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On this day: Independence Day

July 4th is Independence Day in the United States. It celebrates the 1776 adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress which took place at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Parades, barbecues and fireworks are among the most…

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Friday, 4th July 2014

On this day: The SS United States Started Across the Atlantic

On July 3, 1952, the SS United States departed from New York on her maiden journey across the Atlantic. Her great speed allowed an American-flagged vessel to take the Blue Riband for the first time in a century, beating the…

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Thursday, 3rd July 2014

On this day: World UFO Day

We hope that you’re wearing your tinfoil hat to celebrate World UFO Day which is held each year on July 2nd, the approximate date that an alien spaceship crashed in Roswell, New Mexico. Although a spokesperson initially confirmed that a…

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Wednesday, 2nd July 2014

On this day: Canada Day

July 1st is ‘Canada’s Birthday’ – the annual celebration of the 1867 formation of the country when three British Empire colonies united. The biggest Canada Day party in the country takes place in the capital, Ottawa, where several hundred thousand…

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Tuesday, 1st July 2014

On this day: Blondin Crossed Niagara Gorge on a Tightrope

On June 30, 1859, The Great Charles Blondin became the first person to cross the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope. While it is often assumed that he crossed over the falls themselves, he in fact crossed near the site of…

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Monday, 30th June 2014

Google Tower View

Perhaps skip reading this post if you don’t have a head for heights – today we’re heading up to look at the scenery from a few observation towers that have been visited by Google’s Street View cameras1. First up, the…

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Thursday, 26th June 2014
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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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