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Natural Wonders: the Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree of the Philippines

We bet a lot of you didn’t know that the Philippines is home to this colorful tree!

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Deep within the lush forests of the Philippines are trees so beautiful and surreal, it would make you wonder if it’s the home of enchanted creatures. It’s called the Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree and it gets whimsical patches of color when it sheds its bark, creating beautiful technicolor patterns.

When the tree first sheds its bark, it reveals a bright green layer underneath. The transformation happens all the time as it sheds its bark every year at different intervals. As time passes, the pale green transforms into different shades of pale blues, bright oranges, deep purples, and mesmerizing maroons.

Just take a look at this gorgeous tree!

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These bright colors were created wholly by nature.

Take a look at the wide range of colors beneath the tree's bark.

Here's a closer look where you can see the layers of colors.

The rainbow eucalyptus tree’s scientific name is Eucalyptus Deglupta and it originated from Mindanao, Philippines. While it’s the only eucalyptus tree native to the northern hemisphere, it is now grown and cultivated in Hawaii, California, Texas, and Florida. In the southern hemisphere, however, it can be found in New Britain, New Guinea, Seram, and Sulawesi.

This tree of wonder can grow up to 250 feet tall with a diameter of 6 feet and its distinctly colorful pattern is the most eye-catching in rainforest areas. However, rainbow eucalyptus trees found outside of the tropics are much shorter and more subdued in color.

Beautiful as they are, you might get into some trouble if you want to have one in your yard!

And while many people would love to have such a brightly colored tree in their garden, many US states warn that the rainbow eucalyptus tree is considered an invasive species and you may be fined for growing them outside of their native range.

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Mauthausen Stairs: A Brutal Reminder Of The Hitler’s Reich

Located not so far away from Linz was a concentration camp that housed prisoners of war, and on its steps died many innocent prisoners.

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Ever so often, there are stories about the holocaust that happened under Hitler's Reich. The brutality of it all, from small children to old men and women left a deep mark on everyone who have survived it and who has listened to the stories of the old. Concentration camps were camps in which prisoners of war were sent to, either to die by force labor or through gas chambers.

Many of you may not have heard about the "Mauthausen Stairs of Death" in the Mauthausen Concentration Camp. The camp is located some 20 kilometers east of the city of Linz in upper Austria. The camp was one of the biggest concentration camps during the war, with a central camp in Mauthausen and many subcamps located throughout Austria and southern Germany.

A side by side picture the stairs of death at a time of the holocaust was and a time of peace.

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Angry Shark Attacks a Diver but Quick Action With a Spear Gun Saves His Life

This diver was viciously attacked by a shark. Fortunately, quick thinking saved his life!

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Never mess with an angry shark. Better yet, don’t go diving where sharks have been spotted. That’s no mean feat in the waters of Australia where sharks are practically everywhere. Fortunately, one diver’s fast reflexes saved his life when a shark went berserk and attacked him with great speed.

Danny Henricks is a spear fisherman from Australia. Instead of taking it easy on a boat and dozing off while waiting for a bite, he goes down to the depths with his spear gun after schools of tuna and other large fish.

Danny proudly displays one of his epic catches.

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10 Facts About the Holocaust That You Might Have Not Known About

The cruelty was absolutely horrible.

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The Holocaust is one of the most heart-wrenching events in history. It was the brutal, state-sanctioned murder of millions of Jews by Nazis who believed that Germans were "racially superior" than Jews. Other minority groups that were deemed inferior to the Germans were also targeted during the Holocaust, including the gypsies and the disabled, while others were persecuted because of their political and socio-cultural beliefs.

In honor of the 11 million victims of the Holocaust, the world observes the International Day of Remembrance every year on January 27. Now, three scores and twelve years later, there are still a lot of people who remain unaware of the dreadful events that occurred back then.

Here is a compilation of ten facts about the Holocaust. Though some stories are tragic, some depict the courage and tenacity of those who fought and of those who survived.
 

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