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35 Pictures That Show Off A Fascinating Side Of Life

We're often told that one of the keys to leading a fulfilling life is to learn something new every day. I suppose our success at this depends on what we spend most of our days doing, but I would wager that most of us are better at it than we might realize.

While it's true that we may not specifically itemize what we learned at the end of the day, our brains aren't always predictable when it comes to what information they'll absorb and what they'll forget.

I don't know about you, but I often find myself suddenly remembering a relevant fact in a conversation without recalling how or when I came across it. And once you've found your way through this list, you've more or less set the stage for more or less the same phenomenon.

So I'll definitely understand when you suddenly remember one of the facts I've shared, but don't remember who I am in the slightest.

This electric rice cooker was technically the first thing Sony ever made all the way back in 1945.

Reddit | BaiBavnyar

According to Gizmodo, the company was called Tokyo Telecommunications Research Institute and the cooker just consisted of some electrodes in a bucket.

Oddly enough, it wasn't actually a very good rice cooker as electric currents were sort of unreliable at the time. This meant it tended to either overcook or undercook the rice.

Until fairly recently in American history, you couldn't really predict whether U.S. money would have "In God We Trust" on it.

Reddit | president_dump

According to the U.S. Treasury, the phrase was first inscribed on U.S. currency in 1864 after Congress authorized the minting of a new two-cent coin. The anxieties of the Civil War had prompted a significant and understandable rise in religious sentiment at the time.

In the decades since, it has disappeared and reappeared from various coins at the apparent whim of various treasury secretaries before Congress made it mandatory on all coins in 1908 and had it printed on all paper money in 1957.

For some types of storks and pelicans, a good stretch is a lot more of an undertaking than it is for us.

Reddit | LostInATL333

While we just have to extend our limbs, their method of doing it actually involves pushing their spines through their mouths, as this one is doing.

As you can see, the spine doesn't lose its protective sac for this, but that is what we're looking at here. Just be thankful that I found the least-unnerving picture of the bird stretching that I could.

This 2009 edition of Trivial Pursuit accidentally predicted the future and now has no correct answer.

Reddit | MineralWaterMike

If it seemed so far-fetched at the time that Ben Affleck would ever be Batman. You may recall that this sentiment was echoed on Twitter when his casting was actually announced.

Of course, it would be really freaky if Robert Pattinson was mentioned in this question, too. Hey, it's not like he wasn't on people's radar at the time.

Sadly, we haven't discovered a species of plant-turtle hybrids. Instead, we're just witnessing one come out of brumation.

Reddit | iangoren98

According to the South Carolina Aquarium, brumation is similar to hibernation, but differs in that reptiles don't tend to sleep during winter and remain hydrated.

The aquarium mentions that alligators instead restrict their movement and stop eating after sheltering themselves in mud holes, but turtles clearly bundle themselves up a little differently.

What we're looking at here isn't a cave with a deposit of bright yellow rock, but rather one filled with strongly-illuminated ice.

Reddit | Unicornglitteryblood, Sarah Bethea

This Icelandic cave happened to be in the perfect position to catch the rays of a setting sun, which made some of the ice appear yellow for a time.

This photo does a lot to illustrate how much we've been genetically engineering plants before anyone could do it in a lab.

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As for how the thin, unappetizing plant on the right became the plumper corn-on-the-cob varieties we know and love today, the answer tends to involve farmers and food scientists of the past spotting a plant mutation in the wild and selectively breeding it.

Desirable mutations of those mutations are then discovered and selectively bred once again until the corn we're used to seeing becomes almost unrecognizable from the original plant.

This is meant to show just how different the moon appears depending on how far it is from us.

Reddit | SFinTX

Many of us jump at the chance to observe supermoons — such as the one represented in the background — that occur when the moon is at its closest point in orbit to us, the perigee.

By contrast, the smaller one — represented in the foreground — is called a micromoon and it looks like this at its most distant point from the earth, the apogee.

This tree near Dodau, Germany is one of the world's few trees with its own mailing address.

Wikimedia Commons | Armin von Werner

As Atlas Obscura reported, it became known as the Bridegroom Oak after a forester's daughter in the late 19th century fell in love with a chocolate maker.

