A World War I Veteran Gets Fitted For A Face Mask In 1918

August 22, 2014

World War One Veteran Fitted For Face Mask

As the world recognizes the centennial of one of the deadliest events in world history, we bring you one of the most touching–and devastating–moments of them all. As World War One came at a time of mass industrialization, soldiers were effectively test dummies to the first devices that comprised modern warfare.

Countless soldiers were dismembered, disfigured and killed at the hands of these new machines, which placed a huge demand on surgeons and artists alike to work together to forge solutions for those who survived but were unrecognizable. One of the first was the introduction of the face mask, as seen above. Interestingly enough, it was at a time of unspeakable tragedy and necessity–not an influx of demands by a vain elite–that what is considered to be modern plastic surgery really took off, with surgeons providing veterans a face that their loved ones might recognize when they returned home from the trenches.

To read more about the medical innovations that were spawned out of World War One, check out our article on it.

What We Love This Week, Volume LXXIX

August 22, 2014
Ice Cream Paintings Lion

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Artist Makes Sweet Portraits With Ice Cream

Ice Cream Paintings Portrait

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While popsicle sticks have been a choice tool for burgeoning artists for, well, as long as we’ve been alive, the popsicle stick itself has not. But Iraqi artist Othman Toma is here to change all of that. More Ben and Jerry’s than Hieronymous Bosch, Toma creates tasty works that are just as immaculate as his more traditional portraits. Not necessarily the most efficient way to use food, but maybe this will get more people interested in art.

Ice Cream Paintings Tiger

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The Scariest Riots To Take Place In 2014…So Far

August 18, 2014

National and international news sources have spent the past several days keeping a close eye on the riots rocking Ferguson, Missouri, which followed the killing of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown. While fears of the implications of a militarized police state in the US have abounded, perhaps the most troubling aspect of it all is that the Missouri footage doesn’t seem all that new to us.

In 2014, we’ve seen urban and rural zones–from Kiev to Ankara to Caracas–ablaze in protests of corruption, economies in shambles, and abuses of power, among others. We highlight some of the most dramatic of them all below.

Scariest Riots: Ukraine

The chaotic scene in Ukraine changes on the hour, but thankfully its history does not. Ukraine straddles the border between Europe and Russia, and its geography finds itself deeply embedded and deterministic of cultural identity. The east is predominantly “pro-Russia”, with the west trying to forge closer bonds with the European Union. Given its identity ties and trade deals with Ukraine, the Kremlin is deeply invested in maintaining a pro-Russia presidency, which largely explains its current occupation of Crimea and major propaganda-pumping about…well, nearly everything that’s remotely relevant to the region.

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The Hubble Flickr Stream Is The Most Stunning Thing You’ll See All Week

August 18, 2014
Hubble In Space

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Before Galileo turned his telescope to the skies in 1610, all that we knew of the universe we knew because we could see it with our naked eyes. Little did we know what wonders they hid from us. Galileo’s work sparked a revolution in science and astronomy, and while he may have made vast improvements on the telescope of his day, NASA’s 24,000 lb. space telescope has collected over 100 terabytes of data since its launch in 1990. A large number of these images have been curated to the Hubble’s Flickr stream. They give us an exciting glimpse into what those of Galileo’s time were missing, and what we, too, could miss if we don’t pay attention.

And if these images leave you yearning for some video footage, fear not: we’ve got you covered with the most important image Hubble has ever captured.

Hubble Flickr Homunculus Nebula

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Huge clouds of matter – known today as the Homunculus Nebula – consist of byproducts from the binary star system Eta Carinae, which experienced a supernova impostor event in 1843. This is the closest star system to Earth which could experience true supernova status in the near future. (The near future in space-time could still mean a million years from now.)

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45 Woodstock Photos That Will Transport You Back To 1969

August 17, 2014

Forty-five years ago this weekend, the mother of all rock festivals took place. Billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music”, over 400 thousand revelers flocked to Bethel, New York to take part in what would become the zenith of 1960s counterculture. Today, we take a look back at the highlight of the summer of love with these forty-five beautiful Woodstock photos:

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Woodstock Poster

Billed as "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music", Woodstock was organized by Michael Lang, John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, and Artie Kornfeld with presale tickets available for $18 (equivalent to $120 today).

Abandoning Cars

Hundreds of thousands of people descended upon Bethel twenty-four hours before the concert was slated to start. With traffic gridlocked for miles, many abandoned their cars and simply walked to the festival grounds.

Woodstock Opening Ceremony

Satchidananda Saraswati, an Indian religious teacher, delivered the opening ceremony invocation at Woodstock.

In The Rain

On and off again rain became a staple of the Woodstock weekend, though that didn't stop the energy or proceedings of the festival.

Aerial Photograph Of Woodstock

Initially expecting only 100,000 people, Woodstock swelled to over 400,000 revelers. Concert organizers realized that they had neither the means or resources to prevent the flood of people and thus made the concert 'free' by cutting all the fences surrounding the festival area.

Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia poses for a photograph before the Grateful Dead performed at Woodstock.

Jamming On The Sitar

Ravi Shankar plays the sitar during his performance on Friday night.

Grass Hut At Woodstock

Impromptu shelters were common place -- here, a group rest in the grass hut they built for the weekend.

Clothing Optional

Very much in the spirit of the times, clothing was considered optional for many festival-goers.

Signs At Woodstock

Heady vibes.

Woodstock Photos Jimi Hendrix

The last act to perform at Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix went on Monday morning to conclude the festival. By the time he went on stage, only 30,000 festival-goers remained.

And if you love all things Woodstock, we recommend you check out these videos:

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What We Love This Week, Volume LXXVIII

August 15, 2014
Robin Williams

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Remembering Robin Williams

Millions around the world–yes, even jihadists–mourned the loss of Robin Williams this week when he made the decision to end his life. While Williams is no longer with us in the physical form, he leaves behind a comedic legacy that can be enjoyed through video for the ages. The guys at Mashable have compiled a list of Williams’ most memorable moments, from his electrifying first appearance on the Tonight Show to his touching monologues as English teacher John Keating in “Dead Poets Society”.

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