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Massive 16th Century Sculpture In Florence, Italy Has Entire Rooms Hidden Inside

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Photo Credit: discoverTuscany.com

Among the monuments dating back to the Renaissance period in Florence, Italy there is the massive 16th century sculpture the Colossus of the Apennines by Giambologna. The Apennines is made of stone and brick and had at one time grottoes decorated with frescoes and beautiful geometric decorations on the inside.

This epic colossus, half man, half mountain, was erected in the 16th century by the renowned Italian sculptor as a symbol of Italy’s rugged Appenine mountains. This mountain god, fittingly named Appennino, towers at 35 feet tall over the ground of the Villa di Pratolino in Tuscany.

The rugged statue also holds an amazing secret: its interior hides several rooms with different functions that made it truly come to life. The monster that his left hand holds spewed water from an underground stream, and it is rumored that space in his head was made for a fireplace which, when lit, would blow smoke out of his nostrils.

The statue has incredible hidden staircases that lead to private quarters too. You can find it in the park known as Villa Demidoff, which is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. until the end of October, if you’re lucky enough to be in Italy this fall, that is.

Stunning Travel Photo Finalists Capture Breathtaking Scenes from Across the Globe

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Photo Credit: IntrepidTravel.com

The Intrepid Travel competition recently ended after a long 12 months of spectacular images. With a new theme each month, travelers from across the globe were invited to submit their best shots, both professional and amateur, resulting in an album of stunning travel photo finalists that included an inspired mix of optical wanderlust.

The site noted they had over 7000 submissions from 3000 photographers based all over the world: “from mud-splattered water buffalo in Chonburi and shafts of light in Marrakech to Swiss mountains worthy of a screensaver and The Taj like we’d never seen it before.”

Picking an overall winner obviously wasn’t an easy task, as the site stated, “It’s like arguing why your favorite color should dominate the rainbow.”

The winner, pictured above, was Sujan Sarkar wit his “subtle whimsy and moody colors in a riverside shot in Cooch Behar, India. Cooch Behar is in the Indian state of West Bengal, tucked n the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas.

Of course, there were countless other amazing images including these:

The Taj Mahal, Agra, by Matt Sims

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Bachalpsee Lake, Switzerland, by Genevieve Schneider

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Child monks in the morning, Bagan, by Scott Laird

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Cold little monkey, Japan, by Michael Haikal

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Temple through hot air balloon, Bagan, by Xiuzhi Pham

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Mesmerizing Hour Glass Tells Time With Bubbles, Not Sand

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Photo Credit: studio-note.com/ Norihiko Terayama

Everyone is familiar with an hourglass, telling time through tiny grains of sand that can make you feel as if time is quickly slipping away. But Norihiko Terayama created an object that, although shaped like an hourglass, has the opposite effect.

Those fleeting bubbles you probably watched as a child, and were sad when they were popped are used in the Awaglass. Unlike a sandglass, which is used to mark the passing of moments, the Awaglass is meant to obscure them. Instead, you’ll get lost in the constant, fluid motion and remain in the present rather than being fixated on what you have to accomplish an hour from now.

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Unlike uniformly shaped sand, large bubbles and small bubbles pass upwards at different speeds, allowing you to get lost in the piece’s simple, poetic beauty.

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Perfect as a gift for that person you know who needs to slow down, or perhaps even for yourself to sit on your desk, the soothing Awaglass is available in two different sizes, large and small, and is available online at $55 for the large Awaglass and $38 for the small. and small in the Spoon & Tamago shop.

29 Thrift Store Finds That You'd Be Insane Not To Buy

If you go into a thrift store, odds are that you are going to find something weird. Some of the finds are hilarious, some of them are useless, and some ultimately make you think to yourself, “Who would even buy this in the first place?”

Thankfully, these thrift store finds have made their way to the Internet for us to enjoy in all their creepy glory.

1. What an angelic bear!

2. How old is “old enough”?

3. These are actually pretty rad.

4. Corgi purse for the win.

5. Well, that’s weird.

6. Why? Why would you do this?

7. Much thrifting. Very shirt.

8. Sounds like a bad plan!

9. Someone actually had to sit down and paint this.

10. At least your feet will be comfy when you find out that you need to lose weight.

11. Words of wisdom.

12. Why does this exist?

13. Is that how they’re made?

14. Nothing says “I hate myself” quite like buying a Michael Cera snow globe.

15. I mean, this is a thing you find at thrift stores all the time, right?

16. Who made this?

17. This is right up my alley.

18. So much ignorance in one sentence!

19. A wardrobe staple.

20. Who would ever get rid of this?

21. Very nice tie.

22. I didn’t need to know that.

23. A James Bond mousepad. Necessary.

24. Dad joke central.

25. This is a classic.

26. Why are there so many disturbing pictures out there?

27. Why isn’t this the most popular game on Earth?

28. This can be taken one of two ways.

29. This can’t be good.

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If that didn’t make you question your faith in humanity, I don’t know what will. What’s even weirder than the fact that these things were found in thrift stores is that they had to be manufactured in the first place. That’s a scary thought.

Shocking True Stories Of Feral Children Shown Through Dark Photos

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Feral children have fascinated the world for years. Children need their parents to learn, grow and stay alive, although some children manage to make it all on their own, growing up in the wild. Most of these children are taken in by packs of wild animals, which help keep them safe and teach them how to survive.

Many feral children have been discovered over the years, but in almost all documented cases making the transition to a normal domesticated life is harder than living out in the wild.

German-born London-based photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten has created a new photo series called “Feral Children”. She staged dark photos to shine light on what it’s like to grow up under extremely uncommon circumstances.

