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This Video Gives You a Complete Tour of Paris in Just Two Minutes

If you’re dreaming of a trip to Paris but can’t quite make it there now, this video should tide you over. Filmmaker Tyler Fairbank of Light Owl Productions visited the City of Light for two weeks last year and took his camera nearly everywhere with him throughout his stay. The resulting short film, “Bonjour Paris,” may be one of the most artfully made tourist videos of all time.

Shooting most of his video with a handheld camera, with only the occasional use of a tripod, Fairbank got up close to iconic sights like the Mona Lisa, Arc de Triomphe, and Eiffel Tower. Editing his footage together into an incredibly fast-paced hyperlapse, Fairbank packs a lot of beautiful footage into just two minutes. Though much of the video feels like a walking tour of the city—albeit one that moves at a sprint instead of a stroll—some of Fairbank’s shots are truly transcendent: Eerie images of the city’s subterranean catacombs and shots that linger on details of art and architecture, accompanied by a beautifully constructed soundscape, capture the personality of Paris in a way that few tourist videos manage.

[h/t Gizmodo]

Banner Image Credit: Tyler Fairbank, Vimeo

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The Richest Person of All Time From Each State


Looking for inspiration in your quest to become a billionaire? This map from cost information website HowMuch.net, spotted by Digg, highlights the richest person in history who hails from each of the 50 states.

More billionaires live in the U.S. than in any other country, but not every state has produced a member of the Three Comma Club (seven states can only lay claim to millionaires). The map spans U.S. history, with numbers adjusted for inflation. One key finding: The group is overwhelmingly male, with only three women represented.

The richest American by far was John D. Rockefeller, repping New York with $257.25 billion to his name. Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Microsoft's Bill Gates clock in at the third and fifth richest, respectively. While today they both make their homes in the exclusive waterfront city of Medina, Washington, this map is all about birthplace. Since Gates, who is worth $90.54 billion, was born in Seattle, he wins top billing in the Evergreen State, while Albuquerque-born Bezos's $116.57 billion fortune puts New Mexico on the map.

The richest woman is South Carolina's Anita Zucker ($3.83 billion), the CEO of InterTech Group, a private, family-owned chemicals manufacturer based in Charleston. Clocking in at number 50 is the late, great socialite Brooke Astor—who, though a legend of the New York City social scene, was a native of New Hampshire—with $150 million.

[h/t Digg]

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There’s a Ghost Hiding in This Illustration—Can You Find It?
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook

A hidden image illustration by Gergely Dudás, a.k.a. Dudolf
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook

Gergely Dudás is at it again. The Hungarian illustrator, who is known to his fans as “Dudolf,” has spent the past several years delighting the internet with his hidden image illustrations, going back to the time he hid a single panda bear in a sea of snowmen in 2015. In the years since, he has played optical tricks with a variety of other figures, including sheep and Santa Claus and hearts and snails. For his latest brainteaser, which he posted to both his Facebook page and his blog, Dudolf is asking fans to find a pet ghost named Sheet in a field of white bunny rabbits.

As we’ve learned from his past creations, what makes this hidden image difficult to find is that it looks so similar to the objects surrounding it that our brains just sort of group it in as being “the same.” So you’d better concentrate.

If you’ve scanned the landscape again and again and can’t find Sheet to save your life, go ahead and click here to see where he’s hiding.

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