WIN News TV journalist Philip Calder was out reporting in Ayr, a coastal town in the state of Queensland, Australia, that got hit by Cyclone Debbie last week, when he ran into a bull shark stranded in the middle of a road. “He must’ve gotten caught in a torrent and confused, beached himself on the side of the road,” Calder told news.com.au.
"Think it's safe to go back in the water? Think again! A bull shark washed up in Ayr. Stay out of floodwater" tweeted Queensland Fire & Emergency. (Wait, was that a quote from Sharknado? We're going to need a bigger movie!)
The meter-and-a-half (5 ft) bull shark was quite dead when it was discovered by passersby - no mascara shotgun needed.
Psst, want to learn how to win at claw machines? If there's one guy that can teach you, it'll be claw machine master Chen Zhitong of Xiamen, China. Last year, he won over 15,000 stuffed animals from those infernal claw crane game machines!
When single mom Amy Peterson got the school's note about a father-daughter dance, she couldn't bear the thought that her daughter Gracie, 6, couldn't go.
"When the flyer went out about the dance Gracie came home and asked me to be her date," Peterson told TODAY, "I gladly accepted and filled out the form and sent the money to the school. Four weeks passed and finally the dance came. Gracie and I came up with the idea for me to dress up as a man so I did just that."
But the crafty mom's plan was foiled when the school learned that she planned to cross-dress to attend the dance, and forbid her from attending.
What do you think? Is it wrong for the school to exclude single parents from a gender-specific dance?
We passed through the city of Longview, Washington, on our recent family trip, and my wife noticed that the town is famous for the "Nutty Narrows Bridge," a bridge built solely for squirrels.
In 1963, resident Amos Peters decided that there were too many squirrels flattened by cars when running across the street to the park, so he built a mini-suspension bridge to keep the squirrels safe. A local councilwoman named it the "Nutty Narrows Bridge" after the state's Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and the name stuck.
To date, the Nutty Narrows Bridge has the title of the World's Narrowest Bridge and also the World's Narrowest Animal Crossing. It was also the world's first bridge built just for squirrels!
Even in its state of extreme disrepair, it's easy to see the fairy tale quality of the Miranda Castle or Chateau de Noisy in Belgium. Behind Closed Doors urban exploration website explains:
The castle remained occupied by the [Liedekerke-Beaufort] family until World War II when it was taken over by the National Railway Company of Belgium (NMBS) who used it as an orphanage. It remained in use as an orphanage until 1980.
The building has stood empty since 1991 and has fallen into a severe state of disrepair. The municipality of Celles have offered to take over the building but the family have refused. They now plan to demolish the building later in 2014.
The castle structure is severely damaged, but it's still quite beautiful:
The pounding rain, the stormy seas, and the lone sports car traveling on a narrow road - how exactly did the photographer take this amazing shot and survive the harrowing experience?
Let Indian photographer Vatsal Kataria explain in this interview with DIY Photography:
DIYP: How did you come up with the idea? What inspired you?
Vatsal: I am commercial still life photographer but one day I was in my studio without any projects. I saw a photo of a toy car near a waterfall so decided how I can do something like this but without going anywhere. So I started working on my first project.
DIYP: How much time it usually takes to build a location for your miniature shots?
Vatsal: it depends on the project. Sometimes it takes me 1 day, or sometimes whole week for just one picture. So it totally depends on the complexity of the project.
DIYP: What materials do you mainly use?
Vatsal: I use lots of products. My main aim is to create everything with the cheapest way possible so that if anyone wants to do something they can. I use plaster of Paris, baking powder, pit sand and clay, and that’s it.
View the rest of the interview (and many more fantastic photos) over at DIY Photography.
Meet the world's smallest snowman, created by Western Nanofabrication Facility. At only 3 microns tall, the snowman was fabricated from three 0.9-micron silica spheres stacked by using electron beam lithography. The snowman's eyes and mouth were etched with a focused ion beam, whereas the nose and arms were sculpted with platinum.
