After an Atomic Bomb Test: Rare and Unpublished LIFE Magazine Photos From 1955

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Caption from the May 16, 1955, issue of LIFE. “Unburned, a lady mannequin with wig askew is wearing light-colored dress which absorbs less heat.”

LIFE has an amazing gallery of previously unreleased pictures taken at a Nevada A-Bomb test site in 1955. There is a cold beauty in these shots and an eerie atmosphere that make them emblematic of the Cold War era.

via After an Atomic Bomb Test: Rare and Unpublished LIFE Magazine Photos From 1955 – LIFE.

Repetitive architecture

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lines & contrast

lines & contrast 

Rectangles everywhere
Rectangles everywhere

Downtown perspective

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Downtown perspective

Downtown perspective

Underground reflection

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Underground reflection

Underground reflection

Bandwiches: if bands were sandwiches

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If bands were sandwiches, what would they look/taste like? Here’s a long list right in time for dinner.

I quite liked those ones:

Black Sabbath: Ham, stilton, LSD mustard, milled wheat bread.

Sex Pistols: Deep-fried Frank Sinatra LP, Russian mustard, spackle, tacks, stale rye bread.

Depeche Mode: Chicken breast, Swiss cheese, grilled suede, fried onions, mascara aioli, seeded baguette.

Pink Floyd: Amethyst-rubbed pork, asparagus jelly, moon-dried tomatoes, pumpernickel.

The Pogues: Gin-fed lamb, whiskey-marinated turkey, beer-braised pork shoulder, mustard, soda bread.

Depending on your musical tastes, you may not be hungry after reading on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Bandwiches. via kottke

All of Earth’s water

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How much water is there on Earth, from USGS Water Science for Schools water information site

This picture shows the size of a sphere that would contain all of Earth’s water in comparison to the size of the Earth. The blue sphere sitting on the United States, reaching from about Salt Lake City, Utah to Topeka, Kansas, has a diameter of about 860 miles (about 1,385 kilometers) , with a volume of about 332,500,000 cubic miles (1,386,000,000 cubic kilometers). The sphere includes all the water in the oceans, seas, ice caps, lakes and rivers as well as groundwater, atmospheric water, and even the water in you, your dog, and your tomato plant.

It’s hard to realize what a 1,385km wide sphere represents. The International Space Station orbits at about 300km altitude. Amazing.

via How much water is there on Earth – USGS and BoinBoing

Interior design, mafia style

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interior design, mafia style

Italian tax police and soldiers reveal the Naples home of jailed Camorra clan mobster Nicola Schiavone, in the process shedding a rather garish light on the kitsch interior tastes of a modern crime family

via Italian mafia interior tastes exposed – in pictures | guardian.co.uk.