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Put It In A Jar


Rubik’s Cube In A Jar | As if Rubik’s cube wasn’t hard enough, someone had to come along and put it in a jar. The WHOLE, SOLID thing too – not in pieces (or so it would seem).

As a kid, meeting someone who could solve Rubik’s cube was like meeting a mythical god of some sort. It just wasn’t an easy thing to do. In the old days, before you could look up the algorithms on the internet, people who were dedicated enough to learn how to solve the Rubik’s cube had to actually figure it out, layer by layer. This task was extremely difficult for most normal people, but there were a few exceptional folks who could solve the Rubik’s cube in minutes, sometimes even seconds.

But now there’s some nut job with way too much free time who’s decided to not only solve the Rubik’s cube, but to also put it in a glass jar containing an opening smaller than the cube itself. Of course no one really knows how this person was able to pull this off, but we can guess that it involved taking apart the entire cube, cubic piece by cubic piece, then gluing it all back together one by one while within the jar.

Chances are that the person who did this probably didn’t need to bother with learning how to solve the Rubik’s cube. Why bother when you can just take it apart and blow everyone’s minds anyway?

Another theory for how someone was able to do this involves cutting glass. We are unable to see the bottom of the glass jar from the image, but if we did, we might be able to make out a “scar” from the incision in the glass. Someone could have cut the bottom of the glass and slid the solved Rubik’s cube right in, then closed the opening with glass sealant.

However, the challenge now is getting the Rubik’s cube out of the jar. Can you think of a way to remove the Rubik’s cube from the jar without ungluing the cube? Tell us what you come up with!

This Is What We Call Zero Percent Fat


THIS IS WHAT ZERO PERCENT FAT LOOKS LIKE | The whole world is obsessed with being skinny, but one man can’t help but be at zero percent fat for the rest of his life.

Meet Tom Staniford, a nice guy living with Myelodysplastic Preleukemic syndrome, also known as MDP syndrome, a condition in which his body is unable to store fat under his skin. MDP is an extremely rare metabolic disorder, which is currently known to affect only a total of eight people in the entire world.

People with MDP all share the same “no fat whatsoever” characteristics, which include the appearance of sunken eyes, cheeks, and withered lips.

Tom Staniford was born at a totally normal weight, but his condition has caused him to “shrink” in appearance throughout the years. Now at 23 years of age, Tom’s whole body is pretty much just skin and bone.

As a person living with such a rare condition, Tom is somewhat of a medical wonder. No doubt he has been a very interesting case for medical experts, and often undergoes tests specially designed to measure his entire body’s physiological state.

Looking at him straight on, you can see that Tom has more than just a skinny face. Where most people would usually have a good amount of flesh covering their eyes and cheeks, Tom’s face is so skinny that you can see his skull’s shape and structure.

None of this really matters to Tom, of course. In fact, Tom does not seem to be that deeply affected by his condition. His photos show him doing and being totally normal with the people in his life. In addition to this, Tom is super athletic. Considering himself a fitness junkie, he can be seen bicycling and going on all kinds of adventures.

Despite his unusual appearance and unique and seemingly fragile frame, Tom lives life to the fullest. To him, his condition is one that is literally only skin deep.

Corset For 3 Years In A Row


GIRL WEARS A CORSET FOR 3 YEARS IN A ROW | The worldwide struggle for a tiny waist is one of the woman-kind’s most nagging concerns. The ideal hourglass figure has been an attractive quality to both men and women for hundreds and thousands of years, and it is something for which women are willing to suffer.Michelle Kobke is one of those women who are willing to suffer greatly for beauty.

At 24 years of old, Michelle, who lives in Germany, is obsessed with achieving the smallest waist in the world. She is so keen on the idea that she has been wearing corsets every single day for three years in a row, determined to permanently alter her physical shape through long-term reconditioning/molding.

When you think about it, the idea of the corset is not new at all. In fact, for hundreds of years, it’s what all women wore every single day, for their entire lives. Just one hundred or so years ago, it was perfectly normal for a woman at any age to wear a corset that was designed to constrict her waist to look three times smaller than would be natural for any real human.

With this in mind, what Michelle is doing is not that strange at all – except for the fact that at this point in history we’ve already proven that wearing corsets for long periods of time can result in a myriad of health problems, including digestive problems and breathing problems.

