Sometimes we take things for granted. We know the Great Wall of China is there, and we know what it looks like thanks to the internet. However, a little change in perspective can give you a completely different point of view on things. You’ll find that things aren’t always what they seem.
THE GREAT END OF THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA
Here’s something you never thought of before! What does the end of the Great Wall of China look like? You’d think that the Mongolians and other invaders would have figured out how to swim or row their boats around it, right?
THEY’RE NOT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DESERT
When the Roman Empire was founded, these pyramids were already over 2500 years old. It stands to reason that by now there’s very little space left for expansion and that’s why the city of Cairo is so close to them, contrary to what other pictures will have you believe.
IT’S CHEAPER THE OLD FASHIONED WAY
If you thought all Internet communications are done via satellites, then take a look at this cross section of a submarine communications cable. These cables have been used throughout history to relay telegraphic, telephonic and digital information across huge masses of water, like seas and oceans.
CLIMBERS AREN’T ALONE IN MT. EVEREST
In Hollywood movies you can see how climbers face terrible odds while being all alone or in a very small group of skilled hikers. They rely on each other because there’s just no one else there. But in real life, there’s a bunch of people waiting to climb to the top especially during the peak mountaineering months of the year, like May at Mt. Everest.
YOU WON’T HAVE A GOOD TIME ADMIRING FAMOUS ART
If you’re considering visiting The Louvre and taking a picture of the Mona Lisa, then you’d be wise to reconsider. Visitor hell is what we call this. The actual painting looks really small behind a sea of tourists, a railing used to keep them away, and even security that prevents anything from happening to the artwork. Might have to settle for Googling it instead.
IT’S AS IF THEY’RE WATCHING OVER THE NEW GUY
Air Force One can take the president of the United States wherever he needs to go. This fitting picture shows previous commanders in chief admiring the passing of the current president from a distance. Tiny, huh?
IT’S JUST A BUNCH OF ROCKS FROM A DISTANCE
Despite all the mysticism associated with it, the Stonehenge formation in Wiltshire, England looks way different than what we’re used to when seen from up above. Did aliens foresee that highway next to it?
THE GREAT CANYON IS SOMETIMES WHITE
At least it can be when this phenomenon happens! This is what’s called a “total cloud inversion”. Hot air from above forces the clouds into the canyon and keeps them there. Talk about a picture perfect moment!
IS MARS THE RED PLANET?
We’re used to seeing its red hue everywhere, from images in school books to pictures taken through a telescope. But what about a photo from the actual planet itself? This image was taken by the Curiosity Rover on Mars, and shows the big planet’s real colors for the first time. It kind of looks like Arizona, really.
RAINBOWS? MORE LIKE ‘RAINCIRCLES’
If you thought that all rainbows looked the same, take a look at this 360° rainbow captured from an airplane window near Cottesloe Beach, in Australia. Anyone ready to try and find the pot of gold at the end of it? Wish me luck!