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Fill ‘er Up!

In the early days of mass automotive travel, fuel stations often resorted to some wacky gimmicks to differentiate themselves from the pack and lure in customers, such as novelty architecture that made the station building even more of a roadside attraction than the fuel they were selling. Today, many of these wacky 1930s-era stations are icons to thousands of visitors every year.

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Wednesday, 23rd January 2013

Svalbard

Located 400 km (640 mi) north of mainland Europe in the Arctic Ocean, the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard is home to some of the northernmost settlements on Earth, including the world’s northernmost city. While 60 percent of Svalbard is covered in ice, that still didn’t stop the Street View team from exploring the stark beauty of the islands.

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Wednesday, 5th December 2012

Graveyards in Parking Lots

To mark Halloween this year, we’re visiting some unusual burial places. While it is common for cemeteries to have parking lots, you might think it unlikely that the reverse would happen. However, there are a surprising number of graveyards in…

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Wednesday, 31st October 2012

Via Appia Antica

Via Appia (The Appian Way) was one of the earliest Roman Roads, running south-east of the Italian capital towards Brindisi. Via Appia Antica is the oldest section of the road, dating to 312 BC, and is lined with monuments and…

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Wednesday, 19th September 2012

The War of 1812 – Canada

This summer, communities around North America are marking the two-hundredth anniversary of the start of the War of 18121. Perceptions of the conflict and its outcomes very much depend on where you live and what history you were taught in…

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Tuesday, 14th August 2012

The Gobi Desert (Desert Week 2012)

The rain shadow caused by the massive bulk of the Himalayan mountains creates arid conditions for a huge distance to the east. The 1,600km (1,000 mile) long arc of the Gobi Desert spans the border between China and Mongolia; it…

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Monday, 9th July 2012
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Lesotho: Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is one of the most unique countries on the planet. It’s the southernmost landlocked country, the largest country that’s entirely surrounded by another country, and the highest country on Earth. Yet, it doesn’t really show up on too many people’s radar. With the arrival of Google Street View imagery this month to Lesotho, it’s time to shed some light on the world’s largest enclave.

On this day: Mary Queen of Scots escaped Loch Leven castle

On May 2, 1568, Mary Queen of Scots escaped from Loch Leven Castle. After having been imprisoned on this isolated…

On this day: The Empire State Building was dedicated

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