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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

More Planes Refueling in Flight

Over at the Google Earth Community they’ve found a fantastic sight – not one, but two planes about to be refuelled mid-flight over the California desert. From their measurements, these appear to be F-16 fighter jets, moving in (or perhaps…

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Monday, 28th April 2008

The World’s Largest Drain

Here in Lake Berryessa, California, we find the largest drain hole in the world, affectionally known locally as The Glory Hole. Narrowing from 22 metres diameter to 8.5 metres at its thinnest point, this absolutely enormous funnel is technically the…

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Thursday, 24th April 2008

The Winchester Mystery House

Here in San Jose, California we find the bizarre sprawling complex known as The Winchester Mystery House. It is the creation of Sarah Winchester (the widow of gun magnate William Winchester) who began expanding this country farmhouse when she moved…

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Friday, 28th March 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

On this day: The Mona Lisa Was Stolen

Call Inspector Clouseau! On August 21, 1911 the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre. The case was a mystery…

On this day: Eero Saarinen Was Born

Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen was born on this day in 1910. His most famous work is probably the Gateway Arch…

On this day: St Isaac’s Cathedral Was Inaugurated

On August 19, 1768, St Isaac’s Cathedral in St Petersburg was inaugurated. An estimated ten thousand tree trunks were embedded…

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