What We Love This Week, Volume CXI

World Photography Ukraine

Anti-government protestors in Kiev, Ukraine. Source: World Photo

The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

World Photography Bug

A fly on water. Source: World Photo

Hopefully the judges of this year’s Sony World Photography Awards didn’t have any major plans for the month of February (or the foreseeable future); they have over 173,000 photos to review. People from 171 countries submitted their shots to the World Photography Organisation, with subjects ranging from political protest to mountain peaks to West Africa’s Ebola outbreak. WPO has been kind enough to release its short list of potential winners, which you can view here.

World Photography Chicken

A man bathes his fighting bird. Source: World Photo

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Vintage Shots From The Golden Age Of Air Travel

Stewardesses and crew posing air travel

Stewardesses and pilots pose for a photo before boarding. Source: vintage.es

In the years after World War II, the United States was flying high, and the so-called Golden Age of air travel is a testament to that. Airline technology became more streamlined, and airliners pampered customers to the point where it did actually seem as if they were king. Comfort and luxury were of paramount importance (if you could afford it), and there is no better evidence than these photos:

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Golden Age Air Travel Couches

Large couches for air travelers, without seatbelts.

Golden Age Air Travel Sleep

A comfortable place to catch a nap on an early airliner.

Golden Age Air Travel Kids

Kids on an airplane in the early days of air travel, 1960s.

Golden Age Air Travel Waiter

A waiter takes drink orders in the air.

Fancy Cabin

The palatial interior of an early commercial airliner.


Some early airliners had bunkbeds for air travelers.

Ladies in fur boarding airplane

Ladies in fur prepare to board.

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Dynamic Bodyflight: Indoor Skydiving At Its Best

This video showcases some of the amazing things you can do with a heavy-duty wind turbine and a couple of nets. Six indoor skydiving masters, or “flyers”, show us their best choreography and physics-bending routines. Some of these tricks couldn’t possibly be done in the air.

There’s plenty more satisfying skydiving videos where that came from.

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle Pipe

Source: Google Plus

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is responsible for one of the most popular characters in literary history, the infinitely resourceful detective Sherlock Holmes (accompanied, of course, by his loyal sidekick Dr. Watson). Despite being over 130 years old, Sherlock is still just as popular and relevant today as he ever was. In fact, he is currently the star of two ongoing TV shows, not to mention the Hollywood movies made about him a few years back starring Robert Downey Jr.

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