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Olympics 2008: Laoshan Bicycle Moto Cross (BMX) Venue

Today sees the finals of the first ever Olympic Bicycle Moto Cross competition which takes place here at the Laoshan Bicycle Motocros Venue in Beijing. BMX racing is brand new to these Olympics, and races take just over 30 seconds…

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Thursday, 21st August 2008

The Demise of Bennie the Smoking Dinosaur

Long-time GSS readers may recall the story of Bennie the Dinosaur, who we originally spotted way back in February 2006. Bennie was originally employed as the mascot for a now-defunct chain of cigarette shops and in his lifetime had moved…

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Wednesday, 13th August 2008

Google’s Street View Welcome Party

As the Street View car passed Google’s California head offices, the Googleplex, hundreds and hundreds of Google Employees came out to form a huge welcoming committee for the passing camera car. There’s loads of things to see, as many employees…

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Tuesday, 5th August 2008

Blue Trees

It’s commonly quoted as fact that in nature, no food or vegetable is naturally blue. This information was again disputed recently by the re-introduction of blue Smarties1, this time using 100% natural seaweed extract to create the blue colour. Additional…

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Monday, 30th June 2008

Top 10 Unseen Street View Sights

It’s been a whole year since Google first launched their controversial Street View service, and we posted our first Street View sight. Since then we’ve seen the rate of discovery of the most bizarre and unusual finds increase as Google…

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Tuesday, 3rd June 2008

1.21 Gigawatt Fire Destroys Movie History

Yesterday a large fire tore through the Universal Studios backlot, injuring 3 people and destroying numerous sets. Thankfully no-one was seriously injured, but the fire did destroy a key piece of movie history: Courthouse Square. Courthouse Square has been used…

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Monday, 2nd June 2008

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

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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