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Martin Beck’s Superheroes Aren’t Who You’d Expect

Martin Beck Superheroes Photography

Source: Daily Mail

Close your eyes for a moment and picture a superhero. If you’re anything like me, you probably didn’t imagine a mechanic working on a car or a pregnant woman chowing down on a dozen doughnuts. Instead, you likely envisioned a strong, fit individual—most likely a white male—in a Marvel-inspired costume that lacked a single stain or wrinkle.

It was this exact, immaculately-composed superhero ideal that photographer Martin Beck wanted to dismantle when he came up with the idea for “We Can Be Heroes”. In the gallery below, each photo portrays someone ordinary–it could be your local grocer or an elderly couple slumped into the couch–in superhero garb that’s worn and dirty:

In addition to capturing the Hulk in a speedo, Martin Beck is a Scottish and South African photographer who has a hand in many different industries: fashion, music, art, and rock ‘n’ roll, to name a few. While he’s worked with companies like Bloomingdales and Harpers India, it’s the amusing and motivational photo series like “We Can Be Heroes” that has really catapulted him into Internet stardom.

Whether they’re ironing clothes or having tea on the couch, Beck’s superheros often find themselves in mundane routines that catch viewers off guard. These juxtapositions give the entire series a light, playful feel, while also underscoring the truth that all of us, in our own way, can and do save lives. According to Beck, “Everyone is a superhero.”

Children At The Anlong Pi Dump Face Horrendous Conditions

Each year, millions of tourists gather in Cambodia’s Siem Reap province to visit the Angkor Wat temple. Built as a spiritual home for the Hindu god Vishnu, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is an archaeological triumph that offers scholars an intimate look at Cambodia’s past. Yet alongside the beautiful temples and flashy tourist magnets, a much darker world exists. Let us introduce you to the Anlong Pi dump, a toxic landfill where poor men, women and children must scavenge for recyclable materials every day:

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Cambodia Kids Work at Dump

Source: Weather

Anglong Pi Dump Cambodia

Source: Publico

Children at Anlong Pi

Source: Omar Havana

Children at Anlong Pi Wasteland

Source: Daily Mail

Evening at Anlong Pi

Source: IB Times

Anlong Pi Dump Residents

Source: IB Times

Women Work in Cambodian Dump

Source: Omar Havana

Encampment at Anlong Pi

Source: IB Times

Kids Scavenge at Anlong Pi

Source: IB Times

Anlong Pi Dump Horrific Conditions

Source: Jovial Mum

Children Sea of Trash

Source: Omar Havana

Siem Reap Cambodia

Source: Publico

Cambodian Girl and Teddy Bear

Source: Aljazeera

Toxic Conditions at Anlong Pi Dump

Source: Omar Havana

Child Laborers Near Cambodia

Source: IB Times

Tourists Gawk at Anlong Pi

A Japanese tourist reels from the stench of the landfill. Source: Daily Mail

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A Modern-Day Myth: The Slender Man

Slender Man Gallery

Source: NBC News

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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