#8. So It's One of Those Tile Mosaic Coffee Tables, Right?
As for how you get those clean geometric shapes in the ice, well, that's just how ice breaks. When huge chunks of ice shelf break off due to global warming, it looks like it was cut with a damned laser:
#7. That's Not a Bird
That's neither a fake photo or a tiny set of hands. That's a freaking Atlas Moth. They're found in Southeast Asia and they can get up to a foot wide. And if one of them starts flapping around your porch light you'd better have a big goddamned shoe handy.
#6. WARNING: DO NOT PHOTOSHOP PARTY HATS ONTO THE ANIMALS -MGMT
We included this one because it just looks so obviously like a bad Internet meme. You know, they take the lizard and they Photoshop various hats on it, maybe the next one has it in a little cowboy hat with a cigarette or something.
But no, this totally happened, in our world. It's a Komodo dragon at the St. Augustine alligator park, shown here happily celebrating his birthday in a Spongebob Squarepants hat. Making the situation almost too surreal to not be made up, that's a birthday cake made of meat and dead mice. Oh look kids, the cute lizard has a birthday hat on! And he's eating the star of Ratatouille! How cute!
#5. Not-Falling Rocks
If not Photoshop, you could assume this is just some rocks captured in mid-fall, like maybe just out of frame is a dump truck and the camera is seconds away from being buried. But, no, this is a stationary object and an example of the art form known as Rock Balancing.
That's pretty much self-explanatory, but proving that art forms are primarily created so that people can come up with pretentious ways of talking about them, there are actually four separate recognized categories of rock balancing. Just the thought of introducing oneself as a "freestyle rock balancer" should be enough to cause most people's balls to clench in anticipation of being soundly thumped.
#4. Your Very Own Cartoonish Island Home!
This looks like one of the laziest cut and paste jobs of all time, but it is actually a photo from a flood in Grafton, Illinois. We have to admire that guy's efforts at keeping up his property value, especially since all the people who used to criticize his unkempt lawn are surely dead.
#3. YOUR FUTURE THANKS TO GLOBAL WARMING
Yes, you can actually sleep in this underwater suite at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, under the Indian Ocean. OK, it's not an Abyss situation where it's way down on the ocean floor, there is only about 20 feet of ocean above you. Still, you can see that you'll have plenty of fish watching you sleep and/or bone.
#2. A Foot Model's Photoshop Disaster
It looks a little like seeing somebody's feet through a kaleidoscope, but it's the feet of a Chinese boy who was born with 15 fingers and 16 toes. Don't worry, he's fine (he since had surgery to remove the extra appendages).
#1. God's Tangled USB Cables
At first glance this looks almost exactly like a techno artist's design made with USB connectors. It's actually a satellite photo of an Australian wind farm still under construction. The ends of the apparent connectors are the bases where the wind turbines will soon be attached:
Does it make us nerds to have first noticed what an inefficient use of space that would be in Sim City?
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