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Photo of the Day: A Punk Rock Goat

Alas, this is not a punk rock goat. The goat has been tagged for identification purposes at a livestock market in Kabul, Afghanistan on Monday, Oct. 17. (Muhammed Muheisen / AP)

Animals On Bikes

Photographer Peter Rae travelled from Molong to Dubbo, in western New South Wales, Australia, photographing the roadside sculptures along the way. (Peter Rae / The Sydney Morning Herald) Continue »

The Alternative Hair Show at the Royal Albert Hall in London

A model presents a creation during The Alternative Hair show at the Royal Albert Hall in London. (Olivia Harris/Reuters) Continue »

The Mafia’s New York: Hideouts, Hangouts and Rubouts

Home of Charlie “Lucky” Luciano, 265 E. 10th St., between First Avenue and Avenue A

“The East Village was the who’s who of the mob scene from the 1930s to the ’90s,” says Ferrara. “Everyone thinks it was Mulberry Street, but really, it was Prince Street and the East Village.” Luciano, originally known as “Sal from 14th Street,” immigrated from Sicily when he was 10 years old and lived in this East Village walk-up. He grew up to be the first official boss of the Genovese family, and was instrumental in creating the Five Families “commission” that divided up NYC territories. His childhood home still stands, and the ground level storefront is the Middle Eastern eatery Moustache Pitza. (NYP) Continue »

Making a Zombie: A Step-by-Step Guide from the “Walking Dead” Makeup Team

1. The “Walking Dead” makeup team fits actor Kevin Galbraith with a bald cap and accentuate his high cheekbones to make them look sunken. Continue »

Supermodel Cindy Crawford Celebrates Omega’s New Gum Boutique Launch

For the opening of the new-look boutique at Gum by Omega, supermodel Cindy Crawford joined as the guest of honor. Continue »

Meet the Ostriches

Ostriches look at the camera at “Artestruz” ostrich farm outside the village of Campos in the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca October 16, 2011. The farm breeds ostriches for meat, leather and eggs and also offer visitors a chance to ride the animals. (REUTERS/Enrique Calvo) Continue »

Photo of the Day: Submerged Vehicles

Vehicles at a Honda car factory are submerged in floodwaters in the Rojana industrial district in Ayutthaya province, central Thailand. (Sakchai Lalit/Associated Press)

Evolution of The Planet of the Apes

The latest version of the Planet of the Apes doesn’t depart from the franchise’s apocalyptic outlook, but it does make the earlier efforts look technically dated.

Planet of the Apes (1968). The original Planet of the Apes film, starring Charlton Heston as the time-displaced astronaut Taylor, was an immediate box office and critical hit when it was released in February 1968. Based on the French novel, La planete des singes, by Pierre Boulle (who also wrote Bridge over the River Kwai) it tells the story of group of astronauts who crash land on what they think is an alien planet, only to discover it’s a post apocalyptic Earth ruled by apes. The script, originally penned by science fiction legend Rod Serling, underwent many rewrites. Continue »

Packing for Holidays

So you’re planning a dream holiday. Why not do it in style?

Oroton Hunter wetpack, $195
Emporio Armani cashmere scarf, $390
Lenox radio, $129, Brooksfi eld
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Post-Soviet Holiday Camp in Artek


1. Svetlana, 1994.

Claudine Doury is a French photographer living in Paris.

She chose two main themes for her reports: exploring the changes in Eastern Europe, as well as the metamorphosis of juvenile period of life. In Paris in 2004, the book called: Artek, un été en Crimée (Artek, a summer in Crimea, Ukraine) of Claudine was published.

The pictures were taken from 1994 until 2003. There are no boring staged or formal photos. All images of Claudine show the true story about the Artek life of children in there. Some people found the photos absolutely delightful, others subjected them to devastating criticism saying they are being inappropriate.

Moreover, five years after the album publication, it was used as evidence in a scandalous case of corruption of minors by camp administration.

Ukrainian psychologists reproached Doury that she shot a series of photos for “adults who are prone to pedophilia.” Continue »

Photo of the Day: Fly Away

Diver Paola Espinosa of Mexico flies through the air with the torch after lighting the cauldron during the opening ceremony for the XVI Pan American Games at Omnilife Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Click image to zoom.

5 Tallest Buildings in the World

We take a look at the world’s tallest buildings, taking into account a building’s roof height or spire height. We did not include the building’s antenna height. Using this method, the Petronas Towers appear taller than Chicago’s Willis Tower, which in-fact has more floors than the Petronas Towers.

According to Skycraperspage.com, we have listed the five building from tallest to shortest.

1. Burj Khalifa
2. Taipei 101
3. Shanghai World Financial Center
4. International Commerce Center (Hong Kong)
5. the Petronas Towers.

By 2010 it is predicted that the Burj Khalifa will still be the tallest building in the world with 168 floors and a spire of 828m. Following it will be the Pingan International Finance Center and the Shanghai Tower, both located in China.

After the Shanghai Tower, the Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is slated to be the fourth tallest with a spire of 601m. And in 2015, New York City will stand tall and proud with its new One World Trade Center building, consisting of 105 floors with a spire of 541.3m, making it the 5th tallest building in the world.

Despite the current economic downturn, the world of architecture won’t be slowing down in 2015. The India Tower in Mumbai is slated to be the world’s tallest building in 2016 according to Infrastructurist.com.

One of the world’s largest musical fountains “The Dubai Fountain” is seen at the Burj Khalifa April 1, 2011. Regional turmoil is creating an unexpected boom for Dubai as tourists and businessmen flock once again to the shopping and skyscraper oasis after fleeing just a few years ago in the wake of its spectacular debt debacle. (REUTERS/Jumanah El-Heloueh) Continue »

Anish Kapoor: Works of Art

Indian-born, Turner prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor has lived and worked in London for the past four decades. Since his England arrival in the early 1970s, Kapoor has created internationally acclaimed works of art, exhibited at prestigious venues across the globe.

He is renowned for his monumental idiosyncratic sculpture forms of grandiose proportions, which leaves viewers in a state of astonishment.

A visitor is seen inside the set-up “Leviathan” by Indian born, British based, artist Anish Kapoor for the Monumenta 2011 event in the nave of the “Grand Palais” in Paris. (Reuters) Continue »

Lake Erie Algae Bloom Regarded as Worst in Decades

A massive algae bloom on the waters of Lake Erie in the U.S. is believed to pose a significant threat to aquatic life forms in the lake. The algae, which is toxic, is sucking the oxygen out of the water. According to reports, this is the worst bloom since the early 1960s. Scientists have also revealed that the bloom is caused, primarily, by the phosphorous from agricultural waste that is washed into rivers.

According to NASA Earth Observatory, such blooms were common in the lake’s shallow western basin in the 1950s and 60s. Phosphorus from farms, sewage, and industry fertilized the waters so that huge algae blooms developed year after year.

However, the condition improved in the 1970s when regulations were imposed on agricultural and sewage treatment procedures to limit the amount of phosphorus released. However, this year, a giant bloom has spread across the western basin once again. The particular reasons for the bloom are complex but may be related to a rainy spring and invasive mussels. Continue »