Plants truly are life, and when they are carefully selected and curated in well-maintained lush botanical gardens, plants become the beating heart of the areas they inhabit. If you love to witness the beauty of nature in all its colors, diversity, and shapes, you simply must see at least one of these botanical gardens in your lifetime.
1. Jardim Botânico in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Snuggled under the famous, almighty Christ the Redeemer statue, this botanical garden is home to more than 6,500 different species of plants. Founded by King John VI of Portugal in 1808, the garden was initially intended to acclimate different spices from the West Indies like nutmeg and cinnamon before importing them to Europe.
2. Singapore Botanic Garden in Singapore
For over 158 years, the Singapore Botanic Garden has graced the edge of the busy Orchard Road. It is the only tropical garden in the world that has been listed as a UNESCO heritage site. If you love orchids, this park will enchant you with more than 20,000 species of orchids among other plants.
3. Nongnooch Tropical Botanical Garden in Thailand
Inspired by the beauty of the world and its rich flora, this botanical garden has a beguiling mix of both Thai and European-style parks. Here, you will find a Dinosaur Valley, French and European gardens, a flower valley, and an orchid garden, among other breathtaking sights. The park was open to the public in 1980.
4. Montreal Botanical Garden in Canada
It wouldn’t be a lie to claim this park is the go-to garden oasis at the heart of the famous Canadian city. Known for its art installations that help visitors get closer to nature through different, often human-size installations and plant arrangements. Don’t forget to check the Japanese and Chinese gardens while you’re there.
5. Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden in Cape Town, South Africa
Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and among the very few gardens to cultivate only indigenous plants, this botanical park is a feast to the eye and a must-visit destination for every plant lover. It was founded in 1913, and to mark its first centennial, they built the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway, which has been a focal site in the park since. The walkway is a curved bridge made from timber and steel that resembles a snake skeleton, and it overlooks the Arboretum’s treetops.
40+ Times People Had No Idea What They Were Looking at, But the Internet Knew What it Was Right Away
Before the internet, when you ran into a mystery, you couldn’t rely on anyone but your friends. But these days, you can show the weird things you find to people online, and rest assured that someone, somewhere will be able to tell you about it. Such is the joy of worldwide communication, and it’s also what we’ll be talking about today: times where someone just had no clue what they were looking at, but by taking it to the all knowledgeable internet, were able to get an answer fairly quickly.
A Worry Doll
This tiny little thing made of thread and glue is called a worry doll. Apparently, the idea is to tell the doll your worries, then place it under your pillow when you sleep at night. This is supposed to make it so your worries don’t plague you as much during the day.
We’re not exactly sure where the concept of a worry doll came from, but it definitely sounds like some sort of superstitious type of thing parents tell to their young children.
A Mysterious Fossil
Most people think of fossils as being quite hard to find, like they’re buried thousands of feet under the ground. However, that depends on your description of ‘fossil.’ This rock was found right on the porch of a home someone bought.
Of course, its just a fossil of a tree trunk, or rather, it’s the impression of a tree trunk in the rock. You may not think that qualifies as a fossil, but in reality, this too fall sunder that description.
This strange object hanging from a ceiling may look a lot like a slider at first, and you wouldn’t actually be wrong about that, if the internet is to be believed. Apparently, it’s a spider that has been overtaken by some sort of fungus infection.
We’re not exactly sure how that happens or how long it takes, but we are going to assume that this spider died before it ended up getting into this state.
Sometimes, it’s easy to see a connection where there isn’t one, based solely on coincidental similarities. Take this sticker for example, which was found on the inside cover of a bible: it looks like a partridge and a fig tree, both of which have biblical significance.
But in reality, it’s an election sticker from 1992, supposed to symbolize “no Bush, no quail.” It’s just a coincidence that it ended up in a bible and seemed relevant.
