It’s easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of our own lives, but then Reddit comes along and reminds us about all the other cool, weird, and interesting things that are happening in other countries or areas of the world.
From sea creatures to CT scanners to the inside of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, these photos from around the world will absolutely fascinate you. Keep reading to be blown away by this spinning globe that we all live on.
Empire State Of Mind
New York City has managed to preserve Central Park within the city, but when you look at the right side it’s hard to not think about how long it’ll be before the left side is taken over as well.
Hopefully, Central Park gets to stay green for a long time. It’s an iconic part of New York City, and even if it’s precious real estate, New York City just wouldn’t be the same without it.
Plenty Of Fish
There may be plenty of fish in the sea, but none of them want to go near this shark. Maybe this shark is just lonely and looking for friends? Or he’s looking for his next meal, but that’s beside the point.
These fish all work together to avoid the predator that wants to eat them for lunch. It’s really quite amazing. If only we were all this good at working as part of a team.
Beijing’s Traffic Control Room
This looks like the control room from Cabin in the Woods but it’s actually the traffic control room located in Beijing. Isn’t it weird to think about how we live in a world that requires a room like this?
What’s so crazy about this screen is just how big it is. It takes up an entire wall. There’s a lot of traffic in Beijing, which means they need a big system to control it all.
The Interior Of The Leaning Tower Of Pisa
The interior of the Leaning Tower of Pisa is all a lie because there is no interior. The Tower is actually hollow except for the stairs, which don’t go fully to the top of the tower.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a bell tower, which is why it’s hollow. The empty space helps the sound from the bell resonate. It’s leaning because the foundation it was built on shifted after its construction. It’s standing on shaky ground.
Are there size requirements for driftwood? This sequoia washed up on shore but it’s hard to classify something that big as ‘driftwood’ considering a dog could never play fetch with this in the ocean.
A tree must have fallen on a nearby island and landed in the water. This tree is completely stripped of its bark, which means it must have been drifting for a very long time. How long do you think it took to wash up on this shore?
If you’re paying a visit to Juneau any time soon, you could have the opportunity to hike directly into Mendenhall Glacier. The inside of the glacier looks like the heavens are opening up for you.
In case you were wondering about what exactly a glacier is, a glacier is defined as “a slowly moving mass or river of ice formed by the accumulation and compaction of snow on mountains or near the poles.” Well, the more you know.
That’s Just One Cable!
The Golden Gate Bridge features two main cables that run the span of the bridge. This half cut of a cable is as thick as a tree trunk and looks like thick, dense metal. In reality, one cable is actually made up of thousands of other cables. Each cable is made of 61 smaller cables that are bundled from 27,572 strands of wire.
It’s a good thing the cable is that thick. You need something sturdy to hold up an entire bridge.
They Sliced These On Purpose
It turns out the inside of golf balls actually look like those jawbreakers you used to get from the convenience store as a kid. Technically, a golf ball could still count as a jawbreaker, it probably wouldn’t taste as sweet though…
Yeah, don’t put golf balls anywhere near your mouth. Leave those things on the ground where they belong. Why is it so fascinating to see my kind of solid sport ball cut in half?
The world’s smallest computer compared to a grain of rice proves just how far our world has advanced technologically, and it makes you wonder where will be in the next 10, 20, or 30 years.
You probably need a computer to make a computer that small because human hands are just too big and bulky for the job. This computer is pretty cool, but I’m kind of mesmerized by this up-close shot of a grain of rice.
Everything It Takes To Save A Life
If you’ve ever wondered what exactly a fire truck holds, the Geneva Fire and Rescue Service team has the answer to your question. All of that equipment is used to save someone’s life every day.
Firefighters have to do regular checks to make sure that all of the equipment pictured above is on the truck, in good working order, and ready to be used in an emergency. You don’t want to be caught with a defective fire suit.
How The Times Have Changed…
As you can see from those guards’ glasses, this picture is not a recent one. It was taken at the 1995 murder trial of Christopher Charles Lightsey, who had to be gagged because he was being extremely obscene, reportedly. Imagine the backlash if guards tried to do this today.
If an accused criminal was being disruptive now, they would probably just be escorted out of the courtroom. This duct tape situation isn’t a very good look.
Brick By Brick
Gone are the days where brick-laying took days of work and multiple people. The Netherlands decided, once again, to be ahead of their time and create this machine. Seeing it in action does make it lose a bit of the magic though.
This photo might make you look at every brick road a little bit differently. What about the yellow brick road in The Wizard of Oz? Do you think that was put down by hand?
The Underbelly Of A Ship Isn’t What You Might Think
A battleship with no water surrounding it suddenly looks more like a rocketship out of Star Wars than a watercraft. Either way, it’s not something we’d want to go up against in a battle.
This thing looks heavy! I wouldn’t want to mess with it on land or in the water. It might be able to move more swiftly in the water, but it still looks like it could pack quite a punch on land.
