One of the most seminal moments of our lives is when we step in front of the camera for our high school yearbook photo. You may shake your head at that concept, but it’s true! Yearbook photos are our chance to cement ourselves as the coolest person in our grade, irrespective of what the rest of the world thinks. As you’ll see below, some of these high schoolers may have tried just a little too hard.
A Boy And His Cat
When you are in high school, you are told to pursue what you love. Who wants to bet that this kid is judging cat shows somewhere? We dig the retro-laser filter and the supreme close-up of Mr. Meow’s mouth and snout, well, who doesn’t love HD pictures of cute cats? Well, the cat might not — he’s looking pretty annoyed.
Eden Is Every Inner Child
Have you ever stared at something so long that it began to morph into something weird? Try saying the word ‘pineapple’ for a minute straight. That word sounds weird now, doesn’t it? Apparently, Eden was inspired by a similar process, only she stared at her bowl of Cheerios for far too long. Donut seeds? Get Eden a job writing for ‘The Simpsons’ immediately.
High School Rebellion Summed Up
Every high school kid has gone through their rebellious phase. Whether it was trying out your first sip of beer or completely disregarding curfew, we’ve all been there. This unnamed high school senior had a, well, completely different approach to rebelling. After all, nothing quite screams counterculture like dressing up for graduation before throwing on your fake Anarchy forehead tattoo.
A Link To The Past
Suzanne is a simple woman, she knows what she likes and she isn’t afraid to tell everyone. With that being said, your senior quote should really speak to your future self in some kind of way, right? We wonder what ‘Hyaaahh!!’ means to Suzanne now. Does she still love the Legend of Zelda? Or did the writing just speak to her?
Class Up Front, Part In The Back
High school is all about being as obnoxiously loud about who you are as possible. With that being said, we can’t help but wonder if this gentleman regrets the party mullet look. Are we being unfair by judging this hairstyle so harshly? Probably. After all, undercuts are currently a thing. Do you think your hairstyle is going to age gracefully? If so, we have bad news for you.
Know Your Priorities
An alternative headline for this picture is, “Know your friends.” We can’t fault this fellas logic but we sure as heck can be skeptical about his loyalty. Would you be willing to take a bullet for your best friend? Would you be willing to take a bullet for your best friend if you thought you had a shot with their significant other? Ah, nothing like a high school moral quandary.
Brother & Sister Or Mortal Enemies
We all had a rival in highschool, right? That one person that you always wanted to get the one-up on? Here we have Sean throwing haymakers right at Stephanie’s yearbook photo. The biggest mystery in this picture is this: are these two related and is this just a fun sibling rivalry? Or is this romantic tension? Or are they just two good old fashioned mortal enemies?
Team Work Makes The Dream Work
We all have dreams in life. Some of us want to be astronauts. Others want to be on the forefront of the next big technological breakthrough. For Jack, Joshua and Kimberly, their dreams were a little more grounded: they just wanted the best yearbook photo of all time. Did they succeed? Is this ‘too cool for school’?
Shoulda Mentioned That Four Years Ago
Having a slightly unusual name can go one of two ways when you are in high school. You might become celebrated for your name (Whoa, look at how cool highschool QB Johnny Blaze is!) or you could be ridiculed for it. For Pareekshit Ravi, we feel like he probably could have cleared the air a little sooner, thus saving him some real trouble. Oh well, you live and you learn Pareekshit.
The Next Mitch Hedberg
If you don’t know who Mitch Hedberg is, go straight to YouTube and find out — we’ll wait. Alright, you’re back. Now that you have a frame of reference, is Bradley not the next Mitch Hedberg? He’s gotta write up a few jokes about lemons and limes and we’re all in on the ‘born again’ theory.
The Most Agreeable Man Around
We are all Connor in some way, shape or form. When we care so little about something, we just let the other party handle it. Maybe Connor should have cared a bit more? Or maybe the Yearbook team is just great at being snarky. Either way, we dig it.