Possible Space Debris
All sorts of things wash up on the beach, and most of them aren’t the types of things you would expect to find on a beach at all. Take, for example, this metal sphere. The internet claims it is most likely a titanium sphere that is commonly found in space debris.
Despite our lack of expertise, we’re inclined to buy that explanation. After all, all sorts of weird things fall from space, it’s just that most people don’t ever see them.
The Beauty of Nature
Have you ever seen something really weird just out and about in the great wide open? Something like this image, for example? We’d forgive you if you were confused by it. Turns out it’s not actually that complicated though: these are European Red Slugs, and they happen to be mating.
In fact, when you find two of an animal oddly intertwined with one another in nature, they are very often mating. That’s just how it is. Animals would probably be as confused by how humans get it done as well.
Disgusting and Concerning
Finding weird things in your food is never very pleasant. That’s because you just never really know what they are. In this case, what this woman found in her meal, according to the internet, is insect eggs. Pretty gross.
We hope they got a refund for something like this, and more importantly, that they called a health inspector. We’re pretty sure they would never go to eat there again, regardless of any other action they chose to take.
Fans of the Olden Days
Before ceiling fans existed, did people just accept the heat for what it was and swelter in it? Of course not, at least not as far as the wealthy were concerned. This strange contraption is actually a really old ceiling fan.
Using a rope (and possibly a pulley system), this large curtain-like thing would be pulled up and down in order to create a draft, much like a little hand fan you could find today. Of course, we assume someone had to do this manually.
This car is specially modified, but for what purpose? Well, it turns out that there is an Uber like service called Bubbl, which is geared towards children and with greater concerns over the driver and the children’s safety. We assume the actual bubble serves a practical purpose.
Of particularly interesting note is the fact that these special cars are all driven by off-duty or retired police officers, which make it especially unique among such driving services.
This object may seem like a pretty confusing coat hanger design if you don’t know what it is. It’s called anti-ligature, and belongs only in special rooms where there is concern over someone taking their own life. The design removes one potential way of doing that.
We assume such a device would most find use in hospitals, prisons or psychiatric wards, though we definitely aren’t the people to go to in regards to a final consensus on that assessment.
This little guy may look like some sort of strange rabbit, but it’s something else entirely, actually. The internet says it is a Patagonian Cavy: whatever that is. Looks like a mix between a hare and a capybara to us.
Apparently, it was seen at a zoo in an enclosure that it didn’t belong to, so we’re not sure if that means it’s an animal actually found at the zoo, or if it’s the kind that just like to roam around without much supervision. Or maybe it’s both.
Well That Was Close
Someone found this strange looking piece of metal in the lock to their door, which would be pretty concerning for anyone. Of course, it became more concerning when the internet revealed what this strange object is. Apparently, it’s a tension wrench from a lockpick set.
Needless to say, it’s a little concerning to think that someone was breaking into your house. As for why they left their tension wrench behind, who knows? Then again, we suppose a locksmith may have been involved instead.
Considering how horrific they are, these little parasites have actually been mentioned on the internet several times, so maybe you’ve heard about them. The odd thing is, they eat a fish’s tongue, then replace the tongue so they can eat the food the fish eats instead of it.
That is… pretty disturbing, to say the least. Needless to say, we probably wouldn’t be comfortable eating any fish that had such a parasite inside of it, regardless of whether or not it actually presented any sort of health hazard.
A Particular Headlight Bezel
This piece of car was found in an accident involving a car and a cyclist, and no one at the scene knew what it was. Thankfully, someone from the internet was able to determine its identity: a 1988 Chevy Silverado headlight bezel.
Apparently, the internet anon who answered this knew the answer because he had been a state inspector for Maryland for many years, in which a part of vehicle inspection was mandatory headlight adjustment. We suppose that would provide a lot of experience.
A Literal Missile
If there’s one thing you wouldn’t want to find just lying around in a server room, it’s a Russian Anti-Tank Guided Missile. The real question is, why on Earth is such a deadly munition just lying around in a corner?
