When Reddit user bk533 posted a photo of a Free Syrian Army fighter carrying an rocket-propelled grenade and looking like a general badass to the social news site Tuesday, he or she didn’t intend for the soldier to become yet another new meme.
The redditor just wanted “this good looking bastard to get some attention in case he gets killed by an authoritative dictator using chemical weapons in a last ditch effort to hang onto what little semblance of power he has left.”
Despite bk533’s best intentions, the Associated Press photo and the title of the post, “Ridiculously Photogenic Syrian Rebel,” are on their way to meme stardom, thanks to more than 800 comments.
Divers are some of the most graceful athletes at the Olympics. The poise and concentration it takes for them to move their bodies through the air is a sight to see. Not so graceful is the look on the divers’ faces as they achieve these pretzel-like positions. The Canvas imageboard got a hold of one of these photos Tuesday and has since been turning it into a meme.
An attempted plane hijacking in China was foiled by crew and passengers Friday, and the first behind-the-scenes photos of the dramatic events skipped state-controlled media entirely.
Instead, the images spread virally through Sina Weibo, the country’s burgeoning Twitter-like microblogging service.
It began ten minutes after a flight took off from the remote desert city of Hotan in China’s Xinjiang province, a largely ethnic Uighur area. Six people apparently attempted to take control of the plane but were overpowered by passengers and subdued. The aircraft, originally headed towards the provincial capital of Urumqi, was diverted back to Hotan, and the suspects were taken into custody. (cont.)
Pods of dolphins are cute. Schools of fish are pretty. But a herd of devil rays is downright disturbing.
No matter though, as more than 7,000 people have shared a picture of a large herd of Munk’s devil rays swimming off Mexico’s Baja California coast. The picture was posted Wednesday by Ocean Story, a nonprofit organization devoted to educating people about oceans.
Ocean Story explained that the award-winning picture was shot in 2009 in the Sea of Cortez by German photographer Florian Schulz. He was searching for migrating whales but caught this surprisingly large group of rays instead.
“I was able to show how these rays are jumping out of the water,” he said, “and at the same time I’m able to show—almost like an underwater photograph—how there’re layers and layers and layers of rays.”
Many of the multilingual comments, which clock in at 1,700 and growing, remarked how interesting the photo was. A lot of people simply wrote “wow!” and “amazing!”
One commenter wrote what many people are thinking, though: “that’s scary. imagine if you are swimming there and in their way… #death.”
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