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Frozen Pond Rock

Photo credit: Odstane / Reddit

Frozen ponds are nothing special, but this one just happened to have a few perfectly placed rocks inside, causing surreal rings to form around them. While no official explanation for them has been given, one Reddit user, "Biogeopaleochem", says these occur because: "Differences in albedo or the reflectivity of the materials. Since the rock is darker it absorbs more energy from the sun during the day which is then emitted as long-wave radiation (heat) which melts the ice. The rings are day/night cycles." Continue reading for more images.

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Frost Flower

Photo credit: Jennifer Fenwick

At first glance, this may look like just another photo manipulation, but it's actually a real frost flower. To be more specific, this condition happens when thin layers of ice are extruded from long-stemmed plants in autumn or early winter. The thin layers of ice are often formed into exquisite patterns that curl into "petals" that resemble flowers. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Baby and Sloth

Five-month-old Alia has an unusual best friend, Daisy the sloth. They met when Alia was just two days old, Daisy, three months old, and the duo have been inseparable ever since. Alia's parents, Julia and Jason Heckathorn, say that both of them love to play and take naps together. This family also have a kangaroo called Boomeroo, an anteater called Noche, sugar gliders and a cat called Larry. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Polished Meteorite

Photo credit: Proteon / Reddit

Most meteorites look dull, but this is what a polished 773 gram Chinga meteorite looks like. This quarter-cut specimen was found in Turvinskaya, Russia, with two sides being cut and polished. The other sides maintain the original natural light brown crust to show the difference. The Chinga meteorite is an iron meteorite with an 82.8% iron, 16.6% nickel, cobalt and phosphorus compisition. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an epic underground ping pong battle.

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Behind the Uniform

Photo credit: Devin Mitchell

Seeing military personnel in pictures really doesn't give us insight on who is really behind those uniforms, but photographer Devin Mitchell wants to show everyone in his latest photo series, titled "The Veteran Art Project". With the help of Photoshop, and some clever photography techniques, he's created images of uniformed men and women standing in front of their mirror images. Mitchell says, "The military community has expressed their interest in using my art to communicate how many of them feel to be living double lives while serving in the military. People who have never served have shown interest in knowing more about the diversified aspects of what causes veterans to feel that way." Continue reading for more.

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Adults Recreate Childhood Photos

Photo credit: Reddit

You can find all sorts of web content on Reddit, even people recreating old childhood photos. That's right, they have a sub-Reddit called "Past and Present Pics" where users recreate scenes from the past using many of the same things (clothes, props, etc.) as possible. Above, we have two father and son photos that were probably taken around 20-years apart. Continue reading for more.

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Elizabeth Gadd

Photo credit: Elizabeth Gadd

Elizabeth Gadd is a completely self-taught 21-year-old photographer from Vancouver, Canada, that travels the world capturing images of herself in surreal scenes that look out of this world to say they least. She was raised in a place blessed with mountains, forests and fields, and eventually, this lead to her bringing a camera along on outdoor adventures. Gadd adds, "Everything I learned came simply from hours of experimentation, the most effective method being taking on a '365 project.' I hope when people look at my photos, they can feel what I felt while taking them." Continue reading for more photographs.

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Random Face Object

You know there's an official term for when people see things in random objects, and it's called pareidolia, or the psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse. These people managed to spot weird and random faces in everyday things, such as butter. Continue reading for more examples.

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First Space Selfie

Gemini 12 was a 1966 manned spaceflight in NASA's Project Gemini. It was the 10th and final manned Gemini flight, the 18th manned American flight and, including X-15 flights over 100 kilometers (54 nmi), the 26th spaceflight of all time. Above, we see astronaut Buzz Aldrin taking the first space selfie while performing an EVA during the Gemini XII mission, with the Agena Target Vehicle visible in the background. Continue reading for more.

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Coffee Cup Animals

Animals may not drink coffee every morning, but some of the tiniest creatures love spending their free time in the cups we use for our morning brew. For example, the dwarf rabbit - caused by the effects of a single dwarfing gene - fits perfectly in a normal-sized coffee cup. On a related note, did you know that the earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century, in the Sufi Muslim monasteries around Mocha in Yemen? It was here in Arabia that coffee seeds were first roasted and brewed, in a similar way to how it is now prepared. Continue reading for more.

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