The Statue of Liberty Was Once Just a Bunch of Parts in Paris
The Statue of Liberty: It’s hard to picture NYC without this iconic bronze beauty. But now thanks to Reddit, it may be hard to ever look at her the same way again. Before she was the guardian at the port, Lady Liberty was a bunch of pieces sitting in a public garden in Paris at a World’s Fair event. The artist made her in stages, which isn’t surprising considering how big she is.
Here, we can see all the components before the finished product, a 93-meter high masterpiece. Eventually, France gave her as a gift to its new ally, the United States. Merci, France!
Forced Perspective Techniques Were Used a Lot in the Movie Elf
Alternate angles are used a lot in movies. Thankfully, we usually don’t notice their technique: It would ruin the magic. For the movie Elf, a lot of scenes were an illusion. Here, Redditors tracked down a photo of a real shot that exposes the fakery. Did you really think Will Ferrell was that big? No way, we say. You were tricked. But don’t be too mad. It looked elf-like in the end.
Buddy looks so much larger than his friends at the desks, and it’s all thanks to a method called forced perspective. In filmmaking, you can always do something to make things appear to be closer, farther, larger, or smaller than they are. That’s the magic of movies!
Here Is the Classic Price Is Right Wheel From the Back
Bob Barker made The Price Is Right must-see daytime TV for gameshow lovers and housewives alike. He shouted “come on down” to lucky audience members, and they would begin guessing the prices of everyday household goods. Their excitement was contagious! Things have changed a bit on the show over the years, but longtime fans will never forget the original wheel. We wonder: What does it look like, from behind? The Alternate Angles community has the answer.
The reality: It doesn’t look quite as magical from the back. What is spray-painted in red? Who thought it was made of plywood? So many questions, so few answers. Boo!
This Is How Neil Armstrong’s Family Watched His Big Moon Launch
The world watched men walk on the moon in disbelief on TV. But many have no idea where the families of those astronauts watched it all go down. Reddit tracked down this fascinating photo of Neil Armstrong’s family. While 53 million saw the initial rocket from their sofas, the Armstrongs observed the launch of the Apollo 11 mission from the pier here. You might expect that they were in a control room somewhere. But you’d be wrong!
Eventually, 650 million humans watched the moon landing. Americans, in particular, felt a strong sense of patriotism and pride. We can only imagine Neil’s wife and kids felt that and so much more.
George Lucas really hit a stroke of genius with his spaceship fantasy series. Even people who have never seen Star Wars are quite familiar with the opening crawl. The film introduces each movie story with intriguing text: “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.” Then, the recent details are filled in, as the saga continues. But how was that little intro actually made, in the 1970’s? Alternate Angles has the answer, yet again.
You shouldn’t be surprised to see this photo that the Reddit crew tracked down, exposing the technique. Visual effects photographer Richard Edlund is preparing here for Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope with a tilted camera in hand. So basic, and so effective.
It’s Time To Find Out Precisely What’s Inside of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Leaning Tower of Pisa didn’t start out so sideways. It was built on what looked like normal ground, but its foundation later sank. Locals kind of liked the look, and they kept it. Since its construction, the leaning tower has had millions of tourists walk past its crooked majesty. But did any of them check to see what was inside this landmark? Reddit has tracked down a photo that provides a clue.
Surprisingly, it is empty in the middle! There’s nothing there, which is quite a contrast from its ornate exterior. If people knew the truth, would they still come to see it? We think yes. It’s still such a novelty!
Since 1963, Toucan Sam has been the mascot for Froot Loops that we all know and love. But come on, that’s a cartoon! We knew there was a real version of this bird, somewhere. Usually, this species keeps busy in the far away rainforests of South America. If we’ve seen any pictures of it at all, it’s probably from the side to show off its ultra-long beak. It is pretty impressive, we must admit.
Redditors have found a photo that shows the toucan from a different angle, here. What do you think about this look from the front? We say this bird is photogenic and knows it.
