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Body Language Signs He 's Attracted to You
Do you know what to look for when you think a guy may just be attracted to you? There are many tells, but you’re probably not going to find much better evidence than that provided subconsciously by his body. These things happen automatically, and they’re beyond his control, so they’re the perfect way to get a read on him. These are Body Language Signs He’s Attracted to You! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 6. Take a Look at His Feet This kind of goes hand in hand with the angle of the pelvis being some kind of indicator. The feet, too, can be indicators of what a guy is thinking and, possibly, his intentions with you! Considering our feet are subconsciously tied in with the fight or flight response, they can be extremely telling about what’s really on our mind in social situations. It’s said that they often point toward where the heart wants to go, so watch them carefully. Try this, talk with a guy, touch his arm while doing so, and watch his feet for a little while just to see what happens with them. If he likes you, chances are he’s going to, without his knowing it, point his feet toward you. If he points them away, it could mean that he’s not very interested in you or that he’s disinterested at the moment. 5. He Fusses at His Throat If you’re talking to a guy and he begins to grab at or even just touch his throat, he might not just have an itch If you’re talking to a guy and he starts to grab at or even just touch his throat, he might not just be scratching an annoying itch. In fact, the throat represents vulnerability and communication, so his doing so may show that he’s into you. It could also mean that he’s worried about coming across well with you, so either way, it’s looking like a win for you! But be careful and read the context clues before making any big assumptions. If you’re talking to a guy who thinks he’s hot stuff, it could signal that he’s being dishonest, so you better feel him out and look for any of these other body language signs before going any further. 4. He Walks Right Along With You When someone you’re with walks a few feet ahead or behind you, they’re sometimes subconsciously sending out signals that they’re not that interested and trying to lose you. If you were important to that person, they wouldn’t walk those few feet away from you. Instead, they’d match your pace and walk right alongside you so you can talk and bond as you two get wherever you’re going. So if he’s slowed down to match your pace and is taking his walking easy, he doesn’t want to leave you behind and wants to be at your side. He especially might like you if his steps are synced up with yours. So watch how you two walk together, it could be the tell you’re looking for. 3. He Fidgets a Lot With You When a guy is talking to, or even just around a girl they like, you may notice them fidgeting a lot more than usual. You could see him mess with his hair, touch his face, smooth his shirt, dust his pants, then put his hands in his pockets all before starting all over again. He might also shift a lot in his seat or move back and forth from foot to foot if he’s standing. All of this is a sign of him subconsciously working off the nervous energy he feels when he’s around you, and nervous energy is a good thing for him to have if you’re hoping that he likes you! 2. He Holds Your Hand, Palm Included Yes, holding hands may be a sure sign that somebody is into you, but a friend can easily hold your hand or someone who wants to appear that they want more from you can too. But there’s one thing he can do while holding your hand that could signal he’s totally into you and wants to be more. If he holds your whole hand and presses his palm firmly against yours, it probably means that he wants to get closer to you and is really attracted to you. It may seem like a little thing but it’s a good indicator of his feelings, and if it’s paired up with other things on this list, it’s looking likely that you could make this guy your man! 1...
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Actors No One Wants to Work With
There are plenty of nice, good-hearted actors out there, and then there are some mean, difficult, downright rude ones as well. This video will focus on the latter type, and some of the names on this list may surprise you. From a Christmas vacationer to a versatile, ever-changing, morphable method actor or two, these actors are some of the most challenging to work alongside. Sit back, get comfy, and get ready for our list of Actors No One Wants to Work With! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 4. Dustin Hoffman Much like Edward Norton, Dustin Hoffman is reportedly a perfectionist and insists on doing things the way he sees them being done. The actor shot up to fame way back in 1967 with The Graduate, but that was nowhere near his first acting gig. Hoffman had been a stage actor for some time before the role came along and even tried to suppress his own fame following the critically acclaimed movie. He turned down multiple roles and directors in order to ensure his star wouldn’t get too big; however, not long after, he got a bunch of parts in successful films, and his star became bright anyway. It’s been said that Hoffman can be difficult and a “chore” to work with as his perfectionism got in the way of rationality. He would apparently demand scenes be reshot if he didn’t like them and there were shouting matches between him and director Sydney Pollack, which is pretty common knowledge. He’s a great actor, but even the greats can lose respect by being difficult to work with. 3. Russell Crowe Good old Rusty has starred in and made appearances in a slew of great movies since he began acting way back in the 1970s. Think A Beautiful Mind, Gladiator, and Les Miserables. But this New Zealander is pretty notorious for not being the nicest guy in the business, although it hasn’t seemed to affect his career all that much. He once reportedly called producer, Branko Lustig, in the dead of night and said some not so very nice things. He’s belittled interviewers, had outbursts, and supposedly gotten into spats on set; however, there’s no tangible proof to back the claims. He did once treat a new interviewer terribly on the red carpet of a movie premiere—an interviewer who just so happened to be a young Giuliana Rancic. She opened up about it and let it be known that Crowe was her meanest celebrity interview ever. 2. Alec Baldwin Well, this is no big surprise to anybody. Alec Baldwin has made headlines for what seems like forever for being quite the mean guy. He’s another one of those celebs that seem to survive their bad reputation and continue to get work, though. He’s done many things off set that should have derailed his career, like freaking out on a flight attendant when she asked him to shut off his phone. Or the time he threw insults at a photographer and hit another. Or when he told a reporter he’d like to choke her and hit another reporter with his bike. Maybe the drunken voicemail he left for his young daughter comes to mind? He’s also reported to be pretty bad on set as well. While filming 30 Rock, he would complain about pointless things, yell and berate the cast and crew, and show up late without a care in the world. He’s hard to work with, and many don’t like him, so how has he survived so long? 1...
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13 BIGGEST Treasures Ever Discovered
From gold coins to sunken treasure to ancient tombs, these are the 13 biggest treasures ever discovered. Back in 2014, a middle aged couple in Northern California accidentally stumbled across 1400 gold coins while walking their dog. The old coins were likely stolen from a coin minting factory back in the Gold Rush era of California and hidden underground for a couple hundred years. The individual coins were auctioned off and ended up raising 11 million dollars. The couple has chosen to stay anonymous and refused to disclose where they found the gold to prevent a false gold rush in their area. Most of their 11 million dollar profit was donated to charity. The British are constantly sweeping their own land with metal detectors, in hopes of finding ancient treasures and trinkets lost to history. In 2001 one such hobby treasure hunter, a retired electrician, was sweeping a grassy field with his metal detector, hoping to find something valuable in the dirt. He unwittingly uncovered a bona fide treasure - a 3.5 oz cup carved from 20 karat gold. The 3500 year old cup was made around the same time Stonehenge was built and was valued at £270,00 british pounds or roughly $390,000 USD. The Silverdale Hoard is the name given to one of the largest caches of Viking Silver ever found. This massive find was uncovered in North Yorkshire a few years ago in 2011 and is comprised of 1000 year old silver heirlooms, including 90 silver viking coins with the name of an unknown Viking king minted onto it. This mysterious hoard is still being analyzed to this day with hopes of uncovering more details of Viking history and culture. The continued study of the treasure makes the monetary value unclear, but the Silverdale Hoard is estimated to be worth at least 100,00 British pounds or about 145,000 US dollars. A sunken ship full of nearly 600,000 gold and silver coins was found at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean by a private treasure hunting company called Odyssey Marine. A priceless hoard of gold coins and hand crafted gold chains were found inside of the ship, which was called the Frigate Mercedes, and became the center of a controversy when Spain claimed ownership over the gold. A legal battle between Spain and Odyssey Marine ensued and lasted half a decade before the Spanish government prevailed. In 2015, Spain finally flew their 17 tons of priceless coins across the Atlantic. This massive load of treasure was found in 2009 when a farmer in Central England lost a tool in his field and called a friend with a metal detector to scan for it. In search of a farm tool, Terry accidentally uncovered the largest single hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found. As excavators dug up the field they found a total of 3500 pieces of gold, silver, and garnet that would total to 3.285 million british pounds or 4.75 million US dollars, split in half by the man who owned the land and the man who found it. Amateur divers were exploring an old sunken dock off of the coast of Israel when they discovered 2,000 gold coins hidden in the sea bed. The centuries old currency was miraculously unmarred by age or water damage at the bottom of the ocean. There is no current estimated monetary value of the 20 pounds worth of coins, but they are considered extremely rare and valuable to historians. Even at the time of their minting in 900 AD they were considered a royal sum of cash. One of the most exciting and largest treasures on this list has come close to being discovered but hasn’t actually been found yet. In 2010 the successful art dealer, hobby treasure hunter, and eccentric millionaire Forrest Fenn had the idea of hiding a huge fortune in a treasure chest and burying it somewhere for someone else to find. Fenn hopes to share the fun and thrill of treasure hunting which he has enjoyed throughout his life with others. If you were to discover Fenn’s Treasure with the set of 9 clues he has put out, you would be looking at a sweet 1 to 3 million US dollar cash out of gold nuggets and precious stones.
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13 BIGGEST Houses
13 BIGGEST Houses From mansions to palaces to crazy people who got money in ways we don't understand these are the 13 BIGGEST Houses. Antilla is the name of a giant futuristic mansion in Mumbai, India and is the first billion dollar residential home to ever exist. It was commissioned by the world’s fifth richest man Mukesh Ambani, who is the owner of the biggest company in India, Reliance Industries. Mukesh’s 27 story mansion towers above the surrounding apartment high-rises and comes complete with a cinema complex, helipads, a health center, and hanging garden. Hala Ranch is a 95 acre estate just north of Aspen, Colorado in the Rocky mountains. Hala Ranch originally belonged to a Saudi Prince named Bandar bin Sultan before it was purchased by an American hedge fund manager named John Paulson.10 years ago Hala Ranch was the most expensive estate ever listed in the U.S., priced at $135 million dollars in 2006. 135 million seems like a fair price for a 56,000 square foot area that trumps the White House in size. 50 Poplar Hill Drive, in Farmington Connecticut is the address of 50 Cent’s crazy crib. His 51, 567 square foot mansion comes complete with all the amenities any rapper could need: 21 bedrooms, 25 bathrooms, an indoor pool, a gym, a basketball court, a green screen studio, a recording studio, and an underground disco room complete with stripper poles. This pimped out mansion is as lavish as they come but has unfortunately cost 50 cent more than a million and has spiraled him into bankruptcy. The Manor, also known as the Spelling Manor named after its previous owners, now belongs to a British heiress named Petra Ecclestone. The Manor is a 56,500 square foot estate in the posh neighborhood of Holmby Hills, California. Previously the most expensive home in America priced at 125, million dollars, it was sold at the low low price of 85 million to the heiress. The Hearst Estate is a huge property that spans several hundred acres and includes a huge ranch and a herd of zebras. The property is actually made up of one main house and several smaller guest houses. Casa Grande, the main house is 65,000 square feet, with the other houses amassing a total of more than 10,000 square feet. This huge house has seen many celebrity guests and has famously been used as a backdrop in the Godfather films. Although originally a residence for the Hearst family, it was registered as a California State Park in 1957 and has been open for tourists to visit since.
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16 Biggest Magical Gardens
From the beautiful countryside in France, to the ROYAL Gardens, these are 16 BIGGEST Magical Gardens ! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! # 9 Dumbarton Oaks Park In Washington, DC’s neighborhood of Georgetown lies Dumbarton Oaks, a huge historic estate that once belonged to philanthropist and American diplomat Robert Woods Bliss. The estate takes up 54 acres including a huge estate that holds museum collections and even concerts. The gardens are a 27 acre, terraced garden that crosses streams, ponds, and include several fountains and stairways. It has since been converted into the Dumbarton Oaks Park and is maintained by the city. # 8 Royal Botanic Gardens The Royal Botanic Gardens in the Kew district of London are comprised of 326 acres of land. The garden was first established in 1759 and has since been designated a world heritage site. It has greenhouses and 10 specialized climatic zones that house a variety of plants that would otherwise not be able to live in the normal climate of London. There is also a 59 feet high treetop walkway that let you take in all of the beautiful plant biomes in the area. # 7 Yuyuan Garden The Yuyuan Garden is believed to be built in the Ming Dynasty more than four centuries ago. It is a 4-acre garden built in a traditional Chinese style. Inside are delicate rock and tree arrangements, dragon sculptures, bridges, and serene ponds. The garden has a rich history of being closed, renovated, and reopened again with the rise and fall of families and owners. It suffered severe damage after several civil wars, but after the Shanghai Liberation in 1956, the city government began renovations to bring the Yuyuan back to its mystical glory. In 1961 it was reopened a final time and has been open since. # 6 Giardini Botanici Villa Taranto The Villa Taranto Botanical Garden is located in the Piedmont region in Northwest Italy. It covers 40 acres of land and protects 20,000 varieties of plants from thousands of different species. The garden also contains statues, terraces, waterfalls, and ponds. 4.3 mile long walkways that take you on a tour of the thousands of flowers. The garden doesn’t even charge for entry, from spring to autumn you can walk through the garden for completely free. # 5 Minneapolis Sculpture Garden The Sculpture Garden in Minneapolis is often considered one of the most interesting and beautiful spots in Minnesota. The centerpiece of the garden is the Spoonbridge and Cherry, an iconic sculpture from Claes Oldenburg. The 11-acre garden features more than 40 different works from the local Walker Art Center, plants, all over and an Arbor and Flower garden within it. # 4 Butchart Gardens The Butchart Gardens is a group of floral gardens in Brentwood Bay which is an area of British Columbia, Canada. The garden occupies a 55-acre area of land of a 130-acre estate. The huge garden receives close to a million visitors every year and has been designated a National Historic Site of Canada. # 3 Montreal Botanical Garden The Montreal Botanical Garden is a 190-acre area filled with thematic botanical garden and greenhouses. In 2008, it was considered such an important botanical garden it was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada. It has one of the most extensive set of collections and facilities in the world. Inside are the Chinese Garden, the Japanese Garden, the First Nations Garden, and the Alpine Garden, Poisonous Plants Garden and more. The gardens feature several sculptures including a few that are made out of plants and flowers. # 2 Gardens by the Bay The Gardens by the Bay is a natural park that spans 101 hectares (that’s 250 acres) of reclaimed land in Marina Bay, Singapore. It boasts itself as the “biggest vertical garden” in the world, with its iconic Supertree Grove, man-made structures that serve as a garden and provide cool shade for the surrounding plants and visitors. It also includes a massive “Cloud Mountain” and “Cloud Garden” structure - the indoor garden that replicates the cool, moist climate most tropical mountains usually provide. It advertises itself as the Number 1 tourist attraction in Singapore on Tripadvisor, is a part of the world’s top 20 checked-in places of Facebook, and contains more than 1,000,000 plants to enjoy. # 1 Garden of Versailles The Garden of Versailles may be the world’s most famous garden, originally built in the 1600s for King Louis XIV. These spectacular gardens lie in the shadow of the Chateau of Versailles and take up nearly 2000 acres and are full of gardens, sculptures, and even serves as a conservatory for endangered wildlife. It has 200,000 trees, 210,000 flowers planted every year, 50 fountains and 620 water jets.
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12 BIGGEST Jellyfish
These are the 12 biggest jellyfish in the sea! From the giant Lion's Mane is practically a monster to the massive Normura jellyfish! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! # 11 Purple-striped Jelly The Purple-striped Jelly is a species of jellyfish that exists primarily off the coast of California in Monterey Bay. The bell of the Purple-Striped Jelly has on average a 2.3-foot diameter. Very little is known about this creature, but it has been found that young Cancer crabs will find shelter inside the Jellyfish and eat parasitic amphipods that damage their host. They also have a toxic sting that can paralyze prey but will only be extremely painful to a human. # 10 Black Sea Nettle The Black Sea Nettle was the largest invertebrate to be described in the 20th century, with a 3-foot long bell and 20 foot long tentacles. They’re called Black Sea Nettles because of their notable dark bell colors, which is unusual for jellyfish that swim so close to the shore. While they’re large and have distinctive colors but were not officially described until the late ‘90s. They are sort of elusive, only appearing once every few years along the West Coast of America, but when they do appear they appear in large blooms. # 9 Pacific Sea Nettle The Pacific Sea Nettle is a type of jellyfish you are probably familiar with; they’re popular tank fillers for aquariums and zoos because of their distinctive color patterns.They have 24 tentacles that can be as long as 15 feet. Despite their irritating sting to humans, they make popular pets because they can thrive in captive conditions and even breed. # 8 Floating Bell The Floating Bell is a species of Jellyfish native to the West Pacific, anywhere in the area from Australia to Japan. They are also known by the names Australian Spotted Jellyfish or White-spotted Jellyfish. They generally only have bells of 20 inches in diameter, but in October 2007, a specimen of the white-spotted jellyfish was found that had a bell measuring 28 inches wide. That may be the largest bell ever recorded. # 7 Sea Nettle The Atlantic Sea Nettle is a symmetrical and carnivorous member of the jellyfish family. Its bell grows to only approximately 17.7 inches in diameter, while it’s tentacles will trail 12 to 15 feet behind it. It also uses these long tentacles to capture food and slowly digest them as food. If you somehow come across one of these, be very cautious as the sting from their tentacles has been rated somewhere in between moderate to severe. While the toxin is enough to kill small prey, it is not fatal to humans. It’s just really painful. # 6 Tiburonia Granrojo The Tiburonia granrojo or the “big red” jellyfish lives in the depths of the ocean, around 2000-4000 feet in the deep sea. Unlike most other jellyfish, the big red does not have tentacles but instead four to seven feeding arms. Its bell can grow up to 3 feet in diameter. # 5 Stygiomedusa Gigantea These huge jellyfish are so elusive they’re almost a cryptid creature. The Stygiomedusa Gigantea have been spotted only a few times within the last few hundred years. They have four dangling tentacles with an undetermined use. However, we do know that they live in the deep waters of the Pacific, around 1300 meters below the surface and that they are at least 6 feet long. # 4 Pink Meanie In November of 2000, a new species of Jellyfish were found along the Gulf of Mexico. They have been nicknamed Pink Meanies, for their coloration and tendency to attack other jellyfish. In fact, they have been documented eating up to 34 jellyfish at the same time. They have tentacles up to 70 feet long and can weigh upward of 50 pounds. # 3 Nomura’s Jellyfish This jellyfish is found primarily around Asia, specifically around the coasts of Japan. Nomura’s Jellyfish can weigh up to 450 pounds, easily making it one of the biggest jellyfish in the world. Every once in awhile a Nomura Bloom will occur, something that happens when the conditions are perfect, creating an influx of Nomura Jellyfish that tangle up fishermen’s nets. # 2 Lion’s Mane Jellyfish The Lion’s Mane Jellyfish is among one of the largest invertebrates in the ocean. The Lion’s Mane has been found to grow up to 120 feet long, longer than the largest blue whale which was recorded to be 108 feet long. In the summer of 2010, over 100 swimmers were stung on the coast of New Hampshire, all of whom were probably stung by the same gigantic, 40-pound Lion’s Mane. # 1 Barrel Jellyfish The Barrel Jellyfish is the largest species found in southwest England. Although the Barrel Jellyfish is on average, a whopping 5 feet long and 3 feet wide, it does not pose a threat to humans. The jellyfish swarmed the UK in record numbers back in 2015, arriving in flocks of at least one hundred.
