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Taken on March 17, 1973 at Travis Air Force Base in California, the photograph depicts United States Air Force Lt. Col. Robert L. Stirm being reunited with his family, after spending more than five years in captivity as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.

The centerpiece of the photograph Stirm’s 15-year-old daughter Lorrie, who is excitedly greeting her father with outstretched arms, as the rest of the family approaches directly behind her. Despite outward appearances, the reunion was an unhappy one. Three days before he arrived in the United States, the same day he was released from captivity, Stirm received a Dear John letter from his wife Loretta informing him that their relationship was over. In 1974 the Stirms divorced and Loretta remarried. All of the family members depicted in the picture received copies of it after Burst of Joy was announced as the winner of the Pulitzer Prize. They all display it prominently in their homes, except Stirm, who says he cannot bear to look at it.

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Twice a year for nearly 12,000 years, men of Gurung tribe of central Nepal have braved the Himalayan foothills to harvest the honey of the world’s largest species of honeybees. The knowledge of extracting honey from hives that were precariously parched on the hillsides was passed from father to son for these millennia, and in 1987, the 63-year old villagehead Mani Lal was the last of his village to have mastery of the technique.

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The definition of bad ass. The Marlboro man has nothing on this guy.

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Storm coming.

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Machu Pichu

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Frozen car, Lake Geneva, Switzerland.

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How they used to test bulletproof vests in 1923.

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A young boy's lost bicycle has led to a unique piece of natural roadside art on Washington state's Vashon Island, over 50 years later.

Decades later Helen Puz, now 99, found out what happened to her son's bike when she read in the local Beachcomber newspaper that someone had discovered the bike five feet high in the air, embedded in the tree. The tree had grown around it.

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Night fishing China.

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Autumn in red.

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2 different ways to view fish.

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This shot is taken on a Norway’s cliff Prekestolen (also known as Preacher’s Pulpit).

Edit. Fixed some broken pic links.

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Pripyat, the town most effected by the Chernobyl Incident in 1986, this is the Ferris Wheel in the town square no rusted and abandoned like the rest of the city (it had a former population of 49 000)

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In June 2007, my home town Newcastle was subjected to a massive storm, with flash flooding, this was the aftermath the Pasha Bulker which didn't anchor itself off shore properly got swept up in the storm beaching itself on on of Newcastle's famous beaches.

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Image of the Mai Lai Massacre in Vietnam. Women and children in Mai Lai before being killed in the massacre, March 16, 1968. According to the testimony, they were killed seconds after the photo was taken. Between 347 and 504 unarmed people were killed.

One soldier was convicted of 22 counts of murder. He served 3 1/2 years house arrest before being freed.

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World's first photograph:

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Centuries of advances in chemistry and optics, including the invention of the camera obscura, set the stage for the world’s first photograph. In 1826, French scientist Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, took that photograph, titled View from the Window at Le Gras, at his family’s country home. Niépce produced his photo—a view of a courtyard and outbuildings seen from the house’s upstairs window—by exposing a bitumen-coated plate in a camera obscura for several hours on his windowsill.

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Area known as the "Door to Hell" in Turkmenistan. The fires are caused by natural gas deposits. They have been burning continuously since first being lit in 1971.

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Limestone stacks known as "The 12 Apostles" Victoria, Australia.

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Statue of "Christ the Redeemer" over looking Rio de Janerio.

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OJ Simpson fooling everybody.

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Nuclear testing on Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific 1946-1958. To this date the islands are still uninhabitable.

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Massive stone statues on Easter Island. The statues were carved by the Rapa Nui people 500-750 years ago.

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