Imagine this : perhaps the most important street photographer of the twentieth century was a nanny who kept everything to herself. Nobody had ever seen her work and she was a complete unknown until the time of her death. For decades Vivian’s work hid in the shadows until decades later (in 2007), historical hobbyist John Maloof bought a box full of never developed negatives at a local auction for $380.
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John began to develop the negatives and it didn’t take long before he realised that these were no ordinary street snapshots from the 50′s and 60′s — these pictures were a lot more then that.
Maier’s work is particularly evocative for those who grew up in the 50′s and 60′s because she seemed to stare deep into the soul of the time and preserve the everyday experience of the people. She ventured outside the comfortable homes and picturesque residential neighborhoods of her employers to document all segments of life in and around the big city. Below we’ve rounded up some of our favorites.
Vivian Maier Street Photography
He embarked on a journey to find the legend who took these beautiful pictures and he quickly discovered her name: Vivian Maier.
Here is a self-portrait of Vivian Maier
Before he could find her, John discovered her obituary in the newspaper of 2009 . She slipped on ice, suffered a head injury and never fully recovered. She was 83 years old when she passed away.
Since then, the work of this mysterious and incredibly talented woman has turned the art world upside down. The pictures gained international media attention with exhibitions in London, New York , Los Angeles , Oslo and Hamburg.
John has also made a documentary about Vivian and her work – you can check out the trailer below.
WOW, what an incredible story and what an inspiration!
If you’d like to see even more of this amazing photographer then be sure to check out her official site, where you can also found some of her color work.
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Puppies, kittens, infants: All adorable. And do you know why? Because they’re tiny. If you start to magnify these things, then you wind up with the substantially less cute wolves, jaguars and teenagers.
Yes, if there’s one thing nature teaches us, it’s that what may start out as an adorable little animal friend can quickly turn into horror when its itty-bitty mouth gets big enough to start eating your face. And when the little versions are already creepy, the big versions are the stuff nightmares are made of. Case in point: this ridiculously huge bug that was recently discovered.
You’re going to need a pretty big shoe if this monster comes flapping around your porch light
Armed with huge, nightmarish pincers, this is officialy the world’s largest insect. It was recently discovered in China’s Sichuan province by local villagers who handed them over to Insect Museum of West China. Several of these odd critters were examined by the museum and found to be unusually large specimens of the giant dobsonfly, which is native to China and Vietnam.
The giant dobsonfly makes its home in bodies of clean water and is highly sensitive to any changes in the water’s pH as well as the presence of trace elements of pollutants. If the water is slightly contaminated, the giant dobsonfly will move on to seek cleaner waters.
The insect can be found in other provinces in China, India’s Assam state, and in northern Vietnam. This is the first time it has appeared in Sichuan province.
Holy Shit! Is it Dangerous?
Even though it looks like it could make the heads of 20 elephants explode with a single bite, they are in fact quite harmless. The female, whose mandibles are more functional, might nip if provoked, but she too is harmless.
What happens when you seamlessly merge two animated gifs? Pure awesomeness, that’s what!
Enjoy and be sure to let us know which one is your favorite 🙂
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Amoo Hadji is allegedly 80 years old and lives in the village of Dezhgah (city of Farashband in Fars province of Iran). At first glance, Amoo Hadji barely looks human, but more like a creature from the Lord of the Rings. His skin is scaly, you can barely see his eyes anymore and I’m betting he doesn’t smell like roses. The reason for this is bizarre but actually quite simple, he doesn’t have a skin disease or terrible condition: he just hasn’t washed himself in over sixty years!
Nobody quite knows why Amoo Hadji decided to give up on personal hygiene. Of course everyone is different, but it’s still extremely difficult to understand why Amoo lives the life he does. What we do know is that he lives a simple life, with his most prized possession being a steel pipe… that he smokes animal dung with.
Pictures of Amoo Hadji’s lifestyle began to circulate after these pictures were posted on Reddit.
