There are many things around us that have hidden sides we don’t normally get to see. For example – did you know that the tiger’s skin also has stripes? Or that the Easter Island heads actually have bodies?
Bored Panda has compiled a list of photos revealing the hidden side of things that surround us. From unique crystal formations to strange animals, we’re sure some of these things will make your jaw drop. See the photos in the gallery below and don’t forget to check out more here!
h/t: Bored Panda
#1 This Is What A Cleaned Heart Looks Like
Image source: Doris Taylor
No, this is not an actual heart of a ghost – it’s a human heart, prepared for transplantation by draining all blood and cleaning it from all donor cells, leaving just a protein scaffold. The recipient’s stem cells will be injected into this heart so it wouldn’t be rejected.
#2 The Giant Heads Of Easter Island Do Have Bodies
Image source: eisp.org
We’ve all probably seen pictures of the mysterious Easter Island heads, traditionally called ‘moai’. They have been carved between 1100 and 1500 AD by ancient Polynesians and not many people know they did not just carve the heads – they also carved the bodies.
#3 This Is What A Baby Flamingo Looks Like
Image source: ashiruuu
At first glance, you might this is just a baby duckling with very fabulous legs – but it’s actually a tiny baby flamingo! The babies are fed bright red milk from their parents’ digestive tracts and with time begin developing their signature pink color. The adults feed on red and blue-green algae that are rich in beta carotene, an organic chemical with a lot of orange pigment. When the beta carotene is digested, the pigment is dissolved into fat and deposited into new feathers, turning them pink.
#4 Grains Of Salt Under Electron Microscope
Image source: BunyipPouch
No, this is not a shot of a bunch of Rubik’s cubes before being painted – it’s an extreme close-up of a table salt crystal. Salt is made up of sodium and chloride atoms, that when joined, form a cube-shaped crystal.
#5 Aurora Of Different Planets
Image source: nixonico
An aurora, often called the Northern lights, is a natural light display in the Earth’s sky, commonly seen in high-latitude regions. They occur when solar wind interacts with the magnetic field surrounding the planet and compresses it into a teardrop shape. The charged particles from the magnetic field the accelerate into the upper atmosphere, collide with oxygen and nitrogen molecules and give off energy in the form of light. Did you know Earth is not the only place where they occur?
#6 Large Ice Crystals In Switzerland
Image source: simplywing
“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,” explains Hobbs and others in their 1974 paper.
#7 This Is An Intact Human Nervous System
Image source: DerekS428
This human nervous system exhibit, located in the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, was created in 1925 by medical students M.A. Schalck and L.P. Ramsdell and took them over 1,500 hours to create. It’s one of only four in the entire world!
#8 This Is What A Tiger’s Skin Looks Like When It’s Shaved
Now, this is something you probably did not know – even the tiger’s skin is striped! In fact, it’s the skin that makes the fur dark, according to Tigers.org.
#9 You Can See Every Organ In The Glass Frog
Image source: Jaime Culebras
The reticulated glass frogs are typically found in the rainforests of Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, and Costa Rica. Their transparent skin gives us a unique sight of all of the frog’s internal organs, including its beating heart.
#10 This Globe For Blind People
Image source: SamwiseGimli
For many years there was no way for blind people to learn geography – until 1830 when Stephen Preston Ruggles created the first map for the blind. He created a map of Boston and marked the streets with wooden divots. Seven years later, Samuel Gridley Howe, along with Ruggles, released the Atlas of the United States Printed for Use of the Blind.
#11 An Agate Shell. Minerals Have Grown In The Voids Of The Shell And Eventually Replaced The Shell Too
Image source: H1ggyBowson
Commonly found on the beaches on the West Coast, this unique formation shows what hidden beauty nature can create.
#12 Here’s What An Albino Raccoon Looks Like
Image source: ShakeMango
While this cute albino trash panda might be missing his little bandit mask, it doesn’t make it any less cute!
#13 The Dark Side Of The Moon Passing In Front Of The Earth, Captured From One Million Miles Away
Image source: DSCOVR/NASA
No, this is not a screenshot from the latest Star Wars movie, showing the Death Star. It’s a rare sight of the Moon passing the Earth, shot from the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR).
#14 Some 5-Pointed Starfish Can Be Squared Due To Birth Defects
Image source: Phil Mercurio
Fun fact: there are around 1,500 species of starfish out there and they can live as deep as 6,000 m (20,000 ft) beneath the surface!
#15 What’s Under A Reporter’s Back: “Our Job Is So Glamorous”
Image source: kuyakim_atienza
So many wires are required so the news reporter can hear and be heard – no wonder we never get to see this mess!