How The 8th Wonder Of The World Traveled The Globe
It’s no surprise that a 7 foot 4 inch man needed two seats, but according to an HBO documentary that used this photo of Andre the Giant from the 1980s, he was so big that he actually couldn’t fit into the bathrooms on airplanes.
I guess if he wanted to go to the bathroom he could either try to aim from outside the door, hold it the whole plane ride, or take a private jet with a larger bathroom.
A High-Tech Alien Robot, Or A CT Scanner?
No this is not a transformer, and Shia Labeouf is not about to appear from behind this contraption. This is actually just a CT scanner without the cover on it, but it’s pretty wicked, right?
CT scanners use a bunch of different x-ray measurements to give doctors a greater understanding of what’s going on inside your body. It’s not a giant magnet. That’s an MRI machine. They both let doctors look beyond the skin we’re in.
At first, this looks like a needle on a wool sweater, but it’s actually a photo of a space shuttle leaving our atmosphere. NASA took the photo from a satellite to show the other side of a shuttle launch.
When you think about how small the space shuttle looks in this photo, it really puts the size and scale of everything around it into perspective. Our world is big to us, but the universe is massive.
Flip Over That Lily Pad
There probably isn’t a time where you would flip over a lily pad, so this is a good insight into what nature can do. It just shows how complicated something seemingly simple can be.
All of those veins underneath the lily pad are supplying the plant with the carbon dioxide it needs to survive. Remember, plants and people have a symbiotic relationship. We breathe out carbon dioxide, and they “breathe” it in.
Does This Ruin The Magic Of Space Mountain?
It might just look like some metal tracks, but this is actually the inside of Disney’s Space Mountain ride with the lights turned on. It definitely doesn’t look as scary as when you’re 5-years-old.
Sometimes the ride has to be fixed while people are on it. All the lights are turned on and the park guests are treated to a view sort of like this. Some guests say it ruins the magic while others are fascinated by the mechanics.
This Half-Rock Was Formed Naturally
It looks like only Thor’s hammer could split a rock of this size. Tokangawhā, or Split Apple Rock, is located off the coast of New Zealand. The rock is naturally formed so, sorry, no proof of Thor’s hammer exists here. The native Maori do describe a godlike formation of the rocks though in their mythology.
The split is a result of a naturally occurring “joint” in the granite rock. The joints are weak spots in the granite that, over thousands of years, the waves and wind can erode.
The Border Between Old And New
This was taken in a city in China where the old and newly developed neighborhoods almost meet. It looks like a scene out of a movie where the future is rapidly approaching and soon it’ll overtake everything. When you think about it, that’s kind of our reality now right?
The new is slowly encroaching and soon it will overtake the old, but in this moment, they were captured existing side by side. What an amazing picture!
Take The Stage
Most people won’t ever have the chance to see this view of a theatre. Only the cast and crew of a performance will have the opportunity to look out on the crowd and see something this memorable.
This is what the stage looks like from the other side. The performers are looking out at the audience and doing everything they can to entertain the people who came to watch them sing, dance, act, and play music.
The Mark Twain Tree Is A Reminder Of Nature’s Power
Nicknamed the Mark Twain Tree, this cutaway of a stump is from a giant sequoia from the Kings Canyon park in California. The tree was cut down in 1891 and the stump was sectioned off and sent around the world simply to prove that trees that big actually exist.
The slice seen here was sent to the American Museum of Natural History in New York. On the stump, dates corresponding to the tree rings showcase how the tree began growing in 550 AD.
Much like golf balls, pearls have a pretty cool inside, but they look more like planets rather than candy. If you look up how pearls are actually formed, their layered-look makes a lot of sense, but it’s not something you really think about.
Just like a mollusk’s shell, a pearl is made up of layers of calcium carbonate that build up over time. Pearls are actually a mollusk’s immune response. They occur when an oyster is trying to fight of an irritant or an infection.
Every person on earth has looked like this at some point in their life because that right there is an early human embryo. It’s a self-portrait of 7.5 billion people.
Pretty soon, if all goes well, this embryo will start growing and dividing until it becomes a fully formed human baby. That’s what we call the miracle of life. Can you believe you used to look like this? It’s kind of insane when you think about it.
Tip Of The Iceberg
The interior of a pool table looks a lot more mechanical than you expected right? Goes to show that you don’t always know what’s going on beneath the surface! It’s like a duck — chill on top but paddling furiously below the water.
If we didn’t tell you what this was, you probably wouldn’t even know that it’s the inside of a pool table. It’s basically just a system of incline planes. Yeah, we paid attention in the first grade.
Brake For Breakfast
This seems like a fairly inconvenient place to stop to feed your children, but this momma has to make sure her babies are well fed. So everyone else can wait a hot minute for her to finish.
As far as she’s concerned, those cars can wait until her babies have had their breakfast. She doesn’t care if they’re late for a meeting or if they’re on their way to their cottage after a long work week. Her kids come first.
Nature Stops At Nothing
What do you think could’ve caused two people to abandon their cars on this woodsy road? Was there a serial killer on the loose like in an 80s horror movie or did the cars just break down?
