Pictures That Reveal Secrets The World Is Hiding

There are secrets all over the world, but you can uncover them if you look hard enough. Not many people have that kind of time, so we’re bringing the goods directly to you.

For example, did you know bears are afraid of turtles, or that flytraps can also eat lizards?! You’ll learn all about that and more as you move ahead, so have fun.

Picture Of The World’s Oldest Bible

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Photo Credit: CuteBananaMuffin / Reddit

This is the Ethiopian Bible, which is almost 800 years older than the King James version. It also has 88 books instead of 66.

They’re working on translating it into more languages for people to read.

Artwork Over 10,000 Years Old!

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Photo Credit: Mariano / Wikimedia Commons
Photo Credit: Mariano / Wikimedia Commons

Found in Santa Cruz, Argentina, this artwork on the cave wall is over 10,000 years old!

They call it the La Cueva de las Manos or The Cave of Hands.

Vegas Before The Fancy Lights

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Photo Credit: Smithsonian Channel / YouTube
Photo Credit: Smithsonian Channel / YouTube

Las Vegas’ population grew by 161% during a decade when it started to become the capital for gambling.

Tourists would like going to Vegas to gamble and to see the mushroom-shaped clouds.

Somewhere In The Remote Areas Of A South Pacific Nation

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Photo Credit: rockystl / Reddit
Photo Credit: rockystl / Reddit

Thanks to past wars that have taken place on Earth, you’re bound to come across abandoned things like this in certain regions of the world.

This one looks like a Star Wars craft now.

This Is A Trapiche Emerald

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Photo Credit: leakytoquito / Reddit
Photo Credit: leakytoquito / Reddit

The reason why this emerald has such a strange shape is due to a pretty cool scientific effect.

Black carbon penetrated this gem while it was forming, making it split into six sections.

Who Knew Bears Were Afraid Of Turtles?

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Photo Credit: River_Atkinson / Reddit
Photo Credit: River_Atkinson / Reddit

Bears will go toe to toe with a human being, but they can’t stand next to a turtle? What’s the big idea with that?

People living near wild bears need to invest in pet turtles, for sure.

Tokyo’s Special Tunnels

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Photo Credit: BeardedGlass / Reddit
Photo Credit: BeardedGlass / Reddit

To help prevent floods, Tokyo has special tunnels. They’re cathedral-like, and they redirect water under and away from populated areas.

It cost the city somewhere around two billion to build, but it’s probably worth it.

Special Tires For A Special Job

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Photo Credit: northstar182028 / Reddit
Photo Credit: northstar182028 / Reddit

When you’re rolling over what looks like lava, regular tires aren’t going to get the job done.

Instead of rubber, this tire is a series of specialized chains. That’s pretty awesome.

Sometimes, Roads Get Removed

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Photo Credit: sugar36spice / Reddit
Photo Credit: sugar36spice / Reddit

What if a street you swore you always took one day vanished? Authorities sometimes get rid of roads they deem not important.

The stop sign here has no use anymore.

When You Need Blackout Curtains ASAP

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Photo credit: Banankaffe / Reddit
Photo credit: Banankaffe / Reddit

Northern countries sometimes have to deal with daylight when it’s the middle of the night. This photo is in Norway at 2:30 a.m.

How does the sun expect anyone to get rest??

Early Versions Of Coke Cans

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Photo Credit: LeKrispyKreme / Reddit
Photo Credit: LeKrispyKreme / Reddit

These look like a combination of cans and bottles.

These cans come from 1936, and it’s probably a good thing they didn’t make it to the future because this design is rough.

The Queen Has A Body Double

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Photo Credit: John Stillwell-Pool/Getty Images // taykaybo / Reddit

Before every event Queen Elizabeth goes to, her body double has to do a walkthrough first.

She does that to make sure everything is okay for the queen to do her thing.

The Cirlces Represent 500 Miles In Real Life

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Photo Credit: leave-me-alone-11 / Reddit
Photo Credit: leave-me-alone-11 / Reddit

The way people view maps isn’t as accurate as you would hope. Maps are based on projections, and every map will distort the shape and size of landmasses differently.

