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Pictures that make me stop and stare

4 June 1962. Navy chaplain Luis Padillo was walking around giving last rites to dying soldiers as sniper fire surrounded him. A wounded soldier pulled himself up by clinging to the priest’s cassock, as bullets chewed up the concrete around them.

Father Luis Padillo | Iconic Photos

In one fell swoop, Samson eliminated the entire Philistine leadership. But could one man pull down an entire temple? Archaeologists have uncovered two Philistine temples that share a unique design: two central wooden pillars resting on stone supports about six feet apart supported the roof. A strong man could dislodge them from their stone bases and bring the entire structure down. The archaeological findings match the Biblical story perfectly and attest to the plausibility of the account.

Long exposure shot of a violinist playing with a light attached to his bow.

Ok so this guy attaches a camera to his surfboard so he can take pictures of himself while surfing. It constantly took pictures, even while waiting, and this is one of the pictures he saw while going through the camera. - One of my fave posts, I would be such a wreck after learning this.

Chiune Sugihara. This man saved 6000 Jews. He was a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania. When the Nazis began rounding up Jews, Sugihara risked his life to start issuing unlawful travel visas to Jews. He hand-wrote them 18 hrs a day. The day his consulate closed and he had to evacuate, witnesses claim he was STILL writing visas and throwing from the train as he pulled away. He saved 6000 lives. The world didn't know what he'd done until Israel honored him in 1985, the year before he died.

Jackie screams for help as her husband, the President, falls wounded to the seat. I have never before seen this shot. I wonder why it has taken so long to get in to the public domaine? No words can describe this moment. I was 13 years old.

this photograph intrigues me so much! why isn’t this the most famous photo from 9/11 instead of the falling man? isn’t 2 people holding hands after jumping more significant than 1 man? it makes me wonder what the story is behind this photo, were they friends or lovers? or just strangers who were too scared to jump alone? it shows that people need a helping hand even in their final moments

Prisoners Orchestra Sunday concert for SS Auschwitz. USHMM (81216), courtesy of Instytut Pamieci Narodowej

John McColgan, the BLM firefighter who took this photo August 6, 2000 during fires in the Bitterroot Valley said he "just happened to be in the right place at the right time." Photo by John McColgan, Alaska Fire Service.