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This Iranian man, Amoo Hadji, hasn’t bathed in over 60 years.
The (allegedly) 80 year-old leads a fairly primitive life, with his most prized possession being a steel pipe… that he smokes animal dung with.
He seems to blend in with his surroundings.
He lives in the village of Dezhgah (city of Farashband in Fars province of Iran).
He enjoys smoking 5 cigarettes at once…
And, surprisingly, he does in fact own a mirror…
It’s unknown why he hasn’t washed himself in decades.
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I know what your thinking… Photoshop, right? But no this is actually a real photo of a Leopon, a hybrid resulting from the crossing of a male leopard with a lioness. The head of the animal is similar to that of a lion while the rest of the body carries similarities to leopards. These hybrids are produced in captivity and are unlikely to occur in the wild.
The first documented leopon was bred at Kolhapur, India in 1910. Its skin was sent to Reginald Innes Pocock by Walter Samuel Millard, the Secretary of the Bombay Natural History Society. It was a cross between a large leopard and a lioness. Two cubs were born, one of which died aged 2.5 months and the other was still living when Pocock described it in 1912. Pocock wrote that it was spotted like a leopard, but that the spots on its sides were smaller and closer set than those of an Indian leopard and were brown and indistinct like the fading spots of a juvenile lion. The spots on the head, spine, belly and legs were black and distinct. The tail was spotted on the topside and striped underneath and had a blackish tip with longer hairs. The underside was dirty white, the ears were fawn and had a broad black bar but did not have the white spot found in leopards. Pocock wrote that the closest he had previously seen to this type of hybrid was the lijagulep (Congolese Spotted Lion) bred in Chicago.
They have been bred in zoos in Japan, Germany, and Italy. Karl Hagenbeck, who produced many different hybrids, recorded the birth of leopons at the Hamburg Tierpark in Germany, but none survived to maturity. A leopon skin and skull at the British Museum comes from the animal bred at Kolhapur Zoo in India and was donated by Lt. Col. F.W. Wodehouse of the Junior United Services sometime between 1920 and 1940.
The most successful leopon programme was at Koshien Hanshin Park in Nishinomiya City, Japan. A lioness called Sonoko was mated by a leopard called Kaneo. The lioness voluntarily assumed a position on her side to allow the much smaller leopard to mount her. A litter of 2 hybrids was born in 1959 and 3 more were born in 1962. In captivity, the normally solitary male leopard remained with the family (social behavior is sometimes seen in captive specimens of normally solitary big cats). The hybrids proved to be sterile and the last one died in 1985. However, later leopons have successfully fathered cubs with liguars, hybrids between a male lion and a female jaguar. The resulting animal is called a leoliguar. The programme of cross-breeding was popular with the public, but it was criticised in zoological and animal welfare circles.
My mother taught me to never judge people on their appearance. But hey, she obviously never seen these mugshots! Running into any of these scary looking individuals in a dark alleyway would give me a heart attack. There is no doubt about it, these criminals are some of the most bizarre and unique individuals I have ever seen.
Unfortunately, we don’t know what these people did to get arrested. But looking at the guy above, we just go ahead and assume that he’s a super villain, caught while plotting to steal the Moon.
Well let’s not drag this out any longer and lets get to it, shall we?
Well there you have it, folks. If you have sub-dermal implants that look like horns, cover yourself with satanic tattoos AND are high on cocaine, cops will probably automatically assume you’re guilty. Sure, it may not be fair, but you’re not really doing yourself any favors.
Some of the pictures in this post cannot be unseen. So make sure you took notice of the NSFW in the title. Still here? Well then go ahead and check out these fascinating and bizarre cases of people that are born with extra body parts.
1. The Woman Who Was Born With 2 Vaginas
Hazel Jones always wondered why she suffered from terrible cramps and heavy periods during puberty. However, it wasn’t until she turned 18 that she was given her astonishing diagnosis; she has two vaginas.
