The world is filled with amazing things. We have collected 20 unusual things from everyday life that changes our perspective on things. Have you ever seen how plates are printed or what happens if you crack an egg underwater? Well, you will see those things in this list. Without further ado, here are 10 things that makes us question everything we know.
1. This incredible machine lays out a carpet of bricks, removing back-breaking hard work.
Building new roads and pavements can be back-breaking. Well, not anymore. Tiger-Stone is a machine that is capable of utilizing gravity and rolling out brick carpets as long as 400 square meters of roads every day. The Dutch invention only requires two workers to load the bricks and the rest of the process is automated.
2. Green traffic lights are just blue glass lenses in front of a yellow-tinted bulb.
This is only true in cases of older versions of traffic lights. Newer versions use LED’s so they do not require glass lenses/filters.
3. This is what dark and white hair looks like under a microscope.
Black is the most common hair color in the world. Hair can grow just about anywhere on the body, except for the palms of your hands, the soles of your feet, and on your lips and mucous membranes. The above images are how different colored hairs look like under a microscope.
4. Here’s an early sketch of Shrek (concept art) from the film’s production.
The movie Shrek was loosely based on William Steig’s 1990 picture book, Shrek! It was written by Steig, an 83-year-old prolific cartoonist for The New Yorker and a children’s writer who Newsweek once dubbed the “king of cartoons”. Steig passed away at the age of 95 in 2003, two years after Shrek‘s release.
5. This is not an edited image but rather dew drops on grass captured using a technique known as macro photography.
Did you know that grasses are technically called “graminoids” and is estimated to make up over 20% of the vegetation cover on Earth. There are over 10,000 types of grass species in the world, which is really quite incredible but this amount still only makes up a small percentage of all plant species in the world.
6. The thing covering the tree is actually a nest made by weavers.
These birds mainly live in South Africa and are capable of building very large colonies; that can house up to 1,000 birds. In fact, each pair makes one small nest for breeding chicks, but as a result of teamwork, a whole stack of up to 10 meters in length and 2-3 in height is obtained.
7. This is how custom images are printed on ceramic plates.
Adding a graphic element is a good way to boost any business. The GIF above shows a silicone press transferring a custom design from a glass and imprinting it onto the plates.
8. Cracking an egg underwater.
Have you ever wondered what happens if we crack an egg underwater? The yellow yolk suspended in the clear albumen floats and wobbles like a melted wax blob in a lava lamp.
9. Face ID is visible when you take a picture of the iPhone X.
iPhone X uses infrared to scan your face. Although infrared waves cannot be seen by the naked eye, cameras can pick up the signals. This works with any IR devices and is a good way to ferret out hidden cameras in airbnbs or restrooms.
10. A butterfly trunk under the microscope.
The tube-like feeding structure of the butterfly (i.e., the proboscis, equated to a “tongue”) remains coiled tightly against the head. It only extends when the butterfly is ready to feed.
Bonus: A lizard shed its skin perfectly all in one big push.
Did you know that reptiles shed their skin to allow for further growth. Unlike human skin, reptile’s skin doesn’t grow with it. This is why they have to shed their skin regularly.