The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is the officially designated exclusion zone around the site of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster. Its purpose is to restrict access to hazardous areas, reduce the spread of radiological contamination and conduct radiological and ecological monitoring activities. Today the Exclusion Zone is one of the most radioactively contaminated areas in the world and draws significant scientific interest for the high levels of radiation exposure in the environment, as well as increasing interest from tourists. Continue reading for more strange places that you may not have known about.
Poncho the police dog of the Madrid Municipal Police recently became a social media star after a video began circulating of the pup demonstrating his life-saving skills. As you can see in the video above, as soon as his human partner collapses to the ground, Poncho springs into action, performing CPR, while also laying his head on the man's mouth to check his breathing. Continue reading for more strange, yet true, stories from around the world to kick off your weekend.
The Domus Aurea was basically a vast landscaped palace built by the Emperor Nero in the heart of ancient Rome after the great fire in 64 AD had destroyed a large part of the city and the aristocratic villas on the Palatine Hill. Architects designed two of the principal dining rooms to flank an octagonal court, surmounted by a dome with a giant central oculus to let in light. Only fragments have survived, but that technique was to be copied extensively, eventually ending up as a fundamental feature of Christian art: the apse mosaics that decorate so many churches in Rome, Ravenna, Sicily and Constantinople. Continue reading to see more historical ruins reconstructed back to their former glory.
Azubuike, a man from Nigeria, had recently lost his father to old age and decided to bury him in a luxury car rather than a casket. So, he spent approximately $90,000 USD on a new BMW X5, placed his father's body inside, and then buried it in an extra-large, six-foot-deep grave near his village. Continue reading for five more strange, yet true, things, including a cryptocurrency scavenger hunt on Mount Everest.
Facial recognition technology isn't something new, but students at the No. 11 Middle School in Hangzhou, China, have their faces every 30 seconds to make sure they are paying attention. It's officially called a "smart classroom behavior management system," and consists of three cameras positioned above the blackboard that constantly feed information to an AI-powered software, which then analyzes the students' facial expressions to see if they are paying attention. Continue reading for five more bizarre, yet true, things.
Developed by Omron Corporation, the FORPHEUS (Future Omron Robotics Technology for Exploring Possibility of Harmonized aUtomation with Sinic Theoretics) has taken the Guinness World Records title for being the "first robot table tennis tutor for its unique technological intelligence and educational capabilities." It's capable of acting as a human coach by utilizing cutting edge vision and motion sensors to gauge movement during a match, paired with an array of cameras that are situated above the ping pong table. All of these tools monitors the position of the ball at an impressive rate of 80 times per second. Continue reading for three more crazy records you probably never heard of.
Delta 4×4, a German tuner, has revealed the Tesla Model X Off-Road Edition, and while it doesn't offer a power increase, the electric SUV can now tackle just about any kind of terrain. This comes courtesy of four sleek 20" matte black Delta rims, wrapped in beefy all-terrain tires. The wheel kit itself will set you back $4,593, and there's no word yet on if the company has any other off-road parts in store. Continue reading for more electric vehicles you probably never knew existed.
For $200,000+, one of the original Harley Davidson Fat Boy motorcycles used in the 1991 film, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, could be yours. Unlike the other examples, many of which were used for static shots, Arnold Schwarzenegger actually rode this one, and it has just 392-miles on the odometer. Since it was acquired directly from the film production company, you can rest assured you're getting the real deal. Continue reading for more things you might want, but probably don't need.
You know a person has received one too many parking tickets, when...they start making their own fakes to prevent officers from giving them more. One woman from Suzhou, China, decided to park in a no-parking zone and then proceeded to leave a fake parking ticket on her car's window so that the policemen would think one of their colleagues had already fined her. She was able to sneak by for quite some time, until one day, an undercover police car was sitting their waiting to see her performing this illegal act. Continue reading for more strange, yet true, stories about real people.
Gas & oil company Santos teamed up with the University of South Australia to build a 41.42 m (135 ft 10.7 in) long bicycle, or approximately twice the length of a bowling lane, over a period of 9-months. The design includes a metal frame, two wheels and handlebars. Guinness World Records required the constructors to prove that the bike can travel a minimum of 100 meters, without riders touching the ground. Continue reading for more bizarre inventions you won't believe exist.