That’s just what happens when you try to lay out a mostly spherical, three-dimensional object on a two-dimensional rectangle.

Incline Gravity Clock

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Photo Credit: MyNameGifOreilly / Reddit
Photo Credit: MyNameGifOreilly / Reddit

What’s so special about this clock? Well, this thing doesn’t use batteries or a mainspring.

It slowly rolls down at a rate that lets it tell the correct time all day.

Spotting Gaps Amongst The Canopy

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Photo Credit: whysomanyemmas / Reddit

When the trees grow in forests and start to grow canopies, you’re able to spot the gaps by looking at it like this.

It’s a pretty neat way of looking at it.

Baby Finches Showing Where To Be Fed

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Photo Credit: TheEdgeOfDawn / Reddit
Photo Credit: TheEdgeOfDawn / Reddit

This is as beautiful as it is creepy. Gouldian finches have these brightly colored spots around their mouths so their parents know where to put food (and who to give it to, if there are other birds trying to scam food by hanging out in the nest).

It’s like a neon sign saying “feed me.” Man, nature is weird.

Can You Guess What This Is?

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Photo Credit: Thereaper29 / Reddit
Photo Credit: Thereaper29 / Reddit

At first, there’s no telling what these things are. Maybe a bone carving of some sort, but that’s not it.

These are the teeth of a crabeater seal. Those things look wild.

New York City Has The Most Spoken Languages

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Photo Credit: arbili / Reddit

The New York Times reported in 2010 that there are 176 languages spoken in New York City, and they were wrong.

Really, there are over 800 languages spoken in NYC, including many endangered languages that are just trying to make it in the big city.

Reading Chair From The 18th Century

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Photo Credit: vladgrinch / Reddit
Photo Credit: vladgrinch / Reddit

Wait, why did they stop making these? People still like to read next to a candle and have their books propped up for them.

I’d use this every day if I had one.

Jellyfish Sting From 20 Years Ago

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Photo Credit: kmc020 / Reddit
Photo Credit: kmc020 / Reddit

This person had a jellyfish sting him 20 years ago, but the effects still linger.

The skin around the spot of the sting doesn’t change color anymore as the temperature changes.

She’s Still Alive Today

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Photo Credit: PeJae / Reddit
Photo Credit: PeJae / Reddit

This photo might look ancient, but this woman was only about 20 when she took this. Surprisingly, she is still alive today.

Her name is Kane Tanaka and she is officially the oldest person in the world at 117.

Aerial Shot Of Kowloon Walled City In Hong Kong

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Photo Credit: Amber Case / Flickr
Photo Credit: Amber Case / Flickr

Kowloon Walled City was once the most densely populated place in the world.

By the looks of how close together these buildings are, I can already see how that’s possible.

Ruler Made From Different Pieces Of Wood

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Photo Credit: Purriskies / Reddit
Photo Credit: Purriskies / Reddit

Why use one type of wood when you can go for five?

This ruler has different wood from various trees, and there are even labels to help you spot the difference.

The Takahē Bird, Once Thought To Be Extinct

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Photo Credit: Zin-Fed / Reddit
Photo Credit: Zin-Fed / Reddit

People believed this bird became extinct in 1898, but that’s not the case.

It appeared again in New Zealand in 1948, but in a more isolated region of the country. Maybe it just wanted to be left alone.

The Woman Behind Siri Didn’t Even Know…

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Photo Credit: TEDx Talks / YouTube
Photo Credit: TEDx Talks / YouTube

The voice behind Siri, Susan Bennett, provided the world with a virtual assistant but didn’t know it.

It was only after the release that she found out they used her voice.

Do You Know Where The Ken And Barbie Names Came From?

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Photo Credit: islandliving17 / Reddit

Ken and Barbie received their names from teenagers, but they weren’t regular teens.

They were actually brother and sister, which is kind of weird, seeing that Ken and Barbie are a couple.

