The Pontiac Silverdome, Detroit’s Tarnished Gem

Luxury Box Silverdome

It used to house rock royalty. Today, one of Detroit’s crown jewels, the Pontiac Silverdome, has fallen into disrepair and represents the ache that accompanies a city in decline. Featured above is one of the Silverdome’s luxury suites, which wouldn’t be out of place in a Bladerunner scene. Check here for more photos of abandoned Detroit.

Vintage Photos Reveal Life Inside Ravensbrück, A Women’s Concentration Camp

Women's concentration camp victims, rescued.

Rescued women

In 1938, Heinrich Himmler ordered the construction of Ravensbrück, a concentration camp exclusively for women. Around an hour north of Berlin, Ravensbrück also served as a training camp for female Nazi overseers, many of whom would go on to be chief wardresses at other concentration camps. From 1939 to 1945, over 100,000 women from 20 European countries had died at Ravensbrück, with the largest portion of inmates hailing from Poland. By the time of their liberation, only 15,000 prisoners were still alive.

Conditions at Ravensbrück were initially acceptable, with some expressing wonder at the manicured lawns, peacock-filled birdhouses and flower beds that adorned the great square. Soon enough, disease and famine struck, and SS guards began to conduct medical experiments on inmates, where they would cut into and infect bones, muscles and nerves and introduce wood or glass into them. Others were sterilized.

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You Probably Couldn’t Survive In Oymyakon, The World’s Coldest City

coldest city woman in black

Yakutian woman amidst the fog of city center – created by cars, people, and steam from factories, the fog is thick and heavy through the coldest weeks of winter. (Amos Chapple) Source: Smithsonian

As New England braces for what many have called a “historic snowstorm”, one city in particular has it even worse, and just about every single day. People in Oymyakon, Russia face frigid temperatures like no other place on Earth. Located just a few hundred miles from the Arctic Circle, Oymyakon is the world’s coldest permanently settled area, nestled deep in the Russian tundra.

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Didn’t Like “American Sniper”? This Animated Short Is For You

To some critics, Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” was little more than neoconservative talking points tacked onto the silver screen: it glorified murderers, dehumanized victims, and ultimately presented war in a positive light. This animated short, “Confusion Through Sand”, casts a dark shadow on that vision, telling the story of a 19-year-old thrust into armed conflict and the toll it took on him. The hand-drawn short, made by animation studio Ornana films, required 6,000 pieces of paper to complete and premiered at South by Southwest.

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