Meet The Damselfly, Your New Favorite Insect

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Source: Bored Panda

Anyone who enjoys insects will fall in love with these damselflies–captured by Romanian photographer Remus Tiplea–and their quirky “expressions”. Often mistaken for dragonflies (which along with damselflies are included in the Odonata order of carnivorous insects), damselflies can be differentiated by their wide-set eyes and slender body shape.

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In The 1920s, The French Postcard Was As Close As You Could Get To “Playboy”

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Source: Bob Thomas/Getty Images

The early 20th century saw a series of push-pulls: technological advances came with shifting moral codes and gender roles, with others trying just as hard to stop–or at least slow–such changes. Hatchet-wielding, sex and alcohol-hating women like Carrie Nation preceded sex moguls like Polly Adler; flappers sashayed around fat cat politicians and businessmen while a constellation of actors tried to legislate morality through dress and dance.

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After A Devastating Bomb In Baghdad, A Man Plays Music

After A Bomb In Baghdad

Source: 7 Days

Music has historically provided itself as a form of resistance. By creating beauty in a world that could easily be dismissed as cruel and brutish, or employing rhythm and melody to articulate truths that resist translation to speech, music makes life bearable. It reminds us that in life there can be and is something bigger than death and taxes–or in Karim Wasfi’s case, bombs.

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What We Love This Week, Volume CXXVI

Sun Rays Field Fog

Sunrise over the small mountain hamlet of Cemoro Lawang, Indonesia. Source: Twisted Sifter

Dazzling Aerial Photography From Around The World

Aerial Elephants Grass

Elephants in Botswana’s Okavango flood plain. Source: Twisted Sifter

The view from on high can be at once elegant and cluttered, clarifying and overwhelming. But, most often, the view from above is absolutely gorgeous. The annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, ending June 30, attracts reams of striking images taken from vantage points you and I will probably never occupy. Perhaps chief among those images–both in terms of beauty and uniqueness–are those taken from the sky. Yes, you and I may never hover above the plains of Africa or the mountains of Indonesia, but the arresting photographs at Twisted Sifter come quite close to bringing us there.

Great Barrier Reef Aerial

The Great Barrier Reef near Hamilton Island. Source: Twisted Sifter

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