How often do we stop to ponder the unusual things going on around us? Whether it be incredible cloud formations, groundbreaking artwork or simply a human organ, sometimes we need to be reminded of the strange, unexplained happenings out there.
Some of them you might never have the chance to see, or maybe this list will motivate you to travel hundreds of miles just to get a glimpse of them, but for the time being immerse yourself in everything weird with these 24 unusual images.
From the mystery government sites to crazy rainbow-colored chemicals found in household names, you won’t to stop reading about these unusual places, inventions, and events you probably know about before. Prepare to blow your mind with useless but interesting facts you’ll never forget!
1. Secret Area 6 is a secret no more. Everyone is familiar with boring, old Area 51 in Nevada, but did you know there’s a mysterious government site that can be seen on Google Earth only 12 miles away? Built in 2005, the site has a small complex of buildings, as large hangear and a runway that stretches out almost 5,000 feet on the Yucca Flat. The complex has no official name.
2. Director of Dutch industrial company Vanku, Henk van Kuijk though kneeling down to lay bricks into place wasn’t ideal. So, he invented the Tiger Stone paving machine which feeds loose bricks and lays them onto the road to put an end to the time-consuming, back-breaking work. The road-wide device needs 1 to 3 human operators and can cost between $81,485 to $108, 655 US.
3. The Algodones Dunes, located in the southeastern portion of California between the border of Arizona and Mexico is approximately 45 miles long. But what makes these particular dunes so unique is the curvy, fenced border people can see while driving by. The border fence constructed in 2008 to separate Mexico from the U.S. is 11 miles long and stands at 15 feet high.
4. You may have heard of a little place called Alcatraz, but how much do you really know about it? Know as “the Rock,” Alcatraz is situated in the chilly waters of California’s San Francisco Bay and was America’s premier maximum-security prison from 1934 to 1963. Now a popular tourist attraction, Alcatraz once housed some of America’s most dangerous felons including gangster Al “Scarface” Capone. Good thing it was known as the prison no one could break out of.
5. Hold your breath! Here we have the world’s deepest pool, Nemo 33. The indoor pool in Brussels, Belgium contains non-chlorinated fresh water and holds the record as the deepest indoor swimming pool in the world. The pool’s maximum depth is an astonishing 34.5 meters or 113 feet and holds 2.5 million liters of water.
6. Have you ever wondered what your appendix looks like? Well, here it is in all it’s slimy, worm-like glory. The appendix is a sac of tissue that’s located in the lower-right abdomen. This body part extends from the cecum of the large intestine and is usually between 3-5 inches. This is an inflamed appendix after it’s been removed by surgeons, which explains why its blood-red in color.
7. Yup, it’s a thing. The world’s most dangerous cheese goes to Casu Marzu, a Sardinian specialty that literally translates to “rotten cheese.” The most interesting part about this particular cheese, aside from the fact that it’s illegal, is the live maggots that come with it. That’s right, Casu Marzu contains live maggots that are capable of jumping five inches out of the cheese while you’re eating it. Yum?
8. The plus side of having meteorites slamming into the Earth is that we’re left with this breathtaking rubble. The image below is the inside of the Fukang meteorite, discovered in the year 2000 in the Gobi Desert in China’s Xinjiang Province. The rare meteorite weighed the same as a hatchback when it was found. The golden speckles are translucent, golden crystals of a mineral called olivine in a honeycomb of nickel-iron.
9. No, this isn’t a digital glitch or a corrupted photograph. It’s actually a rendering of an intricately carved cabinet created by architect Ferruccio Laviani who purposely wanted the piece to resemble an image error. The piece, Good Vibrations Storage Unit, was intended for an annual interior show in Italy. The cabinet features two distorted areas where conventional carvings have been stretched.
10. That’s one way to stand out. Have you ever seen a Chinese chicken with super curly, perm-looking hair? Neither had locals in central China who discovered the unusual chicken in their village sporting a rather unconventional hairstyle. Hatched in 2013, the black rooster came as a surprise to its owner after his feathers grew in curly.
11. American artist Lauren Ryan had people howling after seeing her sculpture of a wolf made entirely out of… pipe cleaners! Known for creating life-like animals with simple brushes typically used for children’s arts and crafts, Ryan was able to create this realistic portrayal of a wolf – without the use of glue!
12. Confused as a UFO on more than one occasion, a lenticular cloud is a beauty to behold. Stationary smooth, round or oval lens-shaped clouds that form in the troposphere, the clouds formations are affected by human-made objects or obstructions. Lenticular clouds can even form near the crest of waves, known as ”wave clouds.”
