20 Rare Photos That Reveal The Unseen Side Of Things

We live in a wondrous world filled with marvels all around us, but sometimes we forget. Getting caught up in our daily lives most people barely stop to smell the roses, much less open the roses to look inside. Well, it turns out that there are beautiful secrets hidden underneath and inside things you would never even think to take a closer look at.

A lions fur is gorgeous on the outside but have you ever seen the intricate pattern that sits beneath? or how about the quarry where they mine the marble for your counter tops? The following list is another collection of rare photos that show the unseen side of things that are all around us.

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1. This Is What A Cleaned Heart Looks Like

A ghost heart is obtained by washing away all donor cells until you’re left with a protein scaffold. This ghost heart is ready to be injected with a transplant recipient’s stem cells so a new heart – one that won’t be rejected – can be grown.

2. The Giant Heads Of Easter Island Do Have Bodies

The ancient and mysterious ‘Easter Island Heads’ were carved from rock between A.D 1100 and 1500 by ancient Polynesians. Their traditional name is ‘moai’ but most people know them as the giant heads which is why it is often shocking when it’s discovered they have bodies. “The reason people think they are [only] heads is there are about 150 statues buried up to the shoulders on the slope of a volcano, and these are the most famous, most beautiful and most photographed of all the Easter Island statues,” Van Tilburg, who is also a fellow at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles, told Life’s Little Mysteries.

3. This Is What A Baby Flamingo Looks Like

These fluffy little creatures are baby flamingos, which may confusing to some as they are lacking their infamous pink color. Babies of this species are fed a bright red milk made from their parents’ upper digestive tracts. As they grow up, they begin to develop their characteristic pink feathers. Adult flamingos feed on red and blue-green algae, which is filled with beta carotene, an organic chemical with a reddish-orange pigment. The digestive track system of flamingos extracts the pigment and it eventually dissolves into fats. These fats are deposited into new feathers for a full-on pretty in pink transformation.

4. This Is An Intact Human Nervous System

In 1925 two medical students in Kirksville, Missouri were challenged to dissect a cadaver’s nervous system, starting from the brain downward, but leaving the entire system in one piece. The process took the students – M.A. Schalck and L.P. Ramsdell-over 1,500 hours. Their “blood, sweat and tears” produced this extraordinary display, located at the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine at A.T. Still University (ATSU) in Kirksville. There are only 4 of these in the world.

5. Grains Of Salt Under Electron Microscope

Salt crystals are cubic, but some grains when observed appear to be made up of overlapping cubes. This ionic compound is made up of sodium and chloride atoms. When a number of these molecules join to form a crystal they will often arrange themselves in a cubic pattern.

6. Large Ice Crystals In Switzerland

Ice crystal precipitation vary in shapes, intensity and size, but are found in cold regions around the world. “In the absence of supercooled liquid water, the growth of ice crystals to precipitation size is most likely dominated by aggregation of smaller ice crystals, which depends on the ice crystal number concentration and temperature (Hobbs et al. 1974) ,” as you can see in the image below.

7. Aurora Of Different Planets

Aurora’s are breathtaking cosmic light displays that can be seen from various planets in our solar system. An aurora is the finale to a process that begins with the sun. The sun emits a constant stream of charged particles or solar wind into the solar system. When these winds reach a planet they interact with the magnetic field that surrounds it, and compresses the field into a teardrop shape. The way in which the magnetic field change cause the charged particles to accelerate into the upper atmosphere, colliding with molecules such as nitrogen and oxygen which gives off energy in the form of light. A light ribbon of color is displayed across the sky in an aurora.

8. This Is What A Tiger’s Skin Looks Like When It’s Shaved

Each tiger has a unique pattern of stripes which are ideal for the camouflage needs of the animal.

“Interestingly, the skin of the tiger is also striped beneath the patterned fur,” say Tigers.org. “The darkness of the pigmentation of the skin seems to be directly related to the darkness of the fur.”

9. You Can See Every Organ In The Glass Frog

Reticulated glass frogs are found in the rain forests of Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, and Ecuador. The skin on their underside is completely transparent which allows for you to see their internal organs and even their beating heart. Scientists still don’t know the evolutionary reason behind their see-through skin, but think the pattern on their backs are meant to resemble eggs and confuse predators.

10. Here’s What An Albino Raccoon Looks Like

Raccoons are known for their bandit black and white look, which is what makes this albino creature an anomaly. Unlike their friends, albino raccoons lack any sort of camouflage which makes hiding from predators difficult and thus their lifespan shorter. Albinism is a congenital disease that causes either partial or complete loss of pigmentation in an animal.

