20 Images Showing Things We Never Knew Were Possible

I swear, the amount of really awesome things in this world that we all probably have no idea about is pretty overwhelming. Like, there's this entire world waiting to be discovered.

Maybe we won't be able to learn everything. But you know what? Life is short. So let's try and see as much as we can. Including cool things like the ones in these pictures.

"The fluffy seeds of the eastern cottonwood."

Wait, you mean that isn't snow? I guess that wouldn't make sense at this time of year, especially with all the record heat we've been having across the continent.

But still, that's cottonwood seeds, not snow. I almost can't believe it. Then again, it looks fluffier than most snow, so there's that.

"This tree has a perfect gradient."

Oh how pretty! I didn't know that leaves could change color like this. It's kind of weird, though, that the leaves at the top are getting darker before the ones at the bottom. Wouldn't it be the other way around, since the top leaves would get the most sun? Who knows...

"On the edge 1400 feet above Central Park."

It's crazy to think that, in the middle of an impressively sprawling city like New York, there's an equally as impressive park. And it may not hold a candle to the whole city, but it's still massive! Looking at it from a bird's eye view really puts its size into perspective.

A fluffy baby camel!

I'll admit, I don't know what most baby animals look like. But what better animal to start with than the camel? Their babies are so tiny and cute! And sooo fluffy. It almost doesn't seem like a real, living creature. I'd easily mistaken this baby camel for a stuffed animal.

"Thousands of Starlings migrating over Rome."

When you see this many birds migrating in unison, you have to think something's probably wrong. Like there's a natural disaster that's about to hit or something.

Although, for all I know, this could be perfectly normal. Plenty of birds migrate, after all. But for this many to fly at once? So weird.

"USS Carl Vinson nuclear aircraft carrier squeezing between residential neighborhoods in Puget Sound."

Forgive me if I don't know a lot about Washington State. But is it normal for nuclear aircraft carriers to pass through its waterfront neighborhoods? You definitely don't see a view like that every day.

I wonder what it must be like to live in one of those houses and see that happen. I'd probably freak out.

"This is the result of wildfires out west. I live in New York..."

Well, the wildfires aren't just happening on the west coast. Places like Northern Ontario are facing smoke and fire too. And since New York State borders Ontario... the fires could be affecting the way the sun looks.

Either way, it's kind of concerning how much of the continent is on fire right now.

"The "crooked house" one of the most crooked and oldest living house in Europe, built around 1500."

I don't think I'd feel comfortable walking inside that house, even if it has been around for over 500 years. Or maybe because it's been around for over 500 years, is crooked, and sits on water. I dunno. I just think this house has too much going against it for me.

"A perfectly heart-shaped lake (Näckern, Sweden)."

This would be, like, the ultimate date spot. A lake shaped like a heart? It probably gets a ton of visits around Valentine's Day.

It looks a bit too perfect though. Are we sure this is a naturally occurring shape, or is it possible that people went out and shaped it that way?

An artichoke flower in bloom.

On this episode of Vegetables I Didn't Know Had Flowers... Here's an artichoke plant that's flowered because it was left for too long. It's a pretty flower, at least.

To be honest, I don't even know if an artichoke is a vegetable. Is it a fruit? I'll probably never know.

"This is how sperm whales sleep."

Are... are these sperm whales okay? Is it normal for them to sit up like this while sleeping? Does this have any kind of advantage for them, like keeping predators away?

This is definitely the first time I've seen something like this, and I'm willing to bet it is for you, too.

"Rama,The first Camel and llama hybrid. The hybrid has been called 'Cama.'"

It's a camel. It's a llama. It's a cama! It has that long neck and funny ears, just like a llama. And it has a hump and the face of a camel. And it's really adorable.

I'm not really sure what kind of advantage combining a camel with a llama would have, but here it is.

"The Entirety of The Buddhist "Bible," The Pali Canon is used mainly in Theravada Buddhism. There are other sects. They may have their own canon or scriptures that they follow."

Every religion, faith, and spirituality has its own set of teachings and texts. And this is apparently the one for Theravada Buddhism. I don't know how long it would take to read every single text, but I imagine it would take a few weeks at least. Even if you're a speed reader.

"This wooden lion took 20 people 3 years to finish, made from a single redwood tree trunk. person for scale."

I can't even begin to imagine the size of the tree trunk they needed to build this statue! Considering how big it is in comparison to that person, it must have been an even bigger tree. And it took so long to complete, too. I'm equal parts impressed and terrified.

"A Nintendo Game Boy belonging to a soldier still functions after being bombed. The casing is clearly scorched, and the motherboard can be seen due to warping."

It may not function perfectly, but it at least shows the screen. Whoever played this Game Boy last was playing Tetris, it seems. And you know what? That's a pretty good choice.

I don't want to assume the worst, but I really hope the soldier ended up being okay...

"The World’s Smallest Snowman was fabricated from three 0.9 micron silica spheres and stands less than 3 microns tall."

Technically, it isn't a snowman if it isn't made of snow. But you know what, I can't stay mad at that happy face. Even if it isn't visible to the naked eye, just knowing this astronomically tiny snowman exists kind of brightens my day. He's practically family already.

"My screen protector has been run over by a car and I've kept it on for over 2 years, and now just changed, and my phone was unfazed."

I've heard stories of screen protectors doing their jobs so well, phones survived falls that should've shattered them. But I've never heard of a phone survive getting run over by a car. And the worst thing that happened to it was a broken screen protector! That's why they're so important.

"Anthropologist Grover Krantz donated his body to science, with one condition, that his dog would stay close to him. (Smithsonian, Washington, DC.)."

Wow, dogs really are our best friends, huh. I can't say I wouldn't want to do something like this after I die, but it's kind of a weird thought, so I'm probably not going to think about it too much anymore.

Though, I can't get over how cute this is.

"This ball of worms."

That's... a lot of worms. They seem pretty tiny, too. I'm not really a fan of worms, since they're so long and wriggly, so looking at this for too long might make my head explode.

But it was an experience, that's for sure. Now I know what a ball of worms looks like.

"Not all Black Bears are actually black."

I thought the whole reason they were called black bears was because they were... bears that were black. But as it turns out, they don't have to be black. It's kind of like people, where we can all have different hair colors, but at the end of the day, we're still people.