Weirdness

Tower of Hercules

The Tower of Hercules is the oldest Roman lighthouse in the world and the only one still in operation. Spanish legend has it that one of the many heroes named Hercules battled the giant Gerión on this site, killed him,…

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Sunday, 13th November 2005

Outback Oasis

Somewhere in the Australian outback, someone has built an odd little oasis. Why on earth have they done this? Where does the water come from? How do they stop it from drying up? Who built it? Most importantly, why am…

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Monday, 7th November 2005

4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, then you’ll have heard all about everyone’s favourite show, ‘Lost‘. And if you’re a fan, then you’ll know that the numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42 are of great significance. So…

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Saturday, 5th November 2005

Red Mud Dam

Near Gladstone in Queensland, Australia is a gigantic, bright-orange lake known as Red Mud Dam. Although the explanations I found were a little confusing, it seems that the colouring is due to residue formed through the process of extracting aluminium…

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Friday, 4th November 2005

Post-It

Well this is getting ridiculous… First we had drawing-pins, then scotch tape, and then even more scotch tape. And now? A giant post-it note in Thailand. Told you it was ridiculous. Thanks to DC.

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Tuesday, 18th October 2005

Rusty Tree Drawing?

Can anyone explain why someone has planted this rectangular-ish line of trees outside of Oakland, CA? And while we’re at it, what the heck is this? Thanks to Bob (Canadian) Thompson.

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Tuesday, 4th October 2005

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

On this day: The Vauxhall Bridge Opened

On May 26, 1906, the new Vauxhall Bridge across the Thames in London opened. This was five years later than…

On this day: The Main Branch of the NY Public Library Opened

On May 23, 1911, the imposing Main Branch of the New York Public Library was opened to the public, with…

Undiscovered Hawaii: Lanai, Kahoolawe, and Niihau

Hawaii is one of the world’s great tourist destinations, with millions of people from around the world streaming into the islands each year. While most tourists lounge their time away on the beaches of Maui, Oahu, Molokai, Kauai, and the Big Island of Hawaii, many forget that there are eight major islands in the archipelago. Being Island Week, now is the perfect time to take a look at the other three major islands of the 50th state of the United States.

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