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Mystery Plane Outline

Here at the King Khaled Airport in Saudi Arabia, a little way away from the main terminal, there’s a mysterious and unexplained outline of a plane marked out on the desert sand. The shape is similar in size and dimensions…

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Monday, 10th September 2007

Tonight’s Dinner

For tonight’s dinner we’re following what might well be the world’s largest recipe – as it’s written in large type all over the surface of Google Earth. To start with, on the coast of Nova Scotia a vineyard uses the…

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Thursday, 6th September 2007

World’s Largest Portrait

Continuing the never-ending stream of “World’s largest…” we present The World’s Largest Portrait, which adorns the hills of Erzincan in Turkey. The massive 7.5 square km painting is of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the first president of Turkey until his death…

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Tuesday, 4th September 2007

Mud Island (Island Week 2)

(It’s Island Week 2 here at GSS, which means we’ll mostly be posting about Islands. For about a week.) On the mighty Mississippi River, Memphis, Tennessee, is Mud Island, which is home to a steamboat museum, restaurants, an outdoor amphitheatre…

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Wednesday, 29th August 2007

More Puerile Roof Art

Actually, you could barely call this childish scrawl on the roof of a French University “art” (stop sniggering). By my calculations (yes, I measured), at around 7.7 metres this is actually the smallest of the penises so far found on…

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Friday, 24th August 2007

Garlic?!

Written on the ground beside the runway of an old World War 2 airfield is the most bizarre large type yet: “Garlic?!“. This airfield used to be RAF Hibaldstow, which has been inactive since 1947. Currently the site is used…

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Tuesday, 21st August 2007
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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…

Google Sightseeing writer set to climb Africa’s tallest volcano

Two years ago our very own Noel Ballantyne wrote an article for Volcano Week 5 about Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant…

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