A picture taken in March of 2011 shows a tsunami wave flooding over the breakwater in Miyako city. The shot was quickly spread by the media and became one of the symbols of the merciless elements that caused massive destruction in Japan. It’s amazing how the power of nature embodies itself in most destructive and most peaceful phenomena at the same time. Tsunami waves, volcanic eruptions, beehives of most intricate shapes, and trees respecting each other’s space — it’s all about our almighty Mother Nature.
Here Bright Side, we can’t wait to show you these shots capturing the unsurpassed power of nature.
1. Tsunami wave taking over Miyako City, Japan, 2011.
2. A volcanic eruption accompanied by powerful lightning. Cordón Caulle, Chile.
3. Meet Victoria Amazonica, the giant water lily with the largest flower in the world.
4. Crown shyness is a phenomenon in which crowns of trees do not touch each other and form a dome with channel-like gaps.
5. This wave is enormous:
6. “Aerial photography view of the lava flow of the Kilauea volcano in Big Island, Hawaii, USA.”
7. Striking beauty
8. A shelf cloud wrapping around the base of the storm. Isn’t it amazing?
9. Was this picture taken on our planet?
10. Power and grace embodied!
11. This tree trapped in ice looks extraterrestrial:
12. Beehives take the most intricate shapes and occupy the most unexpected places!
13. It’s unbelievable, but it’s just the root of one tree!
14. Stunning Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland
15. Sunset at Glass Beach, California. It took a lot of time for the water to polish ordinary glass and turn it into mesmerizing gems!
16. Nature will always find a way.
17. Snow kingdom, Kamchatka, Russia
18. “Nature is so beautiful! I found this rock on one of the Icelandic beaches.”
19. The power of life
20. This acid lake of an amazing blue color found its place in a volcanic vent in Kamchatka, Russia:
21. This tree has amazingly strong roots:
22. Conquering the wave
23. Fallen cherry blossom petals make the channel pink.
24. Ivy sprouts leave intricate traces as they climb up the wall.
25. This tree won’t give up:
Which of the pictures impressed you the most? Have you ever seen Mother Nature demonstrating its power in such a spectacular way? Did you manage to capture those moments? Feel free to share your thoughts and pictures in the comments!
Being pregnant implies sticking to certain rules like not consuming alcohol, coffee, and even not sleeping on your back. But if you are married to a British monarch, you’ll have to say “no” to many more, even simple at first glance, things.
Bright Side found out what, unlike normal girls, pregnant princesses expecting an heir to the throne are forbidden to do.
1. It’s forbidden to disclose the baby’s gender.
While modern moms post on social media whether they are expecting a baby boy or a baby girl, it was prohibited for Kate Middleton to speak about it. According to the rules of the royal castle, parents don’t have the right to disclose the baby’s gender until the child is born. It’s the royal press office who is officially authorized to announce the news about the birth of the heir or heiress of the throne.
2. It’s forbidden to accept gifts.
Today, wedding and birthday wish lists are quite popular in Great Britain. The star of the occasion writes a list of the things they need and sends it to her guests who choose one thing out of the list and present it later. Future parents, for example, can wish for diapers, a stroller, or baby clothes — things that will help them to reduce their expenses. However, it was strictly prohibited for Kate Middleton to make this type of list or to accept any presents for the future newborn. All of this kept those surrounding her unaware of the baby’s gender.
3. It’s forbidden to drive.
According to statistics, the risk of getting into a car accident increases by 42% during the 2nd trimester of pregnancy. It’s connected with the increased tiredness of the body, sudden headaches, and loss of consciousness. That’s why in order to protect the future mom and baby from an accident, Kate Middleton was prohibited from driving a car. Instead, she could always use the services of a personal driver.
4. It’s forbidden to be in a bad mood.
A representative of the royal family should always be in a good mood. She needs to be polite and smile to other people. It’s considered bad manners to complain about feeling bad, to cry in public, or to discuss the pregnancy with others.