The blonde 27-year-old woman from High Wycombe has the million-in-one condition called uterus didelphys, which means that she has two separate uteruses and cervixes.
Hazel went to the doctor after her long-term boyfriend told her that she was “different” in the genital area. Hazel says that she is comfortable with having the condition, despite the fact that she had to lose her virginity twice, essentially. (Source)
2. The Man Who Has Two Penises
A man with two functioning penises took questions on Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” and it was unlike any other Q&A you’re likely to read, amassing more than 15,000 comments. The man, who calls himself “DoubleDickDude” (DDD), was born with diphallia, a rare congenital condition that causes him to have two sex organs. There are reportedly around 100 cases of Diphallia worldwide.
Both penises are in the 6-inch range, but DDD says that one can get as large as 7 inches if he’s really aroused. DDD also helpfully provided evidence in the form of this picture. (Source)
3. The Boy Who was Born with an Extra Strand of DNA
A two-year-old boy has become the only person in the world to be diagnosed with an extra strand in his DNA. Brave Alfie Clamp was born blind and with severe disabilities, which led doctors to conduct various tests.
They revealed that his seventh chromosome has an extra strand of material which has never been documented anywhere in the world before.
Doctors are baffled at his condition, which is so rare that it does not have a name. They also have no idea whether his condition will improve or reduce his life expectancy. His parents, Gemma and Richard Clamp, only discovered something was wrong with their son after they first took him home. Within days, he was rushed back to the hospital after he stopped breathing and his lips turned blue. Then when he was six weeks old, doctors discovered that he had a rare abnormality in his DNA. (Source)
4. The Indian Boy Who was Born with Extra Limbs on His Chest
In 2010, this Indian boy, who was born with eight limbs and venerated as a god, underwent an operation to give him a chance at a normal life. 7 Year-old Deepak Paswan was born with a parasitic twin conjoined to his abdomen, giving him four legs and four arms but one head. Hindu pilgrims visited his home in the northern state of Bihar to worship him as an incarnation of the god Vishnu, who is often depicted with numerous limbs.
Deepak’s family, uncomfortable with the attention, appealed for help to pay for an operation to have the extra limbs removed and a hospital in the southern city of Bangalore offered to do the procedure for free. The pioneering surgery would normally cost around £50,000, a sum that his impoverished family could never have dreamed of affording. Happily, the grueling four-hour operation was a complete success. (Source 1 | Source 2)
5. The Baby Who Has Two Faces
14-Month-Old Kangkang was born with a deformity called transverse facial cleft, which gives him the appearance of having two faces, or looking like he is wearing a mask.
Hailing from the Hunan province, all signs pointed to a normal, healthy baby for young Yi Xilian, but once Kangkang was born, the truth was revealed. The poor child looks like he’s literally wearing a mask, due in part to a massive cleft that extends almost all the way up to his ears. Unable to see her son upon birth, the unfortunate mother, who is employed at a company that manufactures electronics in the Guangdong Province, pleaded and pleaded with her husband to see the newborn. After finally being handed the child, she broke down into tears. No one knows what causes this unfortunate condition, and it is incredibly expensive to treat, as Yi learned when she took Kangkang to a hospital in Changsha when he was 20 days old. The final tally was around 300-400,000 Yen, or approximately 80,000 to 100,000 dollars.
Thankfully, there is a happy ending, as Kangkang’s family has managed to gather together enough money for treatment at the People’s Liberation Army’s Military No. 163 Hospital.(Source)
6. The Man with Two Hearts Who Survived a Double Heart Attack
At first there didn’t seem to be anything unusual about the man who, in 2010, reported to a Verona, Italy emergency room. He was short of breath, sweating, and had low blood pressure – cardiovascular trouble, no doubt. E.R. doctors see similar symptoms all the time. Doctors thought they had a typical case of cardiac arrest until they examined the patient more closely and noticed his unusual medical condition. It turns out that the man actually wasn’t born with two hearts. His second heart arrived after an earlier medical procedure on his original heart.
