From the archives of Amusing Planet.
The island of Staffa in Scotland is probably best known for its unique geological features, such as the many caves and the unique shape of the basalt columns which are also found in the Giant's Causeway. This remarkable little island, located south-west off the isle of Ulva and halfway between the Ross of Mull and the Treshnish Isles is one of the smallest in the Southern Hebrides.
Haw Par Villa, originally known as the Tiger Balm Gardens, is a Chinese mythological theme park in Singapore that is home to some of the freakiest and demented statues ever. The park contains over 1,000 statues and 150 giant dioramas depicting scenes from Chinese folklore, legends, history and illustrations of various aspects of Confucianism. From a statue of a woman nursing her father-in-law, to a statue of a woman’s head and face attached to the body of a crab, this place has it all.
Alexandre Farto is a gifted Portuguese street artist who has an amazing knack for creating large wall art pieces. Mr Farto, better known as Vhils, creates large scale portraits by carefully scratching and chipping plasters out of walls of disused and depleted buildings. Alexandre Farto’s wall portraits are spread over a handful of European cities, and also Moscow and New York.
Back to the future is an ongoing project where Argentinian photographer Irina Werning takes different people's favorite old school photos and recreates them in the same place, with the same clothes and with the same person. Not that it hasn’t been tried before, but the attention to detail in Irina Werning’s series is astounding.
Awtar Singh Virdi from India is a skilled anamorphic artist. Anamorphosis is an art of distorted projection or perspective requiring the viewer to occupy a specific vantage point in order “see” the image. The image appears distorted at first when viewed from a conventional position and without aid. But when a cylindrical mirror is placed on the drawing and the reflection viewed, the distorted image magically transforms into a beautiful painting.
If there ever is an ultimate holiday getaway location, it has to be the island of Elliðaey near Vestmannaeyjar, a small archipelago off the south coast of Iceland, and the enchanting little house on it.
The brain pictured below is considered to be the world’s most famous brain. It belonged to a man named Henry Gustav Molaison, known as “Patient HM,” who had a memory that lasted only a few minutes as a result of brain surgery conducted in 1953 that was intended to stop his severe epilepsy.
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