Anthony Hopkins was a musician before he got into acting. 50 years ago he wrote a waltz but was too afraid to ever hear it played. Andre Rieu performs it for the very first time. Watch Hopkins’ reaction.
My brother sent these to me, and I was surprised that I had forgotten several of them. Thanks, Kelly!
1. Unpacking the Head of the Statue of Liberty delivered June 17, 1885
2. The hippo belonged to a circus and apparently enjoyed pulling the cart as a trick 1924
3. Charlie Chaplin in 1916 at the age of 27
4. Annie Edison Taylor (1838-1921), the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel in 1901.
5. Sharing bananas with a goat during the Battle of Saipan, ca. 1944
6. Advertisement for Atabrine, an anti-malaria drug. Papua, New Guinea during WWII
7. Artificial legs, United Kingdom, ca. 1890
8. 1920?s lifeguard
9. Bookstore ruined by an air raid, London 1940
10. Testing new bulletproof vests, 1923
11. Suntan vending machine, 1949
13. Unknown soldier in Vietnam, 1965
14. Little girl comforting her doll in the ruins of her bomb damaged home, London, 1940
15. Illegal alcohol being poured out during Prohibition, Detroit 1929
16. Austrian boy receives new shoes during WWII
17. Construction of the Berlin wall, 1961
18. Animals being used as a part of medical therapy in 1956
19. Hitler’s officers and cadets celebrating Christmas, 1941
20. Children eating their Christmas dinner during the Great Depression: turnips and cabbage
21. The real Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin, ca. 1927
22. Abraham Lincoln’s hearse, 1865
23. A most beautiful suicide – 23 year old Evelyn McHale leapt to her death from an observation deck (83rd floor) of the Empire State Building, May 1, 1947. She landed on a United Nations limousine…
24. A mom and her son watch the mushroom cloud after an atomic test 75 miles away, Las Vegas, 1953
25. A penniless mother hides her face in shame after putting her children up for sale, Chicago, 1948
26. Annette Kellerman promoted women’s right to wear a fitted one-piece bathing suit, 1907… She was arrested for indecency.
27. Martin Luther King Jr. with his son by his side removing a burnt cross from his front yard, 1960
28. Walter Yeo, one of the first people to undergo advanced plastic surgery & a skin transplant.
29. Princeton students after a freshman vs. sophomores snowball fight in 1893
30. Melted and damaged mannequins after a fire at Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London, 1930
Stunning sunrise and sunset pictures capture the silhouettes of some of South Africa’s most recognisable animals
- Photographer Andrew Schoeman, 40, captured this stunning collection of images across South Africa
- His vivid images show everything from an alpha male lion, elephants, tiny bee-eating birds and Cape Turtle doves
Seeing some of the world’s most majestic creatures in their natural African habitat is always a momentous occasion. But, as these beautiful pictures show, watching them in their element during the twilight hours is all the more spectacular.
Photographer Andrew Schoeman, 40, captured these stunning images of mammals and birds prowling the wilds of South Africa but appearing as silhouettes against the contrasting background of the setting and rising sun.
His vivid images show everything from an imposing alpha male lion and hefty elephants to tiny bee-eating birds and Cape Turtle doves.
The Lion King: Photographer Andrew Schoeman captured this striking image of an alpha male lion prowling across the wild fields of South Africa
Land of the rising sun: A yellow billed stork at sunrise can be seen flying across the African plains as the sky lightens up behind
Mr Schoeman, who works as a freelance photographic guide on safari, took the shots at sunrise and sunset.
They include a herd of elephants fresh from swimming across a river or enjoying a dust bath and a giraffe appearing to dwarf the bright sun.
Mr Schoeman, from Nelspruit, said: ‘I love the colour in the images. A lot of photographers only want sunlight but I feel there are many opportunities after the sun has set or the light has gone.
Born to be wild: Silhouettes of elephants as they march across the African terrain near the Chobe river in Botswana
On the prowl: Photographer Andrew Schoeman captured these two Cheetahs as the sun begins to set in the horizon
‘For me a silhouette tells a story and there is something special about capturing the moment in time just before the sun has gone but there are still great colours in the sky.
‘I need to be very accurate with my exposures otherwise I can lose the colour in the sky and I enjoy the challenge of getting the exposure right and still having a sharply focused image and a nice composition.
‘The light fades very fast at sunset and it gets bright very quickly at sunrise so the window of opportunity is very small – but I love the challenge.’
