#8. In Real Life, the Matrix Is Orange
Tell us you can look at this infinite tunnel of pulsing lights and computers without hearing it -- that deep, ominous hum of a supervillain hideout's nerve center. The truth isn't far off -- this is a photo of a data center in France called Dedibox.
Or at least we think it is, based on what Google Translate is able to tell us. All we know is that if a room like this shows up in a movie or a video game, somebody's going to have to drop down from an air duct and hack that shit before it can launch the missiles.
#7. Remember Those Colored-Sand Art Projects You Made at Summer Camp?
Finally, proof of Spontaneous Hippie Combustion.
This quite frankly tacky landscape is the Danxia Landform, located in southeast China and widely known as the world's largest naturally formed acid flashback.
That eruption of color is what you get when you have layers of mineral-rich red sandstone and other layers of sediment that were formed over millions of years, then tossed around by shifting tectonic plates and finally eroded by wind and water. So stop and appreciate it, that shit took a lot of work.
#6. The Engine Room of the Prometheus
Argonne National Laboratory
Not one single egg. What a waste.
Can you count the '80s sci-fi cliches in this picture? You've got: underwater, strange glow, lots of piping, complex machinery. The only thing missing is a badly CG'd alien that wants to make out with Ed Harris. Far from a movie set, though, this is a real picture of a nuclear reactor emitting Cherenkov radiation. So we guess you can add "foreign-sounding science name" to the list of cliches.
#5. "Your Precious Flamethrowers Will Not Work Down Here, Puny Human."
We know what you're saying: "I've seen this fake before! The diver is actually way in the background, making the jellyfish look terrifyingly huge!" Not so -- that's a Nomura's jellyfish, and that's how big they get. Here's a smaller one being slapped by a diver:
Hokkaido Electric Power Company
Well, he's either slapping it or patting its ass.
You have to abuse them when they're young, because they can grow up to be almost seven feet in diameter and weigh 440 freaking pounds. A boat once sank trying to catch nets full of these things. They're not rare, and in fact their population is exploding, which makes sense, since we're pretty sure they're the next dominant form of life on earth.
#4. The Invasion Begins
Slamet Riyadi / Associated Press
Yet another army of aliens that can't handle water.
You know that scene from Harry Potter where they decorate the cafeteria with floating candles? Well, here's the real thing. This is a real photo of lanterns released during a Buddhist ceremony that occurred during the full moon a couple months ago. They work like tiny little hot-air balloons, and if you really want to have fun next Halloween, figure out how to combine them with the classic "flaming bag of dog poo" prank.
#3. "What? It's Just a Leaf ..."
Imagine that coming at you through a salad.
Don't scroll past this one. Look closely. See the legs?
We've all seen natural camouflage before, but this caterpillar takes it above and beyond. You can barely see a Euthalia aconthea even when you know it's there. It's even weirder when you realize that this insect with no brain to speak of somehow knows how to position its body perfectly in line with the patterns on the leaf. We don't trust it.
School of Ecology and Conservation
Anything as Christmasy as this must be evil.
#2. Boom. You're Now Hypnotized.
If you're familiar with past articles, you know we love these perspective illusion drawings. As usual, the effect only works if you're standing in one specific spot:
This one was created by Felice Varini, and it seems like it'd be impossible to walk down this hall without expecting to come out in some other time period.
#1. And Finally ...
The 13-year-old in you will be happy to learn that the corner of Inyo and Butte is a real place in Bakersfield, California, and we'll let you make your own jokes about what you'd expect to find located there (aside from the obvious answer, which would be "a prison").
Or if you're pressed for time and just looking for a quick fix, then check out 6 Famous Quotes (Revised for Accuracy).
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