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I'm fascinated by vintage photos, occasionally buying a few and wondering at the stories behind them. Growing up in southwest Florida I frequented a variety of thrift shops, each of which contained piles of old family photos and Super-8 movies, often with tantalizing words written on the reels: BAHAMAS, ALASKA, WATERFALL, and so on.

Enter Square America, "a gallery of vintage snapshots & vernacular photography." The site is an online museum of photographs from the first three-quarters of the twentieth century, collected from flea markets and eBay. I bet the curator would enjoy the junk shop down the street from me with several filing cabinets crammed full of old photos, labeled: Instant Friends & Family; Instant Vacation; Instant Childhood.

Square American has a bunch of exhibits up, including The Menagerie, Catch of the Day, and the eponymous Square America. Here are some photos from that last one, which features square-negative photos:

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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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