5. Eating in public is forbidden.
There is a theory saying that it’s possible to know the gender of the future baby by the taste preferences of the mother: if she craves sweets, she will have a baby girl, if she eats a lot of salty food, she will have a baby boy. So the Duchess of Cambridge wasn’t supposed to eat in public in order to deter starting rumors about the gender of the future baby. The exception to this rule is at a reception where all guests are served similar dishes.
6. Maternity leave can be up to 5 months.
Pregnant Kate Middleton was supposed to attend all official events right up to the birth of the child. But after the birth, Kate has the right not to show up at official events in order to devote the necessary attention and care to her newborn baby. But the duration of her maternity leave shouldn’t exceed 5 months.
7. It’s forbidden to buy baby clothes in retail stores.
And again it’s all because of the possibility of spreading information about the future gender of the baby. Paparazzi could take a photo of the baby clothes, their color, and type. That’s why there are special people who are in charge of buying clothes both for the mother and the baby and they keep the information top secret.
8. It’s forbidden for them to wear clothes showing their belly.
A princess should wear clothes that hide her rounded tummy. First of all, in order to prevent the appearance of early rumors and shouting headlines in the media. Second, according to the royal fashion rules, it’s considered inappropriate to wear swimsuits and tight clothes for pregnant princesses. They should wear loose things that don’t hinder their movements.
9. It’s forbidden to announce the date of childbirth.
The Royal Palace announces only the prospective month in which the heir will be born, but the date itself is kept in strict confidence. Most often, this news is published by the royal press office when the mother is in the 10th to 12th week of her pregnancy.
10. It’s forbidden to take baby selfies.
Unlike most moms, who start to spam their newsfeed with baby photos after childbirth, Kate can’t publish photos because she is forbidden to have accounts on social media. It’s permitted to post a photo of the baby on the official Twitter account of the royal family.
Which of these rules do you agree with and which of them would you never agree to follow? Please tell us about it in the comments!
Travelers all over the world do their best to catch the best vacation moments and impress their friends and followers with their pictures. Though, life is more inventive and unexpected than we tend to think — so what was captured in a photo may differ from what was planned.
Bright Side prepared a compilation of truly hilarious pictures from vacations these people will never be able to forget.
1. Everything looks perfect…except for the frisbee coming through the front.
2. When a hair-flipping photo turns into a pic of Chewbacca:
3. Booking a window seat isn’t always what you expect it to be.
4. Who says fish can’t photobomb?
5. Taking photos with dogs isn’t always easy.
6. Nope, it really isn’t!
7. Goth is a state of mind. And a beach is no exception.
8. When you just want to get a photo with the llama:
9. Can’t the Dark Knight get tired?
10. Just hanging out with a pet…
11. Caution! Slippery floor!
12. It’s clear who’s the boss here.
13. Feeding a flamingo might not be as funny as expected…
14. When you planned to watch movies during your flight:
15. She looks pretty relaxed considering this iguana situation.
16. Sometimes the names of travel destinations are no lie.
17. This guy really wanted to be in the photo.
18. They sell sunscreen for a reason.
19. Even Stormtroopers need some pool time.
20. Just 8 girls photobombing a guy with leggings
21. Hope everything ended well for these girls.
22. Be careful with a high tide when sleeping at the beach.
Do you have any brilliant travel photos like these in your collection? Feel free to share them in the comments!
On social media, people attempt to be better than they really are. They tend to stage their photos, whether it’s a shot of their nutritious meal, a super cute puppy or a sunny chill-out-day picture to make it look as though they’re “perfect,” as well as everything around them. But in reality, that puppy picture probably took 18 attempts, and that beautiful bowl full of oatmeal and fruit doesn’t likely represent their healthy lifestyle.
Bright Side has collected 19 amusing pictures peeling away the mystery behind “the ideal life”.