The procedure, a heterotopic transplant, is done to pair a new, healthy organ with a diseased one. Of course, there’s an inherent risk that if the transplant goes too well you can develop two independent heart rhythms, especially in a scenario where one heart gets a little better. Apparently, that is exactly what happened to the Italian patient. After being admitted to the hospital, doctors administered drug therapy in an attempt to correct his dysrhythmia, only to have the medicine shut down both of his hearts. Then, doctors were able to successfully use a defibrillator to revive both hearts simultaneously. He’s now reportedly doing well with his two functioning hearts. (Source)
7. The Man Who was Born with Three Legs and Two Hearts
George Lippert was born in Germany in 1844. In addition to being born with three legs, he was also born with two functioning hearts, although that condition was unknown until his autopsy in 1906. His third leg was fully formed and even possessed an extra toe, giving Lippert a total of sixteen. The leg was not functional. Lippert claimed that his leg had been fully functional until it sustained a fracture.
Early in his career George was billed as the “only Three Legged Man on Earth” and he proved to be quite an attraction. Lippert even worked an exhibit with P. T. Barnum. However, evidenceindicates that he may not have been the easiest person with whom to do business. No photographs exist of George Lippert, except for a pitch card of a painting of Lippert that is shown above.
Lippert had a three-legged rival named Francesco Lentini. His fate was far more successful and he lived a long life, got married, and had children. He died in 1966 at the age of 78. Francesco (pictured on the right) was born in 1889 in Sicily. He was actually born with four legs, but the fourth limb was so poorly developed that he used to be considered a three-legged man. His third leg was fully functional. However, he also had a set of sixteen toes, and he had two sets of working male genitals. (Source)
8. The Baby Who was Born with Two Heads
Maria de Nazare, a 25-year-old Brazilian woman, believed when she was going into labor that she would be welcoming two babies into the world. Instead, just minutes before giving birth, tests revealed that the twins would share the same heart, lungs, liver, and pelvis. The babies have two brains and separate spines.
Maria de Nazare gave birth by caesarean section at a hospital in Anajas, in Brazil’s northern Para state, with her newborn weighing 9.9lbs. In a tribute to the religious celebrations at Christmas, she has decided to call the pair Emanoel and Jesus. The two-headed boy is, in reality, conjoined twins who share a single body. The condition is known as dicephalic parapagus, an extremely unusual form of conjoinment. The doctors who treated the woman claimed that at no point did the mother, who has three other children, appear distraught that her son has two heads.
Remarkably, this is the second time a two-headed baby was born in Brazil in 2011. Sueli Ferreira, 27, gave birth to a two-headed baby in Paraiba State, but it died a few hours later because of lack of oxygen to one of the child’s heads. Neila Dahas, director of the Santa Casa hospital, claimed that removing one of the heads was not even an option as both of the brains were functioning and breastfeeding. (Source)
9. The Woman with Two Uteruses Who Gave Birth to Triplets
It might seem unusual for a woman to have two uteruses, but the condition, known as uterine didelphys, occurs in about one in 1,000 women. In fact, Hannah Kersey, her mother, and her sister all have two wombs. But Hannah made history in 2006 when she gave birth to triplets; the 23-year-old woman from Northam in Devon had identical twins Ruby and Tilly, who were born from one womb, and Grace, who was born from the other.
There have been about 70 known pregnancies in separate wombs in the past 100 years, but the case of triplets is the first of its kind and doctors estimate the likelihood is about one in 25 million. (Source)
Nothing to see here. Just a guy with a 3rd nipple on his freakin’ leg!
This edible Optimus Prime is made of 700-800 individual pieces of gingerbread. And it doesn’t just look impressive—it also won its maker, artist Caroline Eriksson, a huge cash prize.
redditor downvotedagain posted Eriksson’s sweet Transformer, explaining the 3D and compositing artist is a friend of a friend and that she was entering Optimus Prime—which took a week and a half of full-time work to build—in a gingerbread contest. Later, he posted that she took home the 40,000 NOK (roughly $6,500 USD) grand prize. You can watch her post-victory television appearance, alongside her towering gingerbread sculpture. Ok, this made me hungry, but would you dare to eat this?!
