Category: History

People Are Sharing ‘Alternate Angles’ Of Iconic Events And Places In History, Here Are 30 Of The Best

Close your eyes, and imagine the Statue of Liberty. You’ll probably picture its gigantic size, powerful posture, its intense face, the seven spikes of its crown, the way she’s holding a torch… Even if you’ve never seen it in real life, your mind most likely has a common image of it that most people have.

Thanks to the media, popular culture and instant access to virtually any information, we all have developed common perspectives of things, places and historical events. But what if we take a look at the Statue of Liberty from a completely different angle, let’s say, the very back of its head?

Well, one excellent corner of Reddit named “Alternate Angles” may have an answer or many answers to things we see at their face value. In fact, this relatively new online community created in 2019 is dedicated to showing a whole new viewpoint of “iconic events and places in history beyond the traditional well-known photos and videos.”

The result is fresh perspectives and never-before-seen angles that prove there’s so much more than what meets the eye! Plus, scroll down for the interview with the awesome moderator team behind the Alternate Angles subreddit.

#1 Aa Of The Sphinx – It Has A Tail!

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#2 Onlookers In Horror And Disbelief As They Watch The Twin Towers Collapse On 9/11

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#3 Photo Of A Hiker Watching The Eruption Of Mt. St. Helens From Mt. Adams, About 37 Miles To The East.

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These days, when there’s so much content being shared on Reddit, it’s becoming hard to stand out from the rest of the subreddits. But the Alternate Angles subreddit proves that the internet can be an incredible place where we can all learn something new every day and expand our horizons.

With 132k members, Alternate Angles has been sharing a bunch of very interesting pics that show various objects, places, and events from unusual angles. It comes as a breath of fresh air where the dedicated and professional moderator team stands at the core of it.

#4 Bob Ross Before His Perm + Beard

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#5 Onlookers Reacting To The Explosion Of The Challenger Space Shuttle

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#6 Prince William Giving “Middle Finger” After Prince Louis’ Birth

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“The origins are really quite simple,” the mod team told Bored Panda and continued: “A comment in another subreddit of famous pictures suggested that someone should create a sub of different views of famous pictures, which led to the creation of r/AlternateAngles by u/Murkon and another Redditor who decided to step down and is no longer a moderator.”

Most importantly, we asked the moderators to explain the very concept of Alternate Angles. They said that “it can be summed up by a rule: Limit all submissions to alternate views, or unique perspectives, of well-known locations, items, people, and events. An alternate angle of your kitchen does not qualify but Gordon Ramsay’s kitchen does.”

Having said that, the moderators added that determining what is “well known” is subjective. Hence, “the occasional post of an obviously non-well-known picture slips through, but we strive to keep with the original objective.”

#7 Charles Ebbets Photographing “Lunch On A Skyscraper”, The Famous Picture Of Workers In NY Eating Their Lunch On A Hanging Steel Beam

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#8 The David Statue Protected By Bricks During Ww2

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#9 Neil Armstrong’s Family Watching His Launch To The Moon-1969

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Turns out that much harder posts to moderate are those that are fakes or photoshopped. For this reason, the team relies on “the fantastic and active user base to help out with those.”

When asked to share some of their own personal Alternate Angles posts, the moderator team said they “could have spent hours culling through thousands and thousands of posts to pick out more.” However, they picked a couple ones for our readers to enjoy: the Lincoln Memorial before the reflecting pool, recording Leo the Lion (the MGM’s iconic mascot), this alternate angle of one of the biggest tragedies in US history, and this rare view of the back panel of Mona Lisa.

#10 A More Depressing View Of The Taj Mahal

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#11 The Statue Of Liberty At The 1878 Paris World Fair Before Being Fully Assembled And Shipped To The United States

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#12 Backside Of Tutankhamuns Mask

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#13 Different View Of The Pyramids

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#14 Queen Filming The Iconic Bohemian Rhapsody Music Video In 1975

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#15 Lincoln Memorial Before The Reflecting Pool

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#16 I Have A Dream

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#17 The Tank Man Photo From The Day Of The Tiananmen Square Massacre In 1989, Uncropped

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#18 Star Wars Episode Iv Opening Crawl

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#19 The Beatles Lining Up For The Abbey Road Album Cover Photo

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#20 Tiananmen Square Before The Infamous Picture, The Guy Is In The Top Left, 1989

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#21 Lady Liberty

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#22 The Nevermind Baby Getting Out Of The Pool

