20 Of The Most Amazing Things You Can Only Find In Japan
Japan is an incredibly interesting country that should be on your bucket list to visit if you haven’t already.
They are ahead of the curve in technology compared to most of the world, and have a fascinating culture that is unique in many ways. So you’re bound to find things in the Land of The Rising Sun that you wouldn’t find elsewhere on the planet.
Most of these things might seem bizarre at first, but then you’ll start wondering: why don’t they have this everywhere?! Okay, maybe not for all of them…
This Is The Largest Known Cave in the World, and It Is Breathtaking
The story of the cave’s discovery dates back as far as nearly thirty years ago by a local resident, but the location of this cave remained unknown for years.
It wasn’t until the British Caving Research Association rediscovered it — twenty years after its initial discovery — that we started learning more about this magnificent marvel of nature. It had been one of the world’s best kept secrets until only a few years ago.
Once you see inside this breathtaking cave, you’ll understand why they’re trying so hard to protect it…
Few films are embedded deep in the American psyche as The Wizard of Oz, a Mervyn LeRoy and Victor Flemming adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s novel of the same name. As its 80th anniversary approaches (the film was released in 1939), it’s also continues to be an eternal spring of shocking, strange, and harrowing facts.
While many facts are well-known — such as The Wizard of Oz being one of the first major Technicolor achievements in popular film — there are many crazier facts most people haven’t heard.
Take a look behind the wizard’s curtain at these cool facts about The Wizard of Oz…
U.S. State Laws That May Leave You Scratching Your Head
Laws are part of life. There is a balance that’s maintained and we are all expected to accept it for the good of society.
However, mixed in with all of the necessary rules that help us live together in harmony, there are also laws that may leave you scratching your head. Would you ever believe there are real state laws that dictate your facial hair, or what clothes your animal can wear?
Here are some of the most interesting laws we could dig up, but trust us when we say there are many more!
This incredible xylophone was built in the middle of a forest by the Japanese advertising agency Drill Inc. The video was commissioned by NTT DoCoMo, which is the largest mobile phone operator in Japan. It was created to be used in a commercial for their new phone featuring a wooden case. What better way to advertise the phone’s natural casing than by cutting down tons of trees in order to build a giant xylophone?
Putting any environmental criticisms aside, the xylophone is extremely impressive. As a ball travels down the instrument each key plays an individual note of Johann Sebastian Bach’s classical song, Cantata 147 — . It may be hard to tell at times since the rhythm is not perfect but cut these guys some slack — they built a giant xylophone in the middle of a forest.
The xylophone was reported as being close to one mile long, but some skeptics actually calculated the speed of the ball against the time of the song and found it to be no more than 45 or so meters — hilariously short of one mile.
You would think that by now, everything on this planet would have been explored. After all, human ingenuity has led to technology that can scan the ocean floors, see through walls, and even send robots to other planets in our solar system.
Fortunately for us, there is still much mystery left on this beautiful planet! Places we know exist but we can’t seem to find, ancient vaults we’ve discovered but can’t figure out how to open, and countless places far too dangerous for humans to travel.
The following are just some of the mysterious places that humans have still yet to fully explore.
The Salem Witch Trials took place between 1692 and 1693 and became a mass hysteria of accusations and fear. Nineteen people were accused and sentenced as witches, and even a few dogs!
Once a finger was pointed at someone and they were accused of being a witch, there was little they could do to defend themselves. The reasons for the Salem Witch Trials are still under the historical microscope and continue to be to this day.
Here are twenty-five facts about the Salem Witch Trials that may seem like lunacy today, but they were very real at the time.
The Most Extreme Celebrity Body Transformations of All Time
Being an actor or actress can sometimes be a very demanding job. It’s not always the glitz and glamour that magazines and TV shows make it out to be.
Often times, there can be intense requirements to play certain characters that can require actors to gain or lose lots of weight, be able to wear heavy prosthetics or even completely change their body type in a few short months or sometimes even weeks!
Here’s a list of some of the craziest and most extreme body transformations that actors have endured in their careers.
