Salvation Mountain & Slab City

Salvation Mountain is an ongoing project of Leonard Knight, who has built and hand decorated the 3-storey “mountain” (I think it’s really just a hill) for nearly two decades. The hill is created out of adobe, straw and many gallons…

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Wednesday, 30th November 2005

Great Buddha of Kamakura

Right in the middle of our thumbnail, you can just make out the shape of the Great Buddha of Kamakura. Around 13 metres tall, the bronze statue is said to have been cast all the way back in 1252, and…

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Tuesday, 29th November 2005

Scientology vault

These two giant inter-locking circles encapsulating diamonds apparently signify the ‘secret’ location of a huge Scientology vault which has been constructed to protect the writings of L. Ron Hubbard, etched onto stainless steel and stored in titanium cases. According to…

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Monday, 28th November 2005

Werribee Park

The Victorian State Rose Garden at Werribee Park is made up of 5500 roses planted in the shape of a tudor rose. Also to see at Werribee Park is the Chirnside Mansion, the National Equestrian Centre and the Victorian Open…

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Sunday, 27th November 2005

Siberian Diamond Mine

This is the worlds biggest open cast diamond mine in Mirny, north eastern Siberia. It’s more than 1 km in diameter and half a km deep! Wow, that’s a big hole. The Google Maps imagery isn’t super high-res but there…

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Saturday, 26th November 2005

The Flatirons

These are the Flatirons, an incredible rock formation near Boulder, Colorado. Don’t quite see what you’re looking at? Tilt your head 90 degrees to the left… More information on the Wikipedia page. Thanks to Geoff.

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Friday, 25th November 2005
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On September 25, 1911, ground was broken for Fenway Park in Boston, the oldest ballpark still in use in the…

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On this day in 1906, Devils Tower in Wyoming was declared a National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt. Seventy years…

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