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    50 Pictures That Will Completely Change The Way You Look At The World

    So that's what a zebra's stripes are for!

    1. This is how you weigh a koala:

    I just found out how koalas are weighed and it’s just the cutest thing everrrr from Damnthatsinteresting

    2. A bee's stinger is finer than a needle:

    Microscopic look at a bee stinger vs. The point of a needle from ThatsInsane

    3. The last surviving Civil War veteran died in 1956, 91 years after the conflict ended:

    Albert woolson, last surviving civil war veteran ever, enlisting at 14 and dying at 106 in 1956. (colorized by me) from Damnthatsinteresting

    4. Unused footage from Curb Your Enthusiasm helped save Juan Catalan's life — he likely would've received the death penalty if he had been found guilty of a crime he didn't commit:

    Case Closed from Damnthatsinteresting

    5. Global warming might feel like a 21st century issue, but we've known about it for over 100 years:

    107 Years ago the Press reported Climate Change from Damnthatsinteresting

    6. This 300-foot-wide smiley face in Oregon only appears when the foliage changes with the seasons:

    In 2011, David Hampton of Hampton Lumber planted a mix of Douglas fir and Larch when an area in Oregon was getting reforested resulting in smiley face inside vast forest from Damnthatsinteresting

    7. Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, which she accomplished despite multiple attempts to physically stop her:

    Kathrine Switzer entered and completed the Boston Marathon in 1967, five years before women were officially allowed to compete in it. After realizing a woman was running, organizer Jock Semple tried to stop her. Some people provided a protective shield so she could complete it. from nextfuckinglevel

    8. Crows are highly intelligent, can recognize humans they've encountered before, and can even use tools to solve problems. These particular crows may have* intentionally made these "gifts" and left them for some friendly humans:

    We've been feeding a small family of four crows (mated pair and their two year old kids) for several years. Last week two days in a row they left these gifts, pull tabs threaded onto pine twigs. This isn't only generous, it's creative, it's art. My mind is blown.

    Twitter: @StuartDahlquist

    *This article from the Audubon Society goes in depth about the claim made in this tweet.

    9. This is what a 787 looks like without any seats in it:

    What an empty 787 looks like from Damnthatsinteresting

    10. In Nepal, an entire day is dedicated to celebrating dogs — and not just pets, either. Stray dogs are also honored during the festivities:

    Nepali festival Kukur Tihar is all about celebrating doggos from Damnthatsinteresting

    11. A zebra's stripes have a very specific evolutionary significance:

    Scientists believe that a function of a zebra’s stripes is to deter insects, so a team or researchers painted black and white stripes on several cows and discovered that it reduced the number of biting flies landing on the cows by more than 50%. from Damnthatsinteresting

    12. There's a mysterious and controversial monument in the state of Georgia called the Georgia Guidestones. Apparently only one man knows who built it, and he vows never to tell:

    Thats scary from Damnthatsinteresting

    The instructions read:

    1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.

    2. Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity.

    3. Unite humanity with a living new language.

    4. Rule passion — faith — tradition — and all things with tempered reason.

    5. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.

    6. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.

    7. Avoid petty laws and useless officials.

    8. Balance personal rights with social duties.

    9. Prize truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite.

    10. Be not a cancer on the earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature.

    13. Remote learning during a health crisis isn't an internet age phenomenon — we've done it before (in 1937):

    Distance learning isn't new...... from Damnthatsinteresting

    14. This is what a squirrel nest in use looks like:

    Squirrel nest against a window. from Damnthatsinteresting

    15. We sent jellyfish into space, and they seemed to like it there quite a bit:

    Space Jellyfish from Damnthatsinteresting

    16. Because of permafrost, the bodies buried in this Norway cemetery will never decompose, so burials here have been banned since the 1950s:

    The Cemetery is Closed 🚫 from Damnthatsinteresting

    17. Allan Ganz holds the Guinness World Record for the longest career as an ice cream man:

    Allan Ganz, The Boston ice cream man from Damnthatsinteresting

    18. This mirror selfie was allegedly taken a century ago:

    This mirror portrait was taken 100 years ago in Japan from Damnthatsinteresting

    19. This stump is still alive thanks to a little help from its friends:

    Here's an example of a so-called "trees knee", that is, a living stump of a Douglas-fir that has healed over with bark and is kept alive via mycorrhizal fungal connections between its roots to the roots of living trees surrounding it, who send it nutrients to survive in this sort of zombie nub state from Damnthatsinteresting

    20. This is how jeeps were shipped overseas during World War II:

    Jeep’s were shipped IKEA style. from Damnthatsinteresting

    21. Wolves are a lot bigger than you think — much bigger than most dog breeds:

    This wolf and husky for the size comparison. The wolf is nearly three times the size of the husky. Wolves are HUGE. from Damnthatsinteresting

    22. This is how eggplants got their name:

    Young eggplants look like eggs from Damnthatsinteresting

    23. This deep sea fish found in the Arctic looks as if it's made of ice:

    Lumpsucker, found in the freezing waters of Arctic, North Atlantic, and North Pacific. It swims at depths of 1,700 m (5,600ft) from Damnthatsinteresting

