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A Bouquet of Any of These Bizarre Flowers Beats Roses Any Day. So Strange.

Everyone loves flowers. They’re pretty, they smell nice, and they brighten up a room. Florist shops and gardens can boast a good variety of flower types, but we doubt that you can find any of these at your grocer’s florist section. And for some of them, you should be glad. Check out these beautiful, but bizarre, flowers from around the world.

Tricyrtis hirta, or Toad lily

Native to Japan, this perennial looks more like a starfish than a flower.

Fritillaria

The name “Fritillaria” comes from the Latin word for “dice box” and refers to this flower’s unusual drooped shape as well as its checked pattern. It’s also known as the chess flower for this reason.

Lady Slippers (Cypripedioideae)

These flowers have a pocket-like petal that resembles a puffy slipper

Ghost Orchid (Dendrophylax lindenii)

The endangered ghost orchid is native to Florida, Cuba and the Bahamas, and resembles nothing so much as a miniature, bowlegged Cthulhu.

Jade Vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys)

This aqua-colored vine is in the pea family, and is closely related to the runner and kidney beans, and is native to the Philippines.

Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata)

There are many types of passion flowers that can be found throughout Asia and the Americas. The same plants produce passionfruit. They’re a favorite of hummingbirds and come in a variety of striking colors and shapes, but we like the psychedelic incarnata.

Datura

Also called angel’s trumpets, the flowers of the datura genus are highly toxic, producing severe states of delirium, sometimes resulting in death. It was a popular drug for both suicide and murder in Europe and Asia.

Zebra Blue (Primula)

Related to the primrose and cowslip, this patterned flower is always stylish.

Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus)

Before blooming, the aptly-named balloon flower’s buds appear as bright bubbles. Native to East Asia, its roots have long been used as an anti-inflammatory in China and Korea, and is a popular ingredient in salads.

Beehive Ginger (Zingiber spectabile)

The actual flowers can be seen protruding from the “beehive” structure at the top of this plant’s stems, which can reach 15 feet in height. This member of the ginger family is used in medicine as an anti-infammatory and to treat burns.

Flying Duck Orchid (Caleana)

Guess how this one got its name.

Chinese Lantern (Abutilon × hybridum)

This cultivar group comes in a variety of shapes and colors, but this bright, bowl-shaped flower is certainly eye catching.

Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum)

The less-pretty name for this enormous flower is the “corpse flower,” because it smells like rotting meat to attract carrion-eating pollinators. It also produces heat, and when it’s blooming, it’s about the same temperature as a human body. It can reach about 10 feet in height, and takes 7 to 10 years to mature to the point of blooming.

Hookers Lips (Psychotria elata)

No, really, that’s the name. These lip-shaped flowers can be found in Central and South America. The red parts aren’t petals, but bracts, which protect the actual flowers inside. Eventually, the “lips” of this flower open further, revealing the flower.

White Egret Orchid (Pecteilis radiata)

This orchid, native to Central and Eastern Asia, resembles a feathery white bird. It’s the official flower of the Setagaya ward of Tokyo.

Black Bat Flower (Tacca chantrieri)

Named for its black color and its vaguely bat-shaped petals, this flower is native to Southeast Asia. In keeping with their goth color scheme, they prefer to stay out of the sun.

Holy Ghost Orchid (Peristeria elata)

Not to be confused with the ghost orchid, the holy ghost orchid of Central America gets its name from its resemblance to a dove. It might not be that holy, though: it smells like beer. Sadly, these plants are highly endangered due to overharvesting and illegal trafficking, and face extinction.

Sporting Flowers (various species)

Botanists call this phenomenon “sporting,” and it means that one part of a plant spontaneously mutates. The results, seen here, are striking two-color flowers.

Snake Gourd Flower (Trichosanthes cucumerina)

This delicate, lacy flower grows a long, snake-shaped fruit and is native to South Asia, although it’s been naturalized in warm regions across the globe. The fruit and the greens are edible.

Naked Man Orchid (Orchis Italica)

Well, you can see how these orchids got their name. The flowers are so silly-looking that people were convinced they were hoaxes, but these little guys are quite real.

Hoya Wax Flower (Hoya)

These nubby little flowers look like candies.

