The world is a wonderful and strange place that consists of incredible things. We usually don’t even think about many incredible things that surround us. At times, we have heard about them but would have never had the chance to see them. Here is a list of top 12 things that most people would have never seen or heard about in the world.

1. Colored Art Loaf: This piece was masterfully crafted by artist Loren Stump by layering colors to create this “loaf,” and each slice was sold for $5,000.

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This amazing piece of art, or should we say “art loaf,” was created by Californian glass worker Loren Stump. With the expertise of over 40 years, the delicate “murrine” is made from layering colored, molten glass at the core and elongating it meticulously until the artwork is formed. The murrine is a cross-section of creative, figurative, hidden images made by combining 2D forms into 3D objects.

The individual components are crafted by creating strokes of molten glass to create the figurines. The molten glass is further heated and stretched to create the image. For complex images, the process is repeated until the desired image is obtained. Every slice of this amazing art loaf was sold for a whopping $5,000. (source)

2. Black Swallower: This nightmarish binge eater lives at depths of up to 10,000 feet below the surface. The fish is capable of gobbling up animals twice its length and ten times its mass with ease.

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The Chiasmodon niger, aka “Black Swallower,” is a species of fish that lives at a depth of 2,297 to 10,000 feet in the North Atlantic Ocean. The deep-sea fish is notorious for gobbling up animals that are twice its size and ten times its mass. The fish stalks its prey from behind and swallows it with ease facilitated by its distended stomach.

In 2007, a dead black swallower was discovered floating off the coast of the Cayman Islands. The fish had swallowed a 34-inch mackerel, and the food started decomposing before it could be digested. The resulting gases caused the fish’s guts to burst open killing it. (source)

3. Barbie Pagoda Fungus: This is a species of fungus found in New Caledonia. It is gorgeously hued in pale pink and blue color with a multi-tiered appearance.

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The color fluorescent candy pink is synonymous with Barbie. However, she now has a rival, a fungus native to New Caledonia discovered in 2013 named Podoserpula miranda. It has been nicknamed “Barbie Pagoda Fungus” due to its pale pink color and a quirky, multi-tiered appearance.

The fungi are unusually shaped producing up to half-a-dozen caps diminishing in size from bottom to top-center on a single stalk. The scientists have warned not to be fooled by its beauty. The fungi smell like radishes and are presumed to be toxic in nature. (source)

4. A Lake Above the Ocean: Lake Sørvágsvatn, the largest lake in the Faroe Islands, sits atop the North Atlantic Ocean and creates a waterfall as it discharges into the ocean.

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The six-kilometer picturesque lake is located between Iceland and Norway on the island of Vágar. The lake sits comfortably on top of a cliff about 40 meters above sea level. The waterfall is surrounded by a higher cliff that prevents the water from spilling into the sea.

The lake empties into the sea via an outlet creating the waterfall Bøsdalafossur. The cliffs located on either side of the lake create an optical illusion from certain angles. The illusion makes the lake appear much higher above sea level than it is. (source)

5. Four-horned Jacob Sheep: This is a multi-horned sheep. The most distinguishing features of the Jacob are their four horns, although they may have as few as two or as many as six.

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The Jacob sheep is mentioned in the book of Genesis in the Old Testament Bible. However, the origins of the sheep remains a mystery, and it was discovered during the 17th century. The sheep breed is native to Britain and is dark-colored with white areas of wool. The most distinguishable feature of the sheep is its horns consisting of two to six horns.

Both the male (ram) and female (ewe) possess this unique characteristic. It consists of two sets of horns – the rostral and caudal set. The rostral set of horns extend upwards, while the caudal set of horns curl downwards along its head and neck. The sheep was initially raised as “park-sheep” by rich landlords for ornamental purpose. (source)

6. Fukang Meteorite: The 4.5-billion-year-old Fukang meteorite was found in the mountains near Fukang, China in 2000. It is a pallasite – a type of stony-iron meteorite with olivine crystals.

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The Fukang meteorite was discovered in the year 2000 in the mountains near Fukang, China. The meteorite is considered to be 4.5 billion years old and weighs about 20 kilograms. The meteorite is a pallasite comprised of gem-quality olivine in a nickel-iron matrix.

The meteor is presumed to have formed during the birth of the solar system. High temperatures might have fused the olivine with the metal forming a matrix. It has been estimated that less than 1%  of all meteorites are considered to be pallasites. This makes it one of the greatest meteorite discovered during the 21st century. The meteorite has been divided into many pieces and auctioned off. (source)

7. Catatumbo lightning: This is an atmospheric phenomenon that occurs only over the mouth of the Catatumbo River in Venezuela. These extended lightning strikes can last up to 10 hours.

