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The Restored Castle of Matrera


Restoring an ancient monument is a delicate business. Do you shore up an existing wall, or redo it completely in modern concrete?

Hess Triangle: The Smallest Piece of Private Property in New York City


At the southwest corner of Christopher Street and Seventh Avenue, in front of the entrance to the Village Cigars store, there's a small triangular mosaic set into the sidewalk which reads "Property of the Hess Estate Which Has Never Been Dedicated for Public Purpose".

The Restored Castle of Matrera


Restoring an ancient monument is a delicate business. Do you shore up an existing wall, or redo it completely in modern concrete?

The Historic Dutch Ship Batavia, And Its Blood-Curling History


Moored at Bataviawerf, in Lelystad, in the Netherlands, is an authentic replica of a 17th-century ship named Batavia that once belonged to the Dutch East India Company.

Saudi Arabia’s Abandoned Hejaz Railway


The Hejaz railway that ran from Damascus to Medina, through the Hejaz region of Saudi Arabia, was one of the principal railroads of the Ottoman Turkish Empire and a vital route across the desert.

The Dee Wright Observatory And Viewing Tubes


Google Maps and GPS tracking apps are of great assistance when hiking in the wild, but they still fall short when it comes to identifying distant landmarks such as mountains and peaks.

A Mysterious Ice Cave That Produces Ice Only During Summer


About four miles east of Coudersport, in the town of Sweden, in Potter County, Pennsylvania, lies the most puzzling geological anomaly.

The Giant Eucalyptus of Australia


Most eucalyptus trees are moderately-sized but come to their native land, Australia, and you will be surprised at how tall these trees can grow.

A Blast From The Past: Episode 26


From the archives of Amusing Planet. World’s Highest Tennis Court at Burj Al Arab The world’s highest tennis court stands atop the fourth highest hotel in the world, Burj al-Arab at Dubai.

Kayakoy: A Greek Ghost Town in Turkey


Eight km to the south of Fethiye city in southwestern Turkey lies the ruins of around five hundred houses belonging to the once thriving community of Livissi, consisting mostly of Greek Orthodox Christians.

The Seven Noses of Soho


Attached to the walls of various buildings around the Soho neighborhood, in one of the inner boroughs of London, are several plaster casts of human noses of various sizes.

Japan’s Notorious Taiji Dolphin Hunt


One of the most infamous dolphin hunting season has begun on the small coastal town of Taiji, in southwestern Japan.

Pobiti Kamani: The Stone Forest, Bulgaria


About 18 km to the west of Varna, Bulgaria, on the road to the capital of Sofia is a remarkable natural area called Pobiti Kamani or the Stone Forest.

Nine Mile Canyon: The World’s Longest Art Gallery


The Nine Mile Canyon in eastern Utah, in the United States, is home to one of the largest concentration of native American rock art in North America.

This Wooden Barrel Was The World’s First Military Submarine


The possibilities of a submersible boat that could cruise below the water’s surface undetected and ambush enemy ships has fascinated military leaders of the world since antiquity.

How The Atomic Tests Looked Like From Los Angeles


Between 1951 and 1992, the United States conducted 928 atomic tests at the Nevada Test Site about 65 miles (105 km) northwest of the city of Las Vegas.

The Fauld Explosion Crater at Hanbury


On the outskirts of the small village of Hanbury, in Staffordshire, England, a few minutes walk from The Cock Inn, is a large crater created by one of the largest accidental explosions in history, which is also the largest non-nuclear explosion to occur on UK soil.

The World’s Longest Surfing Wave at Chicama, Peru


The small coastal town of Puerto Chicama, in northwestern Peru, is home to the longest, the most perfect, left-breaking wave in the world.

The Monster Mile of Dover International Speedway


The Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware, United States, is one of three publicly held concrete racetracks used in NASCAR races.

How The Atomic Tests Looked Like From Los Angeles


Between 1951 and 1992, the United States conducted 928 atomic tests at the Nevada Test Site about 65 miles (105 km) northwest of the city of Las Vegas.


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