There doesn’t seem to be any way to escape climate change, short of burying your head in the sand. Scientists have proven humans have impacted the planet so much that continuing to do so risks the world becoming an unsustainable living environment. There are already floods and fires breaking out more often, and the adverse weather is set to continue. A doomsday vault in Norway has been preparing for the fall of humanity, but now even that could be ruined thanks to climate change.
Preparing For The End
On an island in Norway is a bunker that people are hoping never has to be needed. Inside there are seeds of thousands of different plants and foods to help the world recover from any serious problems in the future. Called the Global Seed Vault, there are critical storage conditions to make sure the contents of the safehouse remain useable.
There is minimal oxygen pumped into the vault to slow down the aging process as much as possible, and the temperature is -0.4ºF. Now the failsafe for the planet is at risk of ruin, but how is climate change affecting it?
The structure is surrounded by a thick blanket of permafrost thanks to the icy island it is located on. This failsafe is in place to ensure the seeds do not overheat if there is an electrical fault, but due to rising temperatures, it’s failing. The Norwegian government has produced a report that suggests the Svalbard Island, where the vault is located, is suffering adverse events from climate change.
The Last 25 Years
Over the past quarter of a century, the temperature on the island has risen by a total of 18ºF. The solid ground surrounding the facility is a risk of turning to a swamp and sinking the vault, leaving humanity with no backup. With increased rainfall being recorded at the same time as the temperature rises the future looks bleak for the doomsday vault.
While many world governments are now trying to reduce their carbon footprint to give humanity the best possible chance of survival it so far isn’t enough. More efforts will have to be made in the coming years and decades to ensure not only this doomsday vault survives but the human race too.
All we know about what historical figures looked like in their day is what we have seen in our history and archaeological books. Let’s check out what these greats would look like with CGI technology and see history in a new and improved light.
In the year 1922, the tomb of Tutankhamun was discovered and that’s how the research of this Egyptian Pharaoh began. Take another peek at the picture here and try to imagine his real face. Now prepare to be shocked by the CGI image of the king.
King Tutankhamen – CGI Version
We’ll pause while your mouth drops to the floor. Yes, that bald-headed person is in fact King Tut. This was concluded after multiple CT scans and genetic mathematics.
It’s just like you imagined a certain impression out of the sculpture, and discovered something else altogether. Well, it is shocking to see him without his snake crown, what is up with that piercing? Was it a fashion that rulers followed back in the day? Seems pretty cool!
For over 21 years, Cleopatra ruled Egypt and outshone everyone with her intelligence, multi-linguistic skills, and of course, her beauty. She is still considered an icon even today, though she died in 30 BC. No wonder she was an Egyptian Queen.
She also wore the same snake-inspired crown as King Tut. It is so interesting to analyze how people looked and dressed back then. It makes sense to us why there are so many movies and references made about legendary beings like her. Remember “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry?
Cleopatra – CGI Version
Although this Queen has been illustrated as the most beautiful woman of Egypt, this historical figure’s CGI had some interesting results. Turns out, she had curly fringes and big eyes. It makes sense now why she always wore heavy eye makeup – a trend that is still popular today.
Upon closer analysis of her, we can see she had some masculine features, such as her large nose and distinct jawline which portrayed her strength, dominance, and character.
Alexander the Great
Who doesn’t know Alexander the Great and his tales of victory? One of the bravest military generals of Macedonia, this king conquered most parts of the world and extended his empire to Egypt, Greece, and parts of India.
If you remember well, Alexander was famous for his strategic moves in every war. Armed with bravery and strength, paintings of him are the only source of his appearance until now…
Alexander – CGI Version
Voila! Here is a handsome warrior as depicted by 3D scan reports. Unbelievable, isn’t it? The CGI reports show a full head of curly blonde hair. He almost resembles Matthew Mcconaughey or is it just our imagination?
Also, it’s interesting to see that his eyes showed two colors, prompting a possible example of heterochromia. From the few images which we have, this could be the final version that we can use to understand how he used to look.
The first president of the United States was the leader of the Revolutionary War and a soldier who battled to win freedom for his nation. Remember the movies where George Washington was portrayed as the bravest leader?
