The 10 Most Iconic Wild West Figures

The Wild West might be long gone, but it has left us with a slew of iconic figures that still remain incredibly popular to this day. Lawmen, outlaws, frontiersmen, pioneers, the Old West had it all. If there is something that the West was good at, it was taking a man and making a legend out of him.

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Billy The Kid

Wild West Figures Billy

Until recently, this was the only known image of one of the most notorious outlaws of the Old West – Billy the Kid. Recently, another photo was confirmed to show him as a clean-cut youngster. The Kid claimed to have gunned down 21 men during his short life, although others place their estimates much lower. He himself was killed by famed lawman Pat Garrett. Source: Rafael Narbona

Seth Bullock

Wild West Figures Bullock

Besides obviously winning “Best Mustache in the West”, Bullock rose to prominence as the tough-as-nails, uncompromising lawman of the notorious and illegal settlement of Deadwood in South Dakota. In recent times, his exploits were exalted further in the TV show Deadwood which features many real characters from that time and place. Source: Chronicle Of The Old West

Davy Crockett

Wild West Figures Crockett

Known as the “King of the Wild Frontier”, Crockett became one of the West’s biggest folk heroes. This was mostly thanks to his legendary exploits being recreated on stage and in dime novels. His iconic look with the coonskin cap is still immediately recognized even today, which makes Crockett an early fashion trendsetter. Source: Tennessee Gvt.

Annie Oakley

Wild West Figures Oakley

The Old West was clearly considered a real man’s world, but certain women still managed to garner their own level of notoriety and Annie Oakley was perhaps the most famous of them all. She first rose to fame as a star in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Known for her excellent marksmanship, Oakley was a sharpshooter who could have competed (and maybe bested) any other gunman of her time. Source: Hello Giggles

Buffalo Bill

Wild West Figures Buffalo

Speaking of Buffalo Bill, there’s no way we could leave him out of this list. He started out as a rider for the Pony Express when he was young, then became a bison hunter and later a scout for the army. However, he rose to prominence when he realized that people loved the untamed nature of the West and created Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. His company grew and grew and toured all over the country before heading overseas throughout Europe. Source: Wikipedia

Jesse James

Wild West Figures Jesse

Arguably the most famous outlaw of the Old West, Jesse James and his brother Frank spent most of their lives surrounded by violence. First they were Bushwhackers during the Civil War and then ran their own gang of outlaws, robbing trains, banks and stagecoaches. He was eventually killed by a member of his own gang, Robert Ford. Source: Biografie Online

Wild West Figures Butch

If there is one man who can take the title of “Most Notorious Outlaw” away from Jesse James, it would be Butch Cassidy. Even though today he’s almost always mentioned alongside The Sundance Kid, Cassidy actually ran his own gang dubbed The Wild Bunch. The Sundance Kid was a part of it, but so were several other notorious gunslingers including Kid Curry and the Tall Texan. Source: Kim Macquarrie

Geronimo

Wild West Figures Geronimo

The conflicts between Native American tribes and American settlers led to many bloody confrontations, but also created legends out of some of the Native American leaders. No tribe was fiercer than the Apache and there was no leader greater than Geronimo. Source: Wikipedia

Wild Bill Hickok

Wild West Figures Hickok

One of the greatest folk heroes of the Wild West, Wild Bill Hickok became the most famed gunman of his time. This all really started from a gunfight with David Tutt. This fight most likely popularized the concept of the one-on-one quickdraw duel which is iconic in Westerns, but didn’t really happen all that often in real life. Hickok was shot in the back while playing poker, holding two pairs of aces and eights, later known as the Dead Man’s Hand. Source: Wikipedia

Wyatt Earp

Wild West Figures Earp

Wyatt Earp was the most famed lawman of the Wild West and might be the most famous figure overall. He attained notoriety for taking part in the gunfight at the OK Corral against a gang of outlaws but alongside his brothers and Doc Holliday. Later in life, that same gang would take revenge against the Earps, killing one brother and maiming another. Wyatt would then form a posse and embark on a famous vendetta ride to kill those responsible. Source: NCSB

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13 Interesting Animals You Didn’t Know Existed

Through the natural process of evolution, earthly processes have created some of the most bizarre-looking creatures to wander this planet. Often relegated to remote, semi-unpopulated areas, they are difficult to study, and are often in danger of extinction.

