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Sometimes perspective can fool our sight and make us see things in a different way. In some cases, we are used to seeing the world from our eyes and do not really perceive the magnitude of what surrounds us, or in the case of these images, how big things can be compared to us, and how small we are in this world.
We all know that gorillas are really big creatures, but maybe you had not really considered the difference in size. It might seem like our hands are almost completely alike, and it is true that we share many similar features, especially when it comes to holding and performing certain functions. However, there are a couple of differences that everyone should understand. Both human and primate hands have opposable thumbs. In other words, they have a finger that can tough the other four digits in their hands. But, human thumbs are longer and more flexible than anything primates have.
Some scientists say that monkeys would have a lot of trouble with longer thumbs. It would actually get in the way of them trying to hold a tree when they swing. When it comes to the rest of the fingers, primates also have four, but human digits are shorter and much thinner than most monkeys. This is also to help them swing from trees. Furthermore, human hands are much more mobile than primate, as we can rotate our wrists, extend, and flex. Primates, particularly those who use their knuckles to walk, are much less flexible with movements. Their wrists bones are made to avoid bending or extending while the gorilla moves around.
Have you ever encountered a moose? In the cartoons, they are very friendly, but the truth is that they are really huge. It’s hard to say why they give this very kind vibe, but it might their cute and wide faces. In fact, many moose look almost similar to the loveably goofy, donkey, although they are much bigger in size. However, it is most likely for another reason: Bullwinkle. The 1960s cartoon showed a sweet but kind of dumb character, and people think that is what actual moose behave like in the wild. But, Alaskans and Canadians would tell that they can be pretty dangerous creatures.
If you encounter one in your travels, it’s better to keep a safe distance. One time, a family of them stopped traffic at Alaska’s Denali National Park, and all the drivers respectfully let them walk without disturbance. Their actions were not just because they wanted to see how majestic their bodies were. Most people in the area know that a moose has to be respected because you don’t want to encounter an angry one. There have been several recorded incidents involving these gorgeous animals. In 2013, a mother moose refused to get away from a road and fought with a truck driver. Let’s admire them from afar!
And the traffic signs are a very similar example. We are very used to seeing them from the comfort of our car. It’s hard to imagine our modern times without these helpful guides, but it’s even harder to think of a time when the world didn’t need them. They didn’t always exist because traffic wasn’t what it is today. The first road signs were big inventions, and they were used by the ancient Romans. There’s actually a pretty interesting history between. Roads can be traced back to the Bronze Age, but the Roman Empire really liked the idea.
They went on to build a system of bridges, roads, and tunnels that went from Portugal to Constantinople. They discovered that armies could move better this way, and they could also exchange goods. Therefore, their empire thrived thanks to the system. The first road was the Via Appia, also known as the Appian Way, created in 312 B.C. Several milestones were placed at certain locations, and they would often state who had to take care of that portion of the street. They also added mile markers to detail the distance until Rome.
We know that the Great Pyramid of Giza is really big, but surely you can understand better the name if you compare it with a person. The creation is the most important symbol of Egypt and known as the last of the Seven Wonders of the World. It’s near the city of Cairo, and it took around 21 years to complete during the rule of King Khufu 2589-2566 BCE of the 4th Dynasty. Before the completion of the Eiffel Toward in 1889 CE, this structure was the tallest ever made by humans. For 3,000 years it held that title, and it was unlikely to be defeated until modern times.
Some historians believe that it was actually the Lincoln Cathedral spire in England, made in 1300 CE, that surpassed the height of the Great Pyramid of Giza, but no structure will ever be as impressive as what lies in the Egyptian desert. It reaches 146 meters (479 feet) and its base is 230 meters (754 feet). Additionally, it has around 2 million blocks of solid stone. Considering how heavy and huge these stones were, researchers still cannot fathom how they managed to raise them up and place them as they did.
Although we currently populate much of the world, we must not forget that there are trees that have much more time on earth. This is considered the largest tree in the world, and it’s a giant sequoia, also known as Sequoiadendron giganteum from California’s Sequoia National Park. It was nicknamed General Sherman and measured around 52,500 cubic feet or 1,487 cubic meters in volume. To compare, that’s around the same volume of an Olympic-size swimming pool, which is normally around 88,500 cubic feet. Furthermore, this tree is estimated to be around 2,000 years old, and that might seem really old, but it is actually a middle-aged giant sequoia.
Some specimens have been estimated to be around 3,220 years old, at least according to their tree rings. When General Sherman lost a branch in 2006, it actually destroyed a walkway and fence right beneath it. It is considered the largest tree based on its trunk volume and not the branches; so, that event didn’t lose him its standing. It is also very tall at 274.9 feet or 83.8 meters, but that’s not even close to the record holder of the tallest tree. A specimen called Hyperion is considered the tallest at 379.7 feet, or 115.7 meters.
And in space, there are objects much larger than we can imagine, as this comet compared to the city of Los Angeles. You might think that this image is just meant to shock most people, but it is actually a comparison of a real comet. It’s called the 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, and it’s a Jupiter-family comet that has an orbital period of 6.45 years. It was first seen in 1969 by the Soviet scientists Klim Ivanovych Churyumov and Svetlana Ivanovna Gerasimenko, who gave it its name. It soon became the target of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission, which went to space on March 2, 2004.
It finally encountered the comet on August 6, 2014, but finally landed on the surface on November 12, 2014, which made it the first spacecraft to land on a comet nucleus in our history. On September 30, 2016, the Rosetta was done with its mission after it got to the Ma’at region of the comet. Luckily, Rosetta collected a lot of data, especially regarding the surface of 67P. It changed when it was close to perihelion and created circular shapes that grew a lot in just one day. There was also a tear in the neck region, which expanded.
Take for example the moon by comparing its size with that of the United States of America. We are a bit small, right? It might not be the most impressive structure in outer space, as it doesn’t have active volcanoes or a surface filled with nitrogen. However, it has always been pretty important to humans in general. Earth is actually the only planet capable is seeing a total Solar eclipse thanks to our moon, and it also helps regulate the tides of the ocean as well as the tilt of our planet. Considering how small it is compared to our planet, that’s actually pretty impressive.
The moon is just about a quarter of the Earth’s diameter with 1/81th of its mass. But, other moons are actually much smaller than their orbiting stars. Its average distance from Earth is 238,857 miles, and it’s hard to tell how big it actually is because it only occupies a small part of the night sky. That only varies at certain times of the months when it might be a bit closer. The closest point is 238,900 miles and called perigee. The farthest point is called apogee and it’s 252,700 miles away from Earth. Its diameter is 2,159 miles.
Another example related to space, this is a representation of the number of Earth planets that would fit in our Sun. So, the answer to how Earths can fit into the Sun is 1.3 million. That’s a lot of planets, which makes us question the existence of other similar kinds, which might contain intelligent life, but that is another topic. The Sun is 99.86% of the mass of the Solar System, and the remaining .14% is actually taken by the giant planets like Jupiter and Saturn. For anyone interesting in doing the math themselves, the Sun is 1.412 x 1018 km3, while the Earth is 1.083 x 1012 km3.
Dividing the Sun’s volume by the Earth’s volume results in 1,300,000. But, the Sun is actually average sized compared to other stars such as the red giant Betelgeuse, which has a radius 936 times bigger than the Sun. That means that it has a volume of hundreds of millions of times grander than the one we see every day. But, the largest celestial body humans have discovered is the VY Canis Majoris, which is estimated to have a radius from 1800 to 2100 times bigger than the Sun.
An example a little closer to our pocket. This is the difference between $10,000 in $100 bills and $10,000 in one dollar bills. The history of using paper as money is pretty interesting, and you might be surprised to learn that some early experiments with them failed because people didn’t trust it. They preferred the use of gold and silver coins. But, in 1861, the U.S. needed to back up the Civil War, and Congress issued the Demand notes of $5, $10, and $20 bills. These notes were redeemable in coin and were originally nicknamed Greenbacks, which is still used today.
The first one dollar bill was created in 1862 as a Legal Tender Note and depicted the face of Salmon P. Chase, President Abraham Lincoln’s Treasury Secretary. A year later, the National Banking Act created a banking system and national currency. Banks had to purchase securities from the government for their National Bank Notes. The current design of the dollar bill goes back to 1963 when it became part of the Federal Reserve Note, but it still retained a lot of the creation from 1929. The most important part of the bill is, of course, the portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart.
And speaking of numbers and the comparison between them, many people do not understand the true magnitude of a billion. While we are all used to listening to large numbers, especially in the news, it’s hard for our brains to actually imagine a large amount. Furthermore, the term for one billion is different in the United States and in the United Kingdom. In the old UK, a billion was a million-million, meaning 1,000,000,000,000. Meanwhile, in the U.S. is actually a thousand million, ergo 1,000,000,000. The U.S. has continued to use their definition of a billion, and they have the word trillion for the old UK version.
In 1974, the United Kingdom adopted the U.S. standard, but it is hard to picture that kind of amount. Some people tried to exemplify this by trying to decipher how many Cheetos would fit in a van. However, the problem became too complicated because each Cheeto is different and curved in dissimilar ways. Luckily, someone came up with a simpler example, which uses time to explain. If billion had the old UK meaning still, it would be 32,000 years.
We've all heard the story of Titanic, and we've seen the movie, but today's cruise ships are a little bigger. In 1912, it was the biggest ship of the time, but not many people realized that it can be considered really tiny compared to some of today’s most popular cruise ships. The big one in this picture is the Oasis of The Seas which started sailing the ocean in 2009. The Titanic was a “royal mail” meant to transport people and mail from NY to the UK. The Oasis is considered a “pleasure resort” for the Caribbean.
They had completely different purposes and are separated for almost a hundred years. Additionally, the Titanic was made in Belfast, and the Oasis was built in Finland. Their different functions were evidenced in the décor and the facilities. It’s almost crazy to compare them because they have nothing alike except to exemplify how the biggest ship that infamously capsized so many years ago was not as big as current boats.
Have you ever seen the giant mining trucks? In this picture, you can compare it with a school bus to see its size. That big vehicle is the Caterpillar 797, which is an ultra class, two-axle, mechanical haul truck created by Caterpillar Inc., a company from the United States. They have been in production since 1998, and the current model, the 797F, has the largest haul truck payload capabilities in the world. It carries up to 400 short tons. In 1997, the original Caterpillar was designed to carry 360 short tons in order to meet the demand of large-scale mining and reduce the cost.
The engineers of Caterpillar Inc. used computer design to achieve such a powerful truck, and it was the first time that CAD tools were incorporated into a Caterpillar truck. The first of its kind was presented on September 29, 1998, in the assembly plant in Decatur, Illinois. They used the empty Arizona grounds for testing and were soon being produced for the Bingham Canyon Mine. They marketed for the entire country in 2000, and by 2001, they started appealing to international enterprises.
