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22 Fantastic Vintage Photos of People Taking Naps

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Sometimes, you just need a nap—no matter where you are.

1860: That can't be comfortable.

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1857: Napping while fishing has always been a relaxing pastime.

1888: Is that a beard, or the fur on his animal skin sleeping bag?

1890: This gives mattresses as hard as concrete a whole new meaning.

1894: Clearly, that book just wasn't very interesting.

1894: Well, at least the dog is posing.

1896: Short people got no reason to ask for extra-long beds, but Randy Newman will never write a song about that.

1900: This little girl knew that if you can't nap on a dog, you'd better take the next best thing—your family's wolfskin rug.

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1901: This horse is ready to go. His owner, a soldier in the Boer War...not so much.

1901: How can they sleep when there are kittens on the couch?

1904: Being a card shark is hard work.

1907: This chaperone is not very good at her job.


1908: Italian drivers sleeping in their carts in Rome.


1924: Baseball was the Justin Bieber of the 1920s—at least for these Giants and Senators fans, who got in line the night before Game 1 of the World Series to get tickets.


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1930s: Long before mariachi bands and hip-hop dancers took over, the Sixth Avenue subway was a great place to close your eyes.


1937: If there's a better place to take a nap than on the assembly line of auto seats in a Flint, Michigan-based body plant, I don't know what it is.


1938: Sleeping with the fishes at the fish market in Baltimore, Maryland.


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1940s: During the London Blitz, every available surface was used for sleeping—even the escalators.


1940: Tomorrow, this steamfitter—who just drove a great distance for work—will go look for a place after he's put in a full day. So get that flashbulb out of his face, photographer!


1943: Gloucester, Massachusetts fishermen pass out on the deck.


1943: This soldier hopped in the luggage rack on a Greyhound Bus to catch some Zs.


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1950: This Parisian man is filled with enough ennui that he must close his eyes and nap.

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Can You Spot the Python Hiding in the Photo?
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A homeowner in Cooroy, Queensland, Australia came home to find a rather frightening surprise in his garage: what appeared to be a large snake was actually a pair of breeding pythons. Fortunately, the eagle-eyed experts at Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers, a professional reptile relocation service, noticed that there was a second snake and snapped this photo after removing the first one. Would you have been able to spot the second slithery guy? Take a look at the photo above and see.

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Lazy Cyclists Help Make These Massive Bike Graveyards in China
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When bike share programs go right, they can make life easier for commuters while reducing a city’s impact on the environment at the same time. When they don't go exactly as planned, they can create sprawling bicycle graveyards like the one seen in these photos.

The eerie scenes, recently spotlighted by WIRED, can be found throughout the city of Hangzhou, China. Like many large cities, Hangzhou is home to an official bike share program. But there are also private bike share companies that give cyclists the option to pick up a bike and leave it wherever they please rather than return it to an official docking station. The result is thousands of bikes scattered around the city like junk.

In response to complaints, the city of Hangzhou has begun collecting these abandoned bikes and storing them in lots. These aerial images are a good indication of the sheer number of bikers the city has—and they also have a creepy, post-apocalyptic vibe. Check out the photos below.

Bike graveyard in China.
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Bike graveyard in China.
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Bike graveyard in China.
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[h/t WIRED]

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