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Plane Shaped Pools

It seems that more than one person has had the idea of theming their swimming pool around aeroplanes… Here’s a small private plane-shaped pool in Miami. This is the Flying W Airport in New Jersey, where they have a cool…

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Thursday, 26th April 2007

Landlocked

This aircraft carrier in China is going to have a hard time achieving much while locked in a small lake some 30 miles from the sea. That’s because it’s a ¾ scale model of the U.S. Nimitz Class Aircraft carrier,…

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Monday, 20th November 2006

Shekou Sea World

Back in 1962 France launched a ship named Ancerville, which was purchased by the People’s Republic of China in 1973 and renamed Minghua. 10 years later the ship was permanently berthed at Shekou, Shenzhen, where she was refurbished and rebranded…

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Thursday, 12th October 2006

Shaolin Reservoir

Many believe that Shaolin Kung-Fu originated at the world-famous Shaolin Monastery but it is a little known fact that the nearby Shaolin Reservoir, is the true Kung-Fu mecca. OK, I made that up – the monastery is in a low…

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Monday, 2nd October 2006

Ming Class Submarine

A long time ago, way back when this website began, I thought that spotting submarines on satellite photographs would be very unlikely, what with them travelling underwater most of the time. As it turned out there are a lot of…

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Tuesday, 22nd August 2006

Pudong Skyline

The skyline of Shanghai’s Pudong district is dominated by two enormous structures: the 468 metre Oriental Pearl Tower and the 420.5 metre Jin Mao Building. The striking looking Oriental Pearl Tower is the tallest tower in Asia, and the third…

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Thursday, 17th August 2006
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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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