Dwayne Is Flying At A 
We would never say that someone is on drugs based off of a single photo from high school. We will say that we wouldn’t be surprised if Dwayne Carter knew what weed was and liked to partake in it. Aw, heck. Alright, we’ll say it. Dwayne’s yearbook photo is something straight out of a Seth Rogen movie.
Meet Your Next Great CEO
There are two ways to succeed in life, really. You can accel based on your own talent and hard work. Or, you can succeed based on your own talent and hard work while simultaneously cutting down all of your competition. We are betting that Chang fits pretty neatly into the second category. If he isn’t the next great American CEO then we don’t know who will be.
Scott Still Has The Munchies
We know that Scott is rocking a tobacco pipe. Still, whatever is mounded on top of that pipe sure isn’t your regular tobacco. Legend has it that Scott Myers is still wrecking the snack aisle of grocery stores in his home town to this day. The sunglasses are starting to make more sense…
Someone Call Goku
We will never argue against the fact that people can love what they want to love. We will say that maybe, just maybe, you should skip out on your passion during your yearbook photo. Unless that really is Frieza, in which case — call Goku, immediately.
Wrestling Is A Serious Sport
…but the school magazine sure did a poor job at showcasing it. Wrestling can get you into shape while teaching you amazing self-defense maneuvers. Unfortunately, all anyone sees in this picture is a steamy and inappropriate Passion Show. Come on you guys, who let this through?
We Found Scott’s Supply
Candid photos can make for some of the best yearbook photos of all time. Of course, you should probably make sure that you aren’t photographing two of your fellow students while they deal drugs. We’re sure the principal just loved this.
Wise Words Jon Wane
Of course we know it is spelled ‘John Wayne’, but how else could we show appreciation for this amazing Yearbook photo? Wise beyond his years, we bet this fellow still has it together.
Peter Dinklage is a fantastic actor that has made a huge name for himself, here we see him with a huge hair style, trying to look serious and edgy. He is still completely rugged and we can kind of see what he was going for, but he is certainly not coming off as intimidating in any way.
We all love funny man Owen Wilson. Here we see him in his high school honor guard uniform. His trademark nose and wide smile are still present even though he looks a bit terrified. He looks like he may be trying to take a serious photo but he’s just too cute.
She was always known for her hair, but here we see the start of the signature Farrah flip in this vintage photo of Farrah Fawcett. She is a vision but she also shows us just how hilarious hair styles used to be in her day and age.
Here we see a photo of a young man that seems to be happy and go lucky but we also see that he has a quirky little bow tie and a pair of glasses that must be heavy.
Here we see a young man that has been caught mid blink and with his smile a bit off kilter. There may have been better photos in the roll but this is the one that finally made the cut and it seems a bit strange that the photographer chose it.
This photo is one that is sure to go down in history. We see a young man in his band uniform sporting the quintessential 90s pose of looking off calmly into the distance while the photographer snaps a picture.
We aren’t sure if it the hair cut, the blank stare, or the band uniform that makes this photo truly terrible but we are sure he will remember it forever and his family has a great time laughing at it.
We love a good side swept bang but this is a bit much. We are sure his mother was not happy with the photo when she got them back. Someone is due for a hair cut.
Poodle hair was popular back in the day, here we see a young man that has unfortunately been caught in the perm box. At least he looks happy though. This is a funny photo and we are sure he stopped perming his hair in his older age, but for this photo at least, he made everyone with a perm proud.
This photo looks like he may have made this face on purpose, or he was caught mid sneeze, or maybe he just hates having his photo taken. Whatever it was, this is a photo that will be funny for his family for years to come.
This looks like a joke, it also looks like it has undergone some serious photo shop, who knows, maybe this kid was part of the yearbook staff and was able to sneak in this photo of himself in this strange white costume without anyone noticing.
This face looks entirely intentional. He looks like he was fed up with taking the photo and simply wanted to get it over with. There is no doubt that this photo got this kid in trouble with his parents when they finally saw what the photo looked like.
