The Wonderful Vegetable Figures of Lambeth Country Show 2017

The annual Lambeth Country Show took place a couple of weeks ago in Brixton, UK. One of the events of the fair is the Vegetable Figures competition, in which people make art out of their garden produce. Many of the displays are puns, with British politics being the most popular topic. If you are familiar with the politicians involved, you'll get an extra laugh out of them.



Check out the best Vegetable Figures in a photo post by Mike Urban at Brixton Buzz. -via Metafilter


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Baby Elephant Throws Tantrum In Middle Of Road, Parents Know Just What To Do

Young elephants are just like little kids in one key way- they like to throw tantrums when they're trying to get their way, hoping their parents will take pity on them and give in to their demands.

And pachyderm parents handle these tantrums the same way many human parents do- by ignoring the bratty child until they fall back in line again.

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According to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust this tantrum throwing behavior is pretty typical:

"Elephants also display many of the attributes of humans as well as some of the failings. They share with us a strong sense of family and death and they feel many of the same emotions. Each one is, of course, like us, a unique individual with its own unique personality.
They can be happy or sad, volatile or placid. They display envy, jealousy, throw tantrums and are fiercely competitive, and they can develop hang-ups which are reflected in behaviour."

-Via World of Animals

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Feed The Shark - Admire From Afar


Feed the shark by NemiMakeit

Shark Week is nearly upon us, which means it's time to show those mighty predators of the deep some love for staying true to their carnivorous nature and inspiring us to make movies like Jaws and Sharknado. But if you decide to show a shark some love by feeding it some scraps and telling it how pretty you think it is make sure you're doing so from a safe distance- or else it may mistake you for a snack instead of an admirer...

Show the most misunderstood animal on the planet some love with this Feed The Shark t-shirt by NemiMakeit, it's the safe way to spread good vibes about sharks without having to look into those beady little eyes of theirs!

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Crappy Cat Drawings That Are Actually Photorealistic

Cats ain't the easiest critters in the kingdom to draw, and yet their personalities and feline essence can be captured in a less than realistic drawing.

But one of the biggest problems with drawing cats is that they won't pose or sit still long enough to be used as a model, so if you're not a quick draw artist you have to catch them while they're sleeping.

This creates a new problem- cats often sleep in funny places and positions, so the drawings come out looking more like a caterpillar than a cat, which makes people think you don't know how to draw cats.

People will also judge your cat drawings if the feline subject is making a funny face, because cats never do funny things and they certainly don't make funny faces, not ever!

Heloisa created the Twitter account Poorly Drawn Cats (@poorlycatdraw) because she's always being judged for her cat drawings even though every one of them is a photorealistic masterpiece.

See When Your Teacher Keeps Saying You Can't Draw Cats, But Your Paintings Are Photorealistic here

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Eclipse Flights

Whoa, this is something I hadn't thought about. What if you were in an airplane and flew through the totality of the August 21st solar eclipse? It could happen. If you were on the right flight at the exact time and place. Come to think of it, the odds are pretty small. And your pilot would be aware of the eclipse anyway. This is the latest from Randall Munroe at xkcd. Go to the comic page to check out the hovertext punch line.  


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Why Hospitals Started Displaying Newborn Babies Through Windows

The process of childbirth moved from homes to hospitals in the early 20th century. New standards and practices meant that nurses took care of babies while the mother rested for days. The babies became concentrated in nurseries to make things easier for the nurses, but family members still wanted to see the babies, which created a dilemma for hospital staff wanting to isolate the newborns from the horde of germs carried in by visitors.   

The stated purpose for the viewing window was twofold: first, the window allows relatives to “see the infants,” and second, the window serves as a barrier to prevent contact between relatives and the newborns they have come to see. But while hospitals justified the construction of these windows as sanitary barriers between newborns and the general hospital community, it’s unlikely that infection prevention was a primary motivator. If windows served mainly as antibacterial barriers, the hospitals would have had no reason to install them in the first place; standard windowless walls surrounding nurseries would have been less trouble to build, and would have eliminated the potential for compromising the barrier between the nursery and the corridor via cracks between the window and the wall. Thus, the ubiquitous nursery window served a primarily social function.

Hospital viewing windows became a popular spot for not just relatives, but anyone who wanted to take a look. Today, the pendulum has moved the other way. Babies are normally kept in the mother's room, where family visits take place, and they are sent home the next day (or even the same day). But the public still wants to see new babies through a window. Read about the rise and fall of the nursery viewing window at Smithsonian.


