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9 Instagram Accounts To Look At When You Have Otherwise Given Up On Humanity

Insta-gems in the rough. 

You know how sometimes you’re feeling super sad, and then you go on the internet and look at everyone else’s lives and suddenly feel so much better about yourself? ME NEITHER! If you’re looking to kill time on the internet but don’t want to see any of your asshat friends while you do, than these are the accounts for you. If you want to follow me on Instagram, you can do it @scoutdurwood, but spoiler alert, most of my photos are out of focus and banal, just like the rest of our accounts. 


If you’re a “biophilia hypothosis,” kind of dude, then nature feeds may be your (all-natural) jam. The biophilia hypothesis states that because humans evolved from nature, they can’t get enough of it. If looking at a waterfall reminds you that there is calm within the storm and that all of this is part of a natural circle of life, check out these Insta-gems. 

1. @natgeo


The logical place to start. National Geographic has a kick ass Instagram feed that has garnered over a billion likes and just shy of 45 million followers. The feed is run by a group of National Geographic photojournalists, so if you like a particular photo, you can click on the photographer in the comments, and follow him or her, as well. For example… 

2. @coryrichards

CHANGE. Imperfection. Gross feet. I'm a very privileged human. I know that. I was born into a situation that has allowed me to do and see and experience many things. I try to communicate some of these things with pictures. I try to let them impact me. The only thing that I can call constant in this journey is change. I've changed a lot in the past years. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. I've made a lot of good decisions and a lot of bad ones. I guess that's kind of part of it. If we don't stumble, we don't recognize growth and progression. Some decisions we make hurt people. Others lift people up. Some paths we follow are destructive...others constructive. Often, we can't see the forest through the trees and make mistakes that have impacts far greater than we could have imagined. For those, I apologize. I guess this image is about the journey. It's not a great picture. My feet are gross. And in this image, exceptionally dirty. They, like the rest of me, are imperfect. But they work. They carry me down paths both "right" and "wrong". I can own and accept that. Change is constant. If I wasn't changed by the paths I walk, I'd be dead. While we all make mistakes, while we all have triumphs...I think the only time it's appropriate to peer down on someone is when you are helping them up. Judgement is a travesty, and where it exists, it's a projection not on the judged, but on the ones passing judgement. I'll own my path and love those on theirs. What I can't abide is the frivolous commentary that lacks accountability. Here's to all of our long, crooked, often rocky and convoluted journeys. May they change and inspire you from your first step to you last.

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Cory Richards is a NatGeo photographer, and happens to be my favorite. He does post a fair number of portraits on his adventures, but his eye for personality makes up for it in spades. 

3. @nasa


They say when astronauts go into space and see the planet from above, they are forever changed. If you aren’t on Elon Musk’s shortlist for private space travel, but still want a slice of the overlook effect, check out NASA’s Insta-feed. Not only is it beautiful, it hits the spot when you are in need of a little perspective.


Before television, people watched their pets to stay entertained. Now that we have the internet, we watch other people’s pets to stay entertained. This is my internet rabbit hole (pun intended) of choice, and I hope it is yours, too. 

4. @iamlilbub

BUB's singin' in the TUB. #lilbub #bubinthetub

A photo posted by Lil BUB (@iamlilbub) on


Lil Bub is a cat that is second in internet fame only to Grumpy Cat, who has 1.3 million Instagram followers of her own. Lil Bub was born with a series of genetic deformities that make her toothless, stumpy legged, and adorable. Vice made a documentary about the lil kitty along with some of his other fe-lebrities. If Bub doesn’t get you, the story of how he brought joy back into his owner’s life will. Plus, there’s plenty of merch to go ‘round. 

5. @mensweardog

Shiba x Sukajan #beingkoi #sukajan

A photo posted by Menswear Dog (@mensweardog) on


Menswear dog is “the most stylish dog in the world” according to his website. Also, he has written a book. He’s a Shiba named Bodhi who dresses up in extremely stylish human men’s clothing. Like, he wears better clothes than your boyfriend, for sure. That’s the whole bit. And it’s awesome. He’s been written up in the New York Times, he’s that kind of stylish. 

6. @marniethedog

I'm marnie haha (📷 @rohofoto)

A photo posted by Marnie The Dog (@marniethedog) on


At 13 years young, Marnie The Dog is an advocate for adopting senior pets (she was adopted at age 10, herself)… and also has almost two million followers. Chew on that, Khloe Kardashian. Marnie doesn’t have a lot of teeth due to decay, but she does have a lot of tongue swagger. She also recently completed a book tour for her piece de resistance, “Marnie The Dog: I’m a Book.” 


Art isn’t dead, it’s evolving. Remember museums? Well, now they’re pretty much just big buildings with overpriced sandwiches. Don’t get me wrong, I cherish my visits to The Louvre as much as the next guy, but also The Louvre has an instagram account now (@museelouvre) so forget Paris. Picasso would have gone viral if only he had the chance. 

7. @banksyny

#banksy #dismaland

A photo posted by Banksy (@banksyny) on


Banksy has been making waves with street art for decades, with anonymity being a big ol part of his fame. Banksy’s account is unverified, but then again, so is everything else about the artist, so choose your battles and enjoy. 

8. @repostap


Yeah, as in the app that lets you repost other people’s sh*t while still giving them credit (looking at you @thefatjewish) the RepostAp’s own account is a highlight reel for everything going on in the Insta-world. 

9. @tal_peleg


Tal Peleg is technically a make up artist, but she’s not giving YouTube tutorials about contouring anytime soon. Her work is interesting and the perfect sort of thing that wouldn’t make sense anywhere but online. 

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