North America

Groundhog Day

Today is Groundhog Day, a North American festival which reckons that “if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and fails to see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If the groundhog sees…

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Saturday, 2nd February 2013

Fill ‘er Up!

In the early days of mass automotive travel, fuel stations often resorted to some wacky gimmicks to differentiate themselves from the pack and lure in customers, such as novelty architecture that made the station building even more of a roadside attraction than the fuel they were selling. Today, many of these wacky 1930s-era stations are icons to thousands of visitors every year.

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Wednesday, 23rd January 2013

Sound Sculptures

While most visual artwork is intended to please the eye, some artists strive to reach the other senses as well.  Some of them create large-scale sculptures which create sounds from natural sources – generally wind or water. Our first example…

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Wednesday, 16th January 2013

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

To celebrate the holiday season this year we’ll take a look at Christmas Trees, whose “leaves are so unchanging. Not only green when summer’s here, but also when ’tis cold and drear”1. In the United States, an estimated 31 million…

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Wednesday, 19th December 2012

Train Hotels

A few years ago we took a detailed look at Canada’s Grand Railway Hotels (parts 1, 2, 3). To look at things from the opposite perspective, there are a surprising number of train carriages around the world which serve as…

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Wednesday, 28th November 2012

Circuit of the Americas

To the south-east of Austin, Texas, there is a brand new motor racing track called the Circuit of the Americas, being used this weekend for its inaugural event – the Formula One United States Grand Prix. While Street View shows…

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Saturday, 17th November 2012
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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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