Pink Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)

Close up, this otherwise fairly standard-looking orchid looks more like a bird in flight than a moth, but it’s still reallt interesting.

Monkey Orchid (Dracula simia)

This orchid is notable for its resemblance to a sad monkey.

Japanese Camellia (Camellia Japonica)

This flower isn’t weird in shape or color, but rather in its perfect spiraling petals. They grow only at altitude of 1,000 feet or higher, and bloom in the colder weather.

Epiphyllum

These plants flower rarely, and only at night. They are extremely delicate, and picking them can damage the whole plant.

Snapdragons (Antirrhinum)

The flowers of the snapdragon are bright and showy, but things get weird when the flowers fade, leaving beind these ominous-looking, if miniature, seed pods.

From the ethereally lovely to the kind of icky to the downright weird, nature is pretty amazing!

These Images May Look Fake, But They Are 100% Real…And Not Edited.

Photo editing is a common practice these days. It’s used for everything from making celebrities prettier to creating comedic images involving cats. Even if you have a pretty rudimentary background in software, you can download a program and fiddle around with it. Want a picture of yourself with your favorite actor? Done. Jet-skiing on a shark down a lava flow while battling aliens? Done.

Anymore, we’re all a little jaded. When you see a cool photo, you may wonder how it was edited. But the incredible pictures you see below? Someone was just in the right place at the right time and took an incredible picture that no one will believe.

1.) This rainbow laser mimics a Nyan Cat flyover

The government doesn’t want you to know that it wasa Nyan Cat flyover.

2.) This would be a terrible digital art piece, but it’s a great photo.

The red-object-in-black-and-white has become the cheesy, art-school staple of Photoshop jobs. This is not one of those. This hibiscus bloomed after its surroundings were coated in ash following a volcanic eruption in Indonesia.

3.) Color in the gray.

Like the hibiscus, this image was taken after the eruption of Japan’s Mt. Ontake in September 2014, which killed at least 50 people and trapped others under rock and ash. These are rescue workers arriving on the scene.

4.) At the end of the rainbow you’ll find…an SUV?

Probably more useful than a pot of gold.

5.) Ever want to go aboard a UFO?

This is actually a suite in Sweden’s Tree Hotel, where each suite, perched in the treetops has a unique design. This one was created by Bertil Harström.

6.) Here’s a less Earth-bound UFO

“No one will notice us if we pretend we’re a cloud.”

7.) Keep this enormous moth away from your sweaters.

The Attacus atlas is the world’s largest moth, with wingspans up to 10 inches. The tips of their wings also look like snake heads!

8.) Just a splash of color. A square splash

French artist Georges Rousse has been painting his perspective pieces in abandoned buildings since the 1980s.

9.) More perspective art…

This was created by street artist Aakash Nihilani using fluorescent green tape.

10.) Even more perspective art!

Artist Felice Varini is known for creating optical illusions with perspective art, making concentric circles and swooping lines across buildings and cityscapes, as well as (relatively) smaller pieces like this.

11.) That’s a lot of sheep.

This is the San Boldo Pass in the Italian Alps. It experiences regular sheep jams.

12.) Go deep sea diving without getting wet.

The Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin offers visitors the chance to take and elevator ride through its two-story cylindrical aquarium, which is home to more than 1,500 fish. Scuba diving for aquarium personnel only. (Sorry)

13.) 8-bit cosplaying.

There are plenty of awesome Samus Aran (of Metroid fame) cosplays out there, but this clever, retro take on the iconic character also makes you do a double take.

14.) A perfect sunbeam sets this mountain alight.

Sometimes the sun comes through the mountains just right.

15.) No, look again.

It’s almost like these rhinos choreographed this. “Heh heh, silly humans.”

16.) “Just waiting for my pixelated train.”

This is a sculpture called “Maya” in the Bristol Temple Meads station in England. It was created by Luke Jerram, and was created using 5,000 12-mm square stickers on water-cut aluminum sheets. It’s three-dimensional

17.) A rooftop island

Someone in Beijing got sick of city life and constructed this mountainous oasis on the roof of their building. Of course, it’s not exactly legal, or safe, to do this, and the structure gained some notoriety.

