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The best Windows login “spotlight” pictures (and of course, a description of what it’s a picture of).

Windows Spotlight is an option for the lock screen background that displays different background images on the lock screen. The Windows Spotlight displays a new image on the lock screen each day. The initial background image is included during installation. Additional images are downloaded on ongoing basis. Here are my favorite pics to date.

15 photos that will shatter your heart and scar your soul forever (WARNING: devastatingly heartbreaking content)

The collection of emotional photos below are devastatingly heartbreaking for various reasons. Some portray horrifyingly sad human situations while some capture the distressing brutality of mankind. In some the story behind the photo reveals a poignant situation that may not be immediately recognized from the photo alone. In all, the photograph will be permanently etched into your mind becoming a part of your soul forever.
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Oldest known photograph of a human being dates back to 1838

The black and white photograph depicting an early 19th century scene was taken by Louis Daguerre in 1838 on the streets of Paris, France. With a seven minute exposure time, two stationary humans were captured on camera, making it the oldest known photograph containing actual images of people. Oddly, there were likely many other people (and horses, carriages, etc.) in the photograph but they were moving too quickly to register on the plate.
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National Archives photo mystery solved – newly-discovered 150-year-old photos depict Lincoln funeral procession

Experts at the National Archives say it’s long been a mystery – what the photograph depicts, why it was photographed, and where it was shot. But a retired government accountant from Maryland, Paul Taylor, believes the scene was shot on Broadway, outside New York’s historic Grace Church, and that it was shot on Tuesday, April 25, 1864 – 11 days after Abraham Lincoln was assassinated inside Ford’s Theatre in Washington. According to Taylor, the crowd in the picture is waiting on a horse-drawn hearse in order to pay homage to the death of the late President during a 11-stop funeral procession that made its way around the country. If Taylor is correct, a long-standing mystery has been solved while providing another piece of rare historical documentation of the event.

Rare photographs of unusual animals before they became extinct

When we think of extinct animals, species which are no longer living, we tend to envision dinosaurs, woolly mammoths, and saber tooth tigers. What you may not know is that several species, some quite unusual, have only recently been wiped out. In fact, some extinct animals ceased to exist after the 1820’s when photography was invented and hence, a few photographs exist of the species. Below is a collection of rare photographs of extinct species before they disappeared.
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Wow! Stunning picture of Milky Way taken from Northern Chile

NASA published this stunning photograph today featuring the road that connects the Northern Cross and Southern Cross – the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy. Taken from Laguna Cejar in Northern Chile by Nicholas Buer, the photo was shot in October, just after sunset. Included in the photo are the Moon, Venus (above/left of the Moon), Saturn, Mercury, the Large and the Small Magellanic Clouds satellite galaxies. The orange glows on the horizon are the lights of nearby towns.
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Get ready to waste hours finding hidden Easter-eggs in Microsoft’s new mind-blowing Gigapixel interactive Seattle image

Get ready to spend mindless (but fun) hours exploring Microsoft’s new GIGAPIXEL interactive image of Seattle. Why would a picture of Seattle be so much fun? For one, the interactive hi-def image is a mind-boggling 20,000 megapixel super high-resolution 360-degree panorama of Seattle integrated with humorous, hidden Easter-egg shots of local artists. The result is a detailed panorama of Seattle that provides hours of “Where’s Waldo?” entertainment.
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The Big Bang Theory intro – a closer look at the 109 photos used to create the show’s opening sequence

The Big Bang Theory television show is centered on five characters living in Pasadena, California and includes roommates Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper; Penny, a waitress and aspiring actress who lives across the hall; and Leonard and Sheldon's equally geeky and socially awkward friends and co-workers, mechanical engineer Howard Wolowitz and astrophysicist Raj Koothrappali. At the beginning of each episode, the theme song plays amid a series of fast-paced images that appear to tell the story of the universe. Here’s a breakdown of what happens during that intro.

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