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Record Setters

Earlier this week, the world's shortest man, He Pingping, age 21, died after developing chest pains while filming a television show in Italy. Pingping suffered from primordial dwarfism, a condition which kept him from ever growing taller than 73 cm (2 feet 5 inches) tall. Pingping was recognized by the Guinness World Records organization, who also held a "World Records Day" last November, encouraging people all over the world to set their own records. Collected here are a group of superlatives, recent photos of world records and record attempts around the world.

Souting Slogans

A Sikh man protested against the Taliban in Jammu, India, Tuesday after the decapitated bodies of two Sikhs, who were kidnapped in Pakistan’s Khyber tribal region, were found.

Jellyfish Lake – Daily Migration of Millions

very day millions of golden jellyfish migrate – no big surprise there. However, you might not expect them to migrate horizontally across a lake. Still, a visit to Jellyfish Lake on Eil Malk, an island in Palau, in the Pacific Ocean, will confirm just that. Yet just how on earth did these jellyfish get to the lake in the first place? To begin with, the body of water that is called Ongeim'l Tketau in Palauan is a marine lake. It connects to the sea via tunnels and fissures in the limestone that encases it. Even so, the lake is isolated – the golden jellyfish in the lake a different to those which swim in the sea just a stone’s throw away. As you descend under the water, a new and alien world presents itself. There are so many jellyfish in the lake that their sheer mass is visible from the air. It is thought that the lake is about twelve thousand years old – this is an educated guess based on three factors. First there is the depth of the lake, which is about thirty meters and the thickness of the sediment at its base –which is an astounding 20 meters thick. The final element in the calculation of the age of the lake is the rising sea levels which, 12,000 years ago had risen to a sufficient height fill the basin which became the lake.

Brilliant Photography From Natgeo Archives

National Geographic is the source for photos, free desktop wallpapers of places, animals, nature, underwater, travel, and more.It's a long time inspiration for me but now only the time helps me to bring these awesome photographs for your display.I am very happy to bring those "brilliant photography from national geographic archives" here.The following 60 beautiful photographs has beautiful wild life,nature,people and bird photos.

Living With The Dead

In the center of the crowded Philippine capital of Manila, home to more than 11 million people, lies the North Cemetery. The final resting place of several Filipino Presidents, celebrities, and hundreds of thousands of the city’s Catholic dead, the cemetery is also home to a living community of over 2,000 people. In a country where around 40 percent of people live below the poverty line, and overpopulation in Manila is reaching desperate proportions, the cemetery provides a unique residence for the hundreds of families that live and work within its walls.

The Last Breathtaking Wild Bison Herd in North America

Yellowstone – Discovered in 1807 was a lost world found by the hands of humanity after being the home to wild Native Americans for over 11,000 years. A land ruled by ice, brimstone and fire should be un-inhabitable, yet the most treasured wilderness can be found here than any other place on earth. One of the beautiful giants that live here is the Bison – an outstanding representative survivor of the last ice age. Built for the harsh winters that Yellowstone delivers, these Bison are the last wild herd left in North America. Winter in Yellowstone is unkind, harsh and deadly when composed of a six month contract frozen and buried under ice and snow. Many species struggle with the conflict of cold and locked away nutrients under the ice, but this particular story is dedicated to the Bison – who has battled through hundreds of years of the conflicts of Yellowstone’s winters.

10 Amazing Purple Animals

There may not be a One-horned One-eyed Flying Purple People Eater but there ARE a lot of actual purple animals around – one might say there are a bunch. Color them purple, lavender, mauve, orchid or violet, these colorful animals add a rich, distinctive tone to nature’s varied palette. Isn’t that grape?

A Gallery Of Demolition Derby Pictures

If there’s one event that’s highly underrated it’s most certainly the Monster Truck rallies. I mean you get a class of people you simply won’t experience anywhere. Actually, you experience them all over the place. I just happen to be from a big city so I have no idea what the hell I’m talking about. Put it this way though. It’s an event. In fact that’s an understatement. A very close second would be Demolition Derbies. Nothing’s better than crappy cars smashing into each other.