    24. That viral photo of a blobfish (aka a psychrolute) isn't what a healthy blobfish actually looks like:

    The fish known as the most ugly, actually... from Damnthatsinteresting

    25. William Still is an unsung hero of the Underground Railroad who selflessly risked his own freedom to free enslaved people and reunite families:

    Remember his name from Damnthatsinteresting

    26. The tiny hats that come with bottles of tequila actually serve a purpose:

    Today I learned that the hats on Tequila bottles serve a purpose - to salt the rim of your shotglass, and/or squeeze limes from Damnthatsinteresting

    27. Someone created a massive replica of ancient Rome that took 36 years to finish and is "now considered one of the most important references for how ancient Rome looked":

    Complete Ancient Rome replica 36 years in the making from Damnthatsinteresting

    28. And this bird's-eye view of Tokyo looks a lot like a replica too:

    This is what Tokyo, the largest city on Earth, looks like from a plane. from Damnthatsinteresting

    29. Here's how much the Arctic has changed in the last century:

    The Arctic 103 years ago compared to today. from Damnthatsinteresting

    30. The moon appears in many colors:

    48 different colors of the moon, all photographed in a time span of 10 years from Damnthatsinteresting

    31. Humans aren't the only species that likes to get high:

    Dolphins Use Pufferfish to Get High from Damnthatsinteresting

    32. Oysters are filter feeders, and adult oysters have been known to filter as much as 50 gallons per day:

    The water in both tanks is from the same time and place. The tank on the right has oysters, natural purifiers. from Damnthatsinteresting

    33. The Choctaw Nation donated $170 (the equivalent of $5,000 in 1847) to aid the Irish during a famine when they could barely spare it themselves:

    The kindness of strangers. from Damnthatsinteresting

    34. This is what happens when lightning strikes in the desert:

    Fulgurite. What happens when lighting hits sand and creates glass from Damnthatsinteresting

    35. You don't have to pay to read scientific papers if you know what you're looking for:

    That $35 that scientific journals charge you to read a paper goes 100% to the publisher, 0% to the authors. If you just email us to ask for our papers, we are allowed to send them to you for free, and we will be genuinely delighted to do so.

    Twitter: @hwitteman

    36. Jim Thorpe overcame countless obstacles to reach the Olympics, and he wasn't going to let one more prevent him from winning gold medals in the pentathlon and decathlon:

    Jim Thorpe is a legend from Damnthatsinteresting

    37. Some of the prop rings used for shooting close-ups in the Lord of the Rings trilogy were comically large:

    The prop of The One Ring used in close ups in Lord of the Rings. from Damnthatsinteresting

    38. A train in Minnesota spilled $3,400 worth of corn, leaving behind a 2,000-foot trail:

    A train car in Minnesota carrying corn had a leak. from interestingasfuck

    39. This ginkgo tree, located on the grounds of a Buddhist temple in China, is 1,400 years old:

    1400 year old Ginkgo Tree. from Damnthatsinteresting

    40. A 2,000-year-old street food stall was excavated in the ruins of Pompeii (the yellow frescoes on the counter are all original), and some of the pots contained "traces of pork, fish, snails, and beef":

    An extraordinary discovery in Pompeii - an untouched "street food" shop with "food in pots". from Damnthatsinteresting

    41. This is how they shot the classroom scene in Elf in which Will Ferrell appears much larger than the other elves:

    Forced perspective used in the movie Elf to make Will Farrell appear larger than the other elves. from Damnthatsinteresting

    42. There's a McDonald's in Roswell, New Mexico, that looks like a UFO:

    UFO themed McDonalds in Roswell, New Mexico. from Damnthatsinteresting

    43. Mine shaft chambers can get pretty big — here's an especially enormous one in Iran:

    This Mine Shaft In Iran from Damnthatsinteresting

    44. Russian scientists discovered 32,000-year-old seeds in Siberia that were probably buried by ice age squirrels, and successfully cultivated them:

    Scientists have managed to revive a plant from the Pleistocene in their vials! This guy is 32,000 years old. from Damnthatsinteresting

    45. Not many have seen Giza, Egypt, from this perspective because climbing on the pyramids is illegal:

    This Is What An Illegally-Taken Picture From One Of The Great Pyramids Looks Like from Damnthatsinteresting

    46. Those iconic Easter Island head statues have bodies:

    The Easter island statues have bodies from Damnthatsinteresting

    47. This is how Michelangelo's David was protected during World War II:

    During World War II, the statue of David was surrounded by bricks to prevent destruction from bombings. from Damnthatsinteresting

    48. Little research has been done about the Mexican mole lizard, also known as the five-toed worm lizard. Therefore, much about its behavior and mating habits remains unknown:

    Bipes Biporus, the mexican mole lizard, is so rare that it's almost mythical. from Damnthatsinteresting

    49. This is the entire navigable planet if you're a fish:

    World map drawn by fishes. from Damnthatsinteresting

    50. Oh, and fire hydrants? Just one more thing that's bigger than you thought:

    The true length of fire hydrants from Damnthatsinteresting

    H/T: r/Damnthatsinteresting.

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