Strangely, most of his pictures we found from the archives were from his later life. We couldn’t find ones from his youth nor were we able to figure out how he would have looked in his old age. Maybe CGI would give a better perspective!
George Washington – CGI Version
What do you think about the difference between the picture above and the CGI analysis of George Washington? While we recognize his hairstyle, the scans showed his confident expression and piercing blue eyes as the most prominent features on his face.
His serious expressions must have been the thing that stirred the hearts of many Americans and led to the most famous battles for independence. Wouldn’t you follow a leader who looked like this?
Santa Claus or St. Nicholas
Is Santa Claus real or is he just a myth? Turns out, there was a man named Saint Nicholas who liked to send secret gifts to kids by dropping coins in their shoes. Later on, stories were all mixed up and the present version of Santa Claus was created.
But does he look the same way we visualize him during Christmas? Ancient references in the testaments and old books have drawn a prominent image of Santa Claus like the picture here.
Santa Claus – CGI Version
The CGI analysis here seems to paint a different story. Does this look like Santa Claus to you with his long beard and jingle-all-the-way mantra? For us, we see a dark-eyed man with an average-sized beard and no red cap or sweater.
He looked like a normal old person in his 60s with fine lines and wrinkles on his head. He gives the impression of peace and holiness. Bit of an anti-climax if you ask us!
The French military leader, who took command during the French Revolution, was known to be one of the most prominent historical figures of all times. Historians have found a large number of pictures and paintings with his image.
However, it was not easy to come to a common consensus as to how he would look in real life. Because of multiple variations, Napoleon’s face could be easily assimilated into a common structure of a middle-aged man.
Napoleon Bonaparte – CGI Version
Here is the fancy CGI result of how he might have looked if he had been alive, and it is amazing and sort of spooky, don’t you think? For some reason, for us, this resembles something from the popular series Game of Thrones. We hope you’re on the same page as us.
Had he been alive today, he would have looked great with his slightly curved nose and gray-blue eyes. Although, it might be hard to imagine this from here with his eyes wide-shut.
Meet Nicolaus Copernicus – the Renaissance-era mathematician and astronomer who formulated a heliocentric model of the universe that placed the sun at the center, rather than planet Earth. He truly believed that the other planets orbited around the sun.
Check out what he would have looked like in the CGI version had he been alive today. Just a heads up – a mad scientist character is incoming (in our unprofessional opinion).
Copernicus – CGI Version
Does this look anything like his portrait paintings to you? We can kind of see the resemblance in his facial features but oh boy, does the hair look different. It seems as if hair fall was a serious issue back then, too. But, for all, that brunette bob cut may have been a wig.
Take a close look at his picture – doesn’t this historical figure in CGI remind you of Doc from Back to the Future? Maybe he traveled back in time as after all, he was a scientist too. Coincidence? We think not!
Johann Sebastian Bach
One of the greatest German music composers, Bach was known for instrumental compositions such as the Goldberg Variations and for vocal music such as the Mass in B minor. To this day, Bach is regarded as a legend in the arts.
So, now knowing how important this man is, it seems almost mandatory to find how the great Johann Sebastian Bach would have looked like in 3D. We’re on pins and needles waiting for you to see this!
Johann Sebastian Bach – CGI Version
This artist brought beautiful renditions to the music sphere. If you haven’t heard his music then now is as good a time as any. Here you can see how this historical figure may have looked in CGI – the scan results show a hint of cruelty in his eyes, metaphorically speaking, of course.
Yet another historical figure is wearing the conventional Newton hairstyle. We are such curious thinkers that now all we want to know is what his hair actually looks like underneath the wig. We guess we’ll never know…
Nero Claudius Caesar
Emperor of Rome, Nero has been referred to as the classic psychopath, who ruled from 54-68 AD. His behavior accounted for the cruel treatment of the people of Rome. Interestingly enough, historical evidence also proves that he was an artist.
In fact, he was a singer and an Olympian who specialized in chariot races. Are you as shocked as we are? Now that we know what a complicated man he was, let’s see how he would have looked according to the magic of CGI.
Nero Claudius Caesar – CGI Version
We’ll hold while you take in this image – his chin strap beard was enough to lend a villainous vibe. He also apparently had red hair, freckled skin, blue eyes, and protruding ears.
