During World War I, medical technology vastly improved, but unfortunately, so did weapons. Men returning from war were far more disfigured due to technological advancements like the machine gun. As a result, artists like Anna Coleman Ladd were in high demand for reconstructing their faces. In this black-and-white footage, Ladd, along with British sculptor Francis Derwent Wood, construct and fit metal masks onto soldiers who lost portions of their face to warfare. This may just be due to the nature of the black-and-white footage, but the masks look pretty good, at least for early 1900s prosthetics. The work of Ladd [More]
Our world is a beautiful, wondrous place to live, which is why there are constant efforts to protect it and make sure it stays that way. If you’ve ever been outside (and you definitely have), you know exactly what I’m talking about. Recently, people filmed the frozen waters of Lake Superior washing ashore, and the resulting footage is hypnotic. Once you see this, you’ll want to watch it over and over again. The frozen water looks like broken glass. (via This is Colossal) Isn’t nature incredible? Winter temperatures might be unpleasant, but you can’t deny that the season is beautiful. [More]
As any kid with a magnifying glass or a box of matches knows, there’s something inherently fun and soothing about melting random plastic objects. Apparently, that satisfaction of watching something melt doesn’t go away just because you grow up either. Allow us to introduce you to your newest obsession: household items melting while being filmed with a super-fancy macro camera lens! googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBP_ATF’); }); The macro filming technique allows for an up-close, intimate look at things in a highly detailed way that a normal camera wouldn’t be able to capture. So there we have it, watching things melt in [More]
When seven-year-old Lexi was born, doctors diagnosed her with a rare condition that left her life hanging in the balance. One devastating side effect of the condition fused her upper and lower jaws together, which left her unable to breathe on her own. But when she was three years old, doctors presented her family with an unconventional solution. They assured them that they could make Lexi a new jaw out of rib bones. This girl’s story is one of perseverance and hope. Even at such a young age, it’s clear that she is a fighter. Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/new-jaw/
For most people, the first sign of a headache means a trip to the medicine cabinet to fetch some Tylenol or Advil. But what if you could stop the annoying ache without any drugs? Sure, you can debilitate an attacker with a well-placed finger on the neck — it’s called pressure point fighting — but those little trigger spots all over your body can actually be used to knock a headache out, too. All it takes is a few minutes. The best part is that you can do this to yourself! I may just throw or give away all of [More]
The Brazilian wandering spider is one of the world’s deadliest arachnids. It also happens to be fairly aggressive and will go out of its way to bite you if you disturb it. The tarantula hawk — which is actually a wasp — is similar to the wandering spider in that they both deliver extremely painful bites/stings. Very rarely do the two ever meet, but anything is possible, and in the following video, these deadly creatures come across one another in the wild. Normally, tarantula hawks hunt tarantulas, so this one must have thought the Brazilian wandering spider would be as [More]
When it comes time to pick a vacation destination, you might say there are just too many places to choose from. Allow me to make a suggestion, though… Maybe instead of picking some place you’ll enjoy, choose a destination that will help you face your fears of jellyfish! I know, it sounds crazy, but just wait until I tell you about Jellyfish Lake, located on an uninhabited island just off the coast of Koror in Palau. On this small, rocky island is a saltwater lake that’s home to literally hundreds of thousands of jellyfish. Flickr / Stephen Masters Even more [More]
The human brain is the most complex organ of any species, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be easily tricked. In the following video, you’ll be asked to stare at the black dot in the center of a photo of a castle. If you keep staring at the dot after the false color image has gone away, and the black-and-white photo returns, you’ll be surprised to see the castle in full color (even though it isn’t)! According to Metro, the illusion occurs because staring at the false color desensitizes the cone cells responsible for color, so when the black-and-white image [More]
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly went to space almost a year ago on a mission to study the effects of life in outer space on the human body. After months of extensive research, Kelly is finally home. Late Tuesday night, Kelly and fellow astronauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov landed back here on Earth. As you can imagine, their journey was chock-full of amazing experiences. Here are some of Scott Kelly’s most incredible social media posts. During his stint at the International Space Station, this astronaut took in some seriously breathtaking sights. He did, of course, spend most of his time [More]
Winter is a very dreary time for people with green thumbs, what with almost all the vegetation that grows outside dead or dying. But fear not, amateur botanists! Here is an awesome way to make an indoor garden that should tide you over until spring. It’s incredibly easy to make and quite aesthetically pleasing. Check out that beautiful, indoor vertical garden! Don’t you want to make one of your own now? You absolutely should! That lady has enough character and charisma to inspire all of us to start gardening. Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/indoor-garden/