The Inn at Rodanthe

Formerly known as Serendipity, the Inn at Rodanthe, as it was named in the 2008 movie based on Nicholas Spark’s popular novel, Nights in Rodanthe, is  located in the small Hatteras Island village of Rodanthe on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Throughout the years, coastal storms and extreme coastal erosion placed the single family home (not an actual Inn) literally in the Atlantic Ocean.  On January 18th, 2010, Serendipity, weighing in at 83,000 pounds, was moved from its original site by Expert House Movers.  The house moved back from the shoreline, retrofitted to emulate the scenes filmed in the movie and it is available for weekly rentals throughout the year..

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“Sand pools” bring the beach to your backyard

A Spanish company called Piscinas de Arena specializes in “sand pools” that offer an environment similar to that of a piece of natural beach.The patented sand finish for the sand pools is completely attached to the concrete surface of the pools’ structure with binding agents. There’s no need for stairs or ladders as the entrance of the sand pools begins with level zero. The pools come in various shapes and forms and can have multiple levels of depth. Quite like having the beach at home.

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Aerial Photography – Earth’s striking landscapes

Stockholm-based photographer Tobias Hägg captures breathtaking views of beautiful Earth from above.

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Author eats mushrooms sprouting from his own book about mushrooms

Biologist Merlin Sheldrake found a surprising way to promote his book entitled Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Future. He dampened a copy of the book and seeded it with spores, eating the oyster mushrooms that sprouted from its pages on camera.

Initially I was flattered that the fungus seemed to have consumed the book so eagerly, but on reflection I don’t think that I can take this as a vote of confidence,” Sheldrake admits, “But I think it’s still a reassuring sight. Given it’s the ultimate omnivore it would’ve been a bit bruising if the fungus hadn’t eaten the book at all. Anyway now it’s the fungus turn to get eaten.

Al Naslaa Rock Formation – Two stones split in half with laser like precision

Al Naslaa Rock is the most photogenic petroglyph in Tayma about an eight-hour drive out of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.. The uniform slit between the two standing stones and the flat faces are completely natural. A perfect slit between the rocks seems like a machine work, but it is astonishingly natural. The small pedestals have provided additional support to boulders. Archaeologists don’t know how rock formation remains balanced and how did the rock cut in the middle. Most likely movement in the ground below triggered the split but  the exact cause of the split has yet to be determined .

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Indonesia’s Silver-Painted Beggars

Beggars have been around for as long as anyone can remember, and Indonesia is no exception,  but a new type of beggar, the so-called Silver Men, has recently sprung up in the South East Asian country. Known as Manusia Silver or “Silver Men,” they are a special kind of beggar inspired by the street performers. They use metallic paint to turn themselves into living statues. The beggars have opted for this look because it makes them stand out and therefore increases the chances of people giving them money.
To get the look, Silver Men just spray-paint themselves with the metallic pigment, grab a cardboard box and walk among the cars on busy roads.
According to recent articles in Indonesian press their numbers have recently soared, and police have been cracking down on Manusia Silver, arresting and fining them in order to discourage them from annoying people for money.

Photography – Water Lilies Harvest in Vietnam

The water lily season in the Mekong Delta lasts from early September to mid-November. During that time farmers in Vietnam harvest water lilies. Photographer Trung Huy Pham captured spectacular aerial photographs of the scene. Mainly red-purple and white, the water lilies captivate tourists. The white water lilies are called ‘ghost flowers’ because they only bloom at night.

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The Creepy Legend of the Chained Oak

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The Chained Oak is an oak tree, tied in chains, near to the village of Alton, Staffordshire, England. The tree, referred to as “The Old Oak”, is the subject of a creepy local legend.
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Adorable Cloud Doodles

Illustrator and children’s picture book author Chris Judge took the shape of certain clouds and turned them into funny illustrations.

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Lake Retba – The Pink Lake of Senegal

Lac Rose (meaning Pink Lake) lies north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal.It is named for its pink waters caused by Dunaliella salina algae and is known for its high salt content, up to 40% in some areas.The lake is separated from the Atlantic Ocean only by a narrow corridor of dunes. The color is particularly visible during the dry season (from November to June) and is less visible during the rainy season (July to October). Salt is exported across the region by up to 3,000 collectors, men and women from all over Western Africa,.

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