So far, Michelle’s waist-altering project is a success. Since wearing her corset for three years, she has indeed been able to physically alter the shape of her waist. Her photos show that even when she is not wearing a corset, her torso and waist still maintain the small shape of the corset. Though her waist is still not as small as she would like, technically speaking, her strategy is working.

the Man Who Runs Full Marathons with a Fridge on His Back


The Inspiring Story of Tony the Fridge, the Man Who Runs Full Marathons with a Fridge on His Back | Tony ‘the fridge’ Phoenix-Morrison got his name from his unique way of running marathons – with a fridge strapped to his back. Yes, a real refrigerator. Why on earth would anyone want to do that, you ask? Well, for Tony, this is a way to gain people’s attention so he can raise money for charity.

“My friends knew I was an ultra-runner, so trying to raise money by just running the Great North Run wasn’t getting me anywhere,” said the 49-year-old marketing manager from South Tyneside, in the UK. “So I thought about something different. I wanted an extreme challenge, something that would push me to my limits. In 2011, I told everyone I was running with a fridge and the world went mad for it! I ended up on the news in 17 different countries over night.”

Contrary to expectations, Tony isn’t really trying to show off his strength by running with the 42 kg Smeg Fridge. “I hate the fridge,” he insisted. “It starts off tough, then gets impossible. I don’t put it on for show. I should never have ran with the fridge because I was injured when I began. I went running with kettle bells in a rucksack and it swung everywhere, damaging my lower back.” According to Tony, there is no other way to prepare for the physically grueling marathon than by being mentally strong.

The story of how Tony got into running in the first place is an emotional one. It all started when he was just 12 years old, and his dad had died. He used to hide under his bed at the time and escape into a secret world, but when his brother found him out, the secret was lost. The next time he felt like escaping the stresses of reality, he just ran. “I stood up from my chair in school and the teachers were begging, ‘don’t run Tony, please.’ They thought once I started I wouldn’t stop. I was like Forrest Gump. I was running away from my problems. It was an escape for me at the time, a medicine to my problems.”

On his Facebook page, Tony describes himself as an ‘Extreme Endurance Athlete and Ultra Runner’. He also wrote about his reason for his fridge challenge: “I am a charity fund raiser for the Bobby Robson Foundation. Using the extreme feats of physical endurance I want to raise awareness and raise money to aid in the battle against cancer.” Tony himself has lost loved ones to cancer, so he said that the cause is very close to his heart. If it could make a difference, he wouldn’t mind carrying the fridge to the four corners of the earth to promote this cause.

The concept of ‘Tony the Fridge’ started in September 2011, when he was the first man to complete the Great North Run in under three hours carrying a fridge on his back. During that first run, nothing really went in his favor. “By the 11th mile both of my calves had gone and I was in a bad state,” he said. “Just completing it was a great relief. I wanted to use the fridge to get people’s attention and think about what cancer is like, carrying this heavy load every day. I couldn’t give myself cancer for charity, but I could give myself a burden like this, experiencing pure toil and struggle.”

Then, in May 2012, he successfully completed the Marathon of the North, with the fridge to keep him company. One of his most epic challenges was the ’30 Great North Runs in 30 days’. It consisted of 29 days spent in the run up to the Great North Run and the 30th day was actual Great North Run. It was during this challenge that he raised a huge sum of money towards cancer research. In the past three years, Tony has completed about 10 marathon challenges with the fridge. He took part in his last challenge – the 24 hour marathon – running four 42 kilometer marathons in a single day. With the fridge, of course.

Unfortunately, Tony was forced to abandon his mission just after completing the second marathon. “I was hit by a sunstroke – it was a very hot day – but I’m trying to raise awareness for people who have been struck down with a sudden illness so maybe it was ironic,” he said. “I still have no feeling in six of my toes. The doctors said if I’d ran another five miles I would have broke both my feet because of the weight of the fridge.” He also said that this would probably be his last challenge with the fridge, since he did not want to take attention away from other fundraisers.

Disease-Carrying Ratzillas Are a Much More Real Threat


Forget Godzilla, Disease-Carrying Ratzillas Are a Much More Real Threat | As though they weren’t bad enough at their normal size, we now have rats that are bigger than cats. Oh, the horror! Several ‘ratzilla’ stories have been in the news recently, featuring shockingly massive rats. I wouldn’t blame you for wondering if these pictures are Photoshopped, but they’re not – the supersize rats look like they’ve been loading up on steroids or something. These ‘pumped’ rats have infested several countries around the world and are quickly becoming a huge menace to humans.

A series of ratzilla-sightings have been reported across the UK, the largest one being 2 ft. long. It was lurking about in the loft of a home, terrifying the residents with loud scratching sounds. “This was followed by the really loud sound of wood being chewed,” said homeowner Grace Walters. “Pest control put a camera in the attic to see what was going on – and sure enough the rat was there, hiding in a corner. They had to cut a hole in the ceiling to reach it and when they grabbed it, none of us could believe it was the size of a cat.”