While we can see that his facial structure is similar to the sculpture above, we didn’t expect him to look this way. Again, it could just be us but we feel like he belongs in a Game of Thrones episode.
Nefertiti was one of the rulers of Egypt who ruled from 1353 to 1336 B.C. Just like other queens of Egypt, she was famous for her deadly combination of wit and charm. She was also known as the Great Royal Wife, as she was married to Pharaoh Akhenaten.
But in the sculpture that we found, she has no left eye. The best guess we had was that the sculptor was not very good with eyes. Maybe CGI reports would give us all a better insight.
Nefertiti – CGI Version
Although she had wrinkles and a bumpy nose, she was immensely beautiful to look at. Plus, look at those amazing eyes! The missing eye speculation was contradicted by other statues of her where both of her eyes are present.
And, once again, you can see the snake-shaped head crown on her. We have to say that we love her heavy and colorful jewelry collection. Also, her distinctive face structure totally gives us queen vibes. Wouldn’t you agree?
One of the most important historical figures in the French Revolution, Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre, also called Maximilien Robespierre, was a French lawyer. He advocated equal rights to everyone by demolishing the pillars of slavery.
There were multiple resources that claimed he looked like the image you see above. The CGI guys then took these pictures and assimilated them into one final image. We hope you’re as excited as us for this next one!
Maximilien Robespierre – CGI Version
With a long name like his, it makes sense that he has a long nose to match. Also, his rough and worn-out skin makes him look like a tough guy in his 60s. What do you guys think?
While his wig is a replica of the above photo, the difference in his skin texture is quite drastic. With that being said, he has a similar serious gaze in both photos so from that perspective, the 3-D version isn’t so far off.
Mary, Queen of Scots
Here we have the “Your Highness” Mary Queen of Scots, one of the most powerful queens of Scotland and the rumored cousin of Queen Elizabeth. Interestingly enough, she was sentenced to death, for conspiring against the queen.
To date, there are very few paintings of Mary. If you haven’t seen Mary Queen of Scots yet then you should definitely check out this CGI version to find how she may have looked.
Mary, Queen of Scots – CGI Version
The first thing we noticed from this image, was Mary’s love of pearls from her hairpins to her earrings and necklace. Also, she appears more beautiful and softer-looking than the above painting.
This is indeed a face of royalty. Plus, if her serious gaze didn’t convince you enough then surely her fashion sense would. Her puffy-sleeved gown and pearl arched headband give her Queen status. Don’t you think?
Jesus Christ: Founder of Christianity and the holy soul. There are many paintings of him to show how he used to look. In fact, not just paintings but sculptures as well. So, if you have a mental picture of how Jesus looked, that makes a lot of sense.
Some religious families also keep pictures of Jesus throughout the ages in their homes. But despite people’s adoration of him, we highly doubt too many have seen his 3-D compilation.
Jesus Christ – CGI Version
And voila, here is a very hairy version of Jesus Christ from the early days. It’s still shocking to see how the final versions are so different from the pictures we’ve grown up around.
Had he been alive today, people would have not believed this is who he was. Technology is truly a marvel. In fact, he looks so different from what we’ve always thought that we’re having trouble updating our memory imprint of Jesus to this.
Philip II of Macedon
Phillip II was one of the rulers who attained harmony and peace in his country. At one point in time, he had gained prominence and controlled the entire military and political power of Greece.
He lost his right eye during the siege of Methone when an arrow was shot directly into it. His CGI scan was not that much of a surprise since there were relatively fewer sources to evaluate.
Philip II – CGI Version
However, we have to say that the CGI structure we found looked much scarier. He looks so life-like and somewhat tormented. Also, the fact that we just see his head lends itself to this sinister impression that we’re feeling.
From this version, it is also easy to see that he was a middle-aged person when he got himself painted or sketched for the last time. Truth be told, he appeared more attractive in his paintings.
Ludwig Van Beethoven
The most renowned and famous German composer was Ludwig van Beethoven who revolutionized Western Music. He introduced variations and thematic versions of romantic music from the classical sphere. As popular as his musical history was, he was also known to be quite the looker.
An interesting piece of trivia about his life is that he went deaf when he was still alive. Theories suggest that it was because of lead poisoning or syphilis. His deafness was first discovered in 1798 and by 1801, he had lost 60% of his hearing. Then in 1816, he went completely deaf.
