The Amazon rainforest, covering much of northwestern Brazil and extending into Colombia, Peru, and other South American countries, is the world’s largest tropical rainforest, famed for its biodiversity.
It’s crisscrossed by thousands of rivers, including the ‘Shanay Timpishka’ river. A river in the Amazon forest that a lot of people do not know about. Interestingly this river has a unique story that can kill us all.
Shanay Timpishka River or La Bomba
A river in the Amazon jungle which is a sanctuary for the indigenous people around is said to be boiling and can cause animals that fall into the river to die of heat.
Referred to as Shanay Timpishka which means boiling with the heat of the sun, referring to the strangeness of the river. Another name for this river is La Bomba and is located in the Amazon rainforest in Peru.
Boiling Temperature Until It Can Bring Death
In general, we know that hot springs have magma that is able to heat water below the earth’s surface and close to volcanoes. But this 6-kilometer-long river boils along its path and the distance of the nearest volcano is 700 kilometers.
The river, which is 25 meters wide and 6 meters deep, is recorded at 45c to 100c degrees Celsius, quite hot and it is not surprising that fallen animals will die.
This incredible river actually boils because beneath the earth’s surface there is geothermal. Fractures on the surface of the earth cause the water heated in the earth to start coming out, and this is the reason why some countries do not have volcanoes but there are hot springs.
Strangely enough, the Indigenous people there take this river water to make hot drinks. Sounds a bit weird but that’s the reality. Humans can still swim, only when it rains heavily because it is mixed with cold water. Animals that take the risk of swimming in this river actually can even cause death to them.
Sources: Great Big Story
Fascinating! Here Are 7 of The Most Beautiful Prisons Around The World!
For your information, not all prisons are colorless concrete boxes. In fact, located around the world from Denmark to England to India, there are actually high-security facilities that would feature stunning architecture and also interior design. Prisons are meant for criminals where they get to spend a considerable number of years of their lives behind the bars. Some countries believe prisons do not typically have to be such a place where its occupants would suffer.
There are prisons that, despite being legit prisons, are the exact opposite of what people usually described as a place that is gloomy and depressing. Many of the beautiful prisons are centuries-old, but some are more modern and feature sleek, simple designs. These are actually 7 of the most beautiful prisons that are located all over the world.
1) Alcatraz Prison
Alcatraz Island was a jail until 1963 and remains the most famous prison in the world, with San Francisco Bay serving as home. The jail is set on 22 acres of the 47-acre island, with mystery and romance being the themes of being sent into exile from the human world here, where stunning geographic views of water and sky may be comfort and relief from the idea that escape can come only through the justice system. Today, the jail operates as a National Park and offers daily tours as a sightseeing destination.
2) Sark Prison
Sark Prison on Sark Island in Guernsey is known as the world’s smallest prison and, made of stone and without windows, is still operating for jailbirds to be held overnight or for brief stays, say for a drunken disorderly arrest. Waking up inside the monument-like atmosphere must be damp and dark, as ventilation is not the name of the game for this tiny postage stamp-sized jail, surrounded by the vast sea. This juxtaposition of water, sky and the island atmosphere make this an unusual but stunning location for this quaint 1856-era jail.
3) Kresty Prison
Located in St. Petersburg, Russia, this jail, which houses 10,000 prisoners, is announced to be closed soon, made over into a hotel complex, with an upscale edge because of overcrowding, but its architecture is more reminiscent of the Medici palaces in Florence, Italy, than a jail. Gorgeously constructed, it seems almost fairy-tale-like from the outside. Inside, conditions are cramped, with the jail three times more occupied than it should be. Plans are to move the prisoners to a new St. Petersburg jail when construction is complete.
4) Halden Prison
Modernized and listed as the most humane prison on earth, Norway is home to Halden, a facility that also aims to be humane and interesting. Of the facility, Time Magazine writes, “To ease the psychological burdens of imprisonment, the planners at Halden spent roughly $1 million on paintings, photography and light installations. According to a prison informational pamphlet, this mural by Norwegian graffiti artist Dolk “brings a touch of humor to a rather controlled space”. Officials hope the art — along with creative outlets like drawing classes and wood workshops — will give inmates “a sense of being taken seriously”. The site continues that, “at Halden, rooms include en-suite bathrooms with ceramic tiles, mini-fridges and flat-screen TVs”. It is a high-security prison, however, despite the modern architecture, art, and television.
5) Chillon Castle
This castle in Switzerland, in the Lake Geneva area, has served many functions, with its dramatic face set against a stormy sky. Gorgeous architecturally, especially from a distance, this castle has served as a medieval fort, military enforcement station, and prison. It also has served as a private residence as well, serving summer needs and is set right amidst the Alps. This attraction even boasts a moat; a visit here is well worth it, but don’t forget the camera.