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Unbelievable Places That Really Exist Part 2
Our planet is chock-full of incredible places, and the ones featured here are no exception. We’re going to take a look at some of the more breathtaking locations you can visit, and hopefully, we’ll inspire your curiosity in the process. This is a list for those travelers with a sense of adventure; this is Unbelievable Places That Really Exist Part 2! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 5. Naica Mine The Naica Mine is a zinc, silver, and lead mine which is operated by the largest lead producer in Mexico, Industrias Penoles. It can be found in Naica in Saucillo, a municipality, and is known for its almost impossibly large selenite crystals. Some of the crystals measure upwards of 50 feet (15 meters) long and 4 feet (1.2 meters) in diameter, and it was once hazardous to get inside to see them. We say was because, in 2015, operations inside the Naica Mine were suspended indefinitely, which isn’t all that surprising considering it must have been costly and not much worth the risk to get inside. While in operation, workers could only stay inside for ten minutes in specialized suits that had their own oxygen supply. This is because the humidity in the mine is right around 99%, and the temperature can climb to 136 degrees Fahrenheit (58 degrees Celsius). The large selenite crystals are found in the Cave of the Crystals, roughly 1,000 feet (300 meters) below the surface, and it’s closed to the public. Understandably so. 4. Salar de Uyuni Would you like to visit the world’s biggest salt flat? You’ll have to make a trip to Potosi, which is found in southwest Bolivia in the Daniel Campos Province. The salt flat measures roughly 4,086 square miles (10,582 square kilometers) and sits at an elevation of 11,995 feet (3,656 meters). Multiple prehistoric lakes transformed to create the flat, which is covered in several meters of salt crust. It’s extremely flat and only varies around one meter in elevation across the entire flat. The salt tops a layer of brine that is rich in lithium, and the area contains between 50 and 70% of the entire lithium supply on the planet. It is here that the majority of satellites are calibrated considering the skies over the flat are typically clear, and the surface varies in elevation so little. It’s picturesque and a destination for many looking for a great place to take some extraordinary photographs. 3. Hamilton Pool If this isn’t close to heaven on Earth, we don’t know what is. Hamilton Pool is a natural pool created after massive erosion caused the collapse of the dome of an underground river thousands of years ago. It’s not far from Austin, Texas (around 23 miles west), and has been a famous swimming spot for residents of the area and visitors since the 1960s. The Hamilton Pool Preserve is a protected area in which Hamilton Pool sits, and it spans 232 acres (0.94 square kilometers). The pool itself is jade green and features a waterfall that measures 50 feet (15 meters) and flows into the swimming hole from above. It’s surrounded by limestone, and huge stalactite crystals grow on the roof above, and it’s completely untreated by chemicals, so the water quality is continuously monitored, and sometimes swimming is restricted. If you hit it on a good day, though, you’ll be in for a treat, as it’s one of the most beautiful and interesting places to swim in all of America. 2. Lavender Fields Over in Provence, France, there are expansive, rolling lavender fields, and they’re said to be some of the best in the world. These purple fields sprawl across the landscape and provide shocking contrast to sunflower and wheat fields that call Provence home as well. Typically, the best time to go to Provence to see the incredible, purple display is between mid-June and mid-July. However, the timing of a full-bloom could vary slightly depending on weather conditions at the beginning of the year. There’s even a festival celebrating the incredible fields that you can attend; the Fete de la lavende usually takes place in July and turns the area into a gathering ground for the masses to enjoy drinks, music, and other festivities! 1...
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17 BIGGEST Trees in the World
17 BIGGEST Trees in the World This Atlas Cedar in the Foret de Cedar in Northern Morocco is one of the tallest Trees in Africa. The tree has an estimated girth of 3.5 feet and is estimated to be more than 131 feet tall! This tree was planted around 1200-1400 A.D. which makes it at around 7 centuries old. The Queets River Spruce in Washington state was the largest Spruce Tree in the world. The Queets Spruce has a circumference of 60 feet and is 191 feet tall. It attracted nature enthusiasts and tourists from around the country, but unfortunately fell when a harsh winter storm hit the area in 2007. This tree is the largest known western redcedar in the entire world. It has a volume of over 18,000 cubic feet and a height of 180 feet when it was last measured. This tree makes its home about 21 miles from the pacific ocean near Quinalt Lake and took the title for tallest tree in the area after the Queets Lake Spruce was felled in a storm. These odd trees that decorate the plains of Africa are known for their many strange characteristics. The tops of their branches make them look like their roots sprout into the air instead of into the ground, they’re known to be fire resistant and it can last through even the most severe droughts. The Baobabs aren’t just incredibly fascinating alien-like plantlife, they’re also incredibly large, regularly reaching towering 100 foot heights and massive 30 foot diameters. Near a tiny village hidden in the mountains of central Colombia, the Cocora Valley acts as the residence for the world’s tallest palm trees which also have been recognized as Colombia’s national tree. The Palms in this valley grow more than 200 feet tall, which is strange even to many experts as there is no evolutionary benefit for a tree in an open field to grow so high. The Tane Mahuta is a giant kauri tree (Agathis australis) in the Waipoua Forest of New Zealand. Tane Mahuta is 58 feet high but has a total volume of 18,250 cubic feet, making it the 4th largest trees when measured by volume in the world. Experts estimate this tree to be between 1,250 and 2,500 years old, so not only is it one of the largest trees, it is also one of the oldest. Tane Mahuta translates to “Lord of the Forest” when translated from Maori, which is more than an appropriate name considering the Tane Mahuta’s size and age.
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CRAZY Examples of the Mandela Effect
Are there alternate versions of history? Are there things that have happened that many of us remember that history says didn’t? Well, this list is going to delve into some of those things that millions would swear they remember happening one way when they happened entirely differently. This is a list that might hurt your head, so brace yourself. This is CRAZY Examples of the Mandela Effect! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 6. Oscar Meyer Except it’s not. The real name of the company is Oscar Mayer. Isn’t that strange? Couldn’t you swear that you remembered it being spelled with two E’s instead of just the one? When we look back in our memories, Mayer just doesn’t seem to fit with the brand at all. Wouldn’t this be pronounced like mayor, like John Mayer? Meyer is supposed to be spelled with an E as the first vowel! At least in our mind’s eye, that’s what we see associated with the meat company! We would have fought and argued and refused to give in had someone told us it was M-A-Y-E-R before stumbling across this on the internet. What the heck? Where are we? We want some ruby red slippers! 5. Swayze, Baby We all know that Patrick Swayze sadly passed from pancreatic cancer back in 2009… well, at least some of us know that. There are some, though, who totally remember the actor making a recovery from his fatal disease and living on to, well, live on. Maybe they’re thinking of Michael Douglas or even De Niro or something. But those who remember the alternate version of history would swear by it and find it hard to believe that Swayze was taken from us by the deadly disease. Sadly, the man who brought us all of those great films in his time, like Dirty Dancing, Ghost, and The Outsiders was taken from us, and it’s most unfortunate. But maybe he does live on in an alternate universe… somewhere quite close to our own. Makes you kind of happy to consider it, right? 4. Monopoly Monocle Wait, so the Monopoly man doesn’t wear a monocle? What? Since when? Apparently, he’s never worn one, so that answers our question. But we most definitely remember him wearing one, don’t we? There are some who say that he did rock the monocle for a time and at some point, the game changed and they took away his iconic eyepiece, but a lot is pointing to the fact that he maybe never wore one in the first place. How does this happen? How is there so much conflicting information? There are several, no, there are lots of theories out there that try to explain this whole thing but most of the information about the Monopoly man, aka Rich Uncle Pennybags, says that he never wore one and that this is, in fact, yet another prime example of the Mandela Effect. 3. Pikachu’s Tail Were you into Pokemon as a kid? If you were born in the late 1980’s through the early 2000’s, you probably remember the iconic Pikachu, as he was Ash Ketchum’s pet Pokemon and friend. Do you remember him having a black-tipped tail or did it just ride out yellow all the way up? From what we can recall, that little bugger most definitely had a black tip on that little happy wagger, and nobody else can tell us differently! Except they are; they are telling us differently. Apparently, little Pika never had that black-tipped tail that we all remember, and it’s genuinely confusing because how? How do so many of us remember this tail that never really existed? Or did something, somewhere along the timeline change? Did Doc and Marty really mess something up and send us skewing down this alternate timeline beginning in 1985? We don't know. This is all too much. 2. Berenstein Bears This is one that we’re just probably never going to get past considering everything in history is wrong, and we’re right, and there’s no arguing it. But there is, sadly, and it’s not really Berenstein with an EIN, but Berenstain with an AIN. How can our memories be so faulty? How can we completely remember it being spelled with an E instead of an A? Who would spell it with an A in the first place? There are millions upon millions of people who would stand alongside us and argue that it was an E to their dying days, so at least we’re not alone on this one. But, as everything seems to show, we’re wrong, and our childhoods are forever going to be tainted with this false memory in our minds forever. Just makes us wonder what else we remember incorrectly from when we were kids…. On second thought, we don’t really want to know. Darnit, Mandela! 1...
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TERRIBLY Built Structures
With all of the building and construction that’s happened in the last century or two, there are bound to be failures. Here we’ll take a look at places that weren’t entirely thought through, including a playground that burns and a bridge that was doomed from the start. With all of the advancements we’ve made, one would think these kinds of things wouldn’t happen, but they do, and luckily enough for your entertainment pleasure. Kick back, take a break, and take a gander at these TERRIBLY Built Structures! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 5. AON Center Opened in 1973 and originally called the Standard Oil Building, this massive skyscraper is Chicago’s third-tallest building behind Willis Tower and Trump International Hotel and Tower. It stands 1,136 feet (346 meters) and is comprised of 83 floors. It opened to wide praise for its beauty, as designers elected to cover the external facade in Italian Carrara marble, which worked for a time. But then, in 1974, a chunk of the marble, which is much thinner than typical cladding materials, detached from the building. The slab crashed down onto the roof of the Prudential Centre next door and caused an investigation. It was then found that the marble slabs were bowing and cracking all over the building and the material was deemed unsuitable. The AON Center was then recladded in granite, which cost a whopping $80 million. 4. Kemper Arena This next building first opened way back in 1976 and is an indoor stadium located in Kansas City, Kansas. It was well-received and loved and one of its more notable features was its trussed roof. Well, the inevitable happened in June of 1979, when a massive storm hit the city, and that beloved roof couldn’t take all the strain. The designed had been built to release rainwater very slowly to keep the nearby West Bottoms area from inundating, but the torrent proved too much and collected on the roof. The resulting pool of water caused the roof to sag until it finally failed and gave out. The bolts in the hangers from which the roof hung had also been miscalculated, and once one gave, they all gave and around one acre of it came tumbling down. After an investigation, the issues were all addressed and the stadium was reopened again within a year. 3. Tacoma Narrows Bridge Built in Tacoma, Washington, and opened to the public on July 1, 1940, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge was an architectural disaster right from the very start. Upon opening it was the third longest suspension bridge in the entire world, which makes what happened to it that much more terrifying. It stood just four months before magnificently collapsing on November 7, 1940. The problem was that cheap girders were chosen for the project to keep costs down, and it was this frugality that ultimately doomed the structure. During construction, the bridge earned the nickname “Galloping Gertie” because before it was even opened, the structure swayed and swung significantly. November 7, 1940, provided 39.7 mph (64 kph) winds, which proved too much, and there is a video online of the thing swaying and rolling until it ultimately fails and falls into the water below. The failure did end up doing some good, though. It helped to boost research into the aerodynamics-aerolastics of bridges, which has wholly influenced the designs of subsequent long-span bridges. 2. Leaning Tower of Pisa Yes, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. This bell tower is freestanding and is located in Pisa, Italy (go figure). This tower is hugely famous and is a must-see for tourists all over the world! You may recognize it from pictures where people appear to hold the tower up, or maybe photos of them kicking it over. Either way, the tower that’s situated directly behind the Cathedral of Pisa was not supposed to look like that initially. It was built back in the 12th century, and the tilt began mid-construction due to an inadequate foundation set into soil that was too soft to hold up the weight of the tower. Workers attempted to correct the tilt throughout construction; however, it only got worse by the time the structure was finished in the 14th century. It’s now semi-curved and banana-shaped, and over the centuries following, it tilts around 1mm more each year. This one obviously wasn’t thought through all the way! 1...
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Scariest Bridges in the World
from the Vine Bridges of Iya Valley to the Eshima Ohashi Bridge, here are the Scariest Bridges in the World. Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! # 8 Vine Bridges of Iya Valley Japan isn’t just home to big cities like Tokyo and Kyoto; it is also home to mysterious and strange places. One example is the misty West Iya Valley which is full of overgrown trees, flora, and the precarious “vine bridges”. The story of how these bridges came to be are lost to history, but what we do know is that they are made by real-life vines intertwined with planks. The bridge is sturdy but there are nearly one-foot gaps in between the planks, so if you’re a little nervous about walking on a bridge made of plants, you might want to find another way through the valley. # 7 Hussaini Hanging Bridge All you need to do is look at the Hussaini Hanging Bridge to understand why its so scary. It is a barely put together bridge that stretches across Borit Lake in Pakistan. With it’s sparse footing and steel wire it’s easy to see why it’s known by many as the world’s most dangerous bridge. Perhaps even scarier is the bridge right next to it which has collapsed and is treading water. It’s almost a warning that tells people not to use the bridge at all. # 6 Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (pronounced carrick-a-reedy) The Carrick-a-Rede bridge is a famous rope bridge in Northern Ireland that links the mainland Ireland to the tiny island Carrick-a-rede. It is not a very long walk at only 20 meters or 66 feet in length but levitates 98 feet above a bunch of rocks and sea waves. However, you might be nervous to cross this relatively short bridge because it is entirely made of wooden planks and rope knots. # 5 Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge The Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge opened in 2016, and it is a truly spine-tingling experience. The bridge is suspended 900 feet high right above the steep valley. This bridge was built so that anyone crossing it can enjoy the nature and breathtaking sights below them. But, you might be a little too nervous to take in the view as you stare down at the nearly 1,000-foot drop. The scariest part might be the fact that one of the glass panes cracked underneath the feet of the pedestrian traffic. Now, the bridge is limited to less than 800 people at a time. # 4 Haohan Qiao Bridge The Zhangjiajie isn’t the only glass bridge in China. There’s another one known as the “Brave Men’s bridge” hanging in the Shiniuzhai National Park. Before 2014, the Brave Men’s Bridge already had a fierce reputation for being a harrowing walk. That’s when the park manager replaced the 300 meter or 980 feet long bridge just to make everything that much scarier. # 3 Ai-Petri Bridges In Crimea, there are these bridges that swing with the high winds of the Crimean mountains. The Ai-Petri bridge requires someone to have a gut of steel to get through. These peaks regularly experience gusts of up to 100 miles per hours many days of the year. If you can manage to cross these bridges, you will earn a beautiful view of the surrounding cities and the Black Sea. # 2 Aiguille Du Midi Bridge You can take a cable car all the way to the top of the Mount Blanc Massif mountain range in France and enjoy a view of the clouds. This bridge between two peaks is very short, but because you have to take a cable car up a mountain, it’s also very high. You will have to conquer any fear of heights as this short foot bridge is 9,200 feet high. # 1 Eshima Ohashi Bridge This list has some truly terrifying bridges, but this one might be the scariest to drive on. The Eshima Ohashi bridge connects the cities of Matsue and Sakaiminato in Japan, although it looks more like a rollercoaster than a freeway. It is known for having pretty much the steepest gradient of any bridge, and it’s so steep photos taken of it head on make cars look like they’re driving straight. Just remember to drive safely and keep your hands inside the vehicle at all times if you ever have to cross this bridge.
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Unbelievable Places That REALLY Exist
Do you ever sit back and wonder what all this world has to offer? There are so many fantastic and nearly unbelievable places that can be found right here on planet Earth, and we feel like it’s our duty to shed some light on some of those locations. Here you’ll find mountains that look genuinely out of this world, caves bigger than you can wrap your head around, naturally colored areas that look all but natural, and much more. Get ready; this is Unbelievable Places That Really Exist! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 4. Hang Son Doong This incredible cave is found not far from the Laos-Vietnam border and is the largest cave passage in the entire world when measured by volume. Inside, there’s a super fast-flowing subterranean river and a cross-section that is larger than any other cave, worldwide. It’s believed to be twice the size of the next largest cave passage, Deer Cave in Malaysia, which is impressive, and it was formed from limestone sometime between 2 and 5 million years ago. It was initially found back in 1991, by a man named Ho Khanh, but the sound of a roaring, rushing stream, the whistling of the wind through the passage, and the incredibly steep descent down into the depths of the cavern prevented locals from entering it. Then, in 2009, a group of cavers from the British Cave Research Association brought the cave into the spotlight when they surveyed it from April 10th to the 14th. Their progress, however, was halted by what is now known as the “Great Wall of Vietnam,” a 200-foot tall flowstone-coated wall found inside. The wall was traversed in 2010, and the group finally reached the end of the passage and found that, in its entirety, the giant cave is 3.1 miles long, 490 feet wide, and 660 feet tall! It’s almost unreal, isn’t it? 3. Antelope Canyon So, you’ve more than likely seen images of this place in your lifetime, but you may not even know where. Well, pictures of the area make for a pretty popular screensaver, if that helps at all. Antelope Canyon: a super famous, super beautiful slot canyon found east of Page, Arizona in the American Southwest! It’s located on Navajo land and encompasses two different, but both just as scenic, slot canyons: one that’s known as “The Crack” or “Upper Antelope Canyon,” and the other that goes by “The Corkscrew” or “Lower Antelope Canyon.” It’s been accessible by tours only since 1997 when the Navajo Tribe made it a Navajo Tribal Park, and it serves as a great, sustainable source of tourism business for them. It was formed by flash floods and other subaerial processes, which cut into the Navajo Sandstone and eroded the area away into what’s left today. And it’s still eroding, as rainwater, especially during the monsoon season, builds up in the basin above the canyon and then runs through the passageways in torrents, which cut slowly deeper into the canyon’s walls and smooth them more and more every year. The rushing, flowing water give the walls their signature “flowing” shapes that the area has come to be known for and these flowing shapes have made it extremely popular with photographers and tourists alike. If you’d like to visit, you must go through a licensed tour operator as visits are only allowed via tours, and it’s not possible to visit the canyon independently. 2. Mount Roraima At 9,220 feet, Mount Roraima is the highest tepui plateau of the Pakaraima chain in South America. What’s cool about this mountain is that its summit area, which spans 12 square miles, is bounded by 1,300-foot cliffs on all sides, and this was first described in 1595 by Sir Walter Raleigh, an English explorer. Roraima is also the meeting point of three different countries—Brazil, Guyana, and Venezuela—and it serves as the highest point in the Brazilian state of Roraima and the entire nation of Guyana. The overall highest point of the mountain is called Maverick Rock, which is also known as Maverick Stone, and that is found solely in the country of Venezuela; however, it is not the highest point in the country. It’s very popular among rock climbers, and adventurers from all around the globe as the routes to the summit from Guyana and Brazil are incredibly technical and require considerable skill to navigate, but there is one way in for us ordinary touristy folk, and that’s taking the Paraitepui route from Venezuela. But bring a raincoat because it rains nearly every day at the summit, but that’s okay because it forms some of the highest and most beautiful waterfalls in the world. Someday. 1...
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STRANGE Animal Behaviors You Won't Believe!
