Massive and unsightly blooms of green algae periodically appear off the beaches of Qingdao, China.

A view of the algae-filled coastline of Qingdao, Shandong province July 15, 2011. Picture taken July 15, 2011. REUTERS/China Daily

A boy swims in the algae-filled coastline of Qingdao, Shandong province July 15, 2011. Picture taken July 15, 2011. REUTERS/China Daily

A paramilitary policeman clears algae along the coastline of Qingdao, Shandong province, July 4, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer

An elderly volunteer helps to clear algae from the coastline of Qingdao, Shandong province July 4, 2008. REUTERS/Nir Elias

A general view shows a bathing beach where local volunteers clear away a huge new patch of algae in Qingdao, Shandong province July 6, 2008. REUTERS/Nir Elias


A devoted farmer painstakingly planted a tribute to his late wife, Janet, using 6,000 oak trees to etch out a giant heart in the middle of his field in South Gloucestershire, England. Howes, 70, and a gardener spent weeks planning and setting out each oak after his wife died suddenly 15 years ago. He planted the fledgling trees across a six-acre field after carefully marking out a heart shape in one half of the grass, with the heart pointing in the direction of her childhood home. The stunning crop was captured in its full beauty after a balloonist sailed over the farmhouse and photographed the field from the air.

A heart-shaped meadow, created by a farmer as a tribute to his late wife, can be seen from the air near Wickwar, South Gloucestershire. The point of the heart points towards Wotton Hill, where his wife was born. (

A giant heart formed with 6000 oak trees which Winston Howes planted in memory of his late wife Janet. (Andy Collett /


Thanks to treatment by researchers at the University of Virginia Medical Center, the world's tallest man, 29-year-old Sultan Kosen of Turkey, may have reached his peak at 8-feet-3 inches.


American artist Andres Amador spends hours painstakingly carving giant works of art on to beach shores, some creations spanning up to 300 x 500 feet. He illustrates each pattern in a sketchbook before re-creating the grand design in the sand using nothing more than a garden rake. With the help of Google Earth to pick out the best beaches for his designs, Amador then patiently waits for a full moon to ensure tides are low enough for him to complete his design before it is washed away by the sea.


Artist Ben Wilson paints on a piece of discarded chewing gum on the Millennium Bridge, in London February 28, 2012. Wilson has painted miniature works of art on discarded chewing gum in various parts of London and Europe over the past seven years in an effort to "turn something some people would find disgusting into something artistic and beautiful," he said. He chooses gum splatters with unusual shapes "to allow art to happen in a random way."


Are aliens giving up cornfields for cold, mountain air? Nope. Turns out these incredibly awesome snow designs are the work of decidedly human artist Simon Beck, who takes the concept of a crop circle to new heights by strapping on a pair snowshoes and getting to work.

You can see more of his work on his Facebook page.


Who hasn't wanted to take a ride in the Weinermobile? Outfitting vehicles to look like something else has been one of America's favorite advertising tools since the '30s, and drivers and bystanders have been treated to cars that look like everything from animals to candy - even shoes. In fact, carrying on in the tradition of Oscar Mayer, there is a whole bevy of food-shaped vehicles that deserve their moment of glory.


Female ninjutsu practitioners from various schools in Iran showcase their skills to the media.

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