June 21, 2021

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People Pranked by Bus Full of People Holding Their Photo
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For its latest prank, the popular YouTube channel HowAboutBeirut came up with a clever and humorous way to use stealthily-captured photos and rapidly-made prints. This 3-minute video is titled, “Surprising Humans with Their Pictures.” HowAboutBeirut founders Alex and Jad have attracted 1.7 million subscribers on YouTube by pulling pranks on unsuspecting people found on the streets of Beirut, Lebanon.For their latest idea, the duo secretly photographed random people hanging out on the street using a telephoto lens. They then quickly made large prints of the portraits, put them in the hands of a group of actors, and then drove those actors by the subjects (who were still in the locations they were photographed) in a tour bus.
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Woman documents weight loss in striking 30-second time-lapse video
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What a difference six months can make. Lucy Bergin, a 20-year-old personal trainer, documented her weight loss in a viral TikTok video that shows half a year of exercise and eating right go by in 30 seconds.Bergin started in November of 2020, taking a photo in front of a calendar every day dressed in the same bikini, and continued until April of this year. She weighed 168 pounds at the beginning of the video diary and 140 pounds at the end of it — a striking difference on her 4-foot-11-inch frame.It wasn’t Bergin’s first time to try to slim down: She’d been overweight as a child and the weight started rising again in college.“I struggled with a few things and life hit me really hard. I wasn't expecting it,” Bergin, who lives in Tampa, Florida, told TODAY.“Growing up, I was home schooled and so I didn’t play any sports. I have siblings, but we didn't really do anything active and so I turned eating into an unhealthy habit. When I was feeling sad, I would eat.”
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Democratic mayor blames spike in crime on reopening
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Seattle Ratio talk show host Jason Rantz points to the defund police movement as a major reason crime has surged in major cities.
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Tweets About Being Tired All The Time
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"everyone always says i look tired in every photo and video and first of all, i am. second of all, that’s just my face."
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Airlines Struggle to Cope as Travel Picks Up and Storms Force Delays
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Summer getaways are testing the limits of the country’s air travel system as airlines and airports try to restore operations that were decimated by the pandemic.Nearly 10,000 flights were delayed in the United States on Sunday, as travel surged and airlines contended with bad weather and other disruptions.Among the nation’s largest airlines, Southwest Airlines had the most delays, with 30 percent of flights running late, according to FlightAware, a flight tracking service. At American Airlines, 25 percent of flights were delayed, compared with 23 percent for United Airlines and 21 percent for Delta Air Lines.The slowdowns came as travel reached new pandemic heights: The Transportation Security Administration screened 2.1 million people at its airport security checkpoints on Sunday, the most since early March 2020.
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NYC business owner on reported decision by Bronx, Manhattan DAs not to charge dozens of looters, rioters
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Jessica Betancourt, the owner of Bronx Optical Center, claims that 'no efforts were made' by New York City officials to find and arrest the looters who targeted her business during last year’s demonstrations.
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Refresh Your Fitness Gear With Great Amazon Prime Day Deals
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Get ready folks, Amazon Prime Day 2021 is happening right now (yes, right now). The massive retailer's two-day sale takes place June 21 and June 22, which means you have today and tomorrow to stock up on everything you need from the annual shopping event. Odds are you've already been preparing to dip into your spending account before it's officially arrived. But now that Prime Day is finally here, it's time to really show off your shopping chops. Amazon is competing to make Prime Day the largest shopping event of the entire year. This competition results in extra savings on high ticket items you’ve probably been eyeing, especially on a Men’s Health reader favorite: fitness equipment and gadgets to level up your workout routine.Prime Day is the perfect excuse to build that home gym you’ve been dreaming about, and all on a realistic budget, no less. We're always keeping an eye on Amazon fitness deals, so we took the liberty of doing finding the best deals for you before you fully dive into the sale and see everything for yourself. From adjustable dumbells and kettlebells to fitness watches and machines, trust—Amazon has it all.