We’ve lived side-by-side with animals since the beginning of time, but there's so much about them we don’t understand. Some animals can predict earthquakes before they happen, while others seem to be capable of superpowered punches. This is a list of some of the strangest behaviors exhibited by animals. Some of them you won’t believe! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 14 Tarantulas Throw Their Hairs Most of us are pretty terrified of the hairy little beasts we call Tarantulas, but most might not know that they are relatively defenseless when something actually wants to try and kill it. So what does a tarantula do when it’s cornered and threatened by a bigger animal? It rips its own hair off and throws it. When people get into fights it might involve ripping the other person's hair out, but a Tarantula apparently likes to beat you to the punch. The hair is actually pretty sticky and a bunch of its little hair getting caught on a predator can slow it down while it makes a getaway. Bonus points for the tarantula if it can get it into the predator’s eyes. 13 Crocodiles Cry The term “Crocodile Tears” came from a myth that crocodiles cry while they eat and evolved into a phrase that denotes an “insincere show of emotion”. However, it might not be a complete myth: some scientists have found that crocodiles do in fact cry while they’re chowing down. Folklore suggests they cry because they feel remorse for the prey they killed to eat, but scientists think it might just be an uncontrollable bodily reaction. Crocodiles might cry to protect their eyes while they hunt prey or fight with other crocodiles. 12 Jellyfish Live Forever There is a species of Jellyfish that hangs around the Japanese sea that can actually reincarnate itself and virtually live forever. The species called Turritopsis dohrnii also appropriately nicknamed immortal jellyfish is capable of turning back its biological clock over and over again. When the Immortal Jellyfish reaches sexual maturity, it can undergo a rapid metamorphosis that sheds most of its body and results in a return to its juvenile polyp stage. Although they can pretty much do this forever, they are still susceptible to damage and disease so they’re not completely immune to death. 11 Bullet Snap The Pistol Shrimp has an incredible ability to click down with their claws and create a pressure so high that the resulting soundwave makes a sonic boom. This wave of pressurized air and sound can concuss prey and predator alike, and is so pressurized that it momentarily gets as hot as the sun. This is why it has earned itself the name of Pistol Shrimp and the colloquial name Bullet Shrimp. 10 Bowerbirds Build Bachelor Pads Bowerbirds are creatures that are known for building spectacular bachelor pads to attract potential mates. They create spectacular nests and decorate them with specific colors that they think will get girls to pay attention to them. Since they just collect brightly colored objects, it usually means small fruits and flowers but they are now known to collect garbage too! These nests are more artistic than utilitarian, and they are truly unique in this phenomena. They will spend weeks just to finely tune the perfect nest just so a girl will come by and be impressed. 9 Cows Eat Facing Magnetic Poles Something you might not know cows do is that they only eat when they’re facing magnetic North or magnetic South. Scientists were using Google Earth satellites to study how organisms might be affected by magnetism and found that cows both graze and rest with their bodies aligned North-South all the time. They also found that cows near big power poles seem to be a little confused and don’t do it as consistently. It’s hard to understand why they do this and the reason why so many animals seem to have internal compasses is still a mystery.
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Best Places That Feel Like a Fairy Tale
All around the world, incredible and beautiful places can be found, but there are few as beautiful and magical as the places that we compiled on this list. From sites that look as though they can’t be real to places that feel like they had to have been designed by someone working at Disney, this is a list of Best Places That Feel Like a Fairytale! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 5. Paro Taktsang This here is a Himalayan Buddhist sacred temple complex found literally just hanging out on a cliff in Bhutan in the upper Paro valley. It is one of thirteen “tiger lair” caves in which Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated, and, as the story goes, he meditated in the cave in which Paro Taktsang is built around for three years, three months, three weeks, three days, and three hours way back in the 8th century. The temple complex was constructed in 1692 and then had to have some reconstruction work done after a fire broke out in the monastery complex in the main building. If you feel like visiting, well, you can year-round, but at different times of day throughout the year so be sure to check before you go, and don’t expect to be taking any pictures because cameras and photography are not permitted at the site. 4. St. Basil’s Cathedral St. Basil’s is also known as the Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, and it looks just like something you’d see in Aladdin or something. It’s an old church in Moscow, Russia, found in the famous Red Square, that is also partially a museum, so visitors can also learn a little bit of history when they go to check this amazing place out! It’s super whimsical, what with its colors and design, and it was built under strict orders by none other than Ivan the Terrible from 1555 to 1561. It is truly unlike any other Russian building and is shaped like the flames of a bonfire shooting up toward the sky and is included as part of the Moscow Kremlin and Red Square UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been since 1990. It’s colorful, fun, and quite the sight to see, and we think that it would fit perfectly inside the pages of a children’s book. Not literally, but, well, you get what we’re saying! 3. Waitomo Glowworm Caves This incredible cave attraction is found on the North Island of New Zealand at, you guessed it, Waitomo. Here, one will find a rare and unique glowworm, the Arachnocampa Luminosa, which is found nowhere else on Earth besides New Zealand. If you’re looking to head on over and see this place with your very own eyes, you’re in luck! There’s a visitor center at the entrance of the cave where you can purchase tickets for an organized tour that will take you on a boat ride directly underneath the glowing insects. You will also be treated to some genuinely incredible limestone formations that come in all sizes and shapes. In the first two years that the cave system was open for business, roughly 500 people visited, which pales in comparison to the 2,000 that now visit every day in the summer. As you can tell, this place is popular, and it’s easy to see why: it lets you get up close and personal with a childhood dream; it enables you to get inside of a children’s fairytale and makes for one heck of an experience! It’s like coasting beneath a night’s sky, but instead, it’s worms… it’s cooler than it sounds, okay! 2. Neuschwanstein Castle A Romanesque revival place from the 19th-century, Neuschwanstein Castle is located in southwest Bavaria, near Fussen, high on a hill above a village called Hohenschwangau. It’s a retreat that was built in honor of Richard Wagner and was ordered built by Ludwig II of Bavaria, who paid for it through borrowing and out of his own pocket instead of using public money. It was to be a home for the king, although he died shortly after it was finished and was only able to spend 172 days inside. Then, following his passing, it was opened to the public and became an immensely popular tourist attraction, with up to 6,000 people visiting every day in the summer and more than 1.3 million traveling to see the castle every year. It literally looks like a castle you’d see in a fairytale featuring princes, princesses, dragons, knights, and any other awesome, medieval characters! 1...
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Biggest Sea Creatures in the WORLD
There are millions of different animal species in the ocean, but only a few hold the distinction of being some of the largest sea creatures on the planet. Here you’ll see enormous squid, massive sharks, and whales that could dwarf even the most monstrous things we could ever imagine. These are the largest of the large water animals. These are the Biggest Sea Creatures in the World. Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 7. Colossal Squid These scarily large squids are also often called the Cranch Squid or the Antarctic Squid, and they’re thought to be the largest squid species by mass on Earth. They inhabit pretty much the entire Southern Ocean, from thousands of miles north of Antarctica to southern South Africa, New Zealand, and South America. As of now, estimates put their maximum size somewhere between 39 and 46 feet (12-14 meters) in length and their max weight around 1,650 pounds (750 kilograms). Do you want to hear something else that’s scary about them? Their limbs are lined with sharp, swiveling hooks, which they’re thought to use for hunting and protection. Yikes. 6. Basking Shark This big ol’ shark is the second largest living shark on the planet, behind just the whale shark. Said whale shark, the megamouth shark, and the basking shark are the only three plankton-eating shark species. They use their vast, gaping mouths to corral and ingest the plankton, which they filter from the water with their gills. The largest ever found specimen of basking shark was located in the Bay of Fundy in Canada back in 1851. The shark measured 40.3 feet (12.27 meters) and weighed roughly 18 short tons (16 long tons). On average, though, the sharks measure around 20 to 26 feet (6-8 meters) and weigh just 5.7 short tons (5.1 long tons). 5. Whale Shark These slow swimming sharks are the largest extant fish species and are classified as filter-feeding carpet sharks. That means that they filter particles and small animals such as plankton, fish eggs, krill, copepods, and more from the water to keep themselves fed and full. The big animals are found in basically all of the temperate and tropical seas all over the world, but don’t worry; even though these sharks are enormous, they pose no real threat to humans. In fact, younger whale sharks are known for being gentle and even playing around with divers. The average adult whale shark measures around 32 feet (9.8 meters) and 20,000 pounds (9 tons). The largest ever specimen caught was 41.5 feet (12.65 meters) long and weighed 47,000 pounds (21.5 tons), and it was caught in Karachi, Pakistan, near Baba Island on November 11, 1949. 4. Oarfish The next fish we’re going to look at belongs to the very small family Regalecidae, and are large, elongated lampriform fish that are typically found in the pelagic zone. They’re located in most tropical and temperate oceans around the world but are rarely seen by humans. There are three different kinds of oarfish, but the giant oarfish is what we’re focusing on here as it’s the longest bony fish on Earth and grows to around 36 feet (11 meters) in length. There are, however, unconfirmed reports of oarfish reaching 56 feet (17 meters) long and weighing upwards of 600 pounds (270 kg)! They eat shrimp, plankton, euphausiids, and other crustaceans. 3. Sperm Whale Also known as the cachalot, the sperm whale is the largest toothed predator and the largest of the toothed whales. They have an extensive range and migrate all over the place for breeding and feeding seasonally, and they don’t stay in one place for too long. Mature males usually grow to be around 52 feet (16 meters) long, although some can reach up to 67 feet (20.5 meters). Did you know that the head of the sperm whale makes up approximately one-third its total length? What a strange looking creature. In history, they’ve been said to be bigger than the 67 feet that they can reach today. The Nantucket Whaling Museum claims they have the 18-foot jawbone of a creature that once spanned 80 feet (24 meters). The whale that sank the Essex, an American whaling ship, in 1820, was thought to be 85 feet (26 meters) long. 2. Lion’s Mane Jellyfish This supremely big jellyfish is also known by the names hair jelly and giant jellyfish, and it’s the largest known jellyfish in the world. It's generally bound to the northern Pacific Ocean, northern Atlantic, and the boreal waters of the Arctic. The jellyfish found in the far north are typically significantly larger than those found farther south, with a bell diameter of 6 feet 7 inches (2 meters) versus just 20 inches (50 centimeters). They also have long, thin tentacles that can reach up and over 100 feet (30 meters) or more, and the specimen with the longest tentacles we know of came in at 120 feet (37 meters). They’re often found measuring longer than blue whales, so they have the distinction of being one of the longest animals in the world. 1...
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Most Rare Sharks In The World
Sharks. Sharks, sharks, sharks. Who doesn’t love sharks? In this day and age, you’d think you’d have heard of everything, right? Well, maybe you have, who am I to say? But if you haven’t, I’m here to introduce you to some pretty neat sharkies. You down for that? Come on; Imma take you through Most Rare Shark Species in the World. Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 4. Smalltooth Sand Tiger This here good-looking sharky is the smalltooth sand tiger, also commonly known as the bumpytail ragged-tooth. It sounds like we left the naming up to a group of first-graders. Anyways, this shark is a species of mackerel shark that has a pretty patchy, but still worldwide, distribution throughout warm temperate and tropical waters. Typically you’ll find them down in the deep, chilling out with a bunch of rocks (like in this photo), which is the type of habitat they dig but at times they’ve been spotted in the shallow water. It’s a decent-sized beast, seeing as they grow to at least 13.5 feet long, but they are harmless to humans and have never been known to go after our sweet meat. Probably the scariest thing about this shark is what’s most terrifying about most sharks, its teeth! They have large mouths that are filled with sharp-looking, projecting teeth (like the ones you see here) that make this guy supremely intimidating! Seriously though, can you imagine getting your arm bitten and then trying to yank it out? You’d be left looking like you got attacked by a large, fierce cheese grater! 3. Pyjama Shark So you may be wondering why this shark is called the pyjama shark, or you may have used your own deduction skills and figured out that they look like they’re wearing striped pajamas! They’re a species of catshark that calls the coastal waters of South Africa home. The pyjama shark is pretty easy to spot in the wild—all you gotta do is look for their dark, parallel, thick stripes that run the entire length of their body! They also have little heads and two dorsal fins that are found pretty far back on their body. These little—and I mean it considering they only grow up to 3.6 feet long (as seen here)—fellas and ladies are big fans of making snacks of cephalopods—like the chokka squid—fish, and invertebrates. Want to hear a kinda cute fact? When they feel scared or threatened, they curl up in a circle and cover their heads with their tails. So sweet! But not something I’d expect from a shark! Okay, I’d swim with this one. It’s like a little water puppy! 2. Basking Shark Woahhh, that’s a crazy mouth! After the whale shark, these guys are actually the second-largest living fish in all the seas, reaching lengths of 20 to 26 feet, although some—in the past—were caught at lengths of 40 plus feet. You can find them in all of the world’s temperate oceans and at times enter brackish waters (water with less salinity than seawater but more than fresh water). They’re often spotted in proximity to land, and they seem to like to hang out in bays with narrow openings. Freaky. No bays for me, check. They are filter feeders and tend to feed near the surface, appearing to bask in the warm waters up there, which is where they draw their name. They swim around, mouth wide, and filter the water for plankton, which is their snack of choice! They are harmless to humans and unaggressive, passive really, and that may be due to their brain size. Out of all shark species, they have the smallest weight-for-weight brain size. This shark’s jaw size can reach widths of 3 feet 3 inches, and they have tiny, hooked teeth. They’re scary-looking, and although they pose no threat to humans, I’ll still take a no. 1. Bahamas Sawshark Mmmm, the tool-face-looking shark you see here, is typically found between Cuba and the Bahamas in the western Central Atlantic Ocean. They are actually the first member of the sawshark family to be described that’s from the western hemisphere! Little is known about this shark considering it’s very rarely seen and they’re some of the most threatened sharks on the entire planet. These guys feed on crustaceans and fish from the seafloor, (begin rapping) and unlike most sharks, they tend to form schools, and in my opinion, that is pretty cool...s… I’ve got no game. Obviously, they’re named what they are for a reason, and I think that the reason is pretty blatant, right? Can you see it in this picture? They have a flat, saw-like snout (just like every other sawshark out there) that makes up less than one-third of their total body length (as you can see here). They have no anal fin, two dorsal fins, caudal fin, pelvic fins, and pectoral fins. Overall, this guy is pretty intimidating, and I hope that we find out more about it in the future!
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10 New Countries that Could Exist
Could the United States be split into smaller countries? Can you imagine a United Korea? All that and more in this list of new countries that could exist one day. Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 6 California Republic It’s hard to imagine a sovereign California that is not a part of the United States - but it was probably hard to foresee a Britain that separated from the European Union, too. If California did end up seperating from the rest of the country, they would probably not have too hard of a time, either. Currently, California’s economy is the 6th largest economy in the world. In terms of size, it’s comparable to other countries around the world, too. Perhaps if the US 10continued to become a more conservative country, California might be inclined to secede and become the New California Republic. Many legal analysts have said that the monetary costs of an independent republic 5 Republic of Lakotah Currently, Native Tribes in the United States have a sort of sovereignty and have small land reserves dotted throughout the country, but here’s an idea that could greatly expand land owned by Native Americans. The Republic of Lakotah was an idea proposed by an activist named Russell Means. The Republic of Lakotah claims about 77,000 square miles of land that is in what is currently known as North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana. Most of this land is currently occupied by Indian Reservations, already - but Russell Means proposed that this land could become an independent republic for Lakota people and other groups. 4 New Kurdistan The current area that constitutes modern Kurdistan lies in what is currently southeastern Turkey, northern Iraq, parts of iran and Syria. This area is home to Kurdish people who have their own unique culture, language, and national identity. As countries around Kurdistan formed, it got absorbed into Turkey and splintered into Iraq, etc. Now, there are talks of Kurdistan becoming 3 Flanders and Wallonia Belgium might not be on your radar when you think of divisive countries, but the partitioning of Belgium is something that has been discussed in local media as well as international media. Belgium is split culturally between the population that speaks mostly Dutch in the North region known as Flandes and the mostly francophone population of the southern region known as Wallonia. The capital of Brussels is divided pretty evenly by French and Dutch speakers. This linguistic divide has persisted through centuries and is often brought up during political crises. While this division is nowhere near concrete, we could someday find the countries of Flanders and Wallonia in place of present day Belgium. 2 South Ossetia Oficially Republic of South Ossetia or the State of Alania) or Tskhinvali Region, is a partially recognised state in the South Caucasus, located in the territory of the South Ossetian Autonomous Oblast within the former Georgian SSR.[6] It has a population of 53,000 people who live in an area of 3,900 km2, south of the Russian Caucasus, with 30,000 living in its capital city of Tskhinvali.
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GREATEST Minds of All Time
While we have some brilliant folks with us in the world today, they almost don’t even compare to some of the smartest people that have ever lived. Here, we’ve gathered a list of exceptional scientists, philosophers, composers, engineers, and more so that you can gain an understanding of just how genius many before us truly were. Sit back and get prepared to feel like you’ve got an IQ similar to that of gum on a boot; this is our list of Greatest Minds of All-Time. Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 4. Galileo Galilei This next amazingly smart and talented guy pretty much established astronomy as we know it. But he was more than just an astronomer; he was also an engineer, a physicist, and is at times referred to as a polymath, or someone who has knowledge about a lot of different subjects. He is called the father of many things, including observational astronomy, the scientific method, modern physics, and modern science. He studied many things and came up with inventions like a range of military compasses and the thermoscope. In astronomy, he’s credited with finding the four large satellites surrounding Jupiter, which are now called the Galilean Moons. He also analyzed sunspots, studied Saturn, and confirmed the phases of Venus. Both Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking looked to Galileo as the father and creator of modern science, and if that doesn’t say something about him, we don’t know what would. 3. Isaac Newton Also known as Sir Isaac Newton, as he was knighted in 1705 by Queen Anne. He was, as many consider, one of the most influential scientists ever, and was an astronomer, mathematician, physicist, author, theologian, and described himself as a “natural philosopher.” One of his most significant contributions to science and mechanics was what is most often referred to as Principia, which was published in 1687. He helped develop the infinitesimal calculus, the theories of universal gravitation and laws of motion and used his thoughts on gravity to account for many occurrences such as the trajectories of comets and the tides. Newton also built the Newtonian Telescope, or the first practical reflecting telescope, figured out that prisms can divide white light, and did many other things in his lifetime that we can’t even try to go into here. This video would run quite long if we did so, and we won’t even pretend that we can fully understand everything that he did. Newton was an incredibly brilliant mind, and without him, we wouldn’t have a lot of the technologies or ideas about the world that we have today. 2. Albert Einstein Chances are when you think of some of the greatest thinkers ever, Albert Einstein is one of the first people to come to mind. Einstein was a German prodigy and theoretical physicist who developed many laws and theories that hold water in the scientific world of today. Probably his most recognized and famous contribution to science is the theory of relativity, which stands as part of the backbone of modern physics along with quantum mechanics. He also has a formula that is quite popular and well-known to just about everybody; E = mc squared (I can’t do the squared on my laptop for some dumb reason). This equation is often referred to as “the world’s most famous equation,” and it is called the mass-energy equivalence formula. He also discovered the photoelectric effect, which aided in the forming of quantum theory. In his lifetime, Einstein was able to publish more than 300 scientific papers, and there were also 150 non-scientific works as well. He, too, did many other things throughout the course of his 76 years on Earth, but if we went into all of them, you might be sitting here for the next couple of hours. 1...
