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Covering Yourself in Aerogel and Jumping Into a Pool Looks So Surreal

Aerogel has extraordinary properties but it can be tough to work with. This video by Veritasium looks at modifying aerogels to take advantage of their unique characteristics. Aerogel’s extraordinary properties are due in large part to its structure. Aerogel is a solid but on the nanoscale it has a mesh or sponge-like structure. The struts of this structure are nanoscale, as are the pores at around 20nm across. This makes silica aerogel incredibly light (it was once the lightest solid but has now been superseded by graphene aerogel), transparent and…

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Gale Force Winds Just Turned These Lake Erie Houses Into Ice Castles

Photograph by Ed Mis Gale force winds and frigid temperatures have encased a few unlucky homes in ice along the shores of Lake Erie. Residents on Hoover Beach’s South Shore Drive in Hamburg, New York, saw their houses turned into ice castles as the winds created huge waves, driving lake water up on the shore, while the sub-zero temperatures turned the splash into ice. Resident Ed Mis told CNN his house was covered in several feet of ice while his backyard had about 12 feet of ice. Photograph by Ed…

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Doctors Tell Musician to Play Violin During Brain Surgery So She Wont Forget

A musician at King’s College Hospital in London played the violin while surgeons operated on her brain to remove a tumour. The medical team asked Dagmar Turner, 53, to play the instrument to ensure parts of the brain which control delicate hand movements and coordination were not damaged during the millimetre-precise surgery. Turner was diagnosed in 2013 with a brain tumour after suffering a seizure during a symphony Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/woman-plays-violin-during-brain-surgery/

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This Super Trippy Edit Was Made By Some Kind of After Effects Sorcerer

Check out this trippy visual made by motion graphics artist, Agustín Vidal Saavedra. This animation of church ceilings was created using Adobe After Effects. For more edits like this, check out his work on Behance and Instagram. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/ecstasy-of-saint-francis-by-agustin-vidal-saavedra/

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Surreal Street Artworks That Looks Like the Walls Were Chiselled Out

Rodrigo Miguel Sepúlveda Nunes (aka Vile) is an amazing artist from Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal who has been generating buzz for his ‘Trompe-l’Å“il‘ 3D artworks and graffiti murals. In an ongoing series, Vile creates the illusion of chiselled out walls by playing with perspective and showing viewers a glimpse of the scene behind the wall. In the before/after photos below you can appreciate his skill with a spray can. For more, be sure to follow his latest works at the links below! RODRIGO NUNES AKA VILE Website | Facebook…

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Beluga Whale Saves iPhone From Sea in Norway

Surreal footage of a beluga whale saving an iPhone from the sea in Norway has gone viral after being posted to Instagram and Reddit. Interestingly, the beluga was found off Norway’s coast wearing a special Russian harness and was ‘probably trained by the Russian Navy‘. While surprising to some, it is known that Russia and the United States have a fleet of trained dolphins for ‘military and naval purposes’. In the past dolphins have been used to locate mines and other dangerous objects on the ocean floor as well as…

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Theres a Real-Life Enchanted Forest and Its In Dartmoor, England

In a series entitled Mystical, fine art photographer Neil Burnell ventures to a remote, high-altitude forest in Dartmoor, Devon, England called Wistman’s Wood. The surreal landscape appears straight out of a fantasy novel with dwarf oak trees, moss carpeted boulders, and lichens galore. You can practically smell the enchanting forest through these dreamlike photos. All images below are available as limited edition prints and you can find more beautiful photography from Burnell at the links below. [via Behance] NEIL BURNELL Website | Facebook | Behance | Twitter | Instagram NEIL…

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In 1973 Japan Planted an Experimental Forest, Today It Looks like This

Photograph by Sankei News Photos of a mysterious crop circle-like pattern of trees recently made the rounds online and people had all kinds of bizarre explanations. It turns out the mesmerizing patterns were the result of some experimental forestry by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries nearly 50 years ago. The ministry was researching growth and tree spacing and planted this particular crop in 1973. To achieve this effect, researchers planted trees in 10 degree radial increments to form 10 concentric circles. The ‘crop circle’ forest can still…

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I Can Admit I Needed Some Help With This Surreal Parking Garage Puddle

Reddit user georgefourmens recently shared this confounding image of a surreal parking garage puddle. Check it out! Okay, so I can admit I stared WAY too long at this photo. Even knowing I should be seeing some kind of puddle/reflection I simply couldn’t and arghhhh it’s the stupid magic eye all over again! I think because the reflection is so flawless and the fact that there are virtually no ripples or distortions in the water (photoshop?) was totally contributing to my confusion. Thankfully I wasn’t alone and some other helpful…

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Jigsaw Puzzle Mashups by Tim Klein (9 Photos)

Tim Klein is an American artist based in Vancouver, Washington who enjoys creating ‘puzzle montages’, a fun and obscure art form that uses pieces from various jigsaw puzzles to create new and quirky mashups. Klein says he was inspired by the work of art professor Mel Andringa, whom he credits as the pioneer. He says he first read about his work in a magazine article from 1988. Klein adds: Jigsaw puzzle companies tend to use the same cut patterns for multiple puzzles. This makes the pieces interchangeable. As a result,…

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This Wingsuit POV Through a Cloud Tunnel is Blowing My Mind

Wingsuit pilots Luke Rogers and Chris Byrnes dive into an epic ‘cloud tunnel’ on their jump with Skydive Ramblers in Toogoolawah, Australia. The surreal footage was captured with a 360 view on a GoPro Fusion. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/wingsuit-pov-through-a-cloud-tunnel/

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Driving Through a Hot Air Balloon Festival is Completely Surreal and Totally Awesome

Photographer Knate Myers captured the surreal feeling of driving through the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta where hundreds of hot air balloons took flight back in 2015. Knate even managed to take a really cool hyperlapse of the event which you can see at the end of the video. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/driving-through-a-hot-air-balloon-festival/

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Flooding in Brazil Turns Nature Trail Into Surreal Underwater Fantasy World

Recent flooding at the Rio de Prata Ecological Preserve in Brazil has turned their nature trails into a surreal, underwater fantasy world. What makes it so startling is that the water is so clear and calm. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/flooding-in-brazil-turns-nature-trail-into-surreal-underwater-fantasy-world/

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Guy Takes Slow Mo iPhone Vid of Passing Birds from a Train and It Looks Surreal

On a train from Orlando to Miami, a passenger took this surreal slo mo video on his iPhone 8 (at 1080p and 240 fps) of passing birds at Florida’s Turnpike. The train was travelling in the opposite direction at about 70-80 mph and it looks like the birds are frozen in time. The trippy video was posted last week to reddit by user davihey. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/slow-mo-of-passing-birds-from-moving-train/

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