Maximo Riera understands the importance of creating furniture designs that fit into any home or office. A good furniture maker knows that a piece that goes anywhere is more marketable than a weird oddity. That's why he's continuing to develop chairs and couches that look like large animals. In the past, we've seen his walrus chair and octopus chair. Now he's added to that line this couch that looks like a hippopotamus. It's made to a 1:1 scale with leather lined and creased like a real hippopotamus.
National Geographic offers a larger version of this image as a downloadable computer wallpaper. Steffen Reichle's incredible shot shows a swarm of butterflies in the Tucavaca Valley Municipal Reserve, a wildlife protection area in Chiquitos Province.
The confluence of a slanted awning, a blanket of snow, icicles, and a slight melt produced this lethal trap waiting to skewer any tall person coming out of the door. Or any short person who stands on a few inches of hard snow. Luckily, redditor aeyntie saw the murderous icicle before he was impaled, and got a photograph from the side to show us how nature’s wrath works in mysterious ways. Doesn’t it look like a tentacled ice monster? Then of course, after the murder, the evidence would just melt away.
Last week, a highway exit ramp along the I-65 in Indiana's White County had to be closed because of an unusual spill. Raw sewage, thought to be 300 to 400 gallons of hog waste, was 6 to 8 inches deep in some places.
And if you think scooping up poop is a crappy job, the matter got a bit worse for the cleanup crew because it froze into toxic poopsicles.
I'm sure you want to see what that looks like (warning: it is as gross as it sounds), so here it is after the jump:
The winter storm in the United States produced this marvel in Greenville, North Carolina. On Tuesday afternoon, people spotted a bizarre ice formation in the parking lot of the Vidant Medical Center. The ice, which is attached to the ground, forms the outline of the front of a jeep. WITN reports:
One of the photo-takers' theory is that the Jeep owner left their vehicle running, warming up the engine. The imprint was then left after they backed out of the parking space. The ice was attached to the curb.
A neighborhood in the city of Hayward, California, had a problem with speeding cars. But after the usual approaches - enforcement, traffic engineering fixes, and even a public outreach - failed to yield results, the city decided to try something weird: unusual street signs to catch driver's attention.
"Let's juxtapose an unconventional message with a conventional medium to catch people's attention, " said city spokesman Frank Holland to SFGate, "If it starts a conversation, maybe people will change their behavior."
One of the signs warn pedestrian to first finish crossing the street before updating Facebook. Another tells drivers that they should use eyes, brakes and brain to navigate a downhill street.
The sign below warns drivers that 35 mph is the speed limit, not a suggestion.
No words whether the signs, which were produced and installed in January to the tune of $205 each, have any effects.
First, you'll need a custom dental appliance called a grille. This particular one looks like your teeth are secured by a padlock. Then, pull a stocking over your head. Finally, place a look of resigned horror upon your face as you realize where your life choices have led you.
Got it? Then you have look of fashion designer Shayne Oliver's "Daddy" line. Michael Schneier of the New York Times saw it at this year's New York Fashion Week. He describes it:
They commissioned custom grilles to look like orthodontic braces; threaded them through with padlocks and piercing-parlor barbells; and covered the models’ heads, faces and hair with shimmering stockings. (In some cases, facial hair or tufted eyebrows were drawn or glued on top.)
Would you jump through a ring of fire? If you’re a frontier soldier in the Chinese army, that’s a requirement. This Reuters photo from last year shows one soldier in the Heilongjiang province in the northeastern corner of China doing precisely that.
It’s one of 24 photos of elite soldiers around the world doing extraordinary things as part of their training. You can see more from Business Insider/Rocket News 24. They include US Marines drinking cobra blood, bare-chested South Korean soldiers covering themselves with snow, Filipino marines holding bananas on their heads, and German soldiers assembling guns underwater.
Here at Neatorama, we love the French street artist OakOak. He has a gift for placement. He can intuitively find images in ordinary life that most of us would never see without his help. For example, the shadow of a parking meter in Saint-Etienne, France forms Snoopy's doghouse. All OakOak had to do was add the famous dog himself.
Iceland, a land abounding in natural wonders, is a favorite for nature photographers. The glaciers in particular are places where they can find the full magnitude of what natural forces can create. Nicolas Brousse, a photographer from Malmö, Sweden, journeyed there to witness ice melting off Breiðamerkurjökull, a glacier on that island. He explored an ice cave that formed beneath the glacier and snapped incredible shots of it. You can see more photos in the series here.
Three small limestone islands off the Amalfi coast of Italy are known as La Galli or The Sirenusas (The Sirens). Tradition holds that it was here that Odysseus of Homer’s Odyssey encountered the tempting songs of the Sirens. Now the islands hold privately owned resorts and luxury homes. Some of the wealthiest people in the world own seaside homes on these islands or spend time at the expensive rental estates there.
When viewed from the right angle, one of those islands looks like a dolphin.