This beautiful and hairy creature is an adult Wombat, they live in Australia and their size is compared to their tenderness. These are actually small marsupials that look like a mixture of a bear, a pig, and a gopher. They are most natural at digging due to their shorts legs, smalls, and broad feet with fierce claws. Just like kangaroos and koalas, these animals have a pouch, but wombats have them in their backs. Also, their poop comes out in little cubes. They are normally around a medium-sized dog, i.e. 30 inches long and weight around 55 to 88 lbs.
They are most commonly found in Australia and Tasmania, specifically in mountains, forest, and grasslands. They made burrows as homes and some of them can be almost 650 feet underground, according to the San Diego Zoo. They might make several burrows away from the other and change to different ones in a year. Some can be pretty social, while others like to be alone. In fact, the hairy-nosed wombat likes socializing and living with around 12 others in one home. According to National Geographic, a group of these animals is called “a mob” or “a colony”.
In this image, we can notice the enormous difference in size that exists between the wolves and the coyotes. While coyotes normally look like wolves, they have many differences. Some are even called “barking dogs”, and they are considered part of the dog family. Red wolves are considered the most similar to coyotes. However, coyotes also have bushy tails that point towards the ground and weight 10 kg. Meanwhile, wolves are bigger in size weighing around 25 kg. Additionally, the legs of a coyote are noticeably thinner than most wolves.
The tiny dogs can be found in several parts of Canada, while wolves are located in Alaska, Northern US, Labrador, and parts of the Yukon. In terms of food, coyotes like smaller animals like mice and rabbits as well as few veggies and carrion. Now, wolves are natural predators that hunt in groups for deer, moose, and goats. Furthermore, they mark territories to corral their prey. Coyotes stay away from humans and would not harm them. In fact, they eat the mice that would normally damage crops.
We know that horses need a lot of air to run as they do, but their lungs are really impressive. Once a horse finished a long race or completed a Grand Prix show jumping round, it would have passed around 1,800 liters of air through its lungs. This is the equivalent of six bathtubs full of air or two five-gallon buckets of air in each lung. During a race, the air it inhales is 380 liters of oxygen, and the rest is gas nitrogen. The oxygen passes to its blood and around 95 liters of it is used.
The energy a horse needs to complete a race will mostly come from aerobic metabolism (around 70%). It’s the same amount for a jumping show, but for a cross-country portion of a 3-day event, a horse might get 90% of its energy from the air. This kind of metabolism uses oxygen to get energy from glucose inside the mitochondria. The rest of its energy comes from anaerobic metabolism, which also converts glucose. The difference is that anaerobic metabolism is fast but not that great; so, it can only be used for a short period as it builds lactic acid. Aerobic metabolism is slower but great at making the energy used for running.
We love seeing images of the Mars Curiosity Rover but we have never considered how big and heavy it should be. Unlike stationary landers, rovers can search more lands and are controlled better. Additionally, they placed themselves in good spots during the winter, and scientists can learn more about handling robotics from their use. There have been four Mars rovers handled by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Sojourner, Opportunity, Spirit, and Curiosity. In January 2016, NASA revealed their studies from Curiosity and Opportunity, the latter sadly is now gone. They were searching for signs of ancient life and to make a biosphere.
They also looked for signs of water, such as rivers and lakes, that would indicate that it was somehow habitable once before. The search for this evidence was its main priority. In June 2018, Opportunity lost contact when it went into hibernation mode due to a dust storm. Furthermore, on February 13, 2019, NASA revealed that Opportunity would be ending its mission after they failed to activate it once again.
We would all love to be in the presence of this sculpture once and realize in person how small we are. David is known as one of the great sculptures of the Renaissance, and it was created between 1501 and 1504 by the renowned artist Michelangelo. It measures 17 feet and depicts the Biblical hero called David, who was a popular subject for art in Florence. It was commissioned as a series of several statures from such important figures that would go along the roofline of the east end of the Florence Cathedral.
However, it was later placed outside the Palazzo Vecchio, in a public square called the Piazza Della Signoria. It was revealed in 1504, but in 1873, it was moved to the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, and the original location now holds a replica. Due to the hero depicted in the artwork, the statue became a symbol of the defense of civil liberties in Florence, which was a separate republic at the time and threatened by powerful states as well as the Medici family. David’s eyes looked toward Rome with a bit of judgment in them. In 2010, a fiberglass replica was erected on the Florence Cathedral for just one day, and it was how the Operai who commissioned it originally wanted it.
And, if you ever wondered about its actual size, in this picture you can see Yao Ming standing next to a guy who is very tall. In fact. the guy in the picture if Kevin Love, who plays for the Cavaliers and measures 6 feet 10 inches, but clearly the Hall of Famer, Ming, was much larger than Love. At the time, another large basketball player also snapped a picture with the famous athlete. Lauri Markkanen from the Bulls measures 7 feet, but Yao Ming is 7-foot-6. But, Yao Ming is not considered the tallest man in history. That record is held by a man named Robert Wadlow.
He was last measured on June 27, 1940, and reached a height of 8 feet 11 inches, or 2.72 meters. "He couldn't go anywhere without being stared at and drawing a crowd. Some people would bother him, you know, because of his height. They might come up behind him and pinch his leg or something else, you know, or even maybe try to kick him in the shins, make sure he wasn't on stilts," said Harold Wadlow, Robert's brother.
When it’s a cheat day, you can get any pizza you want, but the one in this picture is very impressive. It was made at Big Lou's Pizza in San Antonio, Texas, and it has a diameter of 42 inches. That would be a whopping 3.5 feet of the delicious Italian treat. One of their big pies is called Super and aside from its impressive size, it also weights 27 points with each slice measuring around 21 inches. Their sauces and doughs are made every day; so, clients can definitely enjoy a freshly-made gigantic pizza.
Naturally, these pies are only served in-house (how would they transport it, anyway?), but it’s not the biggest pizza in the restaurant. Big Lou’s has an even bigger version with the 62-inch pie. The problem is that the massive one has to be ordered a lot earlier, while the 42-inch pizza can be bought in the shop regularly. If you want a big pizza to take home, they have a 37-inch version, which is still massive and would only fit in SUVs and such vehicles. People found out about these pies after it appeared on ‘Top 10 Biggest Pizzas in America’ and the show ‘Man vs. Food’ from the Travel Channel. Even Big Lou said, “It was a marketing scheme that backfired in a good way.”
Doing shopping for your grandson who is a basketball player be like. Some Reddit user shared a picture of his grandma who found a show size 20 at the Goodwill store. There are many rumors that big feet indicate certain things, especially for me, and those things might not be true. However, according to several scientists, the size of your feet can actually mean some things. A team of Swedish researchers connected shoe size to life expectancy, and the results stated that men with average-sized feet have longer lives, while men who need big shoes could die earlier.
“We have no doubt people can live longer than their shoe size would indicate. But this would be true only if they adopt an unusually health-oriented lifestyle, with careful attention to diet and exercise.” But, feet are not related to the size of a man’s genitals. No evidence has been found to support the claims and several studies have actually disproved it. The University College London conducted research between 104 men and said it the rumors were "a common misconception". In 2011, a study from Turkey wasn’t so sure because there was a certain link between height, weight and the size of manhood, but it wasn’t completely accurate.
We see so many traffic lights in the distance in our daily routine, that we have never stopped to consider the real size of these objects. The first traffic light was actually invented by J.P. Knight, a railway engineer. It was placed in front of the Houses of Parliament in 1868. It looked like other railway signs, with red and green lamps. Sadly, it exploded soon after and killed a cop. People were not so quick to have another one after that accident. The modern versions we know were actually created in America, and the red-green ones were placed in Cleveland 1914.
The three-colored signals were installed in New York in 1918, but those were operated from a tower in the middle of the street. Britain took some times before adopting that kind of signals again, and St. James’ Street and Piccadilly were the first to have them in 1925. Police used switches to handle those. The normal modern versions like the one in this image are the most universally accepted these.
Let's hope that it's at least decaffeinated. The world is obsessed with coffee, but there is one country that most people associated with the special bean brew. Colombia has been known for the drink, and they have been brands that sell, including their own kind of Starbucks franchise called Juan Valdez. However, one Colombian town hoped to reach to two world records. One was to make the world’s largest cup of coffee and one for the largest coffee tasting. One huge cup of coffee has around 20 tons of the liquid, and they built it in Chinchina’s town plaza.
The town is in the center of Colombia’s mountainous coffee-growing region. They hoped to build up the local coffee culture and farming. They ended reaching the record of the largest coffee cup, which held 22,739.14, and it was announced on June 15, 2019. More than 50 people worked around a month to complete the project. Additionally, the brew that was placed used Arabic beans, which are the most popular for fancy roasts.
It seems like mothers, fathers, and grandparents would also fit there. This is another Guinness World for the largest bench ever made, and it’s held by So Appenzeller Kase Gmbh, and it measures 1013.32 meters. Additionally, it is located in Jakobsbad, Kronberg, Switzerland, and they got it on August 18, 2012. On the other hand, the bench has several names along its length, but people have to sign up for it on Facebook, and it is probably all filled up by now. Look at how many kids fit on it, and the same amount of adults might also fit perfectly.
In theory, it has been said that around 3,000 people can actually sit there comfortably. Can you imagine sitting in such a chair? First, you need to use a ladder to go up and sit, but the view from Switzerland looks absolutely marvelous. It would be a great Instagram moment for anyone that is obsessed with traveling.
It's high time to start preparing for the SAT. Here is another example of a bigger-than-normal object. No one needs such a huge calculator. Only a few people actually require complicated ones, but the one in this picture would work for simple math problems. Sadly, it would not even fit on a desk. Long ago, it was hard to imagine anything simplifying the math, but modern technology has made it possible. These machines as they are known today were created in the 1970s, but old mathematicians had tools that they used before the 20th century.
The first of its kinds was the abacus, estimated to have been created in Sumeria in 2500 B.C. It was a simple table of columns with beads or stones that stood for a number. They were only used for adding and subtracting. However, they needed something for multiplications and divisions. In 1617, the Scottish mathematician John Napier created Rabdology, which calculates with rods. The person using these rods changes the vertical position of the name along with the multiplication table, and it reads them horizontally to get the final product.
When you REALLY love salads, you have to find an easier and faster way to make them. Solingen, Germany, and Seki, Japan were considered the leaders in sword making before they became master of cutlery. Knives have an interesting history that goes from a weapon to a cooking device. In 1669, King Louis XIV ordered all table knives to have blunted heads because one of his advisors reminded that they could lead to violence. To this day, knives are still associated with blood and fights. A Scottish pathologist even said,
"All the statistics show that for the last 15 years, victims of stabbings, whether fatal or seriously injured, are caused by kitchen knives such as steak knives rather than knives bought specially for the purpose." In fact, Han Xin, a hero from China, was killed by a chef’s knives. The story says that he had a spell on him that prevented sword or spears from stabbing him. He went on to conquer the country until he encountered a housewife with a cooking knife. Modern chefs today have special knives, and some cannot even work without their favorite. Meanwhile, Germany and Japan are still considered the best makers of their kind.
