Literal Metaphor Stock Photos

A picture can say a thousand words, but stock photographers may have interpreted these metaphors too literally.

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Police in the Maldives took a coconut into custody for its possible role in vote rigging and black magic.

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The new season of Dancing With The Stars will feature beloved scientist Bill Nye trading in his lab coat for something a little jazzier (though hopefully the bow ties get to stay). He agreed to appear on the show as an ambassador for space exploration, and wants to remind you that Buzz Aldrin did it first.

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Tupac isn’t dead—at least, not on Broadway. A musical based on the late great rapper’s life, entitled Holler If Ya Hear Me, is headed to the stage.

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Images from Mars often tend toward dull, formless landscapes, but this striking picture of the red planet’s south pole bucks the trend.

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These last words of the famous and infamous have been eloquent, witty, defiant, tragic, and every shade in between, but they were all certainly memorable.

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Here’s what flowers look like, mid-explosion.

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In 1964, author Isaac Asimov speculated on what the world would be like 50 years later, in 2014. He wasn't too far off.

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The 100 Greatest YouTube Videos of All Time, Ranked
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The 100 Greatest YouTube Videos of All Time, Ranked. Watching them all will keep you too busy to argue about the ranking.

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Why Are There No Mosquitoes at Disney World? A lot of hard work goes into making sure you don't have to think about them.

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Wollemi Pines Are Dinosaur Trees. After flourishing for 100 million years, they had to be rescued from extinction in the 1990s.

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Why the Finns Don't Want to be Happy. Despite the highest quality of life in the world, they aren't going to press their luck.

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The Heyday of Penny Restaurants. The food wasn't free, because that would rob the transaction of its dignity.

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Forget the World Cup, Let’s Play Motor-Ball! Soccer played on motorcycles was exciting, but not at all safe.

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The Ultimate Guide To Buying, Wearing, And Caring For Jeans. They never go out of style, because they come in so many styles.

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10 Star-Studded Facts About the Hollywood Sign. It's been there, off and on, since 1923.

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How Raiders of the Lost Ark Continues to Influence Pop Culture
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How Raiders of the Lost Ark Continues to Influence Pop Culture. When creating heroic tales, filmmakers still ask, "What would Indiana Jones do?"

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The Unexplained Dancing Plague and Other Epidemics of Yore. The power of suggestion is still the most logical explanation.

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Reanimation! Science Stories About Frankenstein. This seven-part video series features conversations with scientists on Mary Shelley's book and the issues it addresses.

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George Lucas's Plan for Star Wars 7 through 9, Starring Mid-Chlorians. No matter how much you dislike any of the new Star Wars films, you can tell yourself it could have been so much worse.

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The Recipes of Cleopatra. Her elixirs were well-regarded in the fields of cosmetics, gynecology, and alchemy.

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The Iroquois Theater Disaster. More than 600 people died in the stampede and conflagration, which led to new safety standards.

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The Secret to Loving Your Life. The first step is giving up on the notion that you are in control.

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10 TV Characters Who Were Inspired By Real People. Not all of them were happy about it.

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