18.) The day the ocean turned into beer

This is an actual weather phenomenon known as a shelf cloud, which happens when warm and cool air collide, forming a weirdly regular barrier, and they’re usually followed by a storm. This one may have picked up some dust, or is filtering the light at a certain angle, accounting for the color.

19.) They should probably put up a fence.

Artist Erik Johansson created this street illusion in 2011 in Stockholm’s Sergelstorg Square. Passerby had a lot of fun playing with it.

20.) The ghost of a tsunami.

These low-lying clouds swept over the Florida coast in 2012. This happens when air holding a lot of moisture experiences a drop in temperature. Cooler air can hold less moisture, so all the water condenses and forms a mist. These mist clouds evaporated again when they fell over the buildings and came into contact with warmer air again.

21.) A miniature, waterless aquarium.

This is known as an “ocean opal,” and features light-refracting facets as well as veins of other minerals, making it look like a tiny underwater scene trapped in stone.

22.) This house disappears into its desert surroundings

Lucid Stead is an art installation project by Phillip K. Smith. This 70-year-old homesteader’s shack was given a makeover with mirrored slats that make it appear to disappear into the landscape. It also lights up at night.

23.) The world’s fluffiest bunny

It might just be me, but the rabbit inside all that fluff (it’s an Angora) cannot possibly be enjoying this.

24.) Where the goth kids come from

This was actually an abandoned–and condemned–house in Germany. It was a popular spot for graffiti artists and could be seen covered in bright pieces of art. However, it was slated for demolition, and, as a farewell, artists Erik Sturm and Simon Jung painted it all black. The house was demolished, but you can still see it on Google Maps.

25.) Stained glass landscape

These are terraced rice paddies in China’s Yunnan Province. The colors come from algae that grows in the water-saturated paddies, as well as from reflections of the sky.

26.) Projections turn trees into faces monstrous and serene.

These light projections in Cambodia transformed ordinary trees into gods and demons. They were photographed by Clement Briend

27.) A dizzying cathedral ceiling

The Sagrada Família Cathedral in Barcelona was designed by Antoni Gaudi, who designed a lot of the city’s famous buildings. Construction on the church began in 1882, and is still not complete. It’s projected completion is in 2026, a century after Gaudi’s death.

28.) Rendering car…

It might look like an artist is about to place an image of a car in this photo, but that outline exists in the physical world. It’s a wire sculpture by artist Benedict Radcliffe.

29.) Do not adjust your screen

Though it looks like a screen glitch, this is actually an intricately-carved wooden cabinet by designer Ferruccio Laviani. It combines traditonal woodwork with a very modern visual phenomenon.

30.) World arm-wrestling champion is tired of your sophomoric jokes.

We’re sure Matthias Schlitte has heard all the jokes before; he even has the nickname “Hellboy.” He was actually born with a genetic defect that resulted in his right forearm bone 33% larger than his typically-proportioned left one. Which makes for good arm wrestling.

Now if those aren’t notable, I don’t know what is. You can chalk these up to deliberate creativity, being in the right place at the right time, or just plain weirdness. However they happened, it’s amazing what really goes on in the world!

This Is What Breakfast Looks Like In 22 Countries Around The World

The best meal of the day. Inspired by these Quora threads.

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1. Eastern China

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According to Quora user Zhu-Zixin, a typical breakfast in eastern China can include items like dumplings, rice in vegetable soup, fried sponge cake, steamed creamy custard bun, and porridge.

2. Guyana

Quora user Britt Smith explains that a typical breakfast in Guyana is bake and saltfish. Saltfish is whitefish preserved in salt, and bake is bread dough, fried.

3. Iran

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Quora user Soheil Hassas Yeganeh writes that in Iran a typical breakfast consists of sweet black tea, bread, butter, feta cheese, and sometimes fresh fruit and nuts.

4. France

Quora user Sarah-Je notes that a French breakfast includes
tea, coffee, juice, or hot chocolate, with bread and butter or pastries.

“We only eat sweet food, nothing with salt (no meat, no eggs, unlike people from the UK or USA for example)”, she adds.

5. Japan

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According to Quora user Makiko Itoh, Japanese breakfasts fall into two categories: Wafuu (traditional) and youfuu (Western).