Beethoven – CGI Version
After looking at the CGI version of him, the anthropologists claimed that he had a sturdy face with prominent cheekbones. They made multiple re-alignments through technology and software but could not arrive at a final life-like image of how he could have looked.
But one thing is assured – if he would have been alive today, he would have been a great example of classical music in the present era, as it is increasingly losing its charm. But he was also deaf, so maybe not.
King Henry IV
He was the King of England from 1399 to 1413. His grandfather King Edward III, who was the maternal grandson of Philip IV of France, always wanted power over France and Henry succeeded in this. He was the first English ruler in over three hundred years whose mother tongue was English and not French.
But as heroic as he sounds, he couldn’t overcome the financial and administrative problems which made everything fall apart. With that being said, look at how handsome he looked in this painting!
King Henry IV – CGI Version
Yet again, the CGI reports tell a whole different story. We believe that history geeks would appreciate the fact that King Henry looks like an old wise man with his light-colored eyes and broad mustache. This also gives us a pretty good indication of his age when he died.
In case you thought he was older, Henry IV died at age 45. Even though his headdress and bright-colored clothes are missing here, we can still see from his beard shape and frilly collar that he was of royal status.
Amongst the famous Egyptian personalities, here comes the wife of Pharaoh Ramesses, who expanded the Egyptian empire to Syria, Libya, and other African countries. What a visionary she must have been! She didn’t have the most ornamental death but her mummy sculpture defines her as a gorgeous woman.
Look at the ancient painting of how she used to look! And it’s pretty cool when you realize that the designs around this image are the language of the Egyptians from back in the day. Are you ready for her big reveal?
Meritamun – CGI Version
Wow! Doesn’t she look stunning? Look at her braids, defined jawline, and winged eyeliner. She must have been the center of attention those days and it’s no wonder the pharaoh had been charmed by her beauty.
She looks so life-like in this CGI version, almost as though she would turn around and look at you right now, well, it would be really spooky if anything like that were to happen but a small part of us hopes. Kind of like the Mona Lisa painting!
Julia Agrippina was a Roman empress and one of the most important women in the Julio-Claudian dynasty. She was known to be physically beautiful but she also had a ruthless and domineering personality.
According to Pliny the Elder, Agrippina had a double canine in her upper right jaw. Also, another interesting report accuses her of poisoning her husband Claudius but it is more speculation than a fact. Get ready to see this beauty in real life (well, almost).
Agrippina – CGI Version
With those lustrous eyes and rosy lips, the mother of the Great Emperor Nero was a radiant vision. We just wonder how the Romans ever managed to avert their eyes away from her.
There is nothing that cannot take away your attention from her face. Keep in mind, this was a time in which cosmetic surgery and Photoshop did not exist so it just emphasizes her beauty.
Though he was the King of England, he only ruled for a short period of two years and he was known as the last king of York. He died in the War of Roses at the prime age of 33. This battle marked the end of the Middle Ages in England.
King Richard III is infamously known for being accused of killing his own nephews to protect the throne which lends itself to the idea that he was an evil man.
Richard III – CGI Version
Anthropologists found a lot of variation when they had to bring him to life with CGI. He had a very unique and long face which can clearly be seen in the image here. Also, we have to say that we appreciate the hat that he is wearing with its jewel-encrusted broach.
Don’t you feel like history is a little more fun after seeing these CGI versions? Not only do we have a newfound respect for the subject but we also do for CGI artists. We trust that you feel the same!
Queen Elizabeth I
We are not talking about the current Queen of England. This queen was the first of her name. She was considered to be one of the most powerful women to ever have ruled England. Queen Elizabeth was known to be actively involved in multiple political affairs.
Quite impressive for a woman from her era! This image here is a common one found in every book of history and records of how she used to look.
Queen Elizabeth I – CGI Version
And here is Her Highness, Queen Elizabeth the First, in a 3D model. The image here seems to be from the later stages of her life. From the 3D prints of her facial structure, you can almost tell she belongs to a regal family with her sharp features – high cheekbones, sharp nose, and piercing eyes.
When you look at her portrait after seeing this image, you can actually visualize what she may have looked like in all her glory – as in her royal gear et al.