Andrew Lumish, a resident of Land O’ Lakes Florida has discovered his new favorite hobby. The 47-year-old Floridian recently began volunteering his time and labor into the restoration of tarnished and moss-covered headstones in Tampa’s most historic cemeteries.
Lumish believes that cleaning tombstones can uncover important life stories. “If you restore the monuments, you can bring that person back to life,” says Lumish. “I’m a small business owner, but this has taken over my life.”
Lumish took the month of February as an opportunity to share stories of African-American veterans. “We will be sharing the restoration process and the stories of two African-American veterans per week to celebrate their service and sacrifice to our country,” Lumish told his followers.
Andrew first began his work after a photography project he took part in back in 2011. While he was taking pictures at a historical cemetery, he couldn’t help but notice how poorly maintained the tombstones were. “Something struck me about the fact that the markers were in terrible condition, and it made me really angry that no one was able to care for them,” Lumish stated. “So, I trained myself on restoration techniques that are used at Arlington cemetery and on Sundays, instead of watching football, I would be out restoring.”
Lumish decided to take action. His first step was to learn the stories behind the markers, so he turned to Google for help. “I decided I wanted to know everything because I want to tell their life stories accurately,” Lumish said. “We tell a factual story that is simply told. But the stories really touch people.”
Since starting his work, Lumish has successfully restored over 800 tombstones, and, more importantly, has brought the stories of fallen veterans back to life. Andrew takes great pride in his work, which has bridged generational gaps and brought families closer to lost loved ones.
Funny Photos of People Who Are Just Seconds Away from Utter Failure
Everyone has experienced a few epic fails throughout their lifetime. What not everyone has done is had the chance to capture these moments forever on film. From funny to gasp-inducing, these 40 people had their phones and cameras ready and managed to capture the exact moment before everything went horribly wrong.
Archery is an impressive practice that takes a lot of skill. However, even the most talented archers can make a mistake from time to time.
This archer ran into the problem of his bow breaking when he drew back and was ready to release a shot. The photographer caught this image just as the bow shattered before he broke his stance or the pieces of the bow were out of the air yet. While it may not have been an accurate shot, it’s a pretty impressive photo!
Swingset in Disrepair
Swingsets are fun to play on. It’s an easy way to get a bit of a rush and see how high you can go. Usually, it’s a safe option too.
In this woman’s case, her fun time on the swing didn’t go exactly as planned. The swing wasn’t quite in its best condition when these friends hopped on and one of the sides of her swing snapped off. It left us with a perfect photo before she – or the swing – hit the ground.
Soccer Ball, Meet Face
Pool parties are a lot of fun. They give friends time not only to spend time swimming and playing by the water but a nice relief from the heat as well.
That’s exactly what this group of friends captured only moments before it was ruined. While the person off to the left has a big smile now, we get to see it seconds before a stray soccer ball comes to ruin the fun. It even looks like the person in the middle might see it coming!
When you’re out on the beach, there are certain iconic photo poses to try out. For this mother and daughter, they weren’t ready to leave until they caught a photo together while they were mid-jump.
If you look at their faces, it seems like these two are having the time of their lives. If you look down, though, you’ll see a poor puppy was caught in the crossfire. He ran behind at the last minute and the mother accidentally kicked him as she jumped.
Pet Goat Disaster
Goats are cute animals to have around your farm or house. At the same time, they’re well-known for being a bit of a handful.
One habit they have is headbutting things. For instance, goats might do this to each other to fight or even just play. This goat wanted to play with this human and she seems less than ready to reciprocate. As the goat launches forwards, she’s jumping back, hands up, and worried as to what’s about to happen.
When you’re up on a cliff face enjoying a bout of rock climbing, there is a lot to keep track of. One of these many things is making sure you have all your personal belongings.
This rock climber had a great view – for a moment. While this picture might look like an invisible man in the sky, it’s this climber’s glasses making a quick descent without him. We hope he didn’t need those to see where he was going!
Warning: Slick Ground
This picture shows us that even dogs can’t be graceful all the time. When these pups went to play on the ice, one had a little trouble with balance.
While two of these dogs were running with no problem, one faced a familiar embarrassing situation: falling on the ice in front of your friends. The Reddit user who posted this photo assured everyone that only her dog’s ego was hurt by this slip but he was physically fine.
This person just wanted a chance to show off their outfit. Admittedly, the picture still captures this fairly well despite the impending disaster that it promises as well.