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Mario is not just a gaming character, the iconic plummer is the most famous character in video gaming history, period. But his popularity isn’t just bound to video games: There are many references to Mario in modern pop culture and the mustached hero has also been the inspiration for many artists over the years. Here we have cooked up a selection of the most awesome Mario themed art for your enjoyment. I hope you like and if you have stumbled upon anything Mario related that you’d like to share, then be sure to send it along to be added to the list.
Lets start with some incredible (fan-made) Mario Concept art!
Mario Body Art
Mario Interior Design
Horrifyingly realistic looking Piranha Plant
Sculpture made from soda cans
The anatomy of Mario
Mario wedding cake
Luigi ice sculpture
You know Mario. Everyone knows Mario, but did you also know that the iconic Nintendo Mascot was once known by another name?
Ossan was the original name of Nintendo’s famous mascot during the early days of the Famicom, the Japanese equivalent to the Nintendo Entertainment System. The nickname Ossan means “middle-aged guy,” the internal name of Mario before he was known as Mr Video. Shigeru Miyamoto, originally designed Mario while developing Donkey Kong and named him “Mr. video”.
Ossan, the original Mario
The story goes that during localisation of Donkey Kong for North America, Nintendo of America’s warehouse landlord Mario Segale confronted the then-president of Nintendo America, Minoru Arakawa, demanding back rent. Following a heated argument, the Nintendo employees eventually convinced Segale he would be paid, and opted to name the character in the game Mario after him.
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Some great ideas that never really took off. I wonder why …
Instant karma is the gift of a front seat to someone getting what they richly deserve. Here we’ve rounded up 10 super satisfying gifs of people getting exactly what they deserve.
Who says life isn’t fair?
#2 Revenge is a dish best served cold and wet
We like to think the dog knew what was going on all along. If instant karma isn’t something to wag your tail about, we don’t know what is.
We wish this had audio so we could hear that guy clapping and cheering as he drove by.
#4 Ready, Aim, Fire
Listen closely: you can almost hear the sweet, rubbery smack of instant karma to the face.
#5 It’s A Sign
Even inanimate objects deserve a little comeuppins every now and again.
#6 Double Trouble
He put so much effort into the approach. Too bad he couldn’t stick the landing.
#7 Flat Tire
In Russia, tire flattens you.
#8 Stop, Thief!
This window fights on the side of justice.
#9 Little Birdie
Peck me once, shame on you. Peck me twice…and you’re dinner.
#10 Milking It
This moment of instant karma is brought to you by grocery store employees everywhere.
Some of you might already be familiar with Captain Circle Beard. But check out these guys — all of them are rocking a haircut that simply never should have existed.
And yep, these people totally exist!
More than four decades after Carlos Santana and his drummer Marcus Malone parted ways, the two were reunited on the streets of Oakland, California, where the talented musician has been living after falling on hard times. The heartwarming encounter was made possible thanks to the efforts of local news reporter Stanley Roberts. After boasting to the reporter that he was a composer and part-time landscaper who used to play with Carlos Santana’s original band, Stanley made some calls. As it turned out, Malone was telling the truth: the drummer once nicknamed ‘Marcus the Magnificent’ was part of the Santana Blues Band until 1968.
The two musicians, however, parted ways some 40 years ago when Malone was convicted of a crime and sent to San Quentin prison. Upon his release, Malone was unable to find a steady job and get back on his feet, and eventually became homeless. Meanwhile, Carlos Santana’s musical career skyrocketed, with his band’s appearance at the famed Woodstock music festival giving them the big break they’ve been waiting for.
