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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This Italian hotel has the best view in the world…and guests stay for FREE

Sep 18, 2014 By Megan Berman 0

This hotel just might have the best view in the world — a panoramic tableau of the incredible Italian Alps.

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The tent shaped shelter is simple: made of wood and steel, it has space for nine beds when travelers on the Ceria-Merlone trail make their way to the building.

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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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Airplane, lightning bolt, and rainbow collide for a stunning accidental photograph

Aug 28, 2014 By Joey White 3

German pilot Birk Möbius was snapping a few photographs of an incoming Boeing 777 near Leipzig on Sunday when a spectacular rainbow appeared. Möbius asked a colleague to help him count down to when the plane crossed the path of the rainbow and at that moment, he took a photo.

Capturing a plane crossing the path of a rainbow would have been a great photo on its own, but Möbius told a German newspaper, “I looked at the screen and immediately got goose bumps.”

The amateur photographer realized he had captured a bolt of lightning that he didn’t even noticed occurring when he took the photo…

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Incredibly, not only had the bolt of lightning run exactly in line with the rainbow, it actually struck the plane.

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