10. Turn you to stone
Who needs Medusa when there's Lake Natron in Tanzania, which has the uncanny ability to turn animals into perfect stone statues. Yup, you read that right. This. Lake. Turns. Sh*t. Into. Stone.
Its beguilingly still waters are a perfect mirror which, experts think, draws birds and bats to dive in. Except they don't remerge until the waters, which can reach 140 degrees Fahrenheit, deposit them out along the shore in the form of a statue; photographer Nick Brandt recently captured this phenomena in a book called Across the Ravaged Land.
How's it work? The lake is infused with a toxic compound called "Natron," which comes from the ash of surrounding volcanoes and has the ability to petrify animals.