Photo of a very young Carlos Santana, circa 1967, with Marcus Malone
After Roberts’ segment aired on TV December 9, Santana allegedly traveled to Oakland to try and find his down-on-his-luck former percussionist, whose fiery rhythms had helped catapult him to fame all these years ago. Being unable to locate Malone, Santana had his manager contact Roberts via Facebook and ask to set up a reunion. It’s not clear what, if anything, Santana plans to do to help his old friend, but in the video he talks about ‘hooking up’ with Malone.
Guitar legend Carlos Santana embraces his former percussionist Marcus Malone, who has been leaving on the streets of Oakland for years
Be sure to check out the video of this Christmas miracle below!
What you’re about to see will melt your brain! Believe it or not but the animals below are actually all 3D paintings!
Singapore-based artist Keng Lye created these near life-like sculptures of animals relying on little but paint, resin and an astonishing sense of perspective. Lye slowly fills bowls, buckets, and boxes with alternating layers of acrylic paint and resin, creating aquatic animal life that looks so real it could almost pass for a photograph. Enjoy and be sure to let us know which one is your favorite by dropping a comment below!
While selecting a city to travel or for living — our main concerns have always been to look at the safety of our family and ourselves. While most of us have known about the popular and safest places to live, travel or work: these cities are dangerous due to uncontrolled drug trafficking, violence, political corruption, and are highly dominated by ruthless and violent gangs.
Here’s a list of 25 of the world’s most dangerous cities!
#1 Recife in Brazil
The city may be largely unheard of, but Recife in Brazil had 1,656 homicides in a city of 3,717,640 inhabitants. The city is the fifth-largest metropolitan area in Brazil and it is commonly referred to as the “Brazilian Venice”, due to its many bridges and canals. So for a city that seems to have so much in its favor, why all of the violence?
Still just a boy: Giant, 17, poses with his gun and his medallion of St George. Brazilian drug gangs regularly recruit minors, who often get lesser sentences
#2 Medellin in Colombia
The 24th most dangerous city on the list is the city of Medellin in Colombia, with a reported 1,175 homicides per 2,393,011 inhabitants. It is believed that much of the violence can be blamed on criminal bands trying to gain control of certain territories.However, homicide is actually on the gradual decrease in this city, as 1991 alone reported 6,349 homicides.
#3 Cucuta in Colombia
If you’re thinking of travelling to Columbia any time soon, then take note. The city of Cucuta is highly dangerous, and it ranked 23 on the world’s most dangerous cities list. There was a reported 346 homicides for just 637,302 inhabitants.
200 Cucuta faithful held an impromptu wake in the stands of the General Santander Stadium in honor of 17-year-old Cristopher Jacome. According to La Opinion of Cucuta, the deceased was a member of the club’s “Barra del Indio” supporter group and was shot to death the previous day while playing football.
#4 New Orleans
New Orleans is the first American city to make it onto the list of the most dangerous cities in the world. There were a reported 93 homicides per 343,829 inhabitants. It is believed that many of the deaths are due to a high rate of gun crime, as well as gang warfare and drug lords.
Bystanders comfort a shooting victim while awaiting EMS at the intersection of Frenchmen and N. Villere Streets after authorities say gunfire injured at least a dozen people, including a child, at a Mother’s Day second-line parade in New Orleans on Sunday, May 12.
#5 Nuevo Laredo in Mexico
Nuevo Laredo in Mexico is also a city notorious for its high rates of crime and violence. The city has produced an alarming 288 murders for 385,315 inhabitants per year. It is reported that violence has particularly exploded since the Sinaloa Cartel entered the city to fight the Zetas.
The new chief of Public Security of Nuevo Laredo (north of Mexico, borde with the US) Alejandro Dominguez Coello lies dead in his car, 08 June 2005.
#6 Barquisimeto in Venezuela
Barquisimeto is estimated to have had 804 homicides for 1,120,718 inhabitants each year. In 2011, the Global Study on Homicide, published by the UN, placed Venezuela as the South American country with the highest rate of crime and violence.