Love birds: Two doves can be seen perched on a branch as the sun rises in the background
Mr Schoeman photographed the giraffe and African Fish Eagle from a boat in the Chobe river, Botswana. And the elephants were taken soon after they had stopped at the water’s edge to drink.
Mr Schoeman said: ‘A few of the elephants had a bit of a dust bath on their way back to the woodland, creating this beautiful moment.
‘It was dry and dusty and I love the way the colour, the dust and the silhouettes of the ‘ellies’ combine. This family scene is one of my best images.’
A cheetah is pictured sniffing the ground as clouds slowly disperse on a cool morning, allowing rays of sunlight to break through.
Lone ranger: This elephant appears to have broken away from its herd in this image taken by photographer Andrew Schoeman
Early riser: This silhouette shows a Cheetah waking up as the clouds start to disperse to reveal rays of sunshine on a cool morning
The Carmine Bee eaters were spotted at a nesting colony home to thousands of birds, flying around and squawking.
Mr Schoeman saw the lion on a chilly, cloudy morning. He said: ‘We were on a drive and saw this lion with the amazing sun and clouds behind him.
‘We got into position a few minutes before he got up and I was able to capture this image of him. I think the sun and cloud in the sky look brilliant, with him lifting his paw in the air.
‘I love the fact that it is a powerful animal with a beautiful sunrise, the colours in the sky are great.’
Birds of a feather: Photographer Andrew Schoeman captured these tiny Carmine bee eaters flying off into the sunset
Breaking dawn: A Cheetah watches the sun rise over wild terrain of Botswana in this picture by Andrew Schoeman
1. Mt. Roraima, Venezuela
2. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
3. Moravia, Czech Republic
4. Tulip fields – Lisse, Netherlands
6. Mare Island Naval Shipyard – Vallejo, California
8. Naica Mine – Chihuahua, Mexico
9. Tunnel of Love – Kleven, Ukraine
10. Metro – Stockholm, Sweden
11. Lapland, Finland
12. Zhangye, China
13. Mount Grinnell – Glacier National Park, Montana
14. The Richat Structure – Mauritania
15. Hang Son Doong Cave – Vietnam
16. Chand Baori – Abhaneri, India
17. The Stone Forest – Yunnan, China
18. Berry Head Arch – Newfoundland, Canada
19. Lake Retba – Senegal
20. Gullfoss – Iceland
21. The Wave – Arizona
22. Socotra, Yemen
23. Grand Prismatic Spring – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
24. Door to Hell – Derweze, Turkmenistan
25. Crystal Cave – Skaftafell, Iceland
Nacho Diaz has created an odd, slightly frightening humanish Bert from Sesame Street.
You can see a few more shots here on Trendhunter.
Sonimagfoto & Multimedia Photolovers
Sonimagfoto & Multimedia, a photography exhibition held in Barcelona in April, ran a print and online advertising campaign using the unifying concept of “Photolovers”. Couples are shown embracing, representing the connection between thumb and camera in professional, amateur and expert photography categories.
Wooden swimming costumes, a photograph gun and a mill to send water uphill: The strangest inventions of history that show human ingenuity is boundless
- The unusual collection dating as far back as the 1500s reveals the incredible ingenuity of inventors down the ages
- Devices include a ‘bed piano’, a pram that doubles as a gas mask and bike tyres instead of arm bands for swimming
- While none of the inventions caught on, many of the prototypes were put to good use
They may not have caught on, but history’s strangest inventions capture the incredible scope of human imagination.
A new collection showcases the wooden swimming costumes, photograph guns that shoot a victim whilst taking an image, and a piano you can play in bed that were dreamed up by amateurs.
The bizarre devices – which also include a mill that sends water uphill and bicycle tyres used as arm bands for swimming lessons – date as far back as the 1500s.
And while they never entered commercial production – or gave the Wright Brothers a run for their money – the prototypes developed an enthusiastic following.
The show must go on: The bed piano especially designed for people who are confined to bed rest but still want to make music. It was created in the UK, in 1935
Quick dip anyone? A group of young swimmers tied a bike tyre around the body as a swimming aid in Germany 1925
Stiff upper lip: A gas resistant pram, pictured in England, Hextable, 1938
One 1938 gun which has been converted in a camera. Designed in New York in 1938, the Revolver Gun takes a picture when you pull the trigger.
Another bizarre concept designed in the Netherlands in 1915 shows an inflatable boat with boots attached to the bottom, so passengers can use their legs as paddles.