A Day In The Life Of Mobile Food: Rolling With The Grilled Cheese Truck

By the time Ruby returns home sometime between midnight to 2 a.m., she's easily served well over 500 sandwiches throughout her day to hundreds of hungry Angelenos. Her home - just west of downtown L.A. - is an overnight shelter for many like her in need of a place to stay for the night. The following morning, she and others will be picked up and they'll repeat the cycle all over again: Roll out, feed and park. Ruby isn't an ordinary girl: She's one of two mobile eateries from the Grilled Cheese Truck, which have been serving cheesy melting goodness between two pieces of bread to L.A. since last October. After competing in the Grilled Cheese Invitational for the first time last year, Dave Danhi and Michele Grant realized the city's stomach was grumbling for a food truck that brings back the nostalgic elementary school lunch, but with a grown-up twist. Co-owned by friends and entrepreneurial chefs Grant and Danhi, the Grilled Cheese Truck was a hastily prepared idea that unexpectedly exploded as a success.

Ballerina Pictures

Almost every little girl at some point in their life wants to grow up to be a ballerina. Only a few actually pursue that dream. Here are some great ballerina pictures that keep both young and old longing for their chance to dance on stage.

Images from How To Photograph an Atomic Bomb

“One afternoon I was at Lookout Mountain right here in Hollywood, and I got a call from a Woody Mark. He said ‘George, I need you out here tomorrow for a special test.’ I got there that night and he said, ‘Tomorrow morning you’re going to go out with five other guys and you’re going to be standing at ground zero.’ I said, ‘Ground zero?’ He said. ‘Yeah, but the bomb’s gonna go off 10,000 feet above you.’ I said, ‘Well, what kind of protective gear am I going to have?’ He said ‘None.’ I remember I had a baseball hat, so I wore that just in case. He gave me a still camera, and two motion picture cameras. These were 35mm Eyemos. I set up the two Eyemos, and had little trip wires that I could trip with my foot starting about 5 seconds before the blast. And the still camera, I also had a trip wire so that I could trip it. I could get one exposure only. The five other guys were scientists and they volunteered to be there. I wasn’t a volunteer. I didn’t find out until I got there.” -George Yoshitake

Temples of the Atom

With your help, I can present a view inside the history and the wreckage of America's never-finished nuclear power stations. In the years following the 1979 reactor meltdown at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania, more than 50 reactor projects were cancelled across the United States. While many of these reactors had yet to move beyond the planning stages, a number of units that were well into construction were cancelled and abandoned. Closer regulatory scrutiny after the accident combined with a difficult economy to make a host of half-completed projects unviable, and left their wreckage strewn across remote farmland and fog-choked coniferous forests from Tennessee to Washington state.

Chicago Hoarders Buried In Their Own Trash

When an elderly couple hadn't been seen for almost 3 weeks, Chicago Police conducted a well being check. You could imagine their surprise when they couldn't even get past the front door. There was garbage packed from floor to ceiling. The stench was so bad, that they were forced to put on hazmat suits .before forging into the disaster. Surprisingly, they found a man (76) and a woman (75) alive, but trapped. The Chicago Fire Department took them to Jackson Park Hospital where apparently they're in fair condition.

Postcards from Hell

For the last half-decade, the Fund for Peace, working with Foreign Policy, has been putting together the Failed States Index, using a battery of indicators to determine how stable -- or unstable -- a country is. But as the photos here demonstrate, sometimes the best test is the simplest one: You'll only know a failed state when you see it.

Marcia’s Soo Line Caboose

Marcia Weber lives full-time in a Soo Line train caboose that was built in 1909. She purchased the caboose with her husband at the Tunerville Station in Whippany, New Jersey in 1975 from an ad in the Wall Street Journal that simply said “wooden cabooses for sale.” For years, the caboose was just a vacation home for Marcia and her husband. After a divorce and a job loss, she decided to move permanently into the caboose. She said the first winter was tough with no indoor plumbing and only space heaters available for heat. Electricity had been installed in the caboose years before, but there was no bathroom. In the following years, Marcia was able to add a bathroom to the back of the caboose (to retain the look), indoor plumbing and electric heat. She also replaced the siding on the cupola and put in some gardens and a lawn. She also had a deck built which added an additional “room” to the caboose.


Beautiful Examples of Action Sequence Photography

Sequence photography is a technique of shooting a series of images in where the subject is captured in successive motion. Sequence photography is a wonderful way of conveying motion in a static image. A merged photo sequence can radically show a different perspective much more than what can be captured in a single image. When you’re creating a sequence photo make sure you get all the action you need. This can be done by choosing shooting a moving. Make sure you have a camera that able to do high shutter speeds. A DSRL that can shoot 3-5fps can get you great results. Then set the camera up on a sturdy tripod so displacement between frames. Then determine the exposure and multiply by the quantity of frames you are going to shoot. Another way would be to quickly shoot a series of separate frames and merged them all together later with the help of photoshop.

