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. Charleston’s iconic Pink House was built in the mid-1690s and is known as the longest-standing tavern in the South, says The Pink House Gallery. The home was constructed with ‘Bermuda stone,’ a soft material that is soft and easy to cut but hardens in the elements. The impressive little house showcased its strength when the 1886 Charleston Earthquake hit, damaging several brick buildings surrounding it. The building also survived Hurricane Hugo’s wrath in 1989. (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Brian Stansberry) 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)) Paul Revere’s home is like a time capsule nestled amidst the bustling streets of Boston and is the city’s oldest building. The home survived many brutal winters, including 2015’s string of relentless winter storms, an everlasting symbol of the United States’ road to independence. (Photo Credit: Flickr/Teemu008) The C.A. Nothnagle Log House has surprisingly avoided any major damage due to nature since its construction between 1638 and 1643. It is the oldest log cabin in the United States and was...

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. It’s pretty remarkable he was there to capture these amazing images of the Atlantic-mid-freeze. With snow up to his knees, Nimerfroh trekked to the water where he noticed a “really bizarre horizon.” The Atlantic Ocean had become a giant salty, slurpee. 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.” The high that day was 19˚F (-7.2˚C) and it hadn’t gotten much higher than that for a few weeks. “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. 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. Oymyakon is about as north as towns go. On the journey north, Chapple was stranded for two days in the Cafe Cuba (below) and lived off of reindeer soup and hot tea until another car showed up to take him the rest of the way to Oymyakon. The only way to Oymyakon is the perilous “Road of Bones,” which is a barren two day trip (and also a Metallica album, probably). It takes a hardy bunch to survive under such conditions. 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. Livestock is a vital part of life in Oymyakon. Their diet mostly consists of frozen fish and meat soup, as no crops can grow in the region. Surprisingly, the city’s population is around 300,000. The average temperature in the winter is -30° F (!) The people of Oymyakon take great pride in being locals. But even they shut things down when the thermometer drops below -58° F. In the native language, Oymyakon means “unfrozen water,” which likely reference to the hot springs in town that reindeer...

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...