A further strange invention created by L. Deth in 1926 was labeled the ‘folding bridge for emergencies’, created so people could cross rivers and streams in case of disaster.
These weird and wonderful inventions didn’t quite make it into the shops for long enough for them to stick around and make it into the 21st century.
Perhaps one of the odder creations is the 1924 French car designed with a shovel attached to the front in order to catch stray pedestrians and reduce casualties within the bustling streets of Paris.
A wheelie good idea: A wheel motorcycle invented by Italian M. Goventosa de Udine, in 1931
Who needs the internet? The Wireless Newspaper invented in 1938, picture shows children reading the pages of a Missouri paper
Another image shows swimsuits made out of wood, apparently for the purpose of making it easier to swim.
If you’ve ever wondered what you did before the invention of the IPod, and how you ever managed to go about your boring day-to-day activities without the luxury of listening to music, look no further than the 1931 straw radio hat.
The hat was created by an American inventor for the purpose of allowing people to listen to music on the go, but at the time was discarded as a crazy idea, and quickly forgotten about.
Also among the collection of wacky inventions are a piano for the bedridden and a one wheel motor-cycle – with the maximum speed of a staggering 93mph
The gas war resistant pram is one of the only English inventions out of them all, which shows a lady testing a stroller that can withstand possible gas attacks.
Size is not object: An extensible caravan, built by a French engineer in France in 1934
A pedestrian catcher: A shovel was fixed onto the front of a car was used to reduce the number of casualties among drunk pedestrians in Paris, 1924
The amphibious bike: The ‘Cyclomer’ was capable of using on both land and water. It was created in Paris in 1932
Mirrored Bed Glasses The Hamblin glasses, a pair of glasses especially designed for reading in bed. England, 1936 and an electrically heated police vest, developed for the traffic police in the United States, 1932
Bridge over troubled water: A further strange invention created by L. Deth in 1926 was labeled the ‘folding bridge for emergencies’, created so people could cross rivers and streams in case of disaster
A man powered dredging machine: Workers use their arms and legs to move the bucket dredge, Holland, 1761
City style: A clip-on ice skate for the business man’s winter commute made in 1936
One that was not so strange, but the testing method leaves a lot to be desired. Bulletproof glass, demonstrated by the New York police, 1931
Designs: A boat designed to transport goods over frozen rivers and lakes in case of an ice age, left in Holland in 1600 and a quirky looking steam powered car from 1845
Double power: Invented by A. G. Eckhardt, a paddle-wheel meant to paddle twice as much water as an ordinary one in 1770
Lets off road: A ten wheel all-terrain car able to descend slopes up to 65 degrees invented in England, in 1936
Three week old tiger cub Yarisha is fed with special milk from a baby bottle in his motor home in Landsberg am Lech, Germany. Three days after its birth, the cub was rejected by its mother. Yarisha means the pugnacious one
Two Herens cows lock horns during the qualification round of the annual ‘Battle of the Queens’ cow fight finals in Aproz, in the western Alpine canton of Valais, Switzerland. Each year when taken to the alpine pastures, the cows test their strength and fight for the herd’s leadership. The competition continues until a new queen has forced all the other cows to retreat
Tortoise-lover Katie Bradley has been crocheting wooly designs for her seven pet tortoises. But after posting pictures of the cosy critters on her tortoise blog, she was soon inundated with requests to make them for tortoises around the globe. And now, dozens of tortoises around the world are being decked out dressed as dinosaurs (above), sharks, pumpkins – or just in pretty patterns.
This scaredy-cat was forced to run for cover when a herd of brave buffalo decided to strike back. The lion found itself outnumbered by its plucky prey and is pictured sprinting away from the African buffalo in the Kruger National Park. The tables turned on the predator when an attempt to pounce on some unsuspecting buffalo failed miserably and left the not so cunning cat with its tail between its legs
Reptile keeper Damian Goodall releases one of the three baby turtles into the exhibit tank at Melbourne Zoo. Reptile keepers have achieved a significant Australian first, the breeding of the critically endangered Chinese three-striped box turtle, generally known as golden coin turtles. These turtles are native to creeks in rainforests throughout South-east Asia and southern China.
An elephant showers a leopard with water to protect the herd. The leopard had been stalking the herd of around 15 elephants when one decided to frighten it off. The picture was taken by Mark Muller in Etosha National Park of Namibia at the Kalkeuwel waterhole.