Wednesday, October 29, 2014


These photos & all the text are from DISTRACTIFY.  I have not included all the pictures, due to space limitations.  

This is how future generations will remember us as people of the early 21st century. Take a moment with me to reflect on the conflicts, triumphs, and world changing moments all of us have witnessed together in the past 14 years. We chose this list of 100 photos to capture the most iconic moments so far.
The world welcomes in the new millennium. [2000]

 Steve Jobs introduces the first iPod [2001]

President Bush's reaction to news of a second plane striking the Twin Towers. He was reading to children at a Florida elementary school. [2001]

Firefighters raise the American flag on the ruins on the World Trade Centers [2001]

Archaeologists discover some of the oldest artworks known to man in Dordogne, France - over 12,000 years old. [2001]

A young Afghan woman shows her face in public for the first time after 5 years of Taliban Sharia law. [2001]

People gather water from a huge well in the village of Natwarghad in the western Indian state of Gujarat. More than 1 billion people still lack access to clean drinking water. [2003]
New York City is plunged into darkness after a power failure [2003]
U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman HM1 Richard Barnett, assigned to the 1st Marine Division, holds a child after she was separated from her family during a firefight [2003]
The Columbia Space Shuttle breaks apart during reentry [2003]
The first waves of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, which killed over 200,000 people, hit the shore.
Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moscovitz in 2004, after they had just launched FaceBook.
The Hubble Telescope takes a picture of what the universe looked like 13 billion years ago [2004]
The Christian world mourns the passing of Pope John Paul II [2005]

Isabelle Dinoire after receiving the world's first partial face transplant [2005]

Pearl Harbor survivor Houston James of Dallas embraces Marine Staff Sgt. Mark Graunke Jr. who lost a hand, leg, and eye while defusing a bomb in Iraq. [2005]

Tanisha Blevin, 5, holds the hand of fellow Hurricane Katrina victim Nita LaGarde, 105, as they are evacuated from the convention center in New Orleans. [2005]

The Tribute in Lights shines on the skyline of lower Manhattan in New York. [2006]

Michael Phelps celebrates after winning his 14th gold medal, setting the all-time record for most Olympic gold medals. [2008]

Barack Obama wins the 2008 election, becoming the first African American President.

US Airways Flight 1549 floats on the Hudson river after crash landing, miraculously, everyone survived [2009]

Kiki, age 7, is pulled from the ruins left by the Haiti earthquake and into the arms of his mother. [2010]

Elite runner Jaqueline Kiplimo helps a disabled Chinese athlete drink during the 2010 Zheng-Kai marathon. She stayed with him for several miles, costing her the 1st place finish and the $10,000 prize. [2010

Phyllis Siegel, 76, and Connie Kopelov, 84, are finally able to get married in New York. In the past decade, 17 US States, alongside 15 countries have legalized gay marriage. [2011]

San Francisco comes together to help batkid save the city - and to grant the wish of an ill child. [2013]

Markiyan Matsekh plays piano for police during the Ukranian revoloution. [2014]

To see the entire article, click here.  I urge you to see it; there is SO much more!!

Life is not always funny, but it CAN be beautiful----fishducky



  1. Some pretty heavy moments there.....it's funny, when they happen you don't think of them as iconic but when you line them up the way you have here....they tell a story that touches the heart.

  2. It's been quite a wild ride since 2000. Thanks for the memories.

  3. Thanks for the pictures. They brought back a lot of memories.
    I agree with you. Life is beautiful.

    1. Sometimes we have to search for the beauty, but it's THERE!!

  4. A glorious reminder that in the middle of the chaos, the disasters, the ugliness there IS beauty. And kindness. Thank you.

  5. I have seen all the photos. They are quite moving.


    1. I'm not sure, but I think I sent this to my DUCKIES!!

    2. I thought it came from you, but I couldn't remember for sure.

    3. It did, before I decided to post it!!

  6. Such powerful photographs and such vivid memories attached to them.

    1. Powerful is the perfect word for these photographs!!

  7. Each photo brought back a sad time or a proud time. The few that were new to me made me draw a deep breath. Wow.

  8. I have seen the entire article before, and sadly, aside from the memories I have, I thought it demonstrated the MAJOR differences between "our" news and the "world's" news. Clean drinking water and showing my face in public is not something that's ever been on my radar...

  9. Oh my! I just got your last 20 posts all in one email!! I've spent the last hour and 10 minutes reading and laughing and having a grand time! Better late than never, for sure!! :) :)

    1. Even I couldn't take 20 of my posts in one sitting!!

  10. It seems incredible that the ipod has only been around for 13 years and how many new versions of it since then?
    And Facebook, such a huge part of so many people's lives, is only ten years old!
    I LOVE that image of the boy being returned to his mother from under the rubble. Such joy in his face!

  11. This was amazing. So moving, it has given me chills. Thank you so much for sharing, I'm going to check out the full version now


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