13. Known as the “world’s blackest black,” Vantablack is one of the world’s darkest artificial substances, absorbing 99.965% of radiation in the visible spectrum. Made of vertically aligned carbon nanotube arrays (now that’s a mouthful), when light strikes Vantablack it actually becomes trapped and deflected among the tubes instead of bouncing off. It has the ability to prevent stray light from entering telescopes or even improve the performance of infrared cameras on Earth and in space.
14. Another mind-blowing masterpiece by master glassblower and stained glass artist Loren Stump from California. The extraordinary “loaf” of glass is called a murrine, an Italian term for colored patterns or images made in a glass cane. This piece, titled “Madonna of the Rocks,” features intricate images made by layering hundreds of tiny glass rods of various colors. The resulting image below is only seen when the murrine is cut and can sell for $5,000 a slice.
15. Does anyone need a sword? The Sverd i fjell monument honors the ancient battle of Hafrsfjord in 872, regarded as the conflict that ended up uniting Norway’s warring factions. The commemorative monument, established in 1983 by King Olav the V, has three giant Viking swords planted into a small hill. The swords stand over 30 feet tall.
16. Ever wondered what a cat sees versus what we see? Artist Nickolay Lamm did, and the result is the image below when he attempted to capture the differences between human vision and cat vision. Although humans are able to see more vibrant colors during the day, cats have better peripheral and night vision, which Lamm tries to capture with his work. Cats have a wider field of view with 200 degrees as opposed to a human’s mere 180-degree view. Their eyes also have 6 to 8 more rod cells, allowing them to sense motion in the dark better than humans can.
17. It’s been 20 years since IBM’s Deep Blue computer became the first machine to beat reigning world chess champion, Garry Kasparov. For decades computer scientists viewed chess as a measurement for artificial intelligence. The machine stunned the world, and had many concerned, after beating the chess champion in a six-game match. The controversy surrounding the machine and how it managed to beat a grandmaster lead to accusations of cheating. Does Deep Blue look like a cheater to you?
18. This re-purposed railway carriage serves for a pretty unique purpose. Situated on the rocky expanse of a coastline in California, the rusting, derelict train car is often used as a small bridge for tourists interested in entering its decrepit form. Other than that, it simply makes for quite the captivating picture.
19. Bismuth is a chemical element and post-transition metal. The rainbow colors occur when the thickness of the oxide layer forms on the surface of the crystal, causing different wavelengths of light to interfere upon reflection. The spiral, stair-stepped structure is a result of higher growth rates around the outside edges than on the inside ones. It’s also an active ingredient in Pepto-Bismol.
20. Gibraltar International Airport was rated the fifth most extreme airport by the History Channel, and you can see why. With Winston Churchill Avenue, the main road heading towards the border intersecting with the airport runway, it makes for a crazy sight. It comes at a price, however, as the road has to be closed every time a plane departs or lands.
21. Turkish designer Deniz Karashin created a medical cast using 3D printing that could heal broken bones faster. Using an ultrasound system, the black cast known as the Osteoid could help bones heal up to 40 percent faster. The idea of using ultrasonic vibrations to heal bones isn’t new, but what set Karashin’s work apart was the skeletal design which allows ultrasonic drivers to be placed directly on the skin.
22. No, this isn’t Snow White’s cottage and there are no seven dwarfs lurking about. The image below is actually a popular tourist destination in Vietnam. The Hang Nga Guesthouse, otherwise known as the “Crazy House,” was designed by Vietnamese architect Đặng Việt Nga. The design incorporates natural elements such as animals, mushrooms, caves, and spiderwebs. The unconventional structure has been described as a “fairy tale house” after its opening in 1990.
23. Iron pyrite, or “fool’s gold,” is typically known for its golden coloring and shiny appearance. A less-appreciated feature of the mineral, however, is the fact that it manages to form into perfect, machine-like cubes. Pyrite forms these precise cubic crystals because the molecules somehow “know” how to assemble themselves. If this natural phenomenon doesn’t blow your mind, I don’t know what will.
24. Talk about privacy. Point Nemo, or the pole of inaccessibility, is the most challenging location on Earth to reach. The name Point Nemo, which means “no-one” in Latin, is fitting for a place rarely visited by human beings. The most distant point from land, the term is a geographic construct instead of an actual physical place. It’s located over 1,000 miles from three far-flung islands and remains a point of interest for many explorers.