Baros Maldives Resort is Paradise on Earth

Baros Maldives is a luxury resort located on a small, exclusive island in the Maldives, which is surrounded by the idyllic and unpolluted Indian Ocean. When you go to Baros Maldives, you can stay at one of the 30 water villas, which are perched atop the shallow coastline, or you can stay at the oceanfront beach villa if you prefer to be on land. Baros Maldives offers a variety of activities, ranging from excursions into the jungle, underwater diving expeditions, and a spa to help you rest and relax. Its incredible scenery and numerous attractions have helped Baros Maldives earn multiple awards, and it continues to develop a reputation as one of the world’s top vacation destinations. Described as the “perfect honeymoon getaway,” Baros Maldives proves that paradise is clearly a place on earth.

Signs of Spring, 2010

The Northern Hemisphere once more begins its tilt towards the Sun, awakening flowers, ushering in new life, and coaxing people outdoors once again. The changing of the season is easily observed in gardens, parks, zoos, farms, festivals and more. Collected here are a handful of photographs showing signs of Spring, 2010, as the final remnants of last winter start to melt away.

German Girl Trains Cow as a Show Horse

Regina Mayer, a 15-year-old girl from Laufen, Southern Germany, rides her pet cow Luna as if she were a well-trained show horse. The young girl always wanted her own horse, but her parents kept saying “no”, and since she had a stable full of cows at her disposal, Regina decided she was going to try and ride one. After hundreds of hours of training and many baskets of treats, she managed to teach Luna to jump over home-made hurdles, just like a show horse. Regina remembers that she knew Luna was special ever since she was born, three years ago. The calf came right up to her, she wasn’t shy like most other young cattle, and they developed a special friendship ever since. The 15-year-old began riding Luna about six months ago and she even contacted a riding school in Switzerland, and received some tips on how to train and equip the bovine in a way similar to a show horse. The two went for long rides around the countryside of Southern Germany and Luna become more and more comfortable, especially since her friend Regina made sure to give her delicious carrots during each outing.

The Defiant Squatter Squirrel Who Has Commandeered A Nesting Box

Moving into your own home is usually a good excuse for a party. But once this creature had squirrelled away his nuts and seeds, there was only one guest invited to the housewarming – his mum. Christine Haines, who watched the baby grey squirrel take over the bird box in her garden in Spokane, Washington, U.S., believed he was ‘calling for his mother’ to visit when she caught him on camera. The baby grey squirrel was looking for some shelter and came across this box complete with a perfect look-out hole for him to poke his head out of. And he was so pleased with his new abode he smiled straight at the camera as a sharp-eyed resident spotted the fury squatter in her garden.

Determined Turtle Survives Struggle With Anaconda As Its Shell Stops It From Being Crushed To Death

This is the astonishing moment a tiny turtle snatched victory from the jaws of defeat after escaping the grasp of a giant anaconda. It looked as though the turtle's fate was sealed when the large snake clapped eyes on its prey and wrapped itself around the much smaller creature. But the courageous turtle managed to survive the struggle for several minutes before French photographer, Jean-Michel Labat, helped it to escape. The 61-year-old was visiting Los Llanos in Venezuela when he stumbled across the extraordinary battle. The anaconda had gripped its prey in the water, and was attempting to squeeze the air out of the turtle, which was able to cling to life because of its tough protective shell.

Endeavour Flight Deck Photos

These rare photos capture the Flight Deck (cockpit) of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, fully powered for one of the final times. Just a few weeks later, at 9:58am EDT on May 11, Endeavour was powered down for the final time in history. It was the last of the three space shuttles to have power. Below, other views show the mid-deck, gutted of its lockers and storage areas, and three final photos show the white room entrance in the Orbiter Processing Facility, signed by thousands over the years.


Mario Testino’s Fashionable Career

It’s hard to believe that the influential fashion and celebrity photographer Mario Testino has never had an exhibition in the United States—until now. Two concurrent exhibits open on Sunday, October 21, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The larger of the two, “Mario Testino: In Your Face,” features 122 black-and-white and color images chosen by Testino, from the many commercial and editorial assignments he’s shot during his 30-year career. These stylishly provocative and supremely elegant photos bring a freshness to his subjects, who are often well-known singers, actors, models and athletes. The 223-page book Mario Testino: In Your Face accompanies the exhibit and includes all 122 photos from the show as well as text by Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, among others.

