Window tax – One of the weirdest taxes in history

Window tax was a property tax based on the number of windows in a house. It was a significant social, cultural, and architectural force in England, France, and Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries. To avoid the tax, some houses from the period can be seen to have bricked-up window-spaces

In 1696 in England, William III introduced the infamous Window tax, taxing houses based on the number of windows they had. Houses with more than ten windows had to pay a steep ten shillings. Many houses bricked up their windows to reduce the number which caused health problems. After 156 years, it was repealed in 1851 following campaigners branded it a “tax on health” and “tax on light and air”.

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Five Flower Lake

Five Flower Lake is a shallow multi-colored lake whose bottom is criss-crossed by ancient fallen tree trunks, located in the southwest China in the Jiuzhaigou National Park, a valley on the Tibetan Plateau. Surrounded with mountains the color of the lake varies: from turquoise, green, yellow and orange. The sunlight shining on the lake water and the reflection of the plants in the clear water has created a wonderful view.

Culantor Lin, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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Photographer creates stunning optical illusion images using the sunset

Sulabh Lamba from India has captured a series of impressive photographs using the sunset The images, were taken in Goliaka, Haryana.

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Τumpak Sewu – “A thousand waterfalls” in Java, Indonesia

Tumpak Sewu is a tiered waterfall in East Java, Indonesia. The waterfall is overshadowed by Semeru, an active volcano and the highest mountain in Java. The Glidik River, which flows down Semeru, is the primary water source for the waterfall. Tumpak Sewu is loosely translated to mean “a thousand waterfalls” in the Javanese language. The name likely originated due to its appearance of many different waterfalls in one single, semi-circular area.

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Mount Thor – The World’s Highest Cliff

Mount Thor located in Auyuittuq National Park, on Baffin Island,, Canada., features Earth’s greatest vertical drop of 1,250 m (4,101 ft), with the cliff overhanging at an average angle of 15 degrees from vertical. Despite its remoteness, this feature makes the mountain a popular rock climbing site.

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The Great Blue Hole

The Great Blue Hole is a giant marine sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll in Belize City. The hole is circular in shape, 318 m (1,043 ft) across and 124 m (407 ft) deep. The site was made famous by Jacques Cousteau, who declared it one of the top five scuba diving sites in the world. The Great Blue Hole is a popular spot among recreational scuba divers who are lured by the opportunity to dive in sometimes crystal-clear water and meet several species of fish, including midnight parrotfish, Caribbean reef shark, and other juvenile fish species.

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Twigsaints by Chris Kenny

Chris Kenny works with humble, found materials: like twigs. These little figures demonstrate the saintly characteristics of self-denial and humility. Since March 2017, Chris Kenny has been making a daily sculpture of a saint cut from a twig and posting it on Instagram as @twigsaints .

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Experimental Forestry in Japan results to amazing Tree ‘Crop Circles’ half a century later

Aerial photos reveal groups of Japanese cedar trees swelling toward the sky, creating two forest circles. According to a 1973 document from the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, researchers had embarked on a project designed to examine tree spacing and its effect on growth. According to Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, the height difference between the smallest trees at the center and the tallest trees on the outer ring was over 5 meters. Again, this implies that trees in less dense areas have more access to resources while trees in the center, have to compete for sunlight and water.  The research team is bringing the experiment to an end. The trees will be harvested unless they are preserved as a tourist attraction.

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Karijini National Park

Karijini National Park is centred in Western Australia. The park’s wildlife includes red kangaroos, rock-wallabies, geckos, goannas, bats, legless lizards and a large variety of birds and snakes, including pythons. The park is most notable for its many gorges containing slot canyons, waterfalls and water holes with visitors sometimes swimming in the cold pools of water.

Brian W. Schaller, FAL, via Wikimedia Commons – Joffre Gorge Falls
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Impressive Optical Illusion in Front of the Eiffel Tower

Α massive trompe-l’oeil installation ιn front of the Eiffel Tower by street artist JR. With his new installation located on the Parvis des Droits de l’Homme in Paris, JR continues his reflection on architecture and excavation of iconic monuments. JR once again leaves it up to the viewers to make their own interpretation of the project.

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