How often do you experience curious moments? When was the last time you felt truly in awe?
Wonder is the most human of emotions. It inspires us to create, to push the boundaries of expectation and step outside of the ordinary. There are no limits to the number of awe-inspiring moments that can be had, yet so few of us prioritise the hunt for the unusual.
Don’t give up on the quest for excitement. Go outside, get giddy. Embrace the strange and smash some colour into your year. Still struggling? It’s a good thing you’re here.
To give you a little inspiration, we travelled the world, went back in time and brought back the most curious curiosities we could find. Check them out, and then hunt for your own:
THE ORIGINS OF APHRODISIACS
The Romans used a plant called Silphium, with seeds shaped like a traditional heart, as an effective natural contraceptive. That is where the traditional symbol of love came from. Unfortunately, the Romans were so randy, the plant became extinct.
THE AYE AYE
With a look of perpetual astonishment, this little guy is just about the most wonderful Primate we could find. The Aye Aye has the unique ability to extract food from trunks by knocking on the wood, listening to the echo and making a hole in the more hollow areas with their teeth. They can then use their long fingers to pull out their meal.
Ivanovich Ivanov gave genetic mutation a pretty good shot in the 1920s when he tried to create a human-chimp hybrid. Sounds pretty terrifying. He failed, but wins points for gumption, and for being totally bat shit crazy.
THE FLY GEYSER
Wow, the Fly Geyser is really something. This otherworldly geological structure can be found on private land on the edge of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. Created accidentally in 1964 when an energy company drilled into geothermal waters, today a fountain erupts up to five feet high, creating a mineral build up, which grows several inches every year. The amazing hues are due to thermophilic algae.
THE ‘TOFFEE APPLE TSUNAMI’
In 1919, a 90-foot iron tank containing two-and-a-half million gallons of crude molasses exploded, unleashing a sticky tsunami on the good people of Boston, Massachusetts. The 15-foot, thick wall of toffee ran through the streets, reaching 35mph and tearing buildings from their foundations as it went.
This strange little thing is the Grimpoteuthis, otherwise known as the dumbo octopus because of its big ears and curious disposition. They live at extreme depths of up to 23,000ft and flap their ears like fins to propel them through the deep blue sea.
THE NAZCA LINES
These enormous geoglyphs in coastal Peru depict spiders, monkeys, plants and other strange figures. Visible only from the air or from a viewing tower nearby, some of the unexplained shapes are up to 200m in length, and each one is executed by a continuous line. They are thought to be linked to constellations, although no one knows their true purpose or how they were created.
Shrouded in mystery, Lady Chastity’s reserve is a potent elixir that has been known to turn even the strongest men into her willing sex slaves. There are many legends surrounding the Lady, yet no one knows the true origin of her infamous reserve.
HUNGRY FOR WONDER?
It’s all out there for the blowing of our tiny minds. Get out and get some.