Five Friends Take the Same Photo for 30 Years

In the summer of 1982, five teenage boys sat down on a wooden bench together and posed for a group photo at Copco Lake, California. 30 years later, they’re still taking that photo. High school buddies John Wardlaw, John Dickson, Mark Rumer, Dallas Burney and John Molony made a pact: every five years, they gather together at the California lake, sit on that same bench and recreate the picture they took at 19 years old.

To begin with, a ritual was never intended: the original picture from ‘82 was taken simply to mark the vacation. Captured with a 35-millimetre camera on self-timer, the photo saw the young vacationers sporting curiously “dark and mysterious” expressions as Molony held up a Folgers Instant Coffee jar containing a live cockroach, a piece of butterscotch candy (food for the cockroach) and a photograph of Robert Young (company for the cockroach). Revisiting the lake in 1987 saw them taking the photo again, on the advice of cabin owner Wardlaw (nicknamed “Wedge”), with the same facial expressions and the same pose, and they’ve done so ever since.

Their touching tradition recently gained media attention when Dickson posted the photographs on a website dedicated to the pact. “Watch us lose hair and gain forehead, gain and lose and gain and lose weight,” Dickson posted on the site. “There are reasons we all decided it was better to take the photo with our shirts on.”

Such collective dedication makes for a heartfelt tribute to the power of friendship. But how long will this go on for? “We plan on doing this for the rest of our lives, no matter what,” says Dickson. “Up until there's one guy just sitting in the same pose! Even then, maybe someone will take a picture of an empty bench for us.” [Read more…]

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When you think of an island, you think of a tropical paradise with palm trees, clear blue waters and sandy shores. However, there are islands around the world that are far from this, with deadly snakes, saltwater crocodiles and ghosts of history passed.

Snake Island

Ilha de Queimada Grande is a picturesque island ninety miles off the coast of Brazil and is otherwise known as ‘Snake Island'. People have been forbidden from setting foot on this beautiful island as it's covered with the most venomous snakes; the Golden Lanceheads. [Read more…]

Harry Potter Fans Finally Get a Chance To Visit Hogwarts

Incredible news for all the fans of the world's most famous young wizard – soon you'll be able to set your foot in the original Great Hall where Harry and his friends used to dine, and have the unforgettable experience of visiting the place where all the magic happened. Literally.

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Top 10 Amsterdam Tourist Attractions

Amsterdam. The capital of the Netherlands. The world’s first “free city.” It’s a hot tourist destination, for Europeans and Americans alike, so chances are someone reading this wants or is planning to go Dutch sometime in the future. Well, whether or not you make the trip, here’s some of the places to see and things to do.  Not boring things like art museums, but cool things, things like:

10. Play Chess on a Huge Board

Sure, playing chess doesn’t sound like the most exciting thing to do in the world, but you have to consider the venue. Human chess is exciting, and so was that giant chess board from Harry Potter. [Read more…]

Caricature Illustrations Taken To Another Level

It seems as though nearly every magazine  is interested in Denis Zilber's funny illustrations. He possesses an amazing talent for creating terrific caricatures. Every illustration has a story to tell, and the characters are so amazingly drawn that you just have to sit back and say “wow”.

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