Famous faces are brought to life in newly colourised photos

In living color! Student brings old images of famous people including Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin and a young David Attenborough to life by colorizing them using oil paints

  • Classics student Mads Madsen, 25, who lives in Denmark, has colourised hundreds of images by hand
  • Was inspired after watching videos on Reddit and seeing another artist’s work which ‘blew him away’
  • Revealed he often chooses which monochrome photos to colourise based on the colour of a person’s eyes

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A Danish student with a fascination for ‘beautiful eyes’ has colourised black and white photos of famous faces including Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. 

Mads Madsen, 25, who lives in Denmark, worked his magic on hundreds of images by hand using oil paint since discovering the technique online.

Also among his collection are images of British national icons David Attenborough and Audrey Hepburn, as well as US astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. 

Madsen told Bored Panda he was browsing Reddit when he found old pictures which had been colourised by an elderly woman. He said her work ‘blew him away’ so he started trying the technique himself. 

Mads, who is studying for a Master’s degree in Classics, said he chooses which photos to colourise based on the person’s eyes. 

‘I’ve always had a fascination with beautiful eyes, and that’s how I pick most of my photographs,’ he said. Check out some of his best photos below.    

Mads Madsen, 25, who lives in Denmark, has colourised hundreds of images by hand using oil paint since discovering the technique online. Pictured:  Hollywood superstar actress Marilyn Monroe in 1957. She died in 1962

Hollywood legends Paul Newman and Clint Eastwood are pictured above in 1972, when they met outside a motel in Tucson, Arizona, 1972

Hollywood legends Paul Newman and Clint Eastwood are pictured above in 1972, when they met outside a motel in Tucson, Arizona, 1972

Deaf-blind author Helen Keller is seen greeting British actor Charlie Chaplin in 1919 in this newly colourised snap

Deaf-blind author Helen Keller is seen greeting British actor Charlie Chaplin in 1919 in this newly colourised snap

Mads said he often chooses which photos to transform on the basis of what colour the subject's eyes are. Pictured: British broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough petting a macaw in around 1950

Mads said he often chooses which photos to transform on the basis of what colour the subject’s eyes are. Pictured: British broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough petting a macaw in around 1950

Audrey Hepburn, who was born in 1929 and died in 1993, was a British film and fashion icon. Pictured here in a newly colourised portrait

Audrey Hepburn, who was born in 1929 and died in 1993, was a British film and fashion icon. Pictured here in a newly colourised portrait

British author and journalist George Orwell, whose real name was Eric Arthur Blair, wrote the iconic book 1984. Pictured here in one of Mads' colourised images

British author and journalist George Orwell, whose real name was Eric Arthur Blair, wrote the iconic book 1984. Pictured here in one of Mads’ colourised images

American pilot and aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart (pictured) was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She disappeared in 1937 while attempting to circumnavigate the world

American pilot and aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart (pictured) was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She disappeared in 1937 while attempting to circumnavigate the world

Neil Armstrong flew on NASA's Apollo 11 mission in 1969 and was the first man to walk on the moon

Buzz Aldrin (right) flew with him and was the second man to walk on the lunar surface

Neil Armstrong flew on NASA’s Apollo 11 mission in 1969 and was the first man to walk on the moon. Buzz Aldrin (right) flew with him and was the second man to walk on the lunar surface. Pictured in newly colourised images

Albert Einstein pictured laughing at a dinner party

The genius pictured in 1948

Physicist Albert Einstein, whose general relativity theory underpins modern science, is seen in 1948 in the right-hand photo. On the left, he is seen laughing at a dinner party. The date is unknown

English mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing, who helped to crack the German Enigma code in the Second World War during his work for the British Government at Bletchley Park

English mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing, who helped to crack the German Enigma code in the Second World War during his work for the British Government at Bletchley Park

Electrical engineer Nikola Tesla, with Roger Boskovich's Book 'Theoria Philosophiae Naturalis', sits in front of one of his inventions in New York

Electrical engineer Nikola Tesla, with Roger Boskovich’s Book ‘Theoria Philosophiae Naturalis’, sits in front of one of his inventions in New York 

Rebel US actor James Dean is seen above at the peak of his fame. He died in 1955 at the age of just 26

Rebel US actor James Dean is seen above at the peak of his fame. He died in 1955 at the age of just 26

