7 Of The Most Viral Photos Of All Time!

Credit: Martin Le-May

Credit: Martin Le-May

(PCM) Photographer Martin Le-May was taking a leisurely walk through a London park with his wife when he was able to capture the incredible image of a weasel catching a ride on the back of a woodpecker. It is truly a once in a lifetime photo opportunity and has since gone completely viral.

In honor of #WeaselPecker, as it is so lovingly being referred to via social media, we decided to take a look at 7 of the most viral photographs of all time.

1. Squirrel Crasher 

viral-photo4 According to Wikipedia, the photograph was taken by Melissa Brandts and her husband Jackson while visiting Lake Minnewanka at Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada in May 2009. While the couple were posing on some rocks next to the lake using a camera with a wireless remote shutter release to take photos of themselves, a golden-mantled ground squirrel began exploring the area. The squirrel stood up right in front of the lens, and the Brandts were able to capture the image of the squirrel, clearly in focus, in front of the camera.

2. Grumpy Cat

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Tardar Sauce better known by her Internet name “Grumpy Cat”, is a cat and Internet celebrity known for her grumpy facial expression. Her owner, Tabatha Bundesen, says that her permanently grumpy-looking face is due to an underbite and feline dwarfism. Grumpy Cat’s popularity originated from a picture posted to the social news website Reddit by Bundesen’s brother Bryan on September 22, 2012.

3. Disaster Girl

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The photograph of the girl and the burning house was taken by Dave Roth in January 2004 during the local fire department’s live drill training two blocks away from his home in Mebane, North Carolina. While observing the fire, Dave caught his daughter, Zoe, smiling devilishly juxtaposed against the burning house. The photo has since gone viral with people photo-shopping the girls face on various types of disaster photos.

4. Stingray photobomb

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The image of three women looking startled when a stingray pops up to visit their photo went viral after being posted on Reddit. The photo was originally taken on a spring break trip to Stingray City in the Cayman Islands in 2008, when the women were sophomores at Texas Christian University. The image was originally uploaded to the girls’ Facebook pages, where former classmate and Redditor epic676 found it and the rest is history.

5. Hulk Smash Unflattering Beyonce

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On February 4th, 2013, Buzzfeed published a post-Super Bowl compilation titled “The 33 Fiercest Moments From Beyoncé’s Halftime Show”, featuring fan-made GIFs and news photographs from Getty Images. The following day, Buzzfeed editors received an email from Beyonce’s publicist at Schure Media asking to remove seven of the photos from the original post, noting that they were “unflattering.” Instead of removing them, Buzzfeed further highlighted them in a post also containing a redacted version of the letter. The publicist’s request caused the photos to gain even more unwanted attention and they were turned into countless meme that quickly spread throughout the net.

6. Girl Falling Off Cliff “Mom Was Worried, So I Sent Her This Picture”

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Redditor AlphaF submitted a post titled “Mom was worried about my trip to the Grand Canyon, I sent her this picture” to the /r/funny subreddit on November 15th, 2012, featuring a photograph in which she appeared to be falling to her death off a cliff at the Grand Canyon. The photo then began to pick up steam and the woman’s image was used to place her photographically speaking in all kinds of perilous situations.

7. McKayla Is Not Impressed

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 After receiving a total score of 15.083, Maroney ended up taking the silver medal for the Olympics gymnastics competition. While on the winner’s podium, Bryan Snyder of the international news agency Reuters took a photograph of Maroney making a scowling expression. On August 7th, the single topic blog McKayla is Not Impressed was launched on Tumblr to showcase photoshopped images of Maroney’s glare set against historical or spectacular scenes in the background.

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Bill Clinton Portrait Contains A Secret Monica Lewinsky Reference

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(PCM) Pennsylvania artist Nelson Shanks has recently revealed that he slyly slipped in a secret reference to Monica Lewinsky in his portrait of former President Bill Clinton which currently hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Shanks, who has painted everyone from Princess Diana to Pope John Paul II, also claims that Clinton was truly one of his hardest subjects to capture as he was incredibly nervous throughout their entire session.

Shanker told the Philadelphia Daily News, “The reality is he’s probably the most famous liar of all time. He and his administration did some very good things, of course, but I could never get this Monica thing completely out of my mind and it is subtly incorporated in the painting.”

He explained the subtle reference by revealing “If you look at the left-hand side of it there’s a mantle in the Oval Office and I put a shadow coming into the painting and it does two things. It actually literally represents a shadow from a blue dress that I had on a mannequin, that I had there while I was painting it, but not when he was there. It is also a bit of a metaphor in that it represents a shadow on the office he held, or on him.”

