1. Inside the Himalayan Villages That Grow Cannabis
The plant is native but illegal in India, and mountain farmers rely on its cultivation.
This village, perched on a mountain at 9,000 feet (2,700 meters), is only reachable on foot. The hike takes three hours. Villagers say it’s been a good season so far—police have only shown up to cut plants twice. But those plants are a drop in the ocean. Ganja grows wild in the Indian Himalayas, and it’s nearly impossible to curb its illegal cultivation.
Full story found on National Geographic
2. The Rolling Stones and their Nude friend Angel
The Rolling Stones with a nude friend named Angel at Stephen Stills’ house in Laurel Canyon, California, where they are reahearsing for their American tour, October 1969. Left to right: Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger and Mick Taylor.
Photographs by Terry O’Neill found on Getty.
3. This Rockstar Bathtub
A canal house in Amsterdam by Witteveen Architects. Found via Pinterest.
4. Just some Rice Paddies
Thierry Bornier has spent two years creating stunning photos that make China’s rice terraces look more like abstract paintings than landscapes.
Found via Wired.
5. Close-up of a Starfish Mouth
A friendly reminder that starfish mouths look like dozens of ghostly tiny hands in rubber gloves.
Found on this biologist’s instagram account.
6. A 500 Year old Sea Monster Recovered from a Sunken warship that sunk in 1495
In the 1970s, the local diving club found the wreck at a depth of 10 m (33 ft), in the southwestern Baltic Sea, but unaware of the identity and significance of the wreck, the divers did not tell archaeologists about the discovery until 2000. In 2013, archaeologists identified the ship as Gribshunden, which caught fire and sank off the coast of Sweden, while on a diplomatic mission in 1495. In August 2015, the ship attracted international media attention when a near perfectly-preserved wooden figurehead, weighing about 250 kg (551 lb). The wood survived longer than usual because the brackish water of the Baltic, which is free of sea worms.
Found on Reddit.
7. A Cinema Train, 1938
The Pathé Saloon Car on London and North Eastern Railway trains in and out of London, 1938.
I think we need to bring these back.
Found on Flashbak.
8. Juhu Beach Club
Chef Preeti Mistry’s Indian street food restaurant in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood.
Found on Honestly Yum.
9. A French boy introduces himself to Indian soldiers, Marseilles, 1914
Discover more stunning colorized photos by Marina Amaral.
10. Not just any Lunch Counter
In 1960, four black students sat down at a Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, asked for service and started a movement. The peaceful protest of Ezell A. Blair, Jr. (now Jibreel Khazan), Franklin E. McCain, Joseph A. McNeil and David L. Richmond — along with the hundreds of community members who followed suit — led to the desegregation of the counter on July 25. A piece of the lunch counter is now in the collection of the American History Museum.
Found via the Smithsonian Instagram account.
11. Swaziland Keeping it Real
Found on Imgur.
12. This Seven-Story Treehouse
This Treehouse is part of a vintage cheese factory in Traver, California. It has a bar and a cafe. California 99 is easy to overlook as a route to San Francisco, it’s not as scenic as the coastal highway or as fast as Interstate 5 … yet it also offers many things its north-south counterparts don’t — easy access to small towns with quiet parks, unusual museums and food you’d be hard-pressed to find in L.A.
13. An Abandoned Chateau brought back to Life
The Chateau Charles-Albert in Belgium, completed in 1887, was once the residence of the former Prime Minister Van Zeeland of Belgium from 1933 until his death in 1973. The building was bombed during in WWII, set ablaze three times, squatted in, vandalised and pillaged and abandoned for 40 years.
As it was ↓
In 2012, a Spanish investor bought the property and oversaw a €6 million renovation, for which the governing region paid half. In 2014, works were completed and it is now a shining example of how historic ruins can be brought back to life.
More information on the project found here.