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Five of the Sickest Camouflage Moments in Movies

It's that moment you don't see coming. You may have even scanned the landscape, but you didn't see it, or him, or her, until BAM! There they are. That's what camouflage is supposed to do, if it worked perfectly. It only works perfectly up close in movies, usually with some special effects magic. But it shocks us and gets our adrenaline going when we watch. Relive some of the best camouflage surprises in movie history at TVOM.


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Feuding Neighbor Gets Revenge In A Way Only Google Earth Can See

Some people like to develop close relationships with their neighbors so they can feel like they're part of a tight knit community, others (like myself) will be very nice to their neighbors but don't really feel the need to be friends.

And then there are those a-holes who pick fights with all of their neighbors, disrupt and disturb the neighborhood and give their neighbors hell until the situation turns into a full blown feud.

But in this case the feud all started because Cindy & Brian Zechenelly built a garage apartment on their Clallam County, Washington property then painted the garage purple, which their anal-retentive neighbors claim is lowering the value of their homes.

So rather than minding their own business and leaving the Zechenelly's alone neighbor Brian Juel decided to mow the word "A-HOLE" into the grass so it could be seen and photographed by Google Earth.

So who's the real a-hole here- the neighbor who dared to be free with color on their own property, or the neighbor so angry about a purple garage they had to resort to petty name calling via yard work?

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RIP June Foray

The premiere voice artist of classic female cartoon characters, June Foray, passed away Wednesday. A partial remembrance of her long career can be found at Mark Evanier's blog.

She was, of course, the premier female voice talent of her era. I don't know who the runner-up was but whoever it was, she was in a distant second in terms of hours logged voicing cartoons and commercials, dubbing movies, doing narration, appearing on radio shows and records…even providing the voice for talking dolls. A few years ago when Earl Kress and I assisted her with her autobiography, we foolishly thought we could whip up a near-complete list of everything she'd done. Not in this world possible. I know more of June's credits than most people and I'd be surprised if I know 10% of it.

She was Rocky the Flying Squirrel. She was Natasha Fatale. She was Nell Fenwick. She was Jokey Smurf. She was Cindy Lou Who. She was Granny, owner of Tweety. She was Witch Hazel. She was Chatty Cathy. She was thousands of others.

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June Foray was 99. -via Metafilter


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Why It Sucks To Be A Male Hyena

Hyenas spend their days laughing at all the other critters in the savanna, and as usual those who laugh at the expense of others are crying on the inside.

But unlike the lions, whom they laugh at despite their royal status, a male hyena's life is way worse than a female's- because they're basically ostracized once they hit adolescence:

A life of hunting zebras and raising young on the savanna isn’t half bad for a female hyena. Sadly, the same can’t be said for their male counterparts. As MinuteEarth explains, things take a downturn for the males of the species once they hit adolescence. No female in their pack will mate with them, a behavior scientists believe evolved to avoid inbreeding, so they head off in search of a different group to join. After dealing with vicious hazing from their new clan, they file in at the bottom of the rank and wait for other males above them to die so that they can slowly gain status.

Even after rising through the hierarchy, the most a male hyena can aspire to is being second place to the lowest-ranking female. Thanks to their bulky build and aggressive behavior, female hyenas enjoy a dominant position that’s rare in the animal kingdom.

Looks like life got the last laugh Mr. Hyena! Here's that video by MinuteEarth to explain more:

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-Via Mental Floss

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Meet the Woman Behind New York’s 1800s School For Crooks

Fredericka “Marm” Mandelbaum immigrated from Prussia to New York City in 1827 with her husband.  She had four children, and worked her way up the ladder from a street peddler to a powerful position as New York's "Queen of Fences." She moved so much stolen goods that she needed an entire building as a warehouse. Mandelbaum spread the wealth around, by paying thieves for their loot, keeping her lawyers on retainer, and bribing city officials.   

With friends on all sides of the aisle, she was well known at the Eighth Ward Thieves’ Exchange, a New York black market. She often networked at her synagogue, local beer and oyster halls, and had politicians eating out of the palm of her hand. Many officials who recognised her influence would make it a point to stop by her dry goods store to say hello hoping that her favour could win them the Jewish vote.

She had judges and police alike in her pocket and often walked away clean handed even after being brought in. Newspapers described her as the woman who “first put crime in America on a syndicated basis.” But like any good crime boss, she never forgot to give back to her community.

Mandelbaum's way of giving back was to to teach young New Yorkers the art of thievery, and even eventually hiring teachers to do it for her. Read about Mandelbaum's crime empire and her school for crooks at Messy Messy Chic.


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The Greatest Adult Jokes Hidden in Kid's Movies

If you watch kid's movies, you already know that they are loaded with jokes that go way over the heads of children watching them. In many cases, the jokes just make references to people and things the kids aren't familiar with, but sometimes the jokes are a touch risque. 

