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Fat Planes

Invasion of the fat planes! There’s a really fat green plane at Heathrow (which looks a little like Thunderbird 2)… And at Hong Kong International, there’s some sort of fat pink alien spacecraft! (Or these might be fire training aircraft…

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Friday, 2nd June 2006

Dohuk Dam

Taking its name from the nearby city of Dohuk, also spelled Dahuk, Dohuk Dam supplies the city with drinking water and has a 45m wide Kurdistan flag painted onto the Dam. Top to bottom the flag is red, white and…

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Tuesday, 30th May 2006

Very Large Buddhas

Seated at the top of 268 steps in the Po Lin Monastery in Hong Kong, is the Tian Tan Buddha – the world’s largest ‘seated outdoor bronze statue of the Buddha’. The 34 metre tall sculpture can be seen facing…

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Monday, 29th May 2006

Juhu Garden Plane

It looks like the pilot of a small aircraft has crashed into Juhu garden in Mumbai! Actually, it turns out that this plane has never flown: it has no engine and is made of concrete, which I hear is not…

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Thursday, 25th May 2006

Jiuquan Atomic Energy Complex

Jiuquan Atomic Energy Complex is purportedly used for the manufacture of China’s Nuclear weapons. The plant is centred in a small patch of high-resolution satellite photography, but I’m sure those readers who understand Nuclear power plants can tell all sorts…

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Monday, 8th May 2006

World’s Largest Football?

Here in Niigata, Japan, we can see what may well be the world’s largest football! Presumably it’s a gas tank of some sort – can anyone translate the japanese? It’s likely that this ball was decorated for the 2002 World…

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Wednesday, 5th April 2006

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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

Lesotho: Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is one of the most unique countries on the planet. It’s the southernmost landlocked country, the largest country that’s entirely surrounded by another country, and the highest country on Earth. Yet, it doesn’t really show up on too many people’s radar. With the arrival of Google Street View imagery this month to Lesotho, it’s time to shed some light on the world’s largest enclave.

On this day: Mary Queen of Scots escaped Loch Leven castle

On May 2, 1568, Mary Queen of Scots escaped from Loch Leven Castle. After having been imprisoned on this isolated…

On this day: The Empire State Building was dedicated

On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building was dedicated. The 103-storey skyscraper was the tallest building in the world…

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