Astonishing Facts

Flower Paradise: Tulip Fields of the Netherlands

Never-ending fields of wonderfully colored flowers were portrayed by the most famous artist.   Spectacular scenery is not just aesthetically beautiful, it is also economically important to the country. The sale of freshly cut flowers is a significant proportion of the Netherlands’ economy. It makes up around two-thirds of the world’s total flora sales and […]

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The Deepest Dive Ever: The Mariana Trench to the East of the Mariana Islands

The Mariana Trench is 11,034 meters (36,201 feet) deep. If you place Mount Everest at the bottom of it, the peak would still be 2,133 meters (7,000 feet) below sea level. The Mariana Trench is a crescent-shaped trench in the Western Pacific. At the very bottom of it there are yellow and red rocky structures, […]

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The World’s Best Caves: Kentucky Is an Underrated State

Kentucky is a destination of immense interest because of over 400 miles of explored caverns and passages. Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park has a lot of offer to every visitor. About 80 square miles and more than 365 miles of the five-level cave system with new caves are continually being discovered. Mammoth is the world’s […]

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The World’s Most Ancient Continuously Inhabited City: Damascus’ Evidence of Settlement Goes 11,000 Years Back

Damascus, Syria is one of the oldest cities in the Middle East, the center of a flourishing craft industry. The city’s Arabic name derives from Dimashka, a word or pre-Semitic etymology, that suggests that the beginning of Damascus goes back to a time before recorded history. The city has about 125 monuments from different periods […]

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7,100 Reasons to Visit the Philippines

The Archipelago is covering nearly 300,000 square kilometers and consists of 7,100 islands, some of them still unnamed. The Philippines is bounded by the Philippine Sea to the east, the Celebes Sea to the south, the Sulu Sea to the southwest, and the South China Sea to the west and north. Manila is the capital, […]

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Exploring the Country With Twice as Many Pyramids as Egypt

Sudan, a war-torn stretch of bland desert, has more pyramids than Egypt. More than 255 pyramids were built in Sudan during the ancient reign, compare it to Egypt’s 138. They were built by members of the Kingdom of Kush, an ancient civilization that ruled areas along the Nile River. The Kushites started to build pyramids […]

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Diamond Dust or Subsun – a Brilliant White Spot Below the Horizon

A white, vertically elongated sport of light that arises through reflection by horizontal faces of ice crystals. This optical phenomenon is known as an undersun. It can be seen within clouds or haze when observed from above. Numerous tiny ice crystals suspend in the atmosphere and the Sun’s light is reflected off of them. As […]

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Sea Without Shores & Coastline: The Sargasso Sea Is the Only One of Such Kind on the Earth

The Sargasso Sea in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean is a unique creation of nature. It is surrounded by ocean currents rather than shores. The sea is called after the floating golden-brown seaweed that covers the surface of it and known as Sargassum. In the midst of Gulf Stream on the west, North […]

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Iceland – a Home to the World’s Most Active Volcanoes – Grows 5 CM Every Year

Right now Iceland is growing, as it splits wider at the points where two tectonic plates meet. The eastern part of Iceland drifts to the east and the western part drifts to the west. Iceland, sitting atop the North Atlantic Ridge, faces a constant growth created by magma. The volcanic system has been extremely active […]

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The Sahara Desert Painted White With Snow: Snowstorms Blanket Rare Parts of the World

Snow visited this landscape in 1979, December 2016, and January 2018. In 2018 for the third time in 40 years Ain Sefra, a desert town in Algeria, experienced a substantial amount of snow. High pressures over Europe caused cold air to be pulled down into northern Africa and the Sahara Desert. Northern Africa, where the […]

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One of the Earliest Civilization in the World: Mohenjo Daro Is Destined to Be Buried Again

Archaeologists are trying to save the 5,000-year-old city in Pakistan by burying it. A Bronze Age city Mohenjo Daro (meaning “Mound of the Dead Men”) was discovered in the 1920s in what is now Sindh, Pakistan. The city was part of the Harappan civilization and was an advanced one with a sophisticated drainage system with […]

