Today the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders transports us to the Indian Ocean. About 1200 miles from the southeastern coast of Africa is the island nation of Mauritius, and it’s there, at the southwestern tip of the island, that we’ll find a spectacular natural optical illusion:
When viewed from above, a runoff of sand and silt deposits creates the impression of an ‘underwater waterfall’. Satellite views (as seen in the two Google Maps screenshots above) are equally dramatic, as an underwater vortex seemingly appears off the coast of this tropical paradise.
With some optical illusions, the longer one looks at them, the more one can make sense of what’s actually there. But this stunning, false underwater waterfall looks completely real, no matter how long we stare at the photos.
Visit Twisted Sifter to learn more about this awesome natural spectacle.
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No need to rub your eyes or refresh your screen. Yes, this really is a Burt Reynolds Éclair and it may be the beginning of a whole new department here at the Geyser of Awesome. Let’s call it “Things that can’t be unseen, but might also be delicious.”
This hirsute dessert, modeled after Burt Reynolds' iconic 1972 nude Cosmopolitan centerfold, was created by Leeds, England-based bakery Lou Lou P’s Delights (previously featured here) in honour of Movember UK. Burt’s bearskin rug has been replaced by a chocolate eclair and we’re pretty sure that Burt himself is edible too. Considering that Mr. Reynolds has long been considered a mustachioed icon of masculinity, we think this unsettling pastry is a pretty amazing and apposite Movember creation.
i think i just threw up in my mouth