A rare and insane nature video to share with everyone you hate

Sep 29, 2014 By Abraham 2

In a segment of the BBC’s Wonders of the Monsoon, we have the distinct displeasure of seeing a leech eat an earthworm. It sounds gross, I know. Just wait till you actually see it.

It’s incredible, but so nasty…

The leech sucks it’s prey down like spaghetti, crushing the worm with its muscular throat.

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Adding to the remarkableness of the unpalatable moment, this footage is the first that has ever been captured of this phenomenon. And in case you’re curious, the worm met its demise and the leech had lunch on Mount Kinabalu in Borneo.

Incredible optical illusion makes entire images vanish before your eyes

Sep 29, 2014 By Joey White 1

Everyone loves a good optical illusion. We look at what seems like reality and enjoy discovering that, nope, that’s not reality at all. But usually, the “reveal” doesn’t involve an image completely disappearing.

Thats’s exactly what happens, however, with Troxler’s fading, a phenomena that occurs with certain images when you stare at just one point. As you stare, other parts of the image — sometimes the entirety of the image — completely fade away.

Trick your brain by checking out these examples of this illusion…

Stare at the black cross and the pink dots fade away

A blue-green spot may replace the empty spot in the circle. Moving your eyes away from the image may result in a circle of green spots appearing out of thin air as well…

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Stare in the middle and the entire picture disappears

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How to make tree bark haunt your dreams using only a mirror

Sep 29, 2014 By Abraham 0

Trees aren’t scary, right? Wrong.

It turns out that they are full of terrifying ghouls and goblins…if you hold mirrors up to them in the right spots. And photographer Elido Turco is an expert in finding where on a tree these hair-raisingly awesome faces will emerge.

For a series entitled “Dream Creatures,” he photographed trees during his walks in the woods, and then mirrored the photos on his computer bringing the trees to life — fascinatingly frightening life.

Here is just a selection from the series…

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Doctors baffled when Australian wakes from his coma…speaking fluent Mandarin

Sep 10, 2014 By Megan Berman 1

When Ben McMahon woke from a coma two years ago, he was just happy to be alive. Speaking fluent Mandarin was just a bonus..

I wasn’t consciously thinking I was speaking Mandarin, it was what just came out and it was what was most natural to me.

The strange part? Ben wasn’t fluent in Mandarin before the car accident that put him in the coma. He had studied Mandarin and French in high school, but he says it never really “clicked.” Most of us who took a foreign language in school can relate. Studying it and knowing it are completely different.

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But once awoken from his coma, he was able to speak and write Mandarin with near-native fluency.

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Pendulum wave machine…made with bowling balls

Sep 8, 2014 By Abraham 0

You have probably seen a pendulum wave machine in motion before, whether in school or online. Here’s a popular demonstration of the classic experiment…

As the folks at Harvard Natural Science describe it

[U]ncoupled simple pendulums of monotonically increasing lengths dance together to produce visual traveling waves, standing waves, beating, and random motion.

It is at once scientifically as well as hypnotically fascinating. And it becomes even more so when the scale is increased to the point that pendulums are swinging bowling balls…

This demonstration is on private land in North Carolina and isn’t available to the public…so if you want to see this in real life, you’ll have to build your own.

Stunning photos from in a tent will make you wish you were camping in the mountains, too

Sep 4, 2014 By Megan Berman 1

Russian photographer Oleg Grigoryev’s inspirational travel series, Morning Views from the Tent, captures a unique glimpse of various locations across the Fann Mountains in Tajikistan…

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In his compositions, Grigoryev’s tent frames the view, his outstretched legs leading towards the stunning mountains. He skillfully captures the undisturbed, natural beauty of the landscape in the background, while the supplies, backpacks, shoes and other tents in the foreground offer an invitation to join his mornings at campsites over 4,700 meters above sea level.

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