7 Unusual Statues And Monuments Across The Globe!

There are some monuments and statues that instill a sense of pride, beauty or emotions among the viewer. Those are unforgettable pieces of art that you get to see on field trips or in the pages of history books. But then there are some less-explored monuments, which are in a way an ode to the weird, the wonderful, and the just plain wacky which would make you think, “Seriously Bro? Seriously? Were you high or something before you ended up making these?”

Let’s look at some of them, One cautionary advice would be to just enjoy the view instead of trying to understand them (not if you don’t have something better to do).

7. De Vaartkapoen

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This statue was erected in 1985 in the Molenbeek area of Brussels. The scene it depicts is reminiscent of a comedy sketch: a man unexpectedly emerges from a manhole and pulls the feet from underneath a policeman. It’s author is Belgian sculptor Tom Frantzen.

6. Shit Fountain

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Artist Jerzy Kenar got tired of stepping out of his Chicago home and constantly stepping in dog poop. So, he decided to put his talents to good use and created a visual monument that would serve as a reminder to the dog owners of the neighborhood to scoop up what their pups leave behind. Enter Shit Fountain, a fecal-shaped bronze coil on top of a cement pillar with the monument’s title carved into the side.

5. The Headington Shark

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The significance of this sculpture is much greater than may appear at first sight. It was erected on the 41st anniversary of the nuclear attack on Nagasaki at the end of World War II. The sculpture depicts a beautiful , if potentially deadly lethal weapon falling from the sky.

4. Die Badende

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Artist Oliver Voss created the sculpture as an advertisement for British beauty company Glory. The company wanted to make a “big splash” in thanking the German people for embracing their latest line of products. The advertisement proved very successful; customers and a large crowd gathered to watch the woman hoisted from the water. The movers had a large towel ready to conceal her lady bits from peeping eyes.

3. Jimmy Carter Peanut

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The Jimmy Carter Peanut might give you nightmares, standing at 4 meters (13 ft) tall with a wide, toothy smile and no eyes. The peanut can be found on the side of the road in Plains, Georgia. The structure started out far from Georgia, however. It was actually constructed in Indiana in 1976 to honor Jimmy Carter’s visit to the state during his presidential campaign tour. Why was a giant, smiling peanut, of all things, used as a tribute? Well, before he was president, Carter was actually a peanut farmer.

2. Jeju Loveland

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The salacious monuments found on Jeju Island in South Korea were made to honor sexual acts. The park itself is called Jeju Loveland and arouses more than just curiosity from its many visitors. The theme park opened in 2004 and has a collection of more than 140 erotic statues depicting sexual encounters between both humans and animals. The goals of the theme park are to break down barriers and taboo feelings surrounding sex and promote the “natural beauty of sexuality.”

1. Brownnosers

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Brownnosers, created by Czech artist David Cerny, takes the term “brownnoser” to an entirely new (and literal) level. The two statues stand, or rather bend over, outside the Futura Gallery in Prague. The two figures are positioned side-by-side with the lower portions of their torsos protruding from a cement wall. Viewers are invited to climb ladders attached to the open anuses of the figures and stick their heads inside the openings.

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Is there a Life after Death?

Humans are the only species on earth who know for a fact they will die one day. But then again, this knowledge isn’t the one they relish. Throughout history, people have sought eternal life trying almost everything and most recently trying to fulfill this hope by pinning it to science. The only thing that surpasses this hope that death can be postponed forever is the hope that life will continue after death. And this belief in life after death comes in all shapes and sizes. In between the views involving continued existence in a physical body, and those in which survival takes place outside the body we are still stuck with it, trying to reason and understand the same.

Today let’s talk about that one question which has troubled every mind for centuries, And the question is, is there life after death? I mean, what we know for a fact is that one hundred percent of the people that you’ll ever meet are you going to die because we are structured to. But, is that it? What happens to you after you die? And if that is so, what’s the basis of the same? How does it even work? Let’s try to evaluate.