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Worst Natural Disasters You Didn’t Know About
Our planet has a way of throwing some crazy and unpredictable things at us, and this is where you’ll find some of the worst of the worst in history. From blizzards in the desert to tsunamis with unimaginable power, we’ll show you the deadliest and most destructive natural acts ever to affect the human race. Welcome to Worst Natural Disasters You Didn’t Know About. Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 5. Mount Tambora Eruption Well, this is brutal. Roughly 1.5 million people live on the island of Sumbawa, which belongs to Indonesia. In 1815, between 70 and 100,000 people lost their lives in seconds when a volcano named Mount Tambora erupted. Tambora is 8,930 feet high, and it’s only about half as big now as it once was. The 1815 eruption was so strong that the volcano blew the top third of itself off. A 12-cubic mile ash, dust, and gas cloud, and almost immediately claimed nearly the entire islands population. Tsunamis spewed forth in every direction, and 36 cubic miles of rock, aerosols, and ash were injected into our atmosphere. That cloud blocked the sun and brought the average temperature of the entire world down 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit, and everyone felt it. Crops failed, and famine began and to top it all off, the eruption changed the weather, causing snow and deadly frost to occur in the summertime in some countries. You can imagine that that added to the volcano’s deadliness. 4. Bohla Cyclone In 1970, the deadliest cyclone to ever take place happened in what is now Bangladesh. Both Pakistan and India weren’t communicating things with each other at the time due to high tensions. They didn’t even tell each other about significant events such as cyclones, although they share a very cyclone-prone coastline. Bangladesh was called East Pakistan at the time, and their government ignored warnings, recommendations, and a disaster plan that could have saved many lives. Instead, the Bohla Cyclone raged through the area and took out about 45% of the population of a city called Tazumuddin. Tides climbed up to nearly 20 feet, and winds topped 140 mph. Following the event, an election was held, replacing those in power with the Awami League, who escalated conflicts and started the Bangladesh Liberation War. This led to the birth of Bangladesh, and one could say the Bohla Cyclone was responsible for it. 3. Shaanxi Earthquake China has a land area of 3,705,407 square miles and is the fourth-largest country in the world. Roughly 500 years ago, the massive Shaanxi Earthquake rattled about a third of the vast nation. The quake hit at a magnitude between 8.0 and 8.3 and wholly devastated 97 counties throughout the region. Every single building in Huaxian was basically obliterated, and many other cities were left in about the same condition. The Shaanxi Earthquake wasn’t the strongest quake in history, but the loss of life was so significant because it hit an immensely populated area, causing some catastrophic problems. Yaodongs, or dwellings carved into soft rock, were popular at the time but highly unsound structurally, and many people were crushed when their yaodongs collapsed. Historians guess that around 830,000 people perished in this terrible natural disaster. 2. Huge Earthquake in Crete This gigantic and deadly tsunami took place on July 21, 265 AD. How do we know about this crazy event that happened so long ago? One man, Ammianus Marcellinus, a historian, took very detailed notes and made sure to capture the events that occurred, kind of like a play-by-play. We know that Crete, a Greek island, had every city on it destroyed in seconds by an earthquake, which also caused insane amounts of damage in many of the surrounding countries. Libya, Cyprus, Egypt, Spain, Sicily, and Greece were all hit hard, and the quake was so strong that it even raised parts of Crete nearly thirty feet! It caused a tsunami that devastated many places, including Alexandria in Egypt, and in some areas, sent waves and boats inland around 2 miles. Experts guessed between 300,000 and 500,000 lost their lives in the devastating event. 1...
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Most Amazing Stories of Survival
We all tend to take life for granted sometimes and never consider circumstances that could bring about our own demise. These people have faced times where their lives could have ended in an instant, but they found the grit and determination to go on and survive. These aren’t all for the faint of heart, but they are for those who love a great story. These are some of the Most Amazing Stories of Survival. Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 5. Ernest Shackleton You’ve probably heard this guy’s name before, too! Sir Ernest Shackleton tried his best to cross Antarctica on foot just before the beginning of the First World War. The attempt failed even before it had a chance to take off because the ship being used to get there, the Endurance, got stuck in ice before arriving. And they weren’t just stuck, they were really stuck, and the crew that consisted of 27 men remained trapped in that ice for a while and cut off from the outside world for the next 22 months. They lived in the bottom of the ship, but the ice eventually destroyed it, and the crew had to get themselves out onto the sea. Months down the line, they made their way to Elephant Island, a small empty, rocky outcropping of land past the Antarctic Peninsula. Shackleton, knowing rescue wasn’t coming, decided to take a lifeboat to South Georgia Island, some 800 miles away across the freezing, Antarctic waters. He knew there was a whaling station on the island, but he and three others arrived on the wrong side, so he had to climb over the icy mountains to reach the station. 4. Lewis and Clark While the Lewis and Clark expedition succeeded, there were many times where it came close to not and, without the help of many others, it wouldn’t have. William Clark and Meriwether Lewis were sent to explore the western part of the United States and to find a way to get there by water in 1804 by Thomas Jefferson. Now, we all know some about their journey, and we often hear of their successes and accomplishments achieved over their two years on the move. But, did you know that without Sacajawea and Native Tribes along the way, they would have probably become lost and never seen again or starved to death? Even with the help, they came close to perishing many times via starvation, robbery, and various injuries. But they survived, and the tale is quite incredible. 3. The Donner Party Here’s another famous one for you, and if you don’t know about them, get yourself ready for a little tale about survival and cannibalism. The party set out as the Donner-Reed party, and they were a group of pioneers that were hit with a series of mishaps and misfortunes. They headed out in a wagon train bound for California but ended up snowbound and trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. They became snowed in in December 1846, high up in the mountains near a pass, which later became known as Donner Pass. There were initially 87 members in the party; however, by February 1847, when the first help arrived, many had lost their lives in the frigid mountains. For survival, some of the members resorted to cannibalizing others that didn’t make it through, as they couldn’t find other food to keep going. Two later help parties brought food and other rations and helped the remaining get to California. Only 48 made it and lived on to tell the tale. 2. Abby Sunderland Not too long ago, on June 10, 2010, a young woman named Abby Sunderland became stranded in the middle of the Indian Ocean. She was attempting to become the youngest person to sail around the world solo at 16, and after being hit by high winds and stormy weather, satellite phone contact was lost. Her emergency radio beacons were suddenly activated about an hour later, which was a problem because the closest ship to her was roughly 400 miles away from her last reported position. On June 11, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority scrambled to find her and a plane flown over spotted her within ten minutes of reaching the search zone. She was uninjured, and her boat was doing okay, although it was dismasted, and she wasn’t rescued until the next day. She was pulled out by the crew of a fishing boat, and her own boat was left to the sea. 1...
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AMAZING Women From History!
Where there are amazing men, there are just as many amazing women. Here, we’re going to delve a bit into some of the more incredible women who not only impacted those around them but the world as a whole. These women range from scientists to pilots, writers to activists, and they all have one thing in common: they were awesome. Let’s begin, shall we? This is Women Who Worked It! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 6. Florence Nightingale If you’re a nurse, a doctor, or anyone else in the medical field, chances are you know who Florence Nightingale is. She was not only the founder of modern nursing we know today, but also a British statistician, and a social reformer. She trained countless nurses during the course of the Crimean War and won notoriety for her work with soldiers. She boosted the views on nursing, giving it a favorable view, and gained iconic status as “The Lady with the Lamp.” Pretty much all nursing today stems from Nightingale’s work, and she produced many important documents to help spread medical knowledge. She has a pledge and the highest award a nurse can receive named after her, as well as International Nurses Day being celebrated on her birthday. 5. Angela Burdett-Coutts This infamous woman was known as “the richest heiress in England,” but she put it to good use and dedicated her life to philanthropy. She inherited her grandfather’s fortune in 1837 when her step-grandmother passed away; the fortune was, at the time, worth roughly £1.8 million. An equivalent number today would be about £160,000,000. Burdett-Coutts was friends with both Charles Dickens and the Duke of Wellington—a man she proposed marriage to. She was a pretty daring and open soul; this was also apparent in her openness in having a relationship with her former governess, Hannah Brown, until Brown passed away in 1878. Most of her life and money was devoted to philanthropic causes, including giving scholarships and endowments. She was even made a baroness by Queen Victoria for her donating and work toward helping the poor. 4. Rosa Parks Rosa Parks’ name is synonymous with courage and confidence and is a woman that women of all colors can look up to. We all remember the story about her getting kicked off of the bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955, which helped her attain the status of international icon. This iconic status got her in with some of the biggest names in the Civil Rights Movement and gave her the opportunity to collaborate and organize events with some of those giants. She was, at the time of her arrest, she was the president of her local NAACP chapter and had just attended a school that trained activists for racial equality and workers’ rights. Her willingness to become not just a controversial figure in the fight for equality but a hated woman by many is admirable. She has received an incredible number of awards for her actions, both while still alive and posthumously, and her fight to change things in the United States, and her martyrdom earned her a spot on our list. 3. Emmeline Pankhurst Pankhurst was a very influential and important British suffragette and political activist in the late 18 and early 1900s. She played a vital role in women winning their right to vote and was named on Time magazine’s “100 Most Important People of the 20th Century” list. She wasn’t always super democratic about achieving her goals; in fact, she used militant tactics with her organization, the Women’s Social and Political Union, to get her point across, but no one’s ever argued that they didn’t work. They would smash windows and vandalize in all kinds of other ways, assault officers of the law, and she, her daughters, and other members of the WSPU were arrested on different occasions for doing, well, crazy things. She, unfortunately, passed away on June 14, 1928, just a few weeks prior to the government giving all women over the age of 21 the right to vote. 2. Marie Stopes Marie Stopes was an interesting lady. She was a British paleobotanist and an advocate for women’s rights and eugenics, two things that don’t really seem to have much to do with one another. She made it onto the staff of the University of Manchester and was the first female to ever do so, and she made significant contributions to the classification of coal, as well as the paleontology of plants. But perhaps what she was most well-known for came next. She and her second husband opened Britain’s very first birth control clinic. She authored what basically equates to a sex manual and edited a birth control newsletter, causing much controversy as it brought birth control out into the open. In the end, she was able to open six of her clinics, and aided in bringing the matters of sex, birth control, abortion, and many others out of the bedroom and into the world. 1...
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15 BIZARRE Archeological Discoveries
From new looks at the dead sea scrolls to sunken treasure and ancient artifacts, these are 15 totally BIZARRE archaeological discoveries. Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! # 9 Pyramid within a Pyramid Archaeologists discovered something remarkable inside of the El Castillo pyramid at Chichen Itza in Mexico. It is not actually one pyramid but a pyramid within a pyramid. The inside pyramid was created approximately 100 years before the pyramid constructed around it. Scientists used an electrical resistivity survey to see what lied underneath the surface of the outside pyramid. Some say the newer pyramid was built to correct errors in the construction and architecture of the first one. # 8 Virtually Unwrapped Dead Sea Scrolls The original and infamous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered between 1947 and 1956 and this one, found at the site of En Gedi was found in 1970. However, it was charred and fragile, making it impossible to actually physically unfurl. However, in 2016 a new CT scan has enabled us to virtually unfurl this scroll and revealed that it was part of the Book of Leviticus first written around 1,700 years ago. # 7 Treasure on Sunken Spanish Galleon The treasure found in the Sunken Spanish Galleon could be the most valuable shipwreck in Colombia that may have the biggest treasure found in a sunken ship of all time. It has an estimated value of around 1 billion dollars US. It once carried a hoard of gold, silver, and gems from South American colonies being ferried to Europe when a huge storm sunk the ship. Now, ownership of the treasure is being disputed between Colombia, the U.S., and Spain. # 6 Egypt’s Youngest Mummies An Egyptian coffin has been sitting in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England has been sitting there for years, but recent technological discoveries have allowed us to unveil something new about the old artifact. For years, experts thought the coffin was filled with the entrails and organs of a mummy, but a new CT scan has revealed it actually contains the youngest mummy specimen ever discovered. It dates back more than 2,500 years and contains a 16-18 week old fetus not the intestines of an adult corpse. # 5 Operation Pandora A police operation that involves the entirety of Europe has uncovered more than 3,500 pieces of stolen artwork and archaeological artifacts from criminal gangs that stole the pieces forcibly. These include things like a marble tombstone from the Ottoman Empire, 400 coins from throughout history, and a Byzantine era image of Saint George. The operation was known as Operation Pandora and involved the arrest of 75 people and investigations of some 48,000 individuals. # 4 Ancient Egyptian Boat Drawings More than 120 carvings of boats were discovered in a structure at Abydos, Egypt - a site that dates back more than 3,800 years. The structure is covered in the carvings, with some reaching nearly 5 feet or 1.5 meters in length. Every drawing depicts detailed ships complete with masts, sails, deckhouses, oars, and rowers. The structure also contained wooden planks from what was likely a large boat that actually stood inside the site, as well. # 3 Oldest Rock art in North America Near the western side of Nevada’s Winnemucca dry lake, there are limestone boulders that are marked with deep carvings that date back as far as 14,800 years ago. These petroglyphs have been dated to have been drawn between 10,500 years ago and the oldest being nearly 15,000 years ago. They have geometric motifs, symbols, and abstract art that we cannot immediately read. Many people still have no idea what they could mean. # 2 Ceremonial Bobcat Burial For decades after their excavation from a Hopewell-era burial mound, the bones of a bobcat laid in a storage unit mislabeled “puppy burial”. It turns out, the young bobcat was buried around 2,000 years ago in the largest of 14 Hopewell era mounds near the Illinois River, which is about 50 miles or 80 kilometers north of St. Louis. It was interred alongside the remains of 22 people were buried in a ring around a central tomb with remains of an infant. The Bobcat was buried like a human, left with a necklace that was originally thought to be only for humans to wear. This has forced archaeologists to question human relationships to animals throughout history.
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BIGGEST Spiders in the World
This is just the list you’ve always been waiting for! Spider lovers, this is for you. Spider haters, this is to be informative, so you know just what’s out there and where to avoid traveling! There are some genuinely giant, scary spiders out there in the world and these are some of the biggest! Here, you’ll find some arachnids that are kind of cute and docile. You’ll also find some that are terrifying, disgusting, and deadly! Enough talking; this is Biggest Spiders in the World! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 5. Poecilotheria Rajaei Oh heck no. Tarantulas seem a bit sketchy in the first place… we mean, they’re huge! But this tarantula, which has the nickname Face-Sized Tarantula, is pretty scary due to its size, growing up to 20 centimeters (8 inches). But it’s not even the biggest tarantula on this list! Go figure. Anyways, it got its nickname because it’s, well, about the same size as a human face, and if that’s not enough to scare you, we don’t know what is. The Poecilotheria rajaei is endemic to Sri Lanka, and its name comes from a couple of Greek words; “poikilos,” which means spotted, and “therion,” which means wild beast. Sooo, spotted wild beast. Sounds cute, right? It was first found back in 2009 when a villager brought a dead member of this species to a man who was conducting a study of arachnids in Sri Lanka at the time, Ranil Nanayakkara. Then, it was first described in 2012, in a publication of the British Tarantula Society, and the rest is history. They grow up to eight inches (yes, eight) and eat things like rodents, lizards, snakes, and birds. Ugh. 4. Hercules Baboon Spider Okay, so there is debate these days on whether or not this spider is still alive and well considering the last time one was actually seen in the wild was way back in 1900. But that doesn’t mean that it is not, or was not a huge spider, so here it is on our list. The Hercules Baboon Spider, or Hysterocrates Hercules, was known to roam the tall grasslands of Eastern Africa and grew to around 21 centimeters or 8.3 inches long, including its legs! They subsisted on a diet of mostly insects and possibly tiny animals, and they were also known sometimes to become cannibalistic, going after other spiders and eating them for survival. We hope they’re still around and just really great at hiding, but if not, at least they’ll forever be remembered as one of the giants! 3. Brazilian Salmon Pink Bird-Eater Now, that may seem like one crazy name for a simple spider, and it is, considering it’s a nickname, but it sure is easier to pronounce than Lasiodora Parahybana (Lassi-dora Parra-hi-bahna) its scientific name! This big guy hails from, well, Brazil, and was discovered back in 1917, in Paraiba (Par-eye-ee-ba), by Candido Firmino de Mello-Leitao. They are often kept as pets by spider enthusiasts, and despite their large size, they don’t really bite humans, and even if they did, they’re not poisonous. They’re considered to be very docile creatures and really only ever bite when provoked and as a very last resort. The males of the species tend to grow longer than females considering their legs are longer, and they can reach 27.9 centimeters (11 inches)! Females, though, are typically heavier and can run upwards of 100 grams and have a fairly bulky body with shorter legs, whereas the males are slim with really long legs. In the wild, they feed on amphibians, large insects, and small reptiles, and although they’re called “bird-eaters,” there’s no real evidence to support the idea that they actually ever eat birds. No wonder they’re so popular; they’re huge, and they’re cool, calm, and collected, and are known for their willingness to sit out in the open. They probably just like to be looked at. So vain. 2. Giant Huntsman This freaky lil’ bugger is just one in the family of huntsman spiders, spiders that are big and quick and chase down their prey. Judging by leg span, it is one of the largest spiders in all the world and can grow to be 30 cm or one foot in size! Chills. Their legs are relatively long in comparison to their bodies, and they twist forward, almost crab-like. Not to say that they don’t have fairly big bodies as well. They normally have a body length of around 4.6 centimeters or roughly around 1.8 inches, which we don’t think is very little at all! The Giant Huntsman was first discovered in a cave in Laos and was subsequently described not long after in 2001 by P. Jager. The discovery, which was fairly recent, was remarked upon by a representative for the World Wide Fund for nature, who suggested that it was pretty crazy that this species went undiscovered so long due to its enormous size! So far it’s only been found in Laos, so unless you live there, you probably don’t have much to worry about. 1...
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Most Mysterious Ruins and Monuments Ever Discovered
Our world is full of many mysteries and some truly unexplainable things. Where things get a bit tough is when civilizations leave monuments behind with no explanation as to why they made them, or when we find monuments and can’t find their builders at all. These are those such monuments—the kinds that leave more questions than answers and make us question and ponder and calculate time-and-again. Get ready for Most Mysterious Ruins and Monuments Ever Discovered! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 5. Machu Picchu This multi-leveled, well-engineered, and mysterious site rests sky-high, at about 7,972 feet above sea level, in Peru. It can be found on the ridge of a mountain overlooking the “Sacred Valley,” and incorporates over 3,000 steps, which give access to the various levels of the sit. Remember we said it was well-engineered? Well, archaeologists can hardly believe the level of precision used to build it, as most stones are cut and placed so perfectly that nothing can fit between them—not even a blade of grass. A giant rock positioned above the main plaza, called “Intihuatana,” is the most mysterious part of the entire city of Machu Picchu. It was once thought to be a sundial, although that was disproved and now there are many theories as to what it may have been used for. The Temple of the Three Windows is another well-known mystery located within the city. Inside, the hall measures 14 feet wide and 35 feet long, and on one of its walls, there are three trapezoid-shaped windows—something not often seen in Inca masonry. These types of windows are seen in other monuments around the world, which leads many to believe the temple could have been part of what is often called “Sacred Architecture.” 4. Teotihuacan Around 100 B.C., the metropolis known as Teotihuacan came into existence and was once considered a highly important center in the New World. The site in Mexico leads archaeologists and researchers to believe that the builders understood many advanced things—not just in architecture, but in astronomy and mathematics as well. From above, the ruins have been said to look like a circuit board of a computer, complete with two processor chips. The buildings which look like the chips? The Sun Pyramid and the Moon Pyramid. Also, there are incredible similarities between Teotihuacan and the Great Pyramids we all know in Egypt. The Pyramid of Giza is precisely twice as tall as the Pyramid of the Sun, and the Temples of the Sun, the Moon, and Quetzalcoatl at Teotihuacan are in the layout of Orion’s Belt, much like the pyramids in Egypt. No one knows exactly who built it, making it one of the most mysterious and incredible sites in our world today. 3. Masado-no-Iwafune This impressive structure is also known as the “Ancient Rock Ship of Asuka” and can be found near the village of Asuka in Nara prefecture in Japan. It sits at the top of a steep hill and why it’s there or what it’s for is a mystery! Out of the rock mounds in the surrounding area, it is the biggest, measuring 36 feet by 26 feet, and it stands 15 feet tall. It more than likely weighs in around 100 tons, judging by its size and the fact that it’s made of solid granite, and it features two large holes in the center that measure roughly 10.7 square-feet and pass through the rock to the ground. No one even knows how this giant monument was created, although many believe it had to be carved by ancient people in the area at some point in time. There is a linear protrusion at the top of the structure which runs totally parallel with the hilltop it sits on, and it aligns with the sun on an important day in Japanese culture. The day, “spring doyou entry,” is found on most Japanese calendars and marks the day the agricultural season begins. Other than that, not much else is known. 2. Giant Stone Head of Guatemala The Jungles of Guatemala more than likely hold many secrets and hidden things that may or may not begin to come to light over time. The Giant Stone Head of Guatemala was once tucked away in the area and was found relatively recently, proving that there is much to discover. A photograph taken in the 1950s by the landowner where the statue was found made its way to Dr. Oscar Rafael Padilla Lara in 1987 and showed the head, which had facial features not native to the region. In fact, the features were caucasian, leading many to wonder just why a statue of a caucasian would be found in the jungles of Guatemala. Padilla went to the region on a hunt to find it, and it was there that he found out that it was located on a property owned by the Biener family. He finally managed to track it down, only to be met with terrible disappointment, as the statue had been disfigured and mostly destroyed by local militants who had used it for target practice years earlier, much like the Turks blew off the nose of the Sphinx in Egypt. 1...
