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Welcoming 2010 from the always fantastic The Big Picture. Includes not just fireworks, but heaps of trash, workplace pranks, and small children dressed up as trees.
posted by grapefruitmoon (27 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
Shockingly, the French felt no compunction to slap a giant TOSHIBA sign on the Eiffel Tower. Talk about a missed marketing opportunity.
posted by stargell at 3:58 PM on January 2, 2010


Quick! Mods! The fifth picture down! It's... Pepsi Blue!
posted by bpm140 at 4:10 PM on January 2, 2010


I'm with Anil that the Big Picture blog is today's version of LIFE Magazine.
posted by mathowie at 4:14 PM on January 2, 2010 [2 favorites]


Not like New York's Times Square.
Maybe 'Toshiba' is romanji for '2010'.
posted by hexatron at 4:19 PM on January 2, 2010


It embarrasses me to see that the stupid local custom of carbide shooting is somehow unique enough to be featured in an overview worldwide. Especially because the culprits are wearing hearing protection, as no-one living nearby will do, and just be scared shitless after the first big boom.

Apart from that, the photo lies. Everyone knows carbide shooting is more fun when done in tunnels, or under fly-overs.
posted by ijsbrand at 4:37 PM on January 2, 2010


I like how the skinny dippers are keeping their hands out of the icy water. Really? That's the body part you want to keep warm? Your hands?
posted by FfejL at 4:40 PM on January 2, 2010


It's awesome that Boston.com has one thing that isn't a total embarrassment to New England and to journalism.
posted by Mayor Curley at 4:40 PM on January 2, 2010


Number 23 is lovely.
posted by mdonley at 5:42 PM on January 2, 2010


The San Fermin Festival bull runners look like they're having the best New Years' ever.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 5:42 PM on January 2, 2010


I like how the skinny dippers are keeping their hands out of the icy water. Really? That's the body part you want to keep warm? Your hands?

I liked the woman wearing the toque. After all, as my grandmother used to say, "ears warm, body warm."
posted by fatbird at 5:45 PM on January 2, 2010


A rescue diver watches as a man leaps from a bridge into the River Dove during a traditional New Year's Day annual charity event in Mappleton, central England, January 1, 2010. Teams paddle down a half-mile stretch of the river and then jump off a bridge into the River Dove, one of the coldest rivers in the United Kingdom. Contestants then have to run 500 yards to a pub.

This sounds like a really excellent race.
posted by A dead Quaker at 5:54 PM on January 2, 2010


I'm loving #23 too! There's something captured in that one. It's as if he can't wait to kiss her and she can't wait to feel it. The background is a chaotic mess, but they're clarity.
posted by iamkimiam at 6:02 PM on January 2, 2010


#34 is great too. Reminds me of A Christmas Story.
posted by iamkimiam at 6:05 PM on January 2, 2010


ears, hands and toes are the first extremities to go.
posted by cristinacristinacristina at 6:55 PM on January 2, 2010


I had no idea swimming was a new years tradition in so many places. Also, those tree costumes look amazing! I would wear them just for the piney tang.
posted by Corduroy at 7:16 PM on January 2, 2010


Three very different groups of mummers distinguished as the beautiful (Schoene), the ugly (Wueschte) and the less ugly (Schoe-Wueschte)

This cracked me up.
posted by danb at 7:29 PM on January 2, 2010


I think #23 suggests the famous photo of the V-J Day kiss in Times Square, one of the iconic photos of the 20th Century (at least for Americans). A nice picture with good associations - that makes it a winner.
posted by Quietgal at 8:02 PM on January 2, 2010


This is great.
posted by shelleycat at 8:24 PM on January 2, 2010


400 spotlights illuminate the Eiffel Tower during the New Year's Eve in Paris, France on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009.

Busted?
posted by atomicmedia at 8:42 PM on January 2, 2010


34 is the silliest image in the history of images.
posted by Anything at 9:59 PM on January 2, 2010


From #3:

Workers throw water on people to celebrate the end of the year in Montevideo, Uruguay on December 31, 2009. During the last working day of the year, workers traditionally throw water on people and discard old calendars. (REUTERS/Andres Stapff)

Man, Uruguaians are dicks.

Also, am I the only one who thinks the lights on the Eiffel Tower look really tacky?

Aside from that, some pretty great photos.
posted by Target Practice at 10:20 PM on January 2, 2010


My 12 year old daughter is learning Roman numerals...she wrote 2010 as XXX. How cool is that?

Thanks for the pics.
posted by salishsea at 11:36 PM on January 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


A surprising number of people in water in this set.

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My 12 year old daughter is learning Roman numerals...she wrote 2010 as XXX. How cool is that?

I remember when 2000 came and we switched from roman numeral dates like MCMXCVIII, MCMXCIX, MCMLXXXIII to just "MM".

Anyway, I found this online roman numeral converter

posted by delmoi at 11:44 PM on January 2, 2010


Lultastic commenting. Someone writes in at #28:

"36 is quite inappropriate. i hope it is removed from this collection of pictures. or maybe you can write something like warning: shows private stuff."

Commenters then go on to say:

"You're probably the type of person that gives a child a plastic bag to sleep with and then sues the company for not having a choking warning on the bag. You disgust me..."

and

"You're the kind of intolerant person who have sent others to be burnt for heresy.

so you wash yourself in the dark or with closed eyes? I bet you don't even wash your genitals because they disgust your narrow mind."

Among other hilarious bits of hyperbole. I'll agree that it seems a smidge "uncool", but "You disgust me"? Geez.
posted by GilloD at 11:53 PM on January 2, 2010


just wanted to chime in, and it probably goes without saying, but the year in pictures 1 | 2 | 3 is also not to be missed! BONUS DECADE :P
posted by kliuless at 5:56 AM on January 3, 2010


I like how the skinny dippers are keeping their hands out of the icy water. Really? That's the body part you want to keep warm? Your hands?

Seasoned cold water swimmers do not waste time gradually immersing themselves bit by agonising bit: they just plunge right in as quickly as possible. After about 30 seconds the sensation as your hands go numb can be quite painful however - gloves help.

I love the one with the tigers. That family doesn't look quite concerned enough.
posted by rongorongo at 9:21 AM on January 3, 2010


Am I the only one who hit that Berliner Seals (skinny dippers) photo and immediately thought, "shrinkage"? ("It just does!")
posted by Mike D at 1:58 PM on January 3, 2010


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