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11 Abandoned American Hospitals and Asylums

11 Abandoned American Hospitals and Asylums
With some of the most disturbing and tragic histories of any buildings in the US, asylums and hospitals are way beyond creepy . Many of them were built in the late 1800s, when “mental illnesses” (such as masturbation, menopause, and teenage rebellion) were considered dangerous enough to lock someone in an asylum. A pain-inflicting misunderstanding of mental illness combined with a chronic mistreatment of its sufferers meant that many people were never released and spent the remainder of their lives in these horrible institutions. In addition to asylums, many sanatoriums were constructed around this time to care for the poor and very sick. Utilizing radical treatments that were incredibly painful yet ineffective, early hospitals often created more suffering than good for the inflicted. After decades of overcrowding in both asylums and sanatoriums, the invention of antibiotics and behavioral drugs, and an evolving understanding of mental illness rendered these massive compounds obsolete. Related:  ABANDONEDUrban Exploration!

Chris Jordan - In Katrina's Wake This series, photographed in New Orleans in November and December of 2005, portrays the cost of Hurricane Katrina on a personal scale. Although the subjects are quite different from those in my earlier Intolerable Beauty series, this project is motivated by the same concerns about our runaway consumerism. There is evidence to suggest that Katrina was not an entirely natural event like an earthquake or tsunami. The 2005 hurricane season's extraordinary severity can be linked to global warming, which America contributes to in disproportionate measure through our extravagant consumer and industrial practices. From that perspective, my hope is that these images might encourage some reflection on the part that we each play, and the loss that we all suffer, when a preventable catastrophe of this magnitude happens to the people of our own country. ~ cj, New Orleans, December, 2005

Strange Towers of the Third Reich Not just phallic symbols of power; they actually served a practical purpose. These concrete towers were unique AIR RAID SHELTERS of Nazi Germany, built to withstand the destructive power of WWII bombs and heavy artillery. Their cone shape caused bombs to slide down the walls and detonate only at a heavily fortified base. Cheaper to build above ground than to dig bunkers, they were quite effective, as it was possible to cram as many as 500 people inside. (photo credit: Ivo Schenk. First appearing in 1936, they were quickly dubbed "cigarette stubbs" or "sugar beet heads". (photo credit: Norbert Hämmerling) Hitler was quite impressed by Winkel's concept and blueprints, and ordered full engineering and production support. (image credit: Michael Grube, Lost Places.De) Some towers could accommodate as many as 500 people, and consisted of several floors, twisted in a spiral: (images credit: M. Every floor had some simple furniture:(interior photos courtesy Michael Grube, Lost Places.De)

Detroit in Ruins Detroit in ruins – The Decline of a major American City “Detroit in ruins“, a series of pictures taken by photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre on the decline of a great American city. Breathtaking images that reflect the sad fate of some major U.S. cities… via / via / photos by Yves Marchand, Romain Meffre Brainfuck Brainfuck is an esoteric programming language noted for its extreme minimalism. The language consists of only eight simple commands and an instruction pointer. Nevertheless, it was shown to be Turing-complete. It is designed to challenge and amuse programmers, and was not made to be suitable for practical use. History[edit] In 1992, Urban Müller, a Swiss physics student, took over a small online archive for Amiga software.[1] The archive grew more popular, and was soon mirrored around the world. As Aminet grew, the compiler became popular among the Amiga community, and in time it was implemented for other platforms. Language design[edit] Commands[edit] The eight language commands, each consisting of a single character: (Alternatively, the ] command may instead be translated as an unconditional jump to the corresponding [ command, or vice versa; programs will behave the same but will run more slowly, due to unnecessary double searching.) Brainfuck's formal "parent language"[edit] Hello World!

30 Stunning and Inspirational Comic Covers In the past it was rejected as a secondary form of art, the 20th century transformed comics into a mass medium. From comic strips to graphic novels, the gender has increasingly grown in number of publications and popularity. With the expansion of the gender came the necessity of creating covers that look amazing and attract new readers. Comic book covers are not only the preview of what's under them, but stunning works of art. Iron Man 2.0 #4 - Homage to Joker Cover by Lee Bermejo House of Mystery #37 Cover by Esao Andrews Batwoman #5 | Cover by J.H.

The world without us: Chernobyl Nature has made a determined comeback In the 20 years since Chernobyl's reactor No. 4 turned a bustling Soviet city into a ghost town. The people are gone, and in their place are now thriving populations of deer, elk, wild boar, wolves, and even lynx. Trees are pushing up through Lenin Avenue and moss is clinging to the broken sidewalks and abandoned buildings throughout the 19-miles that make up the Exclusion Zone. Tim Mousseau of the University of South Carolina has been studying the effects of radiation on Chernobyl's wildlife, and told National Geographic that despite the higher levels of genetic abnormalities, "one of the great ironies of this particular tragedy is that many animals are doing considerably better than when the humans were there." Radiation levels are still too high for long term exposure, but the Ukraine has opened up the nearby city of Pripyat to daytrippers looking to catch a glimpse of what an urban center would look like after 20 years without a human footprint.

