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Our Readers' Best Halloween Costumes

At the beginning of the month, we asked for photos of your best Halloween costumes — the geeky ones, the nerdy ones, the ones of which you're particularly proud. After sifting through all the e-mails, we're proud to present our readers' best Halloween costumes. Enjoy!

(40 photos is a lot for one post, so we've paginated it as a courtesy to those of you with slower internet connections.)

Sheila S. (second from left) and friends, who know that a "group costume is infinitely more fun," spent one Halloween as Odlaw, Wizard Whitebeard, Wenda, Woof, and—of course—Waldo (Wally). "Costumes were complete with accessories (scroll, binoculars, cane, etc.), and Woof even had a personalized dog tag reading 'If found please return to Waldo'."

Amanda M. and her boyfriend dressed up as Jamie and Adam from MythBusters.


Reader Jessica V., at left, knows how to turn lemons into lemonade: "I'm going through chemo right now which means I don't have any hair, so I figured what better time to rock a Borg costume?" We couldn't agree more, Jessica. At right is reader Jen B., who made her great Stargate Jaffa Serpent Guard costume from cardboard.



At left, reader Meg B. as Edward Scissorhands. At right, reader Jason B. as his interpretation of Lady GaGa based on her song "Poker Face."



Two instantly recognizable TV characters: reader Anneke M. as Carmen Sandiego and reader Robert H. as Mr. Rogers. Anneke discovered that her classmates at BYU are quite the geography fans: "I had people screaming they'd "found" me everywhere I went."

Both Kerri (left) and Molly U. (right) invested some serious time into their home-made costumes.

For her Luna Lovegood costume, Kerri made the necklace, earrings, scarf, wand, glasses, and robe.

Molly made her entire Zelda costume from scratch, including the hand-painted tapestry hanging on the front.


Stephanie S. has dressed up as Agent Scully, E.T. (complete with bag of Reese's Pieces), and, breaking away from the alien-theme, Marge Simpson, although she says many people mistook her for Thing 1: "I think the hair is too bright of a blue."



The Rodgers family got creative with cardboard boxes: mom Sara dressed up as the TARDIS, kids Oliver and Landon were the Transformers Starscream and Megatron (that transformed "weakly, but still awesome when they used the right noises!"), and dad Mike was a red LEGO brick.

Landon has also dressed up as Dr. Horrible, "with FREEZE RAY!", as seen below left.

Reader Chris S. and family, above right, dressed as The Riddler, Poison Ivy, and Batgirl this year. All 3 costumes were home made.


Reader Betsy's 12-year-old daughter won't have any trouble trick-or-treating in the dark!



In 1988, "totally nerdy" reader Brian M. went trick-or-treating as Michael Dukakis, accompanied by a blow-up Ronald Reagan.



Shana C. as (a female) Alex from A Clockwork Orange.


Reader Jennifer W. dressed her 2-year-old twin boys in homemade Mario and Luigi costumes, because "Good Nerd Parents Raise Good Nerd Babies."


Robyn's stepson and his father have matching homemade Mario costumes for this year, accompanied by an 8-months-pregnant Robyn as Boo.

Our last Mario-inspired costume: Reader Augustus F. and his grandson teamed up as (big) Mario and (little) Luigi for Halloween this year.


Reader Lilly, at left, spent last Halloween as Firefox; she's repeating the costume this year but "expanding her search engine entourage." Reader Miranda O., at right, dressed as the Prince(ss) from Katamari; she brought along the booklet to explain her costume.



At left: Reader and law student Annie G. dressed as a LOLcat. At right: Reader Venus M. as an awkward turtle.



Tracie S. submitted this photo taken at the Halloween party held at her husband's independent game store; this guest was dressed as the "Nyan Cat."


Kimberly W. is going as SNL's Land Shark skit this year: "I'm the door. And when someone comes near my door I knock on it. They say "Who's there?" If I say "Landshark", I turn around and there's a picture of a landshark on one side, with "Trick or Treat?!" on the sides. If I say "CandyGram", I give them a piece of candy through the mail slot."



The daughters of reader Kathie R., Anna (5) and Liz (9), are trick-or-treating as Darth Vader and Princess Leia tonight, making Kathie one "proud mama right now!"



