A Modern-Day Myth: The Slender Man

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On May 31, 2014, 12-year-old Payton Leutner of Waukesha, Wisconsin, was attacked by two friends and stabbed 19 times in an apparent attempted murder. Bleeding from wounds on her arms, legs, and torso, Payton managed to drag herself to the road, where a passing cyclist rendered aid.

The alleged perpetrators, 12-year-old Morgan Geyser and 12-year-old Anissa Weier, confessed under police questioning and admitted they had been planning the attack for months. Their motive: to please the Slender Man.

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Your Body Under The Microscope

Scar Tissue

Scar tissue. Source: Scar Formula

When Dutch spectacle-maker Zacharias Janssen invented the microscope at the end of the 16th century, he had no idea that he was opening the door to a brand new, tiny–and yet seemingly infinite–world. Since then we have been able to study this microcosm that has provided us with insight into virtually every scientific field ever devised: physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, and a host of others.

Over the centuries the technology behind microscopes has improved to an almost unimaginable degree. We were once able to see objects almost invisible to the naked eye, while now the most powerful microscopes can show us nano-objects a billionth of an inch in size. Even our own bodies become realms of fantastically intricate wonder when viewed through a microscopic lens.

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Liver Cell

Microscope Bodies Liver

Although this might look like a child’s painting, it is actually a colored micrograph scan of a liver cell.The liver cell (hepatocyte) is very complex and contains different elements with specialized roles. Source: Discover Magazine

Red Blood Cells

Microscope Bodies Red Blood Cell

These little guys might look like candy or cereal, but they’re actually red blood cells, also known as erythrocytes. They make up most of your blood and carry oxygen throughout your body. Source: Tumblr



As you might know, your body is covered in bacteria. Although most bacteria is harmless to humans, that doesn’t make the idea any more pleasant. Here is an up-close image of the bacteria lounging around on your tongue right now. Source: The Telegraph

Epithelial Cells


Epithelial cells are among the four basic types of cells that form animal tissue along with nervous, muscle and connective tissue. They usually line the surfaces and cavities of most body structures (in this case, the mouth). Source: Wikimedia

Fallopian Tube


The end of a Fallopian tube, which is found in all female mammals. Source: The Telegraph



his image shows a human cell in the process of mitosis or cell reproduction. The chromosomes start pairing up and grouping into two different nuclei. Source: UH

Clotted Red Blood Cells

Microscope Bodies Red Dry

Here are those same red blood cells after they have clotted and dried on a piece of gauze wound dressing. Source: National Geographic

Stem Cells


A microscope image of human stem cells. These are pluripotent stem cells, meaning that they can become every other type of cell. Source: Society For Science

The Human Tongue

Tongue Cells

This is a human tongue under a microscope, and each one of those pointy things is a taste bud. A human tongue can have anywhere between 2,000 and 8,000 taste buds. Sorry to ruin the fun, but while we’re on the subject, it’s a myth that the tongue is split into regions where each one is responsible for a particular taste. In fact, each part is capable of detecting all five known elements: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami. Source: Reddit

The Inner Ear

Microscope Bodies Ear

You can call these stones or crystals, if you like, but you’ll never guess where they come from: your inner ear. About a thousand of these ear rocks are located in the utricle, which is itself part of the vestibular system of your inner ear. They are mainly responsible for your sensation of up and down and, thus, essential to your sense of balance. Source: Pharmacypedia

Brain Cells

Brain Cells

That jumbled mess represents all of your collective knowledge and memories. It is a microscopic look at your brain cells in action. Source: Discover Magazine

Microscope Bodies Lash

An eyelash up-close. Being hair, eyelashes should strictly be a mammalian trait, but other animals didn’t get the memo. Many species of hornbills have lashes made out of feathers. Source: Viral Nova


Microscope Bodies Scab

Source: Ebaum's World

The Eye

Microscope Bodies Eye

If you ever thought the human eye was beautiful, you might want to reconsider. Source: Bored Panda

Fingerprint Ridge

Microscope Bodies Fingerprint

These are the ridges on a finger that form fingerprints. Other primates also have unique fingerprints like we do and, bizarrely, so do koalas. In fact, koala fingerprints are so similar to ours that it takes an expert using an electron microscope to tell the difference. Source: Ebaum's World

Split Ends

Microscope Bodies Split End

The start to a bad hair day – the split end of a human hair. Our hair is primarily made out of a protein called keratin, which is also a key component in our skin and nails. In other animals, keratin is also responsible for hooves, scales, claws and horns. Source: Viral Nova

White Blood Cell

White Blood Cell

White blood cells or leukocytes only make up around one percent of your total volume of blood. However, they represent your frontline infantry in the war against all foreign invaders, which makes them essential to your good health. In fact, low white cell counts are often indicative of disease. Source: Pop Science

Fat Cells

Microscope Bodies Fat

Here we see fat cells under a microscope. They are among the largest cells in our bodies (as many of us are painfully aware). The red stuff we see is lipids stored within the membrane of each individual cell, ready for use when needed. Source: University Of California, San Francisco

Lung Cells

Microscope Bodies Lung

In this image of lung cells, the blue centers are nuclei and they are surrounded by yellow mitochondria, organelles that do most of the heavy lifting in many eukaryotic cells. Source: Buzzfeed

