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14 hours ago, hooperski said:

Pierre Trudeau and his cabinet, these guys knew how to wear a suit.

 

 

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Blood-red waterfall staining the snow-white face of Taylor Glacier, Antarctica  (caused by iron oxide)

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Large spherical boulders, some measuring 12 feet in circumference, scattered on Koekohe Beach on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island.

 

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Behind the cascade of a small waterfall in the Shale Creek Preserve section of Chestnut Ridge Park in suburban Buffalo, New York, you might see what appears to be an optical illusion: a flickering golden flame. Actually, you'll smell it before you see it, and amazingly, it's real, fueled by what geologists call a macroseep of natural gas from the Earth below.

A geological fault in the shale allows about 1 kilogram of methane gas per day to escape to the surface, where, at some point, possibly the early 20th century, a visitor had the idea to set it alight. The water occasionally extinguishes the flame, but there's always another hiker with a lighter to reignite it.

 

 

 

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In the southwestern corner of Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela you can observe the world's highest frequency of lightning activity (250 flashes per square kilometer per year).  More than 200 nights per year, with peaks in May and October, lightning flashes fill the sky -- sometimes 25 or more flashes per minute. To put that in perspective: The National Weather Service classifies anything over 12 strikes per minute as "excessive." Named for the Catatumbo River, which flows from Colombia in to Lake Maracaibo, the Relampago de Catatumbo, or Catatumbo Lighting, has become a highlight for travelers who spend their nights wide awake and wide-eyed watching the spectacle.

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A loaf of bread made in the first century AD -- discovered at Pompeii, preserved for centuries in the volcanic ashes of Mount Vesuvius -- the bread still has its makers mark. 

 

 

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The menu of last meals served to the third class passengers aboard the Titanic, April 14th, 1912.

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Crooked House Pub – Dudley, England -- Originally a farmhouse built in 1765, it leans as a result of subsidence caused by local mining in the 19th century.

 

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