This face was completely on purpose. So was the staged hand under the chin pose. This is a photo that is certainly worthy of an outtake reel and that is great comedic relief for anyone that looks at it. Hopefully he didn’t get into too much trouble with his mother when he got home and she saw the final photo.
This photo is one where the haircut certainly steals the show. His face is pleasant and he looks like he isn’t unhappy about taking the photo, but this hair cut is certainly something that no one should ever force on their kids.
This photo of a kid named Drew Forsyth is punctuated with a terrible hair cut and a terrible bow tie. He looks happy enough but this outfit and hair cut combo is certainly one that is going to go down in the books.
This kid was caught mid blink and it has resulted in a photo that is funny to say the least. This photo is one that is going to haunt him for the rest of his life, it doesn’t even seem like he was able to do a retake.
This little girl looks like she wants to punch the photographer. Even though she is absolutely adorable, she also looks like she wants to beat them up and go back to playing.
This hair is completely unfortunate. Mullets are a craze that thankfully has died out but there are plenty of photos left to commemorate them and to keep them in the memories of everyone that rocked one during their childhood or teenage years.
Here is another mullet that is majestic and out there to say the least. It even looks like he curled the bottom and blow dried the top to make it extra large. His mustache is a bit much as well. At least he thinks he looks good.
We hope this was a photo for the drama club or at the very least a photo that was taken as a joke. His helm and weapon are just too funny not to be a joke but to each his own.
The Champion Taco-Eating Pit Bull
My neighbor Jose had just adopted a special pit bull from the local rescue shelter. It had been the faithful companion for five years of Jose’s elderly friend who had passed away a few months earlier. Because pit bulls have a bad rap, nobody wanted the dog, so the shelter planned to put it to sleep. When my neighbor learned that his friend’s faithful companion was about to be killed, he immediately adopted the dog. I don’t know about cats having nine lives, but that dog definitely got a second life.
That dog went everywhere with Jose. The dog’s name was Lucky, but Jose made a point of calling him something like “Lu-key.” Jose even got that large pooch service-dog certified, which meant he could take that dog into the supermarkets and even into the county fair.
Last July, I was assigned to judge the taco eating contest. A few months later the county fair started. Somehow Jose managed to get Lucky into the fair on my judgment day. According to him, the ticket office at first refused to let Lucky the service dog go in, because of all the other animals there. So Jose was sent to the exhibitor’s entrance, where the fair’s president was. After the president argued with Jose a bit, he was left at the gate with Lucky while the fair officials argued about what to do. During that time, exhibitors with other dogs, cats, pigs, and birds of all kinds, came into the fair through that same gate. Lucky looked at those other animals but did not budge from Jose’s side. Not a sound came from him, though other animals sometimes made a racket. The president noticed that and then decided to let Jose and Lucky conditionally come in; Lucky was in no way to disturb the other animals, children, or people.
A local guy named Walt came to the taco eating contest as a participant, not letting his wife know. We had TV-like tables set up with fifteen Mama Juanita’s Taqueria soft-shelled chicken tacos on each one, the best tacos for hundreds of miles. The contestant who at them the fastest won the contest. It happened that Jose and Lucky were the closest to Walt’s table.
Well, no sooner had I blown the start whistle than Walt’s wife screamed out his name, “Walter Higgins! Get over here!” At that shout, he jumped up and bumped over his table filled with tacos, in front of Lucky. Walt then bolted away from that area as fast as a rooster with its tail feathers aflame. Well, Lucky apparently felt lucky, so he jumped the few feet needed to get at all those tacos on the ground in front of him and started gobbling them down. It wasn’t long before all the contest spectators were watching Lucky, some aiming their Instagram-linked iPhone cameras at him. It was only later we discovered that CNN also had a cameraman at that event. Not only did Lucky eat all the tacos, but he was also the first to finish them as well!
