Weirdness

Longest Place Names

“Can’t we just go to Å1?” may be the cry of tourists visiting some of these locations with the longest place names in the world. The north island of New Zealand is home to Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapiki- maungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu. Generally called Taumata, the…

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Thursday, 13th November 2008

Salt Lake Weirdness

There are lots of interesting and weird things to notice around Great Salt Lake, the largest salt lake in the western hemisphere. First up, the western shore of the lake houses something that appears to belong in a ‘Trivial Pursuit…

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Monday, 10th November 2008

Ettlrad

What is going on here in Grevenbroich, Germany? This shadow appears to be large human heads on a wheel. It is actually a steel sculpture by George Ettl, entitled Ettlrad, a play on the German word, Schaufelrad, or paddlewheel. According…

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Thursday, 6th November 2008

Street With a View

The residents of Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have gone all out to welcome the visiting Google Street View car. Firstly, they’ve brought in a marching band for the occasion! Once the band get out the way, we can see that…

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Wednesday, 5th November 2008

Giant Lint Attack!

Head for the hills people! This enormous piece of thread is headed for the highway with murderous intent! Whilst giant lint1 hasn’t had a history of going postal and engaging in psychopathic killing sprees (lint usually leaves that to the…

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Tuesday, 28th October 2008

Bulford Kiwi

Kiwis in England? No, just a large carving of one cut out of this chalk hillside on the slope of Beacon Hill, Wiltshire. The kiwi was created in 1919 by the New Zealand soldiers who stayed here awaiting ships to…

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Monday, 20th October 2008

Welcome to Google Sightseeing

Google Sightseeing takes you on a tour of the world as seen from satellite, using the free Google Earth program, or Google Maps in your web browser. Our team of authors present weird and wonderful sights as suggested by readers.

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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…

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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