These funhouse-mirror railroad tracks are a reminder that Mother Nature pretty much laughs at the things we build. What you're seeing is the aftermath of a recent earthquake in New Zealand.
We feel sorry for those two guys in orange who apparently have been tasked with re-straightening the tracks with their bare hands. Hurry up, guys! The train will be here in 10 minutes!
This would be an impressive feat even if this church was just a painting on the side of the cliff face. Then you find out it's a real church.
It's the Hermitage of St. Columban in Trentino, Italy and this photo was taken by John McGregor. It gets even more impressive -- or insane -- when you realize the church was built in 1319. And it's only accessible by climbing 102 steps up the mountain.
So, yeah, good job to whoever hauled all those bricks up there.
While we're on the topic of amazing feats of Italians, we present the Alpine ibex, seen here casually scaling the Cingino Dam in Italy and openly defying all laws of physics.
The only thing these goats give less of a shit about than gravity are the fences you build to try to keep them in. Among their other superpowers are growing giant horns and being the only animal as likely to crap on your shoulder as seagulls.
Sinkholes are so utterly unwelcome and alien in our everyday life that every photo of them looks fake. And that's if you can even tell what you're looking at -- from a distance, this sort of looks like a spreading pool of oil spilling from the passenger door. From another angle, the sinkhole below the car becomes clearer, but this particular bad drive home looks no less physically impossible ...
The gaping, bottomless pit opened up underneath a dude in China. The story is likely to have a sad ending, though, as he was probably swept away into an unmarked van for re-training after having publicly embarrassed his country.
This is a photo from an aerobatic performance by the Blue Angels, who, if you're not familiar, make their living by flying in mind-bogglingly close formation at terrifying speeds. We're not sure what use this would be in war -- maybe the planes eventually join together like Voltron.
This Escher-esque photo is of an Italian shepherd leading his flock through San Boldo Pass (photo by Giancarlo Rado). We like to think that top tunnel just loops around to the one on the left and they just go around and around, endlessly.
This bad painting/album cover is a photo of the continuously spewing Fly Geyser in Nevada. The colorful mineral buildup from the continuous eruption makes it look like a giant serving of rainbow sherbet. If you think that photo looks doctored, feel free to take to Google and find a shot that doesn't look fake as hell. Perhaps you'd like one taken in full daylight, like this:
Yeah, that's actually worse.
This apparent bad cut-and-paste job is a real-life optical illusion from Brazilian artist Regina Silveira. We're not artists or anything, but white seems to be a bad choice. It's the best possible way to show the gallons of vomit of everybody who gets vertigo just from walking by.
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