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26 True Stories That Prove Humanity Is Not All Bad. 6 Real Places on Earth Straight Out of a Fantasy Novel. Honestly, we're sick of hearing about the planet's freaking natural beauty. Yes, those snow-capped mountains are very nice, and we're sure those white sand beaches of St. Barts are even prettier in person. But if we're adding vacation spots to our Bucket List, we're going for the weird shit. You see, every once in a while the malevolent robot lords in charge of programming the shared illusion that is our world will slip up and let a chunk of broken code go through, resulting in geographical phenomena that defies explanation.

Like ... #6. Michael Day The three lakes of Kelimutu, in addition to sounding like the title of a fantasy novel, are a geological oddity found snuggled up against the base of a dormant volcano in Indonesia. Tom CasadevallIt's entirely possible that they are giant bowls of melted chameleons. Each lake can change its color completely at any time, independently of the other lakes. Rosa CabecinhasA million people pooped in this one. Neil/WikimediaRIP, Kermit and Rowlf. #5. 10 Mysteries Of Our World That Science Finally Solved. Our World Scientists have been baffled for years by the mysteries of our world, from giant movements under the ocean to how the oceans themselves originated. Today, we have the answers to some of these questions. 10The Secret Of Death Valley’s Sailing Stones Fron the 1940s till recently, the Racetrack Playa, a dry lake bed with a flat surface in Death Valley National Park, was the setting for a “sailing stones” mystery that left people scratching their heads.

With years or even decades between each occurrence, an unseen force appeared to move hundreds of rocks across the ground at the same time, leaving long parallel trails in the dried mud. These sailing stones weighed up to 300 kilograms (700 lb) each. No one had even seen the stones in motion as far as scientists knew. It could have been a decade or more before anything happened, but they got lucky.

Heavy rain and snow had left 7 centimeters (3 in) of water on the playa. The rocks will only move if conditions are perfect. Dr. 10 Amazing Historical Conflicts That Are Completely Forgotten. History While some wars and skirmishes stand out and are immortalized in television, art, and film, history is full of thousands of fascinating conflicts that most have never heard about. The following are just 10 of these. 10The Battle Of Bloody Bayc.1480 This just might be the mother of all father versus son conflicts.

After King James I of Scotland was captured and held prisoner in England in 1406, Scottish barons gained tremendous authority over the people. Everything was to change, however, when John Macdonald took over as ruler of the clan. With Angus Og and his father John commandeering either side, the two armies met in an extraordinarily violent and murderous skirmish that took place off the coast of Mull. 9The Lusitanian War155–139 B.C. When the army under praetor Servius Sulpicius Galba and proconsul Lucius Licinius Lucullus occupied the land of the Lusitani, a small Celtic tribe, the Lusitanians offered a treaty of peace to the Romans along with willful submission.

Dr. 18 Sci-Fi Locations That Exist in the Real World. 12 Reasons Robots Will Always Have An Advantage Over Humans. 11 Fan Theories That Are Better Than The Actual Story. Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service. Skyfall refutes the notion by showing us the headstone of Bond's parents, who both have the surname "Bond," but it's fun to think that MI6 keeps conferring the same identity on spies over and over again, and forcing them all to order the same signature drink.

You also forget "For Your Eyes Only," when Roger Moore's incarnation of Bond goes to Tracy Bond's grave. 10 Strange 'Lord Of The Rings' Facts That The Films Leave Out. Books Thanks to Peter Jackson’s blockbuster films, the world knows plenty about the struggles of Gandalf, Aragorn, and Frodo. However, the books themselves, the appendices, and other published texts offer an entire world of odd Lord of the Rings facts that few people know. 10 Sauron’s Ring Wouldn’t Make Him Invisible Photo credit: New Line Cinemas When Bilbo, Frodo, or Sam put on the Ring of Power, they turn invisible.

Sauron made the ring to conquer Middle-earth, so you might assume that he chose this invisibility as a tactical feature. The ring doesn’t simply make people invisible. The invisibility still worked to Sauron’s advantage. 9 Lose The Ring, And You Still Won’t Age One of the more striking scenes from Peter Jackson’s film adaptations of Lord of the Rings is the sight of Bilbo Baggins at Rivendell. The main action of Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers takes place a whopping 80 years after the events of The Hobbit. 8 Sauron’s Other Rings Granted Wishes—With A Catch. 10 Nearly Perfect Movies, And What They Teach Us About Storytelling. Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service. Another one I think should have been included: Raiders of the Lost Ark Expand It's the way it flows, you get the setup with stuff like Indy meeting the government guys, laying out the mission, the stakes of the Ark and stuff.