A typical Wafuu breakfast has rice, fish, miso soup, sticky soy beans, and nori seaweed. A typical youfuu breakfast has buttered toast, eggs, coffee, and potato salad.

6. Poland

Quora user Anat Penini writes that a traditional Polish breakfast is scrambled eggs topped with kielbasa (a sausage) and potato pancakes.

7. Southern India

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Quora user Jared Zimmerman says that a common South Indian breakfast is idli and sambar, a vegetable stew served with steamed lentil and rice bread. Also popular is dosa, a thin crunchy crepe with a spicy potato filling.

8. Italy

Italian Quora user Eugenio Casagrande writes that a typical breakfast consists of a cup of coffee with milk and a slice of bread.

9. Central India

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According to Quora user Jared Zimmerman, a typical breakfast in central India is uttapam. Uttapam is a thick pancake with vegetables, served with chutney.

10. Colombia

Quora user Daniel Rojas explains that a typical Colombian breakfast depends on the region.

However, a mixture of leftovers from the night before is common, as is soup or cereal.

11. Turkey

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In Turkey, Quora user John Burgess says, breakfast consists of cheese, olives, honey, jam, bread, an omelette, and fruit.

12. Brazil

Brazilian Quora user Larissa Porto notes that Pão de Queijo (bread cheese) is a common breakfast dish served with coffee.

13. The Phillipines

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According to Quora user Katherine Cortes, a typical Philippine breakfast consists of bread rolls and coffee. Tapsilog (rice with dried meat and a fried egg) is also common.

14. Nigeria

Quora user Oyinda Kosemani writes that breakfast varies from tribe to tribe, but a typical Yoruba breakfast includes Ogi and Akara (cornmeal and bean cakes) and well as yam and fried eggs, and fried plantain.

15. Venuzuela

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In Venezuela, Quora user Rowan Vasquez writes, a typical breakfast is an arepa, a flat corn cake. Arepas are filled with various things like cheese, ham, chicken, or fish.

He adds: “On weekends, Venezuelans might have a larger breakfast, consisting of black beans, savory shredded beef cooked with vegetables, white cheese, perico (eggs scrambled with vegetables), avocado, and an arepa.”

16. Cambodia

Quora user Sarah Rose Jensen notes that a typical breakfast in Cambodia is Kuy Teav, a rice noodle soup with meat and vegetables.

17. Lebanon

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According to Quora user Ehab Dahdouli, a popular breakfast in Lebanon is Manakish, a flatbread flavoured with za’atar and sometimes cheese, served with tomatoes.

18. Indonesia

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In Indonesia, Quora user Aso Saputra, writes that breakfast could be rice and fried fish, or fried rice and a fried egg (Nasi Goreng, above), or chicken porridge.

19. Pakistan

Nihari is a typical breakfast dish in Pakistan, Quora user Ali Abbas explains. It’s a spicy meat curry, served with naan.

He adds, “Halwa Poori: This is considered as a classic “Sunday” breakfast and is very heavy. It generally consists of ‘poori’, halwa (sweet), and a curry (beans or potato). It is very common to see people in large number gathering at famous places for this Sunday morning breakfast. Often queues are formed outside shops an hour before they start serving.”

20. Morocco

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According to Quora user Ahmed Bouchfaa, breakfast in Morocco is generally sweet, featuring bread, honey, olives, and dates, as well as Turkish coffee and mint tea.

21. Israel

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Shakshuka is a popular breakfast dish in Israel, according to Quora user Denise Aptekar. It consists of eggs poached in a tomato sauce.

She adds, “The classic Israeli breakfast (in cafes and hotels) comes with cheese, omelette, tuna, olives, bread and butter/jams, salad and spreads.”

22. UK

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A fry-up, whether it’s a full English, full Scottish, or an Ulster fry. For more full English facts, click here.

Bonus! A video of breakfasts around the world.

If You Need To Get Away, Consider A Trip To One Of These Amazing Remote Places.

It’s common to have that “I need to get away” feeling, especially if you live in a densely populated area. A crowded commute, a traffic jam, or an endless line at the grocery store is enough to make you consider selling your house and taking off to live in a cave like a hermit.

