Winners From The 2014 iPhone Photography Awards

June 20, 2014
Photographer of the Year

Photo by Julio Lucas, 1st Place Photographer of the Year. Source: This is Colossal

Cell phones have come a long way over the past decade. While we use them to check our email, map the closest route to the grocery store or text a friend, it (almost) goes without saying that the cell phone is absolutely king when it comes to photography. Whether you’re taking selfies or Snapchatting your lunch, many of today’s phone cameras rival professional ones. It is because of these great advances that the iPhone Photography Awards were born. Though not as polished as professional photography contests, these image entries are impeccable in their own right.

Fox Photo Award

Photo by Michael O’Neal, Source: iPhone Photography Awards

iPhone Photography Awards

Photo by Alexa Seidl, Source: Huh Magazine

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So Just How Dirty Are Public Toilet Seats?

June 19, 2014

Hover or cover, that is the question. AsapScience dares to go where most of us won’t: the toilet seat. At least academically, anyway. Are we really saving ourselves from germs by covering the seat or hovering above it? Watch and find out.

Victorian Sex Was Bizarre And Filled With Contradictions

June 19, 2014

We all that know the Victorians were a bunch of uptight prudes. In the late-19th century, women weren’t even allowed to vote, so how enlightened could they really be? People back then probably got arrested at the beach for showing their knees, right? Actually, while the Victorians—like everybody before and since—had their hangups, their all-too-human sexuality tended to come out in ways that modern people find really bizarre. For example:

Gentlemen Never Took Off Their Coats Around Ladies; Totally Got Naked with Each Other

Victorian Sex Dapper Gent

This gentleman smells like roadkill. Source: Deviant Art

Have you ever noticed how, in nearly every picture from the Victorian age, the men are all wearing jackets and coats? This is especially the case when the picture is of men posing in the presence of ladies. The reason is simple: B.O. In an age when hygiene was largely optional and bathing every day was in the domain of obsessive-compulsives, some kind of stink-control mechanism was sorely needed, and that mechanism was an elaborate social etiquette governing the exact protocol for when and where to cover up the stank. To quote a couple of rules from one website dedicated to all things Victorian, a gentleman:

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