Tuesday, March 30, 2010

16 Famous Photoshopped Images Throughout History




President Abraham Lincoln, circa 1860
This nearly iconic portrait of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is a composite of Lincoln’s head and the Southern politician John Calhoun’s body. Putting the date of this image into context, note that the first permanent photographic image was created in 1826 and the Eastman Dry Plate Company (later to become Eastman Kodak) was created in 1881.


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Stalin, circa 1930

Stalin routinely air-brushed his enemies out of photographs. In this photograph a commissar was removed from the original photograph after falling out of favor with Stalin.

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Long Lived Lion: How The Great Sphinx Survived The Sands of Times | Trifter

The Long Lived Lion: How The Great Sphinx Survived The Sands of Times

by Mr Ghaz 


The fortunes of the Great Sphinx were for a long time interwoven with those of the Egyptian pharaohs. From the earliest period of Egyptian art, it was customary to represent the pharaoh as a lion to symbolize his power and strength. The concept of the pharaoh as both human and animal resulted in the creation of the sphinx, a hybrid creature with a lion’s body and a human head. Since the pharaoh was believed to be both human and divine, the sphinx, too, came to be seen as superhuman.



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Saturday, March 27, 2010

5 Ways Sex Changed History - Road Tickle

Sex is an incredible force, if you doubt that just ask anyone who’s ever created a commercial, no matter what the product is it’s guaranteed that sex will sell it. Some would even argue that the internet developed so quickly because of all the p**n you can download, but we prefer to believe the internet grew because of funny list articles. Anyhow, if you still don’t believe that sex is influencing your life, consider these historic events that were a direct result of sex.

1.The Fall of the Aztec Empire


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When Cortez and his handful of conquistadors arrived in South America they encountered one of the most war-loving empires in the history of human kind. Although the Spanish had guns and horses the sheer numbers and blood-lust of Aztec soldiers should have easily defeated them. However Cortez and his men had two incredible lucky breaks. First of all the Aztec people considered the conquistadors to be sent by the gods, and secondly Cortez met La Malinche or Dona Maria as she is also known.
While history has little clear information on La Malinche, we do know that she was a slave given to the Spanish as an offering. Cortez liked her so much that he took her as his personal mistress and the two fell in love. Cortez taught her Spanish and the woman soon became his main way of communicating with the Aztecs.
Even more interesting she was the one who helped the Spanish reach the capital city of Tenochtitlan and repeatedly saved them from ambushes. In fact, in almost all stories written by the conquistadors, the Spanish men mention time and time again how without her aid the conquest of Mexico would have failed.
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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Top 10: Most Famous Scientific Theories (That Turned out to be Wrong)

Top 10: Most Famous Scientific Theories (That Turned out to be Wrong)
by Sergio

One of the best aspects of science has always been its readiness to admit when it got something wrong. Theories are constantly being refigured, and new research frequently renders old ideas outdated or incomplete. But this hasn’t stopped some discoveries from being hailed as important, game-changing accomplishments a bit prematurely. Even in a field as rigorous and detail-oriented as science, theories get busted, mistakes are made, and hoaxes are perpetrated. The following are ten of the most groundbreaking of these scientific discoveries that turned out to be resting on some questionable data. It is worth noting that most of these concepts are not necessarily “wrong” in the traditional sense; rather, they have been replaced by other theories that are more complete and reliable.

#10 - The Discovery of Vulcan
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Vulcan was a planet that nineteenth century scientists believed to exist somewhere between Mercury and the Sun. The mathematician Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier first proposed its existence after he and many other scientists were unable to explain certain peculiarities about Mercury’s orbit. Scientists like Le Verrier argued that this had to be caused by some object, like a small planet or moon, acting as a gravitational force. La Verrier called his hypothetical planet Vulcan, after the Roman god of fire. Soon, amateur astronomers around Europe, eager to be a part of a scientific discovery, contacted Le Verrier and claimed to have witnessed the mysterious planet making its transit around the Sun. For years afterward, Vulcan sightings continued to pour in from around the globe, and when La Verrier died in 1877, he was still regarded as having discovered a new planet in the solar system.

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Without La Verrier acting as a cheerleader for Vulcan’s existence, it suddenly began to be doubted by many notable astronomers. The search was effectively abandoned in 1915, after Einstein’s theory of general relativity helped to explain once and for all why Mercury orbited the Sun in such a strange fashion. But amateur stargazers continued the search, and as recently as 1970 there have been people who have claimed to see a strange object orbiting the sun beyond Mercury. Amusingly, the entire would-be discovery’s greatest legacy today is that it inspired the name of the home planet of the character Spock from Star Trek.
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

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The Disappearance of Theodosia Burr Alston

by Shelly Barclay

The mysterious disappearance of the infamous accused conspirator and former vice-president of the United States, Aaron Burr.



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Theodosia Burr Alston was the daughter of an infamous former vice-president of the United States, Aaron Burr. Her father’s name lives in infamy because of a duel that he fought and won against Alexander Hamilton, which resulted in Hamilton’s death. He was also arrested for conspiracy when it was suspected that he was trying to plan a coup. Theodosia, however, is not known only for being the son of this man. She is known for her mysterious disappearance in 1813.
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