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7 Stock Photos with Totally Made-Up Back Stories that Will Change Everything

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This single cherry. That's what it would have cost Tanzanian refugee Ahmadou Elsassian to purchase his crippled sister's freedom from Berber slave-traders. Ahmadou walked for seventeen days to Addis-Ababa through scorching desert to purchase his sister's ransom. His body was found by the side of the road, only 400 yards from the Berber camp, starved to death, clutching the above-pictured cherry in his emaciated palm.


Tu'u Uma was separated from her pod in 2002, and has returned to this spot in the Bering Sea every year to search for her family. Researchers say the 17 year-old orca will refuse to eat for the month following her annual pilgrimage.


This section of 8th Avenue in Harlem is where 88 year-old Jefferson Sanders' fiancée was struck the day before their wedding in 1951. He comes to this spot weekly to play his trumpet and remember. Sanders never married.


This watercolor of a bull was the final painting of blind, paralyzed Syrian refugee Rizmi Abramovitz, who suffered from the extremely rare and painful Thompson's Syndrome. Her miraculous ability to paint, although totally blind, astonished the medical community.


This is the last picture ever taken of a waterfall outside of Portland, Maine that was home to the only known population of Harcourt's snail. The snail had powerful curative compounds in its shell, which was believed by scientists to be the "holy grail" for simultaneously curing all cancer and heart disease. The waterfall, and the snail population, was destroyed forever in 2005 by real-estate developers.



19 year-old Sadasiva Patel invested his last 4500 rupees in a Chinese oil company's stock in 2013. After gaining 9.33%, he would have been able to cover the price of life-saving emergency surgery for his cousin, were it not for a tragic scooter accident that evening. The funds have been tied up in Indian estate court ever since.


The yellow line on this train platform shows where the Polzynewic concentration camp walls formerly stood. Each day, commuters step over, but not on, the yellow line as a sign of respect.

Richard is an engineer by day, and a political activist by night, fighting would-be totalitarians and government busybodies everywhere.