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The Iceberg that Sank Titanic

Taken on April 20th 1912, these photographs are believed to be the only visual evidence of the iceberg that collided with the Titanic sending over 1600 people to their deaths. Since this was the only iceberg in the vicinity, many assumed it was the culprit. There have even been rumors that the iceberg bore a streak of red paint on one side.

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Overloaded

Sometimes while driving around in our gigantic SUVs and very spacious pickup trucks, we Americans (and other citizens of the world who could be reading this) forget that our fellow humans living in more crowded parts of the planet have to make due with a little less transportation to haul the same amount of stuff.

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Web Worm Invasion

Web worms (Gypsy Moth Caterpillars to be exact) live in colonies usually in trees where they spin a protective barrier of silky threads to protect themselves from predators. Usually, these colonies are small but sometimes, one grows out of control…

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Glowing Mushrooms

With the arrival of Japan’s rainy season, a glow-in-the-dark mushroom begins to sprout in Wakayama prefecture. The Mycena lux-coeli mushrooms sprout from fallen chinquapin trees and as they grow, a chemical reaction involving a light-emitting pigment occurs, causing them to glow a ghostly green.

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Arboursculpture

Arboursculpture is the fine art of manipulating young saplings into a variety of shapes. Once the saplings become trees, the shape is maintained. This is a very long and arduous process and few people in the world are masters of this art.

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Niagara Falls Frozen

It’s hard to imagine the force of nature that is Niagara Falls ever coming to a dead halt, but as documented in this extraordinary picture, the falls were largely frozen solid. The picture is reputed to have been taken in 1911, but historically, the last time the falls completely froze was in 1886.