You should have thought twice before ordering double-cappuccino. Coffee is a major part of most people’s lives, and we spend an awful amount of money at the local shop almost every day. Some people need more than others, but almost everyone wants, at least, one cup. With the trappings of modern life, the disposable coffee cup was invented, and some don’t even consider their importance. They might not be the most efficient method, and they are definitely bad for the environment, but they are the reason why we don’t have to stay in a shop until we are done.
Its history began in the early 20th century. After the Civil War, drinking plain water was popular, and everyone delighted in fountains, barrels, wells and more. Unfortunately, people would share the same metal cup. Once Americans learned about germs and disease spread, they didn’t want to share with others anymore. In 1907, Lawrence Luellen invented the disposable paper cup and called it Health Kup. It was later named Dixie Cup. After the Spanish flu in 1918, people worried even more about getting sick, and that’s when the popularity of the Dixie Cups skyrocketed.
There are McDonald’s in almost every country in the world, and they synonymous with spending and unhealthy eating. However, most people spend around $10 on a normal day, but there are others who will gladly spend more. The person in this image has clearly given the franchise restaurant a lot of cash for that breakfast order. But for the price of $890.80, you could get a “Big Max”. A man named Moshe Tamssot wanted to see how far the new sandwich platform of the franchise went. It was called Create Your Taste, and the original cost was just $24.89.
Tamssot’s order featured a 3.8-pound burger with a lot of toppings, several kinds of cheeses and sauces. One employee said, “That’s as big as we could make it without it falling apart.” However, Tamssot didn’t actually have to pay that much money, as he revealed that there was a glitch in the prizing system of the restaurant. However, his video made the franchise arrange it so that others wouldn’t take advantage of the problem and not pay what was owed. Of course, this is not the case as this picture, but it’s not the first time that people wanted more and more of McDonald’s menu.
That man should be a bit happier than he is on that picture. Come on! What can be better than gigantic Toblerone? These chocolate bars come in a lot of sizes, but every once in a while, you find a picture of someone who has purchased the massive specimens, which weighs around 4.68 kilograms. Last year, Amazon UK was offering the treat for 59.99 pounds, but some people were quick to point out that it wasn’t that great of a deal. Would you be able to eat such a bar of big chocolate in one go or would you share with other people?
The sale was not as great as it seemed, because you can actually buy a normal-sized bar which weights 360 grams for 4 pounds on Morrisons. Therefore, by buying 13 tiny bars, you get the same amount of chocolate at 52 pounds. So, the big bar actually costs 8 pounds more. Morrisons also sells a huge bar which weighs 4.5 kilograms for 57 pounds. Either way, it is better to buy the small ones, if you want more chocolate. Additionally, it must be way easier to eat the tiny version than the triangles of this huge piece of candy.
Isn't that a perfect option for the hot summer day? Everyone loves a Slurpee from 7-Eleven, but it was accidentally created by a man named Omar Knedlik in 1959. He was the owner of one Dairy Queen in Kansas that didn’t have a soda fountain. He kept the soda bottles in the freezer, and people loved how they were almost frozen. He started looking to make an air conditioner that would freeze the drinks quickly, and after 5 years, he managed it. They were originally known as “ICEE” and then, it changed to Slurpees.
The ICEE Company allowed other places to get the ICEE dispensing machines with exclusive distribution rights, and one of them was 7-Eleven. The executives soon decided that they wanted a market under a new name. In 1966, they gathered to brainstorm and director Bob Standford was drinking the stuff through a straw. He remarked that there was a “slurp” sound when he drank and Eureka! They kept the name, and the rest is history. There are more than 34 flavors in America depending on the location such as dragon fruit, watermelon, and green apple.
Surf’s uuuuuup! Finding the perfect wave to surf is a dream for many people, and some of the biggest waves can be dangerous. There was one wave that raised higher than a red tower and kept going up while the onlookers watched in awe. This particular wave appeared in November 2017 off the coast of Nazare, Portugal. Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa was the one who rode. It was considered the biggest wave ever ridden at 80 feet. Now, riding a big wave is not just about being the best, it’s also about luck, but those huge events don’t happen all the time. Some avid surfers might not even witness such a thing in their lives.
It’s hard to predict the appearance of wind-driven waves, which are the most common. According to Sharon Gillman, a biological oceanographer at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina, said, "There are waves of all sizes and shapes rolling into the beach at any given time. If they’re not stopped by anything, waves can travel across entire ocean basins … so the waves at your beach might be from a storm half a world away."
I guess this guy will have to switch to basketball or tennis. Although it may seem like it, this wasn’t an accident, it was part of an advertising campaign for Nike, one of the greatest sports and goods company in the world. It controls around 60% of the market and a cultural phenomenon. Its name from the Greek Goddess of Victory, but it looks like Nike might actually have been the goddess of Shoes. The business started between 1963 to 1964 when track coach Bill Bowerman and runner Philip Knight started a venture to import cheaper, high-tech shoes from Japan.
They wanted to give an alternative to the German-dominated market. Their original name was Blue Ribbon Sports, and they sold Japanese Onitsuka Tiger (ASICS) running shoes. In 1965, Jeff Johnson joined their company as the first salesperson, and he sold shoes off a van during track meets and similar events. They got their first store was located in 3107 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica California. They went corporate in 1967, and they continued using their original name until Bowerman decided that he wanted to create better shoes than the Japanese. During breakfast, Bowerman was inspired to create the infamous Nike Waffle Outsole, and the rest is history.
Not sure what is more amazing: that abundant food or his excited eyes. This is another example of a typical food item that people have turned into a huge creation. It takes several pounds, two big buns, and many toppings to create such as burger, and many people around the world have tried building the biggest. One restaurant who tried was Mallie’s Sports Grill & Bar in Southgate, Michigan, USA, but they used a thousand pounds of meat, cooked it in a custom-made oven that was originally a shipping container and had to use a forklift to place it in a bun.
They also used 500 pounds of toppings to create such a massive burger. They managed to break the world record several times for the largest commercially available burger. It weighed a total of 1774 lbs, with the buns and the 300 lbs of toppings and others. It could be purchased for almost $5000 in their normal menu. The record holder, Juicy’s Outlaw Grill in Oregon, before them made a 777 lbs burger. However, since 2008, Mallie always strives to get the record in their name back. How many friends would you need to eat such a massive burger? Is it even possible?
It seems like that music hall has to hire twice more musicians to start giving violin concerts. This iconic giant fiddle is located in Sydney’s waterfront, and in 2015, it celebrated its 10-year anniversary. It is 17 meters tall and was created by artist Cyril Hearn, and it was first presented in January 2005. The Big Fiddle is still considered the largest illuminated of its kind in the world, and it was made in honor of Cape Breton’s Celtic heritage as well as music made with the instrument. Anyone on a cruise near Sydney can see because it’s near the cruise ship pavilion.
Both locals and tourists have loved for the past decade, and the company advertising its birthday celebration in 2015 confirms it. Marc Botte from 902 Advertising Group said, "What we've found is there are hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of pictures with the hashtag "BigFiddle". Tourists are coming here taking selfies with the fiddle, but they live in Hamburg, Germany, or in Italy or Scotland, or the United States." Several activities were organized for the event such as a giant square dance. Additionally, local artists were commissioned to make artwork based on the sculpture. Ironically, the fiddle was in renovation at the time; so, it didn’t make an appearance for its own birthday.
The only thing that bothers us: so which way are they going? While the use of bicycles is not that popular anyone thanks to cars and other public transport, some people still retain the use of them. The two men in the image are not riding the most common kind of bike either, but there are people who still prefer this method instead of gas-vehicles. Aside from being better for the environment, riding is also a great way to burn calories. The first bicycle was made by French engineer Pierre Michaux, and its believed that he used old designs by Leonardo Da Vinci.
Soon after Michaux’s invention, others started redesigning it to make things better. Soon enough, it was part of mainstream culture. However, before Michaux, there was German Baron Karl Drais, who made a two-wheeled transportation device and called it “Dandy Horse”. It is also believed that this invention led to the modern versions of bicycles. An interesting variation is the unicycle, which uses only one wheel. It was introduced shortly after penny-farthing bicycles. They were used to teach train drivers to maintain balance with its big wheel. It’s hard to imagine riding such a giant bike because balance is even more important in this case.
She should have put on her high heels before taking that picture. This is part of pickup trucks designed by Ford for the F-Series. The company has created this kind of SUVs since 1948, but they were smaller before. However, this one is considered part of the Ford Super Duty range, with the Class 6-7 Ford F-650 and F-750, and Class 8 versions of the F-750, which have been made since 2011. The current F-650 and F-750 are made in the Ohio Assembly facility in Avon Lake, Ohio. The location was originally a joint business with Navistar International, the Blue Diamond Truck, located in Mexico.
The trucks are currently on their eighth generation after their joint venture ended, and they moved to Ohio. The cab was similar to the 7th generation, but Ford made a whole new chassis. Additionally, the carryover cab was made to adapt to body manufacturers. Furthermore, the off-the-shelf powertrains were swapped by engines and transmissions by Ford. Instead of the Cummins diesel, the medium-duty trucks have the 6.7L Power Stroke V8 similar to several Super Duty trucks. Would you like driving a car like this, or is it too big?
When you have been on a diet for two hours and you now deserve a reward. Humans need food to survive, but chocolates are like little pieces of heaven that no can give up. KitKats have been a popular brand for a long time, loved by many children and adults, but not many people know how they started. Their history goes back to 1935 when the first chocolate-covered wafer cookies were launched in London. Of course, it was known as “Rowntree’s Chocolate Crisp” back then, but they changed it to “KitKat Chocolate Crisp” after two years.
After WWII, they decided to just keep “KitKat”. Another interesting note is that the flavor of the candy changed several times in those years because of food shortages. The company had to experiment with the recipe, and they even adopted blue wrapping (it was originally red like the one we currently see). Luckily, once the war ended, they went back to milk-based chocolate and the red covering that has become iconic over the years. It’s hard to tell where exactly they got the name “KitKat”, but the use of “Kit Cat” or “Kit Kat” for any food item, apparently, dates to the 18th century. There was a popular club in London called Kit-Cat, and they served mutton pies called Kit-Kats.
