On Sunday, most of Asia and parts of the Western world began to drape themselves in red to mark the beginning of the Chinese New Year, the world’s longest celebrated festival. Steeped in astrology and traditions, this 15-day event is an aesthetic feast for the senses and a culturally rich celebration. To welcome the Year of the Monkey, here are 21 spectacular photos illustrating the best and most striking aspects of China’s foremost holiday. Kung hei fat choy!
Vintage celebrity selfies, opulent wigs made of paper, the most astounding eyes in all of nature, the world’s most ingeniously bizarre ads, and cool photos of ’60s mods. Celebrity Selfies Taken Long…
If the words “Nazi” and “chic” don’t naturally pair together in your mind, that’s understandable, but also a sign that you’ve overlooked a lot of history. For decades now, various subcultures around the globe have co-opted Nazi iconography for assorted reasons.
But while co-opting made some semblance of sense in, say, late 1970s Britain — when punk rockers aimed to shock and offend their parents’ generation, who had lived through World War II — the relatively recent wave of Nazi chic in southeast Asia doesn’t quite compute.
London’s Piccadilly Circus has been a heavily trafficked thoroughfare for about 200 years. Since its construction, it has seen a plethora of changes and additions to the classic architecture of its buildings and roadway, but it has remained one of the most recognized intersections in the world with around 100 million tourists visiting annually (which — although it’s a thoroughfare as opposed to a destination in the strictest sense — probably makes it London’s most visited landmark).
It has served as everything from a center for art and culture to a WWII prostitutes’ hangout to its current iteration as a profitable tourist attraction. And while, through all those changes, its crowded streets have never been easy to navigate, it remains a staple on the list of places to visit in London.
Even if you’re not among the 95% of millennials that take selfies, you know that the selfie is the reigning king of amateur photography. According to a wave of recent reporting, the prevalence of selfies is utterly staggering: the average millennial will take 25,700 in their lifetime; it is claimed that females aged 16 to 25 spend five hours taking selfies per week; and on average, 93 million selfies are taken worldwide each day.
But perhaps the most shocking statistic involves a far smaller number: 49. That’s the number of people that have died taking a selfie since just 2014.