Members of the National Guard take shelter before a riot in front of the prison Uribana, in Barquisimeto, Lara state, Venezuela, on January 25, 2013.
#7 Joao Pessoa in Brazil
Joao Pessoa is another dangerous city in Brazil. There was a whopping 508 homicides reported for 723,515 inhabitants. In December, president Dilma Rouseff stated that three in every 1000 Brazilian teens are murdered before turning 19. – Very dangerous indeed.
Slum district in Joao Pessoa, Paraiba, Brazil.
#8 Manaus in Brazil
The name of “Manaus” means “mother of the gods” in tribute to the indigenous nation of Manaós, However, this city is certainly not ‘godlike’, as it finds itself on this list. The ranking is established with 945 homicides for 1,342,846 inhabitants.
The Justice of the lawless state of Amazonas, in northern Brazil, investigates a television host, and former police officer, suspected of ordering crimes which were filmed by the production team and cast in their program. Former cop Wallace Souza “went on to create facts, ordered that crimes were committed to generate news for the program”
#9 Guatemala City
Guatemala City is also an extremely dangerous city to live in. A study revealed an alarming 2,063 homicides for 3,062,519 inhabitants. It is reported that the majority of crimes are caused by gunfire, and as a result, many are urging the government to take control.
Miriam Ramirez Amador, center, mourns her brother Roberto Amador, an anti-drug agent, during his funeral in Guatemala City on April 25. Roberto Amador was killed along with four other agents in a shootout with alleged drug traffickers.
#10 Salvador City in Brazil
Salvador City in Brazil had a shocking 2,391 homicides for 3,642,482 inhabitants, making it one of the most violent cities in the world. But the irony is that Salvador City is also known as Brazil’s ‘capital of happiness’ due to its countless popular outdoor parties, including its street carnival. All that violence doesn’t sound too happy to us!
Armed and dangerous: A young gangster nicknamed Giant, 17, poses with a gun atop the same hill. Salvador, which is a major tourist destination and a host city for the 2014 World Cup, is in the grip of an unprecedented wave of violence that has seen murder rates soar by more than 250 per cent
#11 Culiacan in Mexico
The city of Culiacan, in Mexico, is number 16 on the list. The report estimated that 549 homicides occurred for 884,601 inhabitants. The city of Culiacan is also the fourth Mexican city on the most dangerous cities in the world list. Looks like Mexico may also find itself on the “biggest decrease in tourism” list soon too.
Culiacan, Mexico, is the base of the Sinaloa cartel, one of Mexico’s most powerful drug trafficking organizations.
#12 Fortaleza in Brazil
Fortaleza in Brazil had 1,628 homicides per 2,452,185 inhabitants, which places it in the 14th spot on the list. Fortaleza is the 5th largest city in Brazil, however that does not make it a desirable place to live, as the high level of violence and murder is already beginning to drive residents away.
#13 Vitoria in Brazil
Vitoria in Brazil had a shocking 1,018 homicides for 1,685,384 inhabitants. In January, a one-year old girl was murdered during a robbery, sparking worldwide outrage and mourning. As a result, the city now has a notorious reputation for its high crime and murder rates, placing it securely on this list.
#14 Cuernaca in Mexico
Cuernaca in Mexico is also another city to end up on the world’s most dangerous cities, and this is due to the murder-per-capita ratio. The city had had 359 murders per 640,188 inhabitants – That’s very alarming indeed! It’s safe to say that this city will not be receiving many tourists in the near future!
In this Nov. 5 photo, armed men from to a self-defense group create a checkpoint in the city of Cuernaca, Mexico.
#15 Ciudad Juarez in Mexico
Ciudad Juarez in Mexico had 749 homicides for 1,339,648 inhabitants, according to the report this year. Regardless, at the start of the year, they showed a steady decrease in crime, from the 2,086 reported in 2011, to 750 in 2012. Perhaps in the next 5 – 10 years, this city won’t make the list at all?
