The Angora rabbit is one of the oldest types of rabbit and hails from Ankara, Turkey. Appearing as veritable clouds with ears, they are distinguished by their intense amounts of fur and were once popular pets of 18th century French royalty.
The Star-Nosed Mole
The oddly shaped star-nosed mole is found in North America and is distinguished by its bizarre, fleshy nose. Used as feelers, the mole’s nose has twenty-two mobile, pink tentacles at the end of its snout that are extremely sensitive. To exacerbate an already unfortunate appearance, the mole sports scaled feet as well as a thick, furry and water-repellent tail used to store fat.
Another animal with an unfortunate schnoz is the long-nosed monkey. As the name suggests, these exotic creatures have extremely long noses that are believed to be the result of sexual selection. Long-nosed males around the world can delight in this fact: all is not lost if born with a large honker. Female monkeys marked the long nose as a preferable trait.
The aye-aye is a rodent-like animal native to Madagascar. With squirrel-esque chompers and thin middle fingers, the aye-aye is quite adept at prying food out of trees and being oddly cute.
Finding swimming a bit too bourgeois, the pink handfish uses its fins to walk along the ocean floor rather than swimming like everyone else. The eerie species was discovered in Tasmania, Australia, but only four specimens have ever been identified.
As the species holds the world record for largest teeth relative to head size in a fish, the nightmarish viperfish is distinguished by its menacing fangs. When its mouth is closed, the Sloane viperfish’s teeth overlap and it can impale prey via its enormous and frightening fangs.
Lowland Streaked Tenrec
If a bumblebee and a hedgehog mated, the lowland streaked tenrec would be its rather bizarre spawn. Found in Madagascar, these bristly creatures are covered in yellow and brown striped quills, which they use to attack their enemies.
Past the Coyote Gulch in southern Utah and down Hole-in-the-Rock road lies the aptly titled Spooky Gulch. The slot canyon is thirty feet deep and in most places is only fifteen inches wide. Those brave souls who attempt the eerie walk most often do so sideways.
Antelope Canyon is located in Navajo land near Page, Arizona and is one of the best known and most beautiful slot canyons in the world. Formed by flash floods that eroded the sandstone, the canyon is divided into lower and upper cavities. The upper canyon is known as “the place where water runs through rocks,” while the lower is renowned for its “spiral rock arches.” The narrow canyon, however, is extremely dangerous because it is prone to flash foods.
Located in the Valley of Fire, Nevada’s oldest state park, the Pastel Canyon is a beautiful, colorful sandstone slot canyon said to have sandstone that dates back 150 million years. A formidable canyon, it measures six hundred feet long and twenty feet tall.
Located just a stone’s throw away from Antelope Canyon, the Secret Canyon is a brightly colored slot canyon with over 1500 feet of sandstone brilliance.
Tlaxco Slot Canyon
Tlaxco Slot Canyon is a slot canyon situated in central Mexico. Only about 6 feet wide and 32 feet deep, the canyon is home to a waterfall. What’s more, the beautiful canyon is the result of rainfall-induced sandstone erosion and the landforms are generally referred to as ‘the labyrinths’ due to their maze-like appearance.
Blue Mountains Canyons
The lush green peaks of the Blue Mountains in Australia also provide some of the most amazing slot canyons, which are frequented by thrill-seekers. Some of the most popular sites include Rocky Creek Canyon, Claustral Canyon, Water Dragon Canyon and Tiger Snake Canyon. Most are covered in greenery and surrounded by waterfalls.
Seven Of The World's Most Interesting Installation Art
In 2009, Brazilian artist Nele Azevedo carved these incredible tiny ice sculptures of men on the steps of Gendermenmarkt Square in Berlin. Aside from being beautiful, Azeveedo created the thousand miniature people to shed light on the effects of global warming and the World Wildlife Fund’s warning that melting ice could cause water levels to rise. Needless to say, the tiny men didn’t stay sitting for long.
Chair Building Art Installation
Colombian sculptor Doris Salcedo created this installation art in 2003 for the International Istanbul Biennale. Salcedo constructed the chair building in an empty lot and the edifice comprises of over 1500 chairs stacked on top of each other.
Tunnel House: ‘Inversion’
American artists Dan Havel and Dean Ruck created the Tunnel House using boards from the outside of the house to create a funnel-like vortex people can work through. The two completed construction just before the house was torn down. Where does it lead, you ask? A private courtyard.
