Photography: Glamorous Freaks From the 1800s

Photographer Charles Eisenmann began photographing portraits of show people from dime museums in the 1870s. While photographing “ordinary” people in the basic conventional form, Eisenmann continued working on his archive of “freaks” throughout the 1870s and 80s, which he sold in the cabinet style as collectables.
Clothed in stand collar uniforms and bustle dresses from the Victorian Era, each portrait is carefully directed to enhance the visual wonders of the models’ distinct physique. View the full gallery and info at Naruyama Gallery

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Where two rivers meet

The confluence of the rivers Czâlin (clean water) and Yangtze River (brown waters) in Chongqing, China.

In geography, a confluence is the meeting of two or more bodies of water. It refers either to the point where a tributary joins a larger river, called the main stem, or where two streams meet to become the source of a river of a new name. The confluences in the photos below create dramatic visual contrasts.
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The Money Shredding Alarm Clock

Have a hard time waking up in the morning? Try this alarm clock, which begins shredding a dollar bill (or your choice of  banknote) from the time the alarm goes off.
Be careful, though – Mashable reminds us that willfully destroying American currency is a federal offense.
The clock is probably a design concept and it’s been doing the rounds in various tech blogs this past week with no mention of who made it.