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Bunnicula is real and he’s a black rabbit with red fangs and claws menacingly perched above the ornate doorway to solicitors’ offices in the historic Cathedral Buildings in Newcastle, England. He’s a mysterious grotesque who’s been up there for over a century now, but no one seems to know why or what he represents. However there are stories:

"Erected with the rest of the building in 1901, locals tell a tale of grave robbers who were running rampant in the area until one dark night the fanged beastie rose on the door opposite the graveyard as if to scare off future robbers. Less superstitiously, it has also been theorized that the vampire rabbit is in fact a hare whose ears were mistakenly put on backwards. If this were the case the bloody little creature could have been installed to reference Sir George Hare Phipson, a local doctor, Freemason, and friend of the cathedral’s architect."

The blood-sucking bun was originally the same sandy color as the stonework that surrounds him. His jet-black coat and blood-red teeth and claws are a modern addition. So he could simply be a representation of the Easter bunny, albeit an alarmingly sinister one. Whatever his reason for being there, we think he’s awesome.

Photos by wanderingfool

[via Atlas Obscura]

This may be a fantastic discovery, mistaken identity or a simply a beautiful hoax, but even so the idea is awesome. Manchester Metropolitan University professor John Hyatt claims to have photographed tiny fairies in flight while he was taking landscape photos over a two year period out in the countryside of Lancashire, England. He insists that the photographs are 100% real and haven’t been manipulated in any way.

“It was a bit of a shock when I blew them up, I did a double take,” he said. “I went out afterwards and took pictures of flies and gnats and they just don’t look the same. People can decide for themselves what they are.”

“I don’t believe they are just smaller versions of us and go home and have a cup of tea at the end of the day,” Hyatt pointed out. “And no one is suggesting they have any special powers. From my experience, they were just enjoying themselves and there was a little dance in the sunlight going on. They are just beautiful pictures and beauty can make people believe.”

Hyatt’s photos are currently on display in an exhibition entitled Rossendale Fairies at the Whitaker Museum in Whitaker Park, Rossendale, Lancashire, England.

[via Oddity Central]

Mystery Storage Box - Of course you’ll want to store all your most mysterious possessions in a box covered in question marks. This 7” x 5” x 1-1/2” cardboard box is held shut with a magnetic closure and includes a free sticker sheet with extra questions marks. Perfect for storing that clump of Bigfoot hair you found and your monkey’s paw with two wishes left. Leave it in your guest room and tell guests not to open it—they won’t be able to resist!

Buy one here

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Our creepy Horse Head Mask has just been spotted in one of the most awesomely awesome music videos we’ve ever seen. The song is simply called “The Fox” and it’s the work of a pair of Norwegian entertainers named Bård Ylvisåker and Vegard Ylvisåker, otherwise known as Ylvis.

No matter where you’re from, we all grow up learning about the noises made by various animals. “The Fox” begins as a basic, but chic lesson in animal sounds and then turns into something indescribably strange and wonderful. We don’t want to spoil the surprise. Just watch for yourself.

Ylvis have their very own talk show on TVNorge and this remarkable music video was created as part of a promotional campaign for their upcoming season premiere. If this is how Ylvis introduces a new season, we can’t wait to see what the actual show is like.

[via our very own Dan’l via Gawker]

These photos represent an awesome mystery, a whole new wing of Department of Awesome Natural Wonders. They were taken in the Amazon rainforest in Peru by a graduate student named Troy Alexander and we think they look like something you might find on the asteroid where The Little Prince lives. 

Troy was in South America working on a parrot biology and conservation project called the Tambopata Macaw Project when he began noticing these remarkable and puzzling structures on tree trunks. Some sort of animal had constructed a delicate barrier around its newly-laid egg sac that looks just like a white picket fence. These structures appear to have been constructed by a spider or insect, but so far no one has been able to say for sure. They are completely new to science.

Though he had no idea what built it, he snapped a few photos, hoping that when he got home an entomologist would help him zero in on the moth or spider responsible and that would be the end of the story.