Honestly, you would probably regret that decision almost immediately. Some people, though, love the remote life. Sometimes they grew up there, and sometimes they move there for work (usually military or scientific research). But however you get there, you’ll be amazed that humans managed to end up in some parts of the planet. 

1.) The Republic of Nauru

You probably didn’t know about this tiny island nation located nearly 3,000 miles away from Honolulu. The only way to get here is from Brisbane, Australia; flights from there go to Nauru once a week. Once called Pleasant Island, it features a weird, barren landscape of limestone pinnacles on its interior due to over-mining of phosphate. It has almost no tourism industry, despite being not too far from Papua New Guinea, and as a result, unemployment is about 90%.

2.) Supai, Arizona, USA

You probably haven’t heard of Supai, but you definitely know where it is. This tiny village of about 500 people is located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and can only be reached by mule. This is also now mail is delivered to the village. Despite its famous surroundings, the town is easy to forget. In 2000, it was completely left off the U.S. Census.

3.) Macquarie Island, Australia

Located between Tasmania and Antarctica, this tiny island is home to Australian scientists coming here for research purposes. There are usually around 20 scientists on the island, along with their support staff, and that’s it. Though that’s not if you count the various species of seals and penguins.

4.) Alert, Nunavut, Canada

Located nearly 500 miles from of the North Pole, this town has a year-round population of five. Due to its latitude, it gets 24 hours of sun in the summer and 24 hours of darkness in the winter. Temperatures also sometimes drop to 40 below zero. There’s an airport, mainly used by the military, but severe winter weather renders it useless most of the time.

5.) Motuo County, China

To get to Motuo (Medog) County, you have to hike through the Himalayas and cross a 650 ft. suspension bridge. Those who have made the trip say that it’s worth it. Because it’s so remote, the land retains its natural beauty. Several attempts at giving this county road access were made;It’s the only county in China without. However, mudslides, avalanches and other natural disasters kept disrupting the process. In 2010, a highway was completed, but only worked for a short time before it was overtaken by the forest.

6.) Pitcairn Island

Remember Mutiny on the Bounty? That was a true story. The mutineers, who would be executed if they returned home, chose to stay here, on Pitcairn Island in the middle of the Pacific. Today, about 50 people live here, and most of them are direct descendants of those mutinous crewmen, like the man pictured here. The locals farm, fish, and sell stamps to visitors. Because it lacks an airport, you need to take a shipping boat from New Zealand to get here. The trip takes 10 days.

7.) Kerguelen Islands

They’re nicknamed the “Desolation Islands” for a reason. Located in the southwestern Indian Ocean, these islands never had an indigenous population. France, who maintains it as a territory, keeps a steady population of scientists, engineers and researchers there. Like Pitcairn, the only way to get to and from here is by ship, but it’s a comparatively short ride at only six days.

8.) Ittoqqortoomiit, Greenland

Greenland has a total population of 57,000, which seems surprisingly high. This is the most remote of all the settlements on Greenland, with a population of 500. It’s a fishing and hunting village. Because the sea is full of ice, ships can’t access Ittoqqortoomiit for around three months each year. There is an airport only about 25 miles away, but it’s not used too often.

9.) Tristan Da Cunha

This island is part of an archipelago between the southern ends of Africa (1,243 miles away) and South America (2,000+ miles away). It is so remote that its inhabitants have their own dialect of English. One of the uninhabited islands in the archipelago is also (humorously) named Inaccessible Island. There are 297 people living here, and only eight surnames between them. They’re all descended from a group of 15 settlers who arrived here during the nineteenth century. They also have their own government, although they’re technically part of Great Britain. The island received TV for the first time in 2000, thanks to the BBC.

10.) La Rinconada, Peru

La Rinconada has the distinction of being the highest city in the world at 17,000 feet above sea level, located on a glacier on a mountain. It’s a mining town and, compared to other places on this list, has a pretty dense population of about 30,000, although most do not live here year-round. Altitude sickness is a real threat due to the location.

Feeling overcrowded? Perhaps a trip to one of these locations is in order. However, you will need about two months of free time and a disposition for roughing it. Or maybe you just need to take a nice relaxing shower and watch Netflix. A little alone time never hurt anyone.