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Strange & Deadly Crocodilians
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Incredible Fortresses Around The World
From famous landmarks and ancient structures … to modern day complexes that can withstand a nuclear blast … Here are 17 Incredible Fortresses around the World! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! #5 Murud-Janjira (moo-rood- Jan-jee-ruh) You can only access this fortress by sea … and that’s because it’s located In the Arabian Sea near the coastal village of Murud. Considered to be one of the strongest marine forts in India, it contains 26 bastions which remain intact. Constructed during the late 17th century, Murud-Janjira was once a thriving, fully-functional fort … complete with palaces, officers quarters, and even two freshwater lakes. During its heyday, the fort contained more than 570 cannons, which were used to repel invaders attacking from the sea. Did you know this fort has a hidden gate? The main gate only becomes visible when you’re within 40 feet of it. #4 Mehrangarh Fort (meh-rahng-guh) Situated more than 400 feet above the city of Jodhpur (jod-POOR), Rajasthan, this is one of India’s largest forts. Dating to the 15th century, the complex sprawls more than 3 miles, and is surrounded by massive walls that measure some 118 feet high and go about 69 feet wide. Several palaces are located within the fortress, which offer some commanding views of the city located below. There’s also a museum which features musical instruments and royal elephant carriages … as well as an armoury the contains weapons ranging from swords owned by emperors to guns with intricate gold and silver detailing. The fort’s picturesque setting has been featured in several movies … the best known of which might be “The Dark Knight Rises” in 2012. #3 Citadelle Laferriere (see-tah-dell Lah-fare-ee-air) Can you guess where one of the largest fortresses in the Americas is located? It’s in Haiti … and to be fair, we found several sources claiming it is THE largest fortress in the Americas. With dimensions of 110,000 square feet, and walls that rise 130 feet, it sounds like a reasonable claim. Some 20,000 workers labored on the project in the 19th century, on a mountaintop some 3000 feet high. The altitude provided a clear view that helped deter attacks. The fort was outfitted with some 365 cannons … and stacks of cannonballs still sit in pyramidal formation. Ironically, the fort was built to withstand an attack by the French which never materialized. While it was eventually abandoned, the fort has become a symbol of Haiti, and appears on the country’s local stamps and currency. #2 Golubac Fortress (gohl-yoo-bek) The exact origins of this fortress still remain unknown … but experts think it may have been the location of a Roman settlement, before the fortress itself was constructed sometime in the 14th century. One thing is for certain … this structure has endured a long, tumultuous history. Located near the village of Golubac in Serbia, it was the last military outpost on the Danube River. It was also the final line of defense separating Hungary from the Ottoman Empire. Its strategic location was enhanced by regulating traffic on the river. During the Middle Ages, a sturdy chain was run across the river where it was connected to a huge rock named Babakaj. Many full-on assaults were weathered at the location …. As a result, the fortress often changed ownership, passining from the Hungarians, Turks and Serbs. By 1867, the fortress was turned over to the Serbian Knez, or ruler. Split into 3 compounds, Golubac contains 10 towers, a citadel and a dungeon among other structures. After seeing so much action, the fortress has remained remarkably well-preserved over the ages, and is now a popular tourist attraction. #1 Castillo de San Marcos You’ll find this unique, ancient structure near St Augustine Florida … which is the oldest city established by the Europeans that has been continually occupied in the continental US. Recognized as one of the most unique forts in the US, it was built in 1672, to deter attacks on the Spanish settlement there. Made out of stone, the star-shaped structure once had a moat that used a series of floodgates surrounding the walls to add an extra element of fortification. If you’re ever in downtown St Augustine, you’ll that find the 2.5 acre fort has become a favorite destination for tourists.
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Expensive Thrift Stores Finds
Someone found this antique photo in a shop in Fresno for just 2 dollars. One of the people in these photos is actually William H Bonney, an infamous outlaw better known as “Billy the Kid.” Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! # 6 Flemish Painting from 1650 An 81-year-old man named Leroy was browsing a Goodwill when he noticed an interesting painting out of the corner his eye. He knew that the frame was from the 1800’s and thought that if the painting was from the same era, it would at least earn him 200 bucks. An official appraisal estimated that painting was worth an incredible 25,000 dollars and that the painting was actually from around 1650. When the painting went to auction it blew everyone’s estimates out of the water, selling for 190,000 dollars. # 5 Jackson Pollock Painting Teri Horton is now in her 80s and previously worked as a truck driver before retiring. She’s also known for making a few ripples when she found what seems to be a Jackson Pollock original painting in a thrift store for 8 dollars. Teri had no idea what the painting was and after trying to get rid of it one day at a garage sale, a passing art teacher informed her it was probably an original Jackson Pollock. However, no one in the art world wanted to verify this painting as a Jackson Pollock since it was found by some random truck driver, so she struggled for years to get it verified. At one point she even tried to hire a forensic scientist to verify that it was a Pollock. Appraisals say the painting should be worth around 50 million dollars, but the highest and only offer she’s ever gotten is only 8 million. To this day she still owns the painting, waiting for someone to give her a fair price for it. # 4 Andy Warhol Sketch This drawing might look like it was made in the back of someone’s binder while they were taking notes for class, but it is actually worth much more than some kid’s drawing. This was actually found in the yard sale in Las Vegas in the summer of 2010 and seems to have been made by none other than Andy Warhol when he was just ten years old. It has been verified and appraised by several experts and thought to be worth 2 million dollars or more. # 3 Faberge Egg Someone found this piece in a thrift store and sold it as scrap gold for 14,000 dollars. That’s already an incredible find, but before the scrap dealer melted it into bars of gold, someone intervened. They identified the strange statue as a Faberge Imperial Egg, one of the 50 that were ever made. A private collector would eventually acquire the piece, and the price it was bought for remains private, but appraisals estimate the egg at over 30 million dollars. # 2 The Declaration of Independence Michael Sparks had unbelievable luck with this thrift store find. Sparks was visiting a thrift store in Nashville thrift store when he bought what he thought was a modern reprint of the Declaration of Independence for just $2.48. After he realized the document might be pretty old, he did some research and realized he had gotten himself one of 200 official copies of the Declaration made in 1820. He would eventually sell this copy for $477,650 dollars. # 1 Stadium Events Nintendo Game You might pass this in a thrift store and think it’s just some old, unplayable video game. In actuality, it is one of the rarest video games ever. Stadium Events is a game designed for the NES, but only 200 were ever made before the game was recalled. What some might think is trash, others think it is collectible treasure. This game would go on to sell for an amazing 35,100 dollars on eBay.
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Biggest Structures Made by Man
Humans are capable of some of the greatest feats on earth and if there’s anything we’re good at, it’s building giant structures. We will show you everything from a mine so deep it measures longer than our tallest skyscrapers to a giant swimming pool that puts an Olympic pool to shame. These are the world’s BIGGEST structures built by man! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 6 Carletonville Mine One of the deepest mines in the world is Carletonville mine in Gauteng, South Africa. The depth of the mining structure measures at 3,749 m deep, which is longer than all the skyscrapers ever built in the world. 5 Akashi Kaikyo Bridge The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the world. Completed in the year 1998 and designed by architect Satoshi Kashima, this runs a length of about 1.237 miles. The body of water you see it built over is the Akashi Strait. The bridge is located between Awaji Island and Kobe, in Japan. Ferries used to be the only means of which people could get from the island to the mainland until this 3 span bridge was completed. The cost for such a long, but useful, contraption was at $3.6 billion, with over 20,000 vehicles crossing it every single day. 4 Taipei 101 You can see how tall the Taipei 101 is in comparison to all the other buildings near it. It is now the second tallest building in the world as of 2009, with a height of 509.2 m tall, or 1,671 ft. It cost over $1.9 billion to construct and was completed in 2004, opening during that year’s New Year’s Eve. Talk about a flashy intro, but it’s also one fit for an ostentatious structure like this. 3 The Palace of Parliament No matter what country you visit, chances are their administrative buildings for their government are going to be some of the nicest if not largest buildings in the country. Such is the case with the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest, Romania--except it’s also one of the biggest administrative facilities in the world. With 23 sections, it has a height of 84 m, or 276 ft, with a total of 3,930,000 sq ft to call its own. This mega palace reportedly cost 3 billion euro to build, and was completed in the year 1997, 13 years after construction started. 2 Seoul Subway You might be surprised that a subway system is one of the world’s biggest structures, but the Seoul Metropolitan Train System easily found a place on this list. The length of the entire route of all the lines is about 681.8 miles or 1,097 km. It’s relatively young when compared to the ages of London’s Tube or New York City’s subway, but it is definitely not rudimentary in terms of efficiency and size. 1 Heads of Nemrut Mount Nemrut is a 2,134 meter high (7,001 ft) mountain in southeastern Turkey, which is mostly notable for a ring of huge statues that once stood at its peak. The statues once stood around a royal tomb from as far back as the 1st century BC. While the area was excavated fairly recently, none of the statues have been restored to their full glory and remain “beheaded”. We can only estimate how big these statues once were before they all collapsed.
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BIGGEST Houses in the World
For the most part, modesty and reasonability in houses seems to be the norm across the world. Then you come across some people who let all of that go right out the window and decided to build themselves mansions we couldn’t even fathom. From giant homes built with more rooms than there is stuff to fill them with, to an entire skyscraper that is a personal residence, you’ll see those and more here. This is a salute to the greedy, the boastful, and those cocky money-flaunting millionaires and billionaires in the world. This is BIGGEST Houses in the World! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 6. Taohuayuan Oh, baby, this is the most expensive home in all of China, and it seems pretty easy to understand why. The house costs roughly 1 billion yuan, which is about $154 million. The home, set on a private island on Suzhou’s Dushu Lake, which is China’s largest lake, has 32 bedrooms, as well as 32 bathrooms. It has a massive wine cellar, a giant, excellent pool, a mist-covered pond, and much more! The home and property took just over three years to complete, and it’s fashioned in the traditional Chinese style. The Xiangshanbang Traditional Architectural and Building Skills to get all of the brickwork handcrafted, which had to be painstaking as the home covers 72,441 square feet! It is owned by Hongtian Chen, a Chinese real estate tycoon, who purchased it in 2016. 5. The One Seriously, that’s what they’re calling this super expensive, reserved for the rich, rich, rich house located in Bel Air. It’s made from marble and glass and features things such as four swimming pools, moats, 20 bedrooms, 30 bathrooms, walls and ceilings made of aquariums, a movie theatre, a bowling alley, and a nightclub. It’s enormous, and it makes some of the neighbors’ homes, neighbors like Elon Musk and Jennifer Aniston, look tiny. We guess that’s why the price tag is so amazingly large; the house that can dwarf the mansions of the rich and famous costs a cool $500 million. We’ll see if he can sell it, though; the world record for the most expensive house sold came in at $300 million. We’ll be surprised to see someone put down another $200 million on top of that! 4. Witanhurst This vast, historical 20th-century Georgian Revival mansion can be found in Highgate, North-West London. It sits on 5 acres of land and is the second-largest home in London with an incredible 90,000 square feet of living space after its most recent renovation. Inside are 63 rooms, 25 of which are bedrooms, and some others include a drawing room, billiard room, and a ballroom. It was built between 1913 and 1920 by architect George Hubbard, and it kept in bits of the Georgian-style Parkfield estate that used to stand on the grounds. Prior to its renovation, the home only encompassed 40,000 square feet, but its current owner, Russian billionaire Andrey Guryev, made a lot of additions. There are now also two basements that hold things like a gym, a sauna, a massage parlor, a movie theatre, and a 70-foot pool, as well as lots of parking spaces. Guryev bought the house in 2008 for just $50 million, and he shows no signs of selling anytime soon. 3. Safra Mansion Lily Safra, the widow of Edmond Safra, the Lebanese banker, owns what is, at this point and time the second most expensive house there is. Edmond Safra was the founder of the Republic National Bank of New York and had other giant banking operations in places such as Brazil, Lebanon, Switzerland, and Syria. When Edmond passed, Lily assumed ownership of the property, and boy was that a good deal. The home sits on a 50-acre plot of land that houses the 117,000 square foot, 130-room home. The Safra mansion also features two pools, a pool house, a helipad, a giant greenhouse, an outdoor kitchen, and a guest house to rival the size of the mansions of many other rich folks. The property was designed and built by architect Ogden Codman Jr. between 1929 and 1931. 2. Biltmore Estate This giant estate can be found in Asheville, North Carolina, and it was built between 1889 and 1895 by George Washington Vanderbilt II. The home boasts 178,926 square feet and is still owned by the Vanderbilt family. There are 250 rooms in the house, 35 of which are bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, three different kitchens, 65 fireplaces, and multiple elevators. Considering it was built so long ago, it’s almost a wonder that it has things like centrally controlled clocks, a call-bell system, and forced-air heating, but it does. It also serves as an inn these days and rooms are available for the public to stay in. There are also suites available for those with the money, and those are all named after friends or family members of good old George Vanderbilt. 1...
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28 STRANGE Sights on Google Earth
Every year we come across bizarre and strange sightings that have been picked up by the Google camera, and today we have a look at some of the stranger sights spotted by their satellites. Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 13 - Refreshes like nothing on earth… This giant Coca-Cola sign is visible from the air and was captured by Google earth in Chile. Sometimes referred to as maptervising, this giant logo was put in place to celebrate their 100th Anniversary. Whether this was the first time maptervising was used, I’m not sure – but we know of several companies who use giant adverts to advertise their products. The unique fact about this one though, is the sign is made from 70,000 empty Coke bottles. 12 - Free Hand… It looks like an intriguing piece of artwork, but it’s actually an aerial shot taken by Google Earth cameras. This one is located in the middle of the desert in China. Of course, speculations ran high as to what it could possible be. Some suggested underground testing facilities, while others thought it could be military runways. The truth wasn’t quite as exciting, but not bad anyway… they are roads used for test drills. 11 - Connect the dots… These are oil fields with connecting roads located in Rio Negro in Argentina. This is a spectacular image which we can thank Google Earth for! 10 - The dark knight rises… Over in Okinawa in Japan they have a very special sight that can only be viewed from above. It’s the Batman symbol, and you’ll have to fly over the roof top of the Air Force’s 44th Fighter Squadron. It’s not new though, and has been around since the 80’s… it’s only come to light recently thanks to Google Earth. 9 - Look closely… You’ll have to stretch your imagination for this one. A guy in Sweden truly believes that this obscure image from Google Earth is the real-life Nessie. 8 - Crawl back into your shell… You’ve probably heard of the massive Japanese Spider Crab, they’re literally enormous but they’re nowhere near the size of this crab that was spotted on Google earth. It’s earned the nickname Crabzilla, and is roughly 50-feet wise. It was spotted in Kent Harbour in the UK. Legit or not, I’ll let you decide. 7 - Stranger Things… The second season of Stranger Things sees an underground complex network of roots emerge. When I see this image that was captured by Google Earth, I think of that – and it leaves me feeling a little unsettled. 6 - All ears… We head to Alberta in Canada and meet the Badlands Guardian. This geological marvel looks like a man with a headdress wearing an earphone. It’s obviously not that, but rather a road and an oil well that have been installed on the site. If you go and view this image on Google Earth, and you scroll further to the left, you’ll spot another face which looks like someone is yawning and waking up from a deep sleep. 5 - Shrouded in mystery… Could this possibly be the remains of a pyramid that has not been excavated yet? Google Earth captured this image somewhere across Egypt, and reports suggest that due to the current economic situation in Egypt, they’ve limited the number of sites being excavated and researched. Others who have spotted this image believe it to just be a natural part of the landscape. I’m leaning towards pyramid, how about you? 4 - Blast from the past… In more ways than one! This is the world’s best-preserved meteorite on earth and it’s located a few minutes from Interstate 40 and Route 66. It's’ said an asteroid hit earth at 26,000 miles per hour 50,000 years ago and those are the remains! The crater is roughly 1 mile across, 2.4 miles in circumference and 550ft deep. You’re welcome to go and visit the site yourself! Its open to tourists! 3 - Hypnotising… These fields captured by Google Earth are seriously hypnotising, and remind me of a patchwork quilt. 2 - You decide… Sand banks? Aliens? Wake of water? Deep sea creature? No one seems to have legitimate answers, so if you can shed some light on that bizarre image captured on Google Earth, please share it with us down below!
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Weirdest Plants that Exist
Our world has no shortage of unique and varied life forms, that’s for sure. You might not see some of the strangest things the world has to offer on your daily commute, so we’ve decided to collect some of the strangest looking plants in the world all in this list! Who knew that these mutant, crazy plants could exist on good old planet Earth. Crazy stuff! Get ready for some truly weird plants that actually exist! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 9 Impatiens This little pixie flower is known by many whimsical names, such as “Touch-me-not”, jewelweed, snapweed, and even “Busy Lizzie”. It is notable for its resemblance to tiny fairy-like creatures and vibrant colors as well as its beneficial medicinal qualities. It has active ingredients that work as an anti-inflammatory agent and can be used to treat insect bites and bee stings. It even shares some of the same components of Preparation H. 8 Snapdragon Flowers These flowers are some of the most strikingly beautiful flowers in the world, known for their vibrant colors and beautiful patterns. However, if you leave these flowers to decay, they begin to transform into something sinister looking. Their buds look more like skulls and their green stems turn a lifeless gray. As long as you don’t leave a bouquet of these at your valentine’s house for too long you’ll probably be fine, though. 7 Mimosa Pudica Literally known as the “Shy Plant”, this unassuming plant has some very striking behavior. This plant is truly introverted and really doesn’t like to be touched. If it is brushed up against or shaken the leaves begin to curl up and hide. But they will all reopen as soon within minutes. I guess plants really can have feelings, too. 6 Buddha’s Hand Plant Have you ever gone to eat a lemon but thought “this fruit looks too normal”? Well, here’s your saviour: the Buddha’s Hand. This fruit basically looks like a lemon that someone accidentally glitched in a video game. It is actually highly valued in China as an ornamental fruit and is used mostly as decoration and is occasionally zested for garnishing. It does not produce much juice though despite being a citrus fruit. 5 Octopus Stinkhorn Also known as a Sea Anemone Mushroom, this fungus looks like it’s straight from that 80’s horror movie The Thing. Those red tentacles don’t always exist on this stinkhorn, they only burst out when the fungus has reached full maturity. At that point, it’s tentacles fling out and spread it’s rotting smell that attract a whole slew of disgusting insects towards it. 4 Gympie-Gympie Imagine if plants could fight back when we manhandled them… well this one can. The Gympie-Gympie is a plant native to Australia (which makes sense because all of the Earth’s most messed up organisms live there), and is covered in tiny, almost invisible hairs that are as sharp as a syringe. Getting pricked by one of these hairs will deliver a blinding pain that can last for up to a year. The pain has been described similar to “feeling a burning hot acid sensation against the skin”. 3 Death Apple Tree With a name like that, this plant must be completely, harmless right? They are found alongside Caribbean shores in Florida, The Bahamas, Mexico, etcetera. These trees produce a highly caustic sap that can burn your skin and cause irreparable damage. If you think that these trees should be eradicated, good luck trying as you couldn’t even burn them down if you want to. If one of them catches fire the smoke that it’s wood produces could cause permanent blindness. And of course, the small green fruits that it grows could result in death if consumed. 2 Porcupine Tomato Weeds are already pretty annoying, but imagine if those weeds were also covered in huge poisonous thorns. That is basically what a Porcupine Tomato is: an invasive species of plant that sports hundreds of these red-orange spikes all around. It’s hard to kill, but you should definitely try to kill it as soon as you spot it as it spreads quickly and grows just as fast too, becoming a bush that is 8 feet tall and 8 feet wide in what seems like a blink of an eye. 1 Baobab These otherworldly trees seem like they’re from a far off planet, but they actually grow right her on Earth. They are found mainly in the arid regions of Madagascar, mainland Africa, and Australia. They are sometimes called Bottle Trees for their unique shape. While they might not look anything like a fruit-bearing tree, the fruits of a Baobab are highly sought after for their health benefits.
