A team of cave explorers outside Ping’e village in Leye County, South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, discovered a massive sinkhole that harbored a primeval forest growing at the bottom. The sinkhole measures 306m in length, 150m in width, and 192m in depth, with its volume exceeding 5 million cubic meters, meaning it can be officially categorized as a large sinkhole.
Meet Arya Permana, a teenager from Indonesia. Not too long ago, Arya weighed 421 lb (191 kg) and had to take showers outside in a specially constructed pool. Despite being labeled the “world’s fattest kid,” Arya proves that hard work and goal-setting can lead to remarkable achievements. Let’s take a closer look at Arya’s story and the inspiring journey he has been on.
McDonald’s is up for catering your wedding! The fast food chain recently announced that, although you still can’t get married inside one of their restaurants, it has a wedding package available for anyone who wants to eat chicken nuggets after saying “I do”. The package offers that and more, but there’s a catch.
It happened in Iceland on Friday, March 19, 2021 at 8:45 PM. About 20 miles southwest of the capital, molten rock suddenly burst through the surface from below. Bright lava fountains then lit up the night sky. A volcano in this valley finally woke up after almost 800 years of sleeping soundly...We divide volcanoes into 3 categories: active, dormant, or extinct. Around 1,900 of them around the globe are considered active. That means they’ve erupted in the recent past and will likely do it again in the possible near future. Dormant volcanoes haven’t popped off for a long time, but they still may in the future. You could say they’re sort of sleeping. As for extinct ones, those guys haven’t done anything in more than a million years!
Sea cucumbers play a vital role in various marine ecosystems, acting as efficient cleaners by sifting through sediment to extract nutrients. Resembling their namesake, sea cucumbers exhibit a cucumber or sausage-like shape, varying in size from less than an inch to over six feet, depending on the species. Not only that, but in Indonesia, Japan and China they hold great value as a culinary delicacy.
Ah...You’re on the grass, looking up at the blue sky, enjoying some singing birds and catching some warm rays. You watch differently shaped clouds soaring slowly, high up into the air.Suddenly you hear a powerful loud rumble coming from far away. You get up and notice a gigantic thick cloud ahead. But it’s not the size that scares you, it’s the shape. The cloud looks like a skull. Don’t worry, it doesn’t mean anything bad’s gonna happen.
A plane with no identification marks is approaching the coast of Indonesia. It’s not the most peaceful of times, and the flight operator is alarmed. Two fighter jets take to the sky, about to take down the unidentified plane. It’s all about to end in a disaster, when the fighters notice one strange detail...
You’re walking along a hot desert under the scorching sun. You run out of supplies, there is no more water. You dream about rain, but there are no clouds in the sky. With each step, you lose more and more strength and... fall. You notice a small pond nearby. Is it real water or just a mirage? You can’t get to your feet, so you crawl there. The water is getting closer by the minute, but not because you’re moving towards it. It’s the water approaching you. In a few minutes, the pond area increases. Here, you’re already in it. A small lake has formed, 60 feet deep, at the place where the piece of the desert was.
“A comfortable abode with a gorgeous view of the Mediterranean Sea will serve as a perfect rain shelter” — this is what a real estate advertisement might have looked like for Neanderthals 100,000 years ago. Welcome to weird and wonderful caves you could live in — or not. Of course, back then, neither real estate and advertising had been invented yet, never mind the fact that Neanderthals couldn’t build houses and often lived in caves. Yet, one of those caves looks an awful lot like a residential building. It’s situated inside a high limestone cape called the Rock of Gibraltar. If the Neanderthals had had an economy, the caves inside this rock would have cost a bundle.
Traditions define who we are. Although many customs have perished as humanity has progressed, some survived and continue to exist today, and new ones have emerged. Blowing out candles on your birthday cake is one of the oldest traditions still practiced today, and the meaning behind it is that with every candle, we mark a new milestone in life. With that, we’ve found some exciting folklore that women practice worldwide.
