Stunning Photos of Sahara Desert Hit by Icy Blast and Snow Blankets


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A photographer has captured images of camels after a snowfall in the Tabuk region in northwestern Saudi Arabia. The area – which is close to the border with Jordan – experienced unusual weather this month.

The desert kingdom can experience highs of up to 50C during the hot season, but this month temperatures fell below zero. On January 10, locals in the mountainous region were treated to a flurry of snow.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/stunning-photos-of-sahara-desert-hit-by-icy-blast-and-snow-blankets/

Bone Church of Rome: Amazing Vintage Photos Show Inside Rome’s Capuchin Crypt From the Late 19th Century

Popularly known as the Capuchin Crypt, the ossuary displays the bones of over 3,700 Capuchin friars, who died between 1528 and 1870. It is ornately decorated with skulls and bones displayed in the Baroque and Rococo styles, with a skeleton dressed as ‘Death’ standing in a niche.

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The Capuchin Crypt is a small space comprising several tiny chapels located beneath the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini on the Via Veneto near Piazza Barberini in Rome, Italy. It contains the skeletal remains of 3,700 bodies believed to be Capuchin friars buried by their order. The Catholic order insists that the display is not meant to be macabre, but a silent reminder of the swift passage of life on Earth and our own mortality. The crypts opened to the public in 1851, but it wasn’t until the following year that women were also allowed in.

“This must be a revolting sight,” said I to my friend; “and what appears to me yet more disgusting is that these remains of the dead are only exposed in this manner for the sake of levying a tax on the imbecility of the living.” — J. D. de Chatelain, 1851

When the monks arrived at the church in 1631, moving from the old monastery, they brought 300 cartloads of deceased friars. Fr. Michael of Bergamo oversaw the arrangement of the bones in the burial crypt. The soil in the crypt was brought from Jerusalem, by order of Pope Urban VIII.

As monks died during the lifetime of the crypt, the longest-buried monk was exhumed to make room for the newly deceased who was buried without a coffin, and the newly reclaimed bones were added to the decorative motifs. Bodies typically spent 30 years decomposing in the soil, before being exhumed.

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/bone-church-of-rome-amazing-vintage-photos-show-inside-romes-capuchin-crypt-from-the-late-19th-century/

This 25-Year-Old Puddle Has Its Own Instagram Account

A giant puddle in Russia’s Far East city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk is being described as “invincible”, after it somehow survived unfixed for over a quarter of a century. It now has its own Instagram page and over 16,000 followers.

More: Instagram h/t: odditycentral

As it often happens in Russia and other eastern European countries, what started out as a small pothole gradually grew to become a giant puddle. It attained that rank in 1994, and locals have been trying to get local authorities to fix it ever since. So far it has proven a futile endeavor, as scheduled repairs have been postponed repeatedly.

In the meantime, a frustrated local known only as Nikolay decided that the 25-year-old pothole was old enough to have its own Instagram page, and created one for it in September. The witty sarcastic posts created in first-person quickly went viral and got the local government to act.

“Hi, everyone! I’m the puddle near Tikhookeanskaya Street 10, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. I’ve just turned 25, it’s time to conquer Instagram like a grownup! :)” the puddle’s first Instagram post read. It was a good start, but only the first in a series of hilarious posts that would take the social network and local authorities by storm.

By the end of October, the 25-year-old puddle of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk had become a social media sensation, with Russian YouTubers and influencers making the trip to the Far East city to have their pictures taken with it, or use it as a backdrop for sketches.

The puddle became so popular that at one point it started plugging (sic) “sister puddles” from Russia and Ukraine on its Instagram page. One of these puddles became the scene of a viral photoshoot, with two models posing with paddleboards in it.

In November, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk authorities took another crack at the pesky puddle, draining it and once again filling it with the same “dry mud”. Then temperatures started dropping and that helped keep it in hibernation, at least until spring. But word around the city is that permanent repairs that been delayed to 2024 were scheduled for next year, to save officials further embarrassment.










































SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2020/12/this-25-year-old-puddle-has-its-own-instagram-account/

Artist Created These Illustrations To Show How An Avid Indoorsman Sees The Great Outdoors

According to illustrator David Olenick: “This is what happens when a client requests “outdoorsy” graphics from someone who spends sufficient time indoors to have developed a diagnosed Vitamin D deficiency.” More: Instagram h/

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Inside Sweden’s Ice Hotel Made Entirely of Snow and Ice with Incredible Suites

Asaf Kliger Sweden’s new IceHotel is giving some of the world’s most incredible ice caves a run for their money. This year, artists have created six one-of-a-kind suites in what is being billed Icehotel 31, which will stand until April 11, 2021 – when the hotel melts. h/t: mirror Asaf Kliger We’re talking everything from a room decked out to look like an enchanted frozen forest to giant icy toys...

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Meet Zach Cooley, A “Moon Chaser” Who Uses Camera Tricks To Make The Moon Look Really Huge

The moon has always fascinated the man, who showed his admiration through music, poetry, drawings, until one day, Edward “Buzz” Aldrin, Michael Collins, and Neil Armstrong landed there, an achievement that was marked in history and forever changed our perspective. One thing is certain: humanity has always kept an eye on the moon. In fact, our initial conception of a month was directly dependent on...

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Rock Art Depicting Extinct Animals Is Discovered In Colombian Amazon And It’s Dated Back Around 12,000 Years

When it feels like we know the world around us all too well, and there are few things that can surprise us, the wonders of history and nature prove us wrong. Just recently, the British-Colombian team of archaeologists led by José Iriarte announced the bombshell news. h/t: boredpanda Tens of thousands of cave paintings created up to 12,500 years ago were discovered in Serranía La Lindosa...

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This Guy Rates Benches All Around The UK And The Reviews Are Spot-On

ratethisbench Everybody has a hobby. It can be anything as simple as collecting coins or stamps, partaking in certain sports, whether as a player or a spectator, or even cosplaying, but it can also be a bit more uncommon, like trainspotting, collecting pictures of doors, and rating benches. Never heard of the last one? Well, then meet Samuel Wilmot, a 23-year-old recruiter from Bristol...

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This Woman Quits Her Job To Pursue Her Dream Of Travelling, And Here’s Where She’ve Been

According to Michelle von Kalben: “Hi, I’m Michelle. I’m a 23 year-old living in Germany and making my dreams come true as an entrepreneur and online business owner. Within a very short amount of time I was able to build up my social media audience to over 30.000 by sharing what I love – digital art & photography. This allows me to travel the world and to continiously work towards achieving my...

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Huge Cat Etched Into Peruvian Hillside Believed to Be Over 2,000 Years Old

Archaeologists recently discovered a giant cat ‘geoglpyh’ etched into a hillside in Peru and experts say it dates back to 200 B.C. to 100 B.C. The giant cat stretches roughly 40 yards (36.5 meters) and was found at the historic Nazca Lines, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Nazca Lines are a group of very large geoglyphs made in the soil of the Nazca Desert in southern Peru.

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