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Grand Hotel Tunnel in Taipei, Taiwan
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When the Republic of China general Chiang Kai-Shek retreated to Taiwan in 1949 and began plotting an eventual takeover of China, he wanted a place where he could impress his guests and host foreign dignitaries. So his wife Soong Mei-ling commissioned the Grand Hotel—a stunning 12-story building and one of the finest classical Chinese buildings in the world.Established in 1952, the hotel became a Taiwanese landmark with its gilded tiles and red vermilion columns. Standing at 87 meters (285 feet), it was the tallest building in Taiwan for a number of years. In 1995, a fire broke out and destroyed most of the roof and the upper floors. During the repair process, workers discovered a hidden feature tucked underneath the hotel—a two-prong tunnel system complemented with a 229-foot-long escape slide for the disabled. There were also bomb-proof light bulbs to light the way.
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1972 Taroom Truck Explosion Memorial in Coorada, Australia
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This tragic story begins with an earth-shattering explosion big enough to shake the windows of homes 88 kilometers away. Three young lives were lost, and an Outback mystery remains to this day.On the morning of August 30, 1972, three young men set off from Stonecroft Station on an everyday job, their truck laden with a delivery of ammonium nitrate. They had barely reached the public road when the truck combusted with such force that it left a two-meter deep, five-meter wide, and 20-meter long crater in the road. What exactly caused this explosion, no one can say. The damage rendered the truck almost beyond recognition. The remains have been found as far as two kilometers away.
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Snake Road in Wolf Lake, Illinois
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Do you love cavorting with snakes, frogs, salamanders and other reptiles and amphibians? Would you like to explore the natural habitats of these creatures and observe their behavior as they migrate between their winter lairs and summer playgrounds? Well then, the "Snake Road" in southern Illinois should be your destination during the semiannual closure of the road to protect the animals.Snake Road, which lies between the shear cliff faces that long ago helped contain the Mississippi River (one mile to the west) and the swamp leftover from when the river shifted and narrowed due to humans channeling the river attracts people from all over the world. The road is in the Trail of Tears Forest, and every year the U.S. Forest Service closes the road from March 15 to May 15 for the snakes to travel from the cliffs to the swamp, and again from September 1 to October 30, when they return to the cliffs to find dens for overwintering. During the closure, the critters slowly make their way across the one-lane gravel road, often resting in the middle of the lane to bask in the sun or attract a mate.
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Prince William surprised runners at the Sandringham half marathon with Prince George and Princess Charlotte
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Prince William surprised runners at the Sandringham half marathon with an appearance and speech, accompanied by his children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.The event took place on Sunday as many celebrated Father's Day, and saw the Duke of Cambridge and his eldest two children address 1,300 runners before the race began.Runners at the Sandringham Run could choose from 13.1 miles (half marathon), a 5k run, or a community mile around the royal estate and surrounding trails in Norfolk, where the Queen spends Christmas. Aaron Murrell, the Race Director of Run Sandringham, told Insider: "We were really happy that HRH The Duke of Cambridge joined us as our Official Race Starter - along with his two children George and Charlotte.""The runners really enjoyed seeing them there as our special guests, and there was a fantastic atmosphere within the event village as they joined us on stage to start the Half Marathon event," he added.
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Stunning Macro Photos Shot Within the Unique World of Vernal Pools
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A conservation photographer has documented the unique biodiversity found in the vernal pools of Appalachia and has released a free e-book that shares the result of his years-long passion and provides tips to others who are curious about this type of photography.Steven David Johnson is a Virginia-based conservation photographer and professor who has been published across multiple magainzes such as Nature Conservancy Magazine, Virginia Wildlife, Orion, and others. Johnson has a lifelong dedication to documenting the natural world and is the Vice President of the Virginia Wilderness Committee and an Affiliate of the International League of Conservation Photographers.Growing up in rural western New York state, Johnson was surrounded by forests, ponds, and the Genesee River and as a result, newts, toads, and fireflies became a regular part of his childhood exploration. His early love for nature grew into the pursuit of an art major with a photo concentration in college and continued through a degree in digital media studies in grad school.