19. Things we do for a good photo
18. “Trying to take a nice photo of our pets”
17. An attempt to be the perfect family
16. Keeping a healthy diet
15. Loving each other
14. Dream boy vs reality boy
13. Spending a lovely day at the beach
12. “The cuteness of our pets as it is”
11. The neatest person of the year
10. “Finally nailed swimming on the inflatable ring!”
9. Don’t trust the advertisement, it doesn’t look that attractive.
8. Being that loving couple
7. What hides behind this flawless skin?
6. The reality of cuddling with our partners
5. When we try to show our best side:
4. Traveling to the nicest places can be surprising.
3. Stunning makeup
2. A tasty-looking healthy breakfast
1. Beauty when no one is watching
Be honest: do you tell these kinds of lies on social media? If so, what was your worst lie? Let us know in the comments!
Our home can influence us in the most surprising ways. Scientists have concluded that people who live in a house or apartment with a high ceiling have better abstract thinking and those who have plants are more likely to help people aroundthem. We haven’t conducted our own study yet but we’re sure the items depicted in this article will change the way your home looks for the better.
Bright Side has collected 17 nice interior objects that will make your room look unique. You can make most of these things on your own in just a single evening.
17. A chunky knitted blanket
A chunky knitted blanket is a stylish and cozy detail. You can create this warm, soft item on your own with your own 2 hands.
16. A hand-painted wall
Such a room will definitely make you dream about reaching for the sky and setting new goals. You don’t have to be a great artist to create a magnificent mountain scene like this one.
15. A spiral lamp made out of wooden dowels
Who says designer lamps have to be expensive? You can make a great lamp with your own 2 hands: all you’ll need is your imagination and some wooden dowels.
14. A clothing rack
Why should you hide your bright clothes in a wardrobe closet? Let them decorate your room! A nice hand-made clothing rack will make your home look even cozier.
13. An asymmetric rack
This rack is made out of storage boxes joined together with stationery clips. Do you want to renew your room’s interior? Well, this idea is especially for you.
12. Flowers above your bed
Such tender decor can be easily made out of artificial flowers. If your wall is painted with 1 color, then the flowers will look really stylish.
11. A hexagon wall
You’ll only need great colors and stylish hexagon shelves to create an awesome wall like this one.
10. A vintage rack
Don’t throw away your old window frames — give them a second life and make an elegant rack out of them.
9. Embroidery hoop pictures
What do you do with items left from an old hobby that are lying in a drawer like old yarn or string? Place the fabric you like in these hoops and make sure the pattern looks the way you want. Well done!
8. A bright lamp
One more way to use old fabric: decorate your lamp with it in just 10 minutes!
7. A stool with knitted upholstery
You can renew your chair or stool using an old sweater. Use the leftovers to decorate a flower pot.
6. Oriental design
Check your closet: there might be a funny lamp or an extremely bright pillow that you don’t know what to do with. If you don’t have such items, you can create an oriental atmosphere all on your own.
5. Colorful shelves
You’ll definitely want to place all your favorite items on these shelves whether they be awards, souvenirs, or superhero figurines. Thanks to a harmonious combination of colors, a colorful circle doesn’t look weird at all.
4. Rainbow curtains
Create a delightful atmosphere with the help of some incredible rainbow curtains.
3. A coffee table planter
Ornamental plants can definitely cheer us up. Just imagine yourself sitting behind this table and drinking coffee in the morning.
2. Light bulb planters
Make some vases out of old light bulbs and they’ll turn your room into a sunny place even in winter.
1. Giving broken pots a second life
Have you ever broken your favorite flower pot? It’s not a problem anymore! Give it a second chance and create a nice miniature green world.
Do you want to renew your home now after seeing these great suggestions? Which item did you like the most?
A play of light and shadow, shapes, and imagination can turn regular photos into masterpieces. You won’t be able to forget living dinosaurs, levitating glasses, and a long cat even you find out what’s going on behind the scenes in these pics.
