Voted Most Inspirational Story of 2012!

When she was in high school, Lizzie Velasquez was dubbed “The World’s Ugliest Woman” in an 8-second-long YouTube video. Born with a medical condition so rare that just two other people in the world are thought to have it, Velasquez has no adipose tissue and cannot create muscle, store energy, or gain weight. She has zero percent body fat and weighs just 60 pounds.

In the comments on YouTube, viewers called her “it” and “monster” and encouraged her to kill herself. Instead, Velasquez set four goals: To become a motivational speaker, to publish a book, to graduate college, and to build a family and a career for herself.

Now 23 years old, she’s been a motivational speaker for seven years and has given more than 200 workshops on embracing uniqueness, dealing with bullies, and overcoming obstacles. She’s a senior majoring in Communications at Texas State University in San Marcos, where she lives with her best friend. Her first book, “Lizzie Beautiful,” came out in 2010 winning the hearts of many around the world and her second, “Be Beautiful, Be You,” was published earlier September and In 2013 she’s hoping to write her third book.

“The stares are what I’m really dealing with in public right now,” she told Dr. Drew Pinsky in an interview on CNN’s Headline News. But I think I’m getting to the point where… instead of sitting by and watching people judge me, I’m starting to want to go up to these people and introduce myself or give them my card and say, ‘Hi, I’m Lizzie. Maybe you should stop staring and start learning’.”

Velasquez was born in San Antonio, Texas; she was four weeks premature and weighed just 2 pounds, 10 ounces. “They told us they had no idea how she could have survived,” her mother, Rita, 45, told the Daily Mail. “We had to buy doll’s clothes from the toy store because baby clothes were too big.” Doctors warned Rita and her husband, Lupe, that their oldest child would never be able to walk or talk, let alone live a normal life. (Her two younger siblings were not affected by the syndrome.)

Instead, she has thrived. Her internal organs, brain, and bones developed normally, though her body is tiny. Since she has no fatty tissue in which to store nutrients, she has to eat every 15 to 20 minutes to have enough energy to get through the day. One brown eye started clouding over when she was 4 years old, and now she’s blind in that eye and has only limited sight in the other.

 

 

DANXIA LANDFORM

The Danxia Landform in Taining County, southeast China’s Fujian Province is one of the most colorful and unique natural formations on Earth. Potted with natural caves and gigantic towering rock formations, the landform is colored by the erosion of red sandstone and other minerals.

This is an oarfish

one of a group of long bony fish found in tropical and temperate waters throughout the world. One species (Regalecus glesne) is capable of reaching 17m (56ft) in length.

Lengths of up to 36ft are common, and oarfish are thought to be responsible for many sea serpent legends. They are rarely seen alive and little is known about their behavior.

The oarfish only comes to shore when it’s dying or dead. That’s the only way scientists have been able to study them. They stay over 3,000 feet under the sea and don’t surface unless they are sick or injured/dead. There’s only been a couple of people spot them and scientists have got a rare video of one actually swimming. Did they kill or harm it to test it? No they let it go. They are very rare fish but the picture that is up is 100% real they even get bigger than the one in the picture.

The massive spider

 

The massive spider

Housed temporarily at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain, “Maman” is a a 30-foot-tall sculpture of a spider.
It was designed in 1999 and has appeared at the Tate Modern in London, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in the USA, the National Gallery of Canada, the State Hermitage Museum in Russia, the Mori Art Museum in Japan and the Samsung Museum of Modern Art in South Korea.