We’ve all heard the saying that “A picture is worth a thousand words,” but what exactly does it mean? Some historical events are so incredibly strange, beautiful, unnerving, or unusual, you’ll probably never read about them in the history books. Such are the photos in the following gallery–you’ll need to see them to believe the events they depict actually took place. Sometimes all it takes is a single photo to open people’s eyes about what’s going on in the world around them. The following photos will evoke your curiosity and enlighten you about the incredible world we all live in.