The Sun is rising, lighting up the trees, swamps, and massive plants of the Yucatán Peninsula. It’s 66 million years before today — and the last days of the Mesozoic era. This peaceful world doesn’t know yet that a rock the size of a mountain is hurtling toward Earth at a speed of more than 40,000 mph. It looks like a fireball. It’s growing larger and larger with every passing minute. Soon, it seems bigger than the Sun. Dinosaurs roaming the prehistoric Earth don’t know yet that they have to run, hide, save themselves! Not that it’s going to help.
Each Miss Universe contest has a section with national costumes that give the competitors a chance to wear an outfit that they feel represents their home country. For viewers, it can be both breathtaking (after all, clothes are a huge part of what makes Miss Universe) and educational. We picked and ranked 15 of our favorite costumes.
It’s 2018. You get up early in the morning to go ashore and catch some fish. You come to the spot you were yesterday, throw the hook into the sea and wait. The float is twitching. You’ve caught some fish, but... Hey! Hello! Why aren’t you doing anything? Right now, you don’t care about the fish. You’re looking at something in the distance. You open your mouth in surprise since you see a huge ship stuck on a shoal. It wasn’t here yesterday, so it got here at night.
Amongst the swamps lives a strange bird with a Dutch clog for a beak. It screeches a high pitch whine, notifying other shoebills that this is its area when it comes to food. Its eerie calls add to the surrounding roars of dinosaurs in the distance. It’s not hunting dinosaurs, though, of course, but snakes, fish, lizards, and frogs amongst the reeds.
You’re dining in Paris, with a full belly of French onion soup and a mouthful of double chocolate soufflé. The waiter approaches asking how your meal was and, mouth full, you give a satisfied expression and make the A-OK gesture. You expect to see happiness on the waiter’s face, but he looks at you with irritation.
In 1991, somewhere in the lush jungles of central Vietnam, a local logger found a mysterious hole among the foliage and bushes. He looked in there and felt a strong wind blowing into his face. Then, he heard a strange sound from the cave depths and realized that it was the sound of a river. The logger didn’t check the cave but decided to go back there with a flashlight and a rope. When he returned, he couldn’t find the cave anywhere. He spent a few years searching for it. Finally, in the 2000s, the logger managed to locate it again. In 2009, he brought scientists to this place. They found out the cave, called Son Doong [sn don], is the largest in the world.
In 2015, an ROV [Remotely Operated Vehicle] descended into the depths of the Caribbean Sea. It belonged to Columbia, and it was searching for a long-lost treasure ship. At the depth of 9,000 feet, the operators could see their goal, a Spanish galleon [San José] that sank in 1708. The rumor has it that the ship was transporting 200 tons of treasure onboard. For more than three hundred years, no one knew its exact location. Yes, in the 21st century, we are still finding lost treasure ships.
Arya Permana, an Indonesian teenager who once weighed 421 lb (191 kg), was so big that he had to take showers outside in a specially constructed pool. Although he has been labeled the “world’s fattest kid,” he proves that hard work and setting goals always pay off. Let’s learn more about Arya’s story.
Traditions create a sense of belonging and are a great reason to bring us a bit closer to our friends, family, and the entire community we live in. Maybe that’s why people still practice them, no matter how old or outdated they seem to communities far away from them. Also, learning about traditions keep us closer and more engaged with our past. And keeping close to our past helps us move toward the future and form our own personality and sense of identity.
Most of us might not know this, but skirts are actually the second-oldest type of clothing in the history of the world. These days, they are predominantly regarded as women’s clothing, but way back in the day, skirts were unisex garments, and men wore them with pride. Even nowadays, they are part of the traditional clothing of several cultures around the world.
We’re all different because of our diverse cultures, and it’s a big part of the fun of traveling to discover things about a place that aren’t as common or exist in your home country. But if you know these things, your trip will be more leisurely, and you can avoid embarrassing or funny situations.Bright Side has always been amazed by how various ethnicities are, so we’d like to give you a few tips to help you get the most out of your journey.
