A Secret Underwater Ballroom, Built For a Notorious Victorian Swindler

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Walk far into the woods near the village of Witley in Surrey, England and you’ll find a hidden treasure. The directions go like this: Walk a mile and a quarter west, into the long neglected woods. Find the stone wall surrounding a kitchen garden. There you’ll find a small building with an arched doorway. Go inside, down the spiral staircase, and walk down the long teardrop-shaped tunnel to the end. There’s no “X” marking this treasure, but you’ll know you’ve found it. You’re now in a domed, glass ceilinged room, yellow light gently flickering through the water above. Welcome to Whitaker Wright’s hidden ballroom, submerged deep beneath a murky lake.

An Italian Cathedral Made From Trees

A living place of worship, Italy’s Cattedrale Vegetale (or Tree Cathedral) is built entirely from natural materials. Artist Giuliano Mauri began the towering project in 2001, creating 42 columns that arc towards each other to form a leafy basilica and five grand aisles. To complete the piece, Mauri used 1,800 fir poles, 600 chestnut branches, and 6,000 meters of hazel branches that were joined together with nails and string. Hornbeam trees were planted inside each column and will eventually overtake the structure. Just before completion Mauri passed away in 2009, leaving his cathedral as a growing memorial and a quiet place of reflection for visitors.

Real Estate Broker Gives Tours of House… From a Hand-Built Roller Coaster

If you thought buying a house had its ups and downs, this real estate broker will really give you a ride. He built a miniature roller coaster through a house he’s selling in Ermelo, Netherlands, giving potential buyers a thrill filled tour of the house complete with recorded highlights of its features. They do say people buy on an emotional high…

A Donated Bus is Transformed Into a Mobile Healthy Food Market for Toronto

Most old-school food trucks are known for their artery clogging foods, but this new truck is decidedly healthy. The smart looking vehicle has been converted into a mobile market with the purpose of bringing healthy food choices to underserved neighborhoods where good eating choices are often difficult to obtain. It’s being called the Mobile Good Food Market.

This Super Man With Down Syndrome Is Not Camera Shy

One of Rick Ashley’s favorite photography subjects is also his brother-in-law. Michael is a sweet 50 year old man with a beautiful spirit and a passion for wearing his Superman suit. Although Ashley has known, loved, and photographed Michael for nearly forty years, he began his first official photo project in 2009. The series which is named Michael, after its star, is meant to honor his brother-in-law. Michael loves participating in the photo shoots and Ashley captures the essence of his contemplative, playful spirit.

In Transit: The Daily Sketches From A Traveler’s Commute

What better way to practice your illustration skills than to sketch what’s right in front of you? Singapore-based artist Cherngzhi Lian does just that, then takes a photo to commemorate the reality of his sketches. From the passengers on his flights and public transportation to the natural landscapes, coffee shops, and restaurants, he gives us a glimpse into his everyday life as well as his travels. He is in the process of publishing a book called “In-Transit” which will be a compilation of his travel and commute drawings. Lian is an adjunct professor in the Film Media Studies department at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore.

Feel-Good Pranks With A Purpose: Prank It Forward

Who doesn’t love a good prank? Break certainly does and they’ve even stepped it up a notch with Prank It Forward. These pranks aren’t only good, they are also for good. Watching this series will make you laugh, make you cry, and most importantly make you want to do good for others. Each uplifting video gives a deserving prank recipient the surprise of a lifetime and the viewer a smile from ear to ear.

Gorgeous Video Game “Lumino City” Was Hand-Built from Paper, Not Pixels

Most video game developers spend their hours working with polygons on computer screens, but the team of developers at State of Play have been using mostly cardboard. Their unusually beautiful new release, called Lumino City, was entirely hand-built from cardboard, paper, string, LED lights and electric motors. The team then photographed and filmed the entire world, creating a delightfully crafty universe filled with paper textures.