Because we couldn’t let the year end without recapping the most amazing, bizarre and downright delightful corners of the world we’ve discovered in 2012.
Featured above is the golfball-sized blue-ringed octopus, whose deadly venom can cause instantaneous motor paralysis and cardiac arrest. Along with its colorful friends, some of which include the stone fish and Australian box jellyfish, these six deadly and small animals might make you rethink your fear of sharks.
Known in the Netherlands as the “Venice of the North,” the picturesque Giethoorn is a town with nary a road to be found. Instead, over four miles of canals run through the Overijssel province’s rural village.
Although the latter quarter of 2012 brought with it a flurry of protests against the “low price” superstore, Walmart’s prevalence and power are irrefutable. Started by Sam Walton in 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas, Walmart now has over 8,500 stores in 15 countries.