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7 Odd and Extreme Mineral Formations

The world is made up of wondrous chemicals that sometimes do pretty out-of-the-ordinary things. Here are seven places where minerals, carried by water, by heat, or by the actions of Mother Earth herself, left us with strange and wonderful sights. 1. Pamukkale Terraces, Turkey Looks ice cold, doesn’t it? Actually, the water is quite warm at the [...]

One Mountain, Three Lakes, Three Colors

Kelimutu is a volcanic peak in Indonesia that has three crater lakes, each displaying water with a different color! The Lake of Old People (Tiwu Ata Mbupu) is blue, the Lake of Young Men and Maidens (Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai) is green, and the Enchanted Lake (Tiwu Ata Polo) is a dark murky color [...]

Fireball: It’s Like Soccer, Except the Ball Is on Fire

(Video Link) You don’t have a soccer ball? No worries. Just get a coconut. Then set it on fire. That’s what students in East Java, Indonesia do as a test of courage. And yes, they play barefoot. I wonder if they have throw-ins for balls that go out of bounds. Link -via Daily Dot

Ribbon Eel

This is the most amazing thing you’ll see today: a ribbon eel filmed swimming in the oceans off Lembeh, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] – via Ever So Strange

The Late Movies: 11 Close Encounters with Sharks

Last night marked the start of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. The annual summer event is celebrating its 25th anniversary and is broadcast in more than 72 countries. To celebrate everyone’s favorite shark extravaganza, we’ve rounded up 11 videos of close encounters with sharks. Enjoy! Warning: These videos often include yells of profanity. If you’re [...]

The Nutmeg Wars

The following is an article from Uncle John’s Curiously Compelling Bathroom Reader. In the 17th century, all Europe was mad to have the little brown nut from Indonesia- nutmeg. Especially the Dutch, who monopolized its cultivation and, in doing so, built their tiny nation into one of the wealthiest trading powers on the planet. BACKGROUND Spices have [...]

All-You-Can Eat Fish Buffet for Whale Shark

Om nom nom nom! Thanks for doing the hard work, fishermen! Conservation International’s Mark Erdmann noticed how this whale shark learned to "suck" fish out of holes in a fisherman’s net in Indonesia’s Cendrawasih Bay. Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] [...]

Watch Scientists Free a Whale Shark Caught in a Net

(Video Link) Go Team Humanity! Whale sharks, which are filter feeders, sometimes get caught in lift nets in Indonesia’s Cendrawasih Bay. These scientists in scuba gear found one and pulled the net open so it could escape. -via The Presurfer

Zoo to Send Orangutan to a Private Island to Quit Smoking

[YouTube clip] It’s hard to quit. So when zookeepers in Indonesia want to help Tori the orangutan to quit smoking, they decided to take drastic measures: Tori learned to smoke 10 years ago [...]

Mystery ‘pulsating winged being’ filmed

A video has appeared online showing a glowing figure with wings appearing briefly on CCTV footage. The video shows an unremarkable street in Indonesia…