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Unexpected Celebrity Breakups
It’s always sad to see celebrity romances come to an end; they play out in front of the world from start to finish, and we feel as though we’ve been there to witness it all! Here, we’ve collected some of the sadder ones, ones that seemed to hit everybody right in the feels. These are Unexpected Celebrity Breakups! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 6. Chris Pratt and Anna Faris Chris Pratt and Anna Faris first met in 2007 on the set of Take Me Home Tonight, when Faris was married to actor Ben Indra. But the two split and not long after filming and Pratt swooped in. In 2008, the couple was engaged, and, following a short engagement, the two tied the knot in 2009. They then had a son, Jack, in 2012. It was also in 2012, when Pratt really transformed himself into a muscular action star, that people took real notice of the couple. With Pratt in the spotlight, the couple was adored. That’s why, when the couple announced their split in 2017, people were pretty devastated for them. But, Faris is now dating Michael Barrett, a cinematographer, and Pratt is engaged to Katherine Schwarzenegger. Sad day, but we’re happy for them. 5. Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick These two met through some mutual friends in 2006, and they quickly began dating. Then, just two years after their relationship began, Keeping Up with the Kardashians aired and everyone got to feel like they lived their relationship right along with them. Scott faced many accusations of cheating reasonably quickly, and they broke up. But, they then got back together in 2009 after they found out that Kourtney was pregnant with their first baby, Mason. They again split in 2010, following Scott’s issues with addiction, but got back together in 2011 and Kourtney gave birth to their second baby, Penelope. They then had another, Reign, in 2014, and in 2015, they broke up yet again, this time seemingly for good. They’re still separated and have been seeing others. 4. Josh Duhamel and Fergie This Hollywood romance became just another heartbreaking breakup, and nobody expected it. The two had been married since 2009 and had a son together, and they basically just seemed like the perfect, happy couple. But, when news came that they were separating after spending 13 years of their lives together, it hit fans and many others pretty hard. People close to the pair said that it didn’t come as much of a surprise to them that they were going their separate ways. They attribute the split to their wildly different wants and needs in life. Where Fergie was once a hard-going L.A. party girl, Duhamel is a normal, easy-going, small-town North Dakota boy. Apparently, Fergie wanted to have a lavish, Hollywood lifestyle and Duhamel just wanted some normalcy. It’s understandable why they had to split, but that doesn’t make it any less sad. 3. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes We just had to throw one on here that we don’t really think anyone was all that surprised about. Back in 2004, Holmes let it be known that she had a crush, and for some time, too, on Cruise. Then, once both had broken off the relationships they were in, the two got together in 2005 and fans dubbed them “TomKat.” Not long after, Cruise made his unforgettable appearance on Oprah’s show, where he jumped up and down on her couch and declared his love for Holmes. The pair announced a pregnancy in late 2005, had their baby, Suri, in April 2006, and married in November of the same year. They survived the next six years, but the inevitable finally came on June 29, 2012, when Holmes filed for divorce from the actor. Cruise admits to being sort of blindsided by the whole thing, but we don’t think many were all that surprised given his... interesting life choices. 2. Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe These two were one of the OG power couples back in the day. They met in 1952, and less two short years later, they were married. Their relationship was fast and furious, and there were many rumors about them throughout. It was reported that DiMaggio was controlling of Monroe, and when she filed for divorce less than a year after marrying and cited “mental cruelty,” it began to look like the rumors were true. The day she filed for divorce, Monroe seemed very unhappy and as though the marriage had taken a toll on her. The divorce was finalized, and the two were finally free, and Monroe went on to marry Arthur Miller, a writer, but that marriage was unsuccessful as well. 1...
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Most AMAZING Things About the Universe
Our own Earth is one fantastic place with many exciting things to be learned about it. So, it should go without saying that our Universe is even more exciting and amazing and unexpected and scary. Here, we’ve compiled a list of remarkable facts about what really goes on out there in the Final Frontier. This is our list of Most AMAZING Things About the Universe! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 6. Weird Planet Let’s talk about Venus for just a second, shall we? Our days are measured out at 24 hours long and our years last for 365 days, right? Well, it takes about 243 Earth days just for Venus to make one full rotation. Planets rotate at different speeds, and a full rotation is what makes a day on any given planet. And since a year on a planet is calculated by how long it takes said planet to make a full revolution around the Sun, Venus is a little different. One Venus year, or one complete revolution around the Sun, takes just 225 Earth days. This means that Venus’s days are longer than its years! Can you imagine what things would be like if that were to be the case on Earth? 5. Gravity We all know and have lived with the forces of gravity bearing down on us from the moment of our conception until now; that is unless you’re an astronaut or something. But in outer space, there is no gravity; there is on other planets, and it may be stronger or weaker, depending on which planet you are on. Take Mars, for example; if you were to travel to Mars, chances are you’d be able to jump much higher than you can here. The reason for that is because Mars’s gravitational pull is approximately a third of that on Earth! If this were Star Wars, every planet you’d visit would have different gravity; thus the effects of it would be different. On some planets, we’d be able to jump onto buildings; on others, we probably wouldn’t be able to move! The moon’s gravity is about a sixth that of Earth’s, which is why when you see footage from previous NASA missions, the astronauts sort of bounce around! Crazy cool stuff! 4. Gigantic Canyon When you think of a massive canyon, what do you think of? The Grand Canyon? The Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon? Well, there’s a canyon on Mars called Valles Marineris that measures more than 3,000 miles long! Now, for reference, the Grand Canyon runs for just 277 miles, which is still huge, and the Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon measures 150 miles in length. That means that this one, giant canyon on the surface of Mars is about 10.3 times as long as the Grand Canyon and 20 times the size of the Yarlung. The canyon is believed to be a very large tectonic crack and that it’s been widened over time by erosion. It’s also only 2,441 miles from New York to California, which just goes to show you that the Valles Marineris is absolutely, incredibly enormous! 3. Holy Hotness Global warming is and has been a significant concern on our planet for some time now, with temperatures steadily rising and our ice caps melting. But that’s all stuff that we’re sure you already knew. The average temperature here on Earth in 2013 was 58.3 degrees Fahrenheit. Death Valley in California is known for extreme temperatures, but did you know that during its hottest month, July, high temperatures average just 116 degrees Fahrenheit? That’s nothing compared to places like Mercury or Venus. Temperatures on the day side of Mercury average about 800 degrees Fahrenheit on the daily! Average temperatures on Venus, the next closest planet to the Sun from us are around 900 degrees Fahrenheit! Adversely, Mars’s average temperature comes in right around -81 degrees Fahrenheit. So, we better count ourselves lucky. We could be a Mercury, a Venus, or a Mars. 2. Some Skateable Ice Whether you figure skate, play ice hockey, or just enjoy going to skate around from time-to-time, you may be interested in hearing about a place in our solar system where ice skating would be, well, incredible. One of Jupiter’s four biggest moons, Europa, is basically an ice world, with its entire surface covered—including some areas where the ice is nice and smooth. Plus, any kind of jumping while you were skating would allow you to do things you never could on the ice on Earth. A simple 1-foot high jump on Earth would carry you 7.3 feet high on Europa. Something a little more daring, like, say, a 3-foot high jump would take you soaring a whopping 22 feet or higher on the little ice ball! Can you imagine the Olympic competitions that would be going down somewhere like that? 1...
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Most Expensive Things Ever Sold at Auction
While there’s no shortage of amazing things in our world, the lengths people would go and the money they’d spend to own them never ceases to amaze. In this day and age, it’s easy to sell off your unwanted items and to put them out there for the world to bid on. Sometimes, the paydays from these auctions are enormous, and for a good reason. Here we’ll see many things, from super rare baseball cards to the biggest coin ever made! Here we’ll see the Most Expensive Things Ever Sold at Auction! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 6. Largest Gold Coin in the World! A gigantic 100 kg (220.5 lbs) Canadian gold maple leaf coin was bought in an auction in Vienna by a Spanish precious metals company for £2.7 million. The coin was one of just five Canadian $1,000,000 Maple Leaf coins that were produced by the Royal Canadian Mint. AvW Invest, an Austrian investment group, ordered the auction after filing for insolvency and having its owner and chief executive arrested on breach of trust, suspicion of fraud, and other charges. The coin was launched in 2007 in an attempt at snagging the Guinness World Record for world’s largest coin and to show off the production facilities of the Royal Canadian Mint. It’s 99.999% pure. 5. A Whole Bunch of Meteorites Rob Elliot, a former electronics engineer, built a collection of meteorites over a period of 13 years and finally decided to part ways with it in 2009. His collection was over 1,000 pieces strong, but he decided to sell only 170 of the space rocks. His interest started when he saw an ad in a magazine for a meteorite for $40, and ever since, he’s been scouring the globe for his own. They went on sale in Edinburgh at Lyon and Turnbull, and auctioneers put a $1.6 million price tag on the whole lot. He decided to sell the meteorites because although he has a great interest, he figured someone else could make better use of them. The entire bundle ended up selling for $1.4 million. 4. The Dentures of Winston Churchill While a lot of people with speech impediments will go to great lengths to cover them up, Winston Churchill knew that his made him recognizable and himself. He had his dentures specially made to preserve that lisp so that he was instantly recognized during his wartime radio broadcasts. Derek Cudlipp, a young dental technician, designed and created Churchill’s dentures and kept a set in his family’s home until 2010. Churchill appreciated Cudlipp’s work so much that when he was drafted for the war, Churchill himself tore up the papers. He told Cudlipp that he’d be more critical to the war effort if he stayed at home and repaired the dentures, which needed fixing quite often. When he’d get angry, Churchill would flick them out and fling them across the room, so Cudlipp was kept reasonably busy. The set from Cudlipp’s home sold for £15,200 (USD 19,417). 3. Honus Wagner Baseball Card Honus Wagner was a German-American baseball player who played 21 seasons at shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He was one of the first five players ever to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and is still considered one of the best baseball players of all time. So it makes sense that his baseball card would be pretty popular, right? Well, he made them even rarer when after the American Tobacco Company (ATC) put out his card among the cards of many other players. Wagner quickly made sure to get the production of his card stopped, whether because he wanted more compensation or because he didn’t want children to have to buy cigarettes to get his card, no one knows. Therefore, only between 50 and 200 of his cards were produced, compared to the “tens or hundreds of thousands” produced for other players. Most recently, in 2016, a T206 Wagner was auctioned by Goldin Auctions and ended up selling online for $3.12 million. 2. Lunch With Warren Buffet So, every year for 19 years, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, has auctioned a lunch with himself, and every year he’s raised a lot of money doing so. He uses the auction as a way to raise money for Glide, which is an organization that fights poverty in San Francisco, California. Over the years, the auctions have raised more than $26 million, and in 2018, the winning bid was $3.3 million. But that’s not the most money anyone’s ever paid to have lunch with the octogenarian. In fact, in both 2012 and 2016, two different high bidders paid $3,456,789 to eat with Buffett. Both years both bidders paid that exact amount, whether by coincidence or on purpose. We’re guessing on purpose; we mean, 3456789… come on! 1...
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Strange Fruits
While most of us might be used to seeing fruits like peaches and apples, there is a whole army of fruits out there that many of us probably aren’t aware of. From a strange finger-like citrus to alien-like spiky orbs and even a fruit so stinky it’s actually banned from public transport: this is Strange Fruits that really exist! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 13 Wood Apple Known by the names Kavat, elephant apple and primarily called the wood apple in English. No matter the name, it’s clear to see that this fruit is pretty distinct from most of the fruits you’re probably used to. When you break open the hard shell outside it seems like the inside is made of wood and full of funk. Many people agree that the flesh of this fruit looks a bit like baby excrement although friendlier people might say it looks like wood shavings. The wood apple is primarily find sold in grocery stores that it grows natively in. Those places are South Asia, Southeast Asia, China, and then all the way to the Dominican Republic. These “apples” are actually classified as berries and are primarily used in medicinal or health tonics. The flavor is described as sour and sweet. 12 Noni Here’s another fruit whose appearance is a bit misleading. The tree the noni fruit comes from is actually part of the coffee family. Wouldn’t have guessed, right? Though this plant species is cultivated in the tropics, it is native to regions in Southeast Asia as well as New Zealand, Australia, and New Guinea. The trees grow forests with lots of shade and is tolerant of even saline soils. Fruit can be found on the tree during the whole year and you know when they’re ripe since the odor is strongly recognizable. Ants are in a bit of a symbiotic relationship with the plant, as they use the leaves for nests and in turn protect the fruit from parasites. 11 Ackee This fruit is native to tropical West Africa and are known for the distinct features of the interior, which consists of huge black seeds. Ackee is a type of tree, an evergreen that grow up to 10 m tall. Though native to Africa, the fruit was then introduced to the Caribbean and is a staple ingredient found in Jamaican dishes.
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Most Dangerous Animals That Could END You
We live on a planet chock-full of amazing animals, but do you ever wonder which pose the biggest threat to us? Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the more amazing, and deadly, animals out there in our world. Get ready for our list of Most Dangerous Animals That Could End You! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 6. Carpet Viper These scary, quick vipers are also known as the saw-scaled viper, and they are some of the most deadly snakes on the face of the planet. They’re typically pretty small, making them not so noticeable in the wild; although, large members of this species of snake can grow to be up to 35 inches in length. When they feel threatened, you’ll know it, as they coil up and their scales rub together and produce a sound kind of like a sizzle, much like a rattlesnake fires off a warning sound before messing up lives. Their venom is mostly hemotoxin, like the boomslang, but one major thing that makes these suckers so dangerous is they’re often found in regions with no modern medical facilities around. This means that that you’ll probably end up suffering the adverse effects of the bite before anyone can even begin treating it. Don’t get bit by a carpet viper. 5. Blue-Ringed Octopus Now, if you saw one of these in the wild, you may not think that such a beautiful little creature could be deadly, but that would be a grave miscalculation. These tiny octopus’ are venomous; actually, they’re extremely venomous—that is considering that they contain enough venom to end the lives of 26 adult humans. The bite of this little guy is tiny in power, and most people don’t know they’re bitten until the paralysis sets in. Then, those bitten often remain fully conscious but unable to move a single muscle; they’re unable to signal or communicate at all while staying fully aware of their surroundings. Can you imagine? Luckily, not everyone perishes from a blue-ringed bite; many survive if artificial respiration is kept up for them throughout the paralysis, which can last for hours. Ouch. 4. Hippopotamus This animal is just synonymous with violence and danger. The thing is, they’re herbivores, so you wouldn’t think they could be that scary, right? Wrong. Hippopotamus’ are some of the most dangerous and deadly in all of Africa—a land known for its dangerous and deadly animals! They’re extremely aggressive and aren’t really scared of much; so, they’ll attack your boat, your jeep, your puny human body if they feel like doing so. Trust us; you nor your silly man-machines are no match for a hippo. Just run and hope you can somehow escape or outsmart the beast. 3. Saltwater Crocodile Uh, yeah, do we need to say anything? Saltwater crocodiles really don’t care; they’ll bite, snatch, wrestle, and end any animal they want—including humans. They can, and have, taken out just about everything, from the tiniest land animals to water buffalo, small fish to sharks, humans, and more humans. Crocs will drag you into the water and wrestle you until you drown or are nearly there, and then they’ll start their “death roll,” whether you’re still moving or not. This helps them rip larger prey apart into more manageable, consumable pieces. If you don’t want to end up in pieces, it might be best if you stay out of this predator’s waters. 2. Rhinoceros Now, these animals are usually pretty tame and don’t really care to kill humans, but it does happen, and a lot of times it’s pretty much a misunderstanding. You see, rhinos have some pretty terrible sight, so you shouldn’t sneak up on them or even approach them quietly, as they tend to startle easily. The black rhino has an especially bad reputation for being aggressive, although it mostly ties back to that eyesight. So, if you don’t sneak up on them and they don’t feel as though you’re a threat, you should be fine. If they do deem you a threat—well, goodbye. 1...
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MOST DANGEROUS Table of the Elements
We all remember the Periodic Table of the Elements from our science classes in school, but what we may not know is just how dangerous some of those elements can be. From extremely effective poisons to highly explosive reactions, we’ll tell you a little bit about some of the more terrifying chemical compounds. You may want to sit down for this one; this is Deadly Table of the Elements! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 4. Mercury Not the planet, the chemical element! Now, it’s long been known the terrible effects of mercury exposure, but there was once a time when we didn’t, and it was found in things like thermometers… that we put in our mouths and let children touch. Did you know the phrase, “mad as a hatter” comes from old techniques of hat making where mercury was used in the process? This lead to high levels of dementia, or “madness,” in hatters. This element can evaporate exceptionally quickly, making inhalation easy. It can also be absorbed through the skin, and it’s even found in some of our foods, where it can build up and reach terrifying levels. Seafood is especially dangerous for mercury tainting because evaporated mercury tends to make its way into lakes, seas, oceans, and any other place we might get our delicious water-dwelling foods. It can affect all of the senses, but the neurological effects of mercury poisoning are typically the most noticeable. Muscle strength and coordination are often affected, and sufferers may also experience numbness, irritability, tremors, memory issues, depression, and more. In high enough concentrations, mercury can kill, so don’t do as Chinese emperor, Qin Shi Huang did; he was supposedly told that mercury pills would grant him immortality. He took them and found out that they did, well, just the opposite. 3. Caesium This next scary chemical element is highly reactive and dangerous to handle considering something as simple as thin air could actually make it burst into flames. Caesium is an alkali metal and looks silvery-gold, and it has a very low melting point of 83.3 degrees Fahrenheit, making it liquid when it’s near room temperature. It is extraordinarily malleable and the softest element, which makes it sound pretty harmless, but that is oh so wrong. It’s considered pyrophoric, which means it can spontaneously burst into flames at or even below 130 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’re ever working with the chemical and ignition does occur, do not throw water on the fire! It reacts strongly with water, and upon contact, it will explode! It can be slightly radioactive and potentially slightly toxic to humans, although exposure to large amounts of the element can cause hypokalemia, a heart arrhythmia, and even cardiac arrest! 2. Polonium While polonium doesn’t take the top spot on our most deadly elements list, that doesn’t mean it’s not something you should steer clear of. Polonium was discovered by Marie Curie and her husband, Pierre, and it is one of the most effective and scary poisons that has been used by humans, and that’s because it’s incredibly toxic. In fact, polonium-210 is, in comparison to hydrogen cyanide (a very deadly chemical in itself), around 250,000 times more toxic. And not just that; it’s also radioactive, which means it would attack and destroy your cells before you even knew what was happening. Those who deal with it need to go to extreme lengths to ensure their safety and are only supposed to handle it in miniscule amounts. One upside is that it doesn’t penetrate the skin, but that’s the only upside. If it is somehow absorbed, inhaled, or ingested, it’s basically like signing a death warrant. Just one gram of polonium-210 could potentially be enough to poison 20 million humans, but, lucky for us, only 10 million of those poisonings would prove fatal. Hypothetically. That’s around ten and five times, respectively, more people than were in the crowd at Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009. 1...
