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Chatillon Car Graveyard in Belgium

Chatillon Car Graveyard in Belgium

Right in the middle of a small forest near Chatillon, a little village in Southern Belgium, is a graveyard of abandoned and beautiful rusty cars. These cars once belonged to US soldiers who were stationed in this region. It’s not known how they managed to acquire these beauties in the middle of the war. When [...]

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So, you wanted to break out of a Brazilian prison

So, you wanted to break out of a Brazilian prison

THIS man wanted to break out of a prison in Brazil. See you in the canteen, Papillon: The next target demographic for a fad diet: jail-breakers. Rafael Valadao certainly won’t try another escape without dropping a few pounds, not after getting wedged in the wall at the prison in Ceres, Brazil, during a bold bid [...]

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Chand Baori Step Well in Rajasthan, India

Chand Baori Step Well in Rajasthan, India

Chand Baori in Abhaneri village in eastern Rajasthan, India, is one of the most overlooked landmarks in the country. It is one of the oldest stepwell in Rajasthan, and is considered to be among the biggest in the world. Chand Baori looks like anything but a well. This incredible square structure is 13 stories deep, [...]

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The 45 Most Powerful Images Of 2012

The 45 Most Powerful Images Of 2012

1. Tourists sunbathing next to the Costa Concordia Vacationers bask in front of the wreckage of capsized cruise liner Costa Concordia. Twenty-eight people were killed when the cruise ship capsized off the coast of Italy. Image by Max Rossi / Reuters   2. The Waldo Canyon fire The Waldo Canyon fire burns an entire neighborhood near the foothills of [...]

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China Builds Road Around House Because Owner Refused to Move

China Builds Road Around House Because Owner Refused to Move

In the eastern Chinese city of Wenling, a lone five-story row house with ragged edges stand in the middle of a motorway in staunch defiance. The house belongs to Luo Baogen, a duck farmer, and his wife who are the lone holdouts from a neighborhood that was demolished to make way for the main thoroughfare [...]

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72-year Old Grandpa Models Women’s Clothes, Becomes Internet Sensation

72-year Old Grandpa Models Women’s Clothes, Becomes Internet Sensation

Liu Xianping, a 72-year-old Chinese man has become something of an internet sensation after he began modelling for his granddaughter’s online clothing store. Liu Xianping’s granddaughter is one of five recent college grads who created Yuekou, a female fashion store. It all started when one day her grandpa Liu came to help with unpacking: “He [...]

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The Curious Case of Baarle-Nassau and Baarle-Hertog

The Curious Case of Baarle-Nassau and Baarle-Hertog

Baarle-Nassau and Baarle-Hertog are two municipalities that divide the town of Baarle on the border between the Netherlands and Belgium. Baarle-Nassau is located in southern Netherlands in the North Brabant province and Baarle-Hertog is located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. Both towns share a common border, but the international border that separates the Belgian [...]

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India’s Death Defying ‘Maut ka Kuaa’ or ‘Well of Death’

India’s Death Defying ‘Maut ka Kuaa’ or ‘Well of Death’

‘Maut ka Kuaa’, which translates to the ‘Well of Death’ in English, also sometimes called the ‘Wall of Death’, is a death defying and gravity defying stunt that one often gets to see in various carnivals or ‘melas’ across India. The stunt features an wooden cylinder shaped like a barrel or an inverted cone about [...]

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Kowloon Walled City, a Population Density Nightmare

Kowloon Walled City, a Population Density Nightmare

Kowloon Walled City was a largely ungoverned Chinese settlement in Kowloon, Hong Kong, comprising of 350 interconnected high-rise buildings where 33,000 residents lived within a plot measuring just 210 meter by 120 meter. Originally a Chinese military fort, the Walled City became an enclave after the New Territories were leased to Britain in 1898. Its [...]

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Chris Jordan’s Portraits of American Mass Consumption

Chris Jordan’s Portraits of American Mass Consumption

American photographer Chris Jordan using large-scale works depict the magnitude of our consumerism and its impact on our environment. Like Edward Burtynsky, Jordan uses large scale photographs to depict scenes of infrastructure and industrial waste that few of us will ever experience in person. While Edward Burtynsky’s work revolves around the petroleum and mining industry [...]

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The Tree Houses of the Korowai Tribe of New Guinea

The Tree Houses of the Korowai Tribe of New Guinea

Deep within the inaccessible jungle of the southeast Indonesian province of Papua, about 150 kilometres inland from the Arafura Sea, lives the Korowai tribe – a clan totally isolated from the rest of the world. They are hunter-gatherers living in a small society of traditional family ties who need to share all they have in [...]

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New Entries to The Guinness World Records 2013

New Entries to The Guinness World Records 2013

Guinness World Records has launched the latest edition of its best-selling book documenting global achievement, including new entries for the shortest bull, the oldest gymnast and the lowest ever car. The 57th version of best-selling reference book also features new verified entries for the world’s heaviest sportswoman and the most conquests of Mount Everest, as [...]

