Quotation marks by definition, are simply punctuation marks used in pairs in various writing systems to set off direct speech, a quotation, or a phrase. The pair consists of an opening quotation mark and a closing quotation mark, which may or may not be the same character. However, people use these improperly more often than not, and these signs are glaring examples. Continue reading to see more.
Your eyes aren't playing tricks, this is a real-life underwater museum, called Museo Atlantico, that sits 14-meters beneath the Atlantic Ocean. It was created by artist Jason deCaires and consists of two separate, hyperrealistic installations that appear to be ancient relics. The highlight is "The Rubicon," a group of 35 people walking towards a gate, with them all staring into the unknown. Click here to view more pictures. Continue reading for another video.
The Iron Mountain storage facility is a high-security storage facility in a former limestone mine at Boyers, Pennsylvania, near the city of Butler in the United States. It was used to store records beginning in 1954, and was purchased by Iron Mountain in 1998. It is here that Bill Gates stores his Corbis photographic collection in a refrigerated cave 220 feet (67 m) underground. Nearby, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management leases another underground cavern to store, and process government employee retirement papers. Continue reading to see more of the world's most secure locations.
You could either go snorkeling at some warm tropical location, or Silfra, which is located in the Pingvallavatn Lake in Iceland's Pingvellir National Park. This rift that is part of the divergent tectonic boundary between the North American and Eurasian plates. Scuba diving professionals have divided Silfra into three sections: Silfra hall, Silfra cathedral and Silfra lagoon. At its deepest, Silfra is 63 metres deep but diving this depth is seldom done and only by appropriately qualified advanced divers. Click here for more pictures. Continue reading for two additional videos and information.
Not everyone can afford to buy a real tank, so this Russian decided to build his own, using an old Lada Samara chassis. While the body remained largely untouched, giant tracks, powered by the front wheels, were added to turn the two sets of wheels that sit aft of the driven ones. Inside, the steering wheel has been replaced with a set of controls we can only assume are sourced from retired war machines. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of molten aluminum being poured on dry ice.
German teen Andrej Ciesielski traveled to Cairo, Egypt with the intent to rooftop - hang off the edge of - one of the three massive tombs at Giza. So, he scaled the 4,575-year-old wonder, and managed to captured incredible photos of the desert landscape, and risked 3-years in prison doing so. "It took me about eight minutes to get to the top of the pyramid and I listened to music on the way up. After a few minutes climbing, I started to attract a bit of attention and some of the security shouted to me to come down in Arabic. I had asked locals what they thought of my attempt and they warned me that it was illegal to climb the pyramids, although I thought it would be fine, what with Egypt's dependence on tourists. It was absolutely surreal standing on top of one of the wonders of the world and something that I will never forget. When I got back down, the police were quick to take me to the station and question me. They also had a look at my camera to see what I had been up to. At first, they wanted to take me to the German embassy, but after a while I was released without anything further happening," said Ciesielski. Click here to view more pictures of the crazy stunt. Continue reading for another video about the mysterious of Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza.
Drones have quite a while to go before they peak in popularity, but photographer Aydin Buyuktas couldn't wait for Inception-like technology to bcome available, so he started his "Flatland" project. First, he spent 2-months of planning and scouting possible locations in Istanbul, Turkey. Next, 3D software was used to figure out how to seamlessly create the curved landscape. To make it possible, each location was required to be photographed several times from a host of angles and altitudes. "Waiting for right weather was challenging. There were so many times I had to turn back without any photos because of bad weather, technical problems, birds that attacked my drone, and permission issues with flying," Buyuktaa told PetaPixel. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of 15 awesome binder clip life hacks.
El Al planes have been fitted with anti-missile counter-measures since the early 2000s, with the initial system known as Flight Guard. Since that time, the company has been the only commercial airliner to fit its planes with systems to defend against anti-aircraft missiles. In 2014, El Al began to fit some of its planes that fly on more sensitive routes with an updated system missile defense system that employs an infrared missile-tracking camera, an infrared (IR), ultra-violet (UV), or radar missile-approach warning (MAWS) sensor to detect a missile launch in the very early stages of an attack and a laser system to act as a counter-measure. Continue reading for more interesting facts. Click here to view a few bonus facts.
A light pillar may look other worldly or a digital enhancement, but it's a natural atmospheric optical phenomenon in the form of a vertical column of light which appears to extend above and/or below a light source. The effect, sometimes also called the crystal beam phenomenon, is created by the reflection of light from numerous tiny ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere or clouds. Continue reading for some cool facts. Click here for more pictures of light pillars.
Ecoline has created a tree-based roller coaster zip-line that not only offers the thrills of its steel counterparts, but is eco-friendly as well. The safety system basically consists of specifically designed pipes suspended from trees and patented Ecoline designed pulleys "Our goal is to create 'wow' experiences that get people of all ages and abilities outdoors, having fun and pushing their own boundaries. EcoZip is suitable for a large range of ages and physical abilities. It's also fully accessible: wheelchair users can experience the EcoZip rollercoaster zip line. EcoZip has been in development for two years in Australia. We are incredibly proud of this innovation and to have the ability to design a system that is the longest in the World. No one else has come close to Ecoline's achievement," said Ecoline Managing Director Frederic Galimard. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny video game pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone testing titanium to see if it's really bulletproof.