15 very strange and unsual tombstones

January 9, 2013 in Crazy and bizarre, Funny, Pictures

 

If you go for a walk on a cemetery you’ll probably notice that all the tombstones look almost the same and the sayings on the stones don’t vary much. However, sometimes people plan a different style of tombstone for themselves. Here’s 15 examples of such oddities. Source: static.iftk.com.br/mt/.

Tombstone 1

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Yukigassen – the snowball fights originating from Japan

January 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

If you’ve grown up in a place with snow, you’ve probably been in a snowball fight many times. In Japan, they took the funny game of throwing snowballs to the next level.

Yukigassen are arranged snowball fights taking place in Japan once a year. Yuki is Japanese for snow and gassen means fight. It was a sport that developed some 20 years ago, as a marketing scheme conducted by the Mount Showa-Shinzan ski resort.

It’s a game played by two teams with seven players each. The objective is to eliminate the opponents by throwing snowballs at them. 90 snowballs are made in advance. The players compete on a court with lines and obstacles and the winning team that has captured the flag or with players standing, at the end of the 3×3 minutes the game lasts.

Since it started in Japan, the game has spread to other (snowy) parts of the world. Annual games are held in Canada, Norway, United States, Finland and Australia.

Pictures from a Yugikassen fight in USA.

Yukigassen snow fight

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The mysterious coin-covered wishing trees of Britain

January 7, 2013 in Amazing, Crazy and bizarre, Europe and Middle East, Pictures, Serious stuff

 

The story of the coin-covered wishing trees takes place in Great Britain. Tree trunks completely covered in coins have been found on various sites. Today passers-by knock coins into the trees with hopes of good luck. But the tradition started hundreds of years ago.

When estate manager Meurig Jones came upon coin-covered trees in his area, he started an investigation to uncover their origin.

Meurig Jones told the BBC in 2011: “We had no idea why it was being done when we first noticed the tree trunk was being filled with coins” and added that: “I did some detective work and discovered that trees were sometimes used as “wishing trees”.

He found out the the tradition dates back to the 1700s, where people would knock a coin into the tree to have their illness go away. It was also believed, that if someone took the coin from the tree, they would aquire the illness.

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Airplane designs gone wrong

January 6, 2013 in Amazing, Funny, Pictures

 

Designing airplanes can be quite a challenge. Besides making sure the plane stays in the air when flying, some airplanes are only created to transport at many goods as possible. To say the least, this certainly compromises the design. Source: www.webpark.ru.