Fatherly rounded up some of the greatest naughty jokes from kid's movies and their list is utterly hilarious. My only complaint is that no list talking about adult jokes in kids movies that leaves out Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is obviously missing some of the best adult jokes in children's movie history. 

Even so, you can check out the full list here.


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Skateboard Parkour by Jose Angeles

In an epic showcase of strength, skills, balance, and bravery, Jose Angeles demonstrates what happens when you combine parkour and skateboarding. There are stunts where he defies the laws of physics, but to head off any accusations of shenanigans, there's a sequence in the middle showing some falls. You don't get this good without making a lot of mistakes along the way.

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This video was produced by Devin Supertramp, with an obvious sponsor. The music is "Queens and Kings" by MALAKAI (Featuring Fingazz). -via Geeks Are Sexy

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Let's Party - Five Nights To End A Lifetime


Let's Party by Christa D

Freddy and the gang are always ready to party, and no matter how many times they've been taken apart for the safety of the public they just keep finding ways to put themselves back together again so they can keep on partyin'. They're the closest thing we've got to a pantheon of immortal party animals, and yet somebody built these evil machines and therefore deliberately tried to spoil our good time with bad animatronic mojo...

Keep the party going five nights a week with this Let's Party t-shirt by Christa D, it's a great way to show love for Freddy and the crew even though they want to eat you!

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10 Questions About Chickens

We know you have a few burning questions about chickens you've always wanted to ask.  Here are the answers!

1. Where do chickens come from?

The post office, of course! Every year, hatcheries send millions of newborn chicks through the mail. The only caveat is that you usually have to order at least 25 at a time so that the babies can keep each other warm in their perforated shipping boxes. Once they’re in transit, chicks can survive for three days without food or water, thanks to the egg yolk they eat before they hatch. That’s just enough time for the U.S. Postal Service to deliver them from hatcheries in the Midwest to places as far away as Hawaii and Alaska.

(Image credit: Flickr user Thaddeus Quintin)

2. Is there really a pecking order?

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Lightning Strikes Car, Then it Gets Weird

A car is moving down the street when it is struck by lightning. It seems like forever before the vehicle stops and people get out. It looks like everyone's okay. The car is still smoking, and so is the spot where the strike hit. Then a huge mob of zombies dressed in black appears out of nowhere and approaches the car to consume the lightly-fried occupants.

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Or maybe it was just people coming to see what happened, but where did they all come from? It sure looks creepy. -via Boing Boing


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Rainbow Pigeon

Redditor chesterpoops posted a picture of a pigeon that his girlfriend spotted in London. What could have caused it to display such beautiful pastel colors? Commenters speculated that it had been caught up in a color run. There was one in London on June 11, and others around the UK since then. Other people thought it might be an escaped Spanish racing pigeon, which are painted bright colors. And we learned about some naturally-colored pigeons.

This is the Pink-necked Green Pigeon, photographed by Flickr user Linda vant Hoff.

Above is a Nicobar pigeon at the Chester zoo, photographed by Flickr user Steve Wilson.

And the Victoria Crowned pigeon. This one, photographed by Jörg Hempel, is at the Gondwanaland Zoo in Leipzig, Germany. If common urban pigeons looked like these, we wouldn't mind them so much.  


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A Real-Life Rambo of World War II

Wars always produce heroes, and World War II was no exception. WWII heroes vary from the well-known (Audie Murphy) to the lesser known (Oskar Schindler) to the near-completely unknown. Ian Kenneth (Johnny) Hopper was a British citizen living in France at the time of the German Occupation in 1940. Before the war, he had run a small electronics business, and after the war, he became a mushroom farmer. However, he took the German Occupation personally, and unlike so many others, he decided to do something about it.

Between his two uneventful law-abiding careers in radios and in mushrooms lay the years which began in June of 1940 when the German armies overran France and ended in April of 1945 when the surviving prisoners took over the concentration camp of Dachau from their guards. During those years Hopper discovered that he had another calling: he was a killer. For two years before he was caught he roamed the roads of German-occupied Normandy and the streets of German-occupied Paris, committing acts of armed robbery, arson, forgery and murder. He derailed trains, he blew up oil and ammunition depots, he assassinated French policemen and German Army officers, he shot his way out of ambushes laid for him by the Gestapo and the Sicherheitsdienst and the French Gendarmerie.

The war he fought was his own war. He wore no uniform. He reported to no Commanding Officer. He planned and executed his own actions. There is little documentation of his time underground. He kept no records, for records in the wrong hands could kill you. You will not find his name in the official history of British secret operations in France, his photograph does not hang on the walls of the Special Forces Club in London.

