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Niche Blogs: Found Photos Edition

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When I posted A Sampling of Niche Blogs last month, people responded positively and said they liked finding new blogs on very specific subjects. Well, there is no lack of variety on the internet, so here are some more niche blogs you might enjoy that feature found photographs.

We love our homes, and we love to look at and sometimes laugh at other people's homes. Lovely Listing (pictured) has photos of odd finds in real estate listings. Ugly House Photos not only specializes in ugly house pictures, but they are limited to the Phoenix area. On the other hand, making your home into something special is quite popular. Retro Renovation will help you restore your home to fit right into the past. Save the Pink Bathrooms! is an even more focused offshoot.
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In the home category, but deserving of its own photo here is There, I Fixed It. This blog documents those occasions where people use their own wits (or lack of) and whatever is lying around instead of getting professional help with their homes, vehicles, and other possessions.

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As people create things and show them off on the internet, they open themselves up for criticism and sometimes downright ridicule, because not everything is a work of art. Crappy Taxidermy and WTF Taxidermy (pictured) both collect examples of poor workmanship, bad planning, or just plain bad taste in the field of wildlife preservation. Regretsy is all about handcrafted items sold in Etsy stores, at least the ones that can be made fun of. The blog Ugliest Tattoos ("The Gallery of Regrets") has no shortage of material. Poorly chosen or rendered tattoos are doubly funny when you consider how long they will last. Some tattoos are NSFW.
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Found photos of people are a rich source of content. Be careful what you upload, as your picture may eventually turn up on Hot Chicks with Douchebags. A trend in Facebook and MySpace photos led to the blog Stop Making That Duckface! (pictured). People Talking on Bananas has more user-generated than found photos, but pictures of someone talking on banana is a pretty darn specific subject!
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Pale is the New Tan is a blog dedicated to fake tans. It's not just pictures; you get information and opinions, too. The current hottest blog featuring found photos of people is Awkward Family Photos (pictured). Then there's My Parents Were Awesome, a user-generated picture blog that is an antidote to blogs that make fun of people.
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Several photo blogs focus on pictures in which someone steps in and ruins the shot, which is called "photobombing."  Three to check out are Random Creepy Guy, This is Photobomb (pictured), and Photo Bombers. All welcome submissions.
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Disapproving Rabbits features pictures (and an occasional video) of rabbits looking down their noses at something (which is what rabbits do), along with their disapproving thoughts.
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Faces in Places (pictured) features everyday objects and scenes that resembles faces in the human mind. Face Ahoy is another blog specializing in pareidolia, the tendency to see faces and other familiar shapes in places where they aren't intended. Snowflake Fail chronicles the many examples of snowflakes found that violate the rules of how snowflakes are made (as in they don't have eight sides). Image by Flickr user Martin Ujlaki.
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The ways people abuse the English language is a rich source of blogging material, no matter how specific you want to get. Apostrophe Abuse and Apostrophe Catastrophes both document signs, headlines, and other instances of the misuse of one particular punctuation mark. The "blog" of "unnecessary" quotation marks does the same for quotes. Lower Case L (pictured) takes a look at the curious tendency to leave an "L" in lower case when the rest of the letters are capitalized. It happens more than you might think! GrammarBlog has a somewhat broader format with example of all of the above, plus the misuse of words such as "your" and "you're".
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A post on oddly specific blogs featuring found photos would not be complete without mentioning Oddly Specific, a blog dedicated to signs that could only be useful in oddly specific situations.

Do you think those are enough niche blogs to hold you for a while? This post barely scratches the surface of the list of niche blogs in my files -I haven't even started on the food blogs! Be watching for another installment soon, and keep those suggestions coming in.

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India Now Has a Private Ambulance Service Just for Cows
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In India, where the majority of residents are Hindu, the cow is sacred. Just how sacred? So sacred that one state recently launched a private ambulance service for injured cattle.

According to The Guardian, the ambulance service in Uttar Pradesh was launched by Keshav Prasad, the state’s deputy chief minister. While it has the support of the government, it’s not a state-funded enterprise. It’s paid for by an NGO called the Gau Vansh Raksha trust, which operates several gaushalas, or animal shelters specifically aimed at housing old and unwanted cows to protect them from slaughter. (The Indian government also runs its own gaushalas, paying for the cows’ upkeep through state funds.)

