When researchers at the Netherland's Meander Medical Center placed a 1,000-year-old Chinese Buddha statue inside a CT scanner they discovered a mummified monk. They believe the statue contains the body of a Buddhist master named Liuquan, who most likely practiced the tradition of "self-mummification" to reach his final resting place. An endoscope was used to examine the abdominal cavity of the mummy inside, they found that the organs had been removed and replaced with paper scraps that were printed with ancient Chinese characters. Continue reading for more fascinating random facts you probably didn't know about before today.
For those who've always wondered what the Disney princes might look like in real life, then look no further than these illustrations by Finnish artist Jirka Vaatainen who is based out of Melbourne, Australia. "Cinderella's Prince Charming, along with Princes Phillip, Eric and Adam from Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast respectively are brought to life through digital painting. John Smith from Pocahontas, Aladdin, Hercules and Tarzan also feature in the series. Just like their cartoon versions, there are brooding eyes, chiseled jawlines, effortlessly coiffed hair, and muscular physiques aplenty amongst the princely portraits," says The Daily Mail. Continue reading for more pictures.
Nintendo may not have modeled the N64 after a koala, but when you look at it upside down, the case does slightly resemble the animal, or so the internet thinks. As most of you already know, there's an official term for this, pareidolia, which is a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern - like a face - where none actually exists. Continue reading for more everyday coincidences that cannot be unseen.
While most wouldn't think too much about going over the $39.99 amount at a gas pump, there are a few who would have dilemma on their hands if the gallons pumped was also a perfect 10-gallons. Or, slicing a pre-cut pie in a different direction is nothing out of the ordinary, but it's just annoying enough to catch the attention of perfectionists. Last, but not least, city workers who didn't line up the lines when replacing the manhole cover just seems out of place. Continue reading for more funny examples.
This awesome Lord of the Rings-inspired Sauron creation is the one grill to rule them all, and it's functional to boot. For those who don't follow the LOTR-series, Sauron is basically the Necromancer mentioned in Tolkien's earlier novel The Hobbit. In Tolkien's The Silmarillion, he is also described as the chief lieutenant of the first Dark Lord, Morgoth. Throughout the story, "the Eye" is the image most often associated with Sauron. Sauron's Orcs bore the symbol of the Eye on their helmets and shields, and referred to him as the "Eye" because he did not allow his name to be written or spoken, according to Aragorn. Continue reading for more.
Similar to audio equipment, buying a $100 HDMI cable doesn't necessarily mean you're getting a better product, compared to the $5 version. One expert states: "HDMI is a digital signal, so if it works, that is the best you will get, if it does not then take the cable back and get it replaced. Basically, don't spend much on one unless you want a pretty one that will be seen." Continue reading for more - any that you can't read, just open the image in a new window to view full resolution.
Finding random boxes in dumpsters is nothing special, but this guy found something extraordinary. On the outside, it's just a wooden box fitted with hinges, handles and two locks. Inside, there's a plethora of random things, including: a bizarre patent, a world map with air routes, an extremely old note from the Veterans Affair Office, an extraterrestrial event that took place in Florida sometime during 1977, complete with diagrams (partial above) and lots more. Continue reading to see its contents.
Ren Lu You is a 29-year-old who is more money than time, so he decided to outsource the job of finding a girlfriend. He created a website, "Date Ren", that explicitly says: "Find me a girlfriend and I'll pay you $10,000. Seriously." He's a Harvard Business School graduate who spent the last 12-months going on numerous dates, with "some interesting, some dull, and a few utterly bizarre". You said: "Look at it this way: if you work 12 hours/day, how would you want to spend the few waking hours you have left? Probably not standing around in a bar with your fingers crossed. This way is more fun for me." Continue reading for a video news report and more information.
Let's face it, when you need to contact customer service, it's usually not to show gratitude, but rather voice a complaint. However, this representative takes service to a whole new level by taking on the role of Odin and continues to stay in-character throughout the entire discussion right until the customer gets down to the nitty gritty. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures and funny fixes gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how a tiny puppy stands up to a tickle attack.
Sure, Halloween is still months away, but for any travel geeks out there looking to add a destination or two to their bucket list, these should take care of it. Starting off, we have the The Maunsell Forts, which were small fortified towers built in the Thames and Medway estuaries during the Second World War to help defend the United Kingdom. The forts were decommissioned in the late 1950s and later used for other activities including pirate radio broadcasting. Continue reading for more.