Like his fictional counterpart portrayed by Sylvester Stallone, Johnny Hopper, was, essentially, a one-man army. Read the incredible story of this real-life Rambo here

Thanks to Neatoramanaut WTM, who wrote this item.


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Harvard Magazine Personal Advertisements’ Many Synonyms For “Rich” or “Thin”

Harvard magazine has a personals section. You probably did not know that. Mallory Ortberg occasionally has access to a copy, and is quite amused at how every personal ad wants to emphasize how rich and how thin the person is …without saying it that blatantly.  

One actual person wrote “ENJOYS BUSINESS-CLASS TRAVEL” as a descriptor, which I think is one of the purest things I have ever read. And the further you get into the weeds of the personals, the more frenzied the synonyms get, because everyone is concerned with making ABSOLUTELY SURE that you are picking up what they are putting down, but they are also (belatedly and barely) concerned about seeming judgmental or close-minded, so they try to speak in the world’s most breakable code.

What follows is a list of examples (that we suspect are enhanced composites) at The Toast. Yes, a year after the site ceased publication, The Toast is back, sadly, for one day only.


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Are You Single Or Taken?

It can be hard to find balance when you decide to join the dating world, but it's important to maintain the balance between being open and private, selfish and selfless, outspoken and reserved.

Without balance we're at the mercy of those who agree to date us, and, as this According To Devin comic shows, if we allow ourselves to be taken for granted over and over again we're doomed to be forever alone.

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Star Wars Sound Effects Remix

Eclectic Method has a new song for us, made from sound effects found in all eight Star Wars films. Nothing else was used, no instruments, rhythm tracks, or any kind of added music. Best of all, we can see where the sounds came from.

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You can guess that the rhythm is a lot of fighting, various tuneful beeps come from the droids, and there's plenty of vroom and pew pew pew! -via Laughing Squid


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Who The Hell Is Marilyn Monroe?

When Norma Jean decided to throw caution to the wind and make herself over to become the iconic movie star/sex symbol Marilyn Monroe she began the transformation by becoming a pin-up model.

The photographers who shot Marilyn had the eye and Marilyn had the everything else, and together they created the Marilyn Monroe image that made her the Hollywood It Girl every director wanted in their films.

But before the fame came those "who the hell is this girl?" moments, like the time in 1950 when LIFE photographer Ed Clark photographed Marilyn "at the suggestion of a friend of 20th Century Fox telling of the new hiring of the studios":

“I sent several rolls to LIFE in New York, but they wired back, ‘Who the hell is Marilyn Monroe?” – Ed Clark.

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Meet the Man Who Has Lived Alone on This Island for 28 Years

In 1989, Mauro Morandi's catamaran drifted onto Budelli Island in the Mediterranean Sea. He met the island's caretaker, who was retiring. Morandi took his place on the otherwise-uninhabited island and never looked back. He's been the sole resident there for 28 years now.

Maddalena Archipelago National Park is comprised of seven islands, and Budelli is considered the most beautiful among them for its Spiaggia Rosa, or Pink Beach. The rose-colored sand derives its unusual hue from microscopic fragments of corals and shells, which have been slowly reduced to powder by the relentless shifting of the waves.

In the early nineties, Spiaggia Rosa was dubbed a place of “high natural value” by the Italian government. The beach was closed off to protect its fragile ecosystem, and only certain areas remain accesible to visitors. The island rapidly went from hosting thousands of tourists per day to a single heartbeat.

The national park does not pay Morandi to watch over the island, greet visitors, and pick up the beach trash. In fact, they tried to evict him last year, but a citizen's petition persuaded the government to leave him alone. Read about the 78-year-old Morandi and his solitary life on Budelli island at National Geographic. 

(Image credit: Michele Ardu/National Geographic)


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The Day That Elvis Died

Elvis officially "left the building" on August 16th, 1977 after a massive heart attack killed The King while he sat on his porcelain throne at Graceland, and for the first time in years Elvis was big news again.

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His career, health and fashion sense had been in decline for at least a decade, and even though his televised comeback special in '68 helped resuscitate his career for a moment the Elvis empire was falling apart.

And yet Americans didn't see Elvis' death coming, because they didn't want to or because they no longer cared about him, so they didn't know how to react when his weakened heart finally gave out on that mid-August day.

(YouTube Link)

Some cried, others played their old Elvis records in homage, but mostly people just tuned in to their TV sets and watched the coverage in disbelief, knowing the death of The King was the death of an era.

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Terror Squad - Do You Even Lift Dead Bodies Bro?


