What We Love This Week, Volume LXXXIII

The Curious Borderland Between Scotland And England

Just yesterday, Scots took to the polls en masse to determine the future of their relationship with the United Kingdom. The result? Scotland is staying loyal to the Union Jack. Approximately 55% of Scots voted not to separate from the United Kingdom, much to the dismay of many pro-independence agitators including celebrities like Sean Connery and Alan Cumming.

Such a move (or lack thereof) has global implications: in a subsequent speech, UK Prime Minister David Cameron declared the question of Scottish independence–or to its supporters, Scotland’s right to determine its own future–“settled for a lifetime”. Other independence seekers, like Catalonia and the Basque Country, had been hoping to use an independent Scotland as grounds to legitimize their fight for secession. For its part, the Kremlin was looking toward an independent Scotland that might justify its own annexation of Crimea. That, however, did not happen. While the majority of Scots voted to stay, a huge chunk of the population did not, and it’s going to take concerted efforts on both sides to soften that splintering. In the meantime, take a look at the physical splinters–if you can see them–between Scotland and England in this chilling Time Lightbox series. Clearly, independence movements are about much more than territory.

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Capturing the Magic: The Greatest NFL Photos of All Time

Immortalizing the collective elation (or heartache) following a play in one single frame, sports and photography have been a complementary team since the invention of the first camera.

It’s in this vein that Sports Illustrated recently released what it considers to be the magazine’s greatest football photographs from its 60 years in print; a historic collection that captures memories and the raw, undiluted power of America’s national pastime.

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NFL Photos Hernandez

2011: Aaron Hernandez of the New England Patriots has his helmet forcibly removed by linebacker David Harris of the New York Jets. Hernandez would soon be out of the league, pending trial on multiple murder charges.

NFL Photos Barry Sanders

1994: NFL all-time great Barry Sanders ran like nobody before him, and nobody since. Sanders retired after the 1998 season still in the peak of his career, leaving many to wonder what his stats would look like if he had continued to play.

NFL Photos Bobby Layne

1954: Bobby Layne and the two-time defending champion Detroit Lions take on the St. Louis Rams. Layne is pictured jumping up to sneak a pass over the Rams’ defender.

NFL Photos Zorich

1994: Steam pours off the head of the Bears’ Chris Zorich on one of Green Bay’s 15 degree days.

NFL Photos Cincy Score

2003: Knowing that the orange pylon is by rule part of the end zone, Cincinnati Bengal’s running back Jeremi Johnson uses his foot to ensure the touchdown whilst flying out of bounds.

NFL Photos David Tyree

2008: In the most famous play in recent history, New York Giants wide receiver David Tyree catches a pass against his helmet to extend the drive in the final 2 minutes of Super Bowl XLII. The play enabled the Giants to continue down the field and score the game winning touchdown to defeat the then-undefeated New England Patriots.

NFL Photos Butkus

1968: Eight-time pro-bowler and NFL Hall-of-Famer Dick Butkus struck fear into the hearts of opposing quarterbacks throughout his career. Many still consider him to be among the best linebackers to ever suit up for the NFL.

NFL Photos Dolphins Redskins

1973: Dolphins’ Manny Fernandez leaves his feet in an attempt to block the pass of the Redskins quarterback Billy Kilmer in Super Bowl VII. The Dolphins came out victorious with a final score of 14-7.

NFL Photos Emmitt Smith

1994: NFL all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith runs through the defense wall of New York Giants - and their Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor.

NFL Photos Flying High

2002: Not all the great action takes place during the regular season and playoffs; Dolphins’ tight end Randy McMichael took to the air to score a touchdown in a preseason game against the New Orleans Saints.

NFL Photos Flying RG3

2012: Though the Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III stepped out of bounds during the play, it nonetheless led to a thrilling photograph of him stretched towards the end zone in this midair leap.

NFL Photos Fog Bowl

1988: The Fog Bowl saw the Philadelphia Eagles take on the Chicago Bears in an AFC Divisional Playoff game for the ages. The game is remembered more for what could not be seen, as dense fog covered the field for much of the contest. The Bears went on to win 20-12 in the extremely adverse conditions.

NFL Photos Gifford

1960: Giants star Frank Gifford lies prone on the turf after a hard hit by Eagles linebacker Chuck Bednarik. This would not only ruin Frank’s day, but keep him off the field for the rest of the season.

NFL Photos Hayes

2009: Geno Hayes of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finds himself in a precarious position during a field goal attempt by the Green Bay Packers.

