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Photobombed! Making Bad Pictures Great and Good Pictures Awesomely Bad

At one time or another, you have probably snapped a photo and discovered that a grinning, devil- horn-flashing stranger has sneaked into your picture unannounced. Congratulations, you’ve just been photobombed! On September 1, 2012, our friends at Oddee [...]

Last Month’s Most Popular Stories on mentalfloss.com

In case you weren’t obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com in November, here’s what you missed… 1. 4 Bizarre Experiments That Should Never Be Repeated, by Megan Wilde * 2. Talking Pictures: Glamor Shots, by Ransom Riggs * 3. 10 Buildings Shaped Like What They Sell, by Ethan Trex * 4. Talking Pictures: Times of Trouble, by Ransom Riggs * 5. 5 Geniuses Who Renounced Their Work, [...]

Talking Pictures: Glamor Shots

After last week’s Talking Pictures post, featuring plagues of locusts and lightning-struck horses, and the previous week’s, all about death, I figured it was time to lighten things up a bit. So I dug through the archives to find all my favorite shots of sassy broads and glamor girls (and guys) vogue-ing for the camera [...]

Talking Pictures: Times of Trouble

Unemployment, wars, terrorism, natural disasters — times are hard, there’s no question. But times have been harder. We’ve been through worse and bounced back. If nothing else, I hope this week’s Talking Pictures helps, in some small way, to put our own problems in perspective. Courtesy Angelica Paez One of my jobs 20 miles from home I’d go anywhere [...]

Talking Pictures: Love and Marriage

Talking Pictures is a spankin’-new column in which, every week or so, I’ll post an array of fascinating found snapshots that have writing on them, all arranged around a particular theme. I discovered them either in swap meets or flea markets or in the vast collections of snapshot-obsessed friends — most of whom had never [...]

A Filmmaker’s Reflections

Brandon McCormick is the founder of Whitestone Motion Pictures, an independent outfit dedicated to storytelling via film. Having just completed principal photography on a film called Heartless, Brandon paused to write a brief piece on why doing what he does enlivens him so much. Teams of people labor day in and day out to physically move [...]