The father disapproved of their relationship, so they left secret letters to each other in the hole of this tree until he finally agreed to let them marry, which they did in 1891. Ever since, the tree has become a popular luck charm for lovelorn people throughout the world, which is likely why it gained its own address in 1927.

When trees grow underwater, you can actually see them photosynthesize.

Reddit | Wild_Cheesecake

It's a little hard to make out in this picture, but you may be able to spot a bunch of small bubbles floating up from these trees.

That's an indicator of the oxygen they're producing.

If you enjoyed drawing with copper and gold crayons as a kid, you'll likely find that your old crayons are much less dazzling now.

Reddit | HidesTheButter

It turns out that the "gold" (and, of course, copper) crayons have a significant amount of copper in them, which means that both of these crayons turned a dull shade of green after spending 30 years in an attic.

These pathways at Ohio State University seem like they were put in randomly, but they were actually the result of careful observation.

Reddit | Clara89345

Before there were paved pathways on this part of campus, it was clear from the trails left in the grass which routes were the most widely-used among the student body.

And so, figuring out where to put the pathways was as simple as following those trails.

This is the kind of punishment that a Mars rover's wheels are likely to take after 1,988 sols or Mars solar days.

Reddit | Wild_Cheesecake, NASA, Paul Hammond

As confirmed by NASA, only the holes in the cleated treads are the result of wear-and-tear because the smoother holes on the other side of the wheel were intentionally part of the design.

Considering that the rover only goes a little over an inch-and-a-half per second, this speaks to the rough terrain on the surface of Mars.

This long-tongued little fellow is an adorable sight to behold, but unfortunately, it's unlikely that you'll see too many of them.

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That's because the Australian numbat is an endangered animal that is rarely seen, as fewer than 1,500 of them exist in the wild.

Here we see a large field of poplar fluff burning away at an incredibly rapid rate. For reference, all of the fluff we can see in this photo will clear away within minutes.

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While that might herald a devastating wildfire in this area, this is actually a controlled blaze because the fluff is so flammable that it actually burns up too quickly to catch its surroundings on fire.

That said, the blaze is under the supervision of the local fire department to keep it from getting out of control.

It happens pretty rarely, but it's not unheard of to see lizard specimens with multiple prongs in their tails like this.

Reddit | WeinerSlaaav

This phenomenon occurs when the tail undergoes severe damage in a way that doesn't remove the tail cleanly.

When this happens, lizards like this gecko will regenerate the tail, which just fuses the newer ones it tries to grow in with the leftovers of its old one.

Apparently, whoever was behind this idea didn't think Ikea stores were already hard enough to find their way out of.

Reddit | sophiemae19

If it seems odd that this door has two handles, that's because only the one on the left is actually real.

The one on the right is just part of a mural that shows a door opening from the opposite side of where it actually does. A little confusing, huh?

This moth definitely stood out for the uploader and their companion, but they had a hard time identifying it.

Reddit | totally-notta-kid

And it turns out that there's a reason for that: This is a Luna moth, which is known to only live for a week once they reach this form.

For that reason, their entire lives are focused around reproduction and they manage to be both a common insect and one that is fairly rarely-seen at the same time.

The Greenland shark has a reputation for being able to live for a staggering period of time.

Reddit | seanmashitoshi

As The Guardian reported, a research team from the University of Copenhagen determined that they're the longest living vertebrates with a possible life span ranging from 272 to 512 years.

This one is believed to have stalked the oceans since 1627, making her 393 years old.

A personal look at t-cell immunotherapy, a form of cancer treatment.

Reddit | sarahjewel

This user had their white blood cells, or t-cells, removed and genetically modified. Next, they'll be injected back into the bloodstream of the patient with a new cancer-cell-finding ability!

The fight against facial recognition and CCTV is getting more complex.

Reddit | cool_dudette789

This photo shows someone wearing a full-face prosthetic mask in order to, essentially, appear to be a totally different person. For all intents and purposes, this looks pretty alright, though I'm sure it gets worse once he starts talking.

A chance find after a chance disaster.

Reddit | SFinTX

This is one of the helmets worn by an astronaut aboard the Space Shuttle Colombia, which had a re-entry issue that resulted in the death of all seven crew members aboard. Well, one of those members' helmets found itself in the field of a Texas farmer, which he found like this.

