Many Japanese people are obsessed with pop culture, both from their own country and abroad, but you know their pop mania has reached new heights when an entire Japanese island starts to look like Charles Schulz’s iconic cartoon character Snoopy.
Over 170 miles south of Japan lie the Bonin Islands, and many people think that the aerial view of the island looks like the overly imaginative white beagle Snoopy. The similarity was pointed out by Twitter user @tekken8810 and now those who have seen cannot seem to unsee the cartoon beagle in the island's outline.
Here's the science behind how this Snoopy shaped island came to be:
There, at this very moment, an active volcano is in the process of rather violently creating a new island. Originating very close to Nishi-no-shima (西之島, Western Island), since last month the new land has steadily grown and is now beginning to overlap with Nishi-no-shima, merging the two.
The volcano is still quite active, so the island probably won't remain in its cute beagle shape for long.