Monday, October 26, 2015

The 50 Most Popular Interesting Pictures of All Time

favorite photographs and pictures from around the world on a daily basis.

We crunched the numbers to determine the most-viewed pictures and the results were fascinating given their breadth and depth in subjects.

From the frightening to the humorous to the bizarre and enlightening, we present the most popular All That Is Interesting pictures:

A Little Calvin In Every Child

A Little Calvin In Every Child was one of the first images on All That Is Interesting when we launched in 2010 and has remained one of the most popular. And it’s easy to see why: the hilarious mimicry of Calvin reminds us exactly why it’s great to be a kid.

Asperatus Clouds Over New Zealand

This fascinatingly bizarre photograph garnered an even weirder amount of online attention, where it was featured in several conspiracy-oriented websites that claimed it was evidence of government manipulation of the weather.

The Town Where Everyone Wears A Gas Mask

One of our favorite articles in the archives, The Town Where Everyone Wears A Gas Mask details life in Miyakejima, Japan, where an active volcano had spewed poisonous gas for the last two decades. Rather than leave, the 3,000 inhabitants decided to wear gas masks 24/7 so they could remain on the island.

The Casting Call For Smells Like Teen Spirit

This delightful gem needs little explanation: it’s the casting call for the music video for Smells Like Teen Spirit.

McDonalds In America Heatmap

McDonalds: it’s everywhere and anywhere — this beautiful visualization of every location in America proves it.

Behind A Frozen Waterfall

Who knew that 
a) you could get behind a frozen waterfall and
b) they would have such magnificent colors?

The End Of The Earth

The Nullarbor Cliffs literally feel like the end of the earth, though they are really just the end of Australia.

Afghanistan In The 1960s

Our most popular gallery of 2013, Afghanistan in the 1960s is a staggering photo essay on what life was once like in Afghanistan.

The Man Who Refused To Salute Hitler

The story of August Landmasser is amazing as it is tragic. Landmasser fell in love with a Jewish woman who, before they could marry, was sent to a concentration camp.

Before he would be sent to a labor camp, this picture captured Landmasser refusing to partake in the Nazi salute during a public rally in 1936.

Dragon Falls

What You’re Advertised Versus What You’re Served

The Design Of Eixample, Barcelona

We won’t be able to do this article full justice, so you should read and see the phenomenal urban design of Eixample, Barcelona.

The Near-Extinction Of The American Bison

Once numbering in the hundreds of millions in the United States (that’s right, hundreds of millions), bison were hunted down to a mere thousand by 1890. Most of the story of how this happened can be inferred by the picture above.

The Haunted Hotel Of Colombia

The Grandeur Of The Grand Teton

The Buzludzha Monument Of Bulgaria

A relic of an era since lost, Bulludzha Monument was erected in 1981 as a monument to the Bulgarian socialist movement. The Communist government would soon fade away, as would the monument.

Blue Dragon River

Bloody Sunday In Northern Ireland

The US-Mexican Border

One of the most popular posts on All That Is Interesting, the above picture captures the astonishing differences on both sides of the border between the United States and Mexico.

The Volcano Aurora

Of course, where else would a photograph of a volcano spewing lava with Aurora Borealis in the background be taken but Iceland?

Central Park At Dusk

The View From The Canoe

Horseshoe Bend

For over three years, we sort of made a big mistake: we called this Big Bend of Zion National Park. In fact, it’s Horseshoe Bend of Glen Canyon.

The World’s First Underwater Hotel

Located in the Maldives, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is the world’s first underwater hotel. And it is magnificent.

Russia’s Amazing Underwater Cave

The Tunnel Of Trees

The Ugliest Cats Ever

OK, maybe it was a bit mean to say these were the ugliest cats ever. But, they are certainly unique.

The Triple Waterfall Of Lebanon

Tourists At The Leaning Tower of Pisa

Over 2.1 million people have seen this from StumbleUpon alone, making this sadly hilarious picture of tourists at the Leaning Tower one of our most popular interesting pictures.

A Sunset In Sweden

The Amazing Ryugyong Hotel Of Pyongyang

I don’t think we can understate the fact that this was once the worst building in the world. Construction began in 1987 but since financing difficulties halted the project, Pyongyang’s Ryugyong Hotel essentially laid dormant for over two decades. And man, did it ever cast a blight over an already abysmal city.

A Sea Cave On The Coast Of Portugal

The Size & Scale Of Our Solar System

If you have a fear of feeling small, don’t read this post that beautifully visualizes the size and scale of Earth to the rest of space.

The Ruins Of Detroit

At one point, Detroit was one of the wealthiest and most populated cities in America. Now it’s known for its endemic crime and seemingly insurmountable economic issues, which have resulted in the haunting ruins of Detroit.

Queen Elizabeth Serves As A Mechanic

Rescuing A Baby Lamb After A Volcano Eruption

The Transformation Of Paghman Gardens

The World’s Largest Fish

Clocking in at 56 feet, this Oarfish is one of the longest in the world.

O’ahu’s Land Of A Thousand Waterfalls

New York At Night

We’re big fans of New York , so it’s no surprise that this image of a sleepy New York at night caught our readers’ attention.

The Natural History Museum In London

New York City In 1908

If you’ve ever been to New York, yes, the streets of New York City were really this cavernous and unoccupied a mere century ago. Even better and more amazing, this was taken only 10 blocks from where Times Square stands today!

The Mindblowing Mount Roraima

One of the most fascinating and oldest geographical formations in the world, Mount Roraima is nothing short of mindblowing.

Dalsnibba Mountain, Norway

The View Of Machu Picchu

Taken above the magnificent Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, this photograph captures the borderline incomprehensible complexity and size of this ancient site.

The Inside Of A Wave

A Japanese Maple Tree In Oregon

A Frozen Waterfall In Oregon

The Human Information Sign

An old classic, this sign at the Bristol Zoo provides information about the most prevalent resident and visitor: the human.

A Lightning Show At The Grand Canyon