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#23 North Korean Founder Kim-Il Sung Had A Baseball Sized Tumor On The Back Of His Head. North Korean Propaganda Officials Had All Photos Taken Of Him From The Left Side. This Is One Of The Few Candid Photos Of The Tumor

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#24 Sydney Opera House From Top

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#25 Alternate Angle Of The Phantom Menace

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#26 The Leaning Tower Of Pisa Is Empty On The Inside

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#27 Behind The Price Is Right Wheel

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#28 Vincent Van Gogh

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#29 Not The Typical View Of The Tiananmen Square Protests…

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#30 The Position Of The Camera Man Who Took The Picture Of The Dallas Shooter

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50 Funny Pics To Prove That The Best Way To Learn History Is Through Memes

Our avid readers will know how much we love memes here at Bored Panda, from science memes, viral 2020 memes, and very literal memes to more specific memes like jokes and memes for women to relate to and car memes to laugh at while you’re stuck in traffic. Because memes are the unofficial language of the internet and if you haven’t been off to the moon lately, you’ll surely know how to speak a word or two.

So this time, we have a special treat for your inner nerd or anyone who missed that once-in-a-lifetime chance to make their history teacher proud. Yep, we’re talking dates, events, and contexts that happened either far back or quite recently in the past.

Welcome to the history memes fueled by the r/HistoryMemes subreddit, where a whopping 2.7M members and self-confessed history experts crack jokes about the old days. Scroll down and upvote your favorites!

#1 I See What U Did There

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#2 Selective Breeding

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#3 A Joke Book From 1940

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Internet memes have been a widely used visual form of online rhetoric since the early 2000s. Today they have become a prominent method of communication across the internet, but as a research subject, they’re still not very well-examined.

With 20 years of communicating in memes, we still don’t know their exact implications, says Rebecca Ortiz, an assistant professor of advertising at the Newhouse School. “Research on internet meme effects is still in its infancy. But we can look to past media effects research to hypothesize how people may be influenced by them.”

#4 But At Least They Have The Cool Building With All The Flags In It

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#5 Professionals Have Standards

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#6 History Repeats Itself

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We should never underestimate the power that social media and the content that’s surfing there has on our beliefs, identities, and culture. “The most shareable content on social media will reach the most people and potentially have the greatest effect,” she said.

Think of memes as bits of humor that capture shared cultural meanings and speak to some of the largest audience on our planet. “[They] are some of the most shareable pieces of content on social media and therefore they deserve scrutiny and better understanding as to how they may influence us,” Ortiz explained.

In that sense, understanding a meme is a way to bond with people and feel a strong sense of community. We as humans are wired to do so, so memes are the perfect gateway to that.

#7 Not The Tea

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#8 Scientifically Proven

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#9 So Much Spice!

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#10 If You Don’t Believe Me Look At China Right Now

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#11 They Here Cause You Dragged Them Her

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#12 Black Panther Flashbacks

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#13 Ah, Good Times

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#14 Enslaving People Because Of Color Skin? Absolutely Barbaric!

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#15 I Dont Think You Want

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#16 Just Make Up Your Mind!

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#17 A Toast To The Irish

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#18 UK Is Like Belgium

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#19 What A Nice Little White Girl

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#20 Life’s A Witch

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#21 A Rare Glimpse Of A History Meme In The Wild

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#22 Oh Well Its Not Like We Can Do Anything About That

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#23 *laughs In Nazi Gold*

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#24 This Country Is Gonna Be Lit!

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#25 Literally Grave Robbers

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#26 Also Forgot To Mention Hera Was His Sister…still A Classic Though

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#27 Ratatouille’s Revenge

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#28 The Madlad

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#29 I’m So Lucky

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#30 “George, I’ve Just Noticed Something…”

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#31 Belgian History 101

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#32 It’s Not Even Close Really

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#33 The Grand Tour Has A Lot Of Meme Potential

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#34 This Is In The Book I’m Reading

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#35 God Is An Englishman

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#36 One Of Our Fellow Scholars

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#37 Guten Tag, Polen

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#38 Coincidence? I Think Not

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#39 So True

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#40 Oh No

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#41 Not Sure If This Has Been Done Before

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#42 All Road Lead To Rome

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#43 Quick Fake China Is Asleep! Up-Vote Flag Of Real China

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#44 Sparta, This Is

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#45 Faked Their Deaths

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#46 Manifest Destiny Be Like

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#47 Yeah, Someone Definitely Used A Ruler To Draw Some Of These Borders

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#48 Not Cool Andrew Jackson

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#49 We See Through Your Disguise, Himmler

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#50 Are We The Baddies?

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