One Million Giraffes – Is It Possible?

What started as a bet between a guy named Ola and a guy named Jørgen has turned into that rarest of Web phenomena: A ‘crowdsourced’ site that isn’t Astroturfed, has a substantial following, and, most importantly, has a noble goal: Collecting one million pictures of giraffes by 2011. Ladies, gentlemen: OneMillionGiraffes.

Unlike many flash-in-the-pan Internet trends, OneMillionGiraffes has been going strong for almost a year: When the Telegraph interviewed the site’s creator in August of 2009, two months after its launch, it was up to 134,227. Currently, it’s at 877 740: So, 122 260 left to go in the next 178 days.

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Jesus Statue Hit By A Lightning

A 62-foot statue of Jesus Christ at a church in Ohio was struck by lightning during a severe thunderstorm on Monday night and exploded into flames.
The statue, worth US$300,000 and made of fiberglass and Styrofoam, burned to the ground, leaving only a wire frame behind. The resulting fire also caused US$400,000 damage to Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio.
Church officials said they would rebuild the statue.
The statue was known as “Touchdown Jesus” because of its raised arms. It was erected in 2004 and officially called the “King of Kings” statue. It became famous thanks to its position by a major highway.

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Weird Taxidermy Animal Photos

Taxidermy is the act of mounting or reproducing dead animals for display or for other sources of study. But is it OK to play with dead animals? To make a purse from your dead cat… Or to love your pet so much that you have to watch it, hanging on your wall or standing on your shelf,  like a trophy everyday? This looks very disturbing and weird, but we guess that’s up to you to decide..

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Is There Any Girl Interested In… This?!

This is our friend Igor from Russia. He is home alone, and unlike Kevin McCallister, he is not happy about it. So he took some pictures of his house, trying to impress girls. One thing is for sure, lucky woman will be safe and sound, I she will probably get anything she wants. So, is there any interested in… Well, see the pictures below. :) Continue reading

So Close To God

I think these are some of the most beautiful monasteries. Hidden in the mountains, so close to the sky, they are quiet shelters far far away from secular society. No matter the religion, these isolated wonders remain an expression of pure faith and peace beyond time and space. Some of them are still inhabited, others, forgotten will become dust with time.

St George Monastery, Wadi Qilt, Israel

The monastery, originally dedicated to the Virgin, was founded about 480. It flourished in the sixth century but was destroyed by the Persians in 614 and thereafter was abandoned. The present buildings were erected between 1878 and 1901. The church dedicated to the Mother of God has fine icons and wall paintings; the church of St John and St George preserves a sixth century mosaic pavement. In a cave are the remains of the monks who were killed during the Persian advance on Jerusalem.

Xuan Kong Temple, near Datong, China

In China’s Shanxi Province around 500km (300 miles) south west of Beijing is located The Hanging Temple (named Xuan Kong Si). This amazing structure is one of the most precarious structures in the world. Long wooden beams extend from the outer edge of the temple buildings down to holes chiseled into the massive rock face.

Anapafsa Monastery, Meteora, Greece

The Greek word Meteora means “suspended in the air”, and our words meteorite and meteorology come from the same root. The conglomerate rock at Meteora, Greece, has eroded into fantastic peaks upon which medieval monks built monasteries, several of which are still active. The isolated monasteries of Meteora helped keep alive Greek Orthodox religious traditions and Hellenic culture during the turbulent Middle Ages and Ottoman Turk occupation of Greece (1453-1829).

Djurdjevi Stupovi Monastery, Serbia

Djurdjevi Stupovi Monastery in Ras ,Republic of Serbia,near Novi Pazar was founded by the first Serbian ruler Stefan Nemanja in 1170-1171 according to the incarved inscription from the main church portail. It was built on a hilltop near old Ras and its location is a significant point in the area at his new just established state with the tour of Ras as a capital.

Petra Monastery, Jordan

Petra is a historic and archaeological city in the Jordanian governorate of Ma’an that has rock cut architecture and water conduits system. Established sometime around the 6th century BC as the capital city of the Nabataeans, it is a symbol of Jordan as well as its most visited tourism attraction. It lies on the slope of Mount Hor in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah (Wadi Araba), the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. Petra is an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.

Madonna del Sasso, Switzerland

High up above the town of Locarno, there is a sanctuary located on a forested cliff; Madonna del Sasso. Sasso means rock, so hopefully I won’t be struck down for translating it as Madonna on the Rocks. The church was consecrated in the 19th century when a local monk, Brother Bartholomeo, claimed that the Madonna had appeared before him whilst walking in the woods.

Popa Mountain Monastery, Myanmar

Rising majestically out of the plains of central Burma, 2,417 feet up in the air atop an ancient, sheer-sided volcanic plug, the Buddhist monastery of Popa Taungkalat surveys the surrounding scene. An amazing example of a human construction merged organically with its natural setting, Taung Kalat also draws thousands of pilgrims each year because of its great spiritual significance. More about this monastery here

Glojene Monastery, Bulgaria

According to the legend, the monastery was built in the 13th century (1224), when Ukrainian knyaz Georgi Glozh settled in the area with Ivan Asen II’s approval. The knyaz founded a monastery carrying the name of St George, whose icon he had brought with himself. The icon then disappeared numerous times only to be found on a hill not far from the village of Glozhene, which was interpreted by the monks as a divine sign to move the monastery there. This was eventually done near the end of the 14th century.