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If words of Plato were to be considered, he said that “I’m not sure what’s after death but nature seems to give us a picture of what it will be like, some new kind of life after death. Inside of every piece of fruit is a seed and if you plant the seed, you get the tree that brought it. An oak tree has an acorn and the acorn, if you plant it, you get another oak tree. The caterpillar goes into this cocoon and it seems to die and then it bursts forth as a butterfly.” Does that mean we have an ulterior purpose ? or is it all about For you are dust, And to dust, you shall return.”

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According to Anthropologists almost every culture and religion known on the face of the earth believe in some kind of afterlife – everyone from the primitive cultures to the Amazon to the Himalayas to urban cultures.

There is this something in human beings that believe that death is just not an end, there’s something. Some people end up building pyramids while others build tombs, if we look closely into the rituals, people think that they can take their riches with them. Somehow death unites us all (at least the way we think). There’s a universal belief system in terms of life after death – a common thread of all people.

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That hunger, that thirst for knowing the meaning, the significance which never quite gets satiated. No matter what we accomplish, no matter how good it gets, there’s always that, hmmmm, we’re not quite there. And that is another reason to believe that there is life after death. Heaven or hell whatever you name it, there has to be something.

And then, even a part of science, i.e. “NDE” or the near-death experiences conducts various researchers trying to put an end to this mystery. With numerous people reporting near-death experiences where they see a light at the end of the tunnel or a mystic figure waiting to take them has been largely reported.

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Then comes our mythologies, the Hindu Mythology for that matter has a whole book called “Garur Puran” which tells you about how will you treated in hell or heaven according to your past deeds and the way you had led your life on Earth. Bible Claims that Jesus resurrected after being dead and buried for 3 days which yet again gives us hope of the same.

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What is the truth behind Life and Death? Can we somehow live forever? Is there a light waiting for us at the end of the tunnel? Only time will tell. Till then let’s hatch more conspiracy theories.

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8 Weekend Getaways – Finding An Escapade From The Hectic College Life

College life, in a nutshell, is incomplete without getaways, with the best F.R.I.E.N.D.S of your lives. The friends who stick by your side, through the thick and thins, undaunted by anything. The assignments, mid sems, vivas, conferences, lectures and tutes and the blah blahs, suck on your very enthusiastic and venturesome vibes. But yeah, the perks of this hectic life is the extended holidays and weekends that you get – thanks to our diverse culture and festivals. This is the last phase where no boss is going to cringe, on you taking a leave, and you can explore the places and your friendship simultaneously.

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Fasten your belts, put on your boots, settle those glares, pack your bags and go on a trip with your buddies! Here are 8 weekend Getaways from all the four directions of India that should be on your list, this weekend!  Rev up people, Kyuki – Zindagi Na Milegi Dubara!!

1. Auli – The Switzerland of India

Save yourself from the humdrum of the city life and explore this gorgeous location, sketched with snow-covered peaks, serene lakes, and astounding prayags. Enjoy a train journey to Haridwar from Delhi and take a cab up to Joshimath. Devour in the holy aura of the pith, founded by Adi Sankracharya. The 22km Longest Cable Car in India takes you from Joshimath to Auli. You will be left gaping at the awe-inspiring beauty of the Garhwal Ranges of the Himalayas. Experience the adrenaline rush as you ski in the Alpine like ranges – The Ghori, Nar, Hathi, Nilgiri Parbats. Get lost in the serenity of the Chenab Lake and the beauty of the Trishul Peaks.

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2. Yeh Jawani in Manali

If you are a student from Delhi or NCR. This is the best escapade for all you venturesome folks. With a superhit Bollywood film as a reference, picturesque mountains, cascading River Beas, woody forests, and a holy charm, Manali is India’s most visited tourist attraction. It is a great vacation spot for people who love adventure. This town also has a multitude of options for tourists looking for adventurous activities like trekking, paragliding, skiing, zorbing, white water rafting and the Hadimba, Raghunath temples for all the devotees. Push yourself a bit and extend your trip to Leh!