6) Château d’If
This stunning yet strange compound, with its silo-like buildings and historic value as it is cited as the setting for the writer, Alexandre Dumas’s, “The Count of Monte Cristo,” the only real way to visit or photograph this gem is via boat at the Vieux Port in Marseille, France. The island, itself, is named If, and the compound offers a striking testament to its past as a prison, which was extreme in terms of environment, with the winds kicking in off the ocean with rabid and vicious strengths and effects. Many held here historically did go insane.
7) Fremantle Prison
Fremantle Prison, in Western Australia, ironically, once depended on the work of the prison camp to create limestone aquifers, which supplied the prison with a good water supply that later was sent locally abroad via ship. The aquifers now sit empty, ghosts of another time, manifesting as tunnels void of water. The prison took its first prisoners in 1860 and was open until 1991. Harsh conditions abounded, with solitary confinement cells, whipping posts, and gallows where executions were routinely held for the condemned.
Sources: CriminalJustice DegreeHub.com.
Turkey’s Gift To The World, These Are 5 Facts About Turkey You Might Not Know About
Turkey, known as the Republic of Turkey is a country bridging Europe and Asia. It shares borders with Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest, the Black Sea to the north, Georgia to the northeast, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Iran to the east, Iraq to the southeast, Syria and the Mediterranean Sea to the south, and also the Aegean Sea to the west.
Turkey is a popular tourist destination known for its Mediterranean coastline, impressive mosques, and stunning natural scenery. But there’s also a lot that travelers probably don’t know, just some of the most interesting, and surprising facts about Turkey are given below. These are 5 facts about Turkey that you might not know about.
1) There Are No Native Camels In Turkey, But There’s An Annual Camel Wrestling Festival
Every year, the Selçuk Efes Camel Wrestling Festival, established by the Turkic tribes more than 2,000 years ago, takes place in Turkey’s southern Aegean coast. The fighting camels, adorned with decorative rugs, bells, and saddles, often come from Iran and Afghanistan.
2) One Of The Mediterranean’s Main Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches Is In Turkey
Located near the tourist summer hot spot Fethiye, Iztuzu Beach is one of the most important breeding grounds for the loggerhead turtle. Every year, the endangered turtles arrive between May and October to lay their eggs on the protected shore.
3) Turkey Introduced Tulips To The World
Even though no one knows where tulips are originally from, it’s certain that the Ottomans loved the flower and helped to make it popular all around Europe. The story goes that a Flemish ambassador, who visited Süleyman the Magnificent, introduced the flower to Holland in the 16th century.
4) Agriculture Began In Turkey
More than 11,000 years ago, inhabitants of Çatalhöyük, a large Neolithic and Chalcolithic settlement in south-central Turkey, were consuming crops such as wheat and barley, which historians accept as the earliest example of agriculture.
5) Leonardo da Vinci Was Almost Responsible For The Galata Bridge
Between 1502 and 1503, Sultan Beyazid II solicited Leonardo da Vinci to design a bridge that would span the Golden Horn. Following the three geometric principles of the pressed-bow, parabolic curve and keystone arch, da Vinci’s design would have been the world’s longest bridge at that time, but the sultan did not approve it.
Sources: Culture Trip.
(Video) ‘Nagoro Doll Village’, A Mysterious Village Full With Dolls!
Nagoro or now known as Nagoro Doll Village is a village in the Iya Valley on the island of Shikoku in Tokushima Prefecture, Japan. It is known for the large number of realistic dolls positioned throughout the village, which have made it a tourist attraction. The village is located on Route 439 in the Iya Valley, a remote mountainous area. It formerly had about 300 inhabitants, but the decline in Japan’s population has caused that to fall to 35 by January 2015, 30 as of August 2016, and also 27 by September 2019.
At first glance, most visitors to Nagoro Doll Village will see a sweet rural community of elderly residents spending their time blissfully tending to their gardens and fishing. When they decided to take a closer look, however, and they might be in for a scare. The villagers are actually dolls.
Nagoro is a slowly shrinking village located in the valleys of Shikoku, Japan. Populated by creepy dolls, it might make you question the reality. Its inhabitants left the village in a search of employment or died. More than 200 dolls inhabit the town. They’ve become loved by their human neighbors and are often celebrated by the community for bringing back fruitful memories of the past.
Eleven years ago, Tsukimi Ayano returned home to Nagoro. Faced with loneliness, she has populated the village with dolls, each representing a former resident. The dolls are all created single-handedly by Ayano Tsukimi. The local school is now filled with a few dozen dolls patiently waiting for class to begin. Made of straw, the bizarre dolls are dressed in old clothes.
Once working in the garden, Tsukimi made the first doll in the likeness of her father, and then she came up with the idea to replace the other family members with similar dolls. 10 years later, her work continues. Every doll is located in a place where she would resemble that person. So strolling along with the village you will find quite unique monuments either working in the field, fishing in the river, or simply sitting along the road and staring at you.
Sources: YouTube Tokyo Lens.
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