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Little Known History of the Titanic
At this point in time, we know that the maiden voyage of one of the world’s most famous ships went catastrophically wrong and that the loss of life in the sinking was substantial. But, there are things that not many know about the RMS Titanic, things that are not only interesting but will change the way you think about it forever. Here, we’ve compiled some of the more thought-provoking facts about the ship that has affected so many throughout the last 107 years. This is Little Known History of the Titanic. Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 6. Millvina Dean This woman was the youngest survivor of the disaster and was just two months old when the ship went down. She, her mother, and her brother were some of the first third-class passengers to get off the ship and into a lifeboat. Her father sadly passed with the ship, and Eliza Gladys “Millvina” Dean passed in 2009 at the age of 97. Her ashes were spread where the Titanic had set sail, the Southampton docks. 5. The Ship Split in Two Yes, yes, we know; you want to tell us that, duh, everybody knows the ship split in two when it went down. But, did you know that many survivors, when giving their account of the night’s events, told of how the ship had split in two, but a lot of people didn’t believe them or just dismissed their claims? They ended up listening to the highest-ranking, surviving officer on the ship who said the ship slid down in one piece. Those poor people were right, and they were told that their memories of what had happened were incorrect. What a shame. 4. The Famous Discovery by Robert Ballard Robert Ballard was a professor of Oceanography and United States Navy officer who spent quite a bit of time searching for the Titanic wreckage. He was aboard a French research ship, Le Suroit, in the summer of 1985 searching for it, but then the research ship was recalled. He was then transferred to R/V Knorr, where he wanted to use his new underwater vehicle, Argo, to look for the ship. He had approached the Navy about financing the search, but they weren’t interested, although they were interested in finding two of their missing submarines, the USS Thresher and the USS Scorpion. They agreed to help him finance his endeavor, but only if he first investigated and searched for their subs, which he did, and he found them by following a debris trail that was caused by the implosion of the subs due to pressure. He was then given the green light to look for the Titanic, which he ended up finding on September 1, 1985. 3. Isidor and Ida Straus Straus was the co-owner of Macy’s department store and perished alongside his wife on the ship when it sank. He and his wife, Ida, had spent the winter in Europe, mainly in southern France at Cape Martin. Colonel Archibald Gracie IV offered to ask if spots for Isidor and Ida could be made aboard a lifeboat, but Isidor refused to go before other men and while there were still women and children on the ship. Ida was then offered spots on lifeboats but decided to stay on the ship with her husband. Ida made her maid, Ellen Bird, get on a lifeboat and then gave her her fur coat and said she would not be needing it. They were last seen standing arm-in-arm on the deck together. Isidor’s remains were located, Ida’s were not. 2. Charles Herbert Lightoller Now, the name may not ring any bells for you, but this man was not only the second officer on board the Titanic, but he was a significant part of history in other events as well. First of all, he was the most senior member of the crew to survive, but after his survival, which was epic in itself, he moved on to the First World War. He became an officer of the Royal Navy and commanded the HMS Garry, a ship that would sink a German U-boat, UB-110, by ramming it like a boss. There was controversy surrounding survivors of the U-boat, and you get a gist of what happened from Lightoller’s statement on it in his memoir when he says he “refused to accept that hands-up business.” Then, in the Second World War, he didn’t allow for his yacht, Sundowner, to be requisitioned for the Battle of Dunkirk, and instead, sailed himself over into the action and repatriated 127 British soldiers. His action sailing one of the battles “little boats” earned him a mention in official reports and he inspired the character, “Mr. Dawson,” in the movie Dunkirk. 1...
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16 Surprisingly Smart Celebrities
We see their faces all over our television screens and in magazines, but how much do you really know about your favorite celebrities? It’s easy to form opinions about the brain capacity of some of our favorite stars based on some of the characters they play, but you might be surprised to know that there are many extremely smart celebs out there! Here, we’ll give you a rundown of some of the well-educated among the Hollywood elite. This is Surprisingly Smart Celebrities! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 5. Ken Jeong Now, a lot of people already know this, but did you know that crazy, high-pitched, hilarious little guy in The Hangover trilogy or Dr. Ken from, well, Dr. Ken, is actually a real-life Medical Doctor? It’s true; he attended high school at Walter Hines Page High School in North Carolina, where he had his hand in a little bit of everything, including football! He even graduated from the school at 16 and moved on to Duke University, where he graduated in 1990. He then went to the UNC School of Medicine and obtained his M.D. there in 1995. He went to New Orleans’ Ochsner Medical Center, where he completed his residency in internal medicine while working on his stand-up comedy. So, if things ever went south for him in Hollywood, he’d be more than qualified to get a job pretty much anywhere he wanted! 4. Sam Hunt This beloved singer and songwriter has more than just a pretty face and voice, he’s also educated, unlike many of his singing peers. Hunt went to Cedartown High School where he was born in Cedartown, Georgia, where he was a standout football player. He then went to Middle Tennessee State University, where he was on the football team, but didn’t play in any games in his first year at the school. He then transferred to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he was again on the football team, and this time actually got to see some action. At the university, he majored in philosophy, but he went on to graduate with a business degree in economics. 3. Natalie Portman Did you know that the dreamy and talented Natalie Portman was a college graduate? Did you happen to know where it was she graduated from? Oh, just a little school called Harvard. But, long before that, Portman attended Syosset High School in Long Island, and, fun fact—she skipped the premiere of Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace, to study for her final exams in high school. What commitment. She also studied ballet on the side and other creative arts. While in high school, she co-authored two different research papers that ended up being published in scientific magazines! She then went on to Harvard University, and in 2003, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. In 2004, she traveled overseas to Israel, where she took some graduate courses at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was even hosted as a guest lecturer at Columbia University in 2006. Not only does she have acting chops, but she’s also got some serious brain power. 2. Will Ferrell This funnyman may not be somebody you’d expect to have an education, but he sure does. Ferrell went to University High School in Irvine, California and on the school’s varsity football team. He was part of the Student Council, played on the soccer team, and even made captain of the school’s basketball team, so not only is he a great, hilarious actor, he was once incredibly athletic, and he’s smart. Sounds like a well-rounded guy. He then studied sports broadcasting at the University of Southern California. Getting into USC itself is a great accomplishment. In 1990, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in sports information, as he had decided against broadcasting after an internship he did not enjoy. Lucky for everyone, he decided to try his hand at acting instead of sticking with the whole sports thing! 1...
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Kids Who Beat The System
Children are some fascinating creatures and they, at times, come up with some pretty creative solutions to solve their problems. Their minds aren’t limited by the boxes and limits that adults have, and their imaginations can sometimes be a little out of control! This is a video featuring kids who not only out-thought their parents and teachers but came up with some pretty impressive ways to get things done. Sit back and enjoy the humor in being a kid because this is Kids Who Beat the System. Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 7. Smart Stuff Adolescence is a strange time, a time where hormones get all out of whack and when kids start learning a little bit about the opposite sex. This is a time where young boys and girls begin to look around and notice others and, quite frankly, a time where some get a little creepy and put themselves out there in all the wrong ways. Luckily, this girl found a way to combat and hopefully even deter some of these creepy boys, and she did it in style. She avoided what this kid asked for by technically giving him precisely what he asked for, and she did it without embarrassing herself in any way. You go, girl, and we think you’ll do just fine. 6. Who Doesn’t Want Free Dessert? These kids did the right thing in conning this restaurant into giving them free dessert; we mean, if the option is there and all you have to do is a bit of work to get it, why not? It looks as though they were out on a date and managed to put a plan together to get some of what they really wanted, sweets, and all they had to do was use a ring, take some pictures, and get down on a knee to get it. We’ll call it a win even though we don’t fully support dishonesty. Like, hellooooo… it’s dessert! 5. Great Business Sense This kid knows exactly what the people want. In this day-and-age, organic really means something to people, as does grass-fed, so, he or she put together a fun little lemonade stand that included both. It’s pretty understandable that this is meant to be a joke, and a good one it was, because how can a lemon be grass-fed? It’s pretty funny, and we hope that someone took this kid up on it and paid them the six dollars for creativity. We also kind of wonder why this kid is so messy and/or why they’d waste some perfectly good grass-fed and organic lemonade on their table and the ground, because to us, it looks like that delicious beverage is going, well, everywhere! 4. Smartest Answer This kid got to beat the question and throw in his or her own sense of humor here. The question was answered in full, and the reasoning behind the answer makes a ton of sense. This is like that movie Alive with Ethan Hawke, but instead of having to eat one of their friends, they thought it all the way through and decided that the best type of person to have to eat would be someone they hate. Why not? Why would one want to eat someone they love or even slightly care about? This was the smart answer and undoubtedly passed the test here with sheer creativity. That being said, the teacher had to be just a little shocked to read this answer, but hey, that’s all good because they learned that they’ve got a brilliant student in their class and that’s all a teacher can really ask for. 3. Winning How do you even beat a kid like this? Maybe the teacher should have put a little note on there that said that they couldn’t use the words in the initial sentence? But then, how do you block them from using the words in the side-note? They could have put, “You may not use any of the words written on this page, maybe. Anyways, this kid was clever. He or she just copied down the seven words already spelled out on the page and then only had to come up with three more. This is pure genius, and this kid is probably going places. Work smarter, not harder, kids. 2. Smooth, Dad So, instead of letting this hole just sit there and look bad on the wall, this dad’s daughter decided to make it a little humorous and artistic at the same time. We wonder if she really took the time to go out and purchase a frame to put this little joke together or if she just found an old frame in the basement. It’s great that she even took the time to print out a label with a name for the art and called out dad as the artist of the destructive piece as well. Maybe, with this daily reminder, this dad will think twice when he gets a little upset and, if he looks at it, perhaps it’ll cheer him up and turn his mood right around before he creates a “Hole in a Wall: Part 2.” Just a thought. This is great though. Good job, kiddo. 1...
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Environmental DISASTERS Caused by Humans
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INCREDIBLE Facts About the International Space Station
We’ve all heard about the International Space Station zipping around in space, and some of you may have seen it shoot across the night sky, but what do you really know about it? Here, we’ll delve into the beginnings, the middle, and even the end of the ISS, and tell you what it’s like in the lives of those that, for a time, call it home. Get ready for some truly out-of-this-world information; this is Incredible Facts About the International Space Station. Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 5. Staying in Shape Now, it’s not all work on the ISS. They get breaks and have time to play around as well, but one really important thing all of the astronauts are expected to do is to keep in shape. Considering that the human body loses bone and muscle mass when it’s in zero gravity, it’s required for the crew to work out six days out of the week for at least two and a half hours a day. They have three machines they use to keep themselves in Earth shape: a treadmill, a bicycle, and ARED, the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device, which is basically just a weightlifting machine. The thing is, all of these exercise machines have been specially designed to be used in a space environment because regular gym equipment would be utterly useless if astronauts tried to use them in microgravity! They’d just float in mid-air, like these oranges! 4. Bathrooms Like all humans, astronauts too have to go to the bathroom, and the International Space Station has two of them. One is in Zvesda, a service module containing all of the life support systems, and one is in Tranquility; both are of Russian design. The astronauts must strap themselves down to the toilet seat, which creates a good seal using spring-loaded restraining bars, and then they can turn a fan on, open a suction hole, and do their thing. Number twos go into their own, individual bags, which are then stored inside an aluminum container, and the container is eventually transferred to a Progress spacecraft, which are the crafts that resupply the ISS. Men and women have their own adapter for number ones that connect to the front of the toilet, and they’re evacuated via a hose. Where does it go? It gets recycled through the Water Recovery System and is filtered back into the station’s drinking water. 3. The Scent of Space Did you know that many astronauts that have been on the ISS or in other places in space have testified to space having a distinctive scent? One astronaut interpreted it as being reminiscent of seared steak, where another said it smells acrid, of ozone, and is sulfurous. Others have compared it to hot metal, and one said it reminds him of the smell of welding fumes. One thing they all seem to agree on is that space has a smell; it’s not just a scentless vacuum like we might assume it to be. Science tells us that these astronauts probably just experience the scent in different ways, but that the smell itself mostly comes from burning hydrocarbons. 2. Space Debris The station orbits along at a relatively low altitude and cruises along quite near various types of debris. Not only does it have to compete for space with micrometeoroids, but it also finds itself along roughly the same path as things such as defunct satellites, spent rocket stages, fragments of exploded materials from anti-satellite weapons tests, and much more. Most of the larger debris can be tracked and monitored, and their orbits can be predicted in advance so collisions can be avoided. But the smaller debris can cause more problems as the minuscule pieces can’t be tracked but can still do significant damage because of their kinetic energy. There are many protective measures in place, but it can still be pretty scary to be an astronaut. 1...
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The Incredible Life of Albert Einstein
As Albert Einstein’s March 14 birthday is quickly approaching, we thought we’d take a bit of time to talk a little about “the people’s scientist.” Not only was he quirky—he was a rebellious, fun, and kind-hearted man who touched many lives during his time on earth. Here, we’ll take a dive into his interesting, semi-troubled youth to his discovery some of the most famous equations and theories in science and mathematics. This is The Incredible Life of Albert Einstein! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 5. Negative Energy Einstein, in 1917, inserted the cosmological constant into his general theory of relativity. He did so so that his equations would be forced to predict a static, stationary universe, as, before the constant, the equations weren’t working and showed an expanding universe. The constant was a figure which forced the equations to work by setting up a hypothetical negative force to balance out the runaway equations. When it was revealed that the universe is actually expanding and not staying static, Einstein called the constant the “biggest blunder” of his life. Well, it turns out the cosmological constant is actually the most accurate estimate of dark energy that we have, meaning that Einstein wasn’t wrong in the first place! 4. Nobel Prize Extremely surprisingly, Einstein never won a Nobel Prize for either his special or general theory of relativity—some of his most significant accomplishments. But he did win the 1921 Nobel Prize and was awarded in 1922, and it was “for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect.” Also, when he had wanted a divorce from his first wife, Mileva Maric, he promised her that in exchange for one, he would give her the winnings when he eventually won the Nobel Prize. So, he got his divorce, he won the prize just a few years later, and do you know where the prize money went? To Mileva Maric. 3. He Was a Refugee Back in 1933, the German government put some new laws into place—laws which prevented Jews from holding any type of official position, including teaching at universities. Suddenly, thousands of Jewish scientists found themselves unemployed and, just a month later, Einstein’s works, as well as many others, were targeted in book burnings around the country. Eventually, a German magazine put him on a list of enemies to the country, put a $5,000 bounty on his head, and marked his status as “not yet hanged.” He moved out of Germany and lived in Belgium for a number of months, then moved onto England, where armed soldiers protected him. He was able to meet with Winston Churchill during this time and asked for help getting Jewish scientists out of Germany. Churchill requested Jewish scientists in Germany be found, brought to England, and hired on by British universities, which no doubt saved the lives of many. Einstein also wrote to the heads of other countries, including Turkey’s Prime Minister, for help getting more Jewish scientists out. Eventually, more than “1,000 saved individuals” showed up in the country, making Einstein quite the hero. He ended up making his way to America, where he settled into a position in New Jersey at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study. 2. Nuclear Weapons On August 2, 1939, what is known as the Einstein-Szilard letter was sent to Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the White House. The letter was written by Leo Szilard, who had consulted a couple of Hungarian physicists, named Eugene Wigner and Edward Teller, about the potential for Germany’s development of nuclear weapons. Szilard had been concerned with the possibility that German scientists could attempt to harness nuclear power following his own experiments and two articles published by Siegfried Flugge, a German nuclear physicist, on the subject. The letter warned that the Germans might, in fact, be developing dangerous weapons, and the letter was signed by the hugely influential and respected Einstein. FDR took it very seriously, and it prompted him to start the Manhattan Project, kicking America’s development of its first atomic weapons into high gear. 1...
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WEIRDEST Facts About Coffee!
Everyone knows that coffee is one of the most delicious, heartwarming, and soul-filling drinks around, but what do you really know about it? This drink is, and it has a history that you probably don’t know, so we figured it was time for us to fill you in a bit and show you just what your favorite beverage is all about. Brew yourself a cup of joe, then sit back and relax as we take you on a journey through The Wonderful World of Coffee! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 6. Coffee Cats Now, you probably would never think that coffee could be something that could keep your cat alive longer, but looking at the two longest-living cats ever, you might want to start thinking otherwise! A cat named Granpa Rex Allen was once the longest-living cat in recorded history, and he lived to be 32 years old. His owner has said that the cat got broccoli, eggs, bacon, and coffee every morning, which may sound like quite the crazy thing to feed a cat, but it apparently worked! For further proof of the coffee and breakfast food morning diet’s ability to keep a cat alive, consider this: the cat that overtook Granpa Rex Allen and lived to be the oldest cat ever was owned by the same owner, was fed the same, and got coffee every morning as well. Creme Puff lived to be 38.. 5. An Attempted Ban Back in 1674, a petition was put together, called the Women’s Petition Against Coffee, although it’s hard to tell if the petition was really written by women who were sick of their husbands and their coffee habits. Basically, the petition said that coffee rendered women’s husbands impotent after they spent all of their energy thinking and talking. A proposed ban would limit coffee drinkers to those over 60, and as you can probably tell, the petition failed. There was a real petition; it’s just not clear who exactly wrote it or why. 4. Bans Have Been Attempted Other Times Yes, poor coffee has had a rough go of it. Not only did women supposedly try to ban the delicious substance, but governments have attempted to ban it as well. Some governments have cited coffee stimulating “radical thinking,” among other things, so they did what they could by attempting to ban it. In 1746, Sweden went a bit far and put a ban in place where citizens couldn’t have or consume coffee, nor could they possess coffee “paraphernalia,” such as coffee cups or saucers! Like it was some kind of illicit drug or something; how comical! 3. Kopi Luwak What do you know about the world’s most expensive coffee? Well, there’s an extra step involved with this one that may or may not turn you off of it altogether. There’s a tiny animal over in Indonesia that’s called an Asian palm civet, and do you remember that extra step we talked about? Kopi Luwak is made from beans that have been eaten, digested, and then pooped out by an Asian palm civet, at which point a coffee farmer picks through the droppings and retrieves the beans. They’re then thoroughly washed (or so everybody hopes) and sold for around $600 a pound! Who would have thought that the world’s most expensive coffee would be a coffee whose bean has passed through, and been defecated out of, an animal? 2. When a Coffee Pot Made History Did you know that the world’s first webcam was created at the University of Cambridge, and the coffee pot of which we speak was located next to the Trojan Room, which is where the webcam came to life? The Trojan Room coffee pot inspired the webcam; it was set up to save those needing coffee the disappointment of traveling to it, only to find it empty. The live feed was broadcast to all of the computers in the network, and eventually, once the machine was hooked up to the internet and others could see it, the coffee pot became famous. The pot was finally retired and sold, and the pot, which would typically go for around $50 in stores, sold for just less than $5000 on eBay. 1...