Weeks after his return, Alexander hoped for a quick ID by posting a photos to Reddit’s popular “whatsthisbug” subreddit where biologists and experts in both insects and arachnids were all stumped. He says the photos have now been viewed “by the professional entomologists moderating Whatsthisbug, but also entomologists at Cal Tech, Georgia Tech, Rice University, the Smithsonian Institute, and more… [but] still no definite confirmation.” Some suspect that it could be something similar to the
Ribbed-Cocoon Maker Moth which also builds a protective structure, but nothing so distinct as this fence.

Head over to Colossal to view more of Troy’s photos.

From the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders comes this impressive geological formation - an enormous rock perfectly balanced atop a smooth mound. Located deep inside the forests of Finland, the balancing rock is called Kummakivi:

"There is still no scientific explanation for how the rock, whose given name translates as ‘strange rock’ in Finnish, has wound up in such a perplexing position."

However it happened, it’s a pretty awesome sight. But we don’t recommend standing under it for too long.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

From the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders comes the Lake Hillier, the mysteriously bright pink lake found on Middle Island in Western Australia that looks like it’s made of Strawberry Nestle Quik or Pepto-Bismol. No one knows for sure why the lake sports such an unusual colour.

According to Wikipedia: The reason for the lake’s colour is still under investigation. A possible explanation according to some scientists involves the low nutrient concentrations and different types of bacteria and algae. The pink colouration could also be from a sea salt and nahcolite (sodium bicarbonate) deposit reaction or red halophilic bacteria in the salt crusts.

Photos by Jean Paul Ferrero/Ardea/Caters News (via Exposing the Truth), JWB @ Panoramio.comRalph Roberts on Google+, and lookcaitlin.

[via Twisted Sifter]

"Over the past few weeks in a wooded area around Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, UK—a city known for quirky architecture and annual art festivals—three [awesome] sculptures were surreptitiously carved into a number of felled trees by an unknown artist. These were not crude, amateur wood carvings, but clearly the work of an accomplished sculptor that the Daily Mail called “an anonymous Banksy-style guerrilla artist”. Right. Well, the sculptures are indeed incredible, and I think the world could use a healthy dose of accomplished mystery art, as was the case last year in Scotland where a series of book sculptures were left by a still unidentified individual in libraries and book festivals around the country.

The rogue tree carver’s identity was unveiled when the BBC decided to do the obvious thing and knock on the door of the person who owned the publicly-accessible private property where the sculptures were spotted, David Brown. Although Brown was unavailable for comment his housekeeper reported that the works were were commissioned from chainsaw-wielding artist Tommy Craggs who makes a living traveling around the world carving all matter of mystical creatures, animals, and figurative works into trees. Indeed in his own online gallery [where we found the awesome witch tree sculpture that was set on fire] several photos of a piece entitled King Hallow of Abbey Road identically match one of mystery sculptures found in Knaresborough. Case closed.”

[via Colossal]

From the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders come these mysterious patterns on the ocean floor off the southern coast of Japan. Japanese scuba diver and photographer Yoji Ookata, who has spent the last 50 years exploring and documenting his underwater discoveries off the coast of Japan, spotted these beautiful and puzzling patterns in the sand, nearly six feet in diameter and 80 feet below sea level, during a dive near Amami Oshima at the southern tip of the country.

So what happened next? Are these rippling geometric patterns the equivalent of crop circles on the seafloor? Not quite, but the answer is still a good one. Colossal explains:

"He soon returned with colleagues and a television crew from the nature program NHK to document the origins what he dubbed the “mystery circle.”

Using underwater cameras the team discovered the artist is a small puffer fish only a few inches in length that swims tirelessly through the day and night to create these vast organic sculptures using the gesture of a single fin. Through careful observation the team found the circles serve a variety of crucial ecological functions, the most important of which is to attract mates. Apparently the female fish are attracted to the hills and valleys within the sand and traverse them carefully to discover the male fish where the pair eventually lay eggs at the circle’s center, the grooves later acting as a natural buffer to ocean currents that protect the delicate offspring. Scientists also learned that the more ridges contained within the sculpture resulted in a much greater likelihood of the fish pairing. To learn more about the circles check out the full scoop over on Spoon and Tamago, and you can see two high resolution desktop photos courtesy of NHK here.”

Busy little pufferfish boys wooing potential mates by sculpting the sand with their bodies. As far as we’re concerned, that’s pretty awesome!

[via Colossal]