Melted Ice Cream Truck Installation
In 2006, this amazing melted ice cream truck was installed in Adelaide as part of the Australian Sculptures by the Sea fair. Artist Orest Keywan constructed the Dali-esque dripping truck with steel, sandstone and limestone and ultimately won the grand prize.
The Artwork of Mark Jenkins
Mark Jenkins’ disturbing and realistic installations have been known to cause many 911 calls. Using the city as his canvas, Jenkins litters the landscape with sculptures of headless and faceless humans, dead or sleeping bodies, often to provide a social commentary on how homeless people are dehumanized by the masses.
Pixel Pour 2.0
The inspired installation art was constructed on Mercer Street in NYC in 2011. The pixelated water is composed of little blue boxes and is thought to be the work of Kelly Goeller, who invented the original Pixel Pour in 2008.
Box Man Installation Art
This 900-pound box man is the brainchild of Argentinian Pablo Curutchet. Requiring 11 people to mount the boxy and made of cardboard man in place, Curutchet and his crew completed the installation in 2006. The entire sculpture stood 28 feet above street level.
Officially dubbed the Mauth Ka Kuan or “Well of Death,” brave, daring, or simply foolish Indians from across the country ride their motorcycles along a vertical wall at great speeds. Never mind the potentially fatal outcomes; these participants, generally lacking helmets, inhibition and the use of their hands while riding have recently added cars to their death defying vehicles of choice.
Calling the forests of Central and South America its home, the Blue Morpho Butterfly is one of the world’s largest butterflies. This fluttering creature’s wings are bright blue and have lacy black edges, the result of light reflecting off microscopic scales on the back of their wings. They are not all about aesthetics, however: the underside of this butterfly’s wing is a dull brown and serves as camouflage against predators.
The Ulysses Butterfly (or Blue Mountain Swallowtail) inhabits the northeastern coast of Australia. It’s electric blue hue can be seen from hundreds of feet away— particularly on the males, since the unfortunate females have a more muddled hue.
Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly
The Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly is predominantly found along the eastern edge of North America and can add the illustrious title of Tennessee’s official state butterfly to its resume. Aptly named, the butterfly is covered in black and white stripes and has triangular wings.
The Peacock Butterfly
Unsurprisingly, the Peacock Butterfly derives its name from the peacock-like embellishments on its wings: donning violet and cerulean dots, its red wings resembling a peacock’s feathers.
Goliath Birdwing Butterfly
The second largest butterfly in the world, the Goliath is also one of the most beautiful. Located in Indonesian rainforests, these butterflies are usually farmed by local workers. Par for the course, the males are the prettier of the species as they are colored black, green and yellow.
Question Mark Butterfly
The Question Mark Butterfly is a more down-to-earth one, as it is usually found in North American wooded areas and city parks. Why such a peculiar name? The silver markings under the wings form question marks.
A concept hotel based in Austria, Switzerland, and Andorra, Iglu-Dorf offers daring travelers an Eskimo-esque experience with igloo lodgings. Using 3,000 tons of snow from the Alps and the Pyrenees, these rooms range from 99 euros a night to nearly 500 euros on New Year’s Eve. If interested, you must act quickly: the hotels, like the seasons, are here for a limited amount of time and must be rebuilt every year.
Much celebrated and oft repeated, the infamous statement of “Let them eat cake” is in fact a mistranslation. French monarch Marie Antoinette is falsely believed to have uttered the famous lines when she heard about French people starving due to lack of bread. In actuality, it is thought the term was coined one hundred years earlier by another Marie: Marie-Therese. And even then, Marie-Louise, the wife of Louis XIV, is believed to have said, “Why don’t they eat pastry?”
“One small step for man…” – Neil Armstrong
The iconic phrase, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” is flawed for one simple reason: it makes no grammatical sense. However, as Armstrong himself went on record to say the quote was misinterpreted. What he had actually said was, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” The reason behind the misinterpretation? Static interfered with the transmission of the message, and thus an incorrect (albeit catchier) phrase attached itself to the moon man.
“Nice guys finish last” – Leo Durocher
The phrase, which has through time been lifted from its original sports context and applied to the difficult world of dating, was in fact not even uttered in the sporting field. The quote is attributed to baseball manager Leo Durocher, who apparently coined the term during a 1946 baseball game. However, Durocher claimed in his own 1975 autobiography that he was misquoted and that he actually was referring to a rival team when he said: “Take a look at them. They’re all nice guys, but they’ll finish last. Nice guys. Finish last.” There is another version claiming that Durocher actually said “Nice guys finish eighth.”
