The Nonexistent Town of Argleton

Nestled in the Lancashire countryside, just to the south of Ormskirk, is the small town of Argleton. Or so Google would have us believe. Zooming in closer reveals that Argleton isn’t exactly a bustling metropolis. In fact it looks suspiciously…

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Tuesday, 3rd November 2009

Bunjil, the sky God

It’s been a while since we featured a giant geoglyph, so it was with great pleasure that we learned of Australia’s Bunjil geoglyph at the You Yangs National Park in Victoria. “You Yangs” is a derivation of the Aboriginal words…

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Wednesday, 14th October 2009

Islands of the Pacific Ring of Fire (Island Week 4)

It’s Island Week 4 here at GSS, which means we’ll mostly be posting about Islands. For about a week. On September 29, 2009, just south of the islands that make up the Independent State of Samoa in Polynesia, an earthquake…

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Friday, 2nd October 2009

AZF Explosion

8 years ago today, on 21 September 2001, a huge explosion occurred in the AZF (AZote Fertilisant – nitrogen fertiliser) factory in Toulouse, France. Three hundred tonnes of ammonium nitrates blew up, creating a 200 m wide crater up to…

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Monday, 21st September 2009

Indiana Barn Roof Art

In Indiana, the local farmers have an apparently long tradition of decorating the roofs of their barns with interesting pictures. I haven’t been able to find much information on the historical reasons why they do this, but the steeply angled…

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Thursday, 17th September 2009

Become a Google Sightseeing Writer

UPDATE: Due to the level of response to this post, we have stopped accepting notes of interest – thanks to everyone who got in touch. If you haven’t heard back from us yet then it’s likely that your application didn’t…

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Monday, 14th September 2009
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Previously on Google Sightseeing

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On this day in 1872, the first bona fide international  football match took place on St Andrew’s Day between Scotland…

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