Swiss camouflaged military bunkers perfectly integrated into the landscape

Across Switzerland there are hundreds of military bunkers cleverly blended into Switzerland’s landscapes. The Swiss even hired artists and theater set designers to give the bunkers their make-overs to help them fit in with the local surroundings. The bunkers are hided behind well-disguised facades that have gone unnoticed for years.

 

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Spite houses: How to annoy your neighbors

A spite house is a building constructed or modified to irritate neighbors or any party with land stakes. Spite houses may create obstructions, such as blocking out light or blocking access to neighboring buildings or can be just symbols of defiance. Because long-term occupation is at best a secondary consideration, spite houses frequently sport strange and impractical structures.
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In 1806, Thomas McCobb, heir to his father’s land and shipbuilding business, returned home to Phippsburg, Maine, from sea to discover that his stepbrother Mark had inherited the family “Mansion in the Wilderness”. Upset about his loss, McCobb built a house directly across from the McCobb mansion to spite his stepbrother.

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Thousands of natural snowballs appear on beach in Siberia

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Locals in the village of Nyda, in the Gulf of Ob, Siberia say they have never seen anything to compare to them. An 18km stretch of coast was covered in the giant snowballs. The icy spheres are entirely natural. Some are the size of tennis balls. Others almost as large as a basketball.

Spokesman for the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) Sergey Lisenkov said: ‘It is a rare natural phenomenon. When the water in the gulf rose, it came into contact with the frost. The beach began to be covered with ice. Then the water began to slowly retreat, and the ice remained. Its pieces were rolling over in the wet sand, and turned into these balls.’

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Green Sand Beaches

 

The green sand on the beach is composed primarily of olivine crystals which erode out of lava flows. The crystals are heavier than most sand types on the beach and remain behind when lighter sand grains are washed away by strong wave activity.

Green Sand in Kourou, French Guiana

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Dead man’s fingers – Xylaria Polymorpha Mushrooms

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Xylaria polymorpha, commonly known as dead man’s fingers, is a saprobic fungus. It is a common inhabitant of forest and woodland areas, usually growing from the bases of rotting or injured tree stumps and decaying wood. It has also been known to colonize substrates like woody legume pods, petioles, and herbaceous stems. It is characterized by its elongated upright, clavate, or strap-like stromata poking up through the ground, much like fingers.

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Pink Lakes

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These pink lakes are a natural phenomenon, the result of certain algae found in sea salt fields. When the temperature is high enough and adequate light conditions are provided, the algae-rich waters will turn  rose pink and sometimes, even red.

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