Bright Side has collected photos creating incredible effects that puzzle our minds.
This long cat consists of 2 kittens sleeping in a pet store.
The way the light hits the cup makes it look like it’s levitating.
What a nice hairstyle! But wait…
This dinosaur is hungry.
“My parents met a friendly stingray on vacation.”
A pigeon created a portrait of itself on a leaf.
A huge cat entering the city
The right angle turns a dog into a T-rex.
“Timmy has the spirit of a giant rat.”
They don’t know yet…
This seat looks like it has little leggies.
This horse looks like it’s levitating.
“My dog’s ear looks like a smaller version of herself.”
Thanks to the reflection in the window, this pillar looks transparent.
“Found this duck in my garden.”
This cloud looks like a howling wolf.
This strawberry gives a thumbs up.
Bonus: Yes, there’s a bear at the wedding.
Do you have any shots that we have to look at twice to understand what’s going on? Share them with us in the comments!
This country of smiles welcomes thousands of travelers from all over the world, all year round. The culture of Thailand is very welcoming and there are a lot of exotic and unique places to visit, so much so that you could come back with a one-of-a-kind vacation story. For example, you’ve probably never visited an underground temple or swam with elephants.
We at Bright Side collected 16 attractions in Thailand that will make you pack your stuff and leave for vacation there.
1. Phraya Nakhon Cave
The nature reserve of Khao Sam Yot National Park is huge and there are plenty of fantastic places to see, but Phraya Nakhon Cave is a place you should visit at least once in your lifetime. You will have to climb 1400 feet up a mountain, between the trees, and then a fairly high staircase. It’s not an easy walk, but it’ll be worth your while. You’ll find a unique cave where the light from the sun shines on a hidden temple.
2. Hundreds of monkeys
Monkeys in Thailand can be found everywhere, especially on the beaches, in parks, and around Buddhist temples. For the natives, monkeys are a part of their everyday life, they blend into the background. However, with tourists, primates are quite unpredictable, like in the first minutes of close contact they will either allow you to pet them or they’ll find an opportunity to steal something from you.
3. C Cup Cafe
C Cup Cafe is one of the most loved places in Bangkok, and of course mostly for men. Waitresses there are allowed to wear whatever they want since the cafe doesn’t have a strict dress code, so they proudly show off the correlation with the cafe’s name. The food is pretty good, too, according to the happy faces on their page.
4. Iced tea in a bag
A funny quirk about Thailand is that they usually won’t use a cup for your ice tea or coffee and instead put it in a bag. A lot of tourists actually find it easier to carry that way and the best part is how much more of your favorite drink you’re getting for the same price as a smaller cup.
5. Selfie coffee
If you want to drink your own face, look no further — there is a cafe called KC Cafe for this strange request. There you can order a latte with your own face printed on top of the milk foam, so go ahead and enjoy it.
6. Elephant sanctuaries
In Thailand you can get the experience of a lifetime by hanging out with the cutest elephants in the world. You can wash them, feed them, play with them, and even ride them if you’re brave enough. They are some of the nicest animals in the world — of course, if you’re nice to them.
7. Wat Khun Inthapramun
This fantastic ancient temple that has a resting Buddha on top of it is truly magnificent. The whole aura of the place is extremely peaceful and ethereal, so if you want both your body and your soul to rest, you should visit this area.
8. Sook Station Prison for a day
It might seem terrifying at first glance, but don’t overlook it. This so called prison is just a specially-styled hostel in Bangkok. If you’ve ever wanted to find out what it’s like to serve a sentence, but never wanted to be in an actual prison, look no further.
9. Trucks full of coconuts
Coconuts in Thailand are truly something special. They are known to be much sweeter due to the Thai soil and climate conditions than in any other part of the world. It’s no wonder that Thai coconut water and milk are known throughout the rest of the world.
