Disney's River Country was basically the first water park at Walt Disney World, located near Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. It opened on June 20, 1976, and closed indefinitely on November 2, 2001. The park featured a sandy bottom and unique water filtering system using confluent water from adjacent Bay Lake, which was dammed off creating a natural-looking man-made lagoon. The park's water was at the higher level than the lake's, which was an effort to prevent lake water from going into the park. Last year, Disney announced that they would drain and fill in Upstream Plunge, the 330,000 gallon pool. There are no immediate plans to tear down any other part of the park. Along with Discovery Island, it was left to deteriorate rather than be demolished. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of ten weird "As Seen On TV" gadgets.
Photographer Martjn van Oers recently purchased an original Zeiss Ikon 520/2 - a folding medium-format camera - from a second-hand store, and inside, he discovered roll of undeveloped film with the word 'EXPOSE' on it. So, he took it to his friend Johan Holleman, who has been developing his own films for the most part of his life, to help recover some of them. "We scanned the negatives and found four images had enough detail in them to tell that the last time this camera was used, it belonged to a man (who's even in one of the pictures, carrying the camera's case) who probably brought his expensive piece of gear on one of his travels," said Oers. Continue reading to see what he found.
When you cross a tank with the a 1958 Land Rover 109 Series II, you get this tracked beast. Created by James A. Cuthbertson, it was designed to tackle the adverse winter conditions in Scotland or war. The base vehicle was first required to be dropped onto a sub-frame for clearance and movement of the treads, while the original Land Rover drivetrain remained. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
Always wanted to stay in a unique hotel room like no other? If so, then this decommissioned Royal Navy ZA127 Sea King Helicopter, located at Mains Farm in Stirling, Scotland, should do the trick. The exterior was mainly kept intact, but the interior now features a bedroom, natural shelving, and a stainless steel kitchenette. The coolest part? A lounge area in the cockpit, complete with the original flight deck. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Archaeologists have discovered a secret passageway under Teotihuacan's Pyramid of the Moon that may have been used to emulate the underworld. It's located about 30 feet underground and spans from the pre-Aztec pyramid to the middle of its outer central square. "The function of the tunnel may have been to reproduce the underworld, a world where life, animals, and plants originated," said archaeologist Veronica Ortega. Construction first began on the Pyramid of the Moon in 100 BC, which began as a small platform that grew in stages over roughly 500 years to a height of 150 feet. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone exploring an abandoned fortress.
Falcon Nest is currently the world's tallest single family home. This ten-story, 124-foot living space is nestled in the 6,514-foot Thumb Butte in Prescott, Arizona. Not just a museum piece, this home is equipped with solar panels, as well as alternative cooling, heating and energy-generating systems, in case of zombie apocalypse. It spans 6,200-square-feet house and was designed as tall as possible to create a chimney effect for natural heating and cooling, complete with glass ceilings that offer panoramic views of the the San Francisco Peaks. Thankfully, there's an elevator that leads from the first floor to sixth floor of the house. Yes, there's a swimming pool for those sweltering hot summer days. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how to make swamp water drinkable
Your eyes aren't playing tricks, Jordan Griska used thousands of mirrors to create a life-sized replica of a Mercedes-Benz S550. The manipulations and curves you see are meant to evoke mortality, and were constructed with laser cut pieces that seamlessly blend together. One caveat: the car is not functional, but is on display at the Philadelphia Contemporary. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Why stay in a 5-star hotel, when you could get a front row seats of the Northern Lights at the Bubble Lodge, located about 1-hour outside of Iceland's capital, Reykjavik. These heated and transparent living spaces are decked out with only the necessities, which include: a bed, towels, small storage space, and a light. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Yasuhito Teshima created White Jewel strawberries four years ago, on his farm in Japan's Saga Prefecture, by cross-breeding different types of strawberries and perfecting his growing technique in order to create a large strawberry with white flesh and skin. One important factor is reducing exposure to sunlight to slow decrease the level of anthocyanin, the natural chemical that gives fruits and vegetables their color. Currently, only 10% of his crop turn out white, with the rest featuring red patches. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Measuring in at 450-square-feet, the Phoenix House by ArtisTree on Hawaii's Big Island sits right at the base of Mauna Loa, the world's most active volcano. It's completely off-the-grid, powered by solar energy, and made from recycled materials. Water is up-cycled from fallen rain. Continue reading for more pictures and information.