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Welcome to highlights of humans exhibiting our quirky, clever and diverse nature.  Each section will help you see humans and our world from a different perspective.

First we’ll start of with some humor as we observe human attempts at logistics.  The slideshow that originated these images is from the Czech Republic, but I couldn’t get any further info.  I wish I could thank the person who assembled these photographs because I’ve seen lots of collections about logistics and this was the best I’ve seen.  Also I can’t thank the person who sent me the link to the slideshow because it’s been waiting in my downloads file for years waiting for me to figure out how to save images off of power point.  🙂

The pictures are often not of great quality because they were taken spur-of-the-moment to capture a moving target.  But look past the quality and I guarantee you will marvel and/or get a chuckle out of at least one of them.

Make sure you notice the pail.

I’m pretty sure those are eggs in his baskets.

Could this be a school bike?   It’s yellow and the kids are in their school uniforms.

Please don’t miss the humor in this. It took me a second look.

Now we’ve got some intriguing statistics, mostly about the US.  I can’t vouch for precise accuracy but choose to believe they are close enough to help us think of things in a new and different way.

The Empire State building has its own zip code.

Kansas produces enough wheat each year to feed everyone in the world for about two weeks.

The entire Denver International Airport is twice the size of Manhattan.

The number of bourbon barrels in Kentucky outnumbers the state’s population by more than two million.

There’s a town in Washington with treetop bridges made specifically to help squirrels cross the street

The total length of Idaho’s ‘s rivers could stretch across the United States about 40 times.


It would take more than 400 years to spend a night in all of Las Vegas”s hotel rooms.

Only one-third of all $100 bills are actually inside the United States. Many are under mattresses all over the world because of money laundering.

In 1922, a man built a house and all his furniture entirely out of 100,000 newspapers. The structure still stands today in Rockport, Massachusetts.

South Florida is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles coexist in the wild.

The Library of Congress contains approximately 838 miles of bookshelves—long enough to stretch from Houston to Chicago.

The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office has its own quirky gift shop called Skeletons in the Closet.

There is enough water in Lake Superior to cover all of North and South America in one foot of liquid.

In 1872, Russia sold Alaska to the Unites States for about 2 cents per acre.

There is enough concrete in the Hoover Dam to build a two-lane highway from San Francisco to New York City.

There is an island full of wild monkeys off the coast of South Carolina called Morgan Island, and it’s not open to humans.

“The World in Faces” is the remarkable project of Australia-based photographer Alexander Khimushin.  By photographing people of different nationalities and disappearing ethnic minorities in traditional clothing, his goal is to document the cultures that remain.  “I often take portraits of elderly people that are the last native speakers of their indigenous language or the last ones who make and wear traditional clothing. Many of the more than 10,000 ethnic groups currently living on this planet might not be around in a decade or two.”

I have found selecting favorites among his images to be nearly impossible.  If you are so inclined, I encourage you to look at more of them on his website,

Daasanach tribe girl in Ethiopia wearing an animal fur top and a package on her head.

a Wakhi woman of the Wakhan Corridor in northeastern Afghanistan.

Little Ixil, a Mayan girl in Guatemala is seen in full Mayan clothing.

An elderly Nyangatom tribe woman.  When girls from this tribe are born they receive a necklace from their father.  It is added to throughout their lives.

 

A Samoan boy from the Savaii Island wears a palm frond as a coat.

Afar woman. Afar region, North East Ethiopia

Bodi Tribe boy, Omo wareda, Ethiopia

Buryat young woman. Siberia

Djiboutian girl, Africa.

Kyrgyz Man, Sary Tash, Kyrgyzstan

Ladakhi woman, India

Meitei elder is getting ready to perform Jagoi in North-east Indian state of Manipur.

Chukchi girl. Siberia

Ladakhi young monk, Diskit Monastery, Ladakh, India.

Afghan girl in Wakhan Valley, Afghanistan

Evenki reindeer herder, Siberia.

Hamar Tribe woman Hamer Woreda, South West Ethiopia

Sakha Girl, Sakha Republic, Siberia

Tsemay Tribe girl. Key Afer, Ethiopia

Karo Tribe Woman

Tibetian man near Pangong Lake

Xhosa woman. Mgxotyeni, South Africa

Old Believer Russian woman, Tarbagatay, Buryatia, Siberia, Russia

Wakhi girl, Wakhan Valley, Afghanistan

Wakhi woman, Wakhan Valley, Afghanistan

 

Thanks to:  Jen, Anita, Wim

 

 

 

 

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21 thoughts on “Humans: Quirky, Clever and Diverse

  1. Incredible pictures as always. Thank you for collecting them and sharing them with the world at large, making it smaller by doing so.

  2. These pictures are works of art. The old and the young, our past and our future. We are all individuals who make up this incredible world. I have found some new places to travel to.

  3. Thank you so very much to all of you people involved, from the bottom of my heart. Great pictures!!

  4. Magnifica manera de conozcamos y queramos más a otros integrantes de la humanidad.
    Felicitaciones y gracias!

  5. I watch your pictures with utmost enthusiasm – each time is a new experience! I do thank you SO much for your work putting this together. I must say, this time I enjoyed both sections, but the “World in Faces” left me hoping for more – and more.

  6. Ah, once again Dusky, you have given us such food for thought and images that strike my heart with their authenticity and beauty. Thank you for this gift in the time of wild fires that are heartbreakingly scary. Art and life can be uplifting even in crisis. Hugs to you. Paula

  7. (Acts 10:34, 35) At this Peter began to speak, and he said: “Now I truly understand that God is not partial, but in every nation the man who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. — NWT Bible

  8. How little we know of the diversity of man (and woman)!!! I loved them all and would love to learn how to carry that many plates!

  9. I echo each and every response I just read. Your work is both beautiful and eye-opening. Thank you.

  10. As I echo the many adjectives and accolades of this wonderful photographic work; please let me add resourceful, limited only by a human imagination. I saw compassion demonstrated by those who carried or gave their animals of service a ride; a love of family by those devising methods of transport to include “the whole gang” together. Asian families delighted me, by seeing multi-generational family groups visit our National Parks.

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