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18 Rare and Astonishing Discoveries Made by Ordinary People

The world is full of mysteries, and it’s our natural curiosity that drives us to seek out the answers. From the tiniest microbes to the vastness of the universe, there is always something new to learn and discover.

One of the things that always fascinates me is the incredible diversity of life on our planet. From the majestic whales that roam the oceans to the tiny insects that can be found in even the most remote corners of the world, there is a never-ending supply of fascinating creatures to learn about.

But it’s not just the animals that capture our attention. The world is also full of strange and wonderful phenomena, from the auroras that light up the polar skies to the mysterious patterns that can be found in the stars.

So if you’re a curious person like me, don’t be afraid to explore and learn more about the amazing world around us. Who knows what wonders you might uncover?

1. Beautiful and calm evening in Tbilisi.

Photo: © GoldenChinchilla

2. Hemipepsis Obscurus, a subspecies of THW in Tanzania.

Photo: © GoldenChinchilla

3. These light pillars & auroras were split in the same sky in Norway.

Photo: © asilvertintedrose

4. In the 1960s this 4-legged vehicle was made for the US Army. It was designed to travel in dense vegetation.

Photo: © asilvertintedrose

5. Emerson Fittipaldi poses with $1,001,604 in cash after winning ‘89 Indy 500.

Photo: © preetygyal8

6. Old Volga transporting several hundred pounds of cabbage.

Photo: © GoldenChinchilla

7. Mesa Verde National Park In Colorado, USA.

Photo: © Perfect_Gas

8. The Many Layers of an Egyptian Mummy. Mummification was not the final step in the quest for eternal life. The body would be placed in several cases and coffins, sometimes up to eight, before eventually being laid to rest. (More info in the comments).

Photo: © pumpkinmum

9. This oddly large snail I found in our garden (ruler is in cm).

Photo: © MrPenisWhistle

10. I found a house made of snow, with a huge dragon egg next to it.

Photo: © ModifyUrMind

11. An alignment of Earth, Mars, Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter.

Photo: © rizenHeH

12. The Amethyst Mushroom Is Like A Galaxy. Amethyst mushrooms, (Elaeomyxa Cerifera) were discovered in 1942. In order to dismiss ascospores like a glowing star the fungi’s fruiting structures split open. It’s totally like a galaxy hidden in mushrooms.

Photo: © KalebWyber-Moore

13. This device was used to resuscitate canaries in coal mines.

Photo: © aloofloofah

14. Giant watermelon grown in China.

Photo: © GoldenChinchilla

15. A tribe in Papua New Guinea called The Chimbu uses skeleton body paint to intimidate enemies.

Photo: © asilvertintedrose

16. Black pin mold that spawned from a bowl of cat food that has been soaked in water for a few weeks.

Photo: © GoldenChinchilla

17. Kundalini Smoky Quartz – Congo.

Photo: © Ordner

18. Chris Qualley, 34, is believed to have grown the world’s heaviest carrot, weighing in at 22.4 pounds.

Photo: © GoldenChinchilla