“I cannot tell a lie; it was I who chopped down the cherry tree” - George Washington
To the chagrin of many Americans, the morality tale about George Washington cutting down a cherry tree was in fact a fabricated story by Washington’s biographer Parson Weems. It, along with the iconic quote, was concocted to give a to make Washington’s actions appear mythical and to thereby give him a godlike status.
“Houston, we have a problem” – John Swigert
Occurring during Apollo 13’s space expedition in 1970 when an explosion occurred on flight, the original quote was in fact uttered by John Swigert. What’s more, the correct words were “OK, Houston; we’ve had a problem here.” Due to time and Tom Hanks, the quote was wrongly worded and misattributed to Commander Jim Lovell.
“Elementary, dear Watson” – Sherlock Holmes
Sometimes even the sayings of fictional characters are subject to misquotes. Case in point: this universally uttered phrase by Sherlock Holmes doesn’t actually appear in the series by Arthur Conan Doyle.
The closet passage is the following:
Watson exclaims, “Excellent”. “Elementary,” said he [Sherlock].
John F. Kennedy Campaigns In West Virginia In 1960
Considered a battleground state in the 1960 primary election, John F. Kennedy meets with coal miners in West Virginia. Kennedy would best Hubert Humphrey in the election and win 60.8% of the primary vote.
Amazing Soviet Propaganda Posters From The Post-War Period
The Soviet propaganda posters of the post-World War 2 period focused primarily on glorifying the USSR’s achievements in all of life’s various components, be them social, athletic, technological or economic. As such, the subjects of the posters gradually drifted from wartime images to those of athletes and advancements in space exploration. Throughout the Cold War, the posters sought to express sentiments of one-upping the United States. Through the images depicted in the following posters, it is clear that the Soviet Union’s goal was to encourage its constituents to remain optimistic and competitive regarding the future.
Lenin, V. Briskin, 1970
Against a backdrop of the Vietnam War and tensions with America, the Soviet Union was keen to promote a positive image of itself throughout the early 1970s. This poster is aimed toward foreigners with hopes of highlighting Lenin’s ideological superiority.
“If You Want To Be Like Me - Just Train!,” V. Koretskiy, 1951
In order for Soviet Union citizens to work for the benefit of the country, a training program was introduced in 1931 to create Spartan-esque athletes. This program included running, high/long jumping, swimming and gymnastics.
“A Mighty Sports Power,” B Reshetnikov, 1962
This poster demonstrates the Soviet Union’s athletic dominance over the USA during a time when the Olympic games were marked by great contention between the United States and the Soviet Union.
“Glory to the explorers of space,” A. Leonov & A. Sokolov, 1971
This poster expresses the obsession with space travel and highlights how the Soviet system of socialism and the nation’s technological superiority would pave the way for public space exploration.
“While I was flying round the Earth on the Sputnik spaceship, I saw how beautiful our planet is,” A. Lozenko, 1987
The poster, as the name suggests, is in celebration of Soviet space exploration.
“Glory to the Soviet Science!” Unknown artist, 1957
In the USSR, in the USA, Unknown Artist, 1950s
This poster presents a view of the differences between education in the USSR and education (or lack thereof) in America.
The Dreamlike Installation Art Of Rune Guneriussen
Imagine going on a walk and seeing a tangle of chairs in the mouth of a beach, a thicket of lamps in a forest, or even a river whose bends are marked by yellowed books. And then in an instant—and much like a dream—they’re gone. That’s exactly what Norwegian artist Rune Guneriussen does with his art. He spends hours, maybe days, assembling the pieces and then the minute he takes the picture, Guneriussen dissembles everything and moves on. Thus, the only thing with which the viewer is left is an image so real yet fantastical that one simply has to question reality. Or at the very least appreciate the fact that there are still people alive who aren’t shackled by the line between fact and fantasy.
Despite consuming a paltry amount of the world’s resources, many predict that it is the people of Africa who will bear the brunt of climate change’s dastardly effects. From Nigeria to Ghana, African photographers convened at the 2011 Bamako Encounters to give their unique perspectives on the effects of climate change.
Six Amazing Images Of Earth Taken From Outer Space
Malaspina Glacier, Alaska
The Landsat 7 satellite is responsible for capturing Alaska’s largest glacier, the Malaspina. The coloring of the image has been altered slightly by the satellite’s sensors and has thus made a more vibrant and slightly psychedelic image.
