Lucky Diamond Rich (b. 1971) is a New Zealand-born performance artist and street performer who holds the Guinness World Record for most tattooed man, taking the title from Tom Leppard in 2006. He is recognized by Guinness as being covered in tattoos over 100% of his body, including the inside of his eyelids, ears, and mouth.Photograph: TOONMAN blchin
A natural-color mosaic of Cassini narrow-angle camera images of the unilluminated side of Saturn's D, C, B, A and F rings (left to right) taken on May 9, 2007. The rings are lettered in order of discovery. The A and B rings, separated by the Cassini Division, are the densest; together with the C ring, they constitute the planet's main rings. The D ring is classified as a dusty ring, like the E and G rings (not pictured here), because of the tiny size of its particles. The F ring is a dynamic mixture of larger and smaller particles.Photograph: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
The Pony Express was a mail service operating from 1860 until 1861 that delivered messages, newspapers, mail, and small packages by horseback, keeping California in touch with the rest of the United States. Messages forwarded by Pony Express could cross the country in ten days. Its route from Sacramento, California, to St. Joseph, Missouri, had to cross the Sierra Nevada, the Rocky Mountains, and the Great Plains.Map: William Henry Jackson; restoration: Chris Woodrich
Anatomical diagram of an adult female chambered nautilus, the best known species of nautilus, a "living fossil" related to the octopuses. The animal has a primitive brain that forms a ring around its oesophagus, has four gills (all other cephalopods have only two), and can only move shell-first (seemingly "backwards") by pumping water out through its funnel. The shell and tentacles are shown here as shadows.Diagram: K.D. Schroeder
The Albert Bridge is a road bridge over the River Thames in West London, connecting Chelsea on the north bank to Battersea on the south. Designed and built by Rowland Mason Ordish in 1873, it initially operated as a toll bridge but was commercially unsuccessful; the tolls were lifted after six years. The roadway is only 27 feet (8.2 m) wide and the bridge has serious structural weaknesses; it has been reinforced several times but never replaced, despite calls for closure or pedestrianisation.Photograph: David Iliff
The common starling (Sturnus vulgaris) is a medium-sized passerinebird in the starling family, Sturnidae, which is found through much of the world. Measuring about 20 cm (8 in) in length, these starlings are a noisy bird in communal roosts and other gregarious situations. This species is omnivorous, taking a wide range of invertebrates, as well as seeds and fruit.Photograph: Pierre Selim
Mycena overholtsii is a species of fungus in the family Mycenaceae which produces mushrooms which are relatively large for its genus, Mycena. The caps reach up to 5 cm (2.0 in) in diameter, with stems up to 15 cm (5.9 in) long. M. overholtsii grows on well-decayed conifer logs near snowbanks, during or just after snowmelt. It is commonly found in North America, though it has also been reported in Japan.Photograph: Noah Siegel, United States Forest Service
A 14-frame clip showing the atmosphere of Jupiter as viewed from the NASA probe Cassini. Taken over a span of 24 Jupiter rotations between October 31 and November 9, 2000, this clip shows various patterns of motion across the planet. The Great Red Spot rotates counterclockwise, and the uneven distribution of its high haze is obvious. To the east (right) of the Red Spot, oval storms, like ball bearings, roll over and pass each other. East-west bands adjacent to each other move at different rates. Strings of small storms rotate around northern-hemisphere ovals. The large grayish-blue "hot spots" at the northern edge of the white Equatorial Zone change over time as they proceed eastward across the planet. Ovals in the north rotate counter to those in the south. Small, very bright features appear quickly and randomly in turbulent regions, possibly lightning storms. The smallest visible features at the equator are about 600 km (370 miles) across.Animation: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
A baseball team composed mostly of child laborers from an Indiana glassmaking factory, as photographed by Lewis Hine in August 1908. Hine (1874–1940) was an Americansociologist who promoted the use of photography as an educational medium and means for social change. Beginning in 1908, he spent ten years photographing child labor for the National Child Labor Committee. The project was a dangerous one, and Hine had to disguise himself – at times as a fire inspector, post card vendor, Bible salesman or industrial photographer – to avoid the factory police and foremen.Photograph: Lewis Hine; restoration: Lise Broer
A diagram of vernier calipers, a device used to measure the distance between two opposite sides of an object, showing the individual parts:
Outside large jaws: used to measure external diameter or width of an object
Inside small jaws: used to measure internal diameter of an object
Depth probe: used to measure depths of an object or a hole
Main scale in centimeters, marked every millimeter
Main scale in inches, marked every 1/16 of an inch
Vernier scale gives interpolated measurements to 1/20 of a millimeter
Vernier scale gives interpolated measurements to 1/128 of an inch
Retainer: used to block movable part to allow the easy transferring of a measurement
Here the metric scale shows a distance of 2.475 cm between the jaw faces: the 0 mark on the vernier is between 2.4 and 2.5, and the 7.5 mark is the one best aligned with a mark on the main scale. Similarly, the inch scale shows (155/8)/16, or 125/128, of an inch.
The Pig-faced Lady of Manchester Square and the Spanish Mule of Madrid, an 1815 cartoon print by George Cruikshank depicting a pig-faced woman and contrasting her with the unpopular Ferdinand VII of Spain. At this time, rumours had spread that such a woman was living in fashionable Manchester Square, and various newspapers (such as the Morning Herald and Morning Chronicle) reported this as fact. Eyewitness accounts, marriage proposals, and tales of attacks by the woman further fanned the flames, and the rumour was recollected as fact as late as the 1860s.
Stories of pig-faced women originated in the late 1630s; the last significant work to treat their existence as genuine was published in 1924.Print: George Cruikshank
A detailed eighteenth-century map of Scandinavia by J. B. Homann, depicting Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Baltic states of Livonia, Latvia and Curlandia. The map notes fortified cities, villages, roads, bridges, forests, castles and topography. The elaborate title cartouche in the upper left quadrant features angels supporting a title curtain and a medallion supporting an alternative title in French, "Les Trois Covronnes du Nord".
Born in 1664, Homann became an engraver and cartographer in the late 17th century, and opened his own publishing house in 1702. In 1715 Emperor Charles VI appointed him Imperial Geographer of the Holy Roman Empire. Homann held the position until his death in 1724.Map: Johann Baptist Homann