It did not fit someone's bathtub so now the whole city can play with the ducky. Rubber ducks are actually a big part of Western pop culture, and naturally, most people associate them with bathing time. It’s a common toy that it always kept in the bathroom reserved for children’s cleaning time. It’s normally made out of vinyl plastic or other rubber-like materials. Its history goes back to the rise of the rubber industry in the 19th century. The first toys of this kind were created from a harder rubber called vulcanized rubber, invented by Charles Goodyear.
However, that version didn’t float, and it was meant to be a chew toy. In the 1940s, sculptor Peter Ganine made a duck and patented it. He soon starting advertising this as a floating toy, and over 50 million were sold. Aside from the iconic yellow duck that many people have in their homes, there are many varieties. Some ducks are even embodying different professions, stars, and famous figures. Some toys glow in the dark, have sounds, change colors, include an LED light inside, and others can even swim with a wind-up engine. We bet you had no idea that rubber ducks were that popular?
We guess it was just a small cute puppy when he bought it. That’s a picture of a huge English Mastiff, which is considered the biggest dog breed. It has an average height of 36 inches, and it can weight anywhere around 200 to 230 pounds. No burglars would dare invade your home with such a massive puppy handing around. The biggest English Mastiff ever seen weighed 343 lbs. However, despite their scary size and intimidating appearance, these dogs are actually known for being docile and totally sweet. Anyone that loves big dogs would be lucky to have one of them.
Another large dog breed is the Caucasian Shepherd, which comes from Eastern Europe. But, these dogs are better suited for people who know how to train and make them socialize. They were originally livestock herders, and they are not that great around other dogs due to their territorial tendencies. They can weight around 220 pounds and be as tall as 30 inches. If you are looking for something, there is Saint Bernard, famous for the movie ‘Beethoven’, but unlike the previous one, they are loveable dogs and perfect for a family. They can weigh around 200 pounds, and reach heights of 35 inches.
When you invite your tall friends for tea. This is actually a sculpture by Giancarlo Neri, who was born in Naples in 1955. He was originally a professional soccer player for the New York Apollo team from the American Soccer League. The artwork is called “The Writer”, and it consists of a 9-meter table and chair built out of steel and wood. It symbolizes “writer’s block”, which is what happens when a writer can’t keep going for some inexplicable reason. They are stuck in a chapter of their books or in a sentence and cannot figure out how to make their story go forward.
It was first presented in Rome, and in 2005, it appeared on Hampstead Heath in London. This is not the first time that an artist has created this kind of work, as you will see a piece by Robert Therrien further on this list. But, there is a huge debate when it comes to being original in the world of art. Some people hate when their peers use the same palate as they did for a piece, even if it’s different. History has even questioned the brilliance of Shakespeare because he allegedly “borrowed” many ideas from Christopher Marlowe. What do you think about it?
Now all of your family members are going to be in that annual family photo. This camera was actually created by a Taiwanese designer and called the sculpture “Nikon D800X Super Kit”. It took a year to finish and includes a 14-24mm interchangeable lens, a battery grip, and many other features that similar to many famous Nikon cameras. People are Nikon Rumors found the story and helped translate what happened so that people would know more about this XL version. Jim Huang took to the NR comments and translated, "He is a Nikon user and working for YAGE Image House Car Art Studio."
"He spent his time after work to make this lovely 'D800X.' The lady holding the camera is one of the salesperson(s) in his favorite camera store, so she is not the creator." It’s hard to say if it functions very well, or if it has a great resolution, but there were many rumors that it worked once upon a time. What would you need a huge camera like that for? People are obsessed with different cameras and their lenses to capture the best photos, but it’s hard to pick out which one is the best as there so many options.
You better be careful if you know your neighbors have such thing on their backyard. This ax measures 15 meters (49 feet) and weights more than 55 tons. The head alone is 7 meters (23 feet) wide. Meanwhile, the concrete stump is 10 meters (33 feet) in diameter. It was created and built in 1991 by the Woodstock company, and there is even a time capsule in the ax-head. We wonder what is inside it. The plaque reads:
"The World's Largest Axe. This giant ax symbolizes the importance of the forest industry, past, present and future, to the Town of Nackawic and the Province of New Brunswick. 1991."
Axes go back beyond the Stone Age, the first era where humans started making and using tool to produce things. Its name comes from the fact that most tools were made from stone. The oldest axes were also known as “hand axes” had no shaft and were used by Homo Ergaster around 1.6 million years ago. Homo Ergaster refers to fossils of Homo genus from Eastern and Southern Africa. Ergaster is the Greek word for "worker", and it came when archaeologists discovered tools like stone axes and cutters. The hand ax had a pear shape and a board handle, and it was used for many tasks like killing animals to digging.
We're still not sure if it's actually cute or creepy. The plaque might say that it’s “The World’s Largest Garden Gnome”, but in reality, it’s the third largest. Anyone looking to visit Kerhonkson, New York, which is on the western side of the Hudson River Valley, and near the Catskills. Travelers generally find out about this attraction from an app called “Roadside America”. This is Gnome Chomsky, which was once the world’s largest, but then Iowa and Poland built bigger versions. It is located near Kelder’s Farm. Would you love taking a picture next to Mr. Chomsky?
The only thing that some tourists have dislike is that there are no souvenirs available that feature the gnome in question. You can buy other things like a wooden nickel, but anyone would get a kick out of a postcard or a fridge magnet. The Frisbees were cute because they read "(Not) The World's Largest Garden Gnome”. It might be odd to stop out of your way to see such a sculpture, but many people with families might love having that weird road trip memory. Sometimes, the oddest things can bring the most happiness at the perfect time.
The question remains the same: is it cute or actually creepy? This is another weird sculpture that people would definitely enjoy having in their photo album. As part of the summer openART biennale in Örebro, Sweden several years ago the Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman made a 13-meter yellow bunny from local materials. It was located near the St. Nicolai church right in the middle of the city, and it is called “Stor Gul Kanin”, which means “big yellow bunny”. The piece was created to question the use of public areas and the monuments chosen for cities.
The artist believes that the world is a playground, and many of his other creations are big-scale toys and animals to illustrate his perspective. The bunny was placed upside down because Hofman meant for it to have fallen from the sky, and lean against the Engelbrekt shrine. The artist begs the question, “What is the use and purpose of public space?” Of course, Hofman didn’t complete it by himself. 25 local craftsmen helped for free, and that was really important for the artist. He wanted people to feel connected to the artwork. It’s mostly made out of shingles, wooden armature, concrete, and metal.
For those whose laundry constantly pile up. This huge clothespin was created by Mehmet Ali Uysal, a professor of art at Middle East Technical University. It was originally made for the Festival of the Five Season in Chaudfontaine Park, located on the outskirts of Liège, Belgium. It looks like the artwork used the original weird hill formed naturally to make it seem like the giant clothespin was holding it together as we would a drying shirt on a sunny day. It's hard to say why the artist decided to make such a weird piece and how it inspired him, but it’s not the first time Uysal uses nature to create such illusions.
In fact, in 2016, the artist had an exhibition in New York, where he used suspended fluids, and images that melted out of the frames. It was the first exhibition for the new space of Sapar Contemporary in Tribeca, and the Turkish master wanted to trick everyone’s eyes with his other pieces. He loves using space in many scales as well as building, deconstructing, reshaping any object in many different forms. He started studying urbanism in Turkey, but changed careers to plastic arts and moved to France. He started gaining fame in his home in 2005.
Do you see that too? This girl is walking that pan barefoot? On many summer days, some people might feel like they are literally eggs frying in a pan, and this artwork is a great representation of that emotion. Australian artist Andrew Hankin knows that his town can experience scorching heats, and he was inspired to make a giant pan located on a Sydney beach. It’s called “We’re Frying Out Here”, and it’s part of a series named “Sculpture by the Sea”. It’s just as simple as its name: a frying pan with san inside it. It was very real despite looking like an optical illusion.
It was also a great way to remind beachgoers that sunscreen is important and that they needed to keep away from the sun sometimes. Additionally, children had a lot of fun playing in it and climbing the handle. Hankin is also a senior copywriter at Ogilvy, and he partnered with Sunsense, a sunscreen brand, for the project. He revealed, "It’s a great honor to have been selected into Sculpture by the Sea but an even better feeling to have been able to create a sculpture with an important message behind it.”
This one you can't miss while walking past. This artwork was made by Berlin artist Stefan von Essen, and it’s exactly what it looks like: a giant banana peel. Several pieces were made and placed in local shopping malls. There is a huge myth that people can slip on a banana peel, and it must have been the inspiration for this sculpture. However, is there any truth to the legend? Has anyone ever actually fallen due to stepping on the fruit peel? The rumors actually started in the 1900s when bananas became popular in the U.S.
People would leave the scraps on the sidewalk, and once they rotted, they became slippery. Apparently, enough people started falling due to the discarded peels that some towns came up with anti-littering laws. Comedies have used this weird phenomenon as the bases for many skits since then. However, MythBusters investigated it, and while it’s true that a fresh banana peel can be slimy, one is not enough to make people fall. You would have to place a peel over peel for several layers to achieve the hilarious event. Of course, the older they are, the yuckier they become.
What should be the size of the house which is supposed to fit that furniture? Similar to the creation shown earlier, Robert Therrien also creates objects that are completely similar to the original versions, but on a bigger scale. During an exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, Scotland, he featured several common-day objects like these chairs and tables. The artist was born in Chicago in 1947, but he lives in Los Angeles. His work has led to many showings at prestigious institutions like the Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and many others.
“Sometimes people ask whether I am a romantic or a realist artist. I would hope that I fall between the two. . . The ideal artist looks at the future and the past at the same time. The romantic artist spends more time looking backward. The realist attempts to work in the present but emphasizes the future. However, if you try to predict the future, you seldom succeed.” —Robert Therrien
Shouldn't she be more excited about finding that? Lays chips have been popular around the world for decades, but not many people know their history. In 1932, Herman Lay first opened a snack food company in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1938, he bought the potato chip business “Barret Food Company” based in Atlanta, Georgia. He renamed it "H.W. Lay Lingo & Company". The entrepreneur took his car all over American, selling his chips from the back of his car. In 1944, the official name of the company was shortened to "The Lay's Lay Lingo Company", and they became the first snack food makers to buy commercials on television.
They also used Bert Lahr as their star spokesperson. In 1961, Derrick Lothert’s Frito Company and Lay’s partnered up and became Frito-Lay Inc. They made around $127 million a year, becoming the largest in their field. The company soon introduced their famous slogan “betcha can't eat just one", and the potato chips were considered a worldwide sensation. In 1965, they merged with the Pepsi-Cola Company, becoming Pepsi Co, Inc., and the rest is history.
If he doesn't stop now, there'll be a dreadful explosion. Not every balloon comes in such a big size, and while they are mostly made from the same material, some are sturdier than others. The earliest balloons were actually created from pig bladders and animal intestines. The Aztecs made balloon sculptures with cat insides to give to the gods. Even ‘Swiss Family Robinson’ and ‘Moby Dick’, which date to the 1800s, have talked about making balloons with whale intestines. The first ones made out of rubber were created by Professor Michael Faraday in 1824 to use for his hydrogen studies at the Royal Institution in London.