Andes Mountains, South America
Taken by International Space Station (ISS) Astronaut Douglas Wheelock, this amazing shot displays the South America’s stunning Andes Mountains as the sun rises.
Great Barrier Reef
Yet another Wheelock image shows the amazing expanse of Australia’s Greet Barrier Reef. Regarding the image, Wheelock says the following: “I think even the great Impressionists would be awestruck with this natural display.”
Ocean Sand, Bahamas
In this incredible image, the Landsat 7 has also applied the same coloring to the ocean sand in the Bahamas. The cacophony of color represents a true, albeit slightly altered, reflection of the tides, ocean currents and the Bahamas’ sand and seaweed.
This amazing mosaic is the large expanse of woodland-savanna region, Cerrado, in southern Brazil. It’s a bit of an oldie but a goodie: the NASA Terra satellite snapped this spellbinding shot in early 2002.
Volcano Eruption, Japan
Astronauts aboard the ISS managed to catch this incredible image of the 2009 Sarychev Volcano eruption. Located in northeast Japan, it had been 30 years since the volcano had erupted.
Added to the historic grounds in 1975, the Longleat Hedge Maze is the largest of several mazes on the property. Constructed of more than 16,000 English yews while covering 1.48 acres and 1.69 miles of pathway, Longleat is the longest hedge maze in the world.
Amazing Soviet Propaganda Posters: Stalin And World War 2
“Let’s raise the generation utterly devoted to the cause of communism!” Viktor Ivanov, 1947
Soviet propaganda posters first appeared following the success of the Russian Revolution. They were used to promote the revolution, stir optimism for a new society (one that stood for literacy and improvement of health care) and to attack opponents of Lenin’s government. Very few newspapers were published during the time and therefore the posters served as a primary means of communication. During the Russian Revolution, the posters were sent to the front lines of Communist opposition cities with the warning that “anyone who tears down or covers up this poster is committing a counter-revolutionary act”.
With Stalin in charge by the 1930s, the posters began to focus more on political discipline and ambitious government programs, particularly the collectivization of land and establishment of industry. Subsequently, many produced powerful and dynamic posters with bright colors and distinct shapes. However, these were later replaced with more lifelike images. The red star - the Soviet Red Army’s symbol - was also ubiquitous, as was the hammer and sickle. The posters were used throughout World War 2 for a panoply of reasons: to promote the Russian cause, convince people to enlist and to boost citizen morale.
“Let’s thrash it!” Victor Deni, 1930
This poster was used in the first half of the century in order to improve social and cultural elements of the country. In the poster, a man smashes an alcohol bottle with a hammer inscribed the “Cultural Revolution.” At the time, alcohol was considered an enemy of the revolution. The poster also has a poem underneath it, which translates to the following:
You, there, don’t trifle with booze ,
D’rather thrash it
At your every step,
Give no rest to the enemy.
“Have you enlisted in the army?” Dmitry Moor
In order to garner the support of Russian workers for the revolution, this famous poster used the image of the Red Army soldier questioning the viewer rather brusquely about his or her commitment to the revolution.
“Keep your mouth shut!” Nina Vatolina, 1941
One of the most famous posters of WWII, this poster was created by Nina Vatolina to showcase the danger of gossiping. Written by Soviet poet Samuil Marshak, the featured verse translates to:
Keep your eyes open.
Even the walls have ears.
Chatter and gossip
Go hand in hand with
“To Defend USSR” Valentina Kulagina, 1930
Simple, striking and colorful, the poster was created by one of the most prominent female poster artists in the early 20th century, Valentina Kulagina.
“Motherland is Calling!” Irakli Toidze
This poster began to disseminate soon after the breakout of WWII and called on citizens to dutifully serve their country.
“For Motherland” Alexei Kokorekin
Alexei Kokorekin’s poster “For Motherland!” features a fatally wounded sailor throwing an anti-tank grenade in the midst of his enemies. This too was another powerful piece of artwork made to evoke a certain sense of patriotic passion among the Soviet people.
“Red Army Soldier, Save Us” Viktor Koretsky
For the USSR, the first part of the war was a rather bloody and violent one. This is well-highlighted in Viktor Koretsky’s poster, which features the image of a bloody Nazi bayonet pointed at a mother with a child in her arms. The backdrop? Fire.
“Young builders of Communism”
One of the earlier posters promoting communism and education, this piece of art translates to: “Young builders of Communism, go forth toward the new achievements in labor and education!”