Cosplay is nothing new, but 25-year-old Luis Padron from Argentina, wanted to take things to the next level. So, he spent $35,000 on surgery, and other various cosmetic procedures, to transform himself into a real-life elf. To date, he's received 40 fillers, Botox injections, jaw liposuction, a nose job, laser skin bleaching, full body hair removal, and a dangerous operation to change the color of his eyes from brown to crystal blue. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
A small town in Newfoundland has become a popular tourist attraction after a massive 150-foot iceberg appeared off its coast. That's right, the Southern Shore highway near the town of Ferryland was blocked over the Easter weekend as people rushed to see and photograph the massive iceberg. "It's not moving out of there unless this winds stay up for another while, because [the iceberg's] right in on the shallow ground," said resident Don Costello. Continue reading for another drone video, more pictures and information.
India's Supreme Court recently banned the sales and serving of liquor within 500-meters of national and state highways. This new ruling hit business owners hard, and many had to shut down their operations in just weeks. But one resourceful bar owner in Kerala, India devised an effective, yet low-tech, way of bypassing the law. The owner of Aishwarya Bar in North Paravoor, a suburb of Kochi, hired some workers and spent 3-days putting up a series of concrete blocks to turn the previously straight walkway into a maze that leads right up to the entrance. Now, the walking distance from the highway to his bar is approximately 520-meters, making it legal to sell liquor. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Most, if not all, who have studied history, know of Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953, but there are some that may have not seen a young portrait of him. This particular photo was taken in 1902, when Stalin was just 24-years-old. His mustached face was pock-marked from smallpox during childhood. After a carriage accident in his youth, his left arm was shortened and stiffened at the elbow, while his right hand was thinner than his left and frequently hidden. Continue reading to see more rare historical photos of world leaders in their youth. Click here for a few bonus images of young world leaders.
The FBI has just released never-seen photographs from the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon released, and they show the massive destruction that faced first responders. When American Airlines Flight 77, which flew out of Dulles International Airport, slammed into the Pentagon's western wall, it killed all 64 people aboard, including the 5 hijackers, and 125 on the ground. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Baotou city in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region saw heavy amounts of snow falling, which meant the painstaking task of clearing it away so all its residents can all get on with their daily lives. However, the city has unveiled a new weapon in its snow clearing armory: a tank with caterpillar tracks, bogie wheels, and a huge snow blower where the turret normally is. "A jet engine is added on the tank chassis. Snow is blown away by the hot and high-speed air expelled by the engine", said the designers at the China North Industries Group Corporation (CNIGC). It can reach speeds of 20 to 30 kilometers per hour on the road, topping out at 48 to 50 kilometers per hour. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a toddler who mistook a water heater for a robot.
Cannikin was an underground nuclear weapons test performed on November 6, 1971, on Amchitka island, Alaska, by the United States Atomic Energy Commission. The experiment, part of the Operation Grommet nuclear test series, tested the warhead design for the LIM-49 Spartan anti-ballistic missile. With an explosive yield of almost 5-megatons TNT equivalent, the test was the largest underground explosion ever detonated by the United States. To perform the test, 400 tons of equipment was placed in a shaft 6,150 feet deep and 90 inches wide. Test support equipment was designed to survive a ground upheaval of 15 feet at test time. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.
In this small piece of amber, dating back to the mid-Cretaceous Period approximately 99-million-years ago, paleotologist Lida Xing of China University of Geosciences discovered a perfectly preserved dinosaur tail feather from a juvenile coelurosaur. This theropod dinosaur - belonging to the same family as the tyrannosaurs - was about the size of a sparrow. "It's visually stunning and the level of detail on the specimen is not something I was expecting at all. I've done a lot of work on amber from dinosaur bone digs in places like Alberta and Saskatchewan, and there's always the hope that maybe you'll find a fragment of a feather. This actually has part of the animal in it in terms of the skeletal remains too. It's a totally different ball game," said co-author Ryan McKellar of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Canada. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.
A team of archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have discovered an 8-meter statue buried under a Cairo slum that possibly depicts Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. It's already hailed by the Antiquities Ministry as one of the most important discoveries ever in modern times. "Last Tuesday they called me to announce the big discovery of a colossus of a king, most probably Ramses II, made out of quartzite. We found the bust of the statue and the lower part of the head and now we removed the head and we found the crown and the right ear and a fragment of the right eye," said Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani. Now experts will attempt to extract the remaining pieces before the restoration process begins, and if successful, it will be moved to the entrance of the Grand Egyptian Museum, set to open in 2018. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
Makeup artist and model Vinny Ohh from Los Angeles, California, has invested $50,000 into 110 cosmetic procedures to become a "genderless alien". His journey began at age 17, when he got his first lip fillers, followed by two rhinoplasty surgeries, various cheek / brow bone fillers, and other various procedures. "The overall image I want to do is an alien. I want to be a hybrid, not male or female. I've wanted to be sexless and genderless since I was 17, I've been going to doctors to see if it's possible but had no luck. I don't want people to think I'm trying to change into a woman," said Ohh. Continue reading for two videos and more information.