#16 What Thousands Of Years Look Like In One Photo (Dun Briste Sea Stack, Downpatrick Head, Co. Mayo, Ireland)
Image source: Mike Searle
This 45-meter-high formation located in Ireland is called the Broken Fort (Dún Briste) and is actually considered to be a rather new sea stack – it separated from the mainland in 1393 after a storm. It even contains the remains of the buildings where people were hiding during the storm! Scientists landed on the summit by helicopter back in 1980 to analyze the remains of buildings and plant life and discovered the remains of a building running the center of the headland.
#17 Snow Covered Net Roof Of The Aviary In The Zoo
Image source: Littlemeggie
The first walk through aviary was built by the Smithsonian Institute back in 1904. It was purchased by the St. Louis Zoo where it still remains to this day.
#18 Giant Amethyst Geode
Image source: Keeganxvx
This giant amethyst geode, located in the Shandong Tianyu Museum of Natural History, China, weighs 3,000 kg (28,660 lb) and is 3 m (9 ft 10 in) long, 1.8 m (5 ft 10 in) wide and 2.2 m (7 ft 2 in) high. It is the largest amethyst geode in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Geodes are hollow rocks that contain inward-facing crystals that are formed by numerous different processes, namely a slow flow of mineral material into pockets of air within rocks. One of the most renowned regions for amethyst mineralization and geode mining is the Artigas region of Uruguay. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, The largest amethyst geode weighs 13,000 kg (28,660 lb) and is 3 m (9 ft 10 in) long, 1.8 m (5 ft 10 in) wide and 2.2 m (7 ft 2 in) high. It is displayed in Shandong Tianyu Museum of Natural History (China) in Shandong, China.
#19 Processed Image Of An Actual Virus Via Electron Microscope
Image source: Minifig81
This funky little fella comes from the bacteriophage family and was first discovered by Frederick Twort in 1915 and Félix d’Herelle in 1917. At first, they were used to treat cholera but scientists were not entirely sure how they worked. It was only in 1940 that the bacteriophages were first seen under an electron microscope.
#20 ‘Baby Driver’ Behind The Scenes: While Actors Are Busy Performing, The Real Driver Is On Top Of The Car
Image source: moniso
About 95% of the movie was shot in camera – that required a lot of planning from director Edgar Wright, who was determined to shoot on location in Atlanta, and his team.
#21 Microbes Left Behind From The Handprint Of An 8-Year-Old Boy After Playing Outside
Image source: Tasha Sturm
This might look scary but stay calm – most of these germs are harmless.
#22 This Is What An Empty Boeing 787 Looks Like
Image source: Mass1m01973
Boeing 787, nicknamed ‘The Dreamliner’ is a massive airplane that can seat up to 335 passengers and is said to consume 20% less fuel than the 767 model.
#23 The Inside Of A Space Suit
This is what NASA has to say about the spacesuit:
1. A spacesuit weighs approximately 280 pounds on the ground – without the astronaut in it. In the microgravity environment of space, a spacesuit weighs nothing.
2. Putting on a spacesuit takes 45 minutes, including the time it takes to put on the special undergarments that help keep astronauts cool. After putting on the spacesuit, to adapt to the lower pressure maintained in the suit, the astronaut must spend a little more than an hour breathing pure oxygen before going outside the pressurized module.
3. The reason that spacesuits are white is because white reflects heat in space the same as it does here on Earth. Temperatures in direct sunlight in space can be more than 275 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. No difference exists in a male’s or female’s suit, though the female astronaut usually requires a smaller size.
5. The shuttle spacesuit was designed to be made of many interchangeable parts, to accommodate the large number of astronauts with widely varying body sizes. These parts (upper and lower torsos, arms, etc.) are made in different sizes.
6. The body measurements of each shuttle astronaut are taken and recorded. Then the measurements are plotted against the size ranges available for each spacesuit component. The suit components are then assembled. Training suits are usually assembled nine months prior to flight, and flight suits are usually assembled four months prior to flight.
#24 What A Salt Mine Looks Like From The Inside
Image source: -sUBzERoo-
Mining salt used to be one of the most dangerous jobs one could do, but thanks to modern technology and equipment, the risk of accidents was greatly minimized.
#25 This Is What An Elephant’s Tail Looks Like Up Close
Image source: CallMeKudu
Elephants use their tails for many things, including communicating, showing emotions and even use them as flyswatters!
#26 This Fossilized Dinosaur Foot Print I Saw In Utah
Image source: moebius-incal
This giant footprint is located in the Bull Canyon Dinosaur Track Trail in Utah. This Therapod footprint was pressed into the Entrada Sandstone about 200 million years ago.
