push through our tears knowing that this footage was going to help connect a global audience to the biggest issue facing us as a species today. It is true that we don’t know what caused this animal to starve but we are certain that unless we curb carbon emissions, sea ice will continue to disappear and many more bears will starve. With these images, we want to wake the world up to the imminence of climate change and to how it will affect wildlife and people for decades to come.

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A Damn Fine Collection Of Fascinating Photos And Videos

December 4, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Fascinating |

One of Vincent Van Gogh’s last paintings, made 2 months before his suicide

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A Damn Fine Collection Of Fascinating Photos And Videos

November 27, 2017 | 2 Comments » | Topics: Fascinating |

Battle of Walmart (The Zombies Come Out On Black Friday)

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A Damn Fine Collection Of Fascinating Photos And Videos

November 20, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Fascinating |

Leonardo Da Vinci Painting Just Sold For $450.3M

​On Wednesday, Christie’s sold a painting of Christ that was marketed as “the last Da Vinci” for $450.3 million, setting a record for the price of any work of art ever sold at auction.

“Salvator Mundi” was rediscovered at an estate auction in 2005, where it sold for less than $10,000, and has since been heavily restored. Christie’s made the unusual decision to sell it at a contemporary art sale, rather than the old masters auction, to reach a larger audience of potential buyers — and it did all it could to generate hype for the sale.

Christie’s marketing campaign was perhaps unprecedented in the art world; it was the first time the auction house went so far as to enlist an outside agency to advertise the work. Christie’s also released a video that included top executives pitching the painting to Hong Kong clients as “the holy grail of our business” and likening it to “the discovery of a new planet.” Christie’s called the work “the Last da Vinci,” the only known painting by the Renaissance master still in a private collection (some 15 others are in museums).

“It’s been a brilliant marketing campaign,” said Alan Hobart, director of the Pyms Gallery in London…

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November 13, 2017 | 3 Comments » | Topics: Fascinating |

Obama sits alone in a classroom rewriting his remarks before speaking at the memorial service for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Taken 2 days after the shooting on Dec. 12, 2012

This photo was taken by Pete Souza, chief official White House photographer for Barack Obama. The image was actually taken on Dec. 16. The shooting occurred on Dec. 14. Here’s what Souza had to say about the photo:

This is two days after the shootings and they had planned this public memorial service. But before that, they had all the families gathered in different rooms and he went and spent I think it was three hours with all of these families. And then he came back into this classroom…and not only is he going over his notes, he is rewriting parts of his talk that he was going to give at this memorial service to incorporate what he had just experienced during those three hours visiting with these families. I was struck by that classroom and the messiness of it, and that’s why I backed off to try to give people a wider sense of him alone in this room.

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November 6, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Fascinating |

A coal miner takes a bath after his shift at a mine in Changzhi, China

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October 30, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Fascinating |

A woman stands in a narrow cell, her arms affixed to the wall in the attitude of the crucifixion, circa 1890. She is undergoing treatment for mental illness in 19th century Germany.

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October 24, 2017 | 63 Comments » | Topics: Fascinating |

Polish soldier burning an ISIS flag in Syria

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