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Did This Ring inspire The Lord Of The Rings?
A new exhibit at The Vyne in Hampshire, England, claims to display the real life cursed ring that inspired J.R.R Tolkien’s classic The Lord Of The Rings saga. The 4th Century Roman gold ring was stolen from its original owner, who put a curse on the theif. Tolkien studied the curse and the ring a mere months before he began writing The Hobbit. Wait, if this ring inspired Tolkien to write The Hobbit, and The Hobbit inspired Led Zepplin's music, and Led Zepplin's music changed rock and roll forever, does this mean we get to blame Limp Bizkit on a bunch of 4th Century Romans?
Giant 59-Foot Tall Rubber Duck Has Gone Missing
Have you seen this duck? The 59-foot tall duck is one of several, designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman The art installation had been on display for just 11 days on the Nanming river, in Guiyang City, China before torrential rains caused the river to swell and displace the one-ton sculpture from its moorings and wash down the river. And no one has seen the duck since. Now the search is on for the giant bath toy. While this particular duck has been on a world tour since 2007, this isn’t the first time or even the third time this duck has run into trouble in Asia. This truly is one UnluckyDucky.
Parking Signs Get A Major Redesign
Have you ever gotten a parking ticket because the sign was too confusing? Well, one designer has, and she’s started a one-woman crusade against confusing street signage. Her weapon? A deceptively simple sign of her own. Designer Nikki Sylianteng has created a new parking sign that takes a more visual method into whether you found a legitimate parking spot or not. You can also check out her work at the site ToParkOrNotToPark.com. So, do you think these signs would help clear up parking confusion? Let us know on Twitter using the hashtag SignDesign.
Mysterious Giant Hole Suddenly Appears In Siberia
Video of this mysterious Siberian hole, filmed by a helicopter crew, was uploaded to YouTube earlier this week, and now everyone is speculating about what caused it. The 262-foot hole is located in the Yamal Peninsula in the gas rich section of Northern Siberia, a section of Siberia so remote people actually call it “The End Of the World.” So, what caused the hole? Sound off Twitter with your own theory, using the hashtag SiberiaHole.
Psychic Waiter Splits Lottery Win With His Boss
A waiter has been awarded half of his boss’ lottery winnings after it was revealed that he might have psychic powers. A judge in England has ruled that Hayati Kucukkoylu, the owner of a Turkish restaurant in York, England owes one of his employees, Fatih Ozcan, a total of $857,000. Hayati Kucukkoylu bought a lottery ticket that turned out to be worth $1.7 million dollars because Fatih, a waiter at the restaurant Hayati owns, had a dream where they won the lottery together.
Synchronized Firefly Ritual Attracts Tourists
Every year, for two weeks in June, thousands of people flock to Elkmont, a small trailhead in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, to observe a very rare firefly mating ritual. In fact, it is one of only two places in the world where fireflies conduct a synchronized mating dance. But before planning your trip to Tennessee, check out the fireflies in action and see if it's worth the trip. To discuss insect tourism or firefly mating, use the hashtag FireflyDance on Twitter.
The Last Adventures of Joe's Left Foot
When 23-year-old Joseph Pleban found out he had to have his left foot amputated, he decided to say goodbye in an unorthodox way. He created a hilarious Facebook page and photo album called “The Last Adventures Of Joe’s Left Foot.” Back in 2008, Joe learned that he had PVNS in his left ankle. PVNS is a rare disorder that causes painful benign tumors and degenerative arthritis on connective tissue. After six years and two rounds of unsuccessful surgeries, Joe opted to have his ankle removed. As a way of coping with losing his left foot and ankle, Joe decided to document the last days of his foot with pictures and humorous adventures. You can check out Joe's Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Last-Adventures-of-Joes-Left-Foot/699664733412590
Wild Animals Help Make Designer Jeans
Supporters of the Kamine Zoo in Hitachi, Japan have concocted a clever plan to raise money for the struggling Zoo -- by starting a clothing label called Zoo Jeans. Currently being auctioned off for a good cause, these pants are billed as "the only jeans on earth designed by dangerous animals." They are distressed using the jaws and claws of playful and hungry lions, tigers, and bears to give their denim the popular torn-up and worn-out look. To learn more or donate to this good cause, check out the Zoo Jeans charity site: http://zoo-jeans.com/
Crystal Doorknob Starts House Fire
A fire caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to a home in London. The culprit? A crystal doorknob. According to the London Fire Brigade, the blaze was started when light from a nearby window refracted through a crystal bathroom doorknob causing a bathrobe to catch fire. Luckily, no one was inside the $2.5 million dollar home in Clapham, South London at the time. So, turn those crystal doorknobs at your own risk, people. Stay safe.
Abandoned Mall Filled With Thousands of Fish
A mall in Thailand has been taken over by fish. Bangkok’s New World Mall was shut down in 1997, and then in 1999 a fire left the 4-story building without a roof. The roofless mall accumulated years and years of rainfall, which flooded the basement and lower floors, which in turn created a horrendous breeding ground for mosquitoes. So, the mall's neighbors threw some fish into the pond to eat the mosquitoes. Now, thousands of koi and tilapia populate the 1,600 square-foot pond. It's quite the oddity to behold.