Monuments

The Cerne Abbas Giant

This is the fantastic Cerne Abbas Giant, a 55 metre (180 foot) high chalk figure carved into a hillside near the village of Cerne Abbas, England. In his right hand the giant holds a 36.5 metre long club, and of…

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Wednesday, 13th June 2007

Spiral Land Art

This is the bizarre Spiral Jetty, a huge piece of land art on the northeastern shore of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Built of mud, salt crystals, basalt rocks and earth, it forms a 1500 foot long (~450 metre),…

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Saturday, 2nd June 2007

UFO over Utrecht

For once no-one can try to cover up the truth – this is no water tower, no dirt on the lens, and no weather anomaly! Nope, this time we’ve found a real, actual, honest-to-goodness UFO landing on a building in…

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Friday, 2nd March 2007

World’s Largest Paper Planes

Well, unfortunately the world’s largest real paper planes aren’t usually kept outside, so today we’ll have to make do with sculptures of extremely large paper planes. in Mukilteo, Washington, Dillion Works (who specialise in creating large 3D architectural elements), claim…

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Monday, 26th February 2007

The World’s Largest Thermometer

Built to commemorate the highest temperature ever recorded in the United States, the World’s Largest Thermometer in near Death Valley, California is a whopping 134 feet tall. Why? There’s one foot for every degree – yes, it really did reach…

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Thursday, 22nd February 2007

World’s Smallest Parks

The state of Oregon has not just one, but two of the smallest municipal parks in the whole world. The first, Waldo Park in Salem, is only 3.6 by 6 metres and only contains a plaque, and a giant sequoia.…

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Wednesday, 24th January 2007

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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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