Fossils are still being found around the world, but it's not often ones like this are discovered.

Reddit | Paul-Belgium

The uploader captioned the photo with a succinct description: "A group of archaeologists discovered a claw of a bird (flesh and muscles still attached to it) while digging down in a cave in New Zealand. Later, the archaeologists confirmed that it is a foot of extinct bird moa which disappeared from earth some 700 - 800 years ago." This mummified claw is thought to be 3,300-3,400 years old.

A very important job indeed, some soldier turtle ants are tasked with blocking the entrances to their colony's nest.

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In fact, they choose a burrow based solely on the fact that its entrances matches the size of the soldiers' heads, so it really is a soldier's sole job!

I can't help but think it'd be dull, but it makes up for it by being detrimental to their survival.

Speaking of ants, check out this colony that devastated the inside of this almond.

Reddit | Buford-T-Justis

Another excellent example of job assignment in ant colonies, it seems that while some were tasked with excavating the almond, others were tasked with transporting it back to their home. This one almond could feed a colony for months, it looks like!

Sometimes an accident comes back to haunt you.

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As the person whose hand is in the photo wrote, "A rock working its way out of my hand after a bicycle accident over 25 years ago." The thought of this alone makes me shiver. Another commenter added, "The even cooler part is what's causing that to come to the surface. It's a bunch of your immune cells trying to continuously eat the rock but it is too big so they are just slowly pushing it to the surface."

In a delightful bit of information, there is a Santa University for those training to become mall Santas.

Reddit | FizzyDrink113

It was created by a company named Noerr Programs, which employs over 350 Santas in the US. The "university" is a four-day program based in Arvada, Colorado, that anyone is welcome to, even if they don't look the Santa part.

Sue the T-Rex recently got a new look, with a life-sized 3D rendering of what she might have looked like.

Reddit | callme-dino

Complete with a meal, the 40-foot-long and 14-foot-high dino is the most realistic she's ever been. This representation is not only the most up-to-date, but also the most detailed, including scars that were indicated on her bones.

Upon delivery of the company's first Airbus A320 in 1990, Air Canada gave it a little makeover.

Reddit | razareddit

A giant earmuff/scarf combo was created to show off the new aircraft, making it fit for multiple runways. This specific plane was actually retired earlier this year after 30 years of traveling.

While on the topic of air travel, I'm sure this emotion is one felt by many a traveler before.

Reddit | eisenbergw

While it looks like just another exhausted tourist, this is actually a hyper-realistic sculpture. Titled "The Traveler," it rests in the Orlando International Airport behind a glass case. The glass was a later addition, as apparently people used to steal his luggage.

A not-so-friendly reminder that all squids are built differently, and for different purposes.

Reddit | markfearon07

On the left is the tentacle of a giant squid, while on the right is the tentacle of a colossal squid. The giant squid's tentacles have grabbing in mind, latching onto things and staying on them. The colossal squid uses its tentacles for ripping and tearing, evident in the near-talons coming from it.

Though it still looks beautiful, this sunflower is ill.

Reddit | psillyrose

It has a disease, most likely one named aster yellows. Aster yellows disease is caused by a phytoplasma that lives on insects which suck out the sap of plants, and it has a whole list of bizarre symptoms like the strange appearance above.

This old pub would seem a little out of place in a lot of modern cities, but it's pretty common to see a scene like this in London.

Reddit | n12345cr

That's because it's not unusual for English pubs like The Albert here to exist for hundreds of years and become protected historical sites as a result.

It's pretty wild to say that you're visiting the same place for the same reason that your great-great-great grandfather did, but that's a legitimate possibility in London.

Our machines are well loved, but sometimes it's easy to tell what for.

Reddit | tis_but_a_scratch

This user is displaying their father's iPad, which he only uses to play sudoku. I suppose a good look at my phone would show a lot of streaks thanks to my endless hours of scrolling.

Pirates had to start somewhere, this being one of the origins.

Reddit | CrafterJill

This is an original Jolly Roger pirate flag design that's on display in the St. Augustine Pirate Museum. I somehow pictured pirate flags to be more intimidating, but I suppose the motif had to be conceptualized first.

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