Creative director Daniel Bruce noted that there are many odd attractions in the state of Illinois that lacked public attention. And what better way to bring attention to these places than some whimsically wonderful retro-styled travel posters? Take a look:
We've posted about many anamorphic art on Neatorama before, but French Tunisian artist eL Seed took it to a new level. For the past year, the artist painted some 50 different buildings in the Zaraeeb community in Cairo, Egypt to create a stunning calligraphic mural (or calligraffiti, a combination of calligraphy and graffiti, as eL Seed puts it).
The gigantic mural, called Perception, is visible from a certain point on the Muqattam Mountain. When viewed from that certain angle, the saying of Saint Athanasius of Alexandria appeared: "Anyone who wants to see the sunlight clearly needs to wipe his eye first"
In the neighborhood of Manshiyat Nasr in Cairo, the Coptic community of Zaraeeb collects the trash of the city for decades and developed the most efficient and highly profitable recycling system on a global level.
Still, the place is perceived as dirty, marginalized and segregated. To bring light on this community, with my team and the help of the local community, I created an anamorphic piece that covers almost 50 buildings only visible from a certain point of the Moqattam Mountain.
The Zaraeeb community welcomed my team and I as we were family. It was one of the most amazing human experience I have ever had. They are generous, honest and strong people. They have been given the name of Zabaleen (the garbage people), but this is not how they call themselves. They don’t live in the garbage but from the garbage; and not their garbage, but the garbage of the whole city. They are the one who clean the city of Cairo.
eL Seed gave a TED Talk in March 2015 that's quite interesting:
Carson Davis Brown's art project titled "Mass" is a bit unusual. For his artwork, Brown collected various items from a big box store's vast selection of merchandise, and arrange them to create "visual disruptions in places of mass" stuff.
These art installations are made without permission ... "The works are made, photographed, then left to be experienced by passerby and ultimately dissembled by location staff," Brown wrote on his website. It's not exactly damaging vandalism, but it does create a lot of extra work for the people who work there.
We've featured a number of large mural artworks on Neatorama before, but this one titled "Floating World" by Ray Bartkus is different. Drawn on the side of a building in Marijampole, Lithiuania, the artwork is meant to be viewed as its reflection on the water.
Inspired by Charles Darwin's observation that plant roots don't just passively grow down, but actively navigate to seek moisture and nutrients, German-born artist Diana Scherer worked to manipulate plant roots into works of art.
Scherer grew oat and wheat, which fast growing root system, on special templates that mold and train the plants' root system into geometric patterns that look like woven textiles.
Ask a chemist for flowers, and he'll likely give you these wonderful crystal flowers!
Chemistry professor Dean Campbell of Bradley University and his team were trying to develop new catalysts by making a solution of copper acetylacetonate in tetrahydrofuran, then soaking slabs of polydimethylsiloxane in the jar. After the experiment, Campbell found wonderful crystals that look like wildflowers forming on the wall of the beaker.
Guests coming over for dinner? You don't have to grab a spare table or snap in an extra table leaf to fit everybody for dinner - with this Roll-Out Table by Norwegian designer Marcus Voraa, you just roll out more table! Clever!
This is pretty cool: Carlos Jimenez Perez and Pilar Balsalobre of the Spanish design studio photoAlquimia created a condiment serving set named Ajorí. The salt and pepper shakers, plus sauce dispenser and condiment container serving set is cleverly shaped like a bulb of garlic.
Now that's tough love. Jeremy Brevard of USA TODAY Sports spotted this dad trolling his son with a funny sign at Friday's Cleveland Cavaliers - Charlotte Hornets basketball game, which said "Thomas get your grades back up and next time you'll be here. Love, Dad"
And he's not done! Here's one more at Sunday's Houston Rockets game:
Within hours after posting her request on February 26, her page went viral with more than 100,000 likes. Over the past few weeks, Segard’s page has grown to nearly 250,000 followers, and she proudly announced last week that she would be France’s first-ever weather presenter with Down syndrome.
"I'm different, but I want to show everyone I can do a lot of things," she wrote on her Facebook page. On Tuesday, Segard did just that. "This is it. I did it. I'm finally a weather girl," Segard said after making her debut on France 2.
