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Stromboli Volcano Erupts in Italy

1172 Stromboli Volcano Erupts in Italy

Hot lava trickles down from the Stromboli volcano on August 9, 2014 in Aeolian Islands, Italy. Lava flows down the Mount Stromboli off the Sicilian coast in southern Italy. The volcano – at 3,034ft – is one of the most active in Europe and has been erupting continuously since 1932. (Photo by Tom Pfeiffer/Barcroft Media)

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Walls of Water

1170 Walls of Water
People run away from a tidal bore as it surges past a barrier on the banks of Qiantang River, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province August 12, 2014. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

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Alex Minsky, Marine Who Lost a Leg and Gained a Modeling Career

1168 Alex Minsky, Marine Who Lost a Leg and Gained a Modeling Career

U.S. Marine Alex Minsky lost his leg and nearly died in Afghanistan three years ago, when he and his fellow Marines fell victim to a roadside bomb. After recovering from a coma and learning to use his new prosthetic leg, the Purple Heart recipient fell into depression and started drinking. Then his younger brother died unexpectedly. His drinking and depression got worse.

He challenged himself to abstain from drinking for one day. That happened to be the day he was discovered by a photographer. Minsky, now 24, has since been posing for photos, showing off his tattoos, muscles and his war injuries.

“Just because I don’t have a leg doesn’t mean it’s going to slow me down,” Minsky said. “I want people to look at me and not give up. Not quit.”

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Alabama Hunters Haul in 1,000-Pound Alligator

1167 Alabama Hunters Haul in 1,000 Pound Alligator
In this Saturday, August 16, 2014 photo, a large alligator weighing 1011.5 pounds measuring 15-feet long is pictured in Thomaston, Ala. The alligator was caught in the Alabama River near Camden, Ala., by Mandy Stokes and family, according to AL.COM. (Photo by Sharon Steinmann/AP Photo/Al.com)

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Timelapses of the Night Sky

1165 Timelapses of the Night Sky
The stunning Milkyway in Midwestern U.S.A. captured by photographer Randy Halverson in 2013. The stunning skies in Midwestern U.S.A. captured by photographer Randy Halverson. The videographer captured rare footage of the Milky Way, the elusive Northern Lights and raging night storms in some of the most isolated regions of the U.S.A. The footage, which spans the skies of South Dakota, Wyoming and Utah, was taken between spring and autumn 2013. The 47-year-old spent 40 nights scattered across the eight-month period sat near his camera to capture the clear footage. Randy from Kennebec, South Dakota has been shooting timelapse for over 4 years. (Photo by Randy Halverson/Barcroft Media)

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Photo of the Day: Aisha’s Jump

1164 Photo of the Day: Aishas Jump

Aisha the dog follows her owner as he jumps into a lake at sunset in Bucharest, Romania, on August 12, 2014. (Photo by Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)

Chinese Artist Sleeps on an Iron Wire Bed

1163 Chinese Artist Sleeps on an Iron Wire Bed
Chinese artist Zhou Jie climbs onto an unfinished iron wire bed, one of her sculpture works, to take a nap after lunch at Beijing Now Art Gallery, in Beijing August 11, 2014. Zhou started her art project titled “36 Days” on August 9, in which she would live inside an exhibition hall with an unfinished iron wire bed, some iron wire sculptures in the shape of stuffed animal dolls, a certain amount of food and her mobile phone, for 36 days. The entire process is opened to visitors and she may also interact with them, according to Zhou. (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters)

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Nightmare Playgrounds: The Worst and Scariest Playgrounds of All Time, Part 2

401 Nightmare Playgrounds: The Worst and Scariest Playgrounds of All Time, Part 2

These (Part 1) creepy masterpieces of sculpture and landscaping can be found in playgrounds not only in Russia (even though this is where the majority of photos come from) but also in China, East European Countries, and even in the US – anywhere the grass-roots creativity goes bad and the bad taste gets promoted, often unintentionally.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for dreaming up bizarre stuffs for kids, and some of the sculptures shown here might be considered as downright fascinating; but others are… well, ugly as hell.