Leading Nazi politician Joseph Goebbels is seen in 1933 staring fiercely at photographer Albert Eisenstaedt after discovering he was Jewish. Eisenstaedt himself is quoted as saying: 'He stared at me with hate in his eyes'

Leading Nazi politician Joseph Goebbels is seen in 1933 staring fiercely at photographer Albert Eisenstaedt after discovering he was Jewish. Eisenstaedt himself is quoted as saying: ‘He stared at me with hate in his eyes’

Abraham Lincoln and Major General George Mcclellan pictured during the American Civil War in 1862

Abraham Lincoln and Major General George Mcclellan pictured during the American Civil War in 1862

Bride asks guests, including her own family, to write 250-word essay to get an invite to her wedding

Bride asks guests, including her own family, to write a 500-word ‘essay’ to get an invite to her wedding after she was forced to cut the list due to COVID-19

  • A bride has been slammed after asking guests to ‘apply’ to attend her wedding 
  • Her sister said wedding guests were asked to write a 500-word essay
  • The essay needed to explain why the guest wanted to attend the abroad event
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the venue asked the bride to cut the guest list 
  • The sister refused to meet to demand, which upset her parents and the bride
  • Others online offered creative suggestions to the ‘insane’ demand

A bride-to-be has left her sister shocked and upset with her ‘insane’ demand after asking guests to formally submit a 500-word essay on why they wish to attend. 

The 27-year-old sister said the wedding was postponed to February 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic and so the bride was forced to cull her guest list.

‘Her original venue has made her cut down on guests because they’re cutting capacity by half,’ the sister wrote in an online Reddit thread, adding: ‘As a result she’s sending out ‘re-invites’ that asks everyone to RSVP again.’

‘In order to figure out who to invite and who to cut, she’s asking all confirmed guests to submit two 250-word “essays” to two questions.’ 

A bride-to-be has left her sister shocked and upset with her ‘insane’ demand after asking guests to formally submit a 500-word essay on why they wish to attend (stock image) 

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The two questions included ‘why do you still want to celebrate this day with us?’ and ‘what will attending our wedding mean to you specifically?’

The idea behind the essays is to make it easier for the couple to decide who from the guest list is more ‘enthusiastic’ about wanting to attend their special day.

The sister also said those who don’t write the essays at all will be ‘automatically disqualified’.

The sister said she felt ‘insulted’ by the request and told the bride she will not be writing an essay on why she needs to attend her wedding.

But this response did not sit well with the bride, who said ‘to keep things fair’ she needs to submit a written RSVP otherwise she ‘won’t be saved a spot’ on the day.

The 27-year-old sister said the wedding was postponed to February 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic and so the bride was forced to cull her guest list (Reddit post pictured)

The 27-year-old sister said the wedding was postponed to February 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic and so the bride was forced to cull her guest list (Reddit post pictured)

‘I said “fine with me”. Then my parents said if I don’t show up, I’m going to be in big trouble with all our relatives so [I should] just write the essays,’ the sister said.

‘I’m already annoyed at the thought of spending thousands and coming home to quarantine, but I will not belt out 500 words on how this is totally my choice.’

She then asked the Reddit forum who is in the wrong during this situation, and many provided creative responses. 

‘I would definitely send in two essays. The first would say “Mum/Dad said I have to come or I’m in BIG trouble” over and over again until you hit 250. The second, “I’m your sibling”,’ one person said.

‘[Say] “I’m your sibling and I’ll be the only one who’ll attend because you’re making people write application essays”,’ another said, while one added: ‘Or tell your parents that if they want you to attend so badly, they should write the essays for you.’

One person joked she should repeat the word ‘very’ so she meets the text limit.

‘I want to come to your wedding very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very much,’ they said.

Owners share hilarious snaps of their cats in VERY awkward positions

Help, I think my cat is broken! Owners share hilarious snaps of their felines in VERY awkward positions

  • Users from around the world posted in Reddit group WhatsWrongWithYourCat
  • Some were seen staring at lights while another had head stuck in a watering can
  • WhatsWrongWithYourCat has more than 200,000 members across the globe

Cats are well-known for being a source of endless fun – and sometimes trouble – for their owners. 

