In Sichuan province, China, you’ll find the mysterious hanging coffins. The coffins are believed to be the remnants of the Bo-people, who are assumed to have died 400 years ago.
The oldest coffins are 3000 years old, the youngest are from the 1500 AD. Nobody knows why the Bo-people were buried this way. The plausible theories are that it secured the bodies from wild animals and that the Bo-people believed it would bring their dead closer to the gods, but nobody really knows.
I’ve been away on holiday in our strange world for a little while and have returned home to this: the phenomenon of cat cafés.
Actually this is a concept I can quite relate to since I love cats, but have a boyfriend, who is allergic to them, which means the possibility of ever getting a cat of my own is non-existant.
In Japan (surprise!!) the need for cat cafés arose because 1) pets are expensive and considered luxury items 2) many landlords don’t allow pets. So what better solution than to give people a space where they can come and relax while petting a cat?
I think it’s a brilliant idea! Says the lady who’s always most eager to go to the petting zoo!
Apparantly the concept is spreading. In Japan you’ll find several cat cafés, but now you’ll also find them outside Asia in places like Hungary, Russia, Schwitzerland and Germany.
A while ago my brain imploded while reading a discussion on reddit about how we perceive time versus how time really exists. Yes, I know. It’s veery abstract, but basically it had something to do with time NOT being linear (as we perceive it), but ever-existing. Past, present and future exist all at once…and bottomline of the discussion was that scientifically time travel should be possible, but isn’t - which is leaving the physics confused.
Anyway, when my brain recovered (how can time not be linear??) I started looking into time traveling. It’s a fascinating subject, but one that will lead you into dark corners of Google and Youtube that you may not want to go.
These images - however - are an artistic comment to the supposed images of time travelers. The photographer Flora Borsi imagined how we would react and interact we could travel back in time. There’s also an element of “Where’s Waldo?” in these picture which I love.
I have to share the Czech pastafarian! Apparantly this guy convinced the authorities that his religion bids him to wear a sieve on his head and they allowed him to wear the sieve in his passport photo.
He is a member of the church of the flying spaghetti monster.
North Korea never fails to - well - fascinate me, in lack of a better word. Knowing about all the despair and cruelty in the state, these beautiful and colourful photos add to the absurdity. North Korea certainly is a very strange part of the world. But these images are stunning though!
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Hans Holbein the younger is primarily known as the favourite painter at the court of Henry the VIII. He has painted some of the most amazing portraits from the time, which - in my opinion - really captures the person he painted. Although all the finished portraits are soaked in symbolism, appearance and whatnot, it’s the closest we come to a snapshot of people from the 16th century.
I personally think Holbein’s sketches in that sense are even more powerful. These were meant as work in progress. I don’t know anything about his way of work, but I imagine that these sketches were drawn with the person in front of him. He skillfully captures the essence of these people and we - so many hundreds of years later - get a chance of getting to know people who lived and died so long ago.
Not quite the stairway to heaven (ho ho ho), but a stair to nothingness. At the Dachstein glacier in the Austrian Alps a breathtaking stair case has been built, which only the bravest visitor dare walk.
When you get to the platform a drop of about 400 m is visible beneath you. The only thing that keeps you from the abyss is a glas wall.
Knowing that I can hardly even climb a ladder without feeling dizzy I’ll probably never venture out there. But stunningly beautiful pictures anyway.
Our world is not only strange, but also incredibly beautiful.
These photos were taken by self-taught photographer John Chapple with the most expensive digital camera that is currently on the market. The price of the Hasselblad H3D-50 starts at around €23,500, but can quickly soar higher once lenses are added to the price. The H3D-50 is a 50 megapixel camera, which is much much higher than most ordinary cameras.
In the green rolling mountains deep in Tibet is the largest buddhist institute in the world. The settlement in the Larung Valley is located at 12,500ft and is the home of about 40.000 monks, nuns and religious students.