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The mysterious monoliths of Asuka Nara and the stone ship of Masuda, Japan

Asuka Nara monoliths The village of Asuka, located in Nara Prefecture, Japan is a very interesting land from a historical point of view. It has its origins in the period called Kofun jidai (250-552), which means "period of ancient mounds". This era of Japanese history is characterized by a certain type of funerary mounds built in many places at that time; more precisely, mounds of earth in the shape of a keyhole, surrounded by ditches. One of...

How to find your way in Dubai in 2020

Dubai is many things for many people. For some, it's the peak of modernism and technology blended with sun, beaches and desert. For others, it's all about cars and petrol. There are people that come here to get money and there are people that come here to invest money. This article should help you find your way in Dubai and should provide some tips that should save you some money and time. So, here we go... Arriving at Al Maktoum International...

China builds the world’s first forest city! The goal of the eco-city is to reduce pollution

Chinese authorities have begun a project that aims to reduce pollution in Liuzhou. The eco-city was designed by the architectural firm called Stefano Boeri Architetti and is a neighborhood that should host about 30,000 people. The metropolis will include homes, offices, hotels, hospitals and schools, and all of the buildings here will be completely covered with plants and trees. The architecture company has made similar plans for Lausanne in...

Coober Pedy: The underground city and a luxurious hotel

Coober Pedy is a mining town located in southern Australia, in one of the most desolate and waterless places in the world. Here, nearly 3,500 people from 45 different countries live underground, at 8 to 22 feet deep below the surface of the earth. Yes, this is an underground city! The extremely high temperatures in the region have caused the population of this area to build a true underground city. Here, you can find everything from the library...

Time-lapse: Superb Northern Lights over Reykjavik, Iceland

If you like to travel around the world in order to experience the natural wonders of our planet, I advise you to visit Iceland. Also known as the land of promise, it is packed of contrasts, which has always delighted its inhabitants and travelers alike. Located near the Arctic Circle, the island is known to offer the famous spectacle of the aurora borealis. Formerly associated with the dance of the animal spirits in the sky, this phenomenon is...

10 Reasons why our world is a beautiful place

World wonders. Those two words probably sum up pretty well what I'm going to share next, a collection of amazing random facts from all over the world that will enlighten your day and it will make you think twice about your existence on this planet. I know I did! All these images were taken from Buzzfeed's 22 Facts That Prove The World Is Stranger Than You Think

Freddy Mercury’s acapella will give you goosebumbs

Two weeks ago, Playback.fm posted a video on their Youtube channel called Queen - "We Are the Champions" Acapella. Although there is no official acapella version of the song, the guys at Playback.fm managed to create one by using various sources and isolating the vocals, mainly from Queen's live concerts. There are no words to describe the feeling I had when I heard one of the best voices of 20th century as clearly as ever, without drums and...

23 Astonishing city views you’d see if you were a bird

Update: Since our article got a lot of love from the StumbleUpon community, we have decided to add videos to each location in this list. Thank you for supporting us! Have you ever had a dream of flying like a bird? For me, flying would be the ultimate experience and I would be able to live my dream of visiting all the important cities in the world. Being sparked by this idea, I have collected 23 aerial images that depict flying over the city...

Building a house with primitive technology

Let's go back to the beginning of human history! The other day, I watched a video on a wordpress.com blog with a guy that managed to build a small house using only primitive technology. According to him, the location was set on Far North Queensland, Australia and the construction consists of a hut with a tiled roof, underfloor heating and mud and stone walls. This primitive construction made with all-natural materials has even a door and a...

A beautiful solar storm captured on camera

Two days ago, a KP-7 Geomagnetic storm was seen by people that were lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time - at Abisko National Park in Sweden on Sept. 12, 2014. The storm was caused by two CMEs (coronal mass ejections), bursts of solar wind and magnetic fields. Enjoy the video: The beautiful natural phenomenon called aurora borealis is actually the result of collisions between gaseous molecules found in Earth's atmosphere and...

Haiku Stairs: The Stairway to Heaven in Hawaii

Are you up for an adventure? Well, I'm really talking about an adventure in images, because going to the actual location in Hawaii and visit the Haiku Stairs (also known as Haʻikū Stairs, a.k.a. Haʻikū Ladder, Pali Ladder) is illegal, because the route is closed for repairs for some time. But this does not stop the adrenaline junkies and folks who love the beauty of the nature to step on all the 3,922 stars that lead to the top of...

The scale of the Universe (video)

I'm not the biggest fan of Internet memes, but I remember seeing one that was actually good: "If you think you have succeeded in life, just remember that you are just a microscopic grain of sand on a minuscule planet that's surrounded by infinite darkness." Although this meme was supposed to have a demotivational effect, I actually smiled the first time I've read it. We, as humans, are really lucky to be born, and we should bow down to the...