But these pictures, posted in Reddit group WhatsWrongWithYourCat, prove that some felines are just fond of being a little off the wall.  

Many were snapped interacting with various objects, including hanging lights, a coat stand and a watering can. Others just looked as though they had malfunctioned.  

WhatsWrongWithYourCat has more than 200,000 members from around the world who enjoy sharing their very strange cats with the rest of humanity. 

Check out a selection of the hilarious pictures below. 

Pictures posted from around the world in Reddit group WhatsWrongWithYourCat, prove that some felines are just fond of being a little off the wall. In one snap, five cats appered to be utterly transfixed by the lights above them 

I regret this: This tabby cat in an unknown location appeared to have got itself into a sticky situation by sticking its head in a watering can

I regret this: This tabby cat in an unknown location appeared to have got itself into a sticky situation by sticking its head in a watering can

Just having a stretch: This cat was snapped sleeping in a rather human-like fashion on its back by a baffled owner

Just having a stretch: This cat was snapped sleeping in a rather human-like fashion on its back by a baffled owner 

Acrocat: This black cat appeared to have no trouble in balancing on top of a coat stand, as it's owner joked, 'Everybody was kung fu fighting'

Acrocat: This black cat appeared to have no trouble in balancing on top of a coat stand, as it’s owner joked, ‘Everybody was kung fu fighting’

This sodden cat was caught sitting in a hanging shower shelf by its owner, looking rather unimpressed after having a wash

This sodden cat was caught sitting in a hanging shower shelf by its owner, looking rather unimpressed after having a wash 

Comfortable? This black and white cat appeared to very much enjoy lying upside down with its paws stretched out

Comfortable? This black and white cat appeared to very much enjoy lying upside down with its paws stretched out

Is this better? A Redditor posted this bizarre photo of their cat curling its head so it was upside down

Is this better? A Redditor posted this bizarre photo of their cat curling its head so it was upside down

This cat really looked as though it had malfunctioned. It was snapped with its paws stretched out in the air as it lay upside dow

This cat really looked as though it had malfunctioned. It was snapped with its paws stretched out in the air as it lay upside dow

An owner explained what their cat looked like while 'malfunctioning at 2am'

An owner explained what their cat looked like while ‘malfunctioning at 2am’

My, what long legs you have: This cat looked a little bit terrifying as it stuck out its paws for a stretch

My, what long legs you have: This cat looked a little bit terrifying as it stuck out its paws for a stretch  

Strange beast: This cat was snapped as it appeared to let out a scream to get attention from its owner

Strange beast: This cat was snapped as it appeared to let out a scream to get attention from its owner 

Tight fit: This ginger and white moggy appeared to prefer a tiny carboard box as a bed

Tight fit: This ginger and white moggy appeared to prefer a tiny carboard box as a bed

Are you sure you're comfortable there? This white cat appeared to be having a doze whilst half-lying on a glass shelf

Are you sure you’re comfortable there? This white cat appeared to be having a doze whilst half-lying on a glass shelf

Completely relaxed: This cat saw no harm in lying on its front with its front paws down by its side

Completely relaxed: This cat saw no harm in lying on its front with its front paws down by its side

My shelf, don't touch! This feline - wearing  rather attractive green collar, seemed to be feeling a bit proprietary

My shelf, don’t touch! This feline – wearing  rather attractive green collar, seemed to be feeling a bit proprietary 

It's your tail, silly! This kitten got confused as to what was what while rolling around on its climbing frame

It’s your tail, silly! This kitten got confused as to what was what while rolling around on its climbing frame 

Chilly but cosy: This cat, named Noodle, apparently thinks any free space created in the fridge is for him to sit in

Chilly but cosy: This cat, named Noodle, apparently thinks any free space created in the fridge is for him to sit in 

Transgender woman, 28, shares photos of her transformation

A transgender woman has revealed her incredible transformation photos after undergoing 14 months of hormone replacement therapy and facial feminization surgery. 

Natalie Zamani, 28, from San Francisco, took to Reddit last week to share images of herself before and after her transition, writing: ‘So it’s kinda been a wild 14 months!’ The senior engineer has known she was trans since she was a teen, but kept her gender identity hidden until last year. 

‘I was 27, I had a great job in tech, a lovely relationship, and had built up confidence in my life. Life was good, but yet I was still not at home in my body,’ she told Bored Panda. ‘I realized I couldn’t outrun my identity and expect to live a full life.’  

