1. Collages of Detroit: Then & Now
“Not very long ago, Detroit was a rich, beautiful city, full of vibrant people. I found pictures from the previous century and combined them with the photographs I took during my most recent visit to Detroit.” – Flora Borsi.
“What if these people from the past could see their beloved place now? Could Detroit rise again? I hope so.”
2. The Statue of Liberty, arriving from Paris in 350 Pieces
Statue’s arrival in the New York Harbor in June of 1885, she was in 350 different pieces, spread across 214 packing crates.
A Look Back At The Statue Of Liberty found on the Gothamist.
3. This guy’s been collecting Chinese fireworks labels since he was 5 years old (1968)
Discover the collection on Flickr.
4. Friday Kahlo x The Simpsons
Found on Twitter.
5. An Instagram Account dedicated to “Plants on Pink”
Follow Plants on Pink here.
6. The Enchanted Highway
The Enchanted Highway is a 32-mile stretch of highway starting at Exit 72 on Interstate 94, North Dakota. The paved county highway features a collection of large scrap metal sculptures depicting geese, deer, pheasants, grasshoppers, Teddy Roosevelt, and even a complete Tin Family.
The sculptures were created by retired school teacher Gary Greff, from the town of Regent, who did it in the hopes of putting his hometown prominently on the map and thus prevent it from fading away into obscurity.
7. This Police Station in Turkey
This is a Jandarma (that means “police post” in Turkish) near Göreme in Cappadocia (Turkey)
The police station was carved probably centuries ago, and it might have been an ancient roman tomb, since most of the carved hoodoos (or Fairy chimneys) in Cappadocia are in fact ancient tombs, later converted into houses.
Found on Flickr.
8. This Paris Rooftop Garden
The home of gardener to the stars, Camille Muller.
9. Turnip Rock
One of the little-known wonders of Huron County, Michigan, Turnip Rock is one huge amazing shaped rock which got that mushroom shape because of tidal erosion. The only way to reach to this beautiful and amazing piece of nature is by boat or kayaks.
10. A Jerusalem family finds 2,000-year old mikveh underneath living room
A Jerusalem family ripping up its living room floor found a staircase lost for 2,000 years, leading to a large ritual bath carved out of bedrock.
It took the family some years to call in the authorities and show them the discovery beneath their house, in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ein Kerem. Throughout the interim, the family blocked off the entrance to the mikveh with wooden doors, and simply continued to live over it.
When they did call in the Israel Antiquities Authority, beneath the doors, the archaeologists found the carved stone staircase leaving to a big mikveh, 3.5 meters in length and 2.4 meters wide, with a depth of 1.8 meters.
11. Abandoned Bowling Alleys in Japan
If you’re not already following Shane Thoms’ instagram feed, start now.
12. Visiting Louis’ Lunch, Birthplace of the Burger
Every ground beef patty — Whopper, Big Mac and Double-Double alike — can trace its lineage to this very set of broilers. At least, so the company claims.
The burgers might be called patty melts and are ugly as sin, bleeding medium rare into the white toast, and tasting like fresh beef, which they are. (The secret, Lassen allows carefully when I ask, is five different cuts, ground anew every morning.)
Far from being a patty-centric tourist trap, the little brick building on a quiet side street (it moved here in 1975 after it was pushed out of its original location) feels like a neighborhood haunt intruded on by burger-worshiping pilgrims
Louis’ Lunch’s claims might be false, but there remains base pleasure in eating Lassen’s food in front of him as he assembles another batch in the exact same manner as his father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Condiments are strictly forbidden; there are myths (that I find hard to believe) about Lassen throwing out Yale students who tried to sneak in ketchup and mustard, which Lassen decries as covering the taste of the meat. There’s a sign that gruffly explains that this establishment is not Burger King, and a wooden circle that features only a ketchup bottle bisected by an angry red slash.
13. These Luminous Lantern Slides of Blackfeet Tipis on the Prairies of Montana in the Early 20th Century
This group of lantern slides by photographer Walter McClintock depicts Blackfeet tipis in Montana between 1896 and 1914. Many of the McClintock lantern slides have been digitized and are available through Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
McClintock, like many other white writers and artists at the time, romanticized tribal life, contrasting it to what he called “the turmoil of the city, the dreary grind and slavery of business … [and] the shackles of social convention.” While the Blackfeet tribal members who befriended him viewed McClintock as a possible ally who might intervene with the government on their behalf, as other white writers like George Bird Grinnell had done, Smith points out that McClintock remained a passive observer. He “preferred the romance, not the reality” of reservation life.
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