The trust launched five ambulances in May 2017, and received hundreds of calls within the first week of operation. The ambulances are equipped with sirens and basic surgery supplies and are run by volunteers.

Though India has a secular government, more than a dozen Indian states have banned the slaughter of cattle out of deference to the Hindu majority. The laws are controversial for the country's beef-eating Christian and Muslim populations (who also make up the bulk of the country's large cattle-export industry), however. The same month the service launched, the Indian government instituted a full ban on selling cows for slaughter. The ban is currently on hold while India’s Supreme Court rules on whether or not it is constitutional.

[h/t The Guardian]

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6 Niche Blogs You Should Read
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We know you have a few blogs you go to every day for general information, news, and entertainment, and we’re glad that mental_floss is one of them. But every once in a while, you want to branch out to something new and different, something really crazy and good for a laugh. These single-subject blogs with a very narrow focus just might be what you’re looking for.

1. DEPRESSING FRIDGE POEMS

Rusty Epstein has a set of refrigerator word magnets, and he’s not afraid to use them. His word combinations are not the cheery, uplifting phrases your mom puts up for everyone to see; they are Depressing Fridge Poems. They are so sad, they will most likely make you laugh, at least a little. Then you’ll feel bad about laughing.

2. THE SETUP WIZARD

Here’s a blog that tech workers and Harry Potter fans alike will enjoy. The Setup Wizard puts those workers in the world of Harry Potter by giving us a first-person account of a Muggle IT guy named Jonathan Dart who works at Hogwarts. "It took them until 2016," he writes, "but both students and staff alike have finally caved and demanded that their cell phones work on school grounds, and with that request they had to find a 'muggle' (a term I’m quickly learning to detest) to install wifi and maintain any technology that functions on school grounds." He rolls his eyes at the students and professors who think a little magic will make everything all right, when the magic actually tends to make things worse. You can read the saga so far in chronological order, and then keep up with new entries in blog order.

3. EATS LIKE A DUCK

There’s been a lot of food featured on The Simpsons in its more than two decades on the air. Eats Like a Duck features those foods one at a time, with references to the episode a particular food appeared in and recipes that will allow a reader to make it. For example, in the episode “Homerpalooza” (season 7), Homer tries to sneak homemade Kahlua into a concert. (It's not the best idea—as the blogger behind Eats Like a Duck notes, "The stifling heat of an outdoor concert just doesn’t really pair well with the sweet coffee flavor of Kahlua, homemade or store bought.") Other recipes on the site include Bart’s Grilled Twizzlers, A Cool Glass of Turnip Juice, Blandoori, Clove Tom Collins Pie, and, of course, The Flaming Homer.

4. BOWIEBRANCHIA

Nudibranchs are ocean mollusks that come in a huge variety of shapes and colors. David Bowie was a music and art icon who, over the course of his career, flaunted a lot of colorful and creative looks. The Tumblr blog Bowiebranchia matches Bowie’s looks with a nudibranch.

5. HIERONYMUS BOSCH WORK MEMES

Do you ever feel that being at work is like one of the gory, torturous details in a Hieronymus Bosch painting? You know, like The Garden of Earthly Delights? The blog Hieronymus Bosch Work Memes knows that feeling, and will come up with an image macro that puts those feelings into words. (Note: Some images may be NSFW.) You’ll find an archive of older posts at the blog’s previous address.

6. HRH MARVIN, #THEROYALHAMSTER

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, have a hamster named Marvin. That inspired Christine Frazier to imagine Marvin leading the wonderful life of a royal hamster. She posts her illustrations at her new blog called HRH Marvin, #TheRoyalHamster. It contains pictures of the royal family in the news, and then Frazier's drawings of Marvin living out that image with a little narration, often wearing the same fashions as in the news image. Above, you see Marvin playing polo in the style of the Princes William and Harry, although you will more often see him in Kate Middleton’s newsworthy fashions.

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