If we had to guess, this server room may have once been an armory, and perhaps it was repurposed, which required clearing out all of the munitions. If this is the case, someone clearly didn’t do a very good job with that. Talk about dangerous!
Concentrated Thermal Solar
It may look like a UFO, but we promise this strange thing is man-made. Apparently, this large apparatus is actually a power source of some sort: the large mirror reflects light onto a tower, and the heat is used to turn a steam engine, or a similar heat-requiring engine.
That said, we imagine things like this can only be used in areas where this much space is actually available, and we can’t help but wonder how efficient it is. Still, that’s a pretty cool thing to see while on a flight!
The Sync Stop
This object might look like a useless USB device, but it’s actually a charging barrier, sometimes called a sync stop. Basically, it allows you to plug devices into any USB port without fear of having data exchanged against your will.
It makes it so only the power pins go through the barrier, so a device can still be charged via USB, even though there won’t be any data exchange. A pretty nifty thing to have!
A Mysterious “Cloud”
Oftentimes, people attribute strange things in the sky to aliens or secret government projects. Usually, the answer isn’t quite that entertaining. Take this interesting aerial anomaly, for example. Apparently, the effect was created by a rocket launch.
Unfortunately, the internet hero who answered didn’t really give much more information on how this was made from a rocket launch. We assume it has something to do with the exhaust from the engines falling to Earth or something similar. After all, rockets tend to not fly in circles.
Fire Brigade Training Craft
This aircraft, seen at Heathrow Airport, may look like a mothballed plane from some distant past, but it actually isn’t. It’s just a mockup of a plane for practice. Specifically, the airport’s fire brigade uses it to train for the real deal.
Which makes sense to us. Planes are very expensive, and more importantly, a lot of lives may be in danger when the fire brigade is needed. So you want everyone to know what they are doing before a real emergency actually occurs!
An Old Gibson
This object may look like a Ukulele or a banjo, but in fact, it’s an Old Gibson. We’re not sure what the actual distinction is, honestly. That said, the internet claims they were only made between 1903 and 1933, making them exceptionally rare, and probably worth a lot of money.
In fact, if you ever find old things just lying around your house, you should really take the time to determine their true origins and how much they may be worth. You never know!
Old School Windows
These windows may look warped or damaged somehow, but they aren’t really. They are actually like this due to an older method of creating windows. Apparently, this older process involved spinning glass out into a flat plane, and these wraps are actually the center of the spin itself.
Needless to say, they definitely aren’t as easy to look through as modern windows. Whatever technique it is that we use today, we sure are glad that it became the norm!
Rare Currency From the Past
Seeing the words ‘Japanese government’ and ‘Pesos’ on the same bill of currency is not something you would expect to see. But there was a time when Japan occupied the Philippines in 1941, which led to just such a situation.
Today, such bills would be incredibly rare, so needless to say, we have no doubt that the bills depicted in the above image are worth a lot more than they say right on them. Who knows how much they could be worth today?
Just a Cloud
What you see may look strange, but it isn’t always that special. Sometimes, it’s just a pretty funky-looking cloud, and the internet will enlighten you to that quickly enough. Take, for instance, this cloud right here. It looks special.
But apparently, it’s just a lenticular cloud. We don’t actually know what that means exactly, since we aren’t meteorologists. We do know, however, that lenticular clouds are probably seen fairly regularly compared to other mysterious things in the world.
Left Behind Microchips
As we said before, it’s never a pleasant experience to find things in your food that you weren’t expecting. Granted, at least this mysterious object isn’t something organic, which would be even more of a concern.
Apparently, this little object is a microchip usually put into pigs or cattle in order to make their meat traceable. More apparently, it’s supposed to be removed from meat before anyone is going to eat it. That didn’t happen this time around.
This thing may seem like some sort of horrifying monster, or even worse, some sort of wicked spider, but it’s actually neither of those things. Despite appearances, it’s just a caterpillar. A Hag Moth caterpillar, to be exact.