Whatever happened, nature totally took over and started swallowing up these cars. You can barely see that yellow car under all of the vegetation. When it comes to nature vs. technology, nature always wins. Technology might be flashy and new, but nature is tried and true.
Now Let’s Get In Formation
Eighty-one crazy people all decided to jump out of a plane with nothing but a parachute to make this diamond formation. It probably took a lot of effort to coordinate this, but they did it just for you.
The amount of co-ordination this must have taken is astounding. Each row of skydivers had to jump at exactly the same time, and then they all had to maneuver themselves in the air while they were falling.
The Shape Of Water
Though it looks like a tiny city built out of glass, this structure is actually an ice crystal that was found in Switzerland in an area that’s known for its large ice crystals and clear water.
It kind of looks like a futuristic microchip or something. It looks like it belongs in Black Mirror or Westworld. Who knew water could be this cool when it gets cold? Why does Switzerland get all the nice ice?
No Filter Necessary
This may look like a photo where someone has highlighted the people in a black-and-white image, but it’s sadly not. This photo was taken in Japan after the Ontake volcanic eruption covered this temple in ash.
This looks like it came straight out of the Game of Thrones finale. Yeah, we know, it didn’t do the series justice, but you have to admit it had some stunning visuals. This looks like a city destroyed by Drogon.
America Loves The Golden Arches
Can you guess what this is? It’s a map of the United States with all of the McDonald’s restaurants highlighted. There are approximately 14,000 locations in the US which is the most out of any country in the world. The country with the second-highest is Japan, with around 3,000 locations. Yikes.
It does sort of look like a map of America on fire, and you know what? It kind of is. It kind of is.
Time Is Ticking
This looks like the beginning of an action movie where someone is told they have to decipher which of these wires to cut in order to save humanity. Luckily, we’re not in a James Bond movie, this is just a bundle of about 100 26 gauge wires that make up a telephone wire.
All of those wires represent thousands of individual connections. We are able to contact the ones we love and basically any time because of these wires.
Smoke Free Zone
We live in a world where you can no longer put up a sign that says ‘No Smoking.’ It now has to be a sign that clarifies no vaping, juuling, smoking, or smoking of any kind, just to cover all the bases.
Just because marijuana is legal now in a lot of countries and states doesn’t mean that you can smoke it wherever and whenever you want. Boundaries still exist, people. Listen to the signs.
This display of the Northern Lights over glaciers in Norway shows just how beautiful our world is. We just have to be willing to venture away from the city lights and skyscrapers in order to see it!
And now you know what glaciers are, so you can appreciate this photo even more. By the way, the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora borealis, exist because of disturbances in the magnetosphere caused by solar wind.
These colorful chalets are situated in a holiday village just outside of Arkhangelsk, Russia. It’s easy to get caught up in our own lives and not consider the world around us, but this photo is a great reminder of lifestyles around the world.
This looks like a photo straight out of a Christmas cartoon. This town is so beautiful against the stark white snow. Don’t you just want to URL up inside one of those colorful cabins with a mug of hot cocoa?
Is this the beginning of a new Harry Potter movie? No, it’s just San Francisco being enveloped in fog and turning into a scene straight out of a sci-fi movie.
That’s right, this photo was taken in our very own country. This gorgeous display of fog and light happened on our planet. We’re pretty lucky to live in such a beautiful place. Sometimes clouds and sunlight come together to create real magic. I could look at this forever.
Everything Has A Purpose
Did you know that if you don’t harvest artichokes, they keep growing and blossom into beautiful flowers? These spiky little dudes contribute to our world in their own way, we just have to let them.
This also means that you’re kind of eating a flower when you eat an artichoke. Well, you’re eating a pre-flower. Most other fruits and vegetables start out as flowers or blossoms before they grow up and become edible. It all sounds very appetizing.
This beautiful creature shown here is a bilateral gynandromorph butterfly, which is a fancy way of saying it’s half male and half female. This condition actually exists in a number of animals but is most commonly identified in birds and butterflies.
These butterflies were rocking their gender fluidity before it was cool. They make being half male and half female look absolutely beautiful. This butterfly should seriously become the mascot for anybody who doesn’t conform to traditional forms of gender expression.
This Massive Wasp Nest Isn’t As Dangerous As It Looks
Wasp nests are made out of tree bark. The wasp will eat the bark of certain trees, chew is up, break it down, and then regurgitate it in a softer form. The new ‘bark’ form allows them to create papery nests.
This is what the cross-section of a wasp nest looks like. You can see all of the channels that the wasps build in order to lay their eggs and raise their young. It’s pretty incredible.
Nothing To See Here
This is a supermarket in Israel during the Jewish holiday of Passover. In this case, there are laws against displaying leavened products to the public. Many stores will cover up their leavened products to conform, and make it easier for their shoppers.
After the holiday is over, the bread products will be uncovered and people can go back to shopping and eating as normal. The holiday of Passover lasts for seven days and it commemorates the Jews exodus from Egypt.