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Paralyzed Surgeon Operates from Stand-Up Wheelchair

Dr. Ted Rummel is fixing shoulders, wrists, elbows, feet, knees and ankles and patience are relieved from pain and suffering. The orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ted Rummel worked at Progress Wes HealthCare Center in O’Fallon, where he was performing six to eight surgeries each week. In 2010 Rummel started to feel back pain and numbness in […]

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Hyper-Realistic Sculptures: Sam Jinks Creates Unbelievable Art

Sam Jinks used to work in film and television special effects. Now he makes us remember our mortality. Sam Jinks uses silicone, fiberglass and human hair to create his stunning sculptures. He depicts people in various stages of their life. The first sculpture of an older woman and a child in a tight embrace commemorate […]

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Egyptian Mummy Portraits Found in Tombs

Egyptian portraits were carefully wrapped into the mummy bandages and placed in the outside of the cartonnage coffin over the head of the individual. These portraits were discovered in the 1880s. Painted on a wooden board, portraits proved to be indeed closely resembling the features of the dead people. It is possible to date some […]

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Finland Tops the 2020 World Happiness Report

The UN’s annual World Happiness Report ranks over 156 countries and Finland is named the happiest for the third year in a row. Since 2012, when the first World Happiness Report was published, four different countries have taken the top positions: 2012, 2013, and 2016 – Denmark, 2015 – Switzerland, 2017 – Norway, and 2018, […]

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A Unique Geological Phenomenon: Kerið Is an Icelandic Crater Lake

In the south of Iceland, a day trip from Reykjavik, there is a 3,000-year-old volcanic crater with unique volcanic rocks. This shallow lake is within the easy hiking trail and visitors can get a closer view of it. The Kerid Crater Hike is a magical experience. The opaque aquamarine shade of blue water is a […]

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15lbs Gold Coin Worth £129,990 Commemorates the 25th James Bond Film

A one-of-a-kind coin, with an Aston Martin DB5 engraved on it, is the largest in size and value produced by the Royal Mint. The coin features all symbolical identifications of the famous film: the Aston Martin has a famous BMT 216 A number plate, and the world-known ‘007’ is emphasized by a gun barrel. During […]

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Twin Sisters Who Look Nothing Alike: Fraternal Twins Are Radically Different

Maria and Lucy Aylmer are twin sisters, but most people don’t believe they are.  The girls live in Gloucester, UK with their father Vince, Caucasian, and mother Donna, half-Jamaican.  Maria has dark hair, dark eyes and skin tone similar to her mother’s. Her sister Lucy is a red haired, blue eyed, and extremely fair skinned […]

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Mysterious Ice Age Architecture: 25,000 Year-Old Circle Built of the Bones of 60 Mammoths

A huge circular structure built with the bones of at least 60 wooly mammoths was found in Kostenki, Russia.  The 40-foot diameter building required a lot of time and effort to construct. The finding is located in the area of the Don River, a Paleolithic goldmine site. Mammoth-bone buildings are not new to archaeologists, but […]

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NASA’s Entire Media Library Is Free: Vast Collection Is Copyright Free to View and Use

Over 140,000 striking images across more than 60 collections, sounds, and videos in NASA’s media library is download free.  Browse the enormous gallery with amazing space images, missions, rocket launches, events at NASA, images of astronauts, the International Space Station, SpaceX launches, videos of stars, auroras, hurricanes, and other natural phenomena, etc. This is a […]

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Korg and Moog Offer Mobile Apps for Free: The Biggest Synthesizers Are Giving Away to Musicians

If you like to experiment with electronic music – this is for you – the Minimoog Model D synth app (for iPhone and iPad) is free now.  Korg, an electronic instrument company, offers freebies with timeline, which helps to occupy the time in a musical way. The iOs app is free until March 31 and […]

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Theater Lovers Rejoice: Online Broadway Plays and Musicals

