30 Photos That Prove The World Is Stranger (And More Wonderful) Than You Think.


The grimpoteuthis, or Dumbo Octopus, can be found on the seafloor or slightly above it. It's the deepest living of all octopus species. According to BBC, 18 species of Dumbo Octopuses have been discovered so far.

There's a number of things on the Internet that we wish we could unsee. The truth is that a lot of information or "facts" that we come across don't do anything for us. Perhaps we've all just seen too much, and it doesn't help when so many of the things we read are inaccurate. But there are some days when you find a few incredible things that make surfing the Web worthwhile.

Below you'll find a selection of 30 random facts, photos, and places — including some funny and adorable looking animals, such the Dumbo Octopus and the shoebill, and how the Bermudas look from outer space — that we found truly interesting. If you love viewing nature or are a fan of trivia, this list is for you!

Aquarium of the Pacific

Can you believe that this is a flower, called a red hot poker or torch lily, sprouting through a crack in the lava? What a perfect match!

Pedro Ureta lost his wife to a brain aneurysm in 1977 when she was just 25. Now in his 70s, he continues maintaining a project he began many years ago: a guitar-shaped forest with over 7,000 cypress and eucalyptus trees. His wife loved guitars very much.

The superb bird-of-paradise, found throughout rainforests in New Guinea, boasts a beautiful green crown and blue-green breast. It is common for a female to reject over a dozen suitors in her lifetime, because the number of females in this species is so low.

San Diego Zoo

Did you know that Russia did not classify beer as an alcoholic beverage until 2011? In the years prior, it was considered a "foodstuff."

Tambako The Jaguar

Cows are considered highly sociable animals and suffer from stress when separated from their best friends (yes, they have best friends!). These two are grooming each another!

Tambako the Jaguar

The chandelier in the Sedlec Ossuary in Kutná Hora, Czech Republic, is made of at least one of every human bone.

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The Blue Tunnel near the Schirmacher Oasis, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica stands at an incredible 5 meters high and stretches 150 meters long.

Anne Fröhlich

Have you ever seen a shoebill? Also called a whale-head and shoe-billed stork, this peculiar looking bird can live up to 35 years in the wild. Shoebills are native to eastern Africa and are considered a vulnerable species. A tall bird, some can grow up to 5 feet tall!


According to Forbes, Denmark is the world's happiest country. Here's a photo of Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen.

Trish Hartmann

Sam the Koala receives help from a firefighter during the aftermath of the Black Saturday bushfires in Australia.


According to an article by CNN, "Green Eggs and Ham" resulted from a bet between Dr. Seuss and his editor, Bennett Cerf. Cerf bet the author that he couldn't write a book using 50 words or less.

The 50 words used by Mr. Geisel are: a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.

Miguel Castaneda

Have you ever seen anything like these ponderosa pine skyscrapers at the Wall Street Trail, Bryce Canyon?

Sarun Laowong/Getty Images

The Crested is a type of domestic duck. Don't they look like George Washington or Dr. Emmett Brown?

Catherine Singleton

Maned wolves are mainly found in grasslands in South America and are characterized by reddish brown to golden orange sides, long, black legs, and a black mane. They are sometimes called by their nickname, "skunk wolf."

Tambako the Jaguar

This man took a selfie with one of the world's most majestic creatures.


Thinking of renovating your office? Draw some inspiration from Inventionland, an invention factory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania!


According to Lee Unkrich (Toy Story Director, Editor and Screenwriter), Woody's official last name is "Pride."


With natural beauty and diverse wildlife, including over 400 different species of birds, Botswana's Okavango Delta is one of the last places in Africa to be considered truly wild.

Planet Den

Did you know that ostriches have eyes that measure about 2 inches across? They have the largest eyes of any land animal, according to National Geographic. Their eyes are even larger than their brains!

Ignacio García

Hippos can open their mouths up to a 150-degree angle.

William Warby

A rough estimate on Quora suggests that 46% of the world's population has never seen snow.


Inspired by his belief that objects are products of a "transportation culture," Indonesian artist Ichwan Noor created this Beetle Sphere in 2013.

See-ming Lee

What are these strange looking things? They're urucum (bixa orellana) seeds, typically used to add a red-orange color to Brazilian dishes without changing the flavor.

Leonardo Aguiar

A stunning contrast of a man feeding swans in the snow in Krakow, Poland.

Marcin Ryczek Fotografia

Soak in this rare view of wisteria at Ashikaga Flower Park, Japan, from below.

Takashi Hososhima

LAAC Architekten's Stubai Glacier observation platform in Austria was installed via helicopter and offers visitors a spectacular view.


Most of our zipper pull tabs are labeled "YKK," which stands for the Japanese company Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha.

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A view of the Bahamas from outer space.


Baby common goldeneye, or sea ducks, depart for their first flight.