Terror Squad by AndreusD

You may have found yourself wondering how the slasher stars of the horror genre stay in such good shape considering most of them are nothing but walking corpses. Well, their workout routine can be summed up in two words- dead lifts. They stay pumped by lifting the corpses of their victim, and Jason also swims in Crystal Lake and runs through the forests surrounding the camp so you know that boy is fit. Michael Myers may look like he moves real slow when he's stalking his victim, but he's just doing burst training, alternating between slow and fast bursts of power whether he's sinking a knife into someone or catching up to his prey. And Leatherface not only lifts whole sides of long pork all day, he also attends a Chainsaw Step class that keeps him in prime shape, so his prey doesn't slip away from him ever again...

Get pumped the psycho way with this Terror Squad t-shirt by AndreusD, it's a horribly cool way to keep your gym gear fresh and make people grin like maniacs wherever you go!

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5 Sequels That Introduce Huge Plot Holes To The Originals

Yeah, yeah, most movies are full of plot holes, because they're supposed to be entertaining, and therefore different from everyday life. But you'd think that someone, somewhere would be in charge of making film franchises internally consistent from one movie to the next. That apparently isn't always so. The character of Mr. Myagi changed considerably in the two short years between The Karate Kid and The Karate Kid Part II.

The first Karate Kid strongly implies that Miyagi was born to Japanese parents in America. We're told he attended UCLA, was forced into an internment camp during World War II, and then fought in the 442nd Division -- a unit almost entirely made out of Japanese-American soldiers. Miyagi in particular crane-kicked so many Nazis that he was awarded a Medal of Honor.

In the second film, however, the entire plot revolves around a completely different backstory: It turns out Miyagi is actually a native-born Japanese man who was forced to leave when he let his boner do the talking instead of his fists. He had upset his hometown by proposing marriage to an already-betrothed girl, and had to flee to America.

There are several reasons the two stories don't jive at all, which you can read about at Cracked, along with plot holes introduced in later movies from the Star Wars, the Matrix, and other movie series.


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Parkour Challenge- Jump Through Impossible Shapes

Parkour enthusiasts learn to become very familiar with their personal space and how they move while performing a stunt, so holding a pose should come easy to them when they're standing still.

However, striking a pose while jumping is another matter entirely, and perfectly holding that pose so you can jump through a board with a shape or a posed silhouette cut out is seemingly impossible.

But The Dudesons never say never and they love a physical challenge, especially when it involves one-upping each other on video.

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The 5 Creepiest Stalker Characters in Movies

Horror films make us imagine what it would be like to live in that scary cinematic world, but in most cases we can go home and tell ourselves it will never happen, because there are no such things as ghosts, vampires, demons, or ancient curses. Stalkers are different, because obsession and stalking happens in real life, and we all know that some people are deranged and hide it well. In fact, we might know people who resemble these seemingly-normal movie characters who turn out to be truly dangerous. Relive five horrifyingly creepy movies featuring stalker characters in video clips at TVOM. 


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Pokemon Go Fest Was An Epic Pokemon No-Go

(Pokemon Fighters by trheewood)

Last weekend, you probably heard all kinds of news about San Diego Comic Con, but you might not have even known that over in Chicago there was a Pokemon Go Fest at the same time. As it turns out though, there was pretty much no news coming out of Pokemon Go Fest, other than the fact that it was an utter failure -spotty internet service and other issues caused most attendees to be completely unable to log in. Guests are getting a refund on their tickets, but that doesn't help people who paid scalpers a fortune for their tickets or for those who spent money traveling to Chicago just for the event.

You can read more about the disaster here.


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11 Geographic Markers That Are Totally Inaccurate

Have you ever been to a place that had a marker denoting a geographic wonder, such as the equator, the Continental Divide, or the geographic center of some land mass? The chances are good that it's not quite accurate. Sometimes markers were put in a convenient location somewhat near the actual spot. Sometimes they are monuments to the difficulty of geographic mapping, and turns out to be a mistake. And some were pretty accurate in their time, but the world has a way of changing. All these reasons are represented in this list. Europos Park in Lithuania is an example.

In the early 1990s the people of Lithuania got very excited when calculations identified a spot outside the capital city, Vilnius, as the dead center of Europe. A big sculpture park dubbed Europos Park was erected at the spot. But French scientists who had proposed the spot for the center in the first place sent news that they accidentally missed the exact target by 8 miles (14 kilometers). The correct center, which is still contested, is now marked with a square and a small museum.

And then there are those that are inaccurate and we really don't know why. Read about eleven such markers at Atlas Obscura.

(Image credit: Atlas Obscura user Ahvenas)


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