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EVERYTHING You Need to Know About Volcanoes and Lava
Dormant, active, or in-between, volcanoes are found all over the world, and they’re even more terrifying than you may think. But they’re also far more interesting and exciting than you’d probably imagine, and we’re here to tell you why. From lava channels on Mars to the realities of black lava, we’ve got it all here. This is All You Need to Know About Volcanoes and Lava! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 5. You Can Outrun Lava We typically see volcanoes spewing lava from their tops at incredible rates and in destructive style. But, what needs to be understood is that usually, there aren’t many people near the top of the volcano when it’s erupting, so that lava isn’t causing many fatalities. Between the years 1500 and 2017, more than 214,000 people lost their lives due to volcanic activity, but of those, only 659 were attributed to lava. The typical mafic lava flow moves just one mph unless they’re on a steep slope or part of a lava tube. 4. Real Dangers of Volcanoes One thing you do need to watch out for, though if you’re near an eruption: explosions. If you’re anywhere around the volcano, watch out for sudden outbursts of fluid lava, as those can be highly dangerous. Another cause of loss of life is the cutting off of escape routes or supplies, and those are self-explanatory. Sometimes, lava will react with vegetation, water, and fuel, causing even more explosions you don’t want to be around. Lahars, which is a dangerous mudflow on the side of a volcano, cause much destruction and as many as 50,000 deaths are attributed to them. Perhaps the most dangerous things about volcanoes are pyroclastic density currents, or hot gas, ash, and rocks moving at high speeds, and volcano-related tsunamis. No volcanoes for us, please. 3. Black Lava is a Thing What causes this strange, dark lava is its temperature, which is a far lower than most other lavas out there. While most lava lives its short life at between 1300 degrees Fahrenheit and 2300 degrees Fahrenheit (700-1250 degrees Celsius), depending on its composition. Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania, Africa has lava that burns at just 1000 degrees Fahrenheit (537.7 degrees Celsius), and the volcano itself is the only known active carbonatite volcano in the world. Carbonatite is an igneous rock which is made from mainly carbonate minerals and makes the lava flow black instead of red, and when it cools and dries, it becomes white. Ol Doinyo Lengai is responsible for the production of a lot of the world’s rare-earth minerals. 2. Two Huge Volcanoes are Next Door Neighbors Mauna Kea: a prized feature in the Hawaiian Islands and the tallest volcano, on land, in the world. This massive shield volcano stands 13,802 feet (4,207 meters), but it’s not the largest volcano in the world. The largest is Mauna Kea’s neighbor, Mauna Loa, which stands 13,677 feet (4,169 meters) tall. Now, you may say that Mauna Loa is smaller than Mauna Kea, and if we were just talking about height, that would be the case. But when you look at the overall mass, Mauna Loa takes the cake. It measures around 2,000 square miles (5,200 square kilometers). Those aren’t the largest volcanoes in the world, though. On land, yes, but there’s an underwater volcano called Tamu Massif that’s far larger than either of these volcanoes. It’s said to cover an area of around 120,000 square miles, which makes Mauna Loa about 2% of Tamu Massif’s size. It stands 14,633 feet (4,460 meters) tall. 1...
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STRANGE Mysteries Discovered
Our world is an incredible place, a place where incredible things happen and incredible mysteries persist. This is a list of things that perplex and boggle, things that may one day be solved, but as of right now, they remain to make the most brilliant of minds scratch their heads in wonder. Join me as I take you down a road of the most complex and mysterious brain-bogglers out there; this is STRANGE Mysteries Discovered. Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 6 Voynich Manuscript The Voynich Manuscript is a hand-written, illustrated codex that has been carbon-dated to the early 15th century from approximately 1404-1438. The Voynich manuscript is mysterious because it is written completely in an unknown writing system by an unknown author. The codex is written left to right and filled with illustrations that seem to be recording and addressing topics of medieval medicine. The text, however, remains completely unresolved, and has been of interest to amateur cryptography enthusiasts and even American and British codebreakers from World War I and World War II. 5 Stonehenge Stonehenge is an ancient monument built by a culture that has left no records behind. Which is why we don’t know much about this world famous heritage site. We don’t know exactly how ancient people could have constructed a large stone structure without modern architecture tools or even why they did it. Some theories include the idea that Stonehenge was a burial site, or a religious gathering place, or even a social gathering where different tribes could meet in peace. 4 The Strange Incident of Elisa Lam You might have heard of this truly supernatural event: the strange event that occured at the infamous Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles, California back in 2013. Security camera footage showed Ms Lam acting very strangely in an elevator, as if some invisible being was watching her and she was hiding from them. Somehow, her body was found floating in the hotel’s water tank on the roof a few days later. The strangest part of this event was that the water tank was supposedly locked and the roof access door was also locked, and even if it did open the alarm should have sounded off in the entire hotel. Some suggest she had an encounter of a supernatural kind, while others suggest a psychotic break. We may never truly know what happened to her in the end. 3 Catawissa Graveyard Cages We all want to think that zombies are dead, but graveyards in Catawissa, Pennsylvania are covered in iron cages. Most notable, the graves of two women: Saran Ann Boone and her sister in law Asenath Thomas. Were these graveyards designed to keep those women in their cages? Or were they to prevent someone from getting to those graves? We may never know, however some suggest that the women were believed to be vampires and that the cages were to keep them from rising and terrorizing the town. 2 Ancient Governor’s Palace In 2008, archaeologists discovered a set of Neo-Assyrian ruins that were more than 2,800 years old. They believed that these ruins belonged to that of a governor in ancient Turkey. Many rich artifacts were uncovered including pieces of ivory, bronze, and other precious metals. Most interestingly, the team of archaeologists uncovered a clay tablet that was analyzed by experts at Cambridge University. The language is one that is currently unknown to us, and remains to be identified to this day. 1 Cosmic Radio Bursts “Blitzars” or cosmic radio bursts have piqued the interests of scientists around the world since their discovery in 2007. The nine blitzars that have appeared over the last few years have been studied endlessly, although their origin remains unclear. In January 2015, a blitzar was identified in real time. Despite witnessing one occur in real time, scientists could not identify the origin. However, many experts hypothesized that it might occur due to collapsing neutron stars or flares. The most curious thing about these cosmic radio bursts are that they only last one millisecond, but create the same amount of energy that the Sun would create over the course of one million years.
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STRANGE Sights on Google Earth Part 2
There are many interesting, beautiful, and downright weird things on our planet, and sometimes things are found that blow minds, and, at times, defy explanation. Here, we’ll take a look at some seriously crazy things that people have spotted using technology not readily available just a few decades ago. Here, we’re going to take a look at STRANGE Sights on Google Earth Part 2! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 6. Blood Lake Now, this can’t be an entire lake tainted and colored by blood, can it? The thing is, nobody knows for sure exactly why the lake is this color; thus, macabre rumors have been allowed to grow and spread like wildfire. One rumor is that the slaughterhouses in the area dump blood into the canals at times, which sounds a bit crazy to us. But with no explanation, nobody can really know for sure. More than likely, the red color is caused by some water-treatment process, sewage, or pollution and not by blood. You do never know though, and you’d think by now we’d have more answers than we do. You be the judge on this one! 5. Ant Throne A volcano known as Vulcan’s Throne, which is found on the Grand Canyon’s north rim, has a rather strange polka-dot pattern on it. And the reason for this pattern is one you may or may not believe; ants. Seriously, the area is home to red harvester ants, and those guys can build some pretty impressive homes. Their mounds can measure an amazing 47 inches across, and they’re typically surrounded by bare ground up to around 108 feet. Amelia Carolina Sparavigna, a physicist and specialist in satellite imagery and image processing, believes that the large mounds created by the ants are what’s responsible for the spots and dots seen from satellites. On the ground, confirmation is needed, but it sounds like a pretty sound theory to us! 4. Big Old Name A member of the ruling family of Abu Dhabi and a billionaire Sheikh, Hamad bin Hamdan al Nahyan, seems pretty full of himself. He had his name carved into the sands on an island he owns—al Futaisi Island—or, at least part of his name. A giant HAMAD could be seen on Google Earth on the Persian island, and it’s no wonder, considering the letters are half a mile tall and his whole name is two miles long. Well, they used to be. He relatively recently had the name removed, probably out of embarrassment, because who does that? The letters were so big that they didn’t just wash away as most writing in sand usually does. In fact, they’d catch the tide and form waterways when conditions were right, and as far as we know, this was the largest name ever written in sand. 3. Encircled Diamonds Here are some strange symbols for you, and the rumor and conspiracy theory around these symbols are almost just as odd as the works of art themselves! They can be found carved into the floor of the desert near Mesa Huerfanita, New Mexico, and an author named John Sweeney has an interesting take on them. According to his claims, the symbols were put there to mark a secret, hidden bunker which belongs to the Church of Scientology. He says that they are there to help “guide these Scientologists who return to Earth after fleeing a planetary Armageddon.” Sounds like a pretty crazy story to us and, who knows, it could be entirely true. We may never know, so, for now, we can just look at them and wonder. 2. UFO in Australia At least that’s what some people believed this to be initially. But what is it really? Why would there be a strange, triangular-shaped patch of land that’s dotted with white lights in the middle of nowhere? Ufologists quickly jumped on the UFO idea when it was first spotted back in 2007, saying it was a UFO caught hovering not far off the face of the Earth. Other users of Google Earth think that it’s an antenna that’s part of a remote-controlled wind farm not far away. They believe there are three wires which form the triangle and a tower sitting in the middle. We think we like the UFO idea more, so we’re just going to roll with that one! 1...
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Incredible Facts about Whales
Whales are one of the most interesting mammals on Earth. Known for their massive size, intricate songs, and the fact that they are some of the few mammals that have evolved to live underwater for long amounts of time. Learn more amazing facts about whales in our list of incredible facts! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 9. Whale Fingerprints Humans all have a unique fingerprint, but humpback whales also have something similar to their own kind of “fingerprint”. Every humpback whale has a uniquely shaped tail, making them distinct from other members of their species. They vary in marks and slightly in shape. There’s even a catalog of known humpback whale tails hosted online. 8. Whale Culture is Diverse Similar to how humans in one country can be vastly different than humans in another, whales also divide themselves into pods and clans. A clan is comprised of multiple pods and they all speak the same language, but each pod will speak with a sort of “accent” and talk in slightly different ways. Whales from different clans will speak different languages entirely and might not be able to understand each other at all. While this might seem shocking, it’s not much different than a French Speaker, English Speaker, and Japanese Speaker not being able to understand each other despite being from the same species. 7. Whales Have Leg Bones Since whales are mammals, it’s no surprise that they have skeletons pretty similar to humans and other land mammals. But, you might be surprised they even have pelvic bones and leg bones! Through evolution, they have become small and vestigial and are often not used functionally, but they do have them. They look more like tiny bone nuggets than our long leg bones, though. 6. Long Gestation Periods The ocean can be a cruel, dark place, so a newborn whale has to be ready to survive and travel around with their pod as soon as they’re born. This is probably why the gestation period for a blue whale is so long. They spend a long time developing before birth. A mother whale can be pregnant with a single child for nearly two whole years! 5. Some Whales Live For Hundreds of Years While many whales have lifespans pretty close to our life spans, anywhere from 30 to 60 years, one whale lives so long it basically outlives every other mammal on Earth. Meet: the Bowhead Whale which can live for more than a few centuries. One specimen was proven to have lived for longer than 200 years! The Bowhead accomplishes this by maintaining a lower body temperature than most other creatures, which apparently helps prolong its life. Kind of like keeping a piece of food in the freezer so that it lasts longer! 4. Sperm Whales Are Brainy It’s easy to identify a sperm whale: they’re usually the largest mammal in view. They’re also easily distinguished by their large heads, which fittingly hold up their infamously large brains. The brain of a sperm whale can easily weigh up to a massive 9 kilograms, sitting inside of a cavity that is so large you could actually park a car inside of it! 3. Whale Excrement is a Luxury There is a small percentage of sperm whales that accidentally produce one of the most expensive materials on earth. Ambergris is a material that’s half snot half fecal matter: it basically happens when the fluids in a whale’s body coagulate in a specific way. In other words, it’s what happens when a Sperm Whale has indigestion. While it looks like an ordinary mossy rock, it will have a distinct earthy, manure-y smell. This golden-brown substance is often referred to as “floating gold” as it’s so rare and very sought after. You might find it strange, but perfume manufacturers seek out this stinky ambergris as it is very useful in increasing the longevity in perfume and adds a unique earthy smell to certain scents. Just one gram of ambergris can go for around 20 dollars a gram and they are often found in large lumps that can sell for 100s of thousands of dollars. 2. Whales Imitate Human Speech We’ve already known that whales are pretty good at the oratory arts. They love to sing and will even mimic the songs they hear birds and other whales sing. In recent years we observed a captive beluga whale actually mimicking human voices! Researchers kept thinking that they were hearing a human conversation in the distance when it was actually a whale’s mimicry of humans talking to each other. While it is usually impossible, or at least unlikely, for a Beluga whale to imitate the frequency of human acoustics, this specific whale learned how to vary the pressure in its head to reach that pitch. 1...
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STRANGEST Amazon Products You can Actually Buy
We all know that you can find some really odd things on the internet and these crazy finds are all available on Amazon! It’s no surprise that the world’s most popular online retailer offers some pretty interesting stuff, but these things are even more bizarre than we would have imagined would be available on the online retail website. Get ready to see some fun, crazy, out there items on our list of Strange Amazon Products! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 7. How Cute Do you like stuffed, plush toys? Do you have your tonsils? Well, if you answered yes to the first question and no to the second, boy do we have something great in store for you! Check out this awesome plush tonsil. Yes, you heard us right, a plush tonsil. So, if you’ve been unlucky enough to have had yours removed, or maybe you just like anatomy, or maybe, maybe you’re just a collector of any and everything stuffed… this is a real special treat. Seriously though, who thought, “hey, let’s make a tonsil with a smiley face, stuff it, and call it good”? What a strange idea. Welcome to the real, strange world we live in, partner; a world where you can buy a stuffed tonsil for $21.99. 6. What’s for Dinner? Here’s a cookbook that you probably would rather not see sitting up on your mom’s (or whoever else you live with) shelf! We know, doing things like eating, swallowing in pill form, and making jewelry out of placentas are becoming hip things to do, but we just would have never envisioned finding a little placenta cookbook sitting on Amazon. We don’t know if we could do it, eat a placenta, that is. Have you seen one? It’s like some strange, limp, fibrous, bloody steak. But hey, maybe these recipes would make it irresistible and mouth-watering? Who knows. $2.99 on Kindle, friends, just $2.99. 5. Mmmm, Salmon The pillows that have already appeared on this list were quite interesting and here’s another one that’s no exception. What a strange pillow to want to purchase to lay your head down on when you’re in need of a little rest! We guess that this is probably a little more sanitary than laying down on an actual salmon fillet… so it has to be worth something since it’s keeping its users from getting really sick! But let’s be real here; how many people are going to purchase a pillow that looks like a raw salmon fillet... and why? Thirteen people. That’s how many. At least that’s how many reviews there are on Amazon. It goes for $10.99, and most of the thirteen reviews are five stars, so maybe there’s something to it? 4. Fun Flavored Floss Why wouldn’t one want bacon flavored dental floss? Yes, you heard us correctly, bacon flavored dental floss! You know when you’re flossing, and you just wish that you could have something other than mint, what flavor is it that you end up wishing for? Bacon, right? To be real though, with the rise in popularity of all things bacon over the last year or two, this is really no surprise, but what is surprising is that people actually buy this stuff! It has 123 customer reviews as of right now, and the majority of them gave five stars! It costs just $4.28, so it could be worth a shot. You wouldn’t be missing out on too much money if you did decide to try it. Bacon floss: proof that our world is really, really weird. 3. Puke Alright, so this is advertised as a “motivating attention getter.” When we see this, we don’t think motivation; we think something more along the lines of “I’m gonna be sick.” The worst part here is that this is meant to be a magnet that you put on your fridge to remind you to stay healthy and to show you just what fat looks like inside your body. This would definitely work in the fact that if we saw this while trying to get into the fridge for a snack, our appetite would be lost immediately and we surely wouldn’t want to eat anything! The hair (or whatever that is) is a nice touch and just adds an extra vomit-inducing element to this already gross product. Get it for only $10.94 and never worry about eating anything, ever again. 2. Why Snot? This is quite the exciting way to not only store your soap in your shower but to dispense it as well! We’ve got to admit, this is actually pretty comical and may be a fun way to pump your various shower products, if only for a little while. All you’ve got to do is fill this thing up and then press the right nostril and out your soap will come. If you want to make this thing even more realistic, why not buy some green soap and make it look like you’re genuinely using snot to do your body and hair! This is a fun gift for anyone, especially little kids, but if you just feel like making your shower life more fun for a while, consider spending the $11 to get this thing for yourself! 1...
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World's Biggest Heists
There have been some brazen, daring, and downright insane heists, thefts, and robberies that have taken place in our world, and today, that’s what we’re here to discuss. From those who managed to rip off art museums to others who committed some truly perplexing robberies of various institutions, we’ve got it all here for you. Get ready to be blown away and maybe even inspired by these tales of out of this world robberies that are as real as it gets; get prepared for some of the World’s Biggest Heists! Learn about the BIGGEST of everything Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just subscribe! 5. Gardner Museum Robbery This robbery sounds just like the hit movie, The Town, except instead of robbing a baseball stadium of money, these guys robbed a museum of its art! On March 18, 1990, two men walked into the museum dressed and acting like police officers and told guards they were responding to a disturbance call. They gained entry, tied the guards up, and proceeded to steal 13 different works of art that were valued at right around $500 million. Despite the museum offering a $5 million reward at first, then upping it to $10 million in 2017 and 2018, the works of art are still missing and no arrests have been made. The FBI does have a couple of suspects, though. Bobby Donati, a gangster from Boston, is thought to have possibly been involved, although he passed away in 1991 from gang violence. Robert Gentile, a Hartford, Connecticut gangster, is believed to know where the works are, although he’s denied all involvement. The crime stands as the largest-value of private property ever stolen. 4. City Bonds Robbery The day was May 2, 1990, when a 58-year-old messenger for a money broker called Sheppards, named John Goddard, was mugged on a quiet street in London at knifepoint. He was transporting Bank of England certificates of deposit and Treasury bills. The bonds were basically as good as cash to anyone who possessed them because they were in bearer form, so it became a big problem when the mugger took them. The man who took the money escaped with 301 certificates of deposit and Treasury bills, each worth around £1 million a piece. The gang responsible ended up infiltrated, arrests were made, and all but two of the 301 stolen bonds were recovered due to the police managing to get themselves an informant. One man was charged and served six years for his part in the crime, and four others got charged for handling bonds, but they did not end up with any jail time. 3. Antwerp Diamond Heist This is literally the “heist of the century” considering it took place in 2003, and still nobody really knows just how it was pulled off. During the weekend of February 15-16, 2003, thieves managed to take gold, jewelry, and loose diamonds from a vault that had all kinds of crazy security protecting it. There were infrared heat protectors, a Doppler radar, a magnetic field, a seismic sensor, and a lock with more than 100 million different combination possibilities. There was also a private security force protecting the building, so it’s not entirely known how this was pulled off. What is known is that authorities believe Leonardo Notarbartolo was behind it and that he rented out an office down the street prior to the heist. He also gained access to the building by purchasing a safe deposit box and gained credibility and trust by posing as a diamond merchant, and that’s about all that’s known about the method. The diamonds are still out there, somewhere. 2. Central Bank of Iraq Do you want to hear about the largest bank robbery in history? Of course you do! Want to know who pulled off this great and massive robbery? Well, none other than Saddam Hussein himself. Before looters really got their chance to steal from the Central Bank of Iraq when Americans entered Baghdad in 2003, Hussein had already made a withdrawal of around $1 billion. Looters had entered the bank and had taken what they could, but they were unable to open the vault and steal anything from there. The day before the Americans entered the city, on March 18, three large trucks pulled up outside of the bank and Hussein’s son, Qusay Hussein, hopped out. He delivered a handwritten note to the bank’s governor which stated that the money would be moved for security reasons, and it was signed by Saddam. His cash didn’t stay hidden very well though, and American troops began finding, and stealing, it all over the Middle East. 1...
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