The most amazing thing you've ever seen?

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    Apr 11, 2010 8:45 AM GMT
    Tornado season is here and it got me thinking of a 2004 F4 tornado I witnessed & photographed in downstate Illinois. It was the most amazing thing I've ever seen in my life. Mother Nature is awesome!

    What's the most amazing/awesome thing you've ever seen in your life?



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    Apr 11, 2010 1:11 PM GMT
    Truly incredible photographs. That is just amazing.
  • DCEric

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    Apr 11, 2010 1:32 PM GMT
    Not even a contest.

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    /Angkor Wat FTW
  • rnch

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    Apr 11, 2010 1:46 PM GMT
    my bf's thick penis (and the expression on his face) as it slowly, painlessly slides into me. icon_twisted.gif



    sorry, no pics abailable of this! icon_lol.gificon_cool.gificon_lol.gif
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    Apr 11, 2010 2:18 PM GMT
    I watched my cat give birth to a litter of kittens once. Kinda gross but wonderful at the same time.

    Plus those kittens were fucking awesome. 16 weeks of hilarity before we found homes for them.
  • zakariahzol

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    Apr 11, 2010 2:19 PM GMT
    Yes, Angkor Wat is beautiful. But to be frank, the real stuff is a little bit crowded with tourist, and there no horse on the field. There vendor and poor folk trying to sell you stuff and some unlicense people try to get you to hired them for some tour. Statue with missing head , (stolen to be sold to Western collector) .

    It best to see Angkor before noon, before all the tourist arrival and spoil the scerenity of such an wonderful work of art.

    I know, I was there in 2005
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    Apr 11, 2010 2:23 PM GMT
    1) My kids being born;

    2) Dolphins swimming around me and under me in 1,000 ft of water off the coast of Costa Rica;

    3) Watching from a row boat on the Ganges at sunrise in Varanasi as pilgrims bathed in the river and funeral pyres burned and smoldered on the river banks.

    4) Clouds flying around the summit of Mt Everest at sunrise and again just before an evening thunderstorm.

    5) Monks chanting at night in a mountain temple in Taiwan.

    6) The Austrian village of St Christoph seen from the top of a mountain pass after skiing over from St Anton in a snow shower.


    BTW, Jmals, you are an amazing photographer. The tornado pictures are mind blowing.
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    Apr 11, 2010 2:38 PM GMT
    What stands out in my mind is the one time I saw the aurora borealis, which isn't often seen in Iowa. I was in bed and happened to glance out the window. There was this red blob before my eyes, and my first thought was that there was something seriously wrong with my eyes. A moment later I realized what I was actually looking at.

    Less amazing but still very cool was that comet, some years back, that was prominently visible to the naked eye in the northwest sky. I'm in rural Iowa, which doesn't have huge amounts of light pollution, but the northwest is my darkest sky, which made the comet really stand out.

    Growing up, I spent my summers on the Jersey Shore, and in all that time, the only porpoises I ever saw were way out, far beyond the surf. In late summer of 1999, my family rented a house a few doors down from the house we used to own, and there was very large surf coming in from an approaching hurricane. We were sitting out on the deck, watching the waves, and all of a sudden there were these black shapes swimming in the walls of the breaking waves. There were about a dozen porpoises playing in the waves, right out in front of the house.
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    Apr 11, 2010 2:44 PM GMT
    I saw a car veer off the highway and hit another car straight on with so much force that when they stopped rolling around it looked like one big hunk of metal, you couldnt tell where one started and the other ended.

    terribly amazing.
  • ShawnTX

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    Apr 11, 2010 2:52 PM GMT
    Spending 12 hours sitting through a hurricane watching everything around me getting ripped apart

    The Aurora Borealis

    The look on my puppy's face when I come home from work

    Watching a Russian satellite reenter the atmosphere in a huge ball of fire and streak across the sky
  • BeingThePhoen...