A Catfishing Story With An Unbelievable Happy Ending
The term “catfishing” is an unfortunate byproduct of the social media age, and has become so widely-known that both Merriam Webster and the Oxford English Dictionary added it to their official lists in 2014. The countless stories of identity misrepresentation usually end in horror and heartbreak, but not for Emma Perrier.
The 33-year old French woman living outside London was the victim of a catfishing scheme that turned into an unbelievable happy ending, but her story has an ironic twist. She didn’t fall in love with her catfisher; she fell in love with the person her catfisher was impersonating…
The 2010 documentary, Catfish, brought the term catfishing to the forefront. This film followed along as a young man, Nev Schulman, as he begins an online relationship with someone he met through Facebook named Megan. As the relationship progressed, Nev becomes suspicious that Megan might not be who she claimed to be so he paid her a surprise visit. Megan turned out to be a middle-aged housewife named Angela who had created multiple social media accounts with multiple personas.
In the film, it was Angela’s husband, Vince, who made the connection between social media impersonation and catfish. He explained to Nev that cod are shipped live from the United States to China, but the fish would arrive at their destination with inferior meat because they were lazy and inactive during shipping. To prevent the cods’ flesh from going mushy, the shippers place a catfish in the tanks to keep the fish active and moving frequently. Vince noted that, perhaps, some people have been placed in the lives of others to keep them active. Nev’s documentary spawned a hit TV reality show on MTV in which Nev and his partner, Max Joseph, expose a new catfishing incidence in each episode.
For Emma Perrier, her catfishing journey began when she downloaded the dating app, Zoosk. Scrolling through the photos of other members, she found a handsome, dark-haired Italian named Ronaldo Scicluna, or Ronnie for short. According to his profile, Scicluna was 34 and lived just 100 miles away from London. Their relationship moved quickly and soon Emma and Ronnie were texting, messaging, and talking on the phone several times a day. For Emma, whose family and friends were all in France, connecting with Ronnie filled a void in her life. Plus Ronnie was sweet and attentive and charming. Emma was smitten. There was just one problem…they two had not yet met in person.
Emma tried several times to arrange a physical date, but Ronnie was always ready with an excuse. He was busy with work or taking care of his father, so he claimed. Emma was frustrated and disappointed, but she had no reason to doubt Ronnie’s stories. After all, she saw pictures of him so she knew he was a real person.
Ancient Mysteries That Still Baffle Scientists Today
It seems like every day there are new discoveries being made about the ancient civilizations that have come before us. Archaeologists and scientists have been able to find and research artifacts from the ancient world to learn more about how our ancestors lived and how we came to be who we are.
Most of the time, the findings are evident after doing extensive research, like the invention of the wheel or the purpose of the pyramids of Ancient Egypt. But there are times that no matter how much research is done, scientists have no idea how or why things existed.
Here are the biggest ancient mysteries that still baffle scientists today:
The borough of Centralia is located in Columbia County, Pennsylvania. In the late 1800s it was a thriving anthracite coal mining town with a population of close to 3,000, but as of 2013 the population is no more than seven.
The diminished population is the result of an underground coal mine fire that has lasted for over fifty years. The fire continues to burn as of 2015 and could last for another 250 years according to some estimates.
It is not definitively known how the fire started back in 1962, but it is believed to be the result of trash burning. The town Council had been deliberating ways to clean up the Centralia landfill, and it is suspected that the dump was burned even though it was prohibited by state law.
Though water was used to extinguish the fire on the night it was started, the flames reappeared several days later. There were several more attempts to contain the fire but it was soon discovered that the smoldering trash had made its way into the intricate pathways of the coal mine beneath the ground.
With no way to smother the inferno, the entire population of Centralia relocated over a short time. Most residents accepted a $42 million buyout allocated by Congress for relocation to nearby towns, while the remaining residents were ordered to leave after the land was overtaken by the state through eminent domain.
Centralia’s ominous smoking streets were the inspiration for the movie, Silent Hill, adapted from the popular video game.