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The Backstugas of Sweden


In a forest in southern Småland, in southern Sweden, there is a small earthen cabin you can rent on Airbnb.

Rhythmic Springs


Rhythmic springs are those springs that exhibit tidal characteristics. In other words, the water level of these springs rises and falls over a fairly regular time period.

The Otherworldly Colors of Morocco’s Deserts


It’s amazing what a little change in light can do to a landscape. Blue skies can turn red, orange sand can turn purple.

The Wooden Wagonways of Britain


Two hundred years before the first steam locomotive carrying passengers chugged out of the Heighington railway station in the English town of Newton Aycliffe in 1825, British engineers were laying wooden tracks across the island connecting coal mines to canal wharfs.

The Secret World of Number Stations


Back in the days of Cold War espionage, foreign intelligence agencies used to communicate with agents on the field via shortwave radio.

World’s First Nuclear Power Plant


Spread over nearly 900 square miles in the high desert of eastern Idaho, lies the vast campus of the Idaho National Laboratory.

The Pig of Lucerne


Below is a photograph of one of Lucerne’s most famous tourist attraction. You may recognize it as the “Lion of Lucerne”— a rock relief sculpture of a mortally wounded lion hewn into the rocky face of a large cliff in a former sandstone quarry near Lucerne, in central Switzerland.

The Towers of Bologna


In mediaeval times, the city of Bologna in Northern Italy must have looked not unlike what Manhattan appears today.

SS Richard Montgomery: The Thames’ Ticking Time Bomb


On 20 August 1944, an American cargo ship named SS Richard Montgomery carrying huge amount of explosives, meant for use in the ongoing Second World War, ran aground on a sandbank in the Thames Estuary, near the town of Sheerness, in England.

The Decorative Birdhouses of Turkey


Turkish societies value animals greatly, especially birds which they believe bring good luck. The Turk's great love for the feathered species is demonstrated by the elaborate birdhouses they have built for sparrows, doves and pigeons to roost and raise their young ones.

Victor Noir’s Mysterious Erection


The Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris is home to many famous dead people, including Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison.

London’s Mail Rail


For seventy-six years, starting from 1927, the London Post Office operated a fleet of driverless electric trains that scuttled around pairs of narrow gauge rails deep under the ground hauling mails between various sorting offices.

The Birmingham Back to Backs


In the late Georgian era, Britain’s urban population began to grow rapidly as the country’s economy shifted from agricultural to industrial.

Elfreth's Alley: America’s Oldest Residential Street


In Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood near the Delaware River, close to Interstate 95, is a historic cobblestoned street lined with thirty two houses built in the Georgian and Federal styles.

Hamilton, The Waterfall Capital of The World


Niagara Falls might be the most visited waterfalls in North America but the true ‘Waterfall Capital’ of the world lies 50 miles to the west, in the Canadian city of Hamilton.

Kattenstoet: The Cat Throwing Festival


For the last sixty years, the city of Ypres in Belgium has held a popular “Cat Parade” that draws visitors from around the country.

Stock im Eisen: Vienna’s Nail Tree


At the corner of the extravagant 19th century mansion, Palais Equitable, in the city of Vienna, Austria, is a glass case behind which is the midsection of an ancient tree.

Victor Noir’s Mysterious Erection


The Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris is home to many famous dead people, including Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison.

The Sourtoe Cocktail: A Drink Garnished With A Human Toe


In Dawson City, by the Yukon River, up north in Canada, there is a bar where you can order a shot of whiskey garnished with a real, dehydrated human toe.

The Gastown Steam Clock


Not far from Vancouver’s waterfront, in the historic Gastown neighborhood, stands one of the city’s major crowd-drawer—a steam-powered clock.


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