These Death Masks Let You See What Historical Figures Actually Looked Like. Is That Isaac Newton Or Robin Williams?

Death masks are molds of deceased people’s faces that were cast following their death. They can be made from wax, plaster, and bronze (among other things). The masks date all the way back to ancient Egypt. Their popularity has decreased over the years, perhaps because of the easy access many of us have to cameras and definitely because it’s really weird to have some dead person’s head on display in your living room. As creepy as they are, they do provide us with something other than nightmares: an accurate representation of what a person looked like. Check out what that means for some of the most famous and powerful men the world has ever seen!

1. Leo Tolstoy

2. Abraham Lincoln

3. Alfred Hitchcock

4. Alfred Nobel

5. Benjamin Franklin

6. Voltaire

7. Isaac Newton

8. James Joyce

9. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

10. John Keats

11. Vladimir Lenin

12. Samuel Morse

13. Ludwig Van Beethoven

14. Woodrow Wilson

15. Napoleon Bonaparte

16. Nikola Tesla

(via: Reddit) Maybe we should think about implementing a similar thing for dating websites. No more trying to figure out if those profile pictures were the only five times the person looked good in their lives, just one dating mask (cast at 7 AM on a Monday morning) for you to base your decision on. Share this post using the button below.

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Elderly Man Stands Out By The Road Every Day Selling Wood For A Heartbreaking Reason

After a long battle with illness, medical bills can be absolutely overwhelming.

When Jessica Pittman drove by an older couple selling wood by the side of the road one day, she stopped to talk to them what they were doing and learned that Helen and Kenneth Smith were just trying to pay for Helen’s medical bills. Her battle with lung cancer had been expensive and they were not rich people.

A year later, Pittman drove by the same spot and saw the same sight, except this time it was just Kenneth. Helen had passed away.

Still saddled with the costs of her treatment, Kenneth was trying to pay off the hospital charges $5 at a time with bags of kindling.

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Pittman was so touched that she took to Facebook to tell everyone to buy kindling from the grieving man.

She wrote, “My heart breaks every time I pass him. He waves at every single car that passes…Precious man. I can’t buy it all! Anyway, we can all spare $5 to help this sweet man.”

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This Dog Figured Out That If He Plays Dead, He Can Seriously Freak Out His Brother

None of my dogs have ever learned how to play dead…but I’m sure if they did, they would use it to their advantage all the time.

“Oh my god, Fido looks ill. Should we give him a treat?” Yeah, that seems plausible.

Jack, however, has learned that if he plays possum around his brother, he can get a hilarious reaction.

The cute pooch has mastered the art of playing dead and loves to pull the prank on his buddy Archie. Remaining still for almost 30 minutes, Jack was able to fool the worried pup into believing that his best friend was actually dead. Jack is so good at this “game”, in fact, that his owner Sam even had to double check to make sure he was still breathing.

“Dude…DUDE? WAKE UP!”

Jack might just have himself an acting career in the future. He’s certainly on par with this pup..

What’s the craziest trick your dog can do?

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If You’re Headed To Lake Tahoe This Summer, Watch Out For The Plague

For those on the West Coast, no place is more magical for a vacation in nature than Lake Tahoe. However, if you’re planning a visit for your summer vacation, you might want to think twice…or at least consult your doctor first. That’s because researchers recently discovered the presence of bubonic plague nearby.

During routine testing of the rodent population near Lake Tahoe, a flea pulled from a yellow-pine chipmunk tested positive for the presence of bubonic plague.

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While this took place in May, the results were only recently confirmed by state officials. However, further testing has been scheduled to determine exactly how this chipmunk came to carry the plague.

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Bubonic plague is a deadly bacterial infection spread by chipmunks, squirrels, and other rodents. It’s possible for humans to contract the disease when they’re bitten by bugs that have come into contact with infected rodents.

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Symptoms include fever, nausea, weakness, and swollen lymph nodes. These signs usually show up within two weeks of initial contact and can turn deadly if not treated swiftly with antibiotics.

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This doesn’t mean you need to cancel your trip to Lake Tahoe this summer, but it does mean you should stay up to date. Risking the plague for a nice vacation just isn’t worth it.

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(via CBS)

I think I’ll just stick to city life this summer. Nature is honestly too scary.

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dies at age 79

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the longest-serving Supreme Court Justice, reportedly died today at age 79 of natural causes.

From Texas Gov. Greg Abbott:

Justice Antonin Scalia was a man of God, a patriot, and an unwavering defender of the written Constitution and the Rule of Law. He was the solid rock who turned away so many attempts to depart from and distort the Constitution. His fierce loyalty to the Constitution set an unmatched example, not just for judges and lawyers, but for all Americans. We mourn his passing, and we pray that his successor on the Supreme Court will take his place as a champion for the written Constitution and the Rule of Law. Cecilia and I extend our deepest condolences to his family, and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.

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