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Wiñay Wayna, on the Inca Trail, is surprisingly close to a  former pub. (Photo: Eduardo Zárate/flickr)

The pub at the foot of the Wiñay Wayna ruins, while it still existed, was perhaps the least likely place on earth for a casual dining bar and restaurant.

Pressed into the side of the Peruvian Andes at 8,694 feet, the pub is accessible only after days spent hiking the Inca Trail, a 400-year-old path that leads hikers on a grueling climb to a nearly 14,000-foot pass before plunging them down a knee-grinding trek into lush jungles and dense cloud forest below. The path, along with a handful of basic campsites and, of course, the breathtaking ruins dotted along the way, is the only evidence of human life that adventurers will encounter during their four-day journey to Machu Picchu.

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Every February, for the past several hundred years, Mexicans have gathered in San Juan de la Vega for the Festival of the Exploding Hammers. That's right–the Feast of San Juan de la Vega involves several explosive sledgehammers, which have homemade firecrackers tied to one end. As you can see in the video above, following the obligatory suspense-building, the hammers are detonated by striking them onto lengths of metal.

Though the festival looks like it would leave few survivors in its wake, tens of thousands of participants descend on San Juan de la Vega each February, and there are medics and police officers on standby to make sure that proceedings don't go terribly awry.

Every day we track down a Video Wonder: an audiovisual offering that delights, inspires, and entertains. Have you encountered a video we should feature? Email [email protected].

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Far-off lightning flashbulbs the Turkish coast.

Far-off lightning flashbulbs the Turkish coast. (Image: Tim Peake/European Space Agency)

From close up, Earth looks like wherever you're standing; from far off, it looks like a pale blue dot. But according to footage shot last night from the International Space Station, from exactly the right distance, our world boasts the kind of lightning-roiled landscape you might be scared to land your spacecraft on.

Amazing how much lightning can strike our planet in a short time #Principia#timelapsehttps://t.co/XijV5E1pI0

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Shards of a funeral urn likely broken by a badger (Photo: Wiltshire Council CMAS)

In Netheravon, Wiltshire, about five miles from Stonehenge, a badger looking for a home came upon a promising looking mound. As badgers do, it started to dig out a den for itself. As it was digging, it encountered some unusual obstacles–which, being a badger, it dug right through. 

Soon a human, Tom Theed, happened by. He saw the pile that the badger had excavated from the ground and, being a human, he noticed that the badger had dug up pieces of pottery. 

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Behold Mr. Wonderful's secret society of ultra-fancy wine drinkers! (Photo: Tourisme Nuits Saint Georges/Flickr

The resident heel on Shark Tank, the reality show in which fledgling entrepreneurs try to impress a panel of industry leaders, is Kevin “Mr. Wonderful” O’Leary. Mr. Wonderful is known for his snobbery, which he often uses like a saber to poke holes in the confidence of the wannabe tycoons that stand before him. Viewers of the show know that one of the preferred weapons in his insufferable arsenal is his membership in the Chevaliers du Tastevin, which is as he describes it, “a secret society of Burgundy drinkers.”

Mr. Wonderful often touts his membership in the historic wine society as both a status symbol and as proof of his refined tastes. But lest we are all left in the fragrant (are those hints of ochre and cherries?) dust, let’s pull back the velvet curtain and take a look at where this vinaceous fraternity comes from, and what it means to bear the tastevin. And what the heck is a tastevin.

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