What We Loved This Week, Apr. 10 – 16

Under the hood with the Ku Klux Klan, absurd vintage men’s underwear ads, inside New York’s modern tenements, harsh life in Soviet Lithuania, five disorders almost too crazy to be real.

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Vintage Men’s Underwear Ads You Won’t Believe Actually Existed

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Modern male underwear models might make you a little uncomfortable, but these vintage advertisements take it to a whole new level. From high-waisted grandpa briefs to shaving cowboys to camo onesies, these ads have a little bit of something for everyone.

We aren’t sure that these vintage advertisements will be bringing sexy back anytime soon, but it’s fun to see what people once thought the “great American male” should be wearing underneath their clothes.

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Infographic Of The Day: What You Need To Know About Planet 9 — Plus, When We Might See It

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A new report says we’re closer to finally tracking down the elusive Planet 9.

The new study, published by Christoph Mordasini and Esther Linder in Astronomy & Astrophysics, suggests that Planet 9 is an ice giant, smaller than Uranus and Neptune. Mordasini and Linder also predicted that if the planet is the size they believe it is, several more objects should be forced into orbit around it. So far, they have located five objects that fit these conditions.

That’s not to say we’ll be able to see it, though. The planet’s hypothetical orbit is so far from the sun that most of its energy would be produced by its own core. This distance from the sun makes it difficult for traditional telescopes to pick up any light that it might reflect. Thus, Linder and Mordasini don’t believe existing telescopes are powerful enough to detect the planet.

But catching a glimpse of this mysterious planet is not out of the question. The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, currently under construction in Chile, is “designed to take a ten year survey of the Universe” using a 3200-megapixel camera which will most likely be able to spot Planet 9 — if it exists.

Mordasini and Linder’s work builds on the research of astronomers at Caltech, who essentially showed that Planet 9 isn’t just a myth. While modeling orbits of several objects in the Kuiper Belt, they realized that these orbits would not take their shapes without the effects of gravity from an unknown planet — which they believe is probably ten times more massive than Earth, and located out past Neptune in the Kuiper Belt. In other words, it was Planet 9 that shaped these orbits.

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See The Delightful Things One, Then Two, Then Three Glasses Of Wine Does To The Human Face

The conceit for Brazilian photographer Marcos Alberti‘s new series is remarkably simple: “3 Glasses Later.”

Alberti invited dozens of people to his studio, just after the workday ended, and photographed them four times: once when they arrived, and then once after one, two, and three glasses of wine over the course of about two hours.

Such a conceit wouldn’t really work if the photos weren’t so well executed — but they were, which is why the results are almost certainly the most charming drunk photos ever taken:

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U.S. Muslim Population Booming, Christian Population Dwindling — See The Surprising Stats

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Muslims pray during the “Islam on Capitol Hill 2009” event — meant to promote the diversity of Islam in America — at the U.S. Capitol on September 25, 2009. Image Source: Alex Wong/Getty Images

On April 18, anti-Islam protestors will rally outside the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta and march on to CNN headquarters, shredding images of President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the Prophet Muhammad along the way.

It could get even more volatile than that, though. In Capitol Police Director Lewis G. Young’s warning to Capitol employees, “You are hereby notified that protest organizers have encouraged their participants to carry loaded long guns [rifles, shotguns, etc.].”

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