Historic Photos On The Evils Of Alcohol Are Unintentionally Hilarious

Australia never enacted prohibition laws at the state or local levels, but temperance organizations flourished across the country. These studio photographs — depicting five stages of inebriation — were taken in the 1860s, and were likely commissioned for educational purposes. They're hilarious. » 5/19/14 6:20am 5/19/14 6:20am

Wonderfully Surreal Photos From The American Museum Of Natural History

Earlier this week, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) launched its Digital Special Collections site — an online archive of more than 7,000 images that includes seldom-seen, scientific illustrations from the AMNH Rare Book Collection, and backstage glimpses of the museum's famous dioramas. » 5/01/14 6:40am 5/01/14 6:40am

What is this Cyberman orchestra conductor saying?

Doctor Who took over Heathrow Airport for its 50th anniversary, and there are some lovely photos of a Cyberman wandering the airport like a lost traveler. Terrorizing children, attacking author Jenny Colgan... and conducting the philharmonic orchestra (which is playing the Who theme, I'm guessing.) What's he saying… » 7/16/13 1:32pm 7/16/13 1:32pm

Abandoned Nazi and Soviet military complex seen in Inglourious Basterds

Krampnitz Kaserne was a massive military complex, housing in its history members of not just the Nazi military but also the Soviet military. Now, aside from the occasional urban explorer and movie crew, the complex sits abandoned, though some chilling reminders of its wartime existence still remain. » 2/24/13 11:00am 2/24/13 11:00am

In the world's most cheerful cemetery, the tombstones are brightly…

In the small village of Săpânţa in Maramureş County, Romania, sits Cimitirul Vesel, the "Merry Cemetery." Unlike cemeteries in other parts of Romania, the Merry Cemetery is filled with wooden headstones, each one carved, brightly colored, and inscribed with a sometimes irreverent poem. It's a place that looks on the… » 10/21/12 8:30am 10/21/12 8:30am

What it's like to dive under a giant oil rig in Gabon

Over at National Geographic, marine ecologist Dr. Enric Sala is posting photos and accounts from his expedition, diving off the huge oil rigs in Gabon. The oil company TOTAL is allowing him and his team to dive off "several of their oil rigs." And this first view of the massive dark shape underwater, with coral… » 10/10/12 10:35am 10/10/12 10:35am

Photos of an abandoned asylum shot in black and white, complete with…

Tuscany's Villa Sbertoli was a businessman's villa before it became a sanatorium, and even long abandoned, much of its rich architecture still survives. But Romina Margherita A Diaz's photographs juxtapose the building's former grandeur with its more spartan hospital functions and adds an extra layer of spooky drama… » 10/07/12 5:00pm 10/07/12 5:00pm

Photos go behind the scenes of the world's cryonics facilities

Cryonics may be a fanciful notion to some and it's certainly an expensive undertaking, but that hasn't stopped a handful of people from having their bodies cryogenically frozen in the hope of being revived in some distant future. Photographer Murray Ballard stepped into the world of cryopreservation with his camera in… » 10/06/12 5:00pm 10/06/12 5:00pm

Eight years after the Athens Olympics, some venues have been left to rot

The Greek embassy estimated that it cost Greece €8.954 billion to host the Summer Olympic Games in 2004, including the construction of the Olympic Village and several shiny new athletic venues. Since then, though, some of those venues have been abandoned, making one Olympic legacy a set of decaying structures. » 8/04/12 5:00pm 8/04/12 5:00pm