10. Hello Kitty Spa
This literally might be the cutest spa and shop to ever exist on our planet. Hello Kitty Spa provides various services and amenities in a fantastically relaxing and child-like atmosphere. If you are interested in visiting this magical place, here is their website.
11. Gigantic lily pads
If you want to feel like you’re playing some kind of a video game in real life, these gigantic Victoria Lilies are at your service. Located in Phitsanulok, they are one of the most interesting sightings in northern Thailand. They can handle a lot of weight, so even a couple of adult people wouldn’t drown standing on one or hopping from one to the other.
12. Fish eating dead skin
Thai fish therapy is extremely popular among tourists from all over the world. Not only is it safe and good for your health, since they are eating the dead skin off of your feet, but it’s also hilarious, feeling dozens of tiny fish tickling your legs.
13. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
This floating market is now mainly an attraction for tourists, but it is active, quite exotic, and colorful, showing a piece of the current Bangkok lifestyle. Boats that are made of teak fill canals that are so small only a couple of boats can barely fit in. The James Bond movie The Man With The Golden Gun was filmed right here. If you re-watch it, you’ll realize that little has changed here since then and you’ll find yourself in a Hollywood blockbuster!
14. Bangkok Floating Center
If you feel like you need to relax literally every part of your body and soul, you certainly need to visit the Bangkok Floating Center. You’ll float in a small capsule with soothing Celtic music filling your ears and have not a care in the world about anything around you.
15. Crystal clear ocean
The seas there are something else entirely, as you can see on the picture above (which is nowhere near photoshopped). Can you imagine how clear the water is there? Try flying out to the Andaman Sea, for example, we promise you won’t regret it, and you will want to snorkel there for hours.
16. Ghosts are welcome here
Finally, if you’re such a big fan of Halloween that you feel the need to celebrate it more than once a year, look no further. Thai people believe in ghosts probably more than in any other culture, and there are hundreds of places you can visit that are embedded with these beliefs.
If you have any other places in Thailand to suggest, please share them in the comments below.
The calm and soothing sound of the ocean waves, trees that look like they’re touching the sky and solitude that is perfectly distinguished from buzzing city life — if all those things make up the ideal reading spot for you, then we have to share something that will definitely meet your criteria.
At Bright Side, we were in disbelief at first after seeing if such a place was actually real. But upon further inspection, we quickly learned that this place was no joke!
Almost all of us have received spam emails claiming we’ve won a massive amount of prize money, a stake in properties etc. So, if you get this kind of mail in your inbox, chances are you will consider it to be spam too since it sounds too good to be true. But before you hit the delete button, let us explain how this job offer is just as legit as an office position.
The Maldives, the famous holiday island amidst the Indian ocean, is looking for a bookworm who can take up this job at one of their 5-star resorts, the Soneva Fushi eco-resort. Philip Blackwell is the man who has rolled out this irresistible job offer for the position of a bookseller.
The job, which requires the candidate to sign a 3-month contract, includes tasks like hosting creative writing classes for guests, entertaining kids with storybooks and writing for an engaging blog based on his or her experiences.
There is a wealth of options for those who like to read at famous holiday resorts. Coming from a famous bookseller family and having more than 250 popup bookshops that supply books for top resorts, cruise ships, and game reserves all over the world, Blackwell wanted to lay his bets on this famous Maldives resort.
It’s a dream job for many people. The villas at this beach resort have per day rent as high as $26,000. But this job will entitle you to enjoy it absolutely free of cost. Blackwell came up with this idea of opening a bookstore in a resort after he himself found a lack of good reading options while on a vacation.
The resort is frequently visited by the Royal Family of England, and popular Hollywood stars as well. That gives you another reason to apply for this dream job: to brush shoulders with popular icons! The listing was first published in the UK book industry website, BookBrunch. You better hurry before someone else swoops in and takes the job!
There will be a good mix of books that will be made available like famous local stories, stories about marine life, and some famous literature that is interesting to wealthy guests.