The incident was nothing short of traumatic for Ms. Walters and her family. “It’s quite scary a rat can grow this big and strong, especially when you have kids in the house.” According to pest controller Marcus Giusti, who captured the monster rat, it’s a very dangerous animal to have in a house. “We’ve been shocked by the number and size of rats recently,” he said. “This could be down to household waste being dumped around estates and the climate warming. It hasn’t been cold enough to kill rats off this winter. There’s an endless amount of food in the sewers where they live and if they’re living longer and eating lots, they’ll be getting bigger.”

Just a week before the Walters incident, Erik Korsas and his family were shocked when a large rat, almost 16 inches long and 2.2 pounds in weight, entered the kitchen of their Stockholm apartment. Erik’s wife Signe and his two daughters Dana, 17, and Erica, 15, screamed in horror and fled from the kitchen. Even the family cat was terrified – it refused to go anywhere near the rat. It was up to Erik and his sons – 13-year-old Justus and 6-year-old Laurentius to hunt down the rodent. They set up a giant rat trap in the kitchen and went to investigate when the trap was sprung. The kids brought Erik a variety of tools to establish that the rat had really died.

In the picture, you can spot Erik holding the rat by its leg with a pair of large plastic tongs. Its head is still attached to the trap, but its eyes look scarily alive. The family took the picture as soon as they caught the rat and then contacted Sweden’s Home and Rent website. Soon, the story was lapped up by media all over the nation. Last month, the picture of the ‘mega rat’ was the most shared item from the popular Swedish daily Aftonbladet. Soon, it was being passed around on various social media websites as well.

Ever since the photograph went viral, Erik has been receiving lots of messages and suggestions. One reporter had said that Erik should have frozen the rat’s carcass instead of throwing it away. Others expressed doubt over the picture, wondering if the rat was digitally ‘enhanced’. “What surprised me is people say they cannot even read the articles and cannot go to sleep because of this story,” Erik said. The Korsas’ kitchen has been repaired now, but the family hasn’t recovered from the incident – they’re expecting their next furry visitor to appear at any moment now.

It turns out that scientists had predicted this abnormality in rats a long time ago. In fact, it is believed in many scientific circles that rats will slowly evolve to grow larger and larger – someday reaching the size of sheep. Rats are known to be great at survival and adapting to their surroundings. The rodents are actually immune to many poisons now. According to Dr. Jan Zalasiewicz, “Given enough time, rats could probably grow to be at least as large as the capybara, the world’s largest rodent that lives today, that can reach 80 kilograms.”

“There will be future thin rats, future fat rats, slow and heavy rats, fast and ferocious rats, probably future aquatic rats – the list goes on. Other animals will likely follow the same pattern, such as domestic cats, rabbits, goats and more.” But don’t bother losing sleep over the thought of supersized animals taking over the world, it’s probably going to take several centuries for anything like that to happen. In the meantime, perhaps it’s time for a new movie franchise – ‘Planet of the Rats’?

Tiny Fairies Flying In English Countryside


University Lecturer Claims to Have Photographed Tiny Fairies Flying in English Countryside | This could be one of the most significant discoveries in human history. Or one of biggest hoaxes. John Hyatt, a 53-year-old professor at Manchester Metropolitan University, claims to have taken photographs of tiny fairies in the English countryside. His pictures show tiny winged humanoid creatures floating flying in swarms. The professor is now on a mission to get more and more adults to believe that the fairies are real, and ‘bring a bit of a magic into their lives’.

Hyatt is the director of the Manchester Institute of Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MIRIAD) at the Metropolitan  University. He is believed to have snapped the pictures while he was out photographing the Lancashire landscape over the past two years. The photographs are now on display in a special exhibition called Rossendale Fairies at the Whitaker Museum in Whitaker Park, Rossendale. Hyatt insists that they are 100 percent real and not Photoshopped. The pictures have gone viral ever since he released them to the public. People all over the world are quite baffled over his claims, and some are beginning to believe him.

“It was a bit of a shock when I blew them up, I did a double take,” he said. “I went out afterwards and took pictures of flies and gnats and they just don’t look the same. People can decide for themselves what they are.” Hyatt, a former member of The Three Johns punk band in the ‘80s and ‘90s, said that the message to people is to approach these creatures with an open mind. “I think it’s one of those situations where you need to believe to see,” he admitted.

 Hyatt’s story reminds us of the famous Cottingley fairies that were photographed by two schoolgirls in Bradford, decades ago. 60 years later, they revealed that they had faked the pictures using cardboard cut-outs. But Hyatt says that the creatures he snapped are very different from the fairies depicted in children’s books. “Everything is stereotyped,” he said. “But there are stranger things in life than fairies, and life grows everywhere.”