The Washington Monument Remained Unfinished for Years
The Washington Monument is a statue on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., honoring the first prez. That’s George Washington! He was once the commander-in-chief in the American Revolutionary War, and only an obelisk in his memory would do. But enough about that. Look at this picture, uncovered by Reddit. Did you know that the project stood unfinished for more than 20 years? Well, now you do. And here it is.
The project was halted from 1854 to 1877, because there was just a lack of funds. Thankfully, the country found the money to erect the rest. A founding father deserved better than this!
The Statue of Liberty Looks Incredible From the Top, Too
Freedom has its symbols in the United States, and a prime example is the Statue of Liberty. At her bottom is a famous inscription that has inspired millions upon arrival in the country. Poet Emma Lazarus wrote: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
That’s all well and good. But have you ever seen it from the above? We didn’t think so. Take a peek at a new angle Reddit discovered. Isn’t she gorgeous from the sky?
You’ll Never Guess What’s on the Back Panel of the Mona Lisa
The Mona Lisa is a portrait by Leonardo da Vinci from the Renaissance. The subject was a rich lady named Lisa Gherardini, and she would probably be surprised to find out that she is so well known today. Billions recognize her instantly! Even though she was a noblewoman, it’s a bit much. Her smile has been analyzed for centuries, and we probably know all we need to know about the artist’s technique, too. But we wonder: What’s on the back?
Anyone who saw Mona in her modern location in Paris missed this part. If you were to turn it around, you would see something that looks like art on an Indie album. Kind of cool, no?
It’s Leo the MGM Lion Getting Ready for His Close-up
Movie studio intros were tough in the old days: Everyone could do a basic cartoon, and that wasn’t innovative. How could you stand out in the crowd? MGM decided they wanted to feature a live lion. They wanted to capture the roar, for real. But how could you get a big cat to roar on cue, and not bite you? This man is trying to do exactly that, as Reddit has exposed.
“Leo the Lion” here is getting ready here for his close-up in 1928. Although that was the trademarked name, this kitty’s real name was actually Jackie. The more you know!
That Famous Construction Worker Image Was Shot on a Skyscraper
We have all seen that vintage poster of construction workers having their lunch on a hanging beam. It looks kind of scary, but they don’t seem fazed. Few of us would be willing to eat our sandwich up there, but we do appreciate the image. These 11 guys were hanging out at the Rockefeller Center during final construction, in 1932. How did the photographer capture the moment without falling himself?
Of course, Redditors tracked down the answer. The photographer was a man named Charles Ebbets. Here, he is about to take the most famous shot of his career. Well done, sir!
Author Stephen King once explained: “Humor is almost always anger with its make-up on.” Maybe that’s where he got his inspiration for the character Pennywise in the movie It. The story’s terrifying clown made us shriek in the theaters. The sewers in the film provided a dark and creepy location for violence. But did you know that no actual sewers were used? Behold, the alternative angle for the sewer system.
This set was built at the studio, and the behind-the-scenes photo shows what it looked like for actors and staff. It’s decidedly less scary, seen from this angle. But interestingly, it’s quite complex!
The Real Filming of the Bohemian Rhapsody Music Video
We heard it loud and clear: “Thunderbolts and lightning, very, very frightening me. Galileo, Galileo.” What did it all mean? Nobody knows, to this day. But Bohemian Rhapsody is still our favorite Queen song, and we definitely loved the video. At that time, music videos weren’t really that common. But the 1975 hit helped make this a norm. Alternate Angles found a great picture of the filming, and we are fascinated.
Fun fact: The video was completely filmed and edited in just nine hours. Queen rushed because of a deadline to air on Top of the Pops, a BBC music show. We think it all worked out, just as history planned.
The TV Audience Actually Looks Like From the Stage
Although we have all watched our fair share of television, most of us will never know what it looks like on the other side. And what we mean by that, is the stage itself. What does it feel like to be part of a show in front of a live audience? Alternate Angles found this photo to offer a clue. We’ve all had fantasies about being a star. But be honest: Would you feel comfortable up here?
It looks like this is a venue that hosts mega productions. Maybe it’s the Emmys. Maybe it’s the Grammys. We can’t say for sure, and it could be both. But one thing is clear right away: It’s intimidating!