Skin Cells

Microscope Bodies Skin Cell

As we already know, cells make up every living thing. Here we see a basic eukaryotic (nucleus bound by membrane) cell – a human skin cell. Presuming you are an average-sized human, you have about 1.6 trillion skin cells right now, but you will lose about a million of them by the end of the day. No worries, though. They are constantly being replaced with new cells. Source: Pix Good


Microscope Bodies Sperm

No prizes for guessing what these little swimmers are. Source: Pix Shark


Tooth Cell

This tooth cross section shows a nerve surrounded by dental pulp. The nerves and blood vessels in your teeth are protected by four different tissue layers: pulp, cementum, dentin and enamel. Source: National Geographic

Skin Blister

Blister Cells

Here is what happens when you stay out in the sun too long – a skin blister. Source: Ebaum's World

Dendritic Cells

Dendritic Cells

Dendritic cells are part of your immune system. They are found in all tissues that come into contact with elements from the outside world – mostly skin, but also the inner linings of the stomach, nose and lungs. Source: Pix Shark

Egg Cell

This is a human egg resting on a pinhead. The honeycomb shape of the outside layer (called zona pellucida) is meant to bind spermatozoa. Source: CDIN

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Historical British Monarchs Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

Royal Archers Vintage Pictures

The Queen, Princess Elizabeth and Margaret Rose as they interact with the royal archers in 1937. Source: Colossal

Now that Princess Charlotte has made her debut, there’s one more British royal stealing the hearts of the world. While monarchy is a thing of the past in many countries, it’s hard to deny the tiny bit of fairytale excitement and glamour that comes to mind when we envision the shiny lives of kings and queens.

Since 1837, six British monarchs have occupied the throne: Victoria, Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII, George VI and Elizabeth II. These past centuries have been marked by countless births, deaths, christenings, marriages, wars and coronations, bringing us to where we are today. Take a trip down memory lane and see more than 100 years of British monarchs in this vintage collection.

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British Monarchy Vintage Pictures

Queen Victoria wed Prince Albert in 1840. Source: Filip Welna Photography

Boy King George V

This snapshot shows future King George V as a boy in 1870. Source: Wikimedia

Princess Beatrice

An 1885 snapshot of Princess Beatrice, the youngest child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Source: Vintage Blog

Vintage Queen Victoria Pictures

In image from 1894, Queen Victoria looks onto the future King Edward VIII at Richmond Park. Source: Daily Mail

Vintage British Monarchy

Queen Victoria sits beside her son Edward VII (to her right) and Russian royalty Tsar Nicholas, Empress Alexandra and their daughter. Source: Wikipedia

Edward II Vintage British Pictures

Edward VII and Alexandra in 1896. Source: Wikimedia

British Monarchs 1900s

King Edward VII ruled England from 1901 to 1910. Source: Britannica Kids

British Kings 1905

This 1905 vintage picture captures four of England’s monarchs at various stages in their lives: Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII and George VI. Source: Old Historic Photos

British Monarchs Vintage Victoria

Queen Victoria, looking regal after decades as the nation’s ruler. Source: Stephen Liddel

Edward VIII as a Child

A young Edward VIII. Source: Pinterest

George V Coronation Pictures

The 1911 coronation of King George V and Queen Mary. Source: Daily Mail

George V Hunting in Nepal

George V on the Delhi Durbar hunting tour in Nepal back in 1911. Source : The Explora

Vintage British Monarchy in 1926

This 1926 image captures Elizabeth, the future queen, after her christening. Source: Daily Mail

British Monarchy Vintage Pictures

Princess Elizabeth with her father in 1929. Source: Colossal

Vintage British Weddings

In 1934, Prince George, Duke of Kent married Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark. He died less than ten years later in the war. Source: Royal Weddings

Silver Jubilee Vintage British Royalty

The royal family in May 1935 at King George V’s Silver Jubilee. At the time, then-Princess Elizabeth II was just a small girl (seen right). Source: Daily Mail

Silver Jubilee British Monarchs

Another shot of the royal family at the 1935 Silver Jubilee. Source: Daily Mail

Vintage Pictures British Monarchs

King George VI looked quite dashing in 1937. Source: Metro

1945 Princess Elizabeth World War II

Princess Elizabeth works on a car during her military service in 1945. Source: National Army Museum

Elizabeth II Vintage Pictures

Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip were married on November 20, 1947. Source: Vintage Everyday

Elizabeth II Marriage

The newlyweds wave to the crowds from the balcony of the Buckingham Palace in London. Source: Vintage Everyday

Elizabeth II Coronation

Following the death of her father, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth was crowned Queen on June 2, 1953. Source: Daily Mail

British Monarchy History

After becoming Queen, Elizabeth II regularly attended to official engagements in Scotland. Here she is inspecting troops in Glasgow in 1953. Source: BBC

England's Royal Family 1950s

A portrait of the British Royal Family in the 1950s. Source: Daily Mail

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An Astonishing “Peruventure”

Equipped with little more than a tent and sleeping bag, David Bertschinger Karg made the trek out to Peru in summer 2015. From scaling the Peruvian Andes to catching waves on the Peruvian coast, Karg brings slices of Peru to you in this fascinating short.

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