This natural wonder is located in Silver Falls State Park in Oregon. I think that it is specifically the 177-foot South Falls, one of the 10 waterfalls in that park. Photographer Jared Decker climbed inside a cave behind the waterfall and snapped three shots, which he stitched together into this beautiful image. It is as if Nature herself has an eye and she gazes back at you.
The mighty USS John C. Stennis, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier based in Bremerton, Washington, passed through a rainbow in the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday morning. For the photographer, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ignacio D. Perez, it was a perfect moment. He described the event to CNN:
"As a photographer I am used to documenting operational events like aircraft launches and recoveries," Perez, a 21-year-old mass communications specialist third class, said in an email. "But when I saw the rainbow I was excited because it was different. I knew the odds of the ship passing near another rainbow were pretty slim."
Perez was fortunate he was on the ship's flight deck on another assignment when things began to fall into place.
"I was actually covering the end of a 5K run on the flight deck at the time, but I noticed the rainbow as a fog cloud was breaking and quickly changed my location to ensure I had a better view of the ship passing underneath it," Perez said.
These holes look like big trilobites in the sky, or maybe they could be called “skylobites.” This picture of failstreak holes over Florida was posted by redditor deadhalo. They are sometimes attributed to UFOs, but there’s a perfectly logical explanation from meteorology.
Failstreak holes are the beginning of ice formations in clouds. The temperature can be very cold before water vapor turns to ice. When ice crystals begin to form, the crystallization spreads outward in a domino effect. Meanwhile, water surrounding the ice crystals evaporates, leaving a big hole.
Photographer Eric J. Smith snapped this shot near Redondo Beach, California. A man on a sailboat was texting while a humpback whale surfaced. He never noticed. ABC News (warning: auto-start video) quotes him:
"A small private sailboat maneuvered really close to the whales, and this guy on it was literally sitting in that position and never moved," Smith said. "He could have been texting his mom in the hospital for all I know, but I thought it sucked that he missed such a wonderful moment happening just two feet in front of him."
Is it a cute mother and baby photo or a scene from Alien? When people get too creative with a camera, you may not be able to tell. How to Be a Dad culled through the archives of Awkward Family Photos for the most ridiculous maternity photos ever shot. Some expecting couples take their prompts from Harry Potter, burlesque, and from dark parts of the human soul that should be best left unexplored. You can find more here.
A year ago, redditor Crispy-Snax tried to use a parking meter in Urbana, Illinois. The ice coating the entire face of the machine peeled off in one piece. He says that he was able to get the meter to work after hitting it a few times.
During her lifetime, Tucson, Arizona philanthropist Pat Arnell has collected a wide array of ornate, high-quality miniatures. Five years ago, Arnell opened a museum to exhibit her collection to the public: the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniature. There, visitors can find this beautiful work by the American miniaturist W. Foster Tracy. It is a 1:8 scale representation of an Eighteenth Century violin maker’s workshop set inside a full-size violin. This is 1 of 6 copies that Tracy made in 1979.
Chanel Beckenlehner of Caledon, Ontario represented Canada at the Miss Universe pageant in Miami yesterday. She wore a fantastic costume that displays her homeland’s love for hockey. In the place of a tiara, Beckenlehner wore a model of the Stanley Cup and a hockey goal net. Her boots resemble lace-up skates and her wings consist of fans of hockey sticks. And, yes, that scoreboard is part of her dress.
In 2011, a 4-foot long four-lined snake (Elaphe quatuorlineata) swallowed a smaller whip snake (Platyceps najadum) on the Greek island of Corfu. A pet cat then killed the four-lined snake.
Dick Mulder, a Dutchman who lives on the island, snapped photos of the incredible scene that followed. He described it to National Geographic:
"My wife, who didn't like the idea of a dead snake on her veranda, screeched that the snake wasn't dead—she saw it moving," he said in an email. "I reassured her that it was really dead," Mulder recalled—until he took a closer look.
"I went to grab my camera, and by the time I came back I saw the head of a small snake," he said.
The whip snake then fled into the wild. That's one tough little snake!
The Stock Photobomber (he doesn’t use his name) is an advertising art director with twenty years experience. His hobby is Photoshopping himself into stock images to give them a totally different meaning. Whereas a model was initially triumphant in her ascent to the top of the mountain, after she gets the Stock Photobomber treatment, she’s guilty of murder. A romantic moment gets creepy when a third person is watching. And some are just too strange to describe. See the rest of the images, both before and other the photobombing, at The Stock Photobomber. -via Uproxx
This cat has the strangest, humanlike face with eyes that look as if they can see right through you. We don’t know whose cat this is, and the earliest appearances of the photograph are in various languages I cannot read. Using a machine translation, none appear to identify him. Some compared him to the Middle-Earth wizard Radagast from the movie The Hobbit, probably for his drooping whiskers and bulbous nose. But perhaps another movie would have a more appropriate role for him. -via reddit