Indra Hakim is a Photoshop artist from Indonesia who edits pictures of celebrities as if they were Indonesians, living ordinary lives and doing normal things, just as locals do. He started learning Photoshop in 2004, and as his skills improved, he began editing his own self-portraits with celebrities for fun. By 2017, he decided to make his page public and started with this unique idea. His Photoshopped images became so recognizable, that Snoop Dogg noticed his own picture and posted it to his Instagram account.
Do you remember the times when we were invited to the blackboard in school and asked to show where Guadeloupe or the Limpopo River were located? Now we’re grown up and we help our kids do homework and some distant knowledge about trade winds and monsoons keeps coming back to our memory. Perhaps not all of us were A-students in school and we won’t be able to name the exact amount of oceans and continents right away. However, love for geography returns to everyone who sits by the window on a plane and tries to find out which city or country they are flying over.
Despite the global beauty standards that we see in glamorous magazines and fashion shows, every nation has its own unique features, traditions, and customs that are related to female beauty. For example, while people in other countries spend a lot on straightening their teeth, in Japan, women pay to make their teeth look snaggled. So we can say that beauty is indeed a relative term.
When we travel, we often find out that the meals we’re used to can be very different in other countries. Sometimes, the taste seems divine and very often we don’t even realize how something like could occur in someone’s mind. And still, some of these unusual combinations really work great together.
The golden rule for any polite tourist is to learn as much about the customs and etiquette of the country they’re visiting as possible. This precious information will protect them from getting into awkward situations and accidentally offending the locals.
Just like traditions and habits change depending on the country you’re living in, so does the education system and the mandatory uniforms kids have to wear to school. Every single country has different types of uniforms and, even if it’s true that uniforms change according to schools, most uniforms share common styles regardless of the country. And those are what we’re interested in in this article because we believe it shows the amazing diversity of cultures that exists on our planet.
Some of you are already familiar with Boyan Slat and his dream-project for ridding the ocean of pollution once and for all. Together with his team, Boyan has been fighting the Great Pacific garbage patch for 2 years, collecting plastic pieces even as tiny as one millimeter. Fortunately, he and his team didn’t stop there. They came up with something they call the Interceptor, an autonomous cleaning system for rivers that is placed in the hull of an electric boat.
More than 7.5 billion people of various nationalities live on Earth. We are taught a lot about some ethnic groups since childhood, but there are still many of these groups whose culture and traditions remain a mystery to us. Of course, modern civilization has contributed to the inevitable assimilation of peoples, some of which are gradually disappearing. But, fortunately, many of their representatives are trying to maintain their own centuries-old traditions and customs.
The animal kingdom is full of very diverse species that brighten up our planet with their colors and surprise us with the way they behave. However, there are animals that seem to have arrived from other planets due to their unique and unpredictable characteristics, which never cease to amaze human beings.
Many people who love traveling have a bucket list with places and activities they’d like to go to at least once in their life. If you’re an avid traveler, you can probably relate to that. Unfortunately, we all suffer from time limitations when it comes to discovering some of the incredible places out there and because you have to decide which of these to visit, having a quick overview might come in handy. After all, traveling isn’t just about taking a plane and going somewhere, it’s also about planning a future trip and imagining how it would be to go to those exotic places.
There are more than 10,000 bird species on Earth. From those that are large like an ostrich to those that are as tiny as a bee hummingbird, all feathered creatures are charming in their own way. But the special coloring, plumage, or spectacular mating rituals make some birds so unique you won’t believe they’re not made up.
Everyone knows the basic rules of how to behave in restaurants: don’t speak with your mouth full, use the right cutlery, don’t sit in the aisle. Most people follow these rules. But there are also some local customs that can confuse even the most experienced travelers.
Every day, there are more and more environmental problems in the world: forests in Brazil are burning, glaciers in Antarctica are melting, and the oceans are filling with plastic. But there are people who aren’t able to bear these things and who are trying to help the planet. People are building factories that suck carbon dioxide from the air and are helping to invent new ways of getting clean energy. And all of us can join these people, even if it’s with something as simple as sorting through the trash or cleaning our own yards.