51-Year-Old Twins Who Have Never Lived Apart, 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:​

​An Apollo Obsession

 

Anything NASA related, he [Dan Winters] knows about it and can tell you everything. It could take hours. Or days. So when NASA told him that the Apollo mission control room in Houston was getting a makeover, he knew he had to shoot it. 

[See the photos at Wired]

These Twin Brothers From Buenos Aires Have Never Lived Apart Since The Day They Were Born

Over the years, other members of the Portnoy family have died, including their mother, father, uncles and their only brother. According to Colo, the brothers have no close friends but do not feel lonely because they have each other to rely on. They live together and they do everything together as well.

[See the photos at The Washington Post]

A Childhood Without Modern Devices

 

Photographer Niki Boon is interested in a slower-paced life. Occupying 10 acres of land in the rural New Zealand countryside, she and her family have crafted their own world that’s in tune with nature and largely unconcerned with being tethered by technology.

[See the photos at My Modern Met]

A Photographer’s Elaborate Transformations In His Childhood Bedroom

Christopher Smith’s photographs are technically self-portraits, though each evokes someone else: a sullen detective, a naked gladiator, a flapper, an inmate, a sword swallower, a cowboy, a choirboy, a corpse.

[See the photos at The New Yorker]

The Things You See From Up High

 

JP and Mike are attracted to sights that exemplify how “weird and wonderful the world can look from above,” such as the shadow from a cargo ship imitating the shape of a city skyline, or a loaded parking lot creating a dense fabric of interlocking lines.

[See the photos at Colossal]

A Teeny-Tiny Flying Rainbow

 

Artist and photographer Christian Spencer was spending the day on his verandah in Rio de Janeiro when he noticed something wonderful. The sun striking the wings of a Jacobin hummingbird, producing a beautiful prism effect. At that moment, it looked as if the tiny birdy was a tiny flying rainbow.

[See the photos at Bored Panda]

Cracks In The Façade Of The American Dream

In the recent history of landscape photography, a drastic shift has taken place from the standard established by mid-century masters like Ansel Adams and Eliot Porter of depicting the American scene as an untouched Eden to a far more critical engagement with the complex relationship between humans and the land, locating the marks we leave and structures we create as metaphors for our aspirations and successes, our shortcomings and tragedies. 

[See the photos at Magnum Photos]


CALLING THE SHOTS

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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]


This Week’s Top Memes, Ranked
YOU HAVE TWO SOCIETIES INSIDE YOU

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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 7, we have a handful of contenders: “Joker” Car Window Memes, Society Memes, Two Wolves Insider Of You memes and Avengers TikToks.

4. Society Memes

The meme: With the advent of a certain movie about society upon us (more on that later), memes about the society we live in were bound to pop up. One meme in particular stands out among them: an image of a load of people in line for one thing, and a single person in a tiny line for another. Label both lines, and you’ve got a society on your hands.

The examples: 

Verdict: A meme that simply has not had that much time to take off, though I believe there is potential here. Will we see it fully realized? Not likely, but we can all hope for a better society, can we not?

3. There Are Two Wolves Inside Of You

The meme: A truly simple meme based on an often repeated Cherokee proverb. The meme takes the wise-sounding words of the saying -- “There are two wolves inside you and they are always fighting. One is darkness and despair, the other is light and hope” -- and swaps out “darkness and despair” and “light and hope” for punchlines.

Jokes like these have been made on the internet for a few years, but they’re really starting to bubble over these past few weeks.

The examples: 

[sierraseybold via tumblr]

Verdict: Good memes. Simple memes. Easy to iterate on. The trickle on these has been slow. I hope someone something comes along and breaks the seal on these, because they have the capacity to be really funny without punching down or hurting any feelings.

Feed this meme, folks.

2. Joker Car Window Memes

The meme: Memes about the new Joaquin Phoenix “Joker” movie fired up last month, but the movie didn’t actually come out until last week. Since then, a new, hyper specific meme has emerged from the online chatter around the movie, all parodying this slightly-too-earnest tweet about a perceived homage to a former Joker:

This already extremely viral tweet has gotten the parody boost by folks all over the web comparing this shot from “Joker” to other backseat-bound movie characters.

The examples: 

Verdict: Good memes. Slightly improved on the edgelord ilk we got about this movie earlier. As much as I hate to dog pile on someone for their earnest movie takes, this one seems pretty good natured. Fun meme for a weird week on the internet.

1. Avengers TikToks

The meme: Even thought “Avengers: Endgame” came out in May and it’s too cold to swim in half of the US, a new meme has emerged in only the past few weeks: teens and other young people reversing video of themselves jumping out of pools, all set to the “Avengers” theme. These videos are big on TikTok, and they’re starting to get to other places too.

The examples: 

Verdict: It’s never wise to underestimate the meme prowess of the teens. They have a lot of time on their hands and are savvy with internet/meme making tools that Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials could never dream of. These Avengers memes are a great example of that -- they have huge production value, loads of personality and they’re bite-sized, so you can watch a dozen of them and still be hungry for one more. Excellent memes. If you like funny internet stuff, this might be your cue to finally download TikTok.

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. Untitled Goose Game
  4. Avengers TikToks
  5. Trump Featuring Nickelback
  6. Joker Looking Out The Window
  7. No One Can Have Both
  8. There Are Two Wolves Inside You
  9. UR Single To Me
  10. Society

Memes In The News: Bret Stephens Is A Bedbug

Bret Stephens Is A Bedbug first made Digg’s meme roundup on August 30. Since then, a couple things have happened. Stephens and the man who originally called him a bedbug, George Washington University professor Dave Karpf set up a meeting at GWU to discuss civil discourse online. Set to take place on the college’s campus on October 28, Stephens pulled out this week because Karpf and George Washington refused to close the talk to the public. What a bedbug! Read more about this big dumb thing over at Slate.

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

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