12 of the Oldest U.S. Structures!

These structures have survived the harshest winters and scorching summers, flooding and lightning strikes, making their histories undeniably interesting. The Fairbanks House takes the title as the oldest surviving timber-frame home in North America, per tree ring dating. The home was built between 1637 and 1641 by Jonathan Fairbanke, a Puritan settler. The home is in superb condition despite its age, weathering severe winter storms, floods and other devices of nature. (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Magicpiano) The Cliff Palace of Mesa Verde National Park was constructed in the 1190s by ancestral Puebloans known as the Anasazi. The walls were once decorated with bright earthen plasters, but years of wind and moisture eroded them away, says the National Park Service. The area witnessed the coldest winters and hottest summers, experiencing sporadic droughts. Yet even after the residents were long gone, the stunning sandstone structure still stands strong in its shadowy abode. Sandy Hook Lighthouse was built in 1764 and stands as a beacon to incoming ships, spreading it’s soft glow across the bay. In June of 1766, the lighthouse sustained damage after being struck by lightning, according to Lighthousefriends.com. Shore erosion continuously moves the lighthouse further from Sandy Hook’s tip; once just 500 feet away, it now lies over a mile and a half away. However, shore erosion is not deemed a threat to the beautiful lighthouse. Sandy Hook is the oldest operating lightouse in the U.S. (Photo Credit: Flickr/ Jussi (Nesster)) The Jethro Coffin House is a historical gem as it is the last of Nantucket’s original 17th-century settlement, says the Nantucket Historical Association. The home was struck by lightning...

Frigid Temperatures Turn Nantucket Water To Slurpee Waves

It has been so frigid outside when photographer Jonathan Nimerfroh was on the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, that he was able to capture a truly incredible act of nature at its coldest: The mighty waves of the Atlantic ocean freezing over. The high that day was 19˚F (-7.2˚C) and it hadn’t gotten much higher than that for a few weeks. With snow up to his knees, Nimerfroh trekked to the water where he noticed a “really bizarre horizon.” A week later, Nimerfroh returned to the beach – which was colder by a few more degrees still – “nothing was moving. There were no waves anymore.” It’s pretty remarkable he was there to capture these amazing images of the Atlantic-mid-freeze. The Atlantic Ocean had become a giant salty, slurpee. “I saw these crazy half-frozen waves. Usually on a summer day you can hear the waves crashing, but it was absolutely silent. It was like I had earplugs in my ears.” Source: Boredom...

Oymyakon, Russia – The Coldest Town On Earth!

Photographer Amos Chapple set out to discover exactly what it takes to live in Oymyakon, Russia, the coldest town on Earth, where the record low reached -96.16° F. Their diet mostly consists of frozen fish and meat soup, as no crops can grow in the region. Oymyakon is about as north as towns go. Livestock is a vital part of life in Oymyakon. The cold made it extremely difficult to operate the camera. Chapple had to hold his breath so the frozen cloud of air wouldn’t obscure the shot. Also, the frigid temperatures began to make focusing the camera a chore since they froze the mechanisms in the lens. The heating plant in Oymyakon is a key part of the life and economy of the town. It takes a hardy bunch to survive under such conditions. Yaktusk is the capital city of the Sakha region and is considered the coldest capital city in the world. The ground is too cold for burials. When someone passes away, a fire must be lit before a grave can be dug, in order to heat the ground. The attendants at this gas station work in 2 week shifts: 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off. If you turn off your engine here, it won’t be restarting – the cold is too intense. This general store is the only source of items for the entire town. Cars must be kept in heated garages while not running, or risk permanent decommission. Outhouses are the only means of relief as the ground is much too cold, making plumbing a non-option. The only way to Oymyakon is the...

Amazing Metal that Repels Water!

Researchers at the University of Rochester have created a type of metal surface that can repel water using “laser patterning techniques.” The superhydrophobic surfaces are more more efficient at keeping water away than the traditional coating commonly applied to cookware metals. Those surfaces must be tilted to a 70-degree angle before liquid slides off. Comparatively, this water-repellant surface requires little or even no angle, according to...