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.
Greeted by a canopy of umbrellas, you'd think you stepped inside a fairytale, but all of this is real, and can be found in Portugal. This festival is held every July in the city of Agueda, Portugal, and draws thousands who come to the city to enjoy the numerous art exhibits and concerts. This year we see a softer palette with sprinkles of purples and pinks, compared to the darker primary colors of last year. Continue reading for more.
The Derinkuyu Underground City is an ancient multi-level underground city of the Median Empire in the Derinkuyu district in Nevsehir Province, Turkey. It extends to a depth of approximately 60m and was large enough to shelter approximately 20,000 people together with their livestock and food stores. This is the largest excavated underground city in Turkey and is one of several underground complexes found across Cappadocia. Continue reading for more.
Blaine Gibson of Austin-based production studio Rooster Teeth, recently took a trip to Disney World, but was getting tired of taking normal photos with the characters. So, he stopped by a local Walmart to purchase a fake engagement ring and then went around the resort to propose to all of his favorite characters, including Cinderella, Ariel, Rapunzel, Jasmine, Tinkerbell, and even Gaston. If you're wonder who he eventually gave the ring to, here's what Gibson revealed: "I ended up giving the ring to Tink[erbell] because she was my last princess. She, Rapunzel, and Ariel won my heart." Continue reading to see all the photos.
Vestmannaeyjar is a stunning archipelago off of the southern coast of Iceland, and within that archipelago is a small island known as Ellioaey. What sets this small island apart from the others is a single cabin situated right on the side. This may not seem that strange once you know that the island was once inhabited by five families that subsisted by fishing, hunting puffins, and raising cattle, approximately 300-years ago. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Many people associate the term, blue lagoon with the 1980s Randal Kleiser film "The Blue Lagoon" starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins, but this one in Iceland is the real deal. This is Iceland's most popular attraction, thanks to the perfect 102 degree water temperature year round, and the many vital minerals which have been "proven to include a medicinal bonus." The blueish glow comes from the minerals contained within the white silica mud. Continue reading for more.