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World’s Largest Cowboy Boots & Hat

There are a few contenders for the World’s Largest Cowboy Boots. The best claim perhaps belongs to this pair, which stands 12m tall, outside the North Star Mall in San Antonio, Texas. Tall as they are, they’re barely visible from…

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Thursday, 29th January 2009

The Half-Scale World Trade Center Tower

In Tulsa, Oklahoma you can see the Bank of Oklahoma tower, which is a near-exact half-scale replica of the World Trade Center towers in New York City which were destroyed in the 9/11 attacks. Completed three years after the WTC…

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Wednesday, 3rd December 2008

Hyperboloid Towers

Vladimir Shukhov was a Russian engineer, scientist and architect whose pioneering structural engineering work led to the design of the world’s first hyperboloid structures. In mathematics, a hyperboloid is a quadric (“a D-dimensional hypersurface defined as the locus of zeros…

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Friday, 21st November 2008

Street View Español!

As predicted, Spanish Street View Images have just launched across the major Spanish cities of Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, and Valencia! The images seem to be generally excellent quality, affording us some spectacular view’s of architect Antoni Gaudí’s perpetually-unfinished masterpiece in…

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Tuesday, 28th October 2008

World’s Tallest Electricity Pylon for Single Phase AC Powerline

Update: Apologies pylon fans, as Jonathan points out in the comments, we’ve mistakenly identified the wrong huge white and orange power pylons. The pylons in this post are in fact the Elbe Crossings 1 and 2, and the actual World’s…

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Friday, 19th September 2008

The World’s Tallest Structures Revisited

Earlier this month the still-incomplete Burj Dubai building in Dubai officially surpassed the height of all other buildings, towers and masts worldwide, making it the tallest man-made structure on the planet. Currently standing at a staggering 688 m, construction of…

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Wednesday, 17th September 2008
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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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