Mt. Huashan in Huayin, China, has a death-defying cliff-side mountain hike for only the bravest or most foolish hikers alive. The paths carry a reputation for as many as 100 fatal falls a year. Some of the more dangerous parts of the trails have names like Thousand-Foot Precipice, Hundred-Foot Crevice, and Black Dragon Ridge. Monks, […]

The town of Centralia, Pennsylvania has been on fire since May of 1962 because the town wanted to burn trash rather than properly developing a costly garbage disposal system. For 16 years the townspeople tried to extinguish the fire but failed. The fire is burning at depths of up to 300 feet (90 m) over […]

These mysterious underwater crop circles are about 7 feet wide and are made on the seafloor off Japan for the single purpose of attracting mates. Females lay eggs in the center of the circles, and then the males fertilizing them externally. These new geometric patterns have three features never seen before. They involve radially aligned ridges […]

“Blue Agave”, is used in the production of tequila the nectar is also a sweetener used to replace sugar. Contact with some agave plants can cause “Acute Contact Dermatitis”. It can produce reddening and blistering lasting one to two weeks. Itching can recur for up to a year. If it penetrates the skin blood vessels […]

The family Phylliidae or walking leaves are insects that have camouflage that takes on the appearance of leaves. In some species, the edge of the insect’s body has the appearance of bite marks to further confuse predators. When leaf insects walk they rocks back and forth like leaves moving in the wind.

The AquaDom in Berlin, Germany is an eight-story-high aquarium, housed in the Radisson Blu. It was opened in 2004. It has a diameter of about 11 m (36 ft). It weighs more than 2,000 tons when filled to the top (with 260,000 gallons of water), and it holds approximately 1,500 fish. It’s located in the middle […]

Alpheidae (pistol shrimp) only grows to about 3–5 cm. It has a claw larger than half its body size designed like a gun. When used, it snaps emitting an enormously powerful wave. Where this gets stranger: The claw creates a cavitation bubble: The cavitation bubble reaches temperatures of over 5,000 K (4,700 °C) Generates acoustic pressures […]