The World Beard and Moustache Championships is basically a biennial competition hosted by the World Beard and Moustache Association (WBMA) in which men with beards and moustaches display lengthy, highly styled facial hair. There are 3 brackets of facial hair: Moustache, Partial Beard and Full Beard. Each bracket is broken into individual categories. There are usually 17 categories but there were 18 different categories for the 2009 championships. Continue reading to see some of the craziest entrants from this year's competition.
Officially called the 6.07-pound "Butte Nugget," this fine specimen is believed to be the largest gold chunk dug up in Gold Rush country in modern times. This giant nugget sold over the weekend for a whopping $400,000, to "a prominent Bay Area collector." What most may not know is that if it were melted down as ordinary gold, the nugget might've been worth only $85,000 or so, but its connection to the historic Gold Country is what drove the price way up. Continue reading for a video and more information.
It's not entirely uncommon for an ATM to eat someone's card, but this woman in China really lashed out when it happened to her. Surveillance footage from the Shilong Jingshawan Shopping Mall last week showed the woman almost completely destroy the machine with her bare hands in the few short minutes it took security guards to arrive. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Darek Fidyka, a fireman paralyzed from the waist down after his spinal cord was completely severed in a tragic knife attack, has regained the ability to walk thanks to an experimental cell transplant by British scientists. Though some victims of partial spinal injury have recovered, a complete break was generally assumed to be irreparable, that is until...scientists in Poland used cells from Fidyka's nose to re-grow nerve cells which were then inserted into his spine, repairing the broken link. Continue reading for a video and more information.
You've probably heard or seen the Baltic Sea anomaly, now researcher Peter Lindbert claims that "It is not an object which is man made in modern time. What ever it is, it's either from during the Ice Age or pre-Ice Age. The object is older than 140,000 yrs. Older than that...with straight angles/lines - rounded corners - much like a dinner plate and separate from the base below." Continue reading for a video and more information.
If you're a jetsetter who just loves airports, traveling and shopping, Terminal 21 is definitely the place to be. Located in Bangkok, Thailand, this mixed-use complex has themed areas from famous cities all over the world. For example, there's a France section decorated like Champs-Elysees Boulevard and Parisian Boutiques, complete with Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower sculptures. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
If you're afraid of even the thought of sharks, then this video probably isn't for you. From afar, it appears to be just a swarm of birds, but upon closer inspection, you'll see that it's a shark feeding frenzy. Donnie Griggs, who captured the footage at a North Carolina beach, was out fishing with friends at Cape Lookout last Thursday when they witnessed the unusual scene. There was estimated to be more than 100 sharks in the frenzy, feeding off a school of bluefish. These fish apparently ran out of ocean to avoid the feeding frenzy, as both the sharks and dozens of seagulls as well as pelicans were also after them. Continue reading for the video and more information.
The RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early morning of April 15, 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to New York City, US. It was the second of three Olympic class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line, and was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast with Thomas Andrews as her naval architect. Andrews was among those lost in the sinking. On her maiden voyage, she carried 2,224 passengers and crew. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of redneck engineering done right.
It all began in 1988, before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Gunther Holtorf and his wife Christine decided to start a road trip that would span 26 years, 177 countries, and nearly 550,000 miles (885,139 km). They originally wanted to spend 18-months touring the African countryside in their Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon named "Otto," but one thing lead to another, and the rest is history. For over two decades, the couple lived out of their G-Wagon across the sand dunes of the Sahara, rural villages in Kenya, the streets of Paris, ancient Buddhist temples, war zones in Iraq, and even the normally forbidden nation of North Korea. They slept in hammocks or in their trusty vehicle and to keep costs low, they cooked local food on a portable gas cooker. Christine passed away in 2010, but Gunther kept traveling on her behalf, visiting even more countries with a photo of his late wife hanging from his rear view mirror. Gunther's long journey recently drew to a close, as he finally returned home to Berlin for good. Believe it or not, "Otto" never broke down even once during the magical road trip. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Mortiz Muller, a kid with lots of magic.
Breakfast may very well be the most important meal of the day, but many either forget or just don't have the time, to make a hearty and nutritious meal, opting for fat / sugar filled foods (cereal, donuts etc.). This lead photographer Hannah Whitaker to travel around the world for her photo series "What do kids in other countries eat for breakfast?" While some of these meals might appear strange to some, foods, such as rice, fish, etc., are staples for kids in other countries. Continue reading for more.