The Clintons obviously hate the portrait and are doing everything in their power to have it removed from the National Portrait Gallery, however the National Portrait Gallery denies this claim.

 

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Looking To Own A Rather Large Piece Of Walking Dead Memorabilia?

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(PCM) Fans of AMC’s hit TV series that just so happen to have a spare $680,000 can hop on over to Ebay to place their bids on the historic town of Grantville, Georgia which is currently up for sale. The town in located approximately 35 miles outside of Atlanta.

The town was heavily featured during season three of “The Walking Dead” and has also been the set of several other films such as “Lawless” and “Dumb and Dumber To”.  Television and film studios are attracted to the town’s rustic and old-fashioned feel and there are even four additional films that are currently in the works. It has great historic appeal, as most of the buildings were built back in the 1880’s and there is even a railroad that runs right through the heart of town.

Jim Sells, the former mayor of Grantville says that he would love a movie studio or commercial developer to purchase the town. The current price is only asking approximately $30 per square inch and much of it has already been renovated.

It is also Sell’s hope that many of the buildings can be turned in to loft apartments, retail spaces, restaurants and more. Revenue is also earned from the “Walking Dead” tours that take place in the town, as well as, residuals on recent and upcoming film projects.

Thus far there have been no bids on town, but there are 885 people currently watching the auction.

 

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Michelle Rodriguez Candidly Answers Green Lantern Rumor

michelle-rodriguez(PCM) The rampant change of superheroes gender, sexuality and other high impact alterations to established canon in age old comic books is finally reaching a breaking point. Even actors are taking sides. Good.

This past week actress Michelle Rodriguez broke ranks and gave a candid opinion.

It all started when she was ‘rumored’ to be the next Green Lantern. If you’re unaware, there is a female Green Lantern – Jessica Cruz. In which case Michelle would fit both gender and race! But, the fact that Hollywood would not start the Justice League saga with the logical chronological order of Green Lanterns did strike a nerve with fans on every level.

Enter TMZ. They inquired on the rumor and Rodriguez gave an answer that was also followed by opinion. First she stamped out the rumor – she wasn’t going to be a Green Lantern. “That’s the dumbest thing I ever heard,. I think it’s so stupid because of this whole minorities in Hollywood thing. It’s so stupid. Stop stealing all the white people’s superheroes. Make up your own. What’s up with that?”

This statement has clear meaning, but of course the thought police pounced on any possibility of ambiguity in the statement and branded Michelle a social outcast until she repented and explained herself in way that appeased the falsely offended.

Michelle obliged by thankfully not retracting her statement but instead clarifying in a candid video that appears to be shot from her own bed while shot from a cell phone, selfie style.

If you don’t have time or unable to view the video embedded below, Michelle makes the case that established characters shouldn’t be changed, instead the artistic community should create the diverse characters the loud minority community is asking for.

 

Michelle Rodriguez should be applauded for not just being candid but standing up for the browbeaten majority that knows their belief that established characters and canon don’t need to be changed to fit the wants of a minority of activist opinion.

 

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How The Debate Over The Dress Almost Broke The Internet

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(PCM) Almost every other debate or argument that typically takes place on the internet was put aside as everyone began to weigh-in with their opinions on #Dressgate.

It all started when a Tumblr user posted an image of a dress and asked for the public’s assistance to settle a debate among a few friends about the actual color of the dress. The post read “[G]uys please help me – is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends can’t agree and we are freaking the f*** out”. 

The question sparked up a firestorm of activity and confusion as seemingly people are completely split in the way that they view the dress. Many users agreed that the dress was indeed gold and white, while others saw the complete opposite and viewed the dress in black and blue.

For the record, the dress appeared to me to be gold and white, however it was interesting to note that Vice.com published an image of the Tumblr poster allegedly wearing the dress in question and clearly in that particular photo (posted below) the dress is black and blue. After I viewed the black and blue dress wearing image, I then took a look back at the original picture and only then was I able to pick up a few shades of blue.

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The color of the dress remains a mystery and many experts feel that the reason why some of us see different colors is based upon the way the light is reflected off the image. That is only one reason and it is surprising that a small Tumblr post about a dress has even left many vision and image experts completely and totally baffled.

It even has me freaked out, because now that I am done put together this article, I am now beginning to actually see the dress in blue and black. It is just unreal!

What color do you see what you look at the dress? Did looking at the image of the girl wearing the dress change the color for you at all?

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