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Slurpee Wave

In New England, temperatures have dropped so low that even the waves are starting to freeze. These incredible photos of semi-frozen 'slurpee waves' were taken by surfer Jonathan Nimerfroh in Nantucket, Massachusetts. He noticed the horizon looked strange, so he whipped out his camera, and then spotted the surf had turn slushy. He said: "The high temp that day was around 19 degrees. The wind was howling from south west which would typically make rough or choppy conditions not so good for surfing but since the surface of the sea was frozen slush the wind did not chance the shape. They were perfect dreamy slush waves. Most waves were around two feet with some larger sets slushing through around three foot or waist high. What an experience to be absolutely freezing on the beach watching these roll in while I mind surfed them. The next day I drive up to see if things melted but that same 300 yards out of water froze solid on the surface. No waves at all. I've been asking all the fishermen and surfers if they have ever seen such a thing. This is a first they all said." Continue reading for more pictures.

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Leonard Nimoy

Three decades ago, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, "I Am Not Spock." Two decades later, he bowed to fate with "I Am Spock," a revisionist sequel. He played a variety of other stage and screen roles, wrote poetry and pursued photography, but his portrayal of Star Trek's Mr. Spock remained indelible and inescapable. Nimoy died Friday, age 83, of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home, with family at his side, said his son, Adam Nimoy. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Capsula Mundi Burial Pods

Why bury (or cremate) loved ones in coffins, when you can use their remains to fertilize a tree? The Capsula Mundi project by designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel from Italy lets you do just that. They've developed an organic, biodegradable burial pod that turns the deceased's body into nutrients for a tree that will grow out of their remains. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Massive Catfish

The catfish you see above looks to be straight from Photoshop, but it's entirely real. On February 19, Italian fishermen and twin brothers Dino and Dario Ferrari caught a massive 280-pound wels catfish - also known as a sheatfish - in Italy's Po Delta. Italian media outlets quickly dubbed the creature "the monster of the Po." News outlets report that Ferrari's 8-foot-9-inch-long catfish is likely the largest of its kind to be caught with a rod and reel. Dino says: "It's a silurus glanis [the Latin name for the species]. The American catfish doesn't grow to such large dimensions - at most it can weigh 50kg. They don't range over very large distances, they tend to live in the same stretch of river, moving just a few kilometres either way. They eat all types of fish. To catch them you need a lot of patience but also physical strength. We fought for 40 minutes to reel it in. We tired it out and then lifted it out of the water." Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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1,000-Year-Old Buddha Statue

Photo credit: MMC / Jan van Esch via Rob Webstek

This looks like a traditional 11th - 12th century statue of Buddha, but inside, it's hiding a mummified secret. A recent CT scan and endoscopy carried out by the Netherlands-based Drents Museum at the Meander Medical Centre in Amersfoort revcealed that the ancient relic fully encases the mummified remains of a Buddhist master known as Liuquan of the Chinese Meditation School. Inside, researches also discovered rolls of paper scraps covered in Chinese writing. Continue reading to see the CT scan image.

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Beauty is Everywhere

People travel for fun, business, or just to reconnect with long lost relatives, but Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc is on a mission to photograph women from every country in the world to show beauty exists everywhere. At the age of 27, Noroc quit her job, cashed in her life savings, and began an incredible journey that took her across the globe. To keep things simple, she only brought the bare necessities like hr camera and a backpack. She speaks five languages fluently and sometimes, she only has 30 seconds to snap a quick shot of a woman she's stopped on the street, while other times she may spend up to an hour photographing someone she scouted on social media the day before. Continue reading to see more.

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Apple Bookstore Romania

With physical bookstores in the states closing in droves, it'll only be a matter of time before Barnes & Noble shuts its doors for good. However, they're still going strong in Romania, or so we think after Carturesti Carusel (The Carousel of Light) opened in Bucharest, Romania. Previously, it was a XIX century structure that was completely transformed into a minimalist, Apple Store-style bookstore. In all, there are 6-floors filled with 10,000 books, 5,000 albums and even DVDs. You'll find a coffee shop on the top floor, a multimedia space in the basement and a modern art gallery dedicated on the first floor. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Dementia Village

The isolated Dutch village of Hogewey looks normal on the surface, but each and every one of the 152-residents in this town is being constantly monitored. Why? Hogewey is an elder care facility for those who suffer from dementia. Unofficially called "Dementia Village", its administrators take great care to maintain the illusion that life is normal for the residents, so that the patients have no idea that their home is actually a mental institution. The residents do not live in wards, but rather in groups of 6-7 to a house, with 1-2 caretakers. The homes are furnished according to the time period when the residents' short-term memories stopped functioning properly - i.e. the 1950s, 1970s, and the 2000s, all accurate right down to the tablecloths. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Mysterious Beam of Light

An electrical power plant substation exploded in Escanaba, Michigan over a weekago, knocking out power and causing rolling blackouts for days in the area. Eyewitnesses recorded a beam of light either shooting out of the station or if even possible, something shooting a beam straight down. The explosion occurred at approximately 1:30am. Power immediately went out throughout the city and residents there were asked to keep non-electric furnaces on due to the cold weather or move to a local shelter. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Polar Bear London

At first glance, this looks like a giant polar bear roaming the streets of London, but it's actually an animatronic creature of sorts. You see Sky Atlantic created this polar bear to promote an upcoming television show. It took 19 prop specialists eight weeks to design and build the high-tech puppet from 60 kinds of material. Two puppeteers studied the movements of real polar bears before they stepped inside of the creature. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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