Up above Dunquin Harbor in County Kerry, Ireland, is a road called The Sheep Highway. The extremely narrow road was designed and built in the 19th century to allow our woolly friends to get up and down the steep hillside. Meant for sheep only, but on occasion, a tourist will attempt to drive down the road and get stuck.
Urban planners in Lidzbark Warminski, Poland have come up with a new "glow-in-the-dark" bike path. It is made with small crystal-like particles of phosphor called luminophores that charge during sunlight hours, and can glow in the dark for up to 10 hours. The path was developed to make bike paths safer and more accessible in the evening. It requires no external power source. The design is currently being tested to see how it survives wear and tear.
Australian fisherman Mark Watkins came upon this floating object while on a sunset cruise. He thought it might be a downed hot air balloon, or some type of alien ship. When he got closer to it, the stench was unbearable. It turns out to be a rotting carcass of a dead whale. Trapped gas expands in it's stomach which causes the massive bloating after floating in the hot sun for days.
Oregon State University scientists discovered a new blue color by mistake. OSU chemist Mas Subramanian and his team accidentally discovered "YlnMn Blue", which is named after the elements that make it up. They were conducting experiments, one of which resulted in the color after black manganese oxide was mixed with other chemicals and heated to 2,000 degrees. One of the samples turned a bright vivid blue. Now the pigment has been perfected, and it will be sold as commercial coatings, plastics and paint. So you can paint your entire house with it!
Residents of Haikou City on China's southern Hainan Island began noticing dead fish floating in a lake. The fish which are members of the Herring family were likely pushed up an estuary by a tidal surge, and then got caught in a pumping system which deposited them into the lake. Men worked furiously to bag the 35 tons of fish to take them to incinerators to prevent them from being sold at local food markets.
Melissani Lake sits inside a cenote, or a cave, which has lost a good portion of the roof above. Also called "Cave of the Nymphs", at midday, when the sun is high overhead, the entire cave and lake lights up a surreal blue. The clarity of the water with the light makes the impression of objects floating above the lake's surface.
Rather than bore you with the same "design philosophy" blog entries that every other advertising and design agency seems to post, we search for visually interesting things around the world that we find unusual. We hope you enjoy our discoveries as much as we do posting them.