Peruvian army special force members march during a traditional military parade in Lima, commemorating the country’s 192nd independence anniversary. (AFP) Continue reading »
Associate Director of Private Collections at Christie’s Amelia Elborne with a Louis XV Secretaire, believed to have belonged to Madame de Pompadour which is estimated to sell for £3,000,00 – £5,000,000 at Christie’s in London. (PA) Continue reading »
For “Frozen Planet” director Chadden Hunter and cameraman Didier Noiret, the challenges of photographing emperor penguins rocketing through ice holes from the water below at high speeds were significant, but shooting them underwater was even more daunting. In order to show the penguins with the jet stream of bubbles behind them, they had to dive unthethered (a rope could get tangled with the camera) and film with a slow motion camera that they had never used underwater before.
The documentary “Frozen Planet” will premiere in the U.S. on Discovery Channel on March 18 at 8 p.m., and the companion book is available January 2012 from Firefly Books. All images courtesy Firefly Books/BBC Earth.
Didier Noiret in action under water, where the massive camera is weightless, allowing him to track the emperors. Those that have swum up from the depths are circling around the exit point, waiting for their heart rates to return to normal. They then jet-propel themselves upwards, leaving a rocket trail of bubbles in their wake as all the air is forced out of their feathers. With no limbs to pull themselves onto the ice, this is the only way to exit. But it means they can’t see what’s on the surface, and beak-breaking collisions with ice blocks can happen. Continue reading »
A 35-year-old Filipino man has been having plastic surgery for the last 16 years to look like Superman. Meet Herbert Chavez, a “pageant trainer” who has been going under the knife since 1995 to resemble the popular flying superhero.
His home in Calamba Laguna (south of Manila) is littered with Superman memorabilia, from t-shirts to bed sheets, life-sized Superman figures to pillows. What’s out of place is a life-sized figure of Spiderman, which appears to be climbing on a wall outside the house. Since 1995, Chavez has had a chin augmentation, rhinoplasty, silicone injections and thigh implants, according to local news program Bandila. One expert suggests that Chavez may have a condition known as body dismorphic disorder.
“They will never be satisfied by just one surgery… [they feel like] there’s still something wrong,” she told Bandila.
Superman hype reached a peak when late actor Christopher Reeve donned the familiar red and blue suit in the 1978 film, which was followed by three sequels. In 2006, Brandon Routh starred as the man of steel in the Bryan Singer-directed “Superman Returns.” Chavez’s surgically-enhanced body and face resembles an eerie combination of the two actors. (IBITimes)
Herbert Chavez poses with his life-sized Superman statues inside his house in Calamba Laguna, south of Manila October 12, 2011. In his idolization of the superhero, Chavez, a self-professed “pageant trainer” who owns two costume stores, has undergone a series of cosmetic surgeries for his nose, cheeks, lips and chin down to his thighs and even his skin color to look more like the “Man of Steel”. The final result bears little resemblance to his old self. (REUTERS / Cheryl Ravel) Continue reading »
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