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3. Allepey- Venice of the East

Backwaters, Beaches, and Lagoons offer the perfect rejuvenation, one needs after a tiring expedition. Dotting the coastline of the sea, Allepey is the oldest planned backwater town in Kerela. Alleppey is also known for its beaches, temples, boat races and Ayurvedic spa and wellness centers. If you are lucky enough to reach there on the second Saturday of August, you can witness the madness and the josh at the Nehru SnakeBoat Race. Pallipuram with its white sand beaches, Krishnapuram palace – an epitome of Travancore’s Kerela architecture, Vembanad- the longest lake in India, the Alphuzza beach and the houseboats; offers a perfect destination for a well deserved holiday!

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4. Meghalaya- Abode of Clouds

Well known for Cherrapunji, Meghalaya can leave you spellbound, with its majestic hills, valleys, secretive caves, and lakes. The Double Decker living root bridge, a masterpiece of the amalgamation of nature and engineering; located in Tryna village, is the biggest attraction in Meghalaya. Watch agape, the Mawsynram Falls as it strikes you with eternal beauty. The Umiam Lake (lake of tears), is yet another gorgeous man-made reservoir, lined with beautiful conifers and Gulmohar trees. This Abode of Clouds will give you all the tranquility you need to rest in nature’s lap!

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5. Alibaug – The one with the beaches

Who doesn’t enjoy wading through the waves, crashing at the shores? Alibaug with more than 10 beaches is a perfect stop for you, this weekend. Discover the history of the Kolaba Fort, 1-2 km from the shores of Alibaug. Surrender to the beautiful yellow sand Akshi beach, lined with pristine suru trees. Enjoy the enchanted waters, beautiful weather and birds at the Mandwa. Witness the wooden Murud Janjira Fort, 54kms away from Alibaug and get lost in Shiva bhakti at the kanakeshwar forest.

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6. Kamshet – Fly with the wind

Located 45 km from Pune, it is a Paragliders paradise.  The area is surrounded by paddy and sunflower fields and it provides an awesome view while you are enjoying the world-class paragliding facilities here. Have a closer look at the village life in India with muddy huts and village markets. Breathe in the beauty of the Pawna Lake as it takes your breath away. Bedsa caves, dating back to 60BC is a perfect instance of architecture and nature. Shinde Wadi hills, is a beginner paraglider escape, with a height of 100-200 feet. Due to its proximity with Lonavla and Khandala, you can push your trip further.

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7. Chickmagalur – Coffee Land of Karnataka

What’s better than experiencing the chiming silence of the forests by actually spending a night amidst the forests. Known for its coffee estates, it is a 7-hour drive from Bangalore. The road trip is smooth with CCDs and A2Bs welcoming you throughout the Bangalore-Mangalore highway. Retreat to the verdant grass, the wonders of nature in its purest of forms at the Mullyanagiri and Kemanagundi hills. Experience the thrill of rafting in the Bhadra river. Head to the National Coffee Research Station to grab the perfect variety of coffee grown here. Stay at Homestays, situated deep in the forests with gaping hills at one side and the endless rainforest at the other. Enjoy activities like trekking through the forests and waterfalls, camping, shooting and coffee estate visits, organized by the homestays.

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8. Ooty- Queen of Nilgiris

Situated at 2500 meters above sea level, with roads entwined on the lofty hills, with the aroma of tea and the salubrious air, Ooty is a great destination for the weekends. On a road trip, you can visit the Bandipur National Park and encounter bathing elephants, posing deers and exquisite birds all along your way. On reaching Ooty, head to the beautiful Ooty Lake and go boating with your friends. The breathtaking Pykara Lake is yet another boating spot. Grab a cuppa tea at the Tea estates and take a toy train to Conoor, and pose amidst the tea gardens with astounding Sleeping Lady Hill Ranges. Hire a guide and take a trek up to witness the turtle rock. The hills present a beautiful sunset view, which shall be forever etched in your memories.

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I hope you are not going to waste any time and head straight to planning your next Trip with your friends. Discover more options and witness the enthralling beauty of our Incredible India. The giggles and an unforgettable trip with your ‘yaaras’, will always stay close to your heart. Ready Steady Po!

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