Since the top two human taco eating contest champions were state-level champs, it didn’t take the local folk much time to declare, over the protest of those two guys, Lucky the 2015 taco eating contest winner. CNN national news and its website showed scenes of Lucky gobbling up the last of the tacos. The fair’s Facebook page ended up with the greatest number of views in local history. The social media sensation Lucky would become the “picture boy” for the next state fair.
Bizarre Starfish Found in Palm Beach
A person visiting Palm Beach, Florida witnessed a huge starfish gliding across the sand after low tide. While dislodging itself out of the sand, the creature slowly crawled across the sand, almost looking like it was floating on the surface. The video’s unloader says that he was amazed to watch the bizarre-looking creature embarked on his journey.
The National Geographic notes that starfish are invertebrate and that they are part of the family that consists of sand dollars and sea urchins. The majority of starfish live in tidal pools and coral reefs.
Most starfish have spiny skin and consist of five arms. However, some species can grow to have as many as 50 arms. The one in the video that is going viral has nine arms. Underneath the arms, you can see small little suckers that are used to allow the animal to slowly creep along the ocean floor — in this case along the sand. On the ends of its arms are eye-spots that are light-sensitive and are used for hunting food. They attack prey by attaching themselves and spreading its stomach out through its mouth, essentially vomiting onto its prey, with enzymes breaking down the prey so that the starfish can digest it. While we usually have a pleasant mental image of a beautiful starfish, what’s underneath it is surprisingly terrifying
About The Starfish Species
While it is difficult to determine the type of species in the viral video, it is most likely a Luidia senegalensis. These starfish are known for their unique nine arm formation. Once fully grown, they’ll have a diameter of about 16 inches, with some specimen growing even larger. They could be found in depths of up to 130 feet around the coast of Florida.
Why Are Starfish Found At The Beach?
Most starfish are found in deep waters or in small pools along the beach called tidal pools. During low tide, the ocean pulls back from the beach, revealing small sea animals.
Sometimes starfish are found in beaches because of age or because they are dying. Thankfully the starfish in the viral video looks very robust and healthy, slowly dislodging itself from the sand and crawling to a safe spot in the water or a nearby tidal pool.
What To Do If You Find A Starfish
Joey did the right thing — he kept his distance, and did not disturb the starfish or its environment. Never harvest live starfish for several reasons — unless you can explicitly identify the starfish, you might be handling one that is venomous to human beings. While starfish do not attack humans, they can intentionally or accidentally inflict painful stings with a release of venom when they are handled.
Unfortunately, there’s also the chance of fatally damaging the starfish. Starfish not only sensitive, but they can only breathe while in the water. Some might instantly die when lifted out of the water or touched by a human.
The Day I Met a Baby Gray Whale
In addition to being one of the most curious and intelligent creatures in Earth’s oceans, due to their great size and the fact that they travel vast distances, gray whales are also host to a wealth of scientific data about the health of our oceans. Gray whales have a long history of unique interactions with humans. Most of the time they appear indifferent to us. Sometimes they behave in a friendly way. But during a few points in history, in a small number of locations, legends of gray whales flipping small boats and dragging men beneath the waves have cropped up.
But gray whales can even be dangerous when they do not mean to be. Weighing in at nearly 40 tons, with massive flippers and a huge, powerful tail, gray whales have downed many small boats either accidentally or otherwise. But these fascinating creatures still have a powerful draw for us. They are mysterious, massive, and have eyes which reflect a strangely familiar intelligence.
So when Cheryl and David Kipling set out in hopes of meetings these creatures face to face, it was no small task overcoming their trepidation. Cheryl and David are biologists and run a lab where they study the remains of whales that have been killed prematurely by the actions of humans.
Cheryl explained, “I’ve autopsied the brains of half a dozen gray whales and the one thing that stands out is the size and sophistication of their limbic brain.”
We asked for more clarification on why having a big limbic brain is such a big deal.
