Life is full of unexpected twists and turns. But that adage understates how, well, unexpected things can be.

There have been a plethora of beautiful photos captured since the invention of the camera. Camera technology has advanced in great strides over the years. We're taking fantastic optics into the emptiness of space, and practically everyone has a cellphone camera in their pocket. As a result, if you have sufficient time to look, there are also plenty of fantastic photos to be found. We've compiled a collection of what we believe are the most intriguing things you may not have seen before.

From the Japanese fire fighter that got his pay cut for a really surprising reason to the poor chap who took out billboard ads to try to get out of an arranged marriage.

There's the first time for just about everything, and sometimes, if we're lucky, it's documented for posterity. Scroll down to see everything from space breakthroughs to aviation achievements.

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