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Isolated Home

Should a Walking Dead-like scenario happen in real-life, you'd need an isolated place, away from the big city, to hideout, or at least until the zombies are contained. For example, this tiny home in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland is surrounded by water on its own little island. Just plant some veggies, raise some livestock, stockpile medicine, and you should be safe for quite a while. Continue reading for more.

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50th Annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Earlier this week, the top awards for the 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year were announced at a ceremony held in London's Natural History Museum. This wasn't any ordinary contest, as the winners received their awards from the Museum Patron, The Duchess of Cambridge, Sir David Attenborough, wildlife presenter Liz Bonnin and renowned wildlife photographer Frans Lanting. Michael Nichols' photograph came out on top amongst 42,000 entries from 96 countries to take home the grand title award. To capture the shot you're about to see, he followed lions resting with their cubs in Tanzania's Serengeti National Parkpride for nearly 6-months and then photographed them in infrared, which "transforms the light and turns the moment into something primal, biblical almost." Continue reading to see more.

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Valley of Flowers

What you're looking at above is not a colorful painting, but rather Valley of Flowers National Park, an Indian national park, located in West Himalaya, in the state of Uttarakhand, that is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora. At 3352 to 3658 meters above sea level, the gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers National Park complements the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi National Park to the east. Getting to the Valley of Flowers requires a trek of about 17 km (10.5 mi). The nearest major town is Joshimath in Garhwal, which has convenient road connections from Haridwar and Dehradun, both about 270 km (168 mi) from Joshimath. From Delhi, one can take the train to Haridwar and then travel by bus to Govindghat via Rishikesh. Govindghat is approximately 16 km before another important destination of Badrinath. It is also possible to drive from Delhi to Govindghat, a distance of about 500 km. Continue reading for more.

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Terminal 21 Mall

If you're a jetsetter who just loves airports, traveling and shopping, Terminal 21 is definitely the place to be. Located in Bangkok, Thailand, this mixed-use complex has themed areas from famous cities all over the world. For example, there's a France section decorated like Champs-Elysees Boulevard and Parisian Boutiques, complete with Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower sculptures. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Cave Hotel

Photo credit: VN

Don't let its medieval appearance fool you, every room at the La Grotta della Civita hotel - nested in the grottos of a medieval mountain village within the Gravina River Valley in Matera Italy - has Wi-Fi. This hotel consists of 18 cave rooms and a restaurant. To keep things toasty during the colder winter months, they heat the cobblestone floors. However, Civita began as a deserted network of hand-carved limestone caves back in the 1950s. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why weatherman should never bring dogs onto live television.

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Airline Meal

Not everyone can afford a $20,000 suite when they fly, but these photographers wanted to show that things aren't so bad in economy and / or business classes. On a related note, the first airline meals were served by Handley Page Transport, an airline company founded in 1919, to serve the London-Paris route in October of that year. Passengers could choose from a selection of sandwiches and fruit. Now, as you can obviously tell from the Air France economy class meal above, things have changed quite a bit. Continue reading for more.

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Atlantic Ocean Road

It may look apocalyptic, or like a scene from a movie, but Atlantic Ocean Road is one that many use daily. It connects a series of islands in Norway and can be thought of as a real-life Hot Wheels track. Offering incredible views of surrounding mountains and Norwegian Seas. The route was originally proposed as a railway line in the early 20th century, but this was abandoned. Continue reading for another video of this road on a nicer day, more pictures and additional information.

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Underwater Hotel

Located on the island of Pemba in Tanzania, the Manta Resort is unlike any other because visitors can experience Africa's first underwater hotel room. This floating structure has three distinct levels: the landing deck, the roof (lounge area), and downstairs where the bedroom is, surrounded by panes of glass affording near 360 degree views. To make things even cooler the famous Blue Hole, an anomaly in the coral reef approximately 250 meters off shore, is visible from this room. Continue reading for more.

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Whitepod Hotel

Whitepod essentially is a collection of eco-luxury pods scattered the Swiss Alps, despite looking like a scene straight from a storybook or movie. This resort features 15 geodesic domes - 5 family units for groups and 10 standard rooms for couples - with each containing a wooden deck to admire the stunning views, a king-sized bed, cowhide throws, iPod music players, a full-sized bathroom with shower and a wood burning stove. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Amazing Road Trip

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It all began in 1988, before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Gunther Holtorf and his wife Christine decided to start a road trip that would span 26 years, 177 countries, and nearly 550,000 miles (885,139 km). They originally wanted to spend 18-months touring the African countryside in their Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon named "Otto," but one thing lead to another, and the rest is history. For over two decades, the couple lived out of their G-Wagon across the sand dunes of the Sahara, rural villages in Kenya, the streets of Paris, ancient Buddhist temples, war zones in Iraq, and even the normally forbidden nation of North Korea. They slept in hammocks or in their trusty vehicle and to keep costs low, they cooked local food on a portable gas cooker. Christine passed away in 2010, but Gunther kept traveling on her behalf, visiting even more countries with a photo of his late wife hanging from his rear view mirror. Gunther's long journey recently drew to a close, as he finally returned home to Berlin for good. Believe it or not, "Otto" never broke down even once during the magical road trip. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Mortiz Muller, a kid with lots of magic.

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