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    Apr 11, 2010 2:58 PM GMT
    UFOs. Seriously. Not sure if it was extraterrestrial or not, but very interesting none the less. They would hover in place for several minutes, then dart out in a very odd trajectory and fire beams at one another, as if playing laser tag. Aircraft would take off from a local municipal airport and approach the UFOs, but they would hide. The aircrafts would then swing around and land at the airport again, before giving it another shot. In between aircraft landings, the UFOs would come back out and begin shooting the beams at one another again. Very Cool, extraterrestrial or not.
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    Apr 11, 2010 3:01 PM GMT
    i helped push a pod of beached whales back into the ocean once.
    the smaller whales were swimming around me and we were swimming among teh adult whales. Nature really is awesome.
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  • danisnotstr8

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    Apr 11, 2010 3:13 PM GMT
    DCEric saidNot even a contest.

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    /Angkor Wat FTW


    So awesome!! This has been number one on my list for a long time now, and when i tell people, they have no idea what i'm talking about.

    Most amazing thing I've ever seen?
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  • Celticmusl

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    Apr 11, 2010 3:23 PM GMT
    2.99 day at Cici's Pizza.
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    Apr 11, 2010 3:29 PM GMT
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    Apr 11, 2010 3:35 PM GMT
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    Apr 11, 2010 3:37 PM GMT
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    Apr 11, 2010 3:41 PM GMT
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    Apr 11, 2010 3:42 PM GMT
    I must admit that one of the most breath-taking scenes I've seen was at Machu Picchu. Nothing quite prepares you for it...
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    Also think that the sunsets at Oía on Santorini are amazing!
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    Apr 11, 2010 3:44 PM GMT
    Hands down, the birth of my son.
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    Apr 11, 2010 4:08 PM GMT
    In terms of nature, it'd have to be the tropical thunder storms I experienced in South America, from the wierd, ever-so-subtle wind change, through the blackening of the skys and the craziest lightning I ever saw/loudest thiunder I ever heard, right through to it being gloriously sunny again, all in the space of less than half an hour. Crazy.

    Rainy season peaked around December time, and I remember being caught in a nutty storm in a cab after xmas shopping for gifts to take home and feeling, looking out at the wet, windy, darkness, for the first time that year, that it truly felt like xmas (in England, anyway) at last. Half an hour later, catching some rays on the balcony, it didn't feel like xmas any more. Nuts.
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    Apr 11, 2010 4:37 PM GMT
    DCEric saidNot even a contest.

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    /Angkor Wat FTW


    Ankor Wat is truly a magical place.

    Here's a photo taken from one of my job sites.....an incredible penthouse terrace.

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    Apr 11, 2010 5:21 PM GMT
    I have seen many beautiful things in my life, but the most amazing thing that I have seen was when I saw 3 different tornadoes come together and formed one huge amazing tornado One came from the west, one from the southwest and one from the northwest. I was in an office at the top of the First of America Bank building in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan visiting a friend when my mom called and said to take cover, a tornado had just gone through our neighborhood and was heading toward downtown. He hung up and we looked out the widow and saw the whole thing. We only had time to dive under the desk and the only damage to the building we were in was broken windows, but the 2 buildings behind us were demolished as well as several others.
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    Apr 11, 2010 7:17 PM GMT
    Celticmusl said2.99 day at Cici's Pizza.


    Outstanding!

  • Sk8Tex

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    Apr 11, 2010 7:33 PM GMT
    Once the hot water heater on our house sparked a fire in the carport area which just so happened to be the only way out of the house. I had to climb a fence and run for the waterhose to get to it, and by the time I got there I was already being assisted by 3 neighbors and random strangers from the golfcourse next to us. Seeing everyone come together to help like that was awesome.

    Second: my last road trip from San Diego, CA to Austin, TX. We had a surprise snowstorm in the middle of the desert in Arizona while we slept outside the petrified forrest in our car.
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    What was left of the snowstorm turned into rain over the painted desert...
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    Sunset Crater Volcano in November

    and for the last...
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