#27 Picture Of A Single Atom That Won Science Photo Contest
Image source: David Nadlinger, The University of Oxford
The little dot in the center of the picture is an actual atom! The photo, titled “Single Atom in an Ion Trap” was shot by David Nadlinger, a student at the University of Oxford and even won the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) photo competition last year.
#28 The Way This Dead Cactus Decomposed, Leaving Only The Spines Behind
Image source: MischiefofRats
The owner of the cactus, it was not potted and has very sharp spines – they even stabbed them through the oven mitts they used to carry it!
#29 Strawberry’s Surface
Image source: BunyipPouch
This macro photograph shows the seeds on a strawberry’s surface. It was captured by photographer Alexey Kljatov.
#30 Sperm Whales (The Largest Toothed Predators On Earth) Do Not Have Teeth In Their Upper Jaw But Sockets That Their Lower Teeth Fit Into
Image source: rugbyjames1
Sperm whales, the largest among the toothed whales, have 20 to 26 teeth in their lower jaws that perfectly fit into the holes in their upper jaw. Trypophobia warning!
#31 A Vinyl Puck Before It Is Pressed To Become A Record
Image source: RomanOut
Believe it or not, these little pucks were used to create vinyl records! “First, the vinyl is melted down into what is called the biscuit. This is the center of the record, the round part with no grooves and the little hole. To this is added the label, which is pressed onto the biscuit, a step that doesn’t require any adhesive. Rather, the biscuit is so hot from the vinyl being melted down that the label sticks right on,” writes Daniel Terdiman. “Then, the biscuit is placed in the middle of a machine and then it is joined together with a fresh supply of vinyl, and together they are smashed between a plate and the stamper. A blade then shears off the excess vinyl, and voila! A brand new record slides out of the machine and onto a rack.”
#32 What An Eclipse Looks Like From Space
Image source: Mir 27 Crew
#33 What The Verdun Battlefield Looks Like Now
Image source: jeroentje22
This is the place where the Verdun battle took place from the 21st of February to the 18th of December in 1916 during WWI. In 2000, historians Hannes Heer and K. Naumann calculated that around 377,231 French and 337,000 German soldiers died in the battle.
#34 My Scar Doesn’t Get Dirty When I’m At Work
Image source: GooseZeus
This occurs due to sweat glands not being present on scar tissue.
#35 Sniper’s Nest At The Super Bowl
How would you feel if a sniper was watching your every move during a sports event? They are there to ensure a quick neutralization of an attacker in case of serious emergency.
#36 This 50 Pound Lead Container That Held A Radioactive Pill My Mom Had To Take To Fight Off What’s Left Of Her Thyroid Cancer
Image source: Treboridos
Radioactive iodine (RAI) is used for the treatment of thyroid cancer and can be taken in liquid and capsule forms. This therapy can greatly improve survival rates for people with papillary or follicular thyroid cancer.
#37 These Biscuit Presses
Image source: dazmorris42
You can’t argue that British people love their biscuits. They were first introduced back in 1839 by two Scottish doctors and were created to aid digestion, but with time gained popularity as a delicious snack.
#38 This Is How Chinese Soldiers Keep Their Posture
Image source: Divit_Nair
Preparing for the Beijing Olympics was no easy task for the soldiers – they not only had pins in their collars, but also crosses on their backs, all of that just to keep the perfect posture.
#39 This Is What A Potato Storage Looks Like. Shovel Is Roughly 5 Feet Tall For Reference
Image source: lhemps
The Northern Plains Potato Growers Association have listed a few interesting facts about potatoes:
1. The potato originated in the Andes of Bolivia and Peru. It was there, in 1537 that the Spanish conquistadors discovered the potato. From there it traveled to Europe, then back to the United States. Peru’s Inca Indians first cultivated the potato in about 200 B.C. This vegetable had many uses to the Incas. Raw slices were placed on broken bones, carried to prevent rheumatism, and eaten with other foods to prevent indigestion. The ancient Inca Indians valued the potato not only as a food, but as a measure of time. Units of time were correlated to how long it took a potato to cook.
2. The Potato Museum is located in Washington D.C. contains over 2,000 potato artifacts, including antique harvesting tools, a 1893 potato flask (a mold for making ice cream potatoes), potato ties and a 1903 Parker Brothers game called “The Potato Race.”
3. Potatoes are definitely America’s favorite vegetable. Did you know that every year we consume about 110 pounds of potatoes per person? Europeans have us beat, though. They consume twice as many spuds as American potato lovers!