Going on vacation to a tropical island sounds fun for most people, but what if you throw in a bunch of stingrays? If that's your cup of tea, Stingray City is a dream destination. It's basically a series of shallow sandbars found in the North Sound of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Southern stingrays are found here in abundance and visitors can pet and interact with the animals. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
It's time again for some more fascinating historical photos you might not have seen before, including a rare look at Times Square when it was still being built in 1903. As more profitable commerce and industrialization of lower Manhattan pushed homes, theaters, and prostitution northward from the Tenderloin District, Long Acre Square became nicknamed the Thieves Lair for its rollicking reputation as a low entertainment district. By the early 1890s this once sparsely settled stretch of Broadway was ablaze with electric light and thronged by crowds of middle and upper-class theatre, restaurant and cafe patrons. In 1904, New York Times publisher Adolph S. Ochs moved the newspaper's operations to a new skyscraper on 42nd Street at Longacre Square. Ochs persuaded Mayor George B. McClellan, Jr. to construct a subway station there, and the area was renamed "Times Square" on April 8, 1904. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an awesome homemade hovercraft a geeky dad made for his kids.
Shanghai Tower stands approximately 632 metres (2,073 ft) high and has 121 stories, with a total floor area of 380,000 m2 (4,090,000 sq ft). It is expected to open to the public in 2015. Following its topping out on 3 August 2014, the Shanghai Tower is currently the tallest building in China and the second-tallest in the world, surpassed only by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Russian daredevils Vadim Makhorov and Vitaly Raskalov and managed to scale this building without the use of any specialized equipment. Continue reading for more.
Pink sand beaches form in the few regions where tropical coral reefs flourish offshore, but what gives it the color is an amalgam of calcium-rich shells and fragments of invertebrate sea creatures, from minute, single-cell protozoa to spiny sea urchins. Chiefly responsible are foram, a type of protozoan that lives in great profusion in reef environments. The microscopic red Homotrema rubrum (red foram) gets mixed in with other (predominantly white) reef debris-broken clam and snail shells, fragments of coral-and, when washed ashore, forms the island's signature pink sand. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a pool party for unexpected guests.
Paris-based filmmaker Mayeul Akpovi has been all around France and rather than film random events, he decided to create stunning hyperlapse videos of cities like Besancon, Rouen, and lots more. Above, we have his most recent Paris in Motion video. In the 12th century, Paris was the largest city in the western world, a prosperous trading center, the home of the University of Paris, one of the most influential centers of learning in Europe; and the birthplace of the style that later became known as Gothic architecture. In the eighteenth century, it was the center stage for many important events in French history, including the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, and an important center of commerce, fashion, science, and the arts, a position it still holds today. Continue reading for more.
The Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center, pictured above, is a civilian command facility in Virginia. It's used as the center of operations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and also known as the High Point Special Facility (HPSF), its preferred designation since 1991 is "SF". The facility is a major relocation site for the highest level of civilian and military officials in case of national disaster, playing a major role in U.S. continuity of government (per the Continuity of Operations Plan). Continue reading for more cool, yet real, little known locations from around the world.
Tony Montana is known for his luxurious tastes, and if the movie studios were to make a sequel, the Al House in Rio de Janeiro, would be the perfect setting. It was designed for a lone, but highly successful, entrepreneur by the Brazilian team at Studio Arthur Casas. His goal was to get away from the cramped quarters of his apartment, and into something more refreshing. Continue reading for more picture and information.
Regardless of financial situation, cultural background, or even family, children always find ways to let their imaginations run wild. These children from all over the world were captured on camera by talented photographers to show just that. Above, we have two children tending to a water ox in Indonesia - photo was taken by Ipoenk Graphic. Continue reading to see more captivating images.
You're not looking at computer-generated scenes from an upcoming movie, but rather Baatara Gorge Waterfall, also known as "Three Bridge Chasm," in Tannourine, Lebanon. These epic cave bridges were carved out of ancient limestone over millions of years by winter meltwater. The meltwater from Mount Lebanon falls 250 meters into the chasm's depths past 160-million-year-old limestone from the Jurassic period. Continue reading for more pictures.
Mount Nyiragongo is an active stratovolcano located inside Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Nyiragongo's lava lake has at times been the most voluminous known lava lake in recent history. The depth of the lava lake varies considerably. A maximum elevation of the lava lake was recorded at about 3,250 m (10,660 ft) prior to the January 1977 eruption - a lake depth of about 600 m (2,000 ft). Continue reading for more amazing facts.