When Santa Goes On Vacation, And More Of The Best Photography Of The Week

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​​Every week, we curate the best new photography and photojournalism on the web, so you can spend your weekend kicking back and enjoying some beautiful pictures. Here are this week’s picks:​

Blowin’ In The Wind


It is no surprise that these otherworldly plants, which arrived in the US in the 19th century as a brittle form of the Russian thistle, are nicknamed “wind witches.”

[See the photos at Topic]

When ​Santa Goes On Vacation

Meet the Santas and Mrs. Clauses who live every day like it’s Christmas — even in July.

[See the photos at The New York Times]

The Poster Child Of The War On Poverty


Stacy Kranitz has spent the last ten years photographing Appalachia, US, an area devastated by the coal industry, which took valuable resources from the land and left its inhabitants impoverished […] The publicity afforded to the area and the image it perpetuated became what Kranitz describes as ‘poverty porn’, and its effects have continued to haunt the Appalachian people. 

[See the photos at British Journal of Photography]

Photos Of Coney Island’s Wild, Wonderful Mermaid Parade

People flock to Coney Island in the summer for all sorts of reasons—to eat hot dogs at Nathans, ride the Wonder Wheel, or catch a minor league baseball game. But the Mermaid Parade is the best showcase of the city’s most magical destination. We took the Q train down to its first stop to check out this wild and inspired ocean-side celebration.

[See the photos at Vice]

Photographing Shanghai’s Vanishing Courtyard Houses


As Shanghai’s booming population moves into new apartment towers, the city’s historic shikumen courtyard houses are struggling to survive.

[See the photos at CityLab]

You’ve Never Seen Skate Parks Like This Before

To photograph empty skate parks, Zaki arrived around dawn, when the light was perfect for his visual aesthetic. “Skaters don’t wake up early,” he notes with a laugh.

[See the photos at Wired]

Searching For George Washington


Steve Custer takes a tour of a farm near Williamsburg, Va., where the busts of 43 former U.S. presidents are located. The statues were once part of an attraction called Presidents Park. After the park closed, they were moved to their current location. 

[See the photos at The Washington Post]

In Tijuana, A Street Studio Attracts Migrants And Locals

Migrants on the caravan, commuters, and visitors form a backdrop to the world’s busiest land border crossing.

[See the photos at National Geographic]

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This Week’s Top Memes, Ranked

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Here at Digg, we try our best to cover the most important and confounding memes that come across the timeline. But the web is littered with tons of great memes that never quite hit the mainstream, instead bouncing around the weird corners of Twitter or Reddit.

Enter: our recurring feature, Memes, Ranked, where we not only rank the funniest memes each week, we also keep a running top 10 of the best memes of 2019. Skip to that here.

For the week of October 14, we have a handful of contenders: Gifted Kids, Earphones Memes, Missing The Bus and “Fucking Mint” TikToks.

4. Missing The Bus

The meme: An ASCII Twitter meme that portrays an unlucky emoji person running for the bus and ultimately missing his or her ride. Missing The Bus tweets are all over Twitter, with hundreds of nearly identical tweets racking up thousands of RTs each.

The examples: 

Verdict: These memes are no good. There’s plenty of room to iterate and get creative here. Unfortunately, memers are not doing that, instead opting to just repost the same incredibly relatable but also pretty mundane ASCII cartoon. Weird online behavior if you ask me. But hey, while you’re asking me, nearly all online behavior is weird. Which brings us to…

3. Earphones Memes

The meme: Another simple ASCII meme. There’s an easy-to-follow premise to this one: people in your life ask if you’re okay, and you say yes, but the music you’re listening to tells a different story. The punchline to these memes tend to revolve around specific subculture references, which is part of the fun for these.

The examples: 

Verdict: Super simple, not the most creative, but still infinitely customizable. There’s always comedy in revealing inner trauma and guilty pleasures, and while not laugh out loud funny, these 100% Volume Earphones memes reveal both in spades.