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The Latest Chinese Beach Craze – Face-kini

The Latest Chinese Beach Craze – Face-kini

A new kind of swimwear trend is sweeping the Chinese beaches in Qingdao in eastern China’s Shandong province. As the weather get hotter, both men and women are seen appearing on the beaches wearing full body suits that cover from head to toe. The upper part of the swimsuit has a ski-mask with holes cut [...]

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Tobacco Sniffing at World Snuff Championship

Tobacco Sniffing at World Snuff Championship

About 300 competitors consisting of both men and women tried to shove as much as stuff as possible up their noses to win the 18th World Snuff Championships held in Peutenhausen in Germany last weekend. The goal of each contestant is to stuff up to 5 grams of snuff tobacco into his or her nostrils [...]

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Poo Machine by Wim Delvoye

Poo Machine by Wim Delvoye

Wim Delvoye is a Belgian artist known for his inventive and often shocking and repulsive projects. Cloaca, also known as the “poo-machine”, is probably Wim Delvoye’s most famous art installation. In 2000, he put together a complex machinery at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp, Belgium, that mimics the action of the human digestive [...]

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Slimy Snail Massage: The Latest Beauty Fad

Slimy Snail Massage: The Latest Beauty Fad

Beauty clinics and spas across South America and South Korea are turning to snail extracts that is believed to be good for the skin. Packed with glycolic acid and elastin, a snail’s secretion protects skin from cuts, bacteria, and powerful UV rays, making mother nature’s gooeyness a prime source for proteins that eliminate dead cells [...]

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Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School

Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School

Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is not your usual school of arts, as you may have already guessed from its name. It’s a place of “alternative drawing” where students draw gorgeous corset-clad, feather-covered burlesque dancers in various stages of undress, compete in contests and win wacky prizes. Refreshments, prizes and plenty of alcohol go around making [...]

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The Trillion Dollar Campaign

The Trillion Dollar Campaign

The Trillion Dollar Campaign was an innovative way to protest Zimbabwe’s record breaking hyperinflation which reached the unbelievable mark of 231,000,000% in October 2008. The campaign was launched in 2009 with the goal of promoting the newspaper called The Zimbabwean, whom President Mugabe was giving a hard time, as well as increasing awareness of the [...]

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Artist Vacuum Seals Couples For Photo Portraits

Artist Vacuum Seals Couples For Photo Portraits

Tokyo-based photographer Hal vacuum-sealed couples together to create a bizarre photo series titled ‘Flesh Love’. Hal wraps willing couples in plastic normally used to store futon covers, then sucks the air out with a vacuum cleaner nearly smothering them. The subjects then have to hold their breath for about 10 seconds, while he snaps a [...]

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Hospitalis, The Hospital Themed Restaurant in Riga

Hospitalis, The Hospital Themed Restaurant in Riga

Hositalis is a bizarre hospital themed restaurant in Riga, Lativia, where patrons eat amongst operating tables, medical equipment and other hospital related paraphenelia, while waiters dressed as nurses wait on them. On the walls hang x-rays and video screens play medical clips from various popular movies. Food is served in surgical utensils, and drinks are [...]

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Sokushinbutsu: The Bizarre Practice of Self Mummification

Sokushinbutsu: The Bizarre Practice of Self Mummification

Scattered throughout Northern Japan around the Yamagata Prefecture are two dozen mummified Japanese monks known as Sokushinbutsu, who caused their own deaths in a way that resulted in their mummification. The practice was first pioneered by a priest named Kuukai over 1000 years ago at the temple complex of Mount Koya, in Wakayama prefecture. Kuukai [...]

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Paintings Made With Human Blood by Vinicius Quesada

Paintings Made With Human Blood by Vinicius Quesada

Vinicius Quesada is a talented street artist from Brazil who likes to add a shock value to his artwork. His series entitled Blood Piss Blues were created using exactly what it says – blood and urine. The Brazilian street artist makes incredibly detailed psychedelic art of violent geishas, smoking monkeys, and other apocalyptic and imagery. [...]

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Chewing Gum Wall in California

Chewing Gum Wall in California

If you are squeamish and easily disgusted, never walk along Bubblegum Alley and don’t touch the walls because lining the walls on this alley is a thick layer of over-chewed sticky bubble gums. This local tourist landmark is located in downtown San Luis Obispo, California. The wall in question is 15-foot high and stretches for [...]

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Frieke Janssens’s Controversial Photos of Smoking Kids

Frieke Janssens’s Controversial Photos of Smoking Kids

A few months ago smoking was banned in all public places in Belgium. Photographer Frieke Janssens responded with “surrealistic, melancholic and theatrical but especially controversial pictures of smoking kids” to visualise the contradiction of the unhealthy cigarette and the immense attraction of smoking. The children, aged four to nine, are shameless posing while enjoying their [...]

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