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Interesting Animals Markhor

The national animal of Pakistan, the Markhor is a sizable species of wild goat. The majestic beast’s most distinguishing feature is its massive spiral horns that can grow to be up to five feet long. They are on the endangered list, with less than 2,500 mature animals in existence. Source: My Modern Met

Interesting Animals Maned Wolf

The maned wolf looks less like a wolf and more like a fox – even though they belong to a different genus. They can be found in South America and frequent places with tall grasslands, hence their really long legs. They are also known as the “skunk wolf” as they have a very…distinctive…odor. Source: My Modern Met

Interesting Animals Fossa

Fossas live in Madagascar, and their looks fall between a cat and a ferret, with a little bit of cougar thrown into the mix. Being a carnivore, they are very sleek and muscular, are able to chase down prey with the greatest of ease. Source: My Modern Met

Interesting Animals Zebra Duiker

Zebra Duikers look tiny, chubby antelope, with stripes down their back and other zebra-like markings. Females are bigger than the males, contrary to the typical template of nature. They live in rainforests and eat mostly foliage, but they have a reinforced nasal bone that helps them crack open hard-skinned fruits. Source: My Modern Met

Interesting Animals Dhole

A canine species that lives in Southeast Asia, the dhole is another animal that bears resemblance to the fox and the wolf. They’re very social animals and tend to tackle way bigger prey, such as boar, buffalos, or even tigers. They’re endangered for a number of reasons, including a decreasing amount of prey, habitat loss, competition and disease from other feral dogs. Source: My Modern Met

Interesting Animals Irrawaddy

Here’s the first oceanic creature, the Irrawaddy Dolphin of Southeast Asia. With those little faces it’s hard to believe, but they are closely related to the killer whale- even though they more closely resemble the Beluga whale. The term Irrawaddy comes from Latin, meaning “short beak.” Source: My Modern Met

Interesting Animals Patagonian Mara

The Patagonian Mara is a furry rodent who greatly resembles a rabbit with long, spindly legs. They live in Argentina and large parts of Patagonia, mostly under the cover of shrubbery. Like common rabbits, they are also herbivores. Source: My Modern Met

Interesting Animals Pink Fairy Armadillo

A pink fairy armadillo sounds like a creature from a fantasy land, but they are very real. Unfortunately, they are on the endangered species list, so being a figment of fantasy might very well be true someday. Native to Argentina, they occupy grasslands and their pink exterior may serve as camouflage against the sandy dunes they call home. Source: My Modern Met

Interesting Animals Red Muntjac

Also known as the “barking deer,” the red muntjac lives in India and greatly resembles a deer, with their antlers being their most peculiar feature. They are unbranched and can grow up to six inches long. They eat grass, but also dine on berries and bird eggs when they can find them. Source: My Modern Met

Interesting Animals Sunda Colugo

Also known as the sunda flying lemur, the sunda colugo can be found throughout Southeast Asia, and is actually pretty poorly named because it’s not a lemur and it can’t fly. Instead, it uses a very thin membrane to glide through the air. They are most active at night and eat flowers, young leaves and shoots. Source: My Modern Met

Interesting Animals Barbirusa

Barbirusas belong in the pig family, and they’re also called by the oxymoronic term ‘pig-deer’. They are native to Indonesia and the males have very large tusks, like other species of pigs. They do not grind down the tusks through normal activities, so they can eventually penetrate the animal's own skull if they reach a certain length. Source: My Modern Met

Interesting Animals Tufted Deer

The protruded fangs on the male of this species give the illusion that they’re carnivores, but they eat grass like most deer. A close relative to the muntjac and usually found in China, they are being overhunted and slowly losing their habitat, but luckily they haven’t made it onto the endangered species list yet. Source: My Modern Met

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23 Of 2014’s Most Surprising Photos

What makes a photo surprising? Sometimes it’s the picture’s composition, other times it’s capturing an intriguing subject at just the right moment. Our gallery of the most surprising photos of 2014 features a massive wooden hippo, tiger triplets, a snake slaughterhouse and an odd Obama selfie. Head over to the Most Surprising Photos of 2013 to see how this year’s surprising photos stacked up against last year’s.
 

