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What We Loved This Week, Jan. 31 – Feb. 6

Vintage celebrity selfies, opulent wigs made of paper, the most astounding eyes in all of nature, the world’s most ingeniously bizarre ads, and cool photos of ’60s mods.

Kennedy Selfie

From left: Ethel, Jacqueline, and John F. Kennedy. Image Source: Vintage Everyday

Celebrity Selfies Taken Long Before The Word Was Even Invented

Astronauts Selfie

Apollo astronauts, early 1970s. Image Source: Vintage Everyday

Sure, the word “selfie” is only about 15 years old, and mobile phones with cameras are only about the same age. But, if you think we haven’t been taking self-portraits for far, far longer than that, you’re dead wrong. And by “we,” I also mean the rich, famous, and powerful. Sure, rock stars and politicians of decades past couldn’t share their selfies on Instagram or Facebook, but that doesn’t mean, with a little digging, you can’t find some truly iconic, vintage self-portraits. See more at Vintage Everyday.

Stevie Nicks Selfie

Stevie Nicks. Image Source: Vintage Everyday

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Video Of The Day: Alice Cooper Is Actually A Born-Again Christian

The raven-haired rocker turns 68 today, and while, over the years, his work may have cemented his popular associations with deviancy and the macabre, Alice Cooper — née Vincent Damon Furnier — is in fact a devout Christian.

While a successful music career took the “School’s Out” singer away from his Christian roots (and introduced him to alcoholism) at first, it eventually brought him back to his faith. “When you get out there and realize you’ve had every car, every house, and all that, you realize that that’s not the answer,” Cooper said in an interview last year with The Harvest, a Christian evangelical program (see above). “There’s a big nothing out there at the end of that.”

“So, materialism doesn’t mean anything. A lot of people say that there’s a big God-sized hole in your heart. And when that’s filled, you’re really satisfied, and that’s where I am right now.”

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11-Year-Old Afghan Police Commander Killed By Taliban

Wasil Ahmad

Image Source: Javid Faisal/Facebook

This Monday, gunmen on motorbikes killed 11-year-old Afghan police commander Wasil Ahmad in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan. That same day, the Taliban took credit for his death.

Only recently had Ahmad returned to civilian life after spending much of last year fighting Taliban forces. Ahmad was trained in rockets, machine guns, and mortars, and even took command of a group of men after his uncle, the previous commander, was injured.

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Six Supposed Carcinogens That Are Actually Perfectly Safe

For decades, we’ve lived in fear of these six supposed carcinogens. But the facts behind these cancer myths reveal why none of them will actually harm us, and how these crazy claims first got started.

Cancer Headlines Media Coverage

Image Sources (clockwise from top left): Complex, CNN, Liver Cancer Prognosis, Tech Times

Even today, many of the most basic facts about cancer — 8 million people will die this year, $47 trillion worth of economic burden will be placed on world economies over the next two decades in an effort to fight back — are utterly devastating. As important as it is to accept and deal with facts like these, there are far too many other things that go underreported.

On the one hand, there’s the good news. For example, according to the National Cancer Institute’s Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2011, cancer mortality rates have been dropping steadily since the early 1990s. Cancer incidence rates have been decreasing among men for over a decade and been decreasing among children since the 1970s (rates among women have remained stable). Furthermore, recent studies have found that up to 70% of cancers are preventable.

On the other hand, there are many prevalent cancer myths — the scary news that doesn’t actually have any basis in fact. And this is the news we truly need to be aware of, and stop spreading. You’ve surely heard that the following six things will give you cancer, but, rest assured, according to the National Cancer Institute, they won’t:

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