If you look closely, you’ll see that near this woman’s left leg, their cat has snuck into the picture. They aren’t just here to sit peacefully either. The cat’s mouth is open, right around her owner’s calf. There’s no doubt that right after the picture was snapped, this kitty bit down.
If you aren’t familiar with the game Jenga, the premise is simple. Everyone takes turns removing blocks from the tower before it falls. The game gets increasingly difficult as time goes on.
Evidently, the poor subject in this photo was apparently the loser in this round of the game. Not only is the Jenga tower falling, it’s falling right on his head! If you look closely, you can still see the block he took out and subsequently dropped as he covered his head.
Fun with Pets
When you have a cute pet, you want to show everyone just how adorable they are! This is one of the reasons that fun photos with pets are so popular.
This pet owner wanted to take a fun picture but his pet parrot had other ideas. When he stuck his tongue out, he snapped a picture. Evidently, this perfectly timed image shows his pet parrot about to bite his tongue. The Reddit user jokingly added that their friend “used to love” this parrot.
This person was ready to head on their way and get a little exercise on a nice bike ride when a manhole interfered. The bad news is that she didn’t quite clear the hazard.
Her bike tire fit almost too perfectly into the grid on this manhole cover. This left the bike in a tilted-forward position and its poor owner was ejected. She’s also still midair when the camera snapped this picture with her arms straight out and her legs almost still in peddling position.
Cats are some of the most common household pets to have. They can be very loving and ready for cuddles, but any cat owner will tell you they can also be a handful.
This owner was ready to catch his cat spending some time by his shoulder when he pulled his phone out. However, the image he got showed his cat reared up and ready to pounce with his little front paws attack his owner’s head.
Falling Into Place
At first, this picture seems fine but when you look a little closer, one of the women in the background seems a little out of place. This isn’t photoshopped, though.
Instead, it shows a woman falling before she realizes what’s happening. While her facial expression hasn’t changed to one of surprise just yet and her friends aren’t reacting, she’s started to lean back into the pool. At least the water will catch her fall, even if it might serve as an unpleasant surprise.
Just Keep Smiling
When you’re with friends, anything can happen. While usually fun, the affected party in this soon-to-be disaster might just need a minute to recover.
While these three friends were ready for a cute photo opportunity together, someone on the other side of the camera seemed to have other ideas. The photographer managed to capture their smiles right before a disaster happened. A picture snapped even a second later would probably have fewer smiles.
Roller Rink Challenge
Just because your friends do something, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can or should do it too. However, this person didn’t seem to get the memo.
When his friend rollerbladed across a dirt patch to get back to pavement, he figured he could do the same thing. Rollerblading on dirt isn’t quite as easy as a sidewalk, though. The photographer managed to capture him just as his feet went out from under him.
Sometimes, cats are surprisingly graceful. Other times, they get themselves stuck in positions that leave their owners scratching their heads and worried.
This cat climbed up onto a shelf in their owner’s house without a hitch. Now that they’re climbing out, their owners have put their hands out to try and stop the cat from crashing through their fragile glass decorations. Even the cat looks perplexed as to how it will make its way out of this one without causing chaos.
The Most Dangerous Game
Even if you’ve never seen a hockey game before, you know one thing: it’s often a dangerous sport. After all, it’s a full-contact sport, and players use that to their advantage.
Sometimes, things do go pretty far. This picture of one player checking another on the opposing team into a glass barrier. Even though these barriers are made to last, this one shattered on impact. The photographer here managed to capture an image right as the glass splintered over the players.
When you see figure skaters or circus performers climbing all over each other, they have to have a lot of skill. They also need to have complete trust in one another.
These people may have chosen the wrong partners to trust when they climbed up for a higher view. This picture shows the exact moment that everything went wrong. Not only is one girl falling behind her partner, but the pair beside them is also falling forward and everyone seems caught off guard.
Taking a picture with an animal at the zoo is a great way to get a cute snapshot, right? Well, that wasn’t exactly the case with this attempt.
Unfortunately, you can’t always guess how an animal is going to behave. That’s exactly the problem that the subject of this photo ran into when she whipped out her phone for a picture. Instead of a selfie side-by-side with this cute camel, this unlucky girl had a good bite taken out of her.