The Eyes Of A Chameleon

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Photo Credit: Randolm / Reddit
Photo Credit: Randolm / Reddit

The common belief is that chameleons have eyes that work independently from each other.

That isn’t entirely the case, but this image shows how much they can do their own thing.

They’re Not Just “Flytraps”

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Photo Credit: Sharpblades1 / Reddit
Photo Credit: Sharpblades1 / Reddit

They’re called flytraps, but it looks like they have stomach for more than just a fly.

This thing ate a whole lizard and didn’t think twice about it. What would it do to a finger?

A Sunset From Space

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Photo Credit: armyfidds / Reddit
Photo Credit: armyfidds / Reddit

People love chasing sunsets, so someone in space snapped this photo for all the sunset lovers.

It looks as cool as the ones seen on Earth, if not cooler, honestly.

The Magical Glacial National Park

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Photo Credit: 2020Chapter / Reddit
Photo Credit: 2020Chapter / Reddit

Doesn’t it look like this woman is floating on air? That’s because the waters are so clear here, it gives off that effect in the shallower areas.

That’s pretty crazy.

A True Marvel Of Engineering

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Photo Credit: Reddit / tdiep_
Photo Credit: Reddit / tdiep_

If someone had told me that somewhere in the world there was an escalator that curved like a winding staircase, I’m not sure I would believe them.

But, here it is, sitting in Richmond, British Columbia.

What A Difference Time Makes

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Photo Credit: Reddit / jambags
Photo Credit: Reddit / jambags

The seed on the left is from a common heirloom tomato and the tomato on the right was grown from a 150-year-old seed.

It just shows how much genetic engineering and evolution can do.

He Looks Like He’s Wearing Pajamas

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Photo Credit: Reddit / ZuzusEars
Photo Credit: Reddit / ZuzusEars

This chameleon is taking it easy while it sheds its skin.

It looks like it’s wearing some pj’s and getting ready to take a nice, long nap up there on its branch.

Pickles Just Keep Getting Cooler

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Photo Credit: Reddit / Horribledrunkgambler
Photo Credit: Reddit / Horribledrunkgambler

This is what your common, everyday pickle looks like under UV light. I’m not sure if that makes them look more or less appetizing, though.

Wouldn’t a UV light restaurant be cool?

It’s A Good Sign To Be Healing

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Photo Credit: Reddit / mayyonnaise
Photo Credit: Reddit / mayyonnaise

This person has marks on their nails that show the times between starting and stopping chemo treatments.

It really does take such a toll on your body and hopefully, this person is mending well.

That’s One Tall Sunflower

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Photo Credit: Reddit / Verryfastdoggo
Photo Credit: Reddit / Verryfastdoggo

There are some people in the world who are lucky enough to have a green thumb, and then there are people like this who seem able to grow monster-sized sunflowers.

This is incredible!

What A Stunning Color

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Photo Credit: Reddit / dukerustfield
Photo Credit: Reddit / dukerustfield

This is freeze-dried dragonfruit. That incredible powder is one of the most vibrant examples of fuchsia that are naturally occurring in the world.

Nature never ceases to be amazing.

Do You Think It’s Chilly There?

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Photo Credit: Reddit / insanezane777
Photo Credit: Reddit / insanezane777

This is what a house sitting on Lake Erie looks like after a blizzard. Those people probably aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Not until some of it thaws a little bit.

See Through Is All The Rage These Days

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Photo Credit: Reddit
Photo Credit: Reddit

This person was coming home and noticed that there was a little snail on their doorway.

But it wasn’t just any kind of snail, it’s a baby snail that has a clear shell.

Such A Cute Little Town

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Photo Credit: Reddit / ParzivalsQuest
Photo Credit: Reddit / ParzivalsQuest

This may look like your typical little European town at night, but it’s so much more than that.

It’s actually a nursing home set up to look like a town.

