Victorian Bathing Machines

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The bathing machine was a device, popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, to allow people to change out of their usual clothes, change into swimwear, and wade in the ocean at beaches. They resembled wooden changing booths, with wheels and wooden steps that led inside. The bathing machine was part of etiquette for sea-bathing more rigorously enforced upon women than men but to be observed by both sexes among those who wished to be proper.

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Tree Bark Paintings by Wang Yue

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Wang Yue, an innovative artist from Shijiazhuang, China, harnesses nature as a canvas for her art. Yue creates paintings of beautiful sceneries on the bare inner layer of tree barks as well as animals looking out from the tree trunks. Wang consulted with the Shijiangzhuang Bureau of Landscape and Forestry to ensure the paints wouldn’t harm the trees. It’s likely summer rains will fade and eventually wash away her artworks.

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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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Minnehaha Falls Ice Cave

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Behind the 53-foot frozen waterfall in Minnesota there is a beautiful ice cave easily accessible by foot. Due to extremely cold winter temperatures, the falls freeze, creating a dramatic cascade of ice that can last well into the spring. Minnesota’s famously cold winters routinely cause Minnehaha Falls to freeze over offering spectacular scenes.

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The flower-embedded paper of Madagascar

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Antaimoro is handmade paper made from the avoha tree bark and is decorated using pressed fresh flowers and leaves. The bark is soaked and pounded into a pulp with wooden mallets,  then spread and decorated with plants or local flowers and  placed in the sun to dry. This cream-colored decorative paper is used to make lampshades, envelopes, bond paper and even bags.

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