1The half-mile long crack that split the ground in Mexico
Everyday, somewhere, earthquakes of varying degrees occur. In August 2014, a huge crack in the ground appeared near the town of Hermosillo, Mexico. The fissure measures a little more than half a mile long and is 25 feet deep.
Researchers believe that water is the culprit behind this giant crack. According to Inocente Guadalupe Espinoza Maldonado, Head of the Geology Department at the University of Sonora, the crack was probably caused by sucking out groundwater for irrigation to the point of the surface collapsing.
Researchers at The Institute of Geology at UNAM in Hermosillo also ruled out the possibility that the crustaceous crack was a hoax or caused by an earthquake – the area is low on seismic activity and both sides of the fissure are on equal planes.
2The man who has no buttcrack
While this list is about things having cracks, we thought we'd add something that's supposed to have a crack but doesn't!
You have to admire Redditor “TBoneTheOriginal” for being brave enough to talk about a condition that ultimately left him without a buttcrack and for posting a photo of it on the web. His story even appeared on an episode of the TV series, The Doctors.
Under the subject of “I have no buttcrack” TBone explained that his unusual anatomical anomaly was caused by “severe pilonidal cysts." He explained, "I've had multiple surgeries on it, and instead of the usual procedure which involves letting it heal, mine was so bad that a plastic surgeon had to close it up. But they keep coming back, and it'll probably just get worse as I age.”
These cysts are caused abnormal pocket[s] in the skin that contain hair and skin debris.
At the risk of making an, ahem, ass of himself, TBone answered questions from the curious. Among the things that he set straight was that he has “a normal butthole” and that he “poops like everyone else” and goes on to say that he's “just gotta be careful with wiping” so he doesn't get feces in the wound.
3The cracks in the universe that are known as "cosmic strings"
Could the universe have cracks in it? Some scientists certainly believe so. These topological defects called cosmic strings are one-dimensional fault lines in space-time that are made up of pure energy, not mass.
Cosmic strings were believed to have formed just after the Big Bang while the universe was in the process of cooling down.
How thin are these one-dimensional cracks? These strings are thinner than a proton, but a string about a mile long would weigh more than the earth.
Researchers declared indirect proof of these cosmic strings after studying quasars, which are incredibly bright galaxies with super-massive black holes at their centers. All quasars emit massive energy jets pointed in a particular direction, but they found two massive circular structures changing the direction of the jets. The only known thing for these colossal structures to be would be cosmic strings.
Scientists have calculated that billions of these strings could exist. I'm no astrophysicist, but can you imagine being caught in one of these?
4The crack in the ocean that is home to some of earth's most bizarre creatures
From the most distant regions of space we go to the deepest part of the ocean, the Mariana Trench. Located in the Western pacific, this crescent-shaped trench stretches for more than 2,500km (1,500 miles). This very narrow crack in the ocean floor has a depth that has been measured at 11km, seven miles down from the water's surface. That makes it the lowest point in any ocean. That's nearly 7,000 more feet deep than Mount Everest is high.
This giant crack underwater is due to one part of the seabed (the Pacific Plate) being pushed underneath the lighter continental plate.
Scientists believe that these seismic zones play an active role in earthquakes.
Even though the pressure of the Mariana trench can be up to 8 tons per square inch, there are many creatures that thrive in and around the area. Among them are translucent sea-cucumber-like animals called Enypniastes, the Blobfish (which looks like a cross between Jimmy Durante and a fish), the Hatchetfish (known to produce its own light), and the ominous Goblin Shark.
Although trenches account for only 3% of the ocean, they still make up an area the size of the United States.
5The cracked bell that became a symbol for American independence
Sure, the Liberty Bell has become a symbol for American independence, but the most iconic part of its appearance is its crack.
Cast in London, the bell was shipped to the colonial state of Pennsylvania in 1752. The 2,000-pound bell was hung in the New State House government building, but cracked soon after its arrival in Philadelphia. A new bell was recast using parts of the original English bell.
On July 8, 1776, the bell was rung to celebrate the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence.
The bell actually had the names of the Old Statehouse Bell and the Independence Bell up until the 1830s. The mostly-copper bell didn't become known as the Liberty Bell until it became associated with the abolitionist movement to end slavery.
There are many different stories about how the bell cracked and we may never know the truth, but we do know by 1846 the bell had a crack in it. It was repaired and rang for a George Washington's birthday and cracked again. It has not been rung since.
Conversely, the bell that AC/DC rings in concert for their song, “Hells Bells” has not one crack in it.
6The mystery foam oozing from a crack in a Chinese street
Was this a real-life blob or some other kind of subterranean monster? Did a secret society of underground mole people have a broken washing machine? No one knows for sure, but in May 2013 in the Chinese city of Nanjing, pedestrians crossing Wende Baiyun Lane saw the pavement crack open and a white, smelly substance ooze out. Soon, the matter had spread to a 50 meter radius and stood a foot high.
The problem got so bad that the firefighters had to rope off the scene, evacuate residents and redirect traffic to keep motorists out of the way of the secretion of slime.
And just like that, the strange substance stopped oozing from the crack in the road and was washed away, leaving authorities baffled about the whole, erm, matter.
7The cracking iceberg that became a song
You've probably heard the expression, “That's music to my ears.” Well, an oceanographer at the University of Washington took that expression to heart when he recorded the cracking and breakup of one of the largest icebergs in Antarctica.
UW oceanographer Seelye Martin got the data from a seismometer that was dropped onto the iceberg and captured the sound of a giant iceberg breaking apart. Martin then sped up the recordings so the 3 ½ hours of data was compressed into 2 minutes. In describing the recording, Martin said that after it reaches a climax, “you hear this kind of eerie harmonic noise which is the remnants, the pieces of the iceberg rubbing together.”
Perhaps Martin should compile an album called The Sounds Of Global Warming Vol. 1 featuring this recording?
8The Hindu devotees that crack coconuts on their skulls
There are many rituals of all types around the world, but my personal favorite involves coconuts and skulls.
Thousands of Hindu devotees gather at a temple in southern India each year to have coconuts smashed on their heads in a plea for health and success.
Although they claim they feel nothing when the coconut is smashed against their craniums, Anil Kumar Peethambaran, a neurosurgery professor at Government Medical College, isn't so convinced. He says this act could damage the brain and not only crack the coconut, but crack a person's skull.
Devotee Tamil Revathy says that his skull is doing just fine and claims that all of the coconuts used on the heads of his family members “broke well.”
9The frog that cracks its own bones as a defense mechanism
The Trichobatrachus Robustus, a hairy frog from Camaroon, has an unusual way of warding off potential attackers. The frogs – which are actually hairless but develop thin strands of skin that resemble hair – have a pretty bad-ass defense mechanism.
Just like X-Men's Wolverine, they push their own bones through their skin. In order to do this, they have to crack their own toe bones!
A chunk of collagen forms a bond between the claw's sharp point and a small piece of bone at the tip of the frog's toe. When under threat, the muscle connected to the claw retracts, the sharp point breaks away from the bony tip and the claw is pulled downwards through the skin.
Also, just like Wolverine, the frog heals quickly and is ready for more action when necessary.
10The artist that fills in cracks in with Legos
Got cracks in your wall but you want to add a little color? Meet Jan Vormann, the German artist who has a way with Legos. The artist travels the world and fills in cracks and holes of buildings with the colorful toy blocks.
His Lego work has appeared on buildings from post office facades to his favorite art installation, a wall that was filled with holes from damage done during World War II.
If he has kids, I wonder what they're getting for Christmas…