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Snake Slaughterhouse

At this snake slaughterhouse in Indonesia, snakes are rolled, placed into the oven, and then sent to bag factories. Source: TIME

World Cup 2014

A hot air balloon in Australia is shaped to resemble Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue (wearing a World Cup jersey). Source: TIME

Tree Hugger Surprising Photos

Over 2,000 people come together in Nepal to break the world record for the largest mass gathering of tree huggers. Source: NBC

Surprising Photos of 2014 Transsexual Beauty Contest

Yanki Bayramoglu wins Turkey’s first ever transexual beauty contest. Source: TIME

Tiger Triplets Tacoma Zoo

The Tacoma Zoo has its hands full with these tiger triplets. Source: Columbian

Obama Selfie Surprising Photos of 2014

Bill Nye, Barack Obama and Neil DeGrasse Tyson take a selfie. Source: Wikimedia

Supermoon 2014 Surprising Photos

A supermoon rises above a town in Spain. Source: The Dark Room

Bosnian Wedding Tradition Surprising Photos

At the Ethnological Museum in Pristina, Arleta Sahiti’s face is painted according to the wedding traditions of Bosnian women from the Zhupa region. Source: TIME

Surprising Photos of 2014 Sony Photography Awards

"Big Cat, Little Cat" is a photo submission to the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards. Source: Twisted Sifter

2014 Photos Sochi Olympics

The Opening Ceremony at the 2014 Olympics held in Sochi, Russia. Source: Los Angeles Times

Saintly City Cat Championship 2014 Photos

Cats at the 2014 Saintly City Cat Club Championship in Saint Paul. Source: New York Daily News

Surprising Photos of 2014 Space Station Laundry

Laundry day at the Russian Space Training Center. Source: TIME

Purim Festival 2014

Jewish girls dress up for the Purim festival. Source: Daily Mail

Pope Francis Surprising Photos

Pope Francis visits the parish of the Sant'Alfonso Maria de Liguori during Epiphany in Rome. Source: TIME

Surprising Photos of 2014 Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld walks the “runway” at the Chanel show during Paris Fashion Week 2014. Source: Celeb Mafia

Oscar Selfie 2014

Celebrities gather at the 2014 Oscars, creating the world’s most star-studded selfie. Source: Vogue

Pakistan Performing Monkey

A trained monkey in Pakistan. Source: TIME

HippoThames Surprising Photos 2014

HippoThames, a large wooden hippo, floats down the River Thames. Source: Daily Mail

Easter Egg Traditions

Since 1965, German pensioner Volker Kraft and his wife decorate their apple tree with over 10,000 hand painted eggs. Source: TIME

East Coast Blizzard 2014

Deadly, frigid weather conditions strike the East Coast in November 2014. Source: NBC

Surprising Photos of 2014 Dog Nurses Cubs

A dog nurses tiger cubs at a zoo in China. Source: TIME

Jack Black Comic Con 2014

Wearing a Star Wars mask, actor Jack Black walks around outside of Comic Con 2014. Source: The Kansas City Star

Chicago River St. Patricks Day

The Chicago River is dyed green to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. Source: NBC

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US Cuba Relations Castro Nixon

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A Photo History Of US-Cuba Relations

US Cuba Relations Embargo

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There’s an easy way and a hard way to explain the contours of the United States’ relationship with Cuba. The hard way involves complex trade agreements, omnipresent Cold War fears, and the rationality of imperialist glut. The easy way is to imagine how the most self-absorbed man you know would respond to a slight woman who rejected him and instead decided to hang out with the weird guy down the street who liked the color red, and who said self-absorbed man absolutely hates.

Either way you slice it, that relationship is about to change. Just this past Wednesday, Barack Obama announced plans to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba, ushering in a new wave of diplomacy between the famously feuding neighbors. The BBC has chosen to explain the story through photos, and we highly recommend you check them out.

US Cuba Relations Carter Castro

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