She replied, “The limbic brain, in mammals, is the part of the brain that renders emotions. It’s sandwiched between the fore-brain- which is big in humans, and the hindbrain- which controls all of our cravings and reflex instincts. The limbic brain motivates us with feelings. When you look at a puppy and say ‘ahh’ at his big brown eyes, or when you miss a loved one and want to see them, that’s the limbic brain. Judging by the size of their’s, these animals are deeply emotional. They are primarily emotional, in fact- whereas people might be said to be primarily intellect oriented. That’s why it’s such a crime to keep orcas in captivity, separate them from their pods- their families. They suffer intensely.”
Equipped with this new and strange knowledge, going out with Dave and Cheryl to meet the whales felt all the more momentous. Getting out on the water to the right spot where the whale sightings were happening took most of the day. But the weather was beautiful, the water was calm, and we would have been happy even if no whales had shown up. But they did.
The couple spotted a mother and calf breaching the surface some distance off. They were headed in our direction. For several minutes, wonder, anticipation, and- we’ll admit, a little bit of dread were palpable. All I could think about is what I would do if one of these animals accidentally flipped our boat.
But eventually, the mother and calf reached us. They were careening off to the south. But then the baby spotted us and approached our boat. It came right up to the boat and held its long snout out of the water right next to the boat. It just sort of “stood” there. Cheryl and David reached out and stroked the animal’s nose while the mother looked on.
The baby whale turned and looked us over with its oddly small eye, calmly, almost serenely as Cheryl and David stroked her. Then the whales passed as quietly as they came. I’ll never forget the lucidity and the depth of feeling in the eye of that baby whale.
World’s Smallest McDonald’s Restaurant Draws Attention to Important Issue
McDonald’s is one of the world’s leading fast food restaurant chains, with Statista noting that they had as many as 37,855 restaurants open across the globe as of the end of last year. Given the sheer number of McDonald’s restaurants currently operation, one would think that the opening of another one would barely register on an international level, but that was not the case.
That’s due in large part to this particular restaurant being dedicated to serving customers of a different species.
The Remarkable McHive
In partnership with the advertising agency NORD DDB, McDonald’s created a miniature replica of one of their restaurants. The small restaurant, known as the McHive, features many of the same elements that people will see if they visit one of the McDonald’s branches in their area.
There are drive-thru windows present on the McHive, large windows, and outdoor seating for guests who may prefer to dine in an open-air environment. One can even see some posters advertising the restaurant chain’s offerings plastered on the walls of the “World’s Smallest McDonald’s.”
Of course, it cannot be called a McDonald’s restaurant without those iconic golden arches serving as its crowning glory.
This restaurant isn’t designed for people to dine in though. Instead, the McHive, as its name already hints at, is meant to house bees.
The Meaning behind the McHive
The McHive is actually a nod to a movement initiated by branches of the fast food chain in Sweden. Some of the McDonald’s restaurants in the aforementioned country have started to house beehives on their rooftops.
Also of note, the McHive features beehives on top of its roof and inside of it as well.
Via AdWeek, McDonald’s Sweden marketing director Christoffer Rönnblad said that the restaurant chain is happy to spread the message of sustainability. McDonald’s has gotten behind the practice of hosting beehives on the rooftops of their restaurants.
Set designer Nicklas Nilsson was responsible for the creation of the McHive. Since the release of the video showing off the McHive, the gorgeous structure has been auctioned off and the proceeds from it have gone to Ronald McDonald House charities.
While McDonald’s efforts to promote sustainable and to help the bee population are laudable, they will need more help to succeed.
The Concerning Status of the Bee Population
According to a recent report from ABC News, the bee population is continuing to decrease at an alarming rate. Research notes that 37.7 percent of the managed bee population declined from Oct. 1, 2018 to April 1 of this year.
That’s a noticeable decline in the managed bee population and it represents the largest winter losses since surveys were first conducted back in 2006. Accounting for a larger of window of time that goes from April 1, 2018 to April 1, 2019, the reported losses in the managed bee population totaled 40.7 percent.