A soldier stands guard on the top of a hill as faithful commemorate Good Friday during Holy Week in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
#16 Guayana in Venezuela
Guayana in Venezuela reported 578 homicides for 1,050,283 inhabitants. In February 2012, the Venezueal Observatory began the Campaign to Sensibilitize the Value of Life in Venezuela, hoping this campaign would spread the message of peace. If action such as this is continually taken, one can only hope that the violence and homicide will decrease dramatically.
Detroit is another U.S city to make the notorious list. There were a recorded 386 murders for 606,585 inhabitants in the last year alone. CQ Press also initiated a study of their own, and they believed that Detroit is certainly one of the most violent cities in the whole of the United States.
The Motor City tops the list of America’s Most Dangerous Cities for the fourth straight year thanks to a stubborn problem mostly with gang-related violence. Violent crimes — murder, rape, robbery and assault — fell 10 percent last year but are still running five times the national average.
#18 Sao Luis in Brazil
Sao Luis is another South American city on the list and it had 509 homicides per 1,014,837 inhabitants. For a town well known for its sea ports and beautiful, surrounding sea, it is a terrible sadness for the city to be suffering from such high levels of homicide, violence, and gang warfare.
Whose streets? A Brazilian drug gang member nicknamed Firecracker, 22, poses with a gun atop a hill
#19 Cali in Colombia
The city of Cali in Colombia ranks number 7th on the list, and much of this violence is a result of the drug cartels and guerrillas. It is estimated that there are 1,1819 homicides per 2,294,653 inhabitants. This wave of violence has occurred largely since 1995 after the Rodriguez Orejuela brothers were captured.
A drug addict smokes crack in ‘El Calvario’, a place where drug addicts come together to consume drugs, in downtown in Cali, department of Valle del Cauca, Colombia, on April 3, 2013.
#20 Maceió in Brazil
The city of Maceió in Brazil also made it onto the list, as there are reportedly 801 homicides per 932,748 inhabitants in the city – Shocking!
Radio Patrol Battalion (RP) military policemen patrol during an operation at the Brejal shantytown in Maceio, northeastern Brazil on March 12, 2012.
#21 Torreon in Mexico
Although this city is the ninth-biggest metropolitan area in Mexico and is one of Mexico’s most important economic and industrial centers, the violence in Torreon places the city in fifth place on the list. There are 1,087 murders per 1,147,647 inhabitants.
A member of Mexican federal police and paramedics help an injured man in the main entrance of the El Siglo de Torreon Newspaper, in Torreon, Coahuila State, on February 27, 2013.
#22 The Federal District in Francisco Morazan
When we heard that there is only one police officer per 1,752 inhabitants, then it did not surprise us that The Federal District in Francisco Morazan comes in as number four. There are approximately 1,149 murders per 1,126,534 inhabitants, and violence in this city is slowly spiraling out of control.
#23 Caracas, Venezuela
Caracas, Venezuela is also in a dire situation, as the city finds itself ranked at #3. It is reported that only eight of 100 crimes that take place will actually be punished, and there’s an average of 3,862 homicides per 3,247,971 people.
Riot police shadow a march of university students going along one of the main streets of Caracas, March, 15, 2011.
#24 Acapulco in Mexico
So which city is a close second on the list? The once-popular tourist destination of Acapulco in Mexico. A rise in murderous violence between drug lords and criminals has now made tourists avoid the sunny destination. The city reported 1,170 murders for 818,853 inhabitants.
A suspected drug-related execution victim lies on Acapulco’s famous Caleta Beach on March 4, 2012 in Acapulco, Mexico.
#25 Honduras’ San Pedro Sula
When it comes to the number one spot, Honduras’ San Pedro Sula takes the cake. Shockingly, San Pedro Sula had 1,218 murders for 719,447 inhabitants in 2012.
The bodies of six men murdered by suspected gang members lie in the parking lot of Ramon Villeda Morales Airport in San Pedro Sula, 240 kms north of Tegucigalpa in October 14, 2011.
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