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22 Facts That Prove The World Is Stranger Than You Think

The world is a stranger, more beautiful place than you could ever imagine.

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3. The Zhangye Danxia Landform in Gansu, China, is formed out of colored rocks resulting from red sandstone and deposits of minerals building up over the course of 24 million years.

4. A blue whale's heart is as large as a small car, with some arteries large enough for a human to swim through.

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11. Nobody knows where the water from Devil’s Kettle Falls in Minnesota goes. Water falls into a giant pothole without any discoverable exit.

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Researchers have dumped multiple different kinds of materials into the falls, including colored dyes, logs, and ping pong balls, but no one has ever been able to figure out where it goes.

13. In 1969, scientist Ágúst Bjarnason found a tomato plant in the lava of the volcanic island of Surtsey. It had grown from the feces of one of the very few scientists allowed to visit the island.

14. The species of jellyfish called Turritopsis dohrnii is technically biologically immortal.

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It is a very rare case of an animal that can revert back to sexual immaturity after having reached sexual maturity.

16. There is a place in southwestern Turkey called Pamukkale, where natural terraces containing hot springs form due to carbonate buildup. “Pamukkale” means “cotton castle.”

18. The world's largest cave wasn't discovered until 1991. Son Doong Cave in Vietnam could fit 15 of the world's largest aircraft carriers inside it, and the ceiling is high enough to contain the 47-floor Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

19. A small treehouse called La Casa del Arbol at the edge of a cliff near the Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador is home to "The Swing at the Edge of the World."

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Hanging from the tree house is a swing that lets you fly over the precipice without any restraints or harnesses.

20. There is a massive, round sinkhole off the coast of Belize that’s 1,000 feet across and 400 feet deep.

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It was formed by repeated periods of glaciation, and sits in the middle Lighthouse Reef. Because of that, the waters are often crystal clear, and is home to many unique varieties of fish, making it a popular destination for divers.

22. The roof of the “Glowworm Grotto” in the Waitomo Caves lights up like the night sky thanks to a luminescent species of glowworm called Arachnocampa luminosa that are only found in New Zealand.

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