Don't let its medieval appearance fool you, every room at the La Grotta della Civita hotel - nested in the grottos of a medieval mountain village within the Gravina River Valley in Matera Italy - has Wi-Fi. This hotel consists of 18 cave rooms and a restaurant. To keep things toasty during the colder winter months, they heat the cobblestone floors. However, Civita began as a deserted network of hand-carved limestone caves back in the 1950s. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why weatherman should never bring dogs onto live television.
It may look apocalyptic, or like a scene from a movie, but Atlantic Ocean Road is one that many use daily. It connects a series of islands in Norway and can be thought of as a real-life Hot Wheels track. Offering incredible views of surrounding mountains and Norwegian Seas. The route was originally proposed as a railway line in the early 20th century, but this was abandoned. Continue reading for another video of this road on a nicer day, more pictures and additional information.
Located on the island of Pemba in Tanzania, the Manta Resort is unlike any other because visitors can experience Africa's first underwater hotel room. This floating structure has three distinct levels: the landing deck, the roof (lounge area), and downstairs where the bedroom is, surrounded by panes of glass affording near 360 degree views. To make things even cooler the famous Blue Hole, an anomaly in the coral reef approximately 250 meters off shore, is visible from this room. Continue reading for more.
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 auto enthusiasts, especially Nissan Skyline R33 GT-R owners, would not want anyone even near their car, even for photos, but this one - a member of the US military - is one exception. He asked his wife to use a black Sharpie marker to cover up some scuffs on the front bumper. One thing lead to another, and after 100-hours of work, along with several layers of clear coat sprayed on, it became a whole new car. Continue reading for more pictures.
Fredrick Valentich radioed Melbourne Flight Service at 7:06 PM to report an unidentified aircraft was following him at 4,500 feet and was told there was no known traffic at that level. Valentich said he could see a large unknown aircraft which appeared to be illuminated by four bright landing lights. He was unable to confirm its type, but said it had passed about 1,000 feet overhead and was moving at high speed. Valentich then reported that the aircraft was approaching him from the east and said the other pilot might be purposely toying with him. He said the aircraft was "orbiting" above him and that it had a shiny metal surface and a green light on it. Asked to identify the aircraft, Valentich radioed, "It isn't an aircraft" when his transmission was interrupted by unidentified noise described as being "metallic, scraping sounds" before all contact was lost. A sea and air search was undertaken that included oceangoing ship traffic, a P-3 Orion aircraft, plus eight civilian aircraft. The search encompassed over 1,000 square miles. Search efforts ceased on 25 October 1978. Continue reading for more.
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.
Whether if you're having a mid-life crisis or just feel too old to do certain things, let 90-year-old Mary Ann Barnett of Jacksonville, Florida be proof that age is just a number. She always wanted to skydive and had told her husband of 54 years, several times, that people should try everything at least once. Her most surprising comment? This: "I did it. I enjoyed it. And I'm ready to do it again." Continue reading for more.
Justin Brosey is a talented photographer who had to go through some rough times. During better years, his work was published in National Geographic, but that's not the most interesting part of his story. After losing a steady job, Brosey decided to move himself, his girlfriend, and his 7-year-old daughter into the forest. Despite being technically homeless, he still takes amazing photographs with an old Canon 60D and a "malfunctioning EF100mm macro lens". All of these shots are uploaded to the internet when he can make it into a WiFi-enabled coffee shop. Continue reading to see some of his latest work.
Actress Tippi Hedren, her husband Noel Marshall, and their actress daughter Melanie Griffith, wanted to make a movie about lions after a trip to Africa. Animal trainer Ron Oxley said that the best way "to get to know about lions" is by living with them. So, they decided to have Neil the lion live with them, and it was documented by LIFE photographer Michael Rougier during the 1970s. Continue reading to watch the full "Roar" movie and for more pictures.