Chilling Photographs That'll Change Your Perspective

By Sophia Maddox | January 21, 2024

More than a pretty face, Brigitte Bardot retired in 1973 to devote her life to animal rights. 

Things aren't always as they seem. This collection of photographs will show you a view of history – its people, places, and events – that offers a different perspective than what we see in our history books. You will see famous people before they were stars, the final moments of some people's lives, fads and trends of the past, and some intriguing slices of life in days gone by. History is full of fascinating little tidbits that make for wonderful stories. All we need to do to find them is to change our perspective.

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Brigitte Bardot left her status in Hollywood when she decided to devote her live to animal rights. (Pinterest)

Brigitte Bardot earned a reputation as a femme fatale in the 1950s and 1960s. She appeared in more than 40 films and recorded a slew of musical albums. Despite her fame, Bardot felt drawn to activism. In 1973, she walked away from the spotlight to devote herself to a cause that was near and dear to her heart. Animal rights. She used her famous name and even more famous face to raise money for the protection and welfare of animals. She founded the Brigitte Bardot Foundation in 1986 to help further her work in animal activism. She has been outspoken against cultural practices around the globe that have put animals in danger, from seal hunting in Canada to the consumption of horse meat to bullfighting in Spain. 

Noted biologist Alice Eastwood inspecting the fault fissure left behind near Olema, California, after the 1906 earthquake rattled the San Andreas Fault.

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The 1906 earthquake offered a chance for all kinds of scientists to study the seismic event. (Wikipedia)

The epicenter of the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906 was actually north of the city near the sparsely populated, Olema, California. As this photograph from the time shows, the fault fissure was clearly visible. It ran for miles. This allowed scientists to study the fault line, even scientists from other disciplines. In this photo, Canadian-born botanist Alice Eastwood is observing the damage. Eastwood, a self-educated botanist, was the head of the botany department at the California Academy of Sciences at the time of the 1906 earthquake. She remained in this position until she retired in 1949. During her tenure, the department enjoyed tremendous growth.