Hard-to-See Sea Creatures Revealed

This leggy creature may look like an octopus, but it's actually an immature, or larval, tube anemone (picture of an adult tube anemone). Despite being so young and only about 0.4 inch (1 centimeter) wide, the anemone larva has already begun fishing with the tentacles it will use as an adult. This specimen's dark stomach suggests it's already a successful hunter, experts say. The anemone larva was recently inventoried during the Census of Marine Life, a series of ocean projects aimed at documenting the myriad life-forms that live in Earth's oceans. On Sunday, the census announced results of a far-ranging study of hard-to-see sea species—microscopic animals, plankton, larvae, and burrowers.

The Beer Collection

Man has been brewing beer for about the past eight thousand years. In fact, the oldest document yet discovered by man, a clay tablet inscribed in Babylon around 6000 BC, depicts the preparation of beer for sacrificial purposes. Two thousand years later, the Babylonians had made over sixteen different types of beer using wheat, barley, and honey. The practice of brewing was introduced to Europe from the Middle East, and beer greatly increased in popularity there during the Middle Ages, when urbanization and poor sanitation made clean water somewhat of a scarcity. Beer has been popular in America since the early days of European colonization, and even George Washington, who would become the first President of the United States, kept a brewery at his personal estate in Virginia.

Grandpa Builds Mother Of All Homebrew Laser Triggers

A reader who saw Marc's recent post about an Arduino-controlled laser photo trigger wrote in to tell us about the amazing work of Belgian photographer and Flickr user fotoopa (which, we hear, as "foto opa," means something like "photo grandpa" in Dutch). That's him in the picture above, with the awesome homebrew laser-triggered camera rig that he uses to capture amazing pictures of insects in flight and splashing drops of colored water. I'm generally skeptical of film purists, but fotoopa makes the compelling claim that no digital camera has the shutter speed necessary to do this kind of imagery. He claims the Compur #1 shutter used in his 2008 setup has a speed of less than 5 milliseconds.

Daredevil Adventurers Venture Into A Crater Of Molten Lava

A real life journey to the centre of the Earth saw a group of adventurers abseiling into the lava-spewing crater of a huge volcano - and tourists could soon have the chance to do the same. Just metres away from a fiery death, Geoff Mackley and his team are believed have ventured further into Marum Volcano - in Vanuatu in the South Pacific - than anyone ever before .

Pitching A Tent On The Side Of A 4,000ft Cliff Face

For many people, a camping trip is enough to get them sweating before they've even put up a tent pole. But for these daredevil explorers, scaling cliffs and pitching tents at the height of more than 300 double decker buses is just a normal day at the office. Hanging precariously in tents off a 4,000ft sheer cliff face, these climbers are chasing the most dangerous big wall climbs ever attempted. As these stunning images show, the climbs can last for weeks and the explorers must set up tents on the edge of monstrous cliff faces to grab some much needed rest. They were taken by adventure photographer Gordon Wiltsie, 57, who risks his own life to capture thrill-seeking moments. He said: 'During this climb it was the Arctic spring so melting snow on both the summit and a ledge midway up the cliff constantly sent rocks and chunks of ice flying down. 'One the size of a car even came crashing down around us. Several times I came within inches of being hit which almost certainly would have been fatal. 'Falling objects are constantly on your mind and if you look carefully at the picture of the hanging tents, or Portaledges, you can see the camp was below an overhang for shelter.

Manchester’s Spectacular(ly Deserted) Victoria Baths

Very often city bosses are quick to bulldoze deserted buildings that stand on prime locations. But thankfully that is not the case with Manchester's spectacular Victoria Baths. Closed since 1993, the incredibly intact interior and Edwardian-era styling make the baths a photographer's dream. The internal features are mirrored in their elegance by the Victoria Baths' outward design. Built from red brick - used prominently in Manchester and across the north west of England - punctuated with terracotta decoration, Victoria Baths evokes the grandeur of Victorian/Edwardian architecture, seen in hotels, swimming baths, railway stations and other public buildings of the era. At the time of construction in 1906, Manchester had one of the wealthiest municipal coffers in the world.