Amazing: Natalie Zamani, a transgender woman, shared photos of her transformation on Reddit 14 months after she started hormone replacement therapy

Amazing: Natalie Zamani, a transgender woman, shared photos of her transformation on Reddit 14 months after she started hormone replacement therapy 

Hard to handle: The 28-year-old from San Francisco was assigned male at birth and 'learned early on' to suppress her feelings about her gender identity

Hard to handle: The 28-year-old from San Francisco was assigned male at birth and ‘learned early on’ to suppress her feelings about her gender identity 

Her ‘before’ photo shows her sporting short hair and a neatly-trimmed beard. In her ‘after’ pictured, she has smooth cheeks, shoulder-length curly hair, and a bright smile. 

Zamani, who was assigned male at birth, said that growing up she ‘learned early on’ that she had to suppress her feelings about her gender identity, but her ‘girly tendencies’ would still come out. 

When she started to go through puberty in her early teens, she was ‘disgusted’ with the changes to her body and ‘miserable’ that she couldn’t do anything about it.  

‘I did research and found that there were other people like me, who had chosen to do something about it. That it was possible to transition,’ she said of learning what it was to be transgender. 

Difficult: When she started to go through puberty in her early teens, she was 'disgusted' with the changes to her body. It was then that she learned what it was to be transgender

Difficult: When she started to go through puberty in her early teens, she was ‘disgusted’ with the changes to her body. It was then that she learned what it was to be transgender 

Painful choice: Zamani feared she would have to live in the margins of society if she came out and made the difficult decision to keep her gender identity hidden

Painful choice: Zamani feared she would have to live in the margins of society if she came out and made the difficult decision to keep her gender identity hidden

Making a choice: The senior engineer started hormone replacement therapy last year after realizing she needed to embrace her gender identity to live a full life

Making a choice: The senior engineer started hormone replacement therapy last year after realizing she needed to embrace her gender identity to live a full life

Making a choice: The senior engineer started hormone replacement therapy last year after realizing she needed to embrace her gender identity to live a full life

‘But what I found in all but a few cases was that people who had transitioned lived difficult lives on the margins of society, unless they were lucky and strong enough to live in “stealth” and had that privilege by virtue of being able to just blend in and hide.’

The idea of ‘going stealth’ and starting a new life far away from her loved ones seemed ‘both incredibly lonely and difficult’ to her.   

Zamani made the difficult decision to keep her gender identity hidden while living as happily as she could, but she realized last year that she would never be fulfilled if she continued to hide who she was.  

‘The acceptance of trans people had totally shifted during my lifetime, and I didn’t face life at the margins purely for being openly trans,’ she explained. ‘I had to start living my life. I drove to Planned Parenthood a few days after that realization and started hormones.’

Changes: Zamani officially started living as Natalie in April amid the pandemic, and a few months later, she underwent facial feminization surgery

Changes: Zamani officially started living as Natalie in April amid the pandemic, and a few months later, she underwent facial feminization surgery

Changes: Zamani officially started living as Natalie in April amid the pandemic, and a few months later, she underwent facial feminization surgery

Happy: 'This is the most like me I¿ve ever felt,' she wrote on Instagram after the surgery

Happy: ‘This is the most like me I’ve ever felt,’ she wrote on Instagram after the surgery

She officially started living her life as Natalie in April amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In June, she had facial feminization surgery, which refers to a broad range of procedures to modify and soften masculine facial features to make them more feminine.  

Zamani shared a smiling photo of herself on Instagram two weeks after the surgery to say that even though her face was still swollen and bruised, she is so happy with her appearance. 

‘This is the most like me I’ve ever felt,’ she wrote. ‘And I can’t overstate how good it feels to be me right now. I’m immensely privileged that I get to have this necessary, but incredibly expensive procedure, and that I get to feel this way. 

Support system: Zamani is grateful to have the support of her family, friends, and 'amazing partner,' saying none of this would have been possible without them

Support system: Zamani is grateful to have the support of her family, friends, and ‘amazing partner,’ saying none of this would have been possible without them

All smiles: Zamani said her journey has been incredibly difficult, but it has also helped her grow into the person she was meant to be

All smiles: Zamani said her journey has been incredibly difficult, but it has also helped her grow into the person she was meant to be

‘But I’m so thankful I held out long enough to get to this place of enormous comfort and happiness, and that I had the support network to do so too.’