2. Gifted Kid Memes

The meme: If you keep your eyes peeled to Millennials on Twitter, you might spy a lot of people who lead presumably normal lives complaining about the ***burden*** of being labeled a “gifted kid” early in their academic careers. Over the past few weeks, mounting wave of jokes has taken aim at these nerds.

The examples: 

Verdict: Damn, this really was not the best week for memes. But Gifted Kids complaining on Twitter always deserve to get roasted a little bit, and we at least got that. Second place this week.

1. Fucking Mint

The meme: A new trend has emerged on TikTok (AKA the place where all the internet’s hottest memes are now) — talking about a terrible thing that happened to you, making the “okay” symbol with your hand in front of the camera and letting out a throaty “fucking mint!” That’s it, that’s the meme.

The examples: 

Verdict: Hilarious. There’s a lot of wild internet energy in these dumb videos. They range from self-deprecating to savagely invasive. The joke is hilarious on video, but can be translated to text. It’s quotable in real life. This is a top notch meme. Thank you TikTok, thank you Gen Z. You both are un-ironically fucking mint.

The Official Josco™ 2019 Meme Power Ranking

Click each entry on the ranking to see when it debuted.

  1. Vibes
  2. The Girl Drinking Kombucha Reaction GIF
  3. Fucking Mint
  4. Untitled Goose Game
  5. Avengers TikToks
  6. Trump Featuring Nickelback
  7. There Are Two Wolves Inside You
  8. No One Can Have Both
  9. Gifted Kids
  10. Earphones

Can we get a vibe check?

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Joey Cosco is Digg's Social and Branded Content Editor.


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From an image of a puma hunting down a guanaco to a capturing of a mysterious deep-sea colony of garden eels, here are the best wildlife photos of the year, from the UK’s Natural History Museum’s annual contest.

All of the winning photos of the contest have seized upon moments that are both arresting and rarely seen by humans. Take, for instance, this surreal image from David Doubilet of garden eels popping up from their burrows in the sand that won the prize for best “underwater” photo. The photo, according to Doubilet, took him several days to shoot, as the eels would quickly disappear once they detected his presence:

© David Doubilet. All rights reserved.

Or this stunning shot from photographer Shangzhen Fan of a herd of chiru antelopes making their way through China’s Kumukuli Desert:

© Shangzhen Fan. All rights reserved.

And this image of a a golden eagle in flight by photographer Audun Rikardson. According to Rikardson, it took three years for the eagle to become used to the presence of a camera.

© Audun Rikardson. All rights reserved.

Or this striking image of a puma attempting to hunt down a guanaco. According to photographer Ingo Arndt, the guanaco in this image was able to escape from its predator.

© Ingo Arndt. All rights reserved.

And then there are the winning photos that focus on the tinier beings in our ecosystem, such as this image from Daniel Kronauer of an ant colony in a Costa Rican forest.

© Daniel Kronauer. All rights reserved.

And this photo of a cypress tree in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, California that’s covered in lichen and algae. The photo by Zorica Kovacevic won in the “plants and fungi” category of the contest.

© Zorica Kovacevic. All rights reserved.

For a more urban taste of wildlife, here’s this incredible photo from Jasper Doest of Riku, a Japanese monkey that has been performing comedic routines in a theater in Tokyo for the past 17 years. Doest took this photo in part to shed light on the level of exploitation that has occurred with these once revered Japanese macaques. 

© Jasper Doest. All rights reserved.

And here’s a sight that will be all too familiar to New Yorkers — Charlie Hamilton James’ shot of rats in New York City. After spending a period of time photographing these rodents, Hamilton James says, “I started to respect them. I’d never say I love them, but I do quite like them.”

© Charlie Hamilton James. All rights reserved.

And finally, here’s the photo from photographer Yongqing Bao that won the honor of Wildlife Photographer of the Year. The image is aptly titled “The Moment” and captures a fight between a Tibetan fox and a marmot on China’s Tibetan Plateau.

© Yongqing Bao. All rights reserved.

[See more of the winning photos here]

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