The false arms it has are supposed to make it look like dead leaves, acting as a sort of camouflage. And hey, it clearly works to some extent, since it would scare off most humans without any issue!
Intentional Avalanche Starter
Believe it or not, there are some devices out there intentionally designed to start avalanches. These pipes are a part of that system. They use gasses to create controlled explosions that start avalanches at the time humans want them.
We don’t know for certain why this is something anyone would do: perhaps it’s to cause avalanches when no one is around, that way there’s no risk of an avalanche when people actually are around. That’s just a guess on our part though.
Going to the Movies
If you’ve ever watched some behind the scenes footage of how a movie is made, then you’ve probably seen one of these contraptions before. It’s a crane, used to hold cameras during movie shootings, particularly when the camera needs to keep up with a fast moving set piece or actor.
Presumably, it’s a hassle to take it off, or it’s at least enough of a hassle that whoever drives this car doesn’t feel like it’s worth taking off when they go home.
Worse Than Expected
What might this black stuff on the wall be? Mold, perhaps? Well, depending on how you feel, the real answer may be better or worse. Apparently, it’s a termite infestation. That said, we can’t really tell if that implies these black things are termites, or if it’s just the damage they’ve caused.
One way or another, this isn’t something anyone wants to come across, we’re sure. After all, termites are some of the worse pests to have around, considering how much damage they do to hosues.
Nothing That Special
Sometimes, what you’re looking at isn’t nearly as special as you think. This black line, seen during a shot from the SpaceX Falcon Heavy Stream, is not anything particularly special. In fact, it’s just land.
According to the internet, that land happens to be New Caledonia, which we assume is an island of some sort. Just goes to show, some things are pretty normal, you just have to be able to recognize it for what it is before jumping to conclusions.
Clever Mug Design
Have you ever seen this odd little holes on the bottom of a cup or mug? Those things aren’t just for aesthetics! They serve a practical purpose, preventing water from pooling on the top of the mug when it’s in the dishwasher.
On top of that, it also helps ensure that the mugs don’t suction themselves to coasters or tables when they are wet. For such a simple design, it sure does put in a lot of work. Sometimes simple designs are very useful for everyday living.
Indications of Pests
We mentioned termites before, this is a different example of how you can recognize the fact that you have termites in your home. Someone found these grainy things in their closet, and every time they clean them, they come back again some time later.
So, what are they? Unfortunately, according to the internet, it’s a whole bunch of termite poop. For there to be that much, we’re assuming that the person in question here has a whole lot of termites running around.
The Emergency Showers
These strange things that look like streetlamps of a sort can be found at some hospitals. However, they are most certainly not headlights. They are actually emergency showers. If someone had made contact with a dangerous chemical, they could be treated here before entering the hospital.
Apparently, these showers must last fifteen minutes, and they run at a PSI of 20. Well, better safe than sorry when it comes to dangerous things like chemicals, right?
Pieces of a Rocket
Remember when we talked about how beaches often have strange things on them? Well, this beach in Guam ended up showing off a piece of metal that looks suspiciously like a UFO. But of course, as you may have guessed, it is not in fact a UFO.
Apparently, it’s a piece of a rocket that was launched near Guam, but when the launch failed, pieces of it fell back to Earth, particularly near Guam. That’s when discoveries like this one happen.
Did you know that there are actually farms for alligators? Seems pretty weird, doesn’t it? They also don’t look like what you’re probably thinking of. The picture below is apparently what alligator farms look like, at least in Cogdell, Georgia.
Considering that some people eat alligator, that’s the only reason we can think of that would justify having a farm for them. Geez, couldn’t they just nab all the ones running amok in Florida all the time?
A River Dweller
Ever see something this weird floating around in a river? This strange organic matter is known as Bryozoa, and they are actually animals, not some sort of plant. They are commonly called moss animals.
