Five Cool Camouflage Homes
1 — Casa de Penedo or the ‘House of Stone’ can be found in the Fafe Mountains of Portugal. It was built in 1974 with four different boulders. The house has no electricity so the homeowners use candles in every room.
2 — Dune Home in Atlantic Beach, Florida, these two psychedelic apartments are pure 1970s. They were constructed using technology that was devised to create gunite swimming pools. The two-story suites have beach level terraces. Nice. The home was on the market in May, 2012 for $1 million.
Giant Waterspout Off Florida Coast
The above picture is one of the best caught images of a waterspout, a type of tornado that occurs over water. Waterspouts are spinning columns of rising moist air that typically form over warm water. They can be as dangerous as tornadoes, with some featuring wind speeds of over 200 kilometers per hour. Some waterspouts are relatively transparent and only initially visible when an unusual pattern is spotted on the water’s surface.This waterspout was spotted near Tampa Bay, Florida. The area of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida is arguably the most active in the world for the occurrence of waterspouts, with hundreds forming each year. Some people believe large waterspouts are the cause of the unusual disappearances and disasters suffered by planes and ships in the Bermuda Triangle.
Twice the Scare
This two headed albino milk snake was born last year in Florida. The condition is known as Polycephaly and occurs when monozygotic twins fail to separate completely. Most organisms with this condition will not live for long, but occasionally you will get cases like this one, where the snake seems healthy enough and can live for years.
The heads act independently of one another, and will fight over food given the opportunity.
Unusual 3-D Sculptures Made with Sewing Buttons
Do you ever wonder what happens to all those lost buttons that pop off your shirts and coats? They very well may be inside these amazingly creative sculptures made entirely from buttons on fishing line. Miami-based artist Augusto Esquivel creates incredible sculptures from thousands and thousands of sewing buttons. The artist carefully places these newly found tiny multi-colored art materials on a fishing line and builds magnificent artworks.
Dr. Cyrus Teed and the Koreshans,
The idea of the hollow earth was made popular by Jules Verne’s novel “Journey to the Center of the Earth”. However a doctor in New York would propose an idea that took the hollow earth theory one step further. Dr. Cyrus Teed was a physician who had a very unique view of the earth. According to Teed the earth was hollow, however we were living inside of the concave hollow earth, with the sun, atmosphere, stars, and moon located in the center. Needless to say, Dr. Teed was a very odd man, who also performed very odd experiments involving mysticism, alchemy, and subjecting himself to high voltage electrical shocks.
After subjecting himself to one such shock in 1869 Dr. Teed was visited by a divine spirit who revealed to him that he was the Messiah, and that Teed needed to use his scientific knowledge to save humanity. Dr. Cyrus Teed changed his name to “Koresh”, the Hebrew name for Cyrus. He founded a new religion called “Koreshanity” which revolved around the ideas of communal living, utopianism, celibacy (no sex), reincarnation, the non-existence of gravity, and his particular version of the hollow earth theory. Many people flocked to join his new religion, and communes were formed in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco.
In 1894 Teed declared the creation of a “New Jerusalem” in Estero, Florida. The 250 Koreshans built a prosperous small town complete with a bakery, a general store, concrete works, power plant, and a Koreshanity College. The Koreshans even created their own political party, unsuccessfully running candidates for local government positions. Teed’s death in 1908 led to the withering of the movement. The last Koreshan was Hedwig Michel, an immigrant who fled the Nazi’s during the 1930’s. In 1964 she deeded the colony to the State of Florida, which made it into the Koreshan State Historic Park.
Two-Headed Bull Shark Confirmed Rarest in the World
A two-headed bull shark found in the Gulf of Mexico is all too real according to scientists with Florida Keys Community College (FKCC) and Michigan State Community College. The scientists have confirmed that the shark, discovered in April 2011, is the first of its kind and is a single shark with two heads and not conjoined twins.
The shark was found by a fisherman when he opened the uterus of an adult shark. It died shortly thereafter and was brought to the marine science department at FKCC, where it was then transported to Michigan State.
"This is certainly one of those interesting and rarely detected phenomena," MSU assistant professor of fisheries and wildlife Michael Wagner said in a statement from the school Monday. "It’s good that we have this documented as part of the world’s natural history, but we’d certainly have to find many more before we could draw any conclusions about what caused this."
The Haunted Launch Pad
In Florida, Cape Canaveral’s Launch Pad 34 is said to be haunted by the ghosts of three astronauts who died there after a tragic accident. Spacemen Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee were killed almost instantly on January 27, 1967, when a fire engulfed their Apollo I capsule as it was being tested for launch. Many witnesses, including NASA employees, say a weird feeling comes over all who approach the now-abandoned launch pad. More disturbing, the astronauts’ dying screams can be heard at times. Though at one point NASA allowed visitors to tour the facility, due to what the agency calls “strange occurrences,” the haunted launch pad is no longer open to the public.