Continuing the Star Wars theme is Rohr Chamberlain in costumes made by his dad, Alex. This year they're doing Halo armor.



At left is reader Lisa K. as Beaker, holding the "severed head of Bunsen." At right, Lisa is dressed as Bender, accompanied by her boyfriend dressed as Dr. Zoidberg.



On the left: Kyla S., who won her work costume contest with her wedding cake costume. On the right: Jennifer W. (a different reader than the previously mentioned Jennifer W.), who used an Athena costume and a hand-drawn scale to dress as Lady Justice.

The very first photo we received was from Cassidy N., who built a mock-up of the Iron Man arc reactor and then "gave [him]self the hostage treatment from the beginning of the first Iron Man movie."

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Photographer's Amazing Snap of an Osprey Is Holding Two Big Surprises
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As a wildlife photographer, Doc Jon understands the importance of being in the right place at the right time. But it took getting home and really squinting at his own work to realize that he recently captured a “one-in-a-trillion shot” while taking a photo of an osprey in Madeira Beach, Florida. While demonstrating the power of his lens to a fellow beach-goer, Jon pointed his camera at an osprey flying about 400 feet above their heads, and snapped a quick photo.

“I started shooting and my settings were off,” Jon told Fstoppers. “I had no tripod. I was trying to hold it steady, but it was windy out," he said. "I could see the osprey had a fish, but it was far away. It wasn't until I got home, cropped in on it, lightened the shadows, and applied some sharpening that I suddenly saw. ‘Oh my god, that's a shark's tail.’ Then I saw the fish in its mouth and I knew it was going to go viral.”

Jon predicted correctly.

Photos courtesy of Doc Jon via Facebook

Jon’s photo, which has already been shared by thousands of people, features the osprey holding a shark, which is holding a fish—making it sort of like the photographic version of a turducken. News of Jon’s amazing photo spread after he posted it to his Facebook page and a local news station saw it. Since then, he told Fstoppers, he’s been receiving requests for interviews from as far away as Israel and India.

Of course, with all that exposure comes the inevitable question of authenticity. Fortunately, Jon is taking that part in stride.

"The fun part for me is some people are commenting that it's Photoshopped, and obviously, those people don't know the limitations of Photoshop," Jon told Fstoppers. "Then, other people are telling me I should have sold it instead of sharing it online. I'm laughing, because really, it's not a good photo. The photo itself kind of sucks. But it tells a great story and it's getting me a lot of recognition for my other work now."

[h/t: Fstoppers]

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Delightful Photo Series Celebrates Britain’s Municipal Trash Cans
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Not all trash cans are alike. In the UK, few know this better than Harry Trimble, the brains behind #govbins, a photo project that aims to catalog all the trash can designs used by local governments across Britain.

Trimble, a 29-year-old designer based in South London, began the series in 2016, when he noticed the variation in trash can design across the cities he visited in the UK. While most bins are similar sizes and shapes, cities make trash cans their own with unique graphics and unusual colors. He started to photograph the cans he happened to see day-to-day, but the project soon morphed beyond that. Now, he tries to photograph at least one new bin a week.

A bright blue trash can reads ‘Knowsley Council: Recycle for Knowsley.’
Knowsley Village, England

“I got impatient,” Trimble says in an email to Mental Floss. “Now there’s increasingly more little detours and day trips” to track down new bin designs, he says, “which my friends, family and workmates patiently let me drag them on.” He has even pulled over on the road just to capture a new bin he spotted.

So far, he’s found cans that are blue, green, brown, black, gray, maroon, purple, and red. Some are only one color, while others feature lids of a different shade than the body of the can. Some look very modern, with minimalist logos and city website addresses, Trimble describes, “while others look all stately with coats of arms and crests of mythical creatures.”

A black trash can features an 'H' logo.
Hertsmere, England

A blue trash can reads ‘South Ribble Borough Council: Forward with South Ribble.’
South Ribble, England

A green trash can with a crest reads ‘Trafford Council: Food and Garden Waste Only.’
Trafford, Greater Manchester, England

Trimble began putting his images up online in 2017, and recently started an Instagram to show off his finds.

For now, he’s “more than managing” his one-can-a-week goal. See the whole series at govbins.uk.

All images by Harry Trimble

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