Apparently, they are of interest to medical researchers because they may have some use in creating new drugs for cancer treatments. On the other hand, they can apparently cause damage to structures as well. Needless to say, they’re quite strange!
Ye Olde Fridge
Before electronics could keep all of our precious food cold, humanity had to find other ways to preserve things that couldn’t be left out in the heat. That of course means old style refrigerators. This one looks like a hill, but actually isn’t.
It’s just a room covered in a whole lot of dirt for insulation. That keeps the heat out and allows for a cooler temperature within the room. Pretty savvy as far as solutions to problems are concerned!
Creepy, But Good
If humans knew about all the creepy crawly things out there in the world, they’d probably freak out a lot more than they do. Take this Stonefly larvae, for example. What a creepy looking creature! However, it’s apparently actually a good sign.
We don’t know much about it, but according to the internet, Stonefly larvae are an indicator of good water quality. Why that is, we have no idea. We’re inclined to believe them regardless. When is the internet ever wrong, right?
Apparently, a lot of strange things to be seen around a home are caused by termites. This seemingly odd thing on the ceiling is actually just pieces of the wall, moved around by termites. Why are they doing that all the time?
Seriously, if you start seeing weird things around your home, there’s at least a 50% chance that it has to do with termites, somehow or another. They really are some of the worst pests out there, with all the damage they cause to homes.
Ever see something like these odd metal disks near stairs? Ever wonder what they could possibly be for? Well, they actually do make a fair deal of sense, once you learn their purpose. They exist solely to stop skaters from grinding on those surfaces.
That of course, seems pretty reasonable. That would be dangerous to pedestrians for one, and could potentially do damage to property as well. Pretty nifty.
Apparently, it’s not that rare for people to just stumble upon explosives these days, which is pretty concerning. What you are looking at here may look like some sort of protective shell, but in reality, it’s an underwater mine: just not underwater.
Thankfully, we assume such a mine would probably not be a hazard at this point in time, if only because it requires more than someone touching it to set one off. Still, it’s probably best to leave it alone.
An Odd Jar Opener
There have been many ways to open a jar throughout human history, but this may be one of the weirdest. In fact, it’s so weird that we aren’t exactly sure how something like this would supposedly work. Seriously, this thing you are looking at is a jar opener.
Maybe the side with the teeth opens jars with notches, like peanut butter? That would be our best guess, but of course, we hardly proclaim ourselves as experts.
A Misleading Sharpener
This strange object is apparently an old tool used to sharpen razors, though it’s actually a little misleading to call it a sharpener. What it really does is realign the edge of the razor when you slide it between the spheres.
This gives it a straighter edge which is better for cutting, but it doesn’t actually make the edge any sharper than it was before using the tool. But hey, it’s easier to call it a sharpener, not an edge aligner.
Anyone who has ever ridden an escalator has seen this strange brush things near where you stand. No, they don’t exist to clean your shoes, though some people do actually use them for that.
The real reason they exist is to prevent things like loose clothing, shoelaces, hair, and anything else from getting caught within the escalator’s moving parts. Needless to say, that’s some safety we are most glad to have around.
It’s Not What You Think
Admittedly, this strange piece of flesh on a beach does look a lot like some sort of monstrous foot. But it’s not actually what you think. It is still a body part, but it belongs to a seal, not some scary monster.
According to the internet, it’s a hairless seal flipper. How a poor seal lost it, we can only guess at. Probably had something to do with a hungry predator that didn’t aim its bite quite as well as intended. One way or another, definitely an odd thing to find on your morning walk.
Not As Emotional As Anticipated
If you were to get an item from a friend that they wanted you to have after their death, you would think it would be something special with great emotional value, right? Well, not all the time. This may look like an urn or something, but it actually isn’t.
In reality, it’s just an opium pipe. A very fancy opium pipe, and admittedly it could have some sentimental value to someone, but either way, definitely not what one would expect from a deceased friend.