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.
Unlike other food trucks, HMS Flake 99', which has a top speed of five knots and sports the slogan 'licensed to chill', is the first and only amphibious ice cream truck. It was created by Cadbury to mark National Ice Cream Week and highlight how vans are being driven off the roads by soaring fuel costs and council red tape. After a nationwide tour of Britain's beaches, it sailed all the way across the Channel to the canals of Venice. Continue reading for more cool and / or geeky (especially the Grillenium Falcon) food trucks.
Most tropical island resorts are known for their infinity pools, but Laucala Island Resort is one of the few (or only) with an above-ground pool that boasts transparent glass panes at the ends. Spanning over 3,500 acres, this private luxury resort features mesmerizing lagoons, breathtaking beaches, and magnificent coconuts plantations as well as lush green vegetation that covers the entire mountainside. Continue reading for more images and information.
Pig Island is an uninhabited island (or cay) located in Exuma, the Bahamas, and known for being populated by many swimming feral pigs. The pigs are said to have been dropped off on Big Major Cay by a group of sailors who wanted to come back and cook them. The sailors, though, never returned; the pigs survived on excess food dumped from passing ships. Others suggest that the pigs were part of a business scheme to attract tourists to the Bahamas. The pigs are now fed by locals and tourists and the island is unofficially known as Pig Beach by the locals. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of
Cave of the Crystals in Mexico is extremely hot with air temperatures reaching up to 58 °C (136 °F) with 90 to 99 percent humidity. The cave is relatively unexplored due to these factors. Without proper protection people can only endure approximately ten minutes of exposure at a time. A group of scientists known as the Naica Project have been heavily involved in researching these caverns. Continue reading for more mind-blowing natural caves you can actually visit.
Wasting time browsing random places on Google Earth isn't too unusual, but while randomly zooming in on different parts of the world, this person came across something that really stood out. If you guessed a heart-shaped island, you'd be correct. It's located off the coast of Croatia, and if you scroll past the coast of the Adriatic Sea, you can become a virtual tourist yourself. Continue reading to browse the interactive map and for more pictures.
Remizik of Reddit is a professional photographer who's always wanted to capture the beauty of Lower Antelope Canyon near Page, Arizona, but missed out on a chance previously. However, he went back in 2013 and managed to capture these breathtaking shots. Prior to the installation of metal stairways, visiting the canyon required climbing along pre-installed ladders in certain areas. Even following the installation of stairways, it is a more difficult hike than Upper Antelope - it is longer, narrower in spots, and even footing is not available in all areas. At the end, the climb out requires several flights of stairs. Continue reading for more images and information.
At first glance, the image above appears to show a diver in a lake of some sort, but in reality, it's an underground river called Cenote Angelita in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. They are common geological forms in low latitude regions, particularly on islands, coastlines, and platforms with young post-Paleozoic limestones that have little soil development. The Yucatan Peninsula contains a vast coastal aquifer system, which is typically density-stratified. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
This is not an optical illusion, but rather a real hut. Called "The Solvay Hut", this mountain hut is located on the north-eastern ridge of the Matterhorn, near Zermatt in the canton of Valais. At 4,003 metres (13,133 ft) it is the highest mountain hut owned by the Swiss Alpine Club, but can be used only in case of emergency. The Hornli Hut lying on the same ridge is the starting point of the normal route to the summit. It was built in 1915, 50 years after the first ascent of the Matterhorn which took place on the same ridge. It offers 10 beds and is equipped with a radiotelephone. The hut was named after its founder Ernest Solvay, a Belgian chemist and industrialist. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
In many places, it can be a bit challenging to determine when low and high tide arrive, but the tidal changes in these pictures, captured by photographer Michael Marten, show the drastic differences in some areas. All of these images are documented in his "Sea Change" collection. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for an interesting viral time-lapse video of a baby learning how to walk.