Beauty in Decay: Photography of Urban Exploration The Abandoned and the Rusted-out Carcasses of Things Long Gone seem to be a fitting theme for this week - much of doom and gloom has occurred in economy, and most people are concerned about the future. So we're just going to play on these apocalyptic sentiments, and serve you a bunch of depressing pictures... Sorry. We were quite impressed by explorations of Julie Shiel , and her eye for colorful abandonments - so we asked her a few questions, and here is what she has to say about her art. (most photography is offered as prints for purchase on her site ) Photo taken in the abandoned town of Centralia, PA, which has an ongoing underground coal fire - an inspiration for the movie "Silent Hill" and the book "Strange Highways" by Dean Koontz, among others. "I find beauty in decay. This is a rusted lock on the back door of an abandoned International truck Simply beautiful. "Most people will never see these places, although they often have a long and interesting history. (image credit: danila85 )

Houses Gone Wild We think of feral dogs as dangerous, foreboding and to-be-avoid – but wild houses have a strange allure despite (or likely because) they are abandoned abodes, deserted homes gone from domestic spaces slowly back to nature. As photographer James D Griffioen muses, the Latin root refers both to while beasts but also to something that belongs to the dead, gone back to the Earth. Some of his shots capture this process at an incredibly late stage, such as the house above which is entirely camouflaged by the greenery that has grown to cover it – only discernible because the branches and vines conform to the shape of the structure. Others photos catch the domestic devolution at intermediate stages, snapshots of partial overgrowth where there is still some strange balance of building and nature – one could almost imagine someone still occupying this structure and simply never leaving it.

Designing The “World Of Programming” Infographic - Smashing Magazine Advertisement Information graphics (or infographics) are used to display information in ways that are more creative than plain old text. These days, they surround us in the media, published works, road signs and manuals. Lately, the Internet has been flooded with infographics on various topics, ranging from science and technology to society and culture. In this article, we’ll look at the process of designing an infographic about programming. What the Infographic Shows This infographic exhibits pioneers in the field of programming, along with the history and current statistics of various programming languages. Large resolution view (.jpg, 2 Mb) Fewness Of Words All of the pioneers in this infographic have had a big impact on the field of programming. You might also notice that some important algorithms — such as dynamic programming, brute force and hash tables — are missing. Designing The Infographic Infographics are visual representations of information, data and knowledge. Layout Color (al)

Top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes Of All Time Top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes of All Time As judged by notoriety, creativity, and number of people duped. On March 31, 1989 thousands of motorists driving on the highway outside London looked up in the air to see a glowing flying saucer descending on their city. Many of them pulled to the side of the road to watch the bizarre craft float through the air. The saucer finally landed in a field on the outskirts of London where local residents immediately called the police to warn them of an alien invasion. On 1 April 2008, the BBC announced that camera crews filming near the Antarctic for its natural history series had captured footage of Adélie penguins taking to the air. A message distributed to the members of Usenet (the online messaging community that was one of the first forms the internet took) on 1 April 1984 announced that the Soviet Union was joining the network. On 1 April 1975, Australia's news program revealed that the country would soon be converting to "metric time."

The Ruins of Detroit Posted Feb 07, 2011 Share This Gallery inShare850 Up and down Detroit’s streets, buildings stand abandoned and in ruin. French photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre set out to document the decline of an American city. From the photographers’ website: Ruins are the visible symbols and landmarks of our societies and their changes, small pieces of history in suspension. The state of ruin is essentially a temporary situation that happens at some point, the volatile result of change of era and the fall of empires. Photography appeared to us as a modest way to keep a little bit of this ephemeral state. William Livingstone House # Michigan Central Station # Atrium, Farwell Building # 18th floor dentist cabinet, David Broderick Tower # Bagley-Clifford Office of the National Bank of Detroit # Ballroom, American Hotel # Melted clock, Cass Technical High School # Old First Unitarian Church # Piano, Saint Albertus School # Woodward Avenue Presbyterian Church, built in the Gothic revival style in 1911 #

Abandoned Castles of Russian Countryside "QUANTUM SHOT" #452link Perhaps even haunted. They certainly look the part Not many people think of a sleepy Russian countryside as a place for gothic-styled castles, but here they are - proud, beautiful, one-of-a-kind architectural gems, unjustly forgotten and sadly abandoned.... Apparently some Russian architects of the 19th century visited Europe often enough to be influenced by medieval castles and French-style palaces. 1.Muromtzevo Masion, between Murom and Vladimir One Boitzov's wealthy client, V. Today it's an extensive maze of imposing buildings and overgrown gardens, a sad but strangely compelling place: Khrapovitsky emigrated to France with the first sign of Bolshevik trouble, and his palatial grounds were left to decay ever since. (images credit: Natalia Bondareva) 2. One of the last owners of this castle was Sergei Morozov, who allowed many prominent Russian painters (including Levitan) to live in this house. (photos by Elena & Dmitry Terkel) 3. 4. Here is Eltzin's dacha nearby: ...

Lost Richmond – Exploring Elko Tract, Richmond’s “Lost City” « You Guys Should Know Richmond is a town of history. Everything is historic… the streets, the buildings, the canals, the houses.. its almost overload to the point where there’s so much history no one really pays attention to it on a daily basis because its just there. About a decade ago, I began hearing stories out of Richmond East-enders about Richmond’s Lost City. Although no two stories were alike, the basic gist of it was that during World War II, Richmond created a fake city a few miles east of the airport and during potential air raids, they would blackout the actual city and airport and turn the lights on at the decoy in hopes that from the air, the bombers would unknowingly bomb the decoy and Richmond would be saved. At one point, years ago, someone actually drove me out near that area, showed me the starting point of the road which was barricaded and explained to me the “dangers” of going back there. The oddest thing about all of this is Richmond’s lack of information about it. Would we do it again?

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