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Review: The Leica SL2-S is Not Perfect, But It’s Perfect For Me
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The idea of a Leica camera with image stabilization, a built-in EVF, Wi-Fi, 2 card slots, and endless more features may seem like a very foreign concept for legacy Leica shooters. However, this is exactly what Leica has made in the SL2-S. The camera is very easy to glance at and think “well, it’s just an overpriced Panasonic.” Or maybe even from the other side: “it’s just an SL2 with an outdated sensor to drop the price by a grand.” These impressions are definitely accurate. But the way I see it is: it’s a camera to bridge the gap between old style to new. For film shooters who have no need for high-resolution images and who have already had their fulfillment of M, this is another perfect option for them! Let me explain…
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This Wooden M3 is Leica Camera Nearly Anyone Can Afford
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Leica cameras are renowned for their expense which normally puts them out of the reach of most photographers. But this wooden replica of a Leica M3 looks like one that nearly any photography fan can afford.Leica Rumors has added a limited batch — specifically called a “test run” — of the replica wooden Leica M3 cameras to its online store to gauge the popularity of the product, and writes that if there is enough interest it will become a permanent fixture. Specific information on the wooden M3 is limited, but it is apparently based on the Vintage M3 camera tin that has been listed on the website’s store since 2016.That particular tin camera features a nondescript lens that may be a Summicron-M 35mm f/1.2 ASPH lens, which is what is affixed to the real M3 camera that is placed side by side with the tin replica. Leica Rumors writes that this new product is a wooden version of that camera tin, though the lens looks quite different. DPReview notes that it resembles a Voigtlander 50mm Nokton, but it’s unclear what lens it is supposed to be as Leica Rumors does not state.
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Blue Hour Photography and Night Photography Are Not the Same
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I often come across people mixing up “blue hour photography” with “night photography”, but to me, those are distinctively different. In a timeline, SUNSET comes first, followed by TWILIGHT, DUSK, and then NIGHT arrives. The time between sunset and dusk is known as BLUE HOUR, coloring the sky deep blue, especially towards the end of dusk.Once dusk ends, the sky quickly turns black, like within 10-20 minutes. So, any photos taken after the end of dusk should only be called “night photography”, as there is no bluish hue left in the sky.I guess we all agree that no night photography should be categorized as blue hour photography, but what about the other way around, calling blue hour photos night photography?
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Canada eases its hotel-quarantine rule for vaccinated citizens flying in from abroad.
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Canadian citizens and permanent residents who are fully vaccinated will be able to forgo a 14-day quarantine when arriving in the country, the Canadian government announced Monday. The new policy spares them from a polarizing requirement that they stay in a government-approved quarantine hotel.The closure of Canada’s border with the United States to nonessential travel was recently extended to July 21, angering people on both sides of the border who have been irked by family separations and the inability to plan vacations or shopping trips.The Canadian government has defended the hotel quarantine policy, which requires travelers to pre-book a three-day minimum stay at a government-approved hotel — at a nonrefundable cost of as much as 2,000 Canadian dollars — as a necessary measure to help keep the coronavirus at bay. Travelers are allowed to finish their quarantine at home once the Covid-19 test they take upon arrival at the airport comes back negative.
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The Inequality of the GoFundMe Economy
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This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays.Turning to the internet for financial help didn’t work very well in a pandemic.That was among the discouraging conclusions of a new academic research paper that examined efforts on the fund-raising website GoFundMe to collect money for health care bills, groceries, funeral costs and other needs that resulted from the coronavirus crisis.Out of nearly 165,000 pandemic-related campaigns in the United States from March to August last year, more than four in 10 received no donations at all, the researchers found. The typical charity drive collected just $65. And the most successful GoFundMe campaigns for coronavirus assistance seemed to be for people in wealthier communities who most likely needed the least help.
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