Monuments

Hiroshima Peace Memorial

On this day, August 6, in 1945 – the first nuclear weapon to be used in war was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The bomb, Little Boy, was released at 8:15 local time by the American B-29 bomber…

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Wednesday, 6th August 2008

Hokkaidō Centennial Memorial Tower

This is supposedly the Hokkaidō Centennial Memorial Tower in Nopporo Forest Park, Hokkaidō, Japan. The official site claims it’s 100m tall, and was completed in 1970 to honour the 100th anniversary of Hokkaidō’s official colonisation1. Of course dear geeky-reader, you…

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Wednesday, 23rd July 2008

The Homomonument

This is the Homomomomonument, er… we mean the Homomonument, in Amsterdam. Unveiled in 1987, the humorously-named monument serves as a very serious memorial to the many thousands of gay men and women who were murdered during the Second World War.…

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Friday, 18th July 2008

Millions and millions of tyres

Within the Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona, is one of the largest stockpiles of discarded vehicle tyres1 in the US – perhaps as many as 10 million individual tyres. Despite being just south of a town called Goodyear, this is…

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Wednesday, 16th July 2008

Giant of Córdoba takes a bath

Giants have a hard time getting clean. I mean, baths aren’t usually built big enough to fit your average giant, right? Which is the only sensible explanation as to why there’s a giant sitting in the Guadalquivir river in Córdoba,…

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Tuesday, 15th July 2008

The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew

While I don’t admit to possess a particularly green thumb, I do have a penchant for anything which either looks good from the air, or lays claim to unnecessary, ambiguous World Records. Just like here at the Royal Botanic Gardens,…

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Friday, 11th July 2008

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On this day: First World Cup Final

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllll!!!!! On July 30, 1930, Uruguay beat Argentina 4-2 to win the first World Cup Final at the Estadio Centenario…

On this day: The Arc de Triomphe Was Inaugurated

On July 29, 1836, the Arc de Triomphe was inaugurated after a lengthy construction process. The Tomb of the Unknown…

On this day: Fire at Weston-Super-Mare’s Grand Pier

On July 28, 2008, the Grand Pier at Weston-Super-Mare burned down. This classic seaside icon dates from 1904 but had…

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