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Celebrities as Children

An eclectic mix of actors and singers as they looked as children and adolescents, with their ages currently ranging from 23, Kristin Stewart, to 55, Madonna. All of these people have left an undeniable mark on pop culture. However, don’t be fooled that celebrities are better people. They just happen to be in the spotlight for talents that our culture pays a great deal of money for. 

  • Johnny Depp, 1983
  • Angelina Jolie at her 8th grade graduation dance, 1988
  • Brad Pitt, 1976
  • Madonna dolled up for her first Holy Communion, 1966
  • Leonardo DiCaprio at the release of his first big film, The Basketball Diaries, 1995
  • Kristin Stewart with her natural hair color at the premiere of her first big role for the film Panic Room, 2002
  • Halle Berry was Miss USA in 1986
  • Katy Perry in her high school yearbook, 2001
  • Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake courtesy of the Mickey Mouse Club, 1989

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Incredible Cosplay

In his ongoing series of portraits titled Just the Two of Us, photographer Klaus Pitchler gained access to the homes of Austrian costume play (cosplay) enthusiasts where he photographed the elaborately costumed individuals against the backdrops of their everyday life. Artist statement:

Who hasn’t had the desire just to be someone else for awhile? Dressing up is a way of creating an alter ego and a second skin which one’s behaviour can be adjusted to. Regardless of the motivating factors which cause somebody to acquire a costume, the main principle remains the same: the civilian steps behind the mask and turns into somebody else. ’Just the Two of Us’ deals with both: the costumes and the people behind them.

While the costumes are incredible, terrifying, and laughable, it’s the strange juxtaposition of ordinary home life and the unknown identities of each individual that create such great images. See much more here. All images courtesy Klaus Pichler.

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4 Vampiresses We Love the Most

They’re evil. They’re sultry. And sometimes they expose way too much cleavage. Vampiresses have been stalking our favorite movies and television shows for decades, and these are the sharp-toothed ladies of the night we think you should most revere this Halloween:

  • Vampira is the goddess of vampiresses. The original, the one and only, seen here in 1959’s Plan 9 from Outer Space.
  • Lilly Munster was one television’s favorite vampire moms from The Munsters played by Yvonne DeCarlo. Her favorite line by kids "Eddie! You better start dawdling, or you’re going to be on time for school!"
  • Morticia Addams, another of television’s favorite vampiresse moms. Played by Carolyn Jones, Morticia was the mother monster for The Addams Family.
  • Elvira (Cassandra Peterson), Mistress of the Dark is in a league all her own. Famous in the 1980s for hosting cult horror films and adding her own, and usually the best, dialogue and background story to the movies.

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10 of the Best Twilight Zone Episodes

This week marks the 54th anniversary of Rod Serling’s seminal science fiction television series that transported viewers into unknown dimensions — of sight, sound and of mind. One of the best TV shows to come out of the 1960s without having lost any of its appeal. Here are 10 of some of the best Twilight Zone episodes. Which are your favorites?

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet  — William “Captain Kirk” Shatner stars in what might be the most famous and revered of all Twilight Zone episodes.

To Serve Man — In this episode, mankind has seemingly found a benevolent alien savior in the form of the Kanamits — a race of towering space travelers who are all too willing to help Earth eradicate the problems of hunger and war.

The Eye of the Beholder A young woman undergoes surgery to improve her appearance and look like everyone else. It all becomes clear when the doctors and nurses faces are revealed.

Time Enough at Last — After getting his wish to be rid of people, he is stuck in a world with all the time and books he could ever want and no way to enjoy them.

It’s a Good Life — A boy with incredible psychic powers who holds everyone around him hostage. And if they displease him, he simply thinks them out of existence.

The Invaders — A woman takes on tiny alien beings who accost her at her isolated farmhouse with an incredible twist at the end.

The Monsters are Due on Maple Street — This episode is another tale that asks the viewers to decide who the real monsters are: the alien invaders or their very own friends and neighbors? The invaders conclude that the best way to destroy mankind is to let us destroy ourselves.

Living Doll — A man isn’t a fan of his stepdaughter’s new “Talky Tina” doll, especially after she starts telling him she’s going to kill him.

Walking Distance — A man revisits his childhood (literally). It’s not the typical Twilight Zone story, but it stands as one of the best tales in the series and one of Serling’s finest moments.

10 Five Characters in Search of an Exit — An army major wakes up in a metal cylinder and meets a hobo, a ballet dancer, a bagpiper, and a clown. This episode features one of the best surprise endings of the series.

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10 of the Oldest Alcoholic Drinks on Earth

For most of us, the joyous discovery of old alcohol would mean finding a forgotten Bud in the back of the fridge. However a lucky few get to taste truly ancient elixirs, like a sailing team who discovered 30 bottles of almost 200 year-old champagne from a shipwreck off the Aland islands between Sweden and Finland (pic 3). They brought one bottle back to verify the shipwreck’s age, then verified the champagne. With each bottle expected to fetch $68,000 at auction, the happy crew most likely celebrated with a bottle of beer. Enjoy…well read about 10 of the oldest surviving alcohols in existence:

  1. Army and Navy Stores Whiskey with cellar tags: “Mid 19th century Army and Navy old Liqueur Wisky”.
  2. Absinthe Edouard Pernod from Lunel. The earliest intact sealed absinthe bottle yet unearthed from the 1870s.
  3. The world’s oldest drinkable champagne, from the early 19th century, salvaged from a shipwreck off the Aland islands. At least three of the recovered bottles were Veuve Cliquot.
  4. A large format bottle of Armagnac from 1865.
  5. The Hannisville Cache with two carboys of rye, two carboys of whiskey and one carboy of gin. The whiskey was distilled in 1863, held in oak barrels for 50 years and put into the carboys. Purchased by John Welsh, US ambassador of Great Britain in the late 1870s.
  6. A Hungarian Tokaji wine from the Royal Saxon cellars, bottled in the 1680s.
  7. The oldest dated rum bottle, a Vieux Rhum Anglais from 1830.
  8. 1775 Massandra Sherry de la Frontera, sold for $43,500 in 2001.
  9. Rüdesheimer Apostelwein from 1652 (non-drinkable) and 1727 (drinkable) from Bremen, Germany. The bottle and the label are from the 1950s.
  10. A bottle of wine from a mid 4th century Roman stone sarcophagus, unearthed from a vineyard near Speyer in Germany in 1867.

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Vintage Dance Cards of the 19th Century

The dance card was a courtly tradition in which women had preassigned dance partners for each dance at the event. The tradition was convenient and inclusive. No wall-flowers allowed at these events. When you consider today’s jr. high dances (and even some weaker high school ones) in the auditorium or cafeteria with boys swaying nervously on one side staring at the girl’s busily chatting away on the other, the dance card is a far more social, viable alternative.

The dance cards featured above come in all different shapes and  had multiple purposes. Some had hard cases which allowed for more ornamentation and durability for reuse; one featured above has a clock attached. Others double as fans - which makes sense considering the increase in temperature when people really got moving. The shoe-shaped card is the most creative, although the others, especially the one featuring mother of pearl, are stunning.

All are from the 19th century with the earliest dating to 1850 (the peacock cover). They represent beautiful visions of the past and remind us of a time when leaving a woman standing alone was not considered “good taste”.

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