Le Mont Saint Michel, France

Mont-St-Michel (also written Mont Saint Michel) is a small rocky island about 1 km from the north coast of France at the mouth of the Couesnon River in Normandy. The mount is best known for the medieval Benedictine Abbey and steepled church that occupies most of the 1km-diameter clump of rocks jutting out of the waters of the English Channel.

I See Dead People Everywhere…

Photographer Tom Phillips has created a unique series of shots, which he called “Dead pictures” . In them we see the dead men in the background of a completely different landscapes or in everyday life. You will agree with us that it would bee so weird to see making of these photographies…

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Run For Your Life!

Every year from July 7th-14th thousands pack into Pamplona to start Spain’s most famous bull-running fiesta to honour Navarre capital’s patron saint, San Fermin. Spain stages more than 3,000 fiestas (festivals) each year but the 7 days of bull-running are the favourite in terms of spectacle and excitement.
The Pamplona bull run takes place at 8am every morning from 7th to 14th July. Runners must be in the running area by 7.30am. The actual run stretches from the corral at Santo Domingo where the bulls are kept, to the bullring where they will fight that same afternoon. The length of the run is 825 metres and the average time of the run from start to finish is about three minutes. The streets through the old town which make up the bull run are walled off so the bulls can’t escape. Each day six fighting bulls run the route as well as two herds of bullocks.
And you are wondering how dangerous this can be? Just watch this article and you’ll see…

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Closer Look Into Their Eyes

British photographer Steve Hoskins (Steve Hoskins) runes advertising campaign for Pedigree, Purina and Whiskas , and so he knows many secrets about the shooting of our furry friends. Staring at his work, you can find stunning photos of big and small small animals on which they all, without exception, pretty and cute.

Hoskins, as if there is a unique essence of each animal. Sam Hoskins says: “I love animals very much, but I try to portray them not sentimental way. I try to pull them from their familiar context and to bring some new idea about them.” What do you think, did he archive that? Take a closer look into their eyes :)

Zombie Girls In Cannes

The great Cannes festival is well known. Why? Because thats the place where you can see some of the best actors in the whole world – every year! But thats not all. This year people saw something “different”… Someone would say that’s cool, others would say that they are disgusting , but we will say that these girls are definitely bizarre.

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Forced Perspective Photos

Forced perspective is a technique that employs optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. It is used primarily in photography, film-making and architecture. It manipulates human visual perception through the use of scaled objects and the correlation between them and the vantage point of the spectator or camera. Here are some of the best, funny amateur examples:

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The World’s 5 Most Crazy and Strange Tunnels

A tunnel is typically an underground passageway, built in an effort to address the growing needs of roads, highways and bridges to handle a large volume of traffic. The exact definition of a tunnel has been twitched many times in the past. Irrespective of that, tunnels are the results accomplished by a magnificent feat of engineering, with boring giant holes in mountains, or laying several feet of pathway under the ocean. Let us have a look at the world’s strangest tunnels. Continue reading

All You Need Is A Strong Spirit

A woman from Russia named Svetlana, after one year and a half she lost nearly 155 lbs. If you wonder how did she made this amazing change you should see her diet:
Breakfast: 2 eggs, or a piece of cheese, or porridge, a piece of black chocolate or a spoon of honey, coffee without sugar.
Second breakfast: half of a pomegranate, green tea. Lunch: boiled lean meat, fish or a chicken breast, fresh vegetable salad with vegetable oil, green tea. Snack: a handful of shelled seeds, green apple, grapefruit or pomegranate. Dinner: green tea.

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Pilobolus – The Human Alphabet

The acclaimed American dance troupe Pilobolus uses their extraordinary talents of balance, flexibility and strength to convey the alphabet. Like most alphabet books, the letters are depicted in upper case accompanied by a noun that begins with that letter, such as B for butterfly. The main difference here is that every letter and its noun is formed by twisting, contorting humans. The letters themselves are unique, sometimes verging on ingenious. It’s the accompanying photos that are extremely difficult. They range from ponderous to impossible. They are all so abstract that the young reader they are meant to instruct, though perhaps amazed at the dancer’s bendablity, cannot possibly puzzle out what the letter stands for. Thankfully, there is a code breaker included—otherwise the mystery, in some cases, might never be cracked. The letter N for nest, for example, is still baffling even after one looks up the answer. While the talent and ingenuity of Pilobolus can be applauded, their efforts will be lost on the intended audience. Continue reading

Attack on Pearl Harbor – As It Was

7 December 1941 Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, which led U.S. entry into World War II.

Nov. 26, 1941 strike formations of the Japanese Imperial Navy under the command of Vice Admiral Nagumo ChÅ«ichi ordered Isoroku Yamamoto, commander of the fleet left the base in the Gulf of Hitokappu Kuril Islands and headed for Pearl Harbor. Japanese connection included six carriers: “Akagi”, “Hiryu”, “Kaga”, “Sekaku”, “Soryu” and “Dzyuykaku”, which housed 441 aircraft, including fighters, torpedo bombers, dive bombers and fighter-bombers. Escort carriers were 2 battleships, 2 heavy and 1 light cruiser and 11 destroyers (other sources – 9 destroyers and 6 submarines). Continue reading

The Best Cardstacker In The World

Bryan Berg has launched an attempt to break his own Guinness World Record for the largest house of freestanding playing cards at The Venetian Macao, the world’s largest resort-hotel. The attempt to build a replica of The Venetian Macao, The Plaza Macao, and Sands Macao buildings will use more than 190,000 cards and will take 44 days to complete.

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