You have him meeting the old love he wronged and bonding more. Flagged Isn't that the one that doesn't even require indy's presence at all for the bad guys to still lose? Big Bang did reveal the large flaw in Raiders story. The problem is, the story flows so well, and Ford instills so much charisma in the character, it masks the fundamental flaw in the plot: "Indiana Jones plays no role in the outcome of the story.

Amy Farrah Fowler – The Big Bang Theory (The Raiders Minimization) Raiders of the Lost Ark is a great film, but a poor example of a protagonist actively driving the plot. Yes, this is a perfect film. 10 Most Important Science Fiction Books About Superintelligence. The 4 Reasons We Fall in Love With a Piece of Pop Culture. In ancient times, a trip to the video store was all it took to see that people love to arrange stuff in categories, and so it is today as well -- if it exists, and particularly if it exists in the world of arts or entertainment, we've broken it down into groups based on even the most trivial differences. Play your guitar in a slightly different way and you're sent careening into an entire other genre with its own set of rules and misconceptions.

That's just the way it is, BECAUSE CATEGORIES. So let's just do it. Let's just go ahead and take this to its logical conclusion and break entertainment itself into a list of categories (NEXT WEEK: THE SEVEN KINDS OF LIST), and perhaps in some roundabout way remember why we liked entertainment to begin with ... #4. Winston Rowntree This is the most obvious form of entertainment -- that which is sought out for being entertaining, and for no real other reason. . #3. Sometimes you like something because you like the experience of liking it. 7 Worldbuilding Tropes Science Fiction and Fantasy needs to Stop using. How to Write an Omniscient Narrator If You're Not Actually Omniscient Yourself.

How to Write Descriptive Passages Without Boring the Reader or Yourself. The Difference Between Good Worldbuilding And Great Worldbuilding. How To Balance An RPG. What Is the Best Justification for a Plot Twist That You've Ever Seen? How to Turn an Old Aquarium into a Cloud Tank and Create Creepy Alien Atmosphere Effects « Props & SFX. Need some creepy visual effects for your alien flick, but don't want to spend a bunch of money? With some pretty basic materials, you can turn an empty aquarium into a "cloud tank," which can be used to create several different atmospheric effects. Before Hollywood started using CGI, cloud tanks were used for scenes in a lot of famous movies. Remember this one? Image via Besides Raiders of the Lost Ark, cloud tanks also helped make some wonderful non-CGI effects in Independence Day, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Neverending Story, and Poltergeist.

Making one is a lot easier than you'd thing. In this video, Joey Shanks shows how to set up your own cloud tank. After boiling the rock salt in water (350mL for every 2 gallons) for 20 minutes, he fills the bottom 2/5 of the tank with the salt water. Here are just some of the effects that he was able to make: To see more of his work, check out his website. How to Make Realistic Fluffy Cloud Props from Things Around the House « Props & SFX.

If you need a cloudy background for a photo or video, you can always turn an old aquarium into a DIY cloud tank. But, if you want something more fun and less creepy, these fluffy cloud props by Serena Thompson might be more what you're looking for. Images via All you need is some balloons, tape, flour, newspaper, and a bunch of pillow stuffing. Serena made them by taping balloons together and applying a mixture of water and flour, then covering the balloons in strips of newspaper. Image via Once they dried, she used a spray adhesive to attach the stuffing all over the outside. And that's all there is to it. Check out Serena's tutorial for more details and photos. Steampunk Spray Painting: How to Make Almost Anything Look Like Metal. Steampunk Spray Painting: How to Make Almost Anything Look Like Metal What I'm going to do in this tutorial is, as the title implies, teach you how to make nearly anything look like metal.

This can especially come in handy in Steampunk, as most of us don't have the ability to machine brass. We do, however, have access to wood, PVC, and spray paint. Not to mention that, as a costumer, I can speak from personal experience when I say that things made of brass are really, really, really heavy! Since I don't have a prop that I'm working on at the moment, I decided that what I would do is take a scrap piece of wood and demonstrate the technique on it. I chose wood because it's one of the most difficult surfaces to make look like metal, due to the grain of the wood. I chose a flat piece because I don't hate myself. Before I move on to the actual tutorial part of the article, let me take a moment to explain a bit about wood.

Alright, now on to the demonstration! Step 2: Get Some Spray Paint. How to Make a cardboard replica prop of any gun « Props & SFX. How to Build your suit of DIY Master Chief armor from Halo « Props & SFX.