Category archives: Place

Don't blame your satnav... the A3 really has vanished! Two years on, and a corner of countryside blighted by traffic is transformed by miracle of engineering

The busy A3 used to skirt the edge of the Devil’s Punch Bowl, near Hindhead in Surrey Road has now gone, moved deep underground, where over 1,000 vehicles an hour pass through £371m, 1.25-mile Hindhead Tunnel They look worlds apart – a trunk road buzzing with traffic and the stunning beauty of remote heathland. Yet these astonishing photographs show how what was once a notorious traffic bottleneck has been returned […]

10 Largest Things Of Their Kind In The World

Humankind has always been impressed by really, really large things. Whether natural (like the Grand Canyon, which hosts around five million visitors per year) or man-made (like, say, the world’s largest fire hydrant in Beaumont, Texas, which draws considerably fewer), we seem to be inexorably drawn to things that make us feel tiny. It seems that in our never-ending quest to list interesting things, though, some of the largest have […]

Hero guide dog saved baby after running free from its owner and pushing pram away from out of control car

Labrador Jet pushed one-year-old Jacob’s pram out of the path of the car Jessica Crowley has hailed her guide dog as a hero after the incident Hero: Jessica Cowley has hailed her guide dog Jet a hero a hero after he pushed her son Jacob’s pram out of the path of an out of control car A guide dog saved the life of a baby after running free of its […]

International adoption: I was stolen from my family

  STORY HIGHLIGHTS Tarikuwa Lemma: When she was 13, she went to the U.S. thinking she would be studying abroad Inside a few weeks, it became clear her family had been misled about her American “adoption” Lemma: “All the lies and deception comes down to money” Now a college student, she hasn’t seen her family in Ethiopia for seven years Editor’s note: Tarikuwa Lemma, 19, was “adopted” from Ethiopia seven […]

11 Unbelievable Places that are Hard to Believe Really Exist

Our world is so full of wonders that new and amazing places are discovered every day, be that by professional photographers or amateurs. Different geographical locations, climatic conditions and even seasons offer the widest variety of natural wonders: pink lakes, stunning lavender or tulip fields, breath-taking canyons and mountains, and other places you can hardly believe actually exist! Some of the pictures in this collection will be of all natural […]


Twin waterspouts form over Lake Michigan

KENOSHA, Wis. — Twin water spouts put on a spectacular show over Lake Michigan, near the Wisconsin shore. The water spouts were sighted a couple of miles off shore about 1:30 p.m. Thursday after a funnel cloud was sighted in the Wisconsin town of Kenosha. Sgt. Bill Beth of the Kenosha County sheriff’s office says the two water spouts merged into one large one, then split. Beth says it was […]

Kurdish men in drag promote feminism in the region

Last April, images of Kurdish men dressed in drag started making the rounds on Facebook. The campaign, called Kurd Men for Equality, featured men proudly swathed in the colorful garb traditional among Kurdish women. The subjects — young, old, moustachioed, bespectacled — were making a statement that was at once political and feminist, proving that in the Kurdish community, the two often go hand in hand. “You can’t separate the […]

This didn't end well! Zoo 'tests baby leopards and tigers' natural reflexes' by throwing them a LIVE rabbit to play with

Zookeepers at Qingdao Forestry Zoo in China were testing cubs’ instincts The young tigers and leopards did not seem to know how to hunt prey You might think that tiger cubs would be hard-wired to go after their prey aggressively from an early age. But when these wild-beasts-in-training were presented with a juicy rabbit, their predatory instincts seemed to fail them. The white rabbit simply jumped around their enclosure, eluding […]


Getting closer to God: Meet the monk who lives a life of virtual solitude on top of a 131ft pillar and has to have food winched up to him by his followers

Maxime, a 59-year-old monk, lives on top of Katshki Pillar in Georgia He has to scale a 131ft ladder if he wants to come down Followers winch supplies up to him because he only leaves the pillar twice a week Maxime decided to make a change in his life after a stint in prison It takes a strong mind and a lot of willpower to become a monk and feel […]


German president visits France WWII massacre site

German President Joachim Gauck has become the first senior dignitary from his country to visit Oradour-sur-Glane in France, where 642 people were killed by Nazi troops in June 1944. The ruins of the village are preserved just as they were after the massacre. President Gauck said that he had accepted a French invitation to visit the site with “gratitude and humility”. More than 200 children were among the victims of […]