And… not just kids, but some more impressionable adults can be psychologically scarred from letting these monsters into their dreams and thinking too much about them. In some cases, a visit to such a playground can even be considered as an insurable hazard – leading to some successful lawsuits (just kidding).

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Nightmare Playgrounds: The Worst and Scariest Playgrounds of All Time, Part 1

1148 Nightmare Playgrounds: The Worst and Scariest Playgrounds of All Time, Part 1

These creepy masterpieces of sculpture and landscaping can be found in playgrounds not only in Russia (even though this is where the majority of photos come from) but also in China, East European Countries, and even in the US – anywhere the grass-roots creativity goes bad and the bad taste gets promoted, often unintentionally.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for dreaming up bizarre stuffs for kids, and some of the sculptures shown here might be considered as downright fascinating; but others are… well, ugly as hell.

And… not just kids, but some more impressionable adults can be psychologically scarred from letting these monsters into their dreams and thinking too much about them. In some cases, a visit to such a playground can even be considered as an insurable hazard – leading to some successful lawsuits (just kidding).

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Art From Nature: Fantastic Floral Collages by Anastasia Kovaleva

01 Kovaleva1 Art From Nature: Fantastic Floral Collages by Anastasia Kovaleva

My name is Kovaleva Anastasia and I use found natural materials for my floral collages. They vary from feathers, paper, wood, and moss to egg shells, fish scales, and onion-skins. Nature is my major source of inspiration and I am constantly seeking new ways to challenge myself.

Art from nature unites natural elements with artistic vision for creating artwork that pushes the boundaries of what art is and how we perceive ourselves in nature. There is an unmistakable link between art and nature. Art is a process of discovering connections both, within us and in the outside world.

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Early Perseid Meteor Shower

1144 Early Perseid Meteor Shower
A multiple exposure picture taken in the early hours of August 12, 2014 shows a Perseids meteor shower in the night sky from the mountains of the Sierra Norte de Madrid near the municipality of Valle del Lozoya. The perseid meteor shower occurs every year in August when the Earth passes through the debris and dust of the Swift-Tuttle comet. (Photo by Dani Pozo/AFP Photo)

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Absolutely Amazing Food Maps by Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin

1140 Absolutely Amazing Food Maps by Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin

Photographer Henry Hargreaves and artist Caitlin Levin have been working together for about decade. Their shared love for “food, photography, travel, and art” has found an outlet in a series of maps that they have illustrated with food.

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Art from Wi-Fi Signals

Luis Hernan was always curious about how wireless technologies like radio are transmitted through the air. So after finishing up his studies in architecture, computer science, and design, Hernan decided to research these invisible signals through a PhD at Newcastle University. Hernan set up a system that turned the wireless signals around him into colourful, ghostlike images using long-exposure photography, allowing people to see the strength of the signals around them.

1139 Art from Wi Fi Signals

Hernan’s thesis says there are different ways in which we can see or imagine different technologies. (Photo by Luis Hernan)

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Fantastic Wave Rock in Hyden Wildlife Park, Australia

1137 Fantastic Wave Rock in Hyden Wildlife Park, Australia

Wave Rock is a natural rock formation that is shaped like a tall breaking ocean wave. The “wave” is about 14 m (46 ft) high and around 110 m (360 ft) long. It forms the north side of a solitary hill, which is known as “Hyden Rock”.

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Umbrella Sky in Agueda, Portugal

1135 Umbrella Sky in Agueda, Portugal

Agueda in Portugal is the setting for this wonderful installation by Sextafeira called Floating Umbrellas. This colorful creation is a part of the Agitagueda art festival. Due to the fact that the same idea was used last year this is the second time the streets of this town have been covered with loads of vivid umbrellas, providing shade, as well as a wonderful sight. The people loved it so much that the repetitive nature of the installation does not carry the risk of becoming boring, but rather turning into a wonderful tradition.

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