Cool Stuff on the Internet (#1)

Monday, September 29, 2014

In this day and age most of us basically live on the Internet. We get up and the first thing most of us do is check our phones: any new texts, tweets, likes? Oh and when we're out and about in public, most of us are glued to our phones. Well this got me thinking, the Internet is so HUGE that sometimes you get lucky enough to stumble upon a hidden gem. So I thought I'd share some of the hidden gems I've found through my short but on-going Internet career in a new series called "Cool Stuff on the Internet" (creative I know.) Now I'm not promising that they're all going to be extravagant and super cool, but I hope you'll find them somewhat interesting.

To start off I thought I'd go with something that just makes me smile every time I see it: Humans of New York, or HONY.


If you're on any social media you've probably heard of Humans of New York, but if you haven't yet, you'll know now (hopefully)! (:

I first stumbled upon HONY on Facebook. I was scrolling through my feed and one of my friends had shared a picture from the page, so I clicked on it and once I got on the page I stayed for a while, scrolling through the beautiful moments captured by Brandon Stanton.

Humans of New York was started in the summer of 2010 by a cool dude named Brandon Stanton. At first it started as a small project to try to get a mini-catalogue of New York City's 10,000 inhabitants and plot their photos on a map, but once Stanton started photographing his small project turned into a #1 New York Times bestselling book and gathered a following of 10 million+ on social media! Now along with his photographs, Stanton collects quotes and short stories from the strangers he meets and posts them alongside his photographs on his blog, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To read more about Stanton click here!

Stanton is currently on a world tour so you get a tiny peek into the world along with New York! Also, he's coming out with a new book: Little Humans, which will be a collection of photographs of kids and their stories! You can pre-order here, here or here!

The reason why I enjoy seeing and reading Humans of New York is that it gives you a tiny glimpse into the lives of other people. To be able to see and read just tiny bits of people's lives, random strangers, I don't know how to describe it but it just evokes so many different emotions ranging from a beaming smile to close to tears.

Here are a few of his most recent photographs along with his captions. These are all taken from his Facebook page and are just here to show you guys a small sample of his work. To check out the rest of Stanton's work you can check out his social media sites that I mentioned above.
"Today in microfashion...(Mexio City, Mexico)"
"He called and said that he was going to commit suicide if I left him. But he'd already blackmailed me so many times before, and I was so tired of it, that I told him I didn't care and hung up. When I called back three hours later, a cop answered the phone." (Mexico City, Mexico)"

"After I took the photo, my translator sat next to her on the bench, while I sat on the ground. The woman motioned for me to sit on the bench. Since there was barely any room, I declined. But she insisted. I declined again. But she insisted again, so I finally squeezed into the empty spot. Then she groaned and said: 'He's got a huge ass.' (Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon, Vietnam)"
"I'd had five operations on my uterus, and after the last one, the doctor sat me down and told me that I would never have a child. He scheduled a surgery to have my uterus completely removed. I wanted a baby so much, so it was almost like hearing that my life was over. One week later, I started feeling strange. I started craving bread and falling asleep early, but I've always had problems my hormone levels, so I thought it was nothing. My friends would joke that I was pregnant, but it was too hurtful for me to even joke about. Then after three months, I felt so bad that I had to spend a day in bed, and after that my friend drove me to the pharmacy and forced me to take a pregnancy test. I came home and laid the test on the counter without even looking at it. I didn't want to be let down again. Then right before I went to bed, I finally looked, and there it was. After all these years, I still have that test. One month before they were going to remove my uterus, I'd finally gotten pregnant. (Mexico City, Mexico)"

"I have a Masters in history, a Masters in anthropology, and a PhD in education.""What would you say has been your greatest accomplishment?""My personality. (Mexico City, Mexico)"

Did you know about Humans of New York? If so, what do you think? If not, are you going to check it out? Let me know in the comments below! AND if you know of any cool stuff on the internet I'd love to hear about it. And who knows...maybe I'll write a post about it next time!

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  1. I love humans of new york!! great post, and beautiful writing. xo

    1. Me too! Thank you, that means a lot! :D

      Lots of Love,
      Manpreet xx