Scott McArt, the assistant professor of pollinator health at Cornell University, described the aforementioned losses in the managed bee population as “unsustainably high.” McArt also mentioned that the losses can be explained in part by the presence of the varroa mite parasite that has been known to carry and spread diseases inside beehives.
According to EarthDay.org, other factors contributing to the decline of the bee population include climate change, habitat fragmentation, and the use of certain pesticides.
The decline of the population is not something to be taken lightly. Bees play an important role in the world’s ecosystem as they are excellent pollinators. Plants pollinated by bees are said to make up 35 percent of the world’s food production.
Furthermore, the loss of bees could indirectly affect other animals that sustain themselves on the products that come about as a result of pollination.
Should the bee population continue to drop at an unsustainable rate, the effects on food production for all creatures that inhabit the Earth could be quite severe.
Looking Back at an Eventful Summer for Snowflake the Albino Alligator
The past few months have been quite eventful for one particular albino alligator.
In case you missed it, an albino alligator named Snowflake generated more than a few headlines in recent months.
Back in May, Snowflake was welcomed as a kind of guest of honor after arriving at the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois. It’s easy to see why Snowflake caused a stir when she first made her way to the Brookfield Zoo.
Due to her albinism, Snowflake can stand out easily even amongst a crowded congregation of alligators. She possesses noticeably white skin that can be likened very much to the look of ivory and her eyes also have a pinkish hue. Those characteristics are typical of an albino alligator.
It is worth noting that Snowflake is also significantly shorter than many of the other alligators that you may be able to see in zoos or swamps. Per ABC 7 Chicago, Snowflake measures about 7 feet long. An average adult female American alligator measures about 8.2 feet tall, according to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute.
While Snowflake was enjoying the attention from visitors at the Brookfield Zoo, an important and exciting discovery was made back at her home.
Snowflake Is Going to be a Mother
In June, Wild Florida announced that the caretakers of Snowflake and another albino alligator named Blizzard found eggs at the pair’s shelter. A total of 19 eggs were found at Snowflake and Blizzard’s exhibit, WFTV 9 reported.
Upon spotting the eggs, the caretakers acted fast to collect and move them to a more secure location.
Wild Florida co-founder and co-owner Dan Munns explained that moving the eggs out of the shelter was a necessary step due to some of the difficulties that the pair of albino alligators may encounter as parents. Munns explained that while alligators typically make for great mothers, Snowflake may not be as capable as some of her counterparts because of the blindness brought about by her albinism.
By securing the eggs themselves, the caretakers can shield them from any predators that may come snooping around. The eggs are being kept in an incubator in order so that they can be cared for in a more controlled environment. The caretakers mentioned that keeping the eggs in an environment where the temperature can remain at a stable level is essential to successful hatching.
Additional Facts about Albino Alligators
The fact that the eggs came from parents exhibiting albinism could very well turn out to be good news for the albino alligator population. Typically, albino alligators are born as a result of two normal alligators who carry the recessive gene for albinism mating, according to Safari Ltd. Since both Snowflake and Blizzard are albino alligators, the chances for them producing offspring that feature the same physical traits could be higher.
The albino alligator population could certainly use a boost. At present, biologists estimate that only around 100 albino alligators could be alive across the entire world.
Albino alligators are rare not just because they are the offspring of parents carrying some uncommon genes. It is also difficult for albino alligators to survive precisely because of their unique appearance.
Unlike the alligators that feature a more common skin color, albino alligators find it incredibly difficult to disguise themselves. That makes them easy prey for predators especially when they are younger.
Because of those struggles they could potentially face in the wild, you will often find zoos and farms caring for albino alligators to ensure that they can live out long and happy lives. While it’s still unclear what kind of offspring Snowflake and Blizzard will produce, there is certainly a fair amount of optimism that they will bring more albino alligators into the world.
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