He wrote about his findings at the Quarterly Journal of Science that year, explaining, “The caoutchouc is exceedingly elastic. Bags made of it...have been expanded by having air forced into them until the caoutchouc was quite transparent, and when expanded by hydrogen they were so light as to form balloons with considerable ascending power...." He would make his balloons out of two sheets of rubbers placed and tied together by the edges. The inside would have flour to avoid parts sticking together because the rubber would meld automatically.
He promised he would eat just one candy bar. No more than one! The history of the Snickers is just as interesting as the one from Lays chips. In 1930, Mars presented the candy bar, and its name came from the owner’s favorite horse. It has nougat, peanuts, and caramel covered in chocolate. It was originally advertised as “Marathon” in the United Kingdom and Ireland until 1990. At the time, Mars decided to unite the produce with the U.S. version.
There are many versions of the Snickers bars such as “mini, dark chocolate, ice cream bars, Snickers with almonds, Snickers with hazelnuts, Snickers peanut butter bars, Snickers protein and Snickers with Extra Caramel, as well as espresso, fiery, and sweet & salty”. Interestingly, in December 2000, The company in Australia recalled several Snickers and Mars bars from their stores because of many threatening letters which hinted that some chocolates had been poisoned. The last letter the business received contained one bar which had rat poison, and there were apparently seven other bars that had been laced with the toxic chemical. It said that those had been placed for public sales.
This is the claw of a juvenile Crowned Eagle. This is something shocking to see because we hardly realize how big these animals are. As you can see, they can be really dangerous. It is also referred to as the African crowned eagle or the crowned hawk-eagle. These birds can be found in sub-Saharan Africa, but especially places were there many forests. It’s the only member of the genus Stephanoaetus that still exists today. When humans discovered Madagascar the second species, Malagasy crowned eagle (Stephanoaetus mahery), became extinct.
They mostly eat other animals like ungulates, hyrax, and small monkeys. Sometimes, they might take birds or lizards. Their long tails can reach 90 cm (35 inches) in length, but it is not as big as the Martial Eagle, Africa’s largest. However, it is the mightiest of these birds because it can catch heavier prey. They often take bushbucks which can weight around 30 kg.
This is one of the most unbelievable things in history. Did you know that this mummy needed a passport so he could fly to Paris? And just in case you were asking, this happened nearly three millennia after his death. In 1976, Pharaoh Ramses II had to be given an Egyptian passport to travel to France. He had been dead for around 3,000 years. Ramses II was one of the most popular rulers of Egypt and considered the most powerful. He was the son of Seti I and became the Prince Regent at the age of 14.
Historians have said that he took the throne before turning 20. Ramses II was part of several military campaigns against pirates, and he was able to stop rebellions. After conquering many places abroad, he amassed a great fortune which allowed for the construction of tombs. The famous pyramids of Egypt were created 1,500 years before his rule, but Ramses II started making many buildings along the Nile in his name. Additionally, he commissioned the Abu Simbel temple as well as the Ramesseum, a mortuary. However, his most famous monument is the tomb of Nefertari, his lover.
Low temperatures affect everything, just look what −60ºC did to this bowl of noodles. There is no Photoshop in this picture; the fork is completely frozen. It’s not the first time that noodles have frozen in freezing weather, and it certainly won’t be the last time. Another plate of ramen also made news online, and they were posted by Jessica Wang who works at the Yellowknife’s Chateau Nova Hotel. She saw a bunch of birds playing with something outside and discovered that it was a bowl of frozen noodles complete with their chopsticks.
They took pictures and uploaded them on Instagram. It soon went up on Reddit and had thousands of replies and views. Unfortunately, Wang and her friend (who took the picture) have no idea how the noodles got there or if it was staged. It might have been left over by some tourists, but when they took the image, it was -27ºC. Jessica said that people were probably amazed by the discovery because most Americans from the Southern states have no idea how cold it actually gets in the north. "I don't think a lot of people are aware, first of all, where Yellowknife is," she said. "I think it's just the extremeness of the weather that we have here. That people that are not from here aren't aware of things that can happen like this, where boiling water and tea turns to powder."
These are separately packed grapes, and we just can’t understand why they made this. Also, we are wondering why they put so much protection on it. Aside from being wasteful, there might be a specific reason for doing this. In fact, each grape is worth $12, which sounds insane, but the truth is that Japanese people are obsessed with exotic fruit and there are certain grapes which are more valuable than the ones found at the local market. Some of the most expensive grapes are the Ruby Romans, and a bunch of 30 grapes sold for 1.1 million yen in Japan at one point.
That’s $10,900 total, which means $360 per grape. Ruby Romans are grown in the Ishikawa prefecture and each weight 20 grams and have an 18% sugar content. They are the size of ping pong balls. Clearly, the ones in this image are not Ruby Romans, but they are still expensive. It’s not uncommon for Japanese to spend a lot on fruits, but that sale broke all their records. The buyer, Takamaru Konishi, said that he would give a few of them to certain customers. “These are truly Ruby Roman gems,” he said. “We will display them at our store before giving our customers a sample taste.”
This is a very curious toilet, and the reason is that it is made for people who drank too much. You can find them in Germany; they are very characteristic of this country. There is no problem with drinking as long as you do it safely, but the government of Germany seems to understand that their people imbibe a little more than they should. Therefore, some places had these special “puke sinks” added. You can find them in areas for football game viewing or near the Oktoberfest festival.
Someone shared a picture of one sink on Reddit, and people were quick to comment that it was a marvelous idea and practical as well. You can brace yourself on the handles and rinse your face once you are done vomiting. However, the sinks are not just popular in Germany. A nightclub in Prague also installed them, and it even had a poster showing people how to use it. They have become pretty common in many university campuses across Germany.
Just look at how big this plane is! The most amazing about this is that despite its size, they still need to keep it in a place. Of course, this plane is too big for that garage, but they still found a way. This is just one example of how ingenious humans can be, and over the years, we have come up with the simplest solutions to what seems like the biggest problems. There is even a website called “Thngs” dedicated to collecting images of everything people have made over time.
It’s Noah’s ark for invention, and it goes from 40,000-year-old stone ax to today’s smartphones. One of the designers wrote, “We are surrounded by things. Each thing is a source of objective information about our past, present, and even future. They are the physical memory of humankind. But things break, get damaged, and disappear over time. The physical preservation of all things is not possible, but we can preserve information about them.” One important collection on the site features several digitized space objects like Sputnik 1, a space suit for dogs, and tools for astronauts.
This is the best combo you will ever see. It is a sink/stove/fridge all in one and is perfect for tiny or minimalistic apartments. We are sure many millennials will love this. This is actually sold by IKEA, and you can get all kinds of different things for your apartment. They come in different colors and needs. The Swedish company has been a staple in the world of furniture for six decades, and they have retail stores in 40 countries. The founder, Ingvar Kamprad, was born in 1926 in Småland, Sweden, but he was raised in Elmtaryd, a farm in the village of Agunnaryd.
He always knew that he wanted to become a businessman and at the age of 5, he already selling matches to his neighbors. He went on to sell other things such as seeds, greeting cards Christmas tree decorations, pencils, and pens. In 1943, after his father gave him some money for completing his studies, Kamprad founded IKEA. The name comes from his initials (I.K.) plus the first letters of Elmtaryd (E) and Agunnaryd (A). But, he continued to sell knick-knacks in 1948 when furniture came into the mix, and the rest is history.
Did you know that white deer existed? If you didn’t, here is a picture of one. And not only that, but he is also sneezing. How many can say they have seen this? On September 26, 2018, the nature photographer Oban van Shie was walking through Bradgate Park in Leicestershire, England, when he spotted the rare sight. The buck was lying on the grass among a herd of red and fallow deer. He revealed, "I had never seen a white deer before. I was intrigued given their rarity, although many others that have visited the park will have no doubt seen it."
He started taking pictures of the animal from far away, but he didn’t know he captured a cute moment until he went back home. He had caught the deer mid-sneeze. Van Shie decided to post the picture on Reddit and it received 90,000 upvotes. "I have received some comments doubting whether the deer was sneezing but I was far away enough from the deer that it wouldn’t feel threatened, especially considering that the park is open to the public and there wasn’t enough noise for it to have been calling out," van Shie added. "Having done some research I am confident that it was, in fact, a sneeze."
Here we have another unusual picture that you must see. This is the largest pumpkin grown in North America, and its weight is 2528 pounds. A little big, huh? It was grown by a man in New Hampshire, Steve Geddes of Boscawen, who won $6,000 for it at the Deerfield Fair after his pumpkin placed in first. Later on, Woody Lancaster from the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth, which is an international organization that oversees giant pumpkin gardening, revealed that Geddes’ vegetable was the biggest in North American, and it was only 100 lbs. slimmer than the biggest pumpkin grown in history.
According to Guinness World Records, the biggest one belonged to Mathias Willemijns from Belgium, and in 2016, it set the world record of the largest pumpkin weighing a whopping 2,624 lbs. Meanwhile, Geddes has the U.S. record for heaviest pumpkin, as the original holder weighed only 2,363 pounds. It looks like it would be the perfect vegetable for an amazing Jack-O-Lantern or a big carriage for Cinderella. However, we do hope that they managed to make a great soup out of it.
And talking about big vegetables, just look at this giant carrot. It weighs 22 lbs, and as you can see, its owner is pretty proud of it. Surely many people ate from it. The giant vegetable gardener, Christopher Qualley, who lives in Otsego, Minnesota actually grew a massive carrot the second time he tried making a giant one. It weighed 22.44 pounds, and it might be considered the heaviest carrot ever grown. The father of four had some interesting details to share about his achievement. When asked if he decided straight away to garden the biggest carrot, he said,
“Yes – that was my goal. I think everyone that grows giant fruits and veggies has a dream in the back of their mind to set a world record and I was lucky enough to have a dream come true.” When asked for tips, the gardener said, “I am relatively new to this hobby and my strategy was to imitate what all of the experienced growers across the world were doing. The number one thing that every single top grower says is that your soil is the most important thing, so that is what I focused on. Without the proper soil, your giants will never reach their potential.”
We can’t fully understand what it is going on here, but it seems like someone decided to throw away hundreds of buttons. Maybe this doesn’t contribute anything to your life, but it is a curious picture anyway. Unfortunately, it has been proven that clothes and other materials can affect oceans in dangerous ways. Aside from this image, where the natural habitat of the water took over, apparently synthetic fabrics remaining in washing machines can reach the seas. This is called microplastic pollution, and it can be caused by other materials, but the main contributors are clothes.
