This Photo Helped Convince A President To Cease Fire

Highway Of Death Kuwait 1991

The photo you’re witnessing above may have had a great influence on President George H.W. Bush’s decision to declare a cessation of hostilities during the Persian Gulf War. Composed of six lanes, the “Highway of Death” is a highway straddled between Kuwait and Iraq, and was the site of a number of American and Canadian-led aircraft attacks during the Gulf War. What resulted was the destruction of hundreds of vehicles and the deaths of their occupants. In spite of such a violent use of force (journalist Seymour Hersh alleged that US forces fired on disarmed, previously surrendered Iraqis), the February strikes were not that effective: upwards of 70 to 80,000 troops are estimated to have fled Kuwait and evaded capture.

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“I Fought The Law”: Photographer Translates Bizarre Laws To Film

While the law is often equated with all things rational, every state has a couple laws on the books that belie just about any sort of logic. Photographer Olivia Locher has taken advantage of these odd pieces of legislation, imagining through film what criminals and illegal acts would look like if these laws were actually enforced. More of Locher’s work can be found on her website.

I Fought The Law Undressing

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Miss Perfect Posture, 1956

Miss Perfect Posture 1956

Good posture has long been associated with confidence, power and physical beauty. In the mid 20th century, most interest in posture remained on the latter. The entrants in “Miss Perfect Posture” were to stand on a pair of scales, with one foot on each, which would register her weight. If both scales showed the same weight, that meant that the woman had correct standing posture. This, along with the entrants’ beauty and X-rays (we’re wondering how radiation exposure might affect posture), was considered in choosing the Miss Perfect Posture winners.

What We Love This Week, Volume XCIV

Wildlife Photos Mouse

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This Year’s Winners Of The London Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Contest

Wildlife Photos Fungi

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42,000 entries later, the London Natural History Museum has announced the winners of its Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards, and as usual, the selections are simply stunning. 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the competition, where winners are selected from a number of categories that range from black and white photography to mammals to plants and fungi. The museum received entries from nearly 100 countries, only highlighting the idea that nature’s intrinsic beauty is one of the few “universals” coursing through humankind. Be sure to check out the display on Demilked for more winners.

Wildlife Photos Birds

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