Keep Your Eye Out
The aim of a hockey goaltender is similar to that of a soccer goalie. They’re supposed to keep the puck out of the goal to prevent the opposing team from scoring.
This goaltender did exactly his job and kept the eye on the puck. He even stopped the opposing team from making a goal – with his face. The best part of this photo is his realization and the surprise in his eyes. The good news is that his face protector likely saved the day.
The human body can do a lot of amazing things. Unfortunately, not all of them are easy to do, and its always a little risky to try something new.
This Reddit user wanted to try something seemingly simple: a handstand. From the looks of it, he started out strong but didn’t quite hold the position. It takes a mixture of upper body strength and balance to hold a handstand. This person did their best but the camera caught them right as they fell.
A Sign of Luck
When this woman found a four-leaf clover, it must have been her lucky day. Unfortunately, this image shows us that this promise of luck wasn’t quite the case.
It looks like the photographer was probably focused on the clover in her hand as she took this picture. We hope she saw what else was coming at this point too. If you look in the background, you can see a stray frisbee flying out of a man’s hand and heading straight towards her.
Beauty Before Disaster
At first glance, this seems like a photo any bakery would happily have on their website. When you look a little closer, though, you can see that the photographer captured it at the last possible minute.
While this cupcake is beautiful and captured fairly on camera, the real spotlight shines on someone’s four-legged friend in the background. He wants to eat the cupcake as much as we do and he’s ready to snatch it right up no matter who’s watching.
When it’s your birthday, there’s one tradition you can depend on: a cake in your honor. For that cake to get to the table, the carrier has to be very careful.
The candles on this 16th birthday cake were lit and the party was probably ready to sing when this disastrous snapshot was taken. As the cake starts to fall, the woman carrying it is doing her best to capture it. Her companion hasn’t seemed to have registered what’s happened just yet.
This is an interesting picture because it seems like the impending disaster is a part of the effect. In fact, it couldn’t look more perfectly timed.
While the waves crashing over her are dramatic and almost magical, the aftermath might call for a less posed appearance. After all, once that wave crashes over, the model will have to worry about the saltwater and sand in her hair. In the meantime, though, this is an example of picture-perfect photography.
Just a Kiss
Pictures with animals are often cute. Yet, they can also be pretty unpredictable practice as well. After all, you never know what they’re going to do.
This woman just wanted a fun picture with a giraffe. Unluckily, the giraffe dipped a little further into the photo than planned. Thanks to its long neck, it was able to just lean over and lick her face as the photographer snapped an image. We’re sure that she reacted right after the picture was taken.
Caught in the Act
This photo is so perfect, it seems like the photographer was in on the joke. The young woman, on the other hand, doesn’t seem quite as in on the joke.
It seems like the photographer called out to her at the last moment to capture her reaction on camera. At the same time, the man behind her looks full of mischief as he throws a bucket of water on her. You can even see the shadow of the water on her back.
When a group of friends was taking a photo, the unlucky party in this image decided it would be a fun idea to photobomb them. Along the way, his plan went sideways.
While this captures the perfect moment before he wiped out, it wasn’t completely his fault. The reason for his fall was that as he cut across the ice to get to his friends, another skater clipped his skate and threw off his balance, leading to a perfectly timed picture.
Surfing is a challenging activity that takes a lot of practice, talent, and skill. Yet, even the most skilled surfer wipes out from time to time.
This surfer was ready to ride a big wave when she was knocked off of her board. The photographer caught the exact moment between her falling off her board and falling underwater. It perfectly captures the fall just moments before a failure sinks in completely. Don’t worry – there’s always the next wave!
A Lot Going On
Many of the pictures here show only a person or two reacting to the upcoming results but this photo shows something different. It lets you see a whole crowd reacting to something.
The chaos-causing element in this picture is the incoming baseball into a crowd. While many people dream of catching a baseball during a game, these people seem braced for impact instead of excited. Even onlookers in the background look concerned as to what will happen next.
This picture might look like a ghost caught on film but it’s perfect timing. It looks like it might even be an experiment on behalf of the subjects.
This girl is enjoying the grass while her friend is filling a huge water balloon on her back. They managed to achieve an impressive balloon size before it popped. Luckily, the photographer was ready too and caught an image right as the balloon popped but before the water moved.
Trip at a Wedding
Weddings are a magical time for couples and their families. One of the many expenses for these celebrations is finding a photographer to capture the day in images.