Professor Sherri Mason once opened a Great Lakes fish, only to discover that it was filled with synthetic fabrics, and under the microscope, it looked like they were merging to the gastrointestinal tract. It was the first time she had seen anything like it, despite studying pollution around the Great Lakes for several years as part of the State University of New York Fredonia. If the microfibers are in our fish, then they can get back to people who eat them. They are also found in shorelines where most wastewater gets discarded. The University of California at Santa Barbara revealed that a fleece jacket released 1.7 grams of microfibers every wash. That’s something to think about!
It is beautiful when we can take things from nature to create other things we can use, like this bathroom sink, which is made of igneous rock from volcanic lava. Rocks are divided into three groups: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. Igneous rocks are created from magma in the Earth’s mantle. They do not have fossils, are not reactive with acids, and generally, don’t have layers. Additionally, they consist of various minerals and have been known for having holes or bubbles. Some can even look like glass. Volcanologists try to find these ones specifically to study where they came from and if they were made after a volcanic event.
Meanwhile, geologists use the first look of a rock to determine its composition, and then, they confirm their findings with many different techniques. Researchers at The University of Auckland have an electron microprobe that measures how much silicairon, magnesium, or other elements are inside their samples. That way, they can classify each rock, and it can give them information about the volcano and the eruption that led to the formations. On the other hand, there 3 types of volcanoes in New Zealand because different kinds of magma have created them: shield, cone, and calderas volcanoes.
This is one of the most impressive photographs you will see today. 47 years ago, the crew of Apollo 15 took this photo of the Earth from the moon, and this is how it looked. The Apollo 15 was the 9th mission in the United States Apollo initiative and the 8th successful one. Additionally, they were the fourth mission that managed to land on the moon, and this team used the Lunar Roving Vehicle for the first time. It began on July 26, 1971, but ended on August 7 after exploring the surface of the celestial body for several days.
On board were Commander David Scott and Lunar Module Pilot James Irwin, who decided to land near Hadley Rille. The team also managed to collect 170 pounds of material from the surface. While the mission was completely prosperous, it received a lot of backlash that next year because the crew apparently had unauthorized postal covers, some of which were made by the Germans. The astronauts in the group never went to space again as a result. Luckily, Apollo 15 is remembered for the discovery of the Genesis Rock, and for how they validated Galileo’s theory that if there is no air resistance, objects drop at the same time.
This may seem like a regular yogurt bottle, but if you look closely, you will notice that it lists the names of the cows involved, just like the credits of a movie. This is awesome and animal-friendly. This yogurt produced by the Berle Farm, which is located in Hoosick, New York, and they are “the farm for the nourishment of our region”. They have been an organic plantation since 1997, as they look out for the health of land, animals, and flora in natural ways that result in better products. At the time of this writing, they had around 15 cows, which allows them to produce aged raw milk cheeses and yogurt.
Additionally, most of their dairy products can be delivered thanks to many distributors. “The food from Berle Farm reflects the love and stewardship of open land and agriculture.” In summer 2019, they hope to open a Farm Store right on their location where people will be welcomed to purchase their products directly from the source. They have been working for more than 20 years to make the best food items for their clients.
Bees are very active animals, and this picture proves it. This is the time-lapse photo of a beehive, and it is incredible how they were all captured by the camera. Bees are definitely not that popular, especially for many people who have serious allergies that can lead to death. But, these flying insects are vital for the survival of the human race. Their main job is to pollinate plants. Without this, we wouldn’t have flowers or be able to grow food. It has been said that bees are accountable for every three bites we take of our dinner. Sadly, they are in danger.
Their populations have been decreasing since the 1940s. Their colonies have gone down from 5 million to 2.5 million, and scientists have been working to find out why. Unfortunately, they haven’t found the answers and the more time is wasted, the more bees are lost. Luckily, anyone can help a little bit to save these creatures. You can plant something at home like a flower or even grow a vegetable garden. You can stop using pesticides as they are major contributors to the death of bees. It’s better to buy organic products to get rid of other pests than the chemicals options. Finally, you can build a bee box.
This is just amazing and almost hard to believe. Here are 25,000 little dice that were agitated in a cylinder to form concentric circles. Thanks to that, everything is in order. This is called compaction dynamics, and the experiment was created by scientists from Mexico and Spain. They rotated the cylinder back and forth every second until the dice arranged into concentric circles. Diego Maza and his team from the University of Navarra discovered that moving the cylinder along its vertical axis gave way to interesting results.
Additionally, they learned that twisting motions have different impacts than tapping the surface of the structure. The results are dependent in the rotational acceleration they gave it when reversing the move. The dice managed to arrange that perfect after round 10,000 rotations. It like they lay in concentric rings inside the cylinder. However, this is only achieved by using acceleration equal to half of gravity (0.5 g). Anything below that made it seem like the dice would never position themselves. Below 0.5 g, they twisted 100,000 times, and the dice in the center were still totally disorganized. The researchers said that it might have taken ten years at lower speeds to reach the maximum density.
This is definitely a precious object made for those who most need it. If you still can’t get what is this, it is a globe for blind people. Is it not beautiful? The World Health Organization estimates that there around 40 million blind people in the world, and other 250 million have visual problems. We don’t often think about these handi-capable people, or how they learn everyday things. Those numbers might rise with glaucoma and diabetes; so, it’s important to develop strategies so that they can give as normally as possible.
The University of Bath is currently studying blind people to understand how they perceive and think about the world, and also, how they use other sense to learn things. With these findings, new technologies will be able to help the visual impair overcome their limitations and be more independent. Some studies compared congenitally blind individuals, late-blind people, and sighted people, and used vital cognitive tasks to determine the major differences. The point to understand how they take information that might have normally be given by sight. Learn more here.
Sometimes street art can blow our minds, and this picture is a case of it. This was made in Lancashire, UK, and it is so realistic that we almost feel like the eye is watching us. Graffiti is a somewhat misunderstood form of art, but the truth is that it started with the cavemen thousands of years ago. Ancient Romans and Greeks would write their names on buildings and even some lyrics. However, the modern versions of graffiti seemed to develop in Philadelphia in the 1960s. By the end of the decade, the movement had reached New York.
The 70s were a great time for these artists, especially because they starting adding their names, also known as “tags”, to their work all over the city. In the mid-70s, subway cars had their windows covered in the artwork. Originally, the “taggers” belonged in street gangs that managed certain territories. They worked in “crews”, and they called the art form “writing”. The term “graffiti” was coined by the New York Times and novelist Norman Mailer. Unfortunately, just when it was starting to gain momentum as an art form, the mayor of NY, John Lindsay, criminalized the practice.
Recycling is essential to decrease many problems that our environment is suffering. That’s why they created these pencils you can plant after you’ve used it and watch it grow into a vegetable. These are also known as “Sprout pencils”, and they are made out of sustainable wood. Instead of an eraser tip, however, they have a biodegradable capsule that holds a vegetable or herb seed. Once a person is done using the whole pencil, they remove the tip and add it to a pot of soil. The instruction on the box only says: “Add sunlight & water.”
You should be able to see results after a few weeks as long as you take care of your plants accordingly. Amanda McArthur from Sweet High bought several of these pencils to experience them. She got a pack of graphite that included basil, thyme, and coriander. Meanwhile, the colored pencils had seeds for red flax, calendula, lemon balm, basil, forget me not, sage, thyme, and coriander. McArthur started with the basil seeds (she was impatient so she removed it when the pencil was new) and followed the instructions.
This types of doors were pretty common many years ago. It was made for milk deliveries, and probably you will find them in old houses. It was a practical idea for that time. There is apparently a movement to bring back milk deliveries in America, and milkmen are making a comeback, you should know more about the history of this practice. Only some people remember the sounds of clinking bottle when the milk was delivered every morning. The deliveries started in the late 1700s when almost every family had a cow. Some families were lucky enough to have two cows.
After the industrial revolution, people were moving to urban areas where it wasn’t possible to have cows. Houses were smaller, and everyone was busier. Therefore, they turned to local dairy farmers for milk. The first delivery occurred in Vermont in 1785. They later became a commercial success, and men were hired to deliver it door-to-door using a metal barrel full milk. People would bring jugs or jars to collect from the milkman. The practice was modernized to bottles later on.
This is what some Russian cities look like thanks to the incorporation of new buildings due to the increase in population. A mixture between the new and the old. This is the view of the city of Petrozavodsk, which is written “Петрозаводск” in Russian. It the capital city of the Republic of Karelia, Russia, and expands along Lake Onega for 27 kilometers. According to the 2010 census, there are around 261,987 citizens. In the early 1700s, it was known as Shuysky zavod, but it was renamed as Petrovskaya Sloboda.
Later on, it was called Äänislinna by the Finnish armies during the occupation in the Continuation War from 1941 to 1944. Meanwhile, Lake Onega is also connected to Leningrad Oblast and Vologda Oblast, and it’s part of the Baltic Sea in the Atlantic Ocean. It’s also considered the second largest lake in Europe after Lake Ladoga. The lake connects to around 50 rivers and drains in the Svir River. There more than 1,500 islands inside it such as Kizhi, which has 89 orthodox churches as well as other buildings from the 15th to 20th centuries.
This is the actual size of one of the engines of a Boeing 787 when compared to a human being. This is the Rolls-Royce Trent 800, a high-bypass turbofan aircraft engine. It was redesigned from the RB211 and part of the Trent series of engines. It was used for Boeings 777 as well. In the late 1980s, Boeing was planning a bigger version of the 767 models and Rolls-Royce said that the Trent 760 engine would work great for it. However, in 1990, Boeing scrapped the idea for the 767 and launched the 777 that needed 80,000 lbf. (360 kN) or more.
The Trent 700’s fan wasn’t big enough for the demands of the 777, and Rolls-Royce came up with the Trent 800 which featured a fan with 110 inches in diameter. It was manufactured in partnership with Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries. They began testing it in September 1993, and it was ready by 1995. The first airplane with the engine flew in May 1995 and was acquired by Thai Airways. Since 2014, the company has been selling a better version called the Trent 800EP, which uses tech from the Trent 1000 and Trent XWB engines.
A King cobra from southern Thailand, age 17, along with a 3-year-old King cobra from south Thailand. The difference in size is remarkable. Its scientific name is the Ophiophagus Hannah, and it’s different from cobras of the Naja genus due to the shape and size of its neck hood. King cobra also has a much bigger head than others. Other cobras can grow up to two meters in length, while King cobras are much larger. Its chevrons are lighter than their bodies.
The color might be enhanced in their neck and their body, like the kings from China, but some cobras from Southern Thailand have more muted parts. However, one of the main differences between these ones and other cobra snakes is the scales at the top and on their backs, which are called “occipital scales”. They are placed right next to each other instead of the 9-scale arrangement of most colubrids and elapids.
