10 Of The Most Famous Spies In History

April 11, 2014
Famous Spies Mata Hari Ling Down

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These spies made a name for themselves at home and abroad for their compelling mixture of sex, scandal and secret dealings. Here are 10 of the most dubious, famous spies in history.

Famous Spies: Mata Hari, German Spy

Famous Spies Mata Hari

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Possibly one of the most famous spies of all time, Mata Hari was an exotic dancer and high class prostitute in Paris who spied for Germany during World War 1. The Dutch-born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle began her spying career after working as a courtesan to high-ranking military men and politicians. Her courtesan status and Dutch passport (Netherlands was a neutral country) allowed her to, literally, sleep with the enemy and gather intel for the German Military.

Mata Hari’s gig came to a halt in January 1917, when French intelligence intercepted a German Military Attache-encoded radio signal to Berlin which declared that they were receiving amazing information from a German spy codenamed H-21. Mata Hari was identified and arrested in a Paris hotel room on February 13, 1917. She was executed by Firing Squad on September 15, 1917 for espionage.

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Different Nationalities Giving You The Finger

Middle Finger Peru

Source: Design Taxi

All too often when we travel, we treat locals as exotic objects, essentially stripping them of their intricacies in the name of capturing the quintessential travel photo. Keeping this in mind, French photographer Jolipunk began his series, “Fucking Tourist”, which sheds humorous light on the humanity of “exotic locals”. Design Taxi has a great spread of Jolipunk’s travels.

Middle Finger Bali

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Middle Finger Turkey

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The Tiny Worlds Within London’s Streets

April 10, 2014

Match sticks, cigarettes and puddles are peppered throughout London’s vast sidewalks and street corners. Swapping blight for whimsy, these clever filmmakers have found inspiration–not ugliness–in them, and have since created this delightful video of the tiny worlds that might exist in the most unexpected of places.