Che Guevara And Fidel Castro, Fellow Marxists And Fishermen

April 19, 2014

Che Guevara Fidel Castro Fishing 1960

The Marxists that fish together stay together. Taking a moment to relax soon after coming to power in Cuba, Latin American leaders Fidel Castro and Che Guevara fish together in 1960.

17 Egg-cellent Vintage Easter Advertisements

April 19, 2014

Now that spring has arrived, it’s hard to meander through a grocery store without running into a wall of pastel bunnies and eggs. The traditions surrounding the Easter Bunny date back to pagan spring festivals which touted that both eggs and hares are a sign of fertility, which for obvious reasons is a much-celebrated trait–especially in the days when medicine the way we think of it didn’t really exist. When Christians began celebrating the resurrection of Jesus in tandem with springtime festivals, the two events eventually blended together, the result being that bunnies and eggs wormed their way into religious tradition and consumer pop culture.

In the 17th century, German writings show the Easter Bunny making an appearance as Oschter Haws, a rabbit that laid a nest of colorful eggs as a present for good children. Like Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny has taken on many names, appearances and traits in various cultures. Yet as seen in this egg-cellent collection of vintage Easter ads, the Easter Bunny has only become more ingrained in popular culture as time passes on. Anyway, pardon the puns—we think you’ll love this gallery of vintage Easter advertisements. See if you can spot your favorite brands!

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5 Creepy Insects That Transfix Horror Movie Makers

April 19, 2014
Creepy Insects Army Ants

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Sometimes truth is stranger than the fiction seen on the silver screen. Case in point? Insects. Between six and ten million insect species live on Earth, representing more than 90 percent of differing animals on the planet. Their sheer numbers can be daunting for humans to comprehend, especially when estimates say that for every living human being there are 1.5 billion insects, or 10 quintillion at any given time.

That’s 10,000,000,000,000,000,000, if you were wondering. And while many insects serve an ecological purpose that benefits those higher on the food chain, many people fear insects, which they consider to be creepy crawlies. Horror movie makers have capitalized on this fear for years, creating films that feature gigantic versions of tiny creatures like ants that take over the world. Here are some of the creepiest insects on earth and how filmmakers have used them to their benefit.

Creepy Insects: Bullet Ants

Anyone who has ever stepped into a fire ant hill doesn’t know what pain is. Try being stung by a bullet ant of Central and South America. The aftermath has been described as “waves of burning, throbbing, all-consuming pain that continues unabated for up to 24 hours.” Some have defined it more succinctly by comparing the pain to a gun shot wound, which is where the ant got its name.

Don’t believe it? Watch as this guy unravels into a crying mess.