In this photo, we can see five generations of an Asian family in a single photo. Not all families can achieve this. It’s not that common to see more than 3 generations alive at the same time, but they say that Asian people have longer lives. On the other hand, it’s not the first time that a group of women has uploaded the pictures of their family, showing off how many are stilling kicking. A woman from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada became a great-great-great-grandmother in 2016, at the age of 96.
Vera Sommerfeld became the head of the six generations of women when baby Callie Marsh was born into the family. Her mother is Alisa Marsh, who was 20 years old back then. The baby’s grandmother is Amanda Cormier, and the great-grandmother is Grace Couturier. The Great-great-grandmother Gwen Shaw, who was 75 at the time, and the daughter of Vera. She said, "It's pretty wonderful, really. I just couldn't wait for this baby to be born, because it was going to be my sixth generation, and I waited for it for a long time." Granted, the miracle might have been due to the fact that most women had children early on in their adulthood, but it’s still pretty cool.
A beautiful piece of crystal with almost a thousand years of age that was found in the Dominican Republic. It’s also known as the Dominican amber, and comes from resin from the tree Hymenaea protera, which is already extinct. It is different from other kinds of amber, such as Baltic, because it’s almost always see-through, and it has more fossil additions. Studying these ambers has allowed researchers to remake an ecosystem that was long gone. In studies from the early 1990s, it was determined that some pieces of amber were around 40 million years old.
But, Poinar says that Dominican amber is from the Oligocene to the Miocene periods, which means that they are 25 million years old. The oldest of these precious stones was found in the north of Santiago, and the La Cumbre, La Toca, Palo Quemado, La Bucara, and Los Cacaos mining sites are near that city. Amber has also been discovered in Bayaguana/Sabana de la Mar, and there are even subfossil copals located in the Cotui deposits that go back only 280 years.
They have a solution for everything in Asia. This is a Q-tip that brings a disinfectant solution inside it for any occasion. The reason that normally Asia have a different type of earwax that is harder to remove. However, for most people, Q-tips are not the only way to get rid of that dirt in your ears. If you haven’t let it built up, you can use your pinky finger with some tissues to remove a bit of it. But make sure that you don’t poke in there and remain in the outer side. This will work after a hot shower because the water has softened the wax and be removed easily.
Another method is adding hydrogen peroxide. You can add a bit of it on your finger, and don’t worry about the fizzing noises. After 10 to 15 minutes, lean your head toward the sink to drain the excess and the wax should also come with it. Olive Oil is also an excellent way of cleaning your ear, at least, according to the American Hearing Research Foundation. Adding two drops can also help soften the wax to take it away.
This is a Gutenberg Bible, and it symbolizes the beginning of the printing of books in Europe. Johannes Gutenberg created it in the early 1450s in Mainz, what is now Germany. This is also known as 42-line Bible, the Mazarin Bible or the B42. It symbolized the beginning of the “Gutenberg Revolution”. Aside from it, this Bible is valuable due to the aesthetic, artistry, and historic importance. No one how many copies they printed, but only 49 remain around the world, and it has been that none of them are complete.
The edition from the Vulgate and this bible has the Latin versions of the Hebrew Old Testament and the Greek New Testament. It showed the work of Jerome, who translated it in 380 AD, but there were some added things from the Parisian Bible tradition and other differences. The Paris Bible is one of many translations of the book from the Middle Ages, and it also referred to as the "Thirteenth-Century Bible", "Old French Bible" or, in French, "Bible du XIIIe siècle".
This image is from Alcatraz, the most famous prison in the world. It was known as the prison from which no one could escape, although now it is turned into a tourist attraction. This infamous prison was also called The Rock, and it was a maximum security federal jail on Alcatraz Island, which is located off the coast of San Francisco, California. It worked from August 11, 1934, to March 21, 1963, but the fort was there since the 1850s.
The main jail, however, was erected between 1910 and 1912 as part of the United States Army military prison. The Department of Justice later got the United States Disciplinary Barracks, Pacific Branch, on Alcatraz on October 12, 1933, and the island officially became part of the Federal Bureau of Prisons in August 1934. Everything has to be updated and needed more security. Due to the surrounding cold water and the system, it was considered the U.S.’s strongest prison, and the myth was that no one could escape it. Only the worst criminals who caused trouble in normal jails were sent to Alcatraz, and such people include Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud (the "Birdman of Alcatraz"), George "Machine Gun" Kelly, Bumpy Johnson, Rafael Cancel Miranda, and many more.
This side of the Moon can not be seen from Earth, but there are many photographs of it from space. The largest lunar craters are on that side. This part of the Moon always faces away from Earth, and it is littered with craters as well as lunar maria. One of its craters is called the South Pole-Aitken basin, and it’s considered one of the biggest in the Solar System. Each side of the moon gets two weeks of sunlight and two of night. Only around 18% of the dark side of the moon can be seen from Earth at certain times.
However, the remaining 82% has not been seen since 1959, when the Soviet Luna 3 space probe captured a picture of it. The Soviet Academy of Sciences released an atlas about it in 1960. On the other hand, the Apollo 8 crew members were the first to see it with their own eyes when they went around the moon in 1968. All landings on the celestial body had been on the nearer side until January 3, 2019, when the Change 4 spacecraft reached it.
Deep Blue is known to be the supercomputer made by IBM that defeated the world chess champion, Garry Kasparov, on February 10, 1996. It was the first of its kind to ever win under regular time controls. However, it only beat the Kasparov in one of their six-game matches. The champion won 3 matches and the other two were draws, but the final score was 4-2 in favor of Kasparov. The machine was redesigned for a new match in May 1997, and it managed to win all six games, defeating the world champion for the very first time. Kasparov was angry and said that IBM cheated.
He also wanted a rematch, but IBM declined and destroyed Deep Blue. The development for it began in 1985 at Carnegie Mellon University. The project advanced into Deep Thought, and the developers were hired by IBM upon their graduation. The company really wanted to beat the chess champion. Deep Thought played against Kasparov in 1989, and then, they held a contest to rename the machine, which resulted in the famous “Deep Blue”.
This is how 35 oz plastic bottles look before they heat up and inflate to the size we all know today. This is what a bottle looks like before they filled it with air and it enlarges to become the bigger version that holds water or soda. Most plastic bottles are made from high-density plastic, and they are used for all kinds of liquids, including shampoo and ink. People started using them for the first in 1947, but back then, they were still very expensive to produce. Luckily, in the 1950s, high-density polyethylene was discovered, and it was so much easier.
The material reached top popularity in the industry, and clients love their lightweight in comparison to glass bottles. It didn’t cost as much to make them as before, and they were fairly easy to transport as well. But, the best part about plastic versus glass is that it was much more durable. Glass was susceptible to breaking if handled incorrectly. Therefore, the food industry has used them for decades for almost anything besides wine and beer.
The Mona Lisa is not as majestic as some people think. Its actual height is 30 inches, and the width is 21 inches. This is a portrait created by the Italian Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci, and some have referred to it as "the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world”. It’s also considered one of the most expensive paintings in the world. It was insured for $100 million in 1962 (that would $650 million today), according to Guinness World Records.
It is widely believed to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo. It was made on a white Lombardy poplar panel with oils. Some say that da Vinci made between 1503 and 1506, but other accounts think that he was still working on it in 1517. Recent studies propose that it wasn’t started until 1513. It was bought by King Francis I of France, and it belongs to France. Anyone who visits the Louvre Museum in Paris can see it, as it has been there since 1797.
This is the machine used to place brick roads. It can easily replace a group of workers because of its speed. Workers no longer have to place brick by brick to make that kind of road. Now there are machines designed for that purpose, and some of them can put down around 300 square meters of bricks in just one day. This is called block paving, which is different from asphalt roads as it used for places where there is a lot less traffic. It’s mostly to make the road look prettier.
But, the process of laying down each stone was incredibly taxing and paying workers to do it becomes expensive. Luckily, the Dutch company Vanku B.V. came up with a solution and introduced the Tiger-Stone. This equipment can put down several patterns of brick quicker than humans can. It is a six-meter-wide machine that some have nicknamed it “Road Printer” because it looks like it is printing the road, as you can see in the image. Additionally, the machine doesn’t require a lot of maintenance, and it comes in several sizes with prices ranging around $80,000 to $110,000.
Many people like to see eclipses. But how many can say that they managed to see a sunrise and a sunset at the same time? That is not exactly the case here, but it certainly looks that way. This was actually an eclipse captured during the sunset, and it’s an unbelievable sight. A solar eclipse is not a common event, but it happens when part of the Earth is in shadow as the Moon blocks the Suns. During this moment, the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth are aligned perfectly.
This is can happen when it’s a new moon, which means that the celestial body is closest to the ecliptic plane. When it comes to total eclipses the Sun is completely covered by the Moon, but in partial or annular versions, only one tiny part of the huge star is concealed. If the Moon had a circular orbit, was closer to the Earth, and had the same orbital plane, there would be solar eclipses every new moon. But, its orbit is tilted more than 5 degrees toward the Earth’s orbit; so, the shadow cannot be seen from Earth most of the time.
The skin of snakes is a real work of art that we rarely see it because they tend to change their skin in hidden places. This snake is the Eastern Green Mamba or Dendroaspis angusticeps. It is very venomous and can be found in the coastal regions of southern East Africa. It was first recorded by a zoologist Andrew Smith in 1849. Its body is bright green on the upside, and yellow-green below. Most fully-grown females are around 2 meters long, but the males are smaller. They are a shy species despite their dangerous bites; therefore, they are rare to spot.
Another reason why they are rarely seen is their green color which blends perfectly with jungles and trees. But, don’t let that fool you. These are the kind of snakes that will wait silently for their prey to come close and then attack unexpectedly. They generally eat birds, eggs, bats, and some rodents. Their venom contains neurotoxins and cardiotoxins, but they can vary between region, age, diet, and other factors. If bitten, you might experience dizziness, nausea, trouble breathing, heartbeat issues, and more until respiratory paralysis. If the snake delivered a big dose in one bite, it can definitely be fatal.
According to Roman mythology, the Penates are the domestic deities. People used to return to their Penates after a war or hunting to thank for being able to return to their homes. Household deities are any spirits or gods designed to protect a home. They also look after the important members of the family who live there, but they were worshipped by pagan religions and other folks all over the world. There are two types of these deities: a specific god or goddess such as the hearth goddess or domestic goddess. The Greek’s Hestia and the Norse’s Frigg are perfect examples.
The other kind is not just one god, but like a group that has lesser power than big deities. In ancient religions, these were common. The Lares of the Romans, the Gashins of Korean shamanism, and the Cofgodas of Anglo-Saxon paganism are also great examples. After Christianisation, these were considered more like fairies and remained as tales. Additionally, these deities are worshipped individually at home and not in temples. Some people represent them with small idols, and others have made them shrines.
