f this year’s World Sand Sculpture Festival now underway at the Tottori Sand Dunes in Tottori prefecture. On display (until May 31) are 19 massive works crafted by world-class sculptors from ten nations. The artists used around 2,700 tons of sand and took about two weeks to complete their works. Can you identify the fairy tales and legends depicted in these sand sculptures?

The Netherlands (front)

The Netherlands (rear)


India (front)

India (rear)


USA (front)

USA (rear)

Czech Republic

Russia (front)

Russia (rear)

Australia (front)

Australia (rear)



Science has proven that much of the universe is made up of badassery. You can find it all around you, including in something as simple as water. You just need to know the tricks to unleash it.

So here are some badass things you can do with water that seem to cross the line between science and magic. And best of all, they’re all completely safe! [via cracked]
The Water and Whiskey Anti-Gravity Switcheroo

Speaking of learning the magic of science via alcohol, here’s the kind of trick they teach in Bartender School.

This one happens with the help of the only liquid in the known universe with more magical properties than water: whiskey. Pour a shot glass full of whiskey, and another full of water. Slap a playing card over the water, and turn it over on top of the whiskey, like so.

Pull the card aside slightly, and the water and whiskey, instead of mixing, will neatly switch places:

This does require some patience though, since the whole thing can take 10 minutes or more.

It works because whiskey is 40 percent alcohol, which is less dense than water. When the water glass is inverted and the card is moved to allow a tiny gap, the water trickles through, unseen. The whiskey, being lighter, is forced out of the lower glass into the upper. Scientists compare it to the jocks kicking the nerds out of the dorm in Revenge of the Nerds.
Make Instant Snow From Boiling Water

This one requires it to be really, really freaking cold outside. Like way colder than it probably gets where you live. But get a day way below zero, boil a cup of water, and toss it into the air. The results are as cool as shit:

If it gets to be 30 degrees Fahrenheit or so below zero, the water vapor will freeze instantly. That’s
why the water has to be boiling, as the vapor has a much higher surface-to-mass ratio (the same reason you will freeze to death slower than say, a mouse).

All of those little heated particles of water cool very rapidly when exposed to super cold air, forming ice crystals in an instant. BUT ONLY IF IT IS COLD ENOUGH.

We do the all caps there because once again we fear somebody going out on what’s considered a cold day in California (say, 60 degrees) and tossing a pot of boiling water toward their friends. And then suing us.

Instant Ice

Here is a trick that works on the same principle but doesn’t require you to live in Minnesota. And the results are actually just as bizarre.

You may have even seen this principle in action before, if you have ever felt the gut-wrenching sadness associated with putting a beer in the freezer to cool it down quickly, only to forget it for three hours. It looks fine when you pull it out, but when you open it you find flat-beer flavored slush has instantly formed inside.


83-year-old Yoga lady

83-year-old Yoga instructor, Bette Calman, performs Yoga moves in Melbourne, Wednesday April 22, 2009. Bette moved to Melbourne to retire 8 years ago, only to find herself back in action again after her daughter Susie, who is also a Yoga instructor, was pestering for fill-in teachers. Despite her senior age, Bette is still practicing and teaching Yoga, teaching up to 11 classes a week. Bette has been practicing Yoga for over 40 years, and has no intention on stopping anytime soon.(Photo Source: Chinanews.com.cn)

Magical Wooden Mirror

Magical Wooden Mirror Changes with its environment in real time, this mirror is an animated and ghostly reflection of whatever is put in front of it. We see small bits and pieces of ourselves reflected in all kinds of accidental mirrors all the time - opaque images shop windows, distorted forms in a curved metal hand rail - but this takes a particularly unusual material, not known for its reflectivity, and makes it into a larger-than-live reflector.


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