“I don’t believe they are just smaller versions of us and go home and have a cup of tea at the end of the day,” Hyatt pointed out. “And no one is suggesting they have any special powers. From my experience, they were just enjoying themselves and there was a little dance in the sunlight going on. They are just beautiful pictures and beauty can make people believe.”

The Whispering Wall Of The Barossa Reservoir


The Whispering Wall of the Barossa Reservoir and Its Amazing Parabola Sound Effect | When the Whispering Wall was built over a 100 years ago, no one had a clue about its amazing acoustic properties. The concrete dam was constructed by about 400 workers over the South Parra River in Barossa Valley between 1899 and 1902. The dam holds back the 4,515-mega liter Barossa reservoir that supplies water to several areas in southern Australia. The Whispering Wall has always been famous – the 9 storey structure was the first arch dam to be constructed in the region and at one point, the highest in all of Australia. But little did the builders know about the hidden properties of the engineering marvel they had created.

Because the dam is a hard and curved surface, any sound made on one end travels completely unobstructed to the other end. So you could have a perfectly normal conversation with someone standing on the opposite end of the dam (about 450 ft. away), as though they were right next to you! The voices can be heard quite clearly due to a phenomenon known as the parabola effect. The wall is so perfectly curved that it forms one sector of a circle. And the sound waves just bounce in a series of straight jumps all the way to the other end.

 The dam’s whispering abilities were actually discovered by accident. According to locals, the story goes that during construction, a group of workers who were complaining about their boss were overheard on the other side of the dam. The Whispering Wall was revealed! Unfortunately, this wasn’t a cool enough discovery to save the workers’ jobs.

If you ever happen to travel to Australia, the Whispering Wall is one location you don’t want to miss. The place attracts a massive number of tourists each year, eager to test the wall for themselves. Some of them have even put up their ‘whispering’ videos on YouTube. The entire area is protected for native species, so the picturesque location is ideal for a picnic. The surrounding lands are covered in original scrub growth of pink gums and native pine trees. And thanks to all the trees, this is a great spot to do some serious bird watching.

Wearing Wedding Dress For Ten Years


Chinese Woman Has Been Wearing Her Wedding Dress Every Day for the Last Ten Years | A 47-year-old Chinese woman is so happy to have found true love that she hasn’t taken off her wedding dress for the past ten years. You might think that’s crazy, but wait till you hear everything she’s been through. At age 18, Xiang Junfeng was kidnapped from her hometown and sold to an elderly man. She was forced to marry him and lived for 15 years in captivity before she found the courage to run away.

A native of Jimo, in China’s Shandong Province, Xiang was sold to a man in the neighboring city of Linyi. He ended up using her as a slave, putting her to work in the fields. After several years of living in captivity, she managed to escape by running to Liujiazhuang village where a local woman helped her. Eventually, the woman turned out to be Xiang’s savior in more than one way. She introduced Xiang to her own brother, Zhu Zhengliang, and the couple tied the knot in 2004. This event made poor Xiang so happy that she’s refused to wear anything but her wedding attire ever since.

Although she got married with just the one dress, Xiang later had three more made – one for each season. “I bought one and made the other three,” she said. “I had only ever known a violent and abusive man and I avoided men until I met my new partner who brought me truly out of my shell and treated me so differently. I couldn’t believe it when he asked me to marry him.”

“My wedding day was the happiest day of my life and I never wanted it to end, and that was when I decided I wanted to not only keep wearing my wedding dress, but actually got four other wedding dresses as well.” Ever since the wedding, Xiang’s husband has been helping to rehabilitate her to everyday life. “We felt comfortable with each other, so we have been together since then. I am very happy now, as my husband is very good for me.”

The locals have regarded Xiang’s behavior to be strange, especially when she comes to work in the fields wearing a large, white gown. They even have a name for her – ‘sister wedding gowns’. But she isn’t the least bit bothered about what the locals think. “I don’t even have any other clothes,” she said. “I don’t care what people say about me. My wedding dresses are part of my life and I will continue to wear them regardless.” Xiang also said that it doesn’t disturb her husband because he knows how happy it makes her.

It has been a while since I came across a tale as heartwarming as Xiang’s. She seems so sincerely happy that it just fills your heart with joy. Her only regret is that she isn’t able to officially register the marriage because she doesn’t have the paperwork from her previous marriage. But the local police station is considering making an exception in this case and helping the lovely couple get registered. That’s what I call a modern-day fairy tale!