14 Incredible Images from Smithsonian.com's Photo Contest

Every year, Smithsonian.com lets photographers all over the world submit their work to the annual photo contest. This year, there were more than 26,500 entries from 93 different countries. Ten photos were selected from each category (Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, Altered Images, and Mobile) and now, it's up to the readers to pick their favorites. The voting is happening all month, so be sure to head over there and throw in your two cents. The winner of the readers' choice will win a $500 prize. Here are some of the finalists of the 12th annual photo contest.

A young girl with albinism enjoys the sights at the Ethnology Museum of Valencia. Taken at the Beneficencia (Ethnology Museum of Valencia), Valencia, Spain by Ana Yturralde.

A snake is caught on camera mid-meal. Taken at the Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica by Nicolas Reusens.

The pagoda doubles as a playground for fledgling Buddhists. Taken at Hsinbyume Pagoda, Myanmar by Sergio Carbajo Rodriguez.

A grizzly bear takes a stroll. Taken at Lake Clark National Park, Alaska by Kevin Morgans.

A decorated teenager from Arbore tribe, named Onno. Taken in Ommo Valley, Ethiopia by Matjaz Krivic.

People come to watch the July 4th celebration on the bank of the Willamette River. Taken in Independence, Oregon by Anne Marcom.

One of the largest Christian cemeteries in Hong Kong. Taken in Hong Kong by Brian Yen.

Two boys enjoying a swim in the river. Taken in Thuong Tin, Hanoi, Vietnam by Viet Phuong Tran.

Children climbing minaret of the Grand Mosque in Bani. Taken in Bani, Burkina Faso by Matjaz Krivic.

A big-eyed snake perches on a plant. Taken at Selva Verde Lodge, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica by Alvaro Cubero Vega.

A girl peeks out the window of a train, while a woman sitting in front of her sleeps. Taken at Kayah State, Myanmar by Jorge Fernandez.

Barack Obama stands in the Oval Office of the White House while a painting of Abraham Lincoln makes an appearance in the second window. Taken in Washington, D.C. by Olivier Douliery.

A wave breaks onto the beach. Taken in New South Wales, Australia by Ray Collins.

Workers sew a green fishing net. Taken in Vinh Hy bay, Ninh Thuan, Vietnam by Pham Ty.

You can view the rest of the photos here

The Most Popular Netflix Show in Every Country
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If you're bored with everything in your Netflix queue, why not look to the top shows around the world for a recommendation?

HighSpeedInternet.com recently used Google Trends data to create a map of the most popular show streaming on Netflix in every country in 2018. The best-loved show in the world is the dystopian thriller 3%, claiming the number one spot in eight nations. The show is the first Netflix original made in Portuguese, so it's no surprise that Portugal and Brazil are among the eight countries that helped put it at the top of the list.

Coming in second place is South Korea's My Love from the Star, which seven countries deemed their favorite show. The romantic drama revolves around an alien who lands on Earth and falls in love with a mortal. The English-language show with the most clout is 13 Reasons Why, coming in at number three around the world—which might be proof that getting addicted to soapy teen dramas is a universal experience.

Pot comedy Disjointed is Canada's favorite show, which probably isn't all that surprising given the nation's recent ruling to legalize marijuana. Perhaps coming as even less of a shock is the phenomenon of Stranger Things taking the top spot in the U.S. Favorites like Black Mirror, Sherlock, and The Walking Dead also secured the love of at least one country.

Out of the hundreds of shows on the streaming platform, only 47 are a favorite in at least one country in 2018. So no hard feelings, Gypsy.

Roadside Bear Statue in Wales is So Lifelike That Safety Officials Want It Removed

Wooden bear statue.

There are no real bears in the British Isles for residents to worry about, but a statue of one in the small Welsh town of Llanwrtyd Wells has become a cause of concern. As The Telegraph reports, the statue is so convincing that it's scaring drivers, causing at least one motorist to crash her car. Now road safety officials are demanding it be removed.

The 10-foot wooden statue has been a fixture on the roadside for at least 15 years. It made headlines in May of 2018 when a woman driving her car saw the landmark and took it to be the real thing. She was so startled that she veered off the road and into a street sign.

After the incident, she complained about the bear to highways officials who agreed that it poses a safety threat and should be removed. But the small town isn't giving in to the Welsh government's demands so quickly.

The bear statue was originally erected on the site of a now-defunct wool mill. Even though the mill has since closed, locals still see the statue as an important landmark. Llanwrtyd Wells councilor Peter James called it an "iconic gateway of the town," according to The Telegraph.

Another town resident, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Telegraph that the woman who crashed her car had been a tourist from Canada where bears are common. Bear were hunted to extinction in Britain about 1000 years ago, so local drivers have no reason to look out for the real animals on the side of the road.

The statue remains in its old spot, but Welsh government officials plan to remove it themselves if the town doesn't cooperate. For now, temporary traffic lights have been set up around the site of the accident to prevent any similar incidents.

[h/t The Telegraph]


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