Giant moon escapes, rolls down street in Henan

Imagine driving along the street and running into this… Image Credit: YouTube / Guardian News

Organizers of a festival in China’s Henan province were recently forced to chase after a giant runaway moon.The enormous inflatable satellite was seemingly caught by a particularly strong gust of wind during this year’s lunar festival celebrations in Henan province and broke free of its moorings.

In a video clip that has been circulating online, festival organizers can be seen chasing the errant lunar sphere as it careens down the street while motorists stop nearby to observe the spectacle.

It isn’t clear how (or even if) they managed to get a handle on the thing.

This wasn’t the only mishap to beset the lunar celebrations this year either – another inflatable moon reportedly escaped its handlers in Hong Kong and ended up blowing into a river.

The same thing has happened before, too, in the city of Fuzhou in 2016 during Typhoon Meranti.

Suffice to say, festival organizers might want to come up with a better way to secure their balloons.

This Halloween, Step Into a Mannequin Graveyard

You can even take these unnerving, almost-human figures home with you.

Film crews, like the one pictured here, have used the 20-foot-tall mountain of mannequins as a backdrop for horror movies and music videos.

Film crews, like the one pictured here, have used the 20-foot-tall mountain of mannequins as a backdrop for horror movies and music videos. DAVE HOLLOWAY

IN LINCOLNSHIRE, ENGLAND, ROZ EDWARDS is known as the “Mannequin Lady.” Over the past fifteen years, Edwards has built an impressive a collection of some 15,000 human-like forms. She regularly rents them to shows like “X Factor” and “Top Gear,” but she has amassed so many that the majority now form a mountain. The 20-foot-tall mound that stretches for 150 feet was originally christened Dollywood, but is now called Manakin Hall—to sound more posh, Edwards jokes. Photography, film and music video shoots have used the mannequins as creepy backdrop.

And Edwards now offers what might be the world’s most unique souvenir: For about $70, you have 15 minutes to fill your car trunk with as many mannequins as you like; she calls it the “Body Part Heist.” Atlas Obscura chatted with Edwards about — literally — building her unique business and the unexpected appeal of mannequins.

Roz Edwards says that counting the mannequins in the mountain is "like herding cats." She puts the number somewhere around 15,000.
Roz Edwards says that counting the mannequins in the mountain is “like herding cats.” She puts the number somewhere around 15,000. PAUL GREEVES

What inspired you to start Mannakin Hall?

I lived in Malawi for 10 years, went through a relationship breakdown, and returned to England with literally nothing. I was determined to get a business going. I used to have an African art shop, so I thought I’d be a retail consultant. Whilst I was building the website, I thought “What else can I write about retail?” So I wrote down everything I knew. Then I thought, “I don’t know anything about mannequins.” I got pictures off the internet and wrote, “These mannequins are for hire and here’s my phone number.” Within 24 hours my phone started ringing with people asking for them. But I didn’t have any mannequins, so I said, “Oh, terribly sorry, they’re all out on hire at the moment.”

How did you go from zero mannequins to a mountain?

This was about the time the credit crunch started in 2007. A lot of shops were closing, especially people who had clothing businesses for years and had all these old mannequins. I drove around the countryside picking them up. They take up a lot of space. I had mannequins in the house, then I moved them into a shipping container, and then I rented a warehouse. The business was doing well, so I bought a property. When the trucks first started coming, we said, “Well put the men there, the women there, the children there, the legs there, the bums there.” Then we’d have four big trucks a day. It was a case of “ just empty them there.” That’s how the mountain grew. We’ve got about 3,000 for rent. In the mountain, I’m not sure of the number because when you start counting, it’s like herding cats.

"People who come in the daytime say, 'I bet it's scary here at night,'" says Edwards. She offers Halloween tours of the eerie property.
“People who come in the daytime say, ‘I bet it’s scary here at night,’” says Edwards. She offers Halloween tours of the eerie property. ROZ EDWARDS

What makes mannequins appealing?

First of all, they’re very unusual things to look at. We’re geared up as human beings to respond to the human form. Mannequins attract our attention because if we see the shape of a human out of the corner of our eye, our survival instincts are geared to turn the head and look. They’re so unusual, visually, when they’re bought into creative environments. For a Halloween-inspired performance, “X Factor” rented about 10 mannequins to go along with 10 dancers. The mannequins were all white with plain faces and the dancers wore white body suits. Obviously they moved but the mannequins didn’t. It looked amazing.

You also specialize in obscure mannequins; what are some of the most interesting ones?