This is how the domestic heating system looks. It's placed on the floor of houses to keep them warm during the winter. Underfloor heating can be very effective as it can distribute warmth throughout the whole house, and it also removes the need for ugly radiators that occupy space. You can achieve a better interior with the use of this kind of heating. On the other hand, it can be pretty expensive to place this system, and it’s a big decision for many families.
Another great thing about underfloor heating is that your feet will always be warm and toasty. It can heat large areas better than most radiators, and you won’t lose a lot of heat even if the windows are open. The main issue is the installation cost, especially in older homes. Also, it can take a long time to warm up; so, you need a timer to get them running. You need to think about the layout of your home because heavy items cannot be placed over the system.
This image has a million colors. Each of the pixels is of a different color and shows a wide variety of tones we can perceive. We learn new things about colors every day, and did you know that there are colors almost no one has heard of ever? There is a color called Sarcoline, which is “flesh color”. Some people might be call it “nude” color, especially when it comes to shoes. Wearing heels in that shade can make legs look longer. There is another color called Coquelicot, and it was another word for poppy. It is orange-red.
Another weird color name is Smaragdine, which definitely sounds like the name of a fairytale character. But, it is actually emerald green. It was named 2013’s Pantone Color of the Year. Mikado is another name for a color, and it comes from a Japanese emperor. It’s a really bold yellow. There is also Glaucous, which was coined in 1671, and it was used to describe the blue-gray coating on grapes and plums. Not the color of the fruits, but the hue that covered. Isn’t weird that we have never heard about any of these?
This is the barrier that exists on the border between the United States and Mexico through the Algodones Dunes. It consists of a series of high and narrow components that change with the dunes. This might be a more natural barrier between the countries, but they have very real vertical fences in the entire boarder to stop illegal immigration from Mexico to the United States. Of course, some people still go through, and that is why President Trump promised to build a wall, which was one of the major parts of his campaign.
The barriers were started in 1994 under the Bill Clint administration, in the hopes of stopping the delivery of illegal drugs from Latin America to the U.S. Years later, the Secure Fence Act of 2006 allowed the construction of miles of fencing along the border. Almost 1,954 have been covered, and it was placed in both urban and uninhabited parts of the country because of the illegal handlings happen in this kind of places.
For those people who did not think this was possible, we presented you a Chinese curly chicken. Look at those beautiful curls! This breed of chicken is called Frizzle due to their characteristic curly feathers. There are other breeds that exhibit the frizzle gene like the Pekin and the Polish, but Frizzles are mostly seen in European countries and Australia. They are not considered a different breed in the United States. Their origins are unknown, but it is believed that the gene developed in Asia, but only 137 frizzles chickens have been recorded since the 18th century.
The Frizzle breed is considered for certain exhibitions in countries like Belgium, Poland, Italy, Slovakia, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. You might be surprised to learn that not all frizzle chickens have curly feathers. It is not a completely dominant gene. There are four colors accepted by the Entente Européenne standard: black, blue, cuckoo and white. But the Poultry Club of Great Britain recognizes 13 colors. Meanwhile, the Australian Poultry Standards accept black, blue, buff, white, columbian, red, and several known colors.
This is the Hang Nga guesthouse, better known as "The Crazy House," and is located in Dalat, Vietnam. It was created by the Vietnamese architect Đặng Việt Nga. It is also known as the “fairy tale house”, and overall, it is a giant tree that adds other elements like animals, mushrooms, spider webs, and caves. Additionally, the house has been described as expressionist due to its non-rectilinear shape and complicated design. The artist was inspired by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, and some tourists have said it looks like something made by Salvador Dali or Walt Disney.
It opened in 1990, and quickly gained recognition as one of the top ten “bizarre” buildings in Chinese People’s Daily. Furthermore, the structure was originally a personal project by the architect, but it went public. Nga got her Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Moscow, and she was inspired by the city of Da Lat and its natural landscapes to create the building.
This is an image of a cemetery of cars that could not be sold because better models that replaced them came onto the market. Unfortunately, there is such a thing as overproduction, and thousands of cars have been left in lots because no one wants them. When there are simply too many options at the market, they become surplus. This particular lot is located in Italy’s Port of Civitavecchia, but there many cities with such places.
You would think that they need to scrap these vehicles for parts. The Port of Sheerness in Kent, England is also a car cemetery. Before the recession, people are just not buying cars as they once did. There aren’t that many families that can exchange their vehicles every year anymore, and therefore, a lot of cars will never be used. In Baltimore, Maryland, USA, there is a massive parking lot with more than 57,000 unused cars.
This strange photo shows an image captured by a tourist just at the moment when lightning struck his cell phone. An Austrian man hiked more than 9,000 feet to reach the Sierra Nevada top and take a picture. Unfortunately, that’s when lightning struck. As a result, his clothes were blasted off, and there a huge hole in of shoes. Additionally, he suffered from some pretty harsh burns. Mathias Steinhuber walked through the Pacific Crest Trailer with his girlfriend and another friend.
Luckily, his phone and this image survived the occurrence. While in the hospital, Steinhuber said, “Somebody told me the odds are higher winning the lottery than getting struck by lightning. I would've rather won the lottery.” We all would. In fact, one day later a woman in Massachusetts won $758.7 million in the Powerball lottery. Meanwhile, the hiker added, “It was like in a dream. I woke up. I had blood everywhere, my clothes were ripped apart. At some distance, I heard my girlfriend scream my name. My first conclusion was that I probably fell down the mountain.”
This little creature is a newborn eagle. When they come out of the shell, they do not resemble at all the imposing predators we know. The baby eagles are also referred to as eaglets, and they are nestlings for the first 10 to 12 weeks of life. By their 19th week, they are fully grown. When an eaglet hatches, the female remains at the nest around 90% of the time, and the male is only around 50%. Some studies have found that at least one parent remains taking care of the babies.
They are fed raw meat from the first day, but eagles are not the kind of birds that spit their food onto the baby’s mouth. Their parents bring food, they tear it in pieces and offer it to the babies. For the first two weeks, the male has to provide the food, but after 4 weeks, the female also chips in, by the late nesting period, it is all up to the female. They are fed between 1 to 8 times a day. The oldest eaglet is usually very territorial in their nest, and some might even try to kill their siblings.
This image shows rhenium diboride (ReB2), which is a synthetic superhard material first created in 1962. It resurfaced in modern times when scientists were trying to recreate the hardness of diamonds. In the initial tests of the material, it was able to scratch the precious stone, but some question how hard it really is still. Fortunately, unlike cubic boron nitride, this material doesn’t need high pressures to produce. However, it can be pretty expensive. It is formed from a mixture of rhenium, which can resist intense forces, and boron, which makes covalent bonds with the rhenium.
A superhard material needs to have a hardness over 40 gigapascals in the Vickers hardness test. They have high electron density and high bond covalence. They are highly coveted in the industrial world to make polishing and cutting tools, as well as wear-resistant and protective coverings. Diamonds are still considered the hardest material to date, and they measure between 70 to 150 gigapascals on the Vickers test.
It is not part of any image edited in PS. The Vantablack is the darkest material in the world because it absorbs 99% of the light and gives the impression of having only two dimensions. This color has been available in spray form for several years, and it’s so dark that it makes objects look flat. It might be perfect to disguise stealth weapons. It has a special nanostructure, which allows it to absorb all the remaining black.
The creator of this material is Surrey NanoSystems in the United Kingdom, and they made Vantablack S-VIS, which is the spray paint. As a result, there are many functions Vantablack could provide for technology, as it could now reach more complicated shapes in manufacturing. It can trap 99.8% of incident light. Incident light is that light that hits an object on any given moment. According to the company, the spray can make things seem like “two-dimensional black holes”. Surrey NanoSystems’ Ben Jensen said, “We are continuing to develop the technology, and the new sprayable version really does open up the possibility of applying super-black coatings in many types of airborne or terrestrial applications.” He continued, “Possibilities include commercial products such as cameras, equipment requiring improved performance in a smaller form factor, as well as differentiating the look of products by means of the coating’s unique aesthetic appearance.”
These are the remains of tires left on the asphalt after the car races, or in this case, a drag racing event. Racetrack rubbering is a real issue, and people don’t think about it unless it is removed by machines or when there is rain. However, Greg Stucker has explained that a track can change because they are always adding and taking away rubber during practices and races. When a car goes really fast, the tires are heated, and the bonds in the rubber get weaker when the temperature goes over 200°F.
Therefore, the friction between the asphalt and the tire ends up pulling some molecules from the tire, and they stick to the road after cooling off. If it’s a brand new racetrack, it can take some time to create that layer of rubber, but then, the others start piling up. Rubber sticks to the discarded rubber on the floor, but the union with the second layer of rubber is weaker than the first layer with the asphalt. When the coating becomes too thick, it starts to crack into little pieces. Learn more here.
Nemo Point is the place furthest away from everything. It is so far from everything that astronauts are usually the humans closest to him. It is also known as “the oceanic pole of inaccessibility”, and it is found at exactly 48°52.6′S 123°23.6′W. The closest land to the point it the Pitcairn Islands in the north, as well as one of the islands in the northeast, and another one off the coast of Antarctica in the south. “Nemo” is Latin for “no one”, which means that there are no people nearby. The word was referenced in Jules Verne’s novel ‘20,000 Leagues Under The Sea’.
In fact, the pole is so isolated that the closest people near it are those at the International Space Station, which is 258 miles away from the planet at all times. The man who discovered the site hasn’t even visited. His name was Hrvoje Lukatela, and in 1992, he discovered the point using a computer program to calculate the coordinates of the greatest distance from “three equidistant land coordinates”. There is a chance that no one will ever actually travel through those coordinates, but you can still look at it using Google Earth.
Many people talk about Area 51, but Area 6, located 80 miles from Las Vegas, is another secret point that the United States only recognized a few years ago. In March 2016, a picture of another secretive air base in Nevada started circulating online. It was taken thanks to Google Earth and first published by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. It is considered the National Nuclear Security Administration office, and it’s so odd that some defense specialist had never been told about it. Only the people with the utmost security clearance can work at Area 6.
It’s one runway with a big hangar and a bunch of sheds. It is supposedly used for investigating counter-terrorism operations and what to do in such events. Apparently, some pilotless planes have been taking off, which is located in the Yucca Flat. Meanwhile, there is allegedly testing of radiation spotters at the sight. We wonder if this might actually be the place which “hides aliens” instead of Area 51. The land located in the middle of the Nevada desert has been infamous after the crash at Roswell. It might be where the “men in black” work.
The magnitude of the things that surround us can overwhelm us on some occasions, but they show us how imposing nature can be, how far human constructions and inventions can go, and how important it is to appreciate what we have in our hands, and how far we can go with a little ingenuity.