Apparently, there’s a whole subculture of men in the Congo who wear designer suits and luxury items, even if they don’t have the money to eat. They’re called sapeurs, and they have some weird, strict rules about what you can wear and what you can’t, and how to manage a cigar (it must be lit even if not smoked). The example photos on this page come from a book about them (shown at left). Pretty fascinating stuff!
Here are some gorgeous, higher resolution vintage photographs of people segregated by gender: navy men on a ship, newsboys, girls in a kitchen. Wonderful levels of detail here to those of us who love history.
Here’s a gorgeous Life photo gallery devoted to the vanishing tribes of Ethiopia, including some stunning photos of a woman wearing a clay lip plate designed to stretch her bottom lip way, way out. Before you comment on how weird this is, ponder if you will breast augmentation surgery and liposuction, which are both more invasive than a lip plate.
If you’re still desperate for a Christmas present it’s almost certainly unfortunately too late to get ahold of these cute, odd little felt mice dressed like the Beatles, Darwin, Edward Cullen from Twilight, Boba Fett, Darth Mouse (shown at right) or Frida Kahlo. But there’s always next year.
Meanwhile, what would happen if you took classic or "important" books and remade the covers to make them sell better? Like putting a scantily-clad French maid on the cover of Atwood’s "The Handmaid’s Tale"? Answer: You laugh a lot.
And finally, this is for all the people who don’t get out much: the infamous upstaging squirrel photo. If you haven’t seen it, check it out.