If you watch the first few shots of this video with the sound off, you might be forgiven for thinking it was about volcanoes. It certainly looks like a thin trail of lava cascading off the side of a cliff. But the reality is almost more awesome. If you're in the right place on a perfectly clear day in February, at just the right time of evening—and if the snow melt has been active enough—you can watch the water flowing over Yosemite National Park's Horsetail Falls turn bright orange-red.
Fascinatingly, this phenomenon bears a coincidental resemblance to a man-made Yosemite attraction that happened every summer between 1872 and 1968. Unlike the Horsetail Falls, the Yosemite Firefall really was fire—embers from a bonfire pushed over the side of a cliff to create a glowing cascade. I wondered, watching this video, whether the Firefall had been inspired by the natural "Firefall" at Horsetail Falls. Surprisingly, that doesn't seem to be the case. Instead, the Firefall started when guests at a privately owned lodge began paying the lodge-owner's sons to get their father to push embers from the family's outdoor fire over the cliff at the end of the night.
Israeli makeup magician Ilana Kolihanov created this wonderfully creepy optical illusion. See more of her incredible work on her Instagram feed. A post shared by Ilana Makeup Artist🌻🐙 (@ilana_makeup_artist) on Sep 2, 2016 at 10:02am PDT A post shared by Ilana Makeup Artist🌻🐙 (@ilana_makeup_artist) on Aug 29, 2016 at 2:27pm PDT A post shared by […]
In 1958 in an Illinois creek bed, an amateur fossil collector named Francis Tully discovered the fossilized remains of a bizarre creature that resembled a mollusk, insect, and worm yet was none of those things. Since then, thousands of 300 million-year-old fossilized “Tully Monsters” have turned up and the creature was officially named as the […]
When you can’t wait for the world’s longest meeting to end, the mindless leg bouncing makes your boredom obvious and just annoys everybody else. Everyone knows the TPS reports need the damn cover sheet, but some sadistic colleague keeps forgetting, probably on purpose just to eat into your lunch hour. Enough is enough!While serving a […]
What could be more fun than a slingshot that shoots tiny airplanes? A slingshot that shoots tiny glowing airplanes of course! These toy planes are outfitted with ultra-bright LEDs, so you can fly all night without losing them in the trees.Whether you are a regular-sized child, or an overgrown adult one, these light-up flyers offer […]
You know the drill. You go to the dentist and they ask you how often you floss. You lie through your teeth and say, “every day!” (Bonus points if you have some cilantro or chives stuck in your gums from lunch). You don’t want to keep up the charade any longer, but rubbing that tiny strand […]