Nestled in Northeast India next to the Brahmaputra River sits Majuli Island, a giant sandbar that happens to be the largest river island on Earth, home to some 150,000 people. It is also the location of the 1,360 acre Molai Forest, one More than 30 years ago, a teenager named Jadav "Molai" Payeng began planting seeds along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in India’s Assam region.
It was 1979 and floods had washed a great number of snakes onto the sandbar. When Payeng — then only 16 — found them, they had all died.
"The snakes died in the heat, without any tree cover. I sat down and wept over their lifeless forms," Payeng told the Times Of India.
"It was carnage. I alerted the forest department and asked them if they could grow trees there. They said nothing would grow there. Instead, they asked me to try growing bamboo. It was painful, but I did it. There was nobody to help me," he told the newspaper.
Now that once-barren sandbar is a sprawling 1,360 acre forest, home to several thousands of varieties of trees and an astounding diversity of wildlife — including birds, deer, apes, rhino, elephants and even tigers.
The forest, aptly called the "Molai woods" after its creator’s nickname, was single-handedly planted and cultivated by one man — Payeng, who is now 47.
According to the Asian Age, Payeng has dedicated his life to the upkeep and growth of the forest. Accepting a life of isolation, he started living alone on the sandbar as a teenager — spending his days tending the burgeoning plants.
Today, Payeng still lives in the forest. He shares a small hut with his wife and three children and makes a living selling cow and buffalo milk. According to the Assistant Conservator of Forests, Gunin Saikia, it is perhaps the world’s biggest forest in the middle of a river.
Filmmaker William Douglas McMaster recently wrote and directed this beautiful documentary short titledForest Man from the perspective of Payeng’s friend, photographer Jitu Kalita.
If you have ever been to a graduation, you know how boring and monotonous these snoozefests can be. The Kanazawa’s College of Art in Japan, however, is doing it right by letting all their students dress up in cosplay. If I’m going to be sitting in a chair for 4 hours, waiting for my name to be called, I want to be sitting next to a fucking Pikachu, Sailor Moon and some dude dressed as a damn cello!
They say every dark cloud has a silver lining and these lamps will light your room up with proof. The imitation clouds produce the effect of a thunderstorm without having to actually deal with the crummy weather.
Called simply “The Cloud” by its creators over at the , the interactive lamp and speaker system recreate the sounds and sights of a thundercloud while you stay dry. Using motion detectors, the cloud detects your presence and creates a special light show based on your movement. You can also sync the speakers with Bluetooth to enjoy some tunes while you watch.
The Cloud features alternate nightlight and music reactive modes. It is created using felted hypoallergenic fiberfill formed into a sponge casing.
This may just be the greatest find on Etsy, ever. Seller iamknight is selling a custom made Snorlax bed for $288. It comes with the arms and legs already filled with cotton, and the head and body deflated for easier shipping. All you have to do is buy your own cotton, stuff it, zip it up, and voilà–your very own Snorlax.
For those of you unfamiliar with the character, Snorlax is a huge Pokémon known for sleeping all the time. How appropriate to have him in bed-form!
Star Trek superfan Line Rainville has taken her love for the original, 1960s science fiction series to a whole other level. The 51-year-old Canadian spent $30,000 to transform multiple rooms in her house to replicate the Starship Enterprise as a tribute to her favorite TV show from her childhood.
If you’re a Resident Evil fan, this looks amazing. Hell, even if you’re not a fan, how could you not enjoy pumping zombies and various monsters full of (virtual) lead with your model gun? The attraction covers a handful of locales that will be familiar to fans of the video games, including the iconic Raccoon City Police Department and Umbrella Research Center.
When a Boston couple got stood up by their wedding photographer over 60 years ago, they may have thought they’d never get the wedding photos they deserved. But that all changed when a family member, who also happens to be an events planner, recently arranged for them to have a unique wedding shoot to celebrate their 61st anniversary.