This photographer had a beautiful shot lined up of the bride, groom, and other wedding party members. However, everyone looks concerned and surprised. This is because the photographer fell backward as they were lining up the shot but they managed to snag a picture of the group as he fell.
When this man set up his hammock, he was ready to sit back, relax, and sip his drink. This isn’t exactly what happened in reality, though.
When he lay down, the frame of the hammock collapsed. So, instead of being cradled in a nice seat, he was sent careening to the ground. It isn’t just his proximity to the grass that makes this picture either, but the water splashing out of his cup as he fell. It’s impressive that he kept his grip on it!
Rise and Shine
Some people are hard to wake up and need an extra boost. Plus, it’s much easier to pull a prank on someone completely unaware of their surroundings.
This person seemed to be sleeping peacefully when their friend decided to have some fun. They did this by taking a pot of water and using it as an alarm clock. This photo captures the exact moment before the water hits his face, ultimately waking him up, likely in a less peaceful mood.
When you’re walking down the boardwalk, you have plenty of options when it comes to tasty food. This makes it a great spot to sit down and grab a bite.
The only downside is that you might not be the only hungry one around. This woman was probably pretty excited to bite into her lunch. She was also probably pretty surprised when a seagull flew up and tried to snatch it out of her mouth! Even the people in the background watching seem surprised.
When it comes to making a mistake, anyone can slip up. Even athletes that seem to have their trade down to an art. That’s exactly what this picture shows.
This cyclist seems to have been going pretty fast when his front wheel got caught on something. This caused him to go over his bike as this photographer snapped a picture. We’re sure it isn’t the only fall he’s experienced to get his skill level so high. Don’t worry – that’s why they wear helmets!
This person looks pretty calm standing on the beach. She’s just watching the waves with her hands on her hips – she doesn’t look too concerned at all.
However, she might want to be concerned! The wave that she’s watching is an impressive wall of water – so tall that it doesn’t seem to fit in a single picture. Most people would be running from the shore at this point but this woman looks unbothered. She’s sure to be pretty soaked in just a second.
Missed the Mark
Soccer is a difficult sport to master. Even those with the best hand-eye coordination need to train a lot to have the same skill level as professional soccer teams.
This man seems like he might need more practice or maybe he just had an off day. It seems that when he went to kick the ball, his foot might have missed the mark. Since it didn’t meet any resistance, his other leg slid out from under him and he’s about to fall.
Playgrounds can be a lot of fun but they can be fairly dangerous too if you aren’t careful. This person obviously made a miscalculation when they were on the swingset.
While she may have been having a good time before, this could be a case of listening to the warnings that you shouldn’t swing too high. When the camera caught her, she was falling straight down. You can even see the abandoned swing set coming back down behind her.
Not So Dodgeball
This photo is almost so perfect it looks staged. However, we’re pretty sure it’s just a mistake of not checking surroundings before snapping a picture.
It looks like this was supposed to start out as a simple portrait. In fact, you can still notice that the subject is fairly expressionless as if she hasn’t quite caught up to what’s happening yet. Yet, you can also see that her face is already partially smashed from the incoming dodgeball.
Idyllic Setting, Diasterous Results
Paddling around a lake on a raft isn’t an uncommon pastime. That doesn’t mean that it’s an easy thing to do, though. Sometimes, things tend to go wrong.
One of the main concerns of piloting a raft is balance. If you fail to balance properly, the raft can tilt or flip. This woman made this mistake and the cameraperson caught her just as she was flipped out of her raft. While she hasn’t hit the water yet, you can see her surprised face.
When you’re skateboarding, there’s a lot of potential as to what you can do. You can take a smooth ride or, with practice, impress your friends with cool flips and tricks.
Unfortunately, this rider nailed a flip but he didn’t quite land it as a trick. In fact, he seems to have left his skateboard altogether. The photographer snapped this picture not even seconds before what looks like a painful landing. On the bright side, he remembered to wear a helmet!
An Artist at Work
Technically, the fail in this photo has already happened but the poor soul who will be affected by it has yet to notice what has happened.
If you have long hair that you keep up, it’s pretty common to keep a pen in your bun. It’s an easy way to keep one on hand while simultaneously minimizing your chance to lose it. Yet, you should probably keep that pen closed or you’ll end up like this poor girl with a rather avant-garde design on her back.
In this image, it’s pretty easy to see the problem. On top of that toilet paper roll, there’s a spider that most people would scream at the sight of.