11. The Dark Side Of The Moon Passing In Front Of The Earth, Captured From One Million Miles Away

A NASA camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) has captured a unique view of the Moon as it passed between the spacecraft and Earth. A series of test images shows the fully illuminated “dark side” of the Moon that is not visible from Earth.

12. Some 5-Pointed Starfish Can Be Squared Due To Birth Defects

Did you know that there are about 1,500 species of starfish that we know of? From the tropics to frigid polar waters, they are found from the intertidal zone down to abyssal depths, 6,000 m (20,000 ft) below the surface.

13. What Thousands Of Years Look Like In One Photo (Dun Briste Sea Stack, Downpatrick Head, Co. Mayo, Ireland)

Living 50 meters off the north Mayo coast at Downpatrick Head sits the 45 meter high flat topped sea stack Dún Briste (the Broken Fort). Interestingly, this is considered to be a relatively new sea stack as it was only separated of the mainland Ireland in 1393 when monster seas severed it from County Mayo in an overnight storm. The summit of the stack is approximately 50 meters long and 15 meters across the center. This flattopped stack contains the remains of the buildings where people were living on the night of the great storm. In 1980 three scientists landed on the summit by helicopter and spent a couple of hours examining the remains of the buildings and plant life still surviving there. They discovered the remains of a building running across the center of the headland with enough details left to say that both people and livestock lived together inside it.

14. Snow Covered Net Roof Of The Aviary In The Zoo

The first walk through aviary was built for the St. Louis World’s fair in 1904 by the Smithsonian Institute. It was considered to be the largest of its kind at the time and was bought by the Saint Louis Zoo where it remains to this day. Proper aviary construction for zoos requires veterinary involvement due to health and husbandry concerns for the animals.

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16. This Globe For Blind People

In 1830 an engineer and craftsman by the name of Stephen Preston Ruggles took on a project for the print shop at Perkins School for the Blind, in Watertown, Massachusetts. He created a map of Boston with the streets, roads, bridges and squares marked with wooden divots. For centuries blind people had no formal way to learn geography, and this was one of the earliest archived attempts. In 1837 Samuel Gridley Howe, the school’s Founding Director along with Ruggles re-invented the method and created a method of embossing maps, releasing the Atlas of the United States Printed for Use of the Blind.

17. This Is What An Empty Boeing 787 Looks Like

The Boeing 787 is known as the ‘Dreamliner’ and its variants seat 242 to 335 passengers. The 787 was designed to be 20% more fuel-efficient than the Boeing 767, which it was intended to replace.

While Boeing isn’t having a great time right now, with grave safety concerns over it’s new 737 max 8, the dreamliner has been a commercial success. Still, it wasn’t all plain sailing; the aircraft suffered from several in-service problems related to its lithium-ion batteries, including fires on board during commercial service. This resulted in the FAA grounding all 787s in the US in 2013, with other civil aviation authorities following suit. The battery design was revised, and the Dreamliner was back in the skies within a few weeks.

18. Sniper’s Nest At The Super Bowl

How does it feel to be at a major sports event or concert, knowing that a sniper could have his rifle trained on you at any given moment? More safe? Or less?

These guys are here to make sure that if someone does go beserk and undertakes a terrorist attack, they are in a position to stop it as quickly as possible. Sadly, this is just the world we live in.

19. What A Salt Mine Looks Like From The Inside

Before engines and earth-moving equipment were invented, mining salt was one of the most expensive and dangerous things to do.

While salt is now plentiful, until the Industrial Revolution it was difficult to come by, and salt mining was often done by slave or prison labor and life expectancy among those sentenced was low.

In Roman times, salt on the table was a mark of wealth; so valuable was this resource that soldier’s pay was originally in salt. This is where the word ‘salary’ comes from.

20. ‘Baby Driver’ Behind The Scenes: While Actors Are Busy Performing, The Real Driver Is On Top Of The Car

In Baby Driver, the red Subaru WRX becomes the star of the show as it weaves in and out of lanes, fits through imperceptible gaps between bumper-to-bumper traffic, jumps barriers, and skids around obstacles like a lucky drunk on ice. Edgar Wright, the writer and director of the movie, brought together a team of experts to coordinate incredibly complicated chases that he was determined to shoot on location in Atlanta. He estimates that 95 percent of the movie was shot in-camera, with CGI utilized for just a few touch-ups and quick shots.

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