1. Turtle Beach
More than 250,000 olive ridley turtles on Playa Ostional to lay their eggs in a mass nesting known as arribada. Photo by Kent Gilbert, Corbis, found via Kateoplis.
2. A 360-Degree Bubble Lets You Ride Atop a Plane
Imagine being able to, mid-flight, take an elevator or staircase up to the SkyDeck, a clear, bubble-like room atop the plane, with two seats, giving you a panoramic view of the clouds.
SkyDeck is created by the Everett, Washington-based Windspeed Technologies LLC, and is what they call a “revolutionary new in-flight entertainment product.” Essentially this small room with an excellent view can be accessed through an elevator (Option 1) or a staircase (Option 2) and any passenger, for a certain price, can have the chance to experience the plane’s external environment like never before.
“We have not been approached by the airlines yet, however we have started to receive enquiries from private jet owners who would like to consider having one installed on their aircraft.”
The Creator’s Project spoke with Windspeed Technologies’s President about the SkyDeck.
3. The story of two men who stole a Boeing 727 from an Angolan airport, never to be seen again
Its disappearance prompted a worldwide search by the FBI and the CIA… While on lease to TAAG Angola Airlines it had been grounded and sat idle at Luanda for 14 months, accruing more than $4 million in backdated airport fees. The FBI described it as “…unpainted silver in color with a stripe of blue, white, and red. The plane was formerly in the air fleet of a major airline, but all of the passenger seats have been removed.
Shortly before sunset on May 25, two men are believed to have boarded the plane, one of them being American pilot and flight engineer Ben Charles Padilla. The other was a hired mechanic from the Republic of the Congo.
The aircraft began taxiing without communicating with the control tower. It maneuvered erratically and entered a runway without clearance. The tower tried to make contact, but there was no response… With its lights off, the aircraft took off, heading southwest over the Atlantic Ocean. Neither the plane nor the two men have been seen since.
Find the full story on Wikipedia.
4. Urban Landscapes of South Korea
I always thought it was North Korea that had the strangest and most surreal urban landscapes to show. Photographer Manu Mielniezuk proves otherwise, who captured his journey to South Korea in pale-colored photographs.
Found on Ignant.
5. This McDonalds, Built into an Old Colonial Home
This is in Freeport, ME, which is the headquarters of LL Bean, and the main street has basically turned into an outlet mall because of it. To keep the image up, the town has strict codes about the appearance of businesses on main street, and mcdonalds sort of one-upped what was asked of them. They also serve lobster rolls.
Found on Reddit. More strange McDonalds locations here.
6. Figs eat wasps
It sounds like a rumor on the elementary school playground: figs have digested wasps in them! Except that unlike most grade school legends, this one is actually true. A fig tree tricks a certain species of wasp to pollinate it, sends it down a small passage in the fruit where its wings are ripped off, after which it is digested by enzymes. Figs eat wasps!
Read more about the strange symbiosis found on The Kitchn.
7. A Succulent Cake
All the succulents are made from hand-piped buttercream. Found on Imgur.
8. Vintage Photos of People Standing Next to Their Televisions
Over the last few decades artist Oliver Wasow has been amassing pictures of people posing with their sets from found photography, creating a haunting collection in which the inanimate objects are the centre of attention rather than the human in shot.
This definitely needs its own Tumblr. Found on Vintage Everyday.
9. Female Freshman College Students Dressed in Drag circa 1930s
Simmons College, an all-female institution, had a tradition of “Freshman-Junior Weddings”, in which the Freshman class president dressed as the bride, and the Junior class president dressed as the groom. Here are other Junior classmates dressed in drag, c. 1930s
Found on Weird Vintage.
An interesting alternative to fashion week street style, here’s a look at people and the outfits they wear to art openings in New York City.
Just in case you ever wondered what to wear to an art gallery opening.
Photographs by Christos Katsiaouni. More Artfit inspiration found on The World’s Best Ever.
11. Lebanon, 1958
Found on So Bad So Good.
12. The 1934 Floods in Los Angeles
And to think they’re in a drought now. More photos found on the Los Angeles Times.
13. Just Bruce Willis, Living the Life in 1985
Found on Reddit.