This is What Happens When Sand Gets Struck by Lightning

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This is What Happens When Sand Gets Struck by Lightning
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Fulgurites are natural hollow glass tubes formed in quartzose sand, silica, or soil by lightning strikes (at 3,270 °F), which instantaneously melts silica on a conductive surface and fuses grains together over a period of around one second. Photographed by Ken Smith.

Photo Gallery of the Day

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Photo Gallery of the Day
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Turns out National Geographic photographers aren't the only ones who can capture all those amazing and iconic shots. A recent photo contest turned up a treasure trove of images from around the world. View the full gallery -- starting with the winning entry -- here.

[cosbysweaters]

Early Bird Special

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There isn't really anything we can say that will top this YouTube comment:

Nobody show him the Hindenburg video.

(Not Safe For Work -- adult content.)

[hypervocal]

Story Time of the Day

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Story Time of the Day: "Take a picture and save our species, we have 300 left": NatGeo photographer Mattias Klum recalls the time he came face-to-face with an endangered Asiatic lioness in India's Gir Forest.

[ichc.]

Stuffed Bear of the Day

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Stuffed Bear of the Day
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Stuffed Bear of the Day: Photographer and 2011 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest hopeful Rick Sheremeta sets up the scene for his entry, "Quick Cat Nap":

On a recent photo trip to Alaska’s McNeil River, I spent four days obse

Everybody Needs A Hobby II of the Day

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Everybody Needs A Hobby II of the Day: 29-year-old "adult baby" Stanley Thornton introduces National Geographic to his taboo.

Most awkward MTV Cribs episode ever.

(sNSFW, adult baby.)

[natgeo / thehairpin.]