A powerful picture can speak volumes, which is why they say that a good one is worth 1,000 words. And nowhere is that more relevant than when looking at before and after pictures. For example, looking at this man and his dozens and dozens of tattoos, you would think that the "after" was actually a shot taken post-tattoo removal — but you would be wrong. The cleaner appearance is actually the result of amazing tattoo cover-up makeup. He looks like a completely different person!
Almost two generations have passed since the first "Star Wars" film was released in cinemas, and over the last almost 40 years, no less than six feature length movies have graced the silver screen. Here we have a young Luke (Mark Hamill) and Leia (Carrie Fisher) in 1977 and then again in 2015. Sure, they look a little bit older, but they also look a little bit wiser and still brought that excitement to the big screen.
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When this bust of soccer icon Cristiano Ronaldo was first unveiled at the airport in Madeira, it became almost as widely known as the Real Madrid forward himself — and not for a good reason. People were laughing at how dissimilar it appeared to the actual athlete. Sculptor Emanuel Jorge da Silva Santos was devastated, but was given a chance to make amends a year later with a new bust. I would say that the second time around was a success.
Never doubt the power of makeup, especially when it can turn a woman like Linda Blair into one of the creepiest people on the planet. She was just a girl when she starred in "The Exorcist," and wasn't too upset by the adult material that was dealt with on screen. "I was a child first and foremost so when I first read the novel before auditioning, I saw it more from the perspective of a kid- how were they going to do these things? How was the bed going to levitate? That kind of stuff," she said. "I didn’t really think about the religious aspects of the story because it was beyond me at that time."
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Do you remember the first picture that was ever taken of you? Probably not, because most of the time it's a sonogram or ultrasound shot of the baby still in the womb. It's kind of hard to really get a good look at what's going on in there, and let's be honest, most of the time it kind of looks like a smushed little alien. But once this baby came out, there was NO doubt that they weren't switched in the hospital. This one is totally spot-on!
Have you heard of the "Draw This" Challenge? It's a meme challenge that invites artists to re-draw their old artwork and present them side-by-side for comparison, showcasing their dramatic progress. In this particular case, an artist who goes only by "Miles" took a self-portrait that he sketched at age 13 and redid it as a 23-year-old man. While it was clear he had talent as a teen, it's amazing what he did as an adult.
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We've all heard about caterpillars going into their cocoons and emerging as beautiful butterflies. Here's the science: It's controlled by hormones synthesized by endocrine glands near the front of the body. Neurosecretory cells in an insect's brain secrete a hormone, the prothoracicotropic hormone, that activates prothoracic glands, which secrete a second hormone, usually ecdysone, that induces ecdysis — the shedding of old skin. That all sounds very confusing, but nature knows what it's doing and gives us a beautiful transformation.
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Pets bring us joy and happiness every single day — even when they wake us up at the crack of dawn to play. They help us get through the bad days, and are happy to be there for the good. At the same time, many fantastic and kind humans have rescued dogs and changed their lives. One look at this happy pup's face and you know he's forever grateful that he was taken off the mean streets and given a loving forever home!
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You see that first drawing of an eye? It was done 13 years ago by a teenage artist, and it's a pretty good effort. But you see that second picture that looks like a photograph? Nope, not a photo. That is an actual drawing done using hyperrealism, a genre of painting and sculpture resembling a high-resolution photograph. If you ask me, I would have never been able to tell that it was a drawing. Amazing!
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Lucille Ball was a comedy icon, so it was only fitting that she got a statue placed in New York City. But there was a problem — as you can probably tell from the first picture. It wasn't exactly, well, that great. In fact, it was called a "nightmare." Thankfully they got a new sculptor, Carolyn Palmer, and revealed the replacement life-size statue of the beloved "I Love Lucy" star during a ceremony on what would have been her 105th birthday.
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Being in the military is one of the scariest, most important jobs that any man or woman can enlist in to do. And to say that it's stressful would be like saying there's a drop of water in the ocean. That's where a support animal like this adorable puppy can come in. He was rescued by this soldier and was able to come home with him after his stay, but it's debatable about who really rescued who.
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William Kyle Carpenter intentionally covered a grenade to save the life of his friend, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio, on Nov. 21, 2010, as the two Marines were standing guard on a rooftop in Afghanistan's Helmand province. Both men survived the blast but were badly wounded. Carpenter lost his right eye and most of his teeth. His jaw was shattered and his arm was broken in dozens of places. But thanks to some amazing surgeries, a couple of years later he looks amazingly different and remains as brave and honorable as ever.
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At first glance you see a man standing in the middle of a lake, but then suddenly the lake seems to just disappear, leaving nothing but the bare earth underneath his feet. Is it magic? Nope, a drought that plagued California for years. California's six-year drought had reached unprecedented levels by the Spring of 2015, with more than 30 percent of California experiencing exceptional drought. Ready to to that rain dance?
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What do you do when you have an abundance of wood and a passion for "Lord Of The Rings?" You make a Gandalf pipe out of that wood and share your designs with the world. Gandalf might have been a wizard, member of the Istari order, as well as leader of the Fellowship of the Ring and the army of the West, but now he's also a pretty cool piece of art.
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Alpacas are kind of amazing and often raised for their soft and luxurious fleece. Each shearing produces roughly five to ten pounds of fleece per animal, per year. This fleece, often compared to cashmere, can be turned into a wide array of products from yarn and apparel to tapestries and blankets. If you've ever felt it before, you know that it's worth every penny — even if they look a little goofy after it's done!