While the Ivory Coast is touted as the world's largest producer and exporter of cocoa beans used in the manufacturing of chocolate, many of the cocoa farmers have never tasted the fruits of their labor. This is due to the fact that they are paid very little (€7 per day split between many people) and a chocolate bar costs approximately €2. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of
You've probably seen or at least heard about the giant hole / crater that suddenly appeared in Russia this past month, but two new ones have surfaced. The second is in the same permafrost region of northern Russia, and a third on the Taymyr Peninsula, to the east, in Kransoyark region. According to The Siberian Times, "Theories range from meteorites, stray missiles, a man-made prank, and aliens, to an explosive cocktail of methane or shale gas suddenly exploding." Continue reading for more images and information.
Millions of mayflies emerged from the Mississippi River near and around La Crosse, Wisconsin on July 20th, producing a swarm so large that it appeared on radar. According to news station KARE 11, "As the flies dispersed moving north-northeast, they also gained altitude with some of the echo being detected as far north as Black River Falls and as high as 2500 feet above ground." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the world's fastest bus boy.
While no official explanation has surfaced (yet), new footage has emerged from deep inside the mysterious crater on the Yamal Peninsula - known as the 'end of the world' to locals - in Siberia. There are many theories as to what caused the hole, including aliens, a meteorite, a stray missile, or an explosive gas cocktail released due to global warming. Continue reading for a video from Russian scientists who recently returned from the first expedition to look inside the giant hole.
You'd think cheating death once in a lifetime is a feat never to be repeated, but Dutch cyclist Maarten de Jonge managed to do it twice. He was supposed to fly on both MH370 and MH17, which was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday. The reasons? Well, in March, his cycling team was scheduled to take flight MH370 departing from Kuala Lumpur to compete in a race in Taiwan, but switched to another flight at the last minute to avoid having a stopover. Earlier this week, de Jonge planned to take flight MH17 to return to Kuala Lumpur from a recent race in the Netherlands, but changed his flight for a later one this weekend, yet again, at the last minute. Continue reading to see him cycling and for more information.
In 1979, a teenager named Jadav "Molai" Payeng started planting trees along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in India's Assam region. Floods during that time washed a number of snakes onto the sandbar. When 16-year-old Payeng found them, they had all died. So he alerted the forest department and asked they grow trees there, but they insisted that nothing would grow there. More than 30-years-later, that once-barren sandbar is a sprawling 1,360 acre forest that several thousands of varieties of trees and wildlife, including birds, deer, apes, rhino, elephants and even tigers, call home. Continue reading for more pictures and a documentary.
An enormous crater has appeared suddenly in a small Siberian village whose name roughly translates as "the end of the world". There are currently teams of scientists rushing there to fathom the cause of this unusual - and rare - geographical occurrence, baffling those who have already viewed it. One bizarre theory speculates this hole was caused by a UFO landing. Continue reading for the video and more information.
You read that right, fire officials say that a man from West Seattle actually used a lighter and a can of spray paint to kill spiders in his laundry room when the house went up in flames. Fire crews originally battled the blaze from a distance after learning there may be ammunition inside, and were eventually able to extinguish the fire, but not before it did significant damage to the structure. Continue reading for a picture of the actual house and more information.
You'd think that a scorching hot summer day with temperatures reaching 37C (98.6F) would mean lots of sunshine, but not for this Siberian beach. A freak hailstorm suddenly occurred and one sunbather said: "It was like being hit by raining bullets from the sky." While another woman noted, "My husband was protecting my young daughter but his back was exposed to the hailstones and he has bruising all over it." Continue reading for the video.
Joel Zwicky isn't your average cop, as a former photographer and musician, he likes to get creative while working as a patrol officer at the Green Bay Police Department, in Wisconsin. To accomplish this, he patrols the streets on a skateboard. This all came about when the department's chief was looking for new initiatives to engage more with the community, so Joel suggested the idea: "You know chief, I had this crazy idea in the back of my head what would you do if I brought my board to work and started skating it?" Continue reading for a video and more information.