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Norm Diamond, Daylight Books
Norm Diamond, Daylight Books

Photographer Explores the Quirky Scenes From Estate Sales

Norm Diamond, Daylight Books
Norm Diamond, Daylight Books

Estate sales are an interesting slice of American culture. They let you enter a home and leave with anything that's not bolted down—for the right price.

Photographer Norm Diamond is interested in the unusual nature of estate sales and has traveled all over the country visiting them and documenting his journey. His travels have shown him a whole array of knick-knacks and belongings that give some clues about the people who used to own them. The photographs are often humorous or sad, always touching on something very human and intimate.

You can find these photos in Diamond's new book published by Daylight Books, What Is Left Behind: Stories From Estate Sales. The book, which is currently available for pre-order, comes out May 16.

Tape Measure
Tape Measure

Empty Frame
Empty Frame

Cowboy Songs
Cowboy Songs

Everything Must Go
Everything Must Go

LBJ With Fishhooks
Everything Must Go

Man of the House
Man of the House

Marilyn Puzzle
Marilyn Puzzle

Off Limits
Off Limits

Playboy Collection
Playboy Collection

Sewing Table
Sewing Table

Stetsons and Old Spice
Stetsons and Old Spice

Thousands Pay Homage
Thousands Pay Homage

All images by Norm Diamond, courtesy of Daylight Books.

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It's So Cold In One Part of Russia That People's Eyelashes Are Freezing
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Henrik Djärv, Flickr // CC BY-NC 2.0

Oymyakon, a rural village in the eastern Russian region of Yakutia, is one of the coldest inhabited spots in the world. While some schools in the U.S. cancel classes as temperatures approach zero, schools in Oymyakon remain open in -40°F weather. But recently temperatures in the region have dropped too low even for seasoned locals to handle. As AP reports, the chill, which hit -88.6°F on January 16, is cold enough to break thermometers and freeze eyelashes.

Photos shared by residents on social media show the mercury in thermometers hovering at -70°F, the lowest temperature some are built to measure. When thermometers fail, people in Oymyakon have other ways of gauging the cold. Their uncovered eyelashes can freeze upon stepping outside. Hot water tossed in the air will also turn to snow before hitting the ground.

To Oymyakon's 500-odd citizens, the most recent cold snap is nothing out of the ordinary. Temperatures are perpetually below freezing there from late October to mid-May, and average temperatures for the winter months frequently reach −58 °F. On Tuesday, residents were advised to stay inside and stay as warm as possible. Of course, that directive wasn't enough to stop some adventurous locals from sneaking outside for selfies.

[h/t AP]

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Even in Real Time, the Northern Lights Look Like a Beautiful Timelapse Video
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Nothing compares to seeing the Northern Lights in person, but this video shared by The Kid Should See This is a pretty decent substitute. Though it may look like a timelapse, the footage hasn’t been altered or sped up at all. The undulating green lights you see below are what the aurora borealis looks like in real time.

Astro-photographer Kwon O Chul captured the footage of the meteorological phenomenon in Canada’s Northwest Territories in March 2013. The setting, the Aurora Village in Yellowknife, is a popular destination for tourists coming to see the Northern Lights up close. In the video, you can see how the camp’s glowing teepees complement the colorful ribbon of lights above.

Even if you plan your Northern Lights sightseeing trip perfectly, it’s impossible to guarantee that you’ll get a clear view of the aurora borealis on any given night, since factors like solar activity and weather conditions affect the light show’s visibility. But if you want to know what to expect when the lights are at their peak, take a look at the clip below.

You can check out more of Kwon O Chul's photography on Facebook.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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