Fullerton-Batten has always been interested in personal journeys. In fact, you might know her from her fist big-time project back in 2005 “Teenage Stories,” which explored a girl’s transition to womanhood.

The Girl With No Name by Lynne Barrett Lee was the inspiration behind the “Feral Children” photo series. The book explores the amazing story of a girl raised by monkeys in a remote mountain village of South America. She was abducted as small child and then left abandoned in the heart of the Colombian jungle. Her survival is incredible on its own, but the fact that monkeys jumped in to help raise her makes her story that much more amazing.

Fullerton-Batten said that the book “inspired me to search further for other cases of feral children. I found that there were quite a number of these. Some cases resulted from children becoming lost, snatched by wild animals, and especially those left or neglected by their parents. The documented cases exist over four of the five continents.”

Lobo Wolf Girl, Mexico, 1845-1852

feral-children-wild-animals-photos-fullerton-batten-8 feral children wild animals photos fullerton batten 8In 1845 a young girl was seen running on all fours alongside a pack of wolves going after a herd of goats. One-year later the same girl was seen again, this time she was eating a goat alongside the wolves. At this time she was captured, but able to escape. In 1852 she was seen suckling two wolf cubs, once spotted she galloped off into the woods and was never seen again.

Oxana Malaya, Ukraine, 1991

feral-children-wild-animals-photos-fullerton-batten-10 feral children wild animals photos fullerton batten 10Oxana was found in 1991 at 8-years old living in a kennel with a pack of dogs. She had lived with the dogs for 6 years, nearly her entire life. When she was only 2 or 3 she originally went into the kennel and cuddled up to the dogs for warmth. By the time she was found by humans she acted more like a dog, walking on all fours, panting with her tongue out, and even baring her teeth and barking. She could only speak two words, “yes” and “no.”

Oxana was given intensive treatment therapy to teach her basic verbal and social skills, which she developed but only to the ability of a five-year-old. At 30-years-old she lives in an Odessa clinic where she works with the hospital’s farm animals under the supervision of her caregivers.

Shamdeo, India, 1972

feral-children-wild-animals-photos-fullerton-batten-9 feral children wild animals photos fullerton batten 9Shamdeo was around 4-years-old when he was discovered living with wolves in a forest in India. “His skin was very dark, and he had sharpened teeth, long hooked fingernails, matted hair and calluses on his palms, elbows and knees.” He enjoyed hunting for chickens and had a taste for blood.

He was eventually weaned off raw meat but never learned to talk, although he did pick up some sign language. In 1978 he was sent to Mother Theresa’s Home for the Destitute and Dying in Lucknow, where he was given the name Pascal. He passed away in February 1985.

Prava (The Bird Boy), Russia, 2008

feral-children-wild-animals-photos-fullerton-batten-13 feral children wild animals photos fullerton batten 13Prava was found at 7-years-old in a tiny room full of birds within a two-bedroom apartment. He lived with his 31-year-old mother but she never talked to him, instead he spent his time with the birds. He could not speak, he only chirped. He was released into childcare by his mother and is currently undergoing rehabilitation.

Madina, Russia, 2013

feral-children-wild-animals-photos-fullerton-batten-3 feral children wild animals photos fullerton batten 3Madina’s mother was an alcoholic and so she basically lived with dogs from birth until 3-years of age. She was found by social workers in 2013, both physically and mentally healthy. According to her doctors she still has a good chance at a normal life once she learns how to communicate better.

The Leopard Boy, India, 1912

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At two-years-old The Leopard Boy was taken in by a leopardess. Three years later a hunter killed the leopardess and then discovered her three cubs, one of which was a small human boy. He could not speak and “His knees were covered with hard callouses, his toes were bent upright almost at right angles to his instep, and his palms, toe- and thumb-pads were covered with a tough, horny skin. He bit and fought with everyone who approached him, and caught and ate the village fowl raw.” He later learned to walk upright and speak.

Genie, USA, 1970

feral-children-wild-animals-photos-fullerton-batten-12 feral children wild animals photos fullerton batten 12Genie’s parents kept her in solitary confinement for over 10-years. She was 13 when her mother took her to child services and a social worker took note of her condition. She was used for research until 1974 when she seemingly disappeared. She was later located living at a private facility for mentally underdeveloped adults.

Sujit Kumar Chicken Boy, Fiji, 1978

feral-children-wild-animals-photos-fullerton-batten-5 feral children wild animals photos fullerton batten 5Sujit was locked in the chicken coop as a young child for bad behavior. After both of his parents died his grandfather kept him confined to the coop. He was found in the middle of the road clucking and flapping like a chicken at 8-years-old. Unfortunately his first rescuers tied him to a bed for 20-years. Elizabeth Clayton rescued him and he now lives a much happier life at 30-years-old.

Ivan Mishukov, Russia, 1998

feral-children-wild-animals-photos-fullerton-batten-4 feral children wild animals photos fullerton batten 4Ivan ran away from his abusive family at only 4-years-old. He was taken in by a pack of wild dogs with which he lived for two years before being placed in a children’s home. He now lives a normal life.

John Ssebunya (The Monkey Boy) Uganda, 1991

feral-children-wild-animals-photos-fullerton-batten-2 feral children wild animals photos fullerton batten 2After watching his father murder his mother John ran away into the forest at 3-years-old. He lived with monkeys until he was 6-years-old, at which point he was placed in an orphanage. John is now famous for singing in the UK with the 20-strong Pearl of Africa children’s choir.

Photo Credits: juliafullerton-batten.com