You'd think that losing your phone in the river means it's probably gone forever, but for Nathan Buhler, that wasn't the case. The story began when Buhler accidentally dropped his phone into the Bow River in Alberta, Canada on August 2nd, but two weeks later, pictures of the handset began appearing on his Facebook timeline. Turns out firefighters at Calgary's Station 1 retrieved the handset and gave it a new name, "Hector Sanchez". "The crew decided to use the unlocked phone's Facebook account. They hoped that by posting on Nathan Buhler's, the owner's, Facebook page, his friends and family would let him know that his phone had been found and that he could pick it up at Station 1. Additional messages were posted on Nathan's page in the hopes he would be notified his phone had been found," said the City of Calgary. Continue reading for more pictures.
UK-based initiative Cafe Art wanted to connect the homeless with their community through art and photography. So, they dispersed 100 disposable cameras to homeless people around London, gave them a photography training course with the Royal Photographic Society, and then asked them to shoot photos with a "My London" theme. Currently, 80 of the cameras have been returned, and over 2,500 photos were developed. Continue reading to see some of the highlights, along with a video explaining the project.
On August 9, 2015, many people around the Sequoia Park area of Los Angeles spotted what appeared to be a flying humanoid, and three of them managed to recorded the event from different angles. The photographers claim that the humanoid was wearing a space suit, complete with slits in the visor that allowed them to see a face inside. "The humanoid appears to be too solid to be a 3-D projection or hologram. While it looks to be floating, it doesn't seem to be flying or moving around much at all," said MysteriousUniverse. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video giving us a first look at Pokemon Tournament.
Devil's Pool is no optical illusion, it's created each year at the fringes of Victoria Falls, when the dry season reduces water levels to create the ultimate infinity pool. Hundreds of daredevils descend to the falls, located on Zambia's border with Zimbabwe, clambering across rocks and wading through shallows across the precipice to reach the pool. As you can see in the images, the most of the bunch actually jump in and allow themselves to be carried towards the falls at terrifying speed. They are just inches from the edge when the rock lip brings them to a halt as the raging waters of the Zambezi crash over the edge. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.
Ever wonder what Disneyland would look like after the zombie apocalypse (or in the Walking Dead), look no further than Banksy's latest installation: Dismaland. Constructed as a dysotopian interpretation of the happiest place on earth, and located in the English seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, the "bemusement park," is touted as "an art show for the 99 percent." Featuring attractions and sights like Grim Reaper bumper cars, paparazzi snapping shots of a deceased Cinderella after a pumpkin-carriage crash, and even a butcher making lasagna out of carousel horses. Continue reading for another video tour and more pictures.
Liam Murphy, a test engineer from Ireland in the UAE on business, discovered that a local taxi driver had never been to a theme park in his life, during a 2-hour ride to Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. So, he bought him the $61 admission ticket, and as you're about to see, it was money well spent. "Every time he drops passengers off he stays in the car for the day. I decided to bring him along for the laugh. He was great entertainment. I bought him some pizza on the way home. His family are in India and he said he sends money home each month. I felt sorry for him," said Murphy. Continue reading for more pictures and another video of the attractions at Ferrari World.
Surfers from North Wales, UK now have a new place to call home: Surf Snowdania. Touted as the world's largest wave garden, this surf park also produces the "longest man-made surfable waves on the planet." Employees use a snow plow-like machine to create waves that sway back and forth along an underwater track stretching from one end to the other. As the machine moves, large waves appear on each side of the centered divider. A computer controls both speed and size, with heights ranging from 2-feet to over 6.5-feet. The park can support up to 36 simultaneous surfers at once, producing one wave every minute. Continue reading for another video and more information.
This isn't a prank, Los Angeles has turned to more unusual methods to protect the city's water from the drought. This week, they released 96-million floating shade balls, designed to help protect the water against dust, rain, chemicals and wildlife, as well as prevent 300 million gallons of water from evaporating each year, into the 75-acre Los Angeles Reservoir in Sylmar, California. Continue reading for another video of a truck unloading more of these shade balls into reservoir number two.
Railroad track inspector Josh Cyganik of Union Pacific was at work one day, when he heard a few local teens making rude remarks about 75-year-old Leonard Bullock's home. So, he decided to use the power of social media to spread the word, and the rest is history. "I stopped counting at 95 volunteers, but everyone showed up excited and willing to help. People came from as far as Texas, Washington, and California to help out. According to the media, I'm a hero. I'm not a hero, I just heard something that bothered me," said Cyganik. Continue reading to see the before and after pictures.
The 376-foot tall ArcelorMittal Orbit, an observation tower designed by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond for the 2012 London Summer Olympics, will soon become the world's longest and tallest slide. Featuring a 591-foot long tube stretching from the tower's viewpoint all the way to the ground, the slide will extend 249-feet above the ground, spiraling around the tower five times before ending in a 164-foot deceleration run to the ground. Continue reading to see what the completed project will look like in 2016.