Live recordings of original productions and film adaptations are available with streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and BroadwayHD.  Let us imagine that we go to shows, breathe in a theatrical air, and sit among glamorously dressed strangers. The lights go down and the play begins. Shrek the Musical (2013, Broadway). Starring Brian d’Arcy James, […]

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World-Class Museums Offer Virtual Tours: A Way to See Famous Art Collections

Google’s Arts and Culture collection teamed up with over 500 museums and galleries around the world to offer a virtual tour for anyone and everyone. British Museum, London Discover objects from the Roman Cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the Great Court, Egyptian mummies, hundreds of artifacts located in the heart of London. Guggenheim Museum, New […]

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First Known Humans Genetically Adapted to Diving: These ‘Sea Nomads’ Can Stay Deep Under Water

The Bajau, a group of nomadic people in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, can stay underwater for as long as 13 minutes at depth of around 230 feet.  These people spend up to 60 % of their working life underwater. They dive for food and searching for natural elements for crafts. They have a genetic […]

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Land Art Rises in the Saudi Arabia Desert: Government-Funded X Al Ula Show

The latest project, the result of collaboration with Desert X, created a land art installation area near the city of Al Ula. Desert X Al Ula has opened a six-week-specific installation of artworks, revealing a living museum to the public. The place is expected to draw 2 million tourists by 2035. Saudi Arabia is one […]

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The Creator of Duty Free Donated His Entire Fortune to Humanitarian Causes

Chuck Feeney, founder of Duty Free, during his lifetime gave to charity more than $ 8 billion. The money was spent on education, health, science in the United States, Vietnam, Australia, South Africa, Ireland, and Bermuda. Chuck Feeney became a billionaire through the company he co-founded, Duty Free Shoppers, back in the 1960s. He is […]

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The World’s Most Beautiful Filming Locations: 6 Absolutely Stunning Places Will Make You Fall in Love at First Sight

Jaipur, India The abundance of color is everywhere in Jaipur – on buildings and on the bright saris. The buildings were painted in an orange-pink color in 1876 and remain the same to this day. Most of the filming of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) took place in this city. Dubrovnik, Croatia Crystal clear […]

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Hall of Gems and Minerals: New York Museum of Natural History Exhibits the World’s Largest Gems

The Allison Mignone Hall of Gems and Minerals was closed since 2017 for renovations. The 11,000-square-foot exhibit is reopened in the American Museum of Natural History.  The redesigned exhibit is an interactive and high-tech show of the great diversity of mineral types that one can find on Mother Earth. Every visitor is able to experience […]

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1660 Secret Royalty Walkway With Victorian Graffiti Is Found Inside U.K. Parliament

Access to a 360-year-old passage remained hidden for about 70 years.  It was thought that the walkway was walled up forever after World War II.  The British monarchs used the passage the first time for procession to the 17th-century coronation banquet of Charles II and for other coronations after that. For 150 years royalty gained […]

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The First-Ever Animal That Doesn’t Need Oxygen to Survive

This discovery is changing the definition of what an animal can be and have implications for the search of life on other planets. A jellyfish-like parasite doesn’t breath. Henneguaya salminicola belongs to the same phylum as corals, jellyfish and anemones. This animal lost the genes to breath. How it survives is unclear.  The discovery changes […]

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Lawrence Tesler: an Icon of Early Computing Behind Cut, Copy and Paste

Lawrence Tesler, who made personal computing easier, died on February16, 2020 at the age of 74. The cause of his death is still unknown. Mr. Tesler was dedicated to the idea of simplifying interaction with computers. He was a researcher for Xerox at Palo Alto Research Center in the 1970s, and at Apple under Steve […]

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Shipwrecks Are Visible From the Air in Shallow Waters of Lake Michigan

A Coast Guard patrol was able to spot the wrecks in clear waters of Lake Michigan. The waters of the lake gets crystal clear when the lake’s ice melts that one can see the shipwrecks of the 133-foot long steamer, The Rising Sun and a doomed vessel, The James McBride, right from the sky.  The […]

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