View the video clip below (Melanie made her appearance at 1:40):
Last year, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding unveiled their latest batch of cuteness: 23 baby pandas making their public debut at the center. Workers tried to arrange the baby pandas according to their sizes on top of a large green podium, but that task proved to be futile.
One baby panda was particularly adventurous and decided to go off stage ...
But don't worry, folks. Fushun, the baby panda that fell off became quite famous. Apparently, he fell off the stage straight into the people's hearts.
Image: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
Smog getting you down? Consider this: even Pluto has got that!
Scientists stitched together images from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft when it was about 120,000 miles (200,000 kilometers) away from Pluto. The resulting image of Pluto's receding crescent shows a spectacular blue "haze" in the dwarf planet's atmosphere:
Scientists believe the haze is a photochemical smog resulting from the action of sunlight on methane and other molecules in Pluto's atmosphere, producing a complex mixture of hydrocarbons such as acetylene and ethylene. These hydrocarbons accumulate into small haze particles, a fraction of a micrometer in size, which preferentially scatter blue sunlight – the same process that can make haze appear bluish on Earth.
As they settle down through the atmosphere, the haze particles form numerous intricate, horizontal layers, some extending for hundreds of miles around large portions of the limb of Pluto. The haze layers extend to altitudes of over 120 miles (200 kilometers). Pluto's circumference is 4,667 miles (7,466 kilometers).
When Ana Barbara Ferreira, a teacher from Sao Paulo, Brazil, found out that one of her student was saddened after being ridiculed by a boy for having "ugly hair," she decided to user her head to solve the problem. Make that, use her hair.
"Yesterday, my student came to tell me that a boy said that her hair was ugly. She was pretty sad ... at that time, the only thing I could think to tell her was that she was beautiful and that he didn't know what she was talking about," Ferreira posted on Facebook, "Today, I woke up and remembered what happened and I decided to do the same hairstyle that she usually has."
When the student saw her, she came running to hug her, saying "Today, I am beautiful just like you."
A horse in a nursing home sounds like the beginning of a joke, but bringing an actual Clydesdale horse into the Village of East Harbor Senior Living Community in Michigan turns out to be great therapy.
As many seniors living in the center have trouble with mobility that prevent them from going outside, Maggie Provenzano brought her Clydesdale Neigh-Neigh inside the home.
"It was pet therapy on steroids," administrator Carolyn Martin said to TODAY, "Neigh-neigh brought everyone out of their rooms, even those who rarely go to activities or come out to socialize."
Take a look at more touching photos over at TODAY (warning: auto-play video)
The selection of what book should represent each country is subjective, of course - it's impossible to boil down the literary history of a country to a single book, but nonetheless the work is quite impressive. See if you agree with the book/country pairings:
Canada - Anne of Green Gables
U.S.A - To Kill a MockingBird
Add this to the looong list of why wearing baggy pants while trying to commit a crime is not a good idea: they're terrible for running away.
A man was spotted trying to break into a classroom at Miles Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona. When he realized that he was discovered, the man decided to escape and attempted to jump over the school's spiked fence. That's when his choice in trousers did him in.
Passerby Jesse Sensibar noted that the man's baggy pants got caught on the fence and pantsed him. Sensibar posted the photo on Facebook, which has now gone viral, with a note:
One more reason not to jump fences in baggy pants. I saw this homie hanging around at the Miles School this morning when I was rolling eastbound on Broadway Avenue.
I was going to help him off the fence but by the time I got back around the block the cops were rolling up two cars deep. I don't know what his story was but it must not have been good enough, fifteen minutes later when I went back by the other direction going home he was cuffed up in the backseat. He smiled for the camera.
Image: David Penning/Missouri Southern State University
It's a snake-eat-snake world out there.
Predators usually chase after smaller (and thus easier) prey, but king snakes "just don't seem to be abiding by that rule," said biologist David Penning of Missouri Southern State University to National Geographic. "When we pair a small king snake with a larger rat snake, they don't avoid it. They actively and directly will attack a larger individual.... "
Marcus Woo of National Geographic has the explanation of how the king snake is truly deserving of its name.