Big Keys

On display outside a French High School, there’s what is claimed to be the world’s largest key. The key measures around 10.5 metres long, although may have lost its title earlier this year when Bethlehem claimed the crown1. It’s still…

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Friday, 29th August 2008

Oil Rocks

The Oil Rocks, 50km off the coast of Azerbaijan, is effectively a small city that has been constructed from interconnected oil platforms and residential areas, all sitting atop rocks, piles of sand and landfill. Back in 1949, the Oil Rocks…

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Wednesday, 27th August 2008

The Perfect Liberty Peace Tower

This bizarre tower is the Perfect Liberty Peace Tower in Tondabayashi, Japan, and from up here it looks like it might be constructed entirely from cotton-wool. Completed in 1970 this incredibly oddly-shaped tower stands at 180 m, and was actually…

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Tuesday, 19th August 2008

The Demise of Bennie the Smoking Dinosaur

Long-time GSS readers may recall the story of Bennie the Dinosaur, who we originally spotted way back in February 2006. Bennie was originally employed as the mascot for a now-defunct chain of cigarette shops and in his lifetime had moved…

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Wednesday, 13th August 2008

The Felix Centre

In the heart of the English countryside, running right down the middle of a field, is a densely packed residential street! The Live Search Maps images of the same area shows the resident’s cars parked on the street – not…

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Thursday, 7th August 2008

Google’s Street View Welcome Party

As the Street View car passed Google’s California head offices, the Googleplex, hundreds and hundreds of Google Employees came out to form a huge welcoming committee for the passing camera car. There’s loads of things to see, as many employees…

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Tuesday, 5th August 2008

Welcome to Google Sightseeing

Google Sightseeing takes you on a tour of the world as seen from satellite, using the free Google Earth program, or Google Maps in your web browser. Our team of authors present weird and wonderful sights as suggested by readers.

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Previously on Google Sightseeing

Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.

Quirky Border Towns of North America

Have you ever walked through the front door of a building in one country and walked out the back door…

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

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