Selling quality books to rich people would make them start to enjoy the modest charm of a good book. This is a trend luxury cruise ships and high-end hotels are starting to tap into. Anyone can read anything on their devices but only a discerning few can afford a wall full of first editions.
Are you also tempted by this job offer? Do the noble job of sharing this opportunity with your friends as well!
We all have been teased for something, but these people had too much of it. Extra weight, big ears, crooked teeth, thick glasses, frizzy hair — every “ugly duckling” has their own distinctive feature. Now, they are real swans and the only thing they regret is that they used to worry about these things more than necessary.
The Bright Side team is amazed by how patient and self-ironic these attractive people are.
“In the summer, I used to have a Richard Gere hairstyle.”
“13 years old and 23. All it takes is a bit of fairy dust and confidence (and a lot of makeup.)”
Went through a “stage” and made it out on the other side!
“12, 15, and 28 years old. I’m only getting younger.”
“17 to 26. I think I was mostly grease and hormones back then.”
“15 to 26. From strange gender-bender to recognizable as a woman.”
“14 and 24 years old.”
“16 and 26 years old. We’ve been together for 10 years and feeling better than ever.”
Whose transformation amazed you the most? Share your opinion in the comments section below.
“I think I know this face…” is a common thought when you watch a movie with an actor you’re sure you’ve seen before. And then, you find out that this beautiful woman from the movie you saw yesterday is actually a girl who starred in thrillers decades years ago. And sometimes, it’s the other way around when you have no idea what young Gandalf looked like and then you see a Pet Shop Boys music video with young Ian McKellen.
Bright Side offers you to take a look at popular actors who looked really different in their first movies from how we know them today.
25. Michelle Trachtenberg
TV show:Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 5, 2000.
Role: Don Summers.
24. Dakota Fanning
Movie:Man on Fire, 2004.
Role: Lupita Ramos.
23. Russell Crowe
Movie: Proof, 1991.
22. Jennifer Garner
Tv-series: Alias, 2001.
Role: Sydney Bristow.
21. Ian McKellen
Movie: A Touch of Love, 1969.
Role: George Matthews.
20. Elizabeth Berkley
Movie: Showgirls, 1995.
Role: Nomi Malone.
19. Robert Downey Jr.
Movie: Weird Science, 1985.
18. Alyson Hannigan
Movie: American Pie, 1999.
Role: Michelle Flaherty.
17. Eva Green
Movie: Kingdom of Heaven, 2005.
16. Woody Harrelson
Role: Woody Boyd.
15. Lucy Liu
Movie: Kill Bill: Vol. 1, 2003.
Role: O-Ren Ishii.
14. Hugh Grant
Movie: The Lair of the White Worm, 1988.
Role: Lord James D’Ampton.
13. Eliza Dushku
Movie: Wrong Turn, 2003.
Role: Jessie Burlingame.
12. Nicole Kidman
Movie: Dead Calm, 1989.
Role: Rae Ingram.
11. Liam Neeson
Movie: The Mission, 1986.
10. Scarlett Johansson
Movie: If Lucy Fell, 1996.
9. Til Schweiger
Movie: Manta, Manta, 1991.
8. Kate Beckinsale
Movie: Uncovered, 1994.
7. Jeremy Renner
Movie: Senior Trip, 1995.
Role: Mark ’Dags’ D’Agastino.
6. Mila Kunis
Movie: Gia, 1998.
Role: Gia at the age of 11.
5. Willem Dafoe
Movie: Streets on Fire, 1984.
Role: Raven Shaddock.
4. Milla Jovovich
Movie: Return to the Blue Lagoon, 1991.
Role: Lilli Hargrave.
3. Edward Norton
Movie: Primal Fear, 1996.
2. Jennifer Connelly
Movie: Phenomena, 1984.
Role: Jennifer Corvino.
1. Adam Sandler
Movie: Airheads, 1994.
Which of the actors amazed you the most? Tell us in the comments section below.