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Talking Pictures: Glamor Shots

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After last week's Talking Pictures post, featuring plagues of locusts and lightning-struck horses, and the previous week's, all about death, I figured it was time to lighten things up a bit. So I dug through the archives to find all my favorite shots of sassy broads and glamor girls (and guys) vogue-ing for the camera -- and, since this is Talking Pictures, writing notes about how hot they are. Think of these as the Facebook profile pictures of days gone by, complete with tags and captions!

Let's start with one of my favorites, the sassiest broad ever.

I get the feeling a lot of these were sent to boyfriends or girlfriends. Some are quite beautiful, even apart from their subject:

The guys, on the other hand, seem incapable of taking these pictures seriously.

Plastic shoes and pinstripes -- what a stinker!

Esther, courtesy Angelica Paez:

Peggy Ruth was feeling purtty good that day.

I like to imagine that this is the guy:

But not every guy who went around snapping pictures of girls was so kind about them ...

There are lots of these glamor shots gone wrong, but the ones I love all have nasty things written on them.

If someone tagged Facebook photos this way, it would be considered cyberbullying.

Here is Rosemarie
fat huh
May 3-59

I'm not sure exactly what this next one means -- he's bowlegged? -- but it doesn't sound flattering.

You know who this is, they are so ugly the picture wouldn't take
They were sitting on the stairs like they didn't belong to anyone so I made them feel good.

Sometimes you don't even need words to make fun of a person's photo:

Then there are the people who just want to make you laugh ...

... and people who would rather not be in the picture at all.

Thanks to Dave for this one, easily my favorite. Look closely and you can see Pearl's initials sewn into the flap of her jacket.

More Talking Pictures:

Times of Trouble
Haunting Pictures of the Dead
Love and Marriage
Hide This Please
Life During Wartime


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Opening Ceremony
These $425 Jeans Can Turn Into Jorts
May 19, 2017
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Modular clothing used to consist of something simple, like a reversible jacket. Today, it’s a $425 pair of detachable jeans.

Apparel retailer Opening Ceremony recently debuted a pair of “2 in 1 Y/Project” trousers that look fairly peculiar. The legs are held to the crotch by a pair of loops, creating a disjointed C-3PO effect. Undo the loops and you can now remove the legs entirely, leaving a pair of jean shorts in their wake. The result goes from this:


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To this:


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The company also offers a slightly different cut with button tabs in black for $460. If these aren’t audacious enough for you, the Y/Project line includes jumpsuits with removable legs and garter-equipped jeans.

[h/t Mashable]

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This First-Grade Math Problem Is Stumping the Internet
May 17, 2017
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If you’ve ever fantasized about how much easier life would be if you could go back to elementary school, this math problem may give you second thoughts. The question first appeared on a web forum, Mashable reports, and after recently resurfacing, it’s been perplexing adults across social media.

According to the original poster AlmondShell, the bonus question was given to primary one, or first grade students, in Singapore. It instructs readers to “study the number pattern” and “fill in the missing numbers.” The puzzle, which comprises five numbers and four empty circles waiting to be filled in, comes with no further explanation.

Some forum members commented with their best guesses, while others expressed disbelief that this was a question on a kid’s exam. Commenter karrotguy illustrates one possible answer: Instead of looking for complex math equations, they saw that the figure in the middle circle (three) equals the amount of double-digit numbers in the surrounding quadrants (18, 10, 12). They filled out the puzzle accordingly.

A similar problem can be found on the blog of math enthusiast G.R. Burgin. His solution, which uses simple algebra, gets a little more complicated.

The math tests given to 6- and 7-year-olds in other parts of the world aren’t much easier. If your brain isn’t too worn out after the last one, check out this maddening problem involving trains assigned to students in the UK.

[h/t Mashable]