The Duck-Billed Platypus Doesn’t Care About Your Rules

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Photo credit: Fairfax Media via Getty Images via Getty Images

A mammal that has the eyes of a hagfish, a venomous bite, a beaver tail, webbed feet, uses electricity to see underwater, and lays eggs. Sounds too good to be true, right?

Platypus prove that the world is a weird, wild place and we should all learn to expect the unexpected.

Construction Of The Panama Canal

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Photo credit: Bettman / Contributor

This is a photo taken during construction of the Panama Canal, a continental shortcut connecting the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. The difference in sea level between the two oceans require ships to be raised up to 85 feet to make the journey.

This is accomplished by a series of giant locks and gates (pictured) that fill and release water to raise and lower the vessels for the next stage.

Look At The Bill On This Hummingbird

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Photo credit: Juan Jose Arango/VW PICS/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Despite the intimidating beak, the sword-billed hummingbird is not looking to stab anyone.

Instead, its bill has coevolved over millions of years to give this busy pollinator access to a specific flower with nectar is stored so far inside the plant that it is inaccessible to nearly every other species

Marine Fossils Found On Top Of The Himalayas

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Photo credit Taylor Weidman/LightRocket via Getty Images

The last thing you might expect to find on the tallest mountain peaks in the world would be fossils from the bottom of the ocean, but that’s exactly where the remnants of these ancient sea creatures came from.

65 million years ago, the Tibetan Plateau was a sea floor. After eons of the Earth’s tectonic plates shifting and colliding, the area was elevated to the “roof of the world.”

That’s Not A Dumpster, This Is A Dumpster

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Photo credit: Karl Mondon/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images

It seems like all you hear these days is “dumpster-diving” this or “dumpster fire” that, but before you decide to go all freegan on us, you better check that label. “Dumpster” is a brand name.

You might be throwing your garbage into nothing more than a plain ol’ moveable waste container.

Niagara Falls Freezes Sometimes

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Photo credit: Seyit Aydogan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

If you have ever seen Niagara Falls, you might imagine that nothing could stop the flow of all that fast-moving water. Well you would be wrong. The Falls have frozen from time to time in modern history, but never fully stops.

Except in 1848 when a large ice blockage upriver stopped the flow completely for a few hours.

Aurora Borealis Can Be Seen From Space

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Photo credit: Oxford Science Archive/Print Collector/Getty Images

Detailed stories of auroras, colorful dancing lights seen in the sky near the Earth’s higher latitudes, go back thousands of years and were interpreted to be omens for good fortune, pregnancy, war, or just about any situation where you might need an omen.

This is a photo of Aurora Australis, occurring closer to the southern pole.

The Eye Of Quebec

Remnants of one of the largest impact craters still preserved on the surface of the Earth. Occurring about 212 million years ago. Lake Manicouagan in northern Quebec, Canada. June 1, 2001.
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Photo credit: Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Covering an area of around 750 square miles, Lake Manicouagan (also known as “the Eye of Quebec“) in Quebec, Canada, has a unique shape at first glance, almost appearing to form a perfect circle with a large island in the middle.

What created this geological wonder? The site is in fact a crater, resulting from the impact of a three-mile wide asteroid that hit the earth millions of years ago.

They Already Built That Awesome Truck You Wanted… A Hundred Years Ago

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Photo credit: Flickr / nationaalarchief
Photo credit: Flickr / nationaalarchief

Here we see the ultimate all-terrain vehicle, able to traverse slopes of up to 65 degrees as photographed in England in 1936. No roads?

No worries, says this clever fellow as he carts his rear from the chippy back to his flat to catch Doctor Who on the telly. But seriously, that is one bad monster lorry.

Well Hello There

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Photo credit: Reddit / manhatt3n
Photo credit: Reddit / manhatt3n

Tardigrades are microscopic creatures that survive by eating plants or bacteria. Affectionately known as “water bears” or “moss piglets,” these tiny creatures are nearly indestructible and can survive in space!

Part Koala, part robot, part hazmat suit, I’m going to just throw this out there and suggest that this little guy get his own television show. Wouldn’t you want him teaching your kids the alphabet?