Zamani told Bored Panda that her journey has been incredibly difficult, but it has also helped her grow into the person she was meant to be. 

She is grateful to have the support of her family, friends, and ‘amazing partner,’ saying none of this would have been possible without them.    

‘Over the past 14 months, I’ve grown into the person I truly am and started to find an inner love that was never there before,’ she said. ‘I’ve only been out and presenting as me for a few months now, and didn’t start doing so until the pandemic had fully hit, so I’m very excited for what my life has in store once I can start experiencing all that life has to offer out in the world as the real me. 

‘I’m so happy I held out through all of the pain and difficulty for this moment.’ 

Apple’s iOS 14 warns users Instagram was accessing their iPhone camera even when not in use

Is Instagram SPYING on its users? Apple’s iOS 14 warns customer that the Facebook-owned app was accessing their iPhone camera even when not in use – but the company insists it was just a ‘bug’

  • Apple’s new iOS 14 is out in public beta and comes with privacy feature
  • It notifies users when apps access their device’s camera in the background
  • A Twitter user shared an image of a recording indicator on their iPhone
  • It appeared while they were scrolling through their Instagram feed 

Multiple apps have recently come under fire for accessing smartphone features without permission and the latest service to get caught in the act is Instagram.

Apple’s iOS 14 update shows a green icon on the control panel of an iPhone or iPad screen when an app attempts to infiltrate the camera in the background.

A user shared a screen shot of the notification on the control panel after scrolling through their Instagram feed – it is a round circle with the ‘recorder indicator’ in the center.

The notification feature is set to roll out with the new operating system later this year, but early adopters have spotted a number of apps quietly accessing clipboards, including TikTok, LinkedIn and Reddit.

Apple’s iOS 14 update shows a green icon on the control panel of an iPhone or iPad screen when an app attempts to infiltrate the camera in the background. A user shared a screen shot of the notification on the control panel after scrolling through their Instagram feed

Apple unveiled the upcoming iOS 14 in June during its first-ever online World Wide Developer Conference and released the public beta version earlier this month.

This version is far from polished, but allows users to poke around for bugs that may have gone unnoticed by the firm ahead of the official September launch and it is also revealing the ‘evil’ of some third party apps – as noted by a Twitter user regarding the news about Instagram.

Twitter user by the name of KevDov shared a screen shot on the platform showing Instagram had activated his iPhone camera while scrolling through the site.

‘Casually browsing Instagram when suddenly the new iOS 14 camera/microphone indicator comes on. Then control pane ratted out the app behind it. This is going to change things,’ he wrote in a tweet.

However, an Instagram spokesperson told The Verge that the incident was caused by a bug that the firm is working to correct

However, an Instagram spokesperson told The Verge that the incident was caused by a bug that the firm is working to correct

DailyMail.com has reached out to Facebook for comment and has yet to receive a response.

However, a spokesperson told The Verge that the incident was caused by a bug that the firm is working to correct.

We only access your camera when you tell us to — for example, when you swipe from Feed to Camera. We found and are fixing a bug in iOS 14 Beta that mistakenly indicates that some people are using the camera when they aren’t,’ the spokesperson said.

‘We do not access your camera in those instances, and no content is recorded.’

The new feature may change how many apps operate, as Instagram is not the first one to be ratted out by Apple’s updated iOS 14.

Other Twitter users commented on the initial post showing the notification and are excited for the new iOS 14 to be released

Other Twitter users commented on the initial post showing the notification and are excited for the new iOS 14 to be released 

And other users are not sold on the fact that many apps have come under fire for similar issues and claim it is a bug

And other users are not sold on the fact that many apps have come under fire for similar issues and claim it is a bug

A user recently found TikTok was accessing the clipboard on their device after the new operating system displayed a notification at the top of the screen.

A video shared on Twitter shows a user typing a comment in the app and every few seconds a banner alert appears, letting him know that TikTok has accessed his clipboard.

And LinkedIn and Reddit were also spotted doing the same earlier this month.

Both platforms said they would change the code in their apps that automatically copy clipboard information stored on people’s phones after Apple’s iOS update sheds light on the practice.