We have commonly heard the phrase that “lightning never strikes the same place twice.” But that phrase has been proven to be a myth by the amazing phenomenon observed in a lake in Venezuela. Commonly known as “Catatumbo lightning” occurs over the mouth of the Catatumbo River where it meets the Lake Maracaibo.

Lake Maracaibo earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for recording “highest concentration of lightning.” The lake has recorded a staggering 250 lightning flashes per square-kilometer each year. The phenomenon occurs between the coordinates 8°30′N 71°0′W and 9°45′N 73°0′W. The lightning activity can be viewed from 400 kilometers away, and sailors have used it for navigation.

The storm accompanied by lightning is caused by the result of winds blowing across the Maracaibo Lake and its surroundings. The accumulated air mass meets the high mountain ridges of the Andes, the Perijá Mountains, and Mérida’s Cordillera. The plains are enclosed by these mountains on all sides. The heat and moisture accumulated across the plains generate electrical charges since the air masses are destabilized by the mountain ranges resulting in continuous lightning. (source)

8. Liziba Station: This is a fully functional train track with a station that goes through an occupied, 19-story residential building in Chongqing, China.

Have you ever witnessed a train passing through a 19-story residential building? If the answer is no, you can head to Chongqing located in southeast China to witness it. An unusual train track passes directly through a residential building. The noise reduction equipment installed at the station generates noise equivalent to a dishwasher!

The Chongqing Rail Transit No.2 and the residential building have been built on top of each other. This highlights the creative solution for lack of space in a city packed with 49 million residents. Moreover, it is convenient for residents to directly hop onto the train at Liziba Station located on the sixth to the eighth floor of the building. (source)

9. Blue lingcod: This is a fish with blue meat which looks like it has been marinated in blue food dye. The blue color is caused by a bile pigment.

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The fish with blue meat is commonly known as “blue lingcod” and lurks in the rocky reefs from Baja California to the Gulf of Alaska. The fish is a most fearsome predator and acquires its unique color due to the bile pigment biliverdin. The biliverdin seeps into the meat of the fish causing them to turn blue.

The lingcod’s meat has a bluish or greenish cast when it is raw. However, the blue color magically disappears and changes to white when the fish is cooked. (source)

10. Blue whale skull: The Natural History Museum in the United Kingdom possesses a 126-year-old skull of the largest animal to ever exist on Earth.

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The museum houses an iconic, 25-meter blue whale skeleton in its off-site warehouse. The skeleton is estimated to be 126 years old was unveiled for display in 1938 in the mammals’ gallery. Engineers working on the specimen have painstakingly assembled the skeleton on a metal head before moving it to the Hintze Hall.

The whale specimen has been named “Hope” signifying the symbol of humanity’s power to shape a sustainable future. The blue whale faced near extinction due to over-exploitation until a ban was issued. (source)

11. Squid with teeth: A super-rare squid nicknamed “toothy squid” that looks like it has teeth was discovered in the Atlantic Ocean by German researchers.

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The Promachoteuthis sulcus, aka “toothy squid,” is a very rare, deep-sea squid that looks like it has a perfect pair of teeth. It is considered to be the rarest cephalopod and was discovered by a German research vessel in 2007.

The female cephalopod was captured during a deep-sea diving expedition in the southern Atlantic Ocean. The feature that appears to be its teeth is actually its lips. The folded lips resemble a perfect set of tiny teeth making it the perfect candidate for a toothpaste commercial. (source)

12. Doomsday Vault: Svalbard Global Seed Bank contains seeds of every plant currently in existence. It was built to survive anything that could befall the earth and allow survivors to begin again.

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The seed bank contains a whopping 930,000 seed varieties of food crops. The vault holds the title “World’s largest collection of agricultural biodiversity.” The vault is located deep in the bowels of Norway’s Svalbard archipelago. The icy mountain is located on an island above the Arctic Circle between Norway and the North Pole.

The seeds are preserved in the case of an apocalyptic event or a global catastrophe. The location is far away from places that are subjected to war, terror, and natural calamities. The seed bank is comprised of three vaults, and the seeds are preserved in sub-zero temperatures. The seeds are stored in vacuum-sealed, silver packets and test tubes. These boxes hold the key to human survival and the future of global food security. (12)

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