Is that Proust playing air guitar?

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Is the late, great French novelist also the progenitor of every wannabe rock star’s favourite pastime?

Marcel Proust was a man ahead of his time. His innovative novel Remembrance of Things Past is, of course, well known. But did he also revolutionise air guitar?

This 1891 photograph suggests he deserves some of the credit. That’s the famous author, kneeling at centre, ripping off some wicked imaginary riffs on a catgut racquet.

Was Proust the first?

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Here’s a smile for your dial…

 

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Yakini, a newborn gorilla, receives a thorough checkup from Royal Children’s Hospital neonatal specialist Neil Campbell at Australia’s Melbourne Zoo, and is more than a little surprised by the chilliness of the stethoscope!

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This is how Olympic divers *really* look while diving!

Funny Diver Faces

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One of the highlights of the 2012 Olympics will undoubtedly be diving. There’s been some stiff competition this year, especially in the preliminary rounds, and all the athletes have been killing themselves trying to look as graceful as possible while tumbling through the air. How do we know? There’s something on each diver’s face that just reads, “This stunt is kind of difficult to do.”

These competitors may look like elegant swans from a distance, but when the camera gets right up close for those slow-motion instant replays, not one of them is capable of hiding the pain in their faces.

If diving isn’t the one event you’re looking forward to watching during the 2012 Olympics, it will be after you’re done browsing through this gallery of all the best diver faces:

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