NFL Photos Jackie Smith

1979: The Dallas Cowboys tight end Jackie Smith drops a potential game-tying touchdown pass in Super Bowl XIII. The Cowboys settled for a field goal on the drive, and eventually lost the game 35-31 to the Pittsburg Steelers.

NFL Photos Joe Montana

1989: Joe Montana leads his San Francisco 49ers ninety-two yards down the field for the game winning touchdown in Super Bowl XXIII. Montana’s 49ers won the game 20-16.

NFL Photos Randy Moss

2001: Viking’s wide receiver Randy Moss makes a fingertip catch against the Pittsburg Steelers. One of the most dynamic receivers ever to play in the NFL, Moss made catches like this commonplace throughout his career.

NFL Photos Ref Tackle

1994: Raiders linebacker Mike Jones is held by an official during the game. Surprisingly, the official did not have a penalty called against him on the play.

NFL Photos Reggie Phillips

1986: The Bears’ Reggie Phillips celebrates after returning an interception for a touchdown against the Patriots in Super Bowl XX. The Bears would go on to blow out the Patriots 46-10.

NFL Photos The Catch

1982: Dwight Clark makes a last minute touchdown catch in the NFC Championship, winning the game and putting the San Francisco 49ers into their first Super Bowl. The play would come to simply be known as ‘The Catch.’

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30 Colorful Fall Photos To Get You Excited For The Changing Of Seasons

Fall is upon us. Kids are back in school, and the sunlight is starting to make itself scarce. These 30 colorful fall photos will remind you of all the things you love about autumn. Though summer will end in just a few days, these colorful fall photos prove that there’s no reason to have the summertime blues.

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Colorful Fall Photos at Sunset

Source: Wikimedia

Church in Autumn

Northumberland, England. Source: 4Images

Autumn Tree Grove

Source: MATCL

Colorful Ivy in Fall

Source: Rich Iwasaki

Red Leaves on Aspen Trees

Source: Just My Type

Fall in New Zealand

New Zealand. Source: Sisson Photography

Autumn in Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon. Source: National Geographic

colorful-fall-photos-iceland

Iceland. Source: Paul Marcellini

Beautiful Fall Photos

Source: MATCL

McDonald Creek Colorful Fall Photos

Montana. Source: Chuck Haney

Falling Autumn Leaves

Source: Prairie Ice

Bear Rocks Colorful Fall Photos

Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia. Source: Alex Modey

Colorful Fall Photos Vibrant Leaves

Source: Wallpaper Up

Yellow Leaves in Colorado

Colorado. Source: Colorado Guy

Colorful Fall Photos of Blackwater Canyon

Blackwater Canyon, West Virginia. Source: USAPICS

Kintla Lake in Fall

Glacier National Park, Montana. Source: Chuck Haney

colorful-fall-photos-autumn-road

Source: 3D Pictures

Autumn in London

Source: Breathe

Colorful Fall Photos of Idaho

Boise, Idaho. Source: Wikimedia

Boise in Autumn

Boise, Idaho. Source: Wikimedia

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34 Splendid Photos Of Salvador Dali Being Salvador Dali

Like ballerinas, Salvador Dali was simultaneously an artist and a work of art. When not piecing together some of the most out-there, psychedelic portraits known to man, Dali did the same with his public persona. His classic, occasionally nonsensical one liners like “I don’t do drugs; I am drugs” have gone down in history, along with photos of him walking an anteater and, naturally, shaping his inimitable mustache into a dollar bill.

As with other surrealists, Salvador Dali embraced the irrational and bizarre as his truths, digging deep into our unconscious selves only to splash his findings onto the canvas. Such a movement was not unforeseen: in the eyes of surrealists, it was cold, rational calculation that led to conflict, war and alienation seen in the 20th century. If we were to survive as a people, we needed to reject this artificial and harmful way of thinking about the world; we had to look inward as opposed to outward. In other words, you guessed it, we needed to ditch realism for surrealism. And as the following photos show, Dali did that in all facets of his life:

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Dali Kahlo

With Frida Kahlo

Salvador Dali Warhol

With Andy Warhol

Salvador Dali Alice Cooper

With Alice Cooper

Salvador Dali Sabina Nore

With Sabina Nore

Salvador Dali Francoise Hardy

With Francoise Hardy

Salvador Dali St. Laurent

With Yves St. Laurent

In a technical sense, Dali and his contemporaries were unsuccessful in altering the world’s consciousness, but their work–as complex as it is absurd–is an invaluable artistic challenge to the chilly realism that largely defined the 20th century. For more on surrealism, check out our post on the most iconic surrealist paintings.

All images come from Tumblr.

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