If the person taking the picture were to pull on that roll, it’s almost guaranteed that the spider will fall down – maybe even onto their hand! However, since it is a toilet paper roll, it’s pretty crucial that they do take a piece or two. All in all, we’re glad that we aren’t the photographers here.
There are plenty of areas that offer the experience of a safari from the safety of your car. This way, you can see the animals without any unfortunate encounters ruining the day.
Well, that’s the idea, at least. This person wasn’t so fortunate when a giraffe wanted to see him just as much as he wanted to see the giraffe. So, the giraffe headbutted the window, showing off just how surprisingly powerful a giraffe can be. The photographer caught the exact moment the glass shattered.
Less Than Reliable
This image isn’t quite as dramatic as some of the other ones we’ve looked at but it’s definitely disastrous. It’s also relatable – we’ve all had our computers update right when we need them to work.
This person shared that her computer had been updating for four hours by this point. However, it wasn’t just an essay she needed to turn in that she couldn’t access. Rather, it was her entire master thesis which she was supposed to present only 15 minutes after this photo was taken.
Don’t Get Wet
When it’s rainy out, many of us take measures as to not get our feet wet. After all, who wants wet socks and shoes?
This also means that sometimes we take precarious precautions to stay warm and dry. For example, balancing on a dry thatch of land. That’s what this guy did when he was trying to keep his shoes out of the water. However, when his mom snapped a picture, he was falling straight into the water.
A New Way to Ride
We’re not quite sure what’s happening in this photo. Perhaps it’s someone trying to turn the tables on horseback riding to give their steed a well-deserved break?
Whatever is happening, it’s surely only seconds away from complete disaster. A horse can weigh literal tons, which is far more than what the person in this picture does. From the clumsy appearance in this photo, the person should probably take the seconds they have to get out of the way.
Hammocks are a summertime favorite. They offer an outdoor place to sit or lay that’s almost a comfortable as the beds many people sleep on. However, hammocks aren’t exactly without risk.
Since they swing and sway, they can prove difficult to get into sometimes. While one person is calmly enjoying the fresh air in this picture, the hammock further away is in a bit of a state of chaos. The camera caught the moment someone tumbled into the hammock and collided into her friend.
Construction Is Key
When you buy something, you generally hope that it’s going to last you for quite a while. This goes double for something with construction you depend on for your safety. This person, unfortunately, found out that his bike was suffering from some faults mid-ride.
When you look at his face, it doesn’t seem like the imminent disaster has sunk in yet. Looking at the front wheel rolling away from the main apparatus, though, shows the viewer that chaos is only seconds away.
Bad Ideas, Worse Results
Certain pictures are born of a situation that could only breed disaster. We aren’t quite sure how the subject of this photo expected it to go, but it couldn’t have ended well.
The man in the photo seems to be jumping from the second floor of the house down onto a stack of air mattresses. From the fact that the stack looks so unstable to the confidence of jumping from such as height, the results don’t look promising.
Time for a Bath
There are plenty of myths about cats and some of them are based on common truths. For one, cats aren’t usually huge fans of being in the water.
This cat was laying by the pool when their owner remarked that they were surprised that the cat had never fallen in the water since they spend to much time in the pool. As they took the picture, though, she slipped and fell in for the very first time.
The Teachers Warned You
Teachers have to tell students every day that they shouldn’t lean back in their chairs or play around. If they keep doing it, a disaster is bound to happen.
This person seemed to have ignored all warnings when he decided to play around in his rolling chair. As a result, he finally tumbled backward just like everyone warns. Luckily, someone had a camera handy to capture him right before he hit the ground but after he realized what was happening.
A Bit of a Miscalculation
If you haven’t spent a lot of time around the water, this picture probably looks like a group of people having fun. If you know what to look for, it’s obvious to see the miscalculation here.
The problem is that when you bellyflop on water, you don’t sail in as easily if you’re diving in or if you’re doing a cannonball. When you land flat on the water, it’s going to hurt. This picture captures the last second before regret.
For many people, fishing is a fun pastime, a great bonding experience, or even a career. This National Hockey League player even used it to find out he didn’t have to be on the ice for a little excitement.
When he caught this fish, it managed to wriggle right out of his hand! Since fish are usually still alive when you pull them on board, you have to be careful not to let them go. He seems pretty shocked by this turn of events.