We have one we named Audrey after Audrey Hepburn. Christie’s is one of my clients and they were auctioning all of Hepburn’s clothes, so they needed the right-sized mannequin, with a 21-inch waist. I also have a full-sized artist’s mannequin called Bertie. Artist mannequins are articulated; you compose them for what you’re drawing. He’s very rare. Also sizing: Most mannequins are between sizes 8 and 10. We have bigger ones that are 16 to 18 for plus-sized fashion, but they’re quite rare.

Hands are one of the most popular items in the "Body Part Heist." "I’ve had people just fill up the car with hands," Edwards says. There is now a five-pair limit.
Hands are one of the most popular items in the “Body Part Heist.” “I’ve had people just fill up the car with hands,” Edwards says. There is now a five-pair limit. PAUL GREEVES

Who participates in the “Body Part Heist”?

We just had somebody who’s building a Halloween set in their garden for which they’ll probably put a bucket outside and raise money for charity. We had a university fine art tutor who collected bits for his students to work on as blank canvases. We’ve had people making props for films. One person was building a robot, which is so cute. Then we get lots of people who’ve got a small business or side hustle. They make lamps or planters with the body parts and then decorate and sell them, usually somewhere like Etsy. I mean it really caters to everybody.

What would happen to these mannequins if they weren’t a part of the mountain?

Normally they get crushed and go into landfill. I’ve seen it with the roller crusher; it’s heartbreaking. The new ones are made of hard plastic resin, but old ones are made of fiberglass, which you can’t recycle. When you look at mannequins being thrown away, there’s nothing wrong with them. They need a bit of repair here and there.

Prometheus Film Included Stunning Landscapes of Iceland

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rometheus ( pro-MEE-thee-uhs) is a 2012 American science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott. It is set in the late 21st century and centers on the crew of the spaceship Prometheus as it follows a star map discovered among the artifacts of several ancient Earth cultures. Seeking the origins of humanity, the crew arrives on a distant world and discovers a threat that could cause the extinction of the human race.

Exterior shots of the alien world were shot in Iceland, where filming occurred for two weeks. It commenced on July 11, 2011, at the base of Hekla, an active volcano in southern Iceland. Speaking about working at the volcano, Scott said, “If one is afraid of nature in this profession then it would be best to find a different job”. Filming also took place at Dettifoss, one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe.

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‘Missing’ Turkish Man Unknowingly Joins Search Party Looking for Himself

A Turkish man who had been reported missing by his family was understandably quite embarrassed when he stumbled upon a search party looking for him and joined in the effort for hours until he realized that they were trying to find him. According to a local media report, the odd misadventure occurred on Tuesday evening in the village of Cayyaka when Beyhan Mutlu went out for a few drinks with some friends. At the conclusion of the evening, the tipsy Turk wound up wandering off into a forest where he seemingly got lost. Concerned that Mutlu had not returned home, his family phoned the local police, who set about enlisting help from the community in searching for the man.

As the group of concerned cops and citizens combed the woods looking for Mutlu, the inebriated man spotted the peculiar gathering and wandered over to lend them a hand. For the next several hours, they continued looking for the ‘missing’ drinker with no idea that the search was moot. Finally, when Mutlu heard one of the people in the group shout his name, the confused man responded “I am here.” It was then that everyone realized that the person they were looking for had been with them the whole time. Upon being questioned by police, the red-faced Mutlu reportedly pleaded with police “don’t punish me too harshly, officer. My father will kill me.” Cops subsequently dropped him off at his home, where he presumably sobered up and then tried to live down any lingering embarrassment from the previous night.

Stunningly beautiful little known Geyser in Nevada

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Fly Geyser, also known as Fly Ranch Geyser or the Green Geyser is a man-made small geothermal geyser located in Washoe County, Nevada approximately 20 miles (32 km) north of Gerlach. Fly Geyser is located near the edge of Fly Reservoir and is only about 5 feet (1.5 m) high, by 12 feet (3.7 m) wide, counting the mound on which it sits.


Fly Geyser is located on the private Fly Ranch in Hualapai Flat, about 0.3 miles (0.48 km) from State Route 34. The ranch is currently owned by Todd Jaksick. There is a high fence and a locked gate topped with spikes to exclude trespassers. The only access is a dirt road, but it is large enough to be seen from the road.


Looks like something from a science fiction movie set

Fly Geyser is not an entirely natural phenomenon; it was accidentally created by well drilling in 1964 exploring for sources…

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