The Breathtaking Melissani Cave in Greece

Melissani cave can be found on the east coast of the island of Kefalonia in Greece. It is located about 2 km from the town of Sami and 10 km from the town of Argostoli. The caves are surrounded by forests, while a mountain slope is located to the west. Below you will find a gallery of this magical place along with additional information on the cave’s history as well as the best time to visit and what you can expect to see.

The cave is 100 meters long and the lake takes about one third of its length. It was first discovered in 1951 and was opened for the public in 1963.

The lake water is brackish, a mixture of sea water and sweet water. The cave is about 500m from the sea and the water level is a meter higher than sea level. The brackish water rises from a 30m deep cave system on one side of the cave and flows to the other end of the cave. This was discovered by dye tracing experiments in 1959. The cavern, once two big chambers, caved in several thousand years ago. Today the cave has the shape of a ‘B’, with two big water filled halls and an island in the middle. The first hall has a big oval opening to the surface where the sunlight shines in. The second is a huge cavern with an arched roof and numerous stalactites and stalagmites. The best time to visit the cave is in the middle of a bright sunny day. Tours are done by boats that take you on a trip through both halls.

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Death Wish Coffee, An ‘Extreme’ Coffee With 200% More Caffeine

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Death Wish Coffee, dubbed “the world’s strongest coffee,” claims to have 200% more caffeine than “your typical coffee shop coffee.” Death Wish is an organic, fair trade, medium-dark roast, and is sold in both ground and whole bean varieties.

This is not your regular morning coffee.  This is not your store bought coffee.  You will not find this coffee at your local diner or at your sissy ‘Starbucks. Death Wish Coffee is the most highly caffeinated premium dark roast organic coffee in the world. This is Extreme Coffee, not for the weak. Consider yourself Warned.

Pears Shaped Like Chubby Little Babies Spotted in China

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Pears that look like chubby little Buddha-like babies have been spotted for sale in Chinese supermarkets, marketed as “happy/joyful doll pears.” To create these pear dolls, the fruit is molded into its humanoid shape during the growth process on the tree itself. Daily Mail reported last year that an entrepreneurial farmer named Hao Xianzhang has been developing the process for several years and hopes to sell them in the United Kingdom.

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The Pizza Box Laptop Stand by Ilya Andreev

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Conceived by Ilya Andreev, a graphic designer based in Russia, the Pizza Box Laptop Stand uses a standard cardboard takeout box. While Andreev utilized a local Mama Roma pizza box, any ‘brand’ will do. He has then graphically visualized the folds needed to convert it into a working laptop stand. Like one big, practical origami project, a person then folds it into the Pizza Box Laptop Stand.

Cheaters used infrared contact lenses and marked cards to win over 90,000 euros in poker

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This tale of poker cheats has all the signs of a Hollywood movie: high-tech contact lenses, marked playing cards, corrupt casino employees, and the French Riviera. Back in 2011, an Italian man codenamed “Parmesan” racked up 70,000 euros in one day of poker winnings followed up by 21,000 more in another visit, according to The Telegraph. He and his accomplices — which included two casino employees — found a way to mark the cards with invisible ink. Parmesan, a 56-year-old man whose real name is Stefano Ampollini, then used infrared contact lenses purchased online for 2,000 euros from a Chinese company to read his competitors’ hands.

Like many other card sharps, the men’s downfall was their success. The casino’s lawyer told The Telegraph that “security found his behavior rather strange as he won very easily and, above all, because he folded twice when he had an excellent hand, suggesting he knew the croupier’s cards.” As with other schemes, it’s one thing to figure out a way to beat the house. It’s quite another to replicate that success without raising alarms in casinos with complete surveillance. This week Ampollini was handed a 100,000 euro fine and a two-year prison sentence for his crimes, while another accomplice was fined the same amount with a three-year sentence. One last man in on the deal was given a 30-month sentence and a 50,000 euro fine.