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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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Friday, 2nd February 2007

Landlocked

This aircraft carrier in China is going to have a hard time achieving much while locked in a small lake some 30 miles from the sea. That’s because it’s a ¾ scale model of the U.S. Nimitz Class Aircraft carrier,…

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Monday, 20th November 2006

The Langoliers

Oh dear, it appears that some tardy time-travellers aboard these planes at Peoria Airport have been eaten by The Langoliers! (Although the movie was actually filmed at Bangor International Airport, I understand that no airport escapes the all-consuming wrath of…

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Thursday, 26th October 2006

Funerals

With the continually increasing quality of images on Google Maps/Earth, it’s hardly surprising that the cameras are capturing ever more private moments of people’s lives. Perhaps then it was only a matter of time before the very end of someone’s…

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Tuesday, 10th October 2006

Spindle

If I told you that this tall shadow in a car park in Berwyn, Illinois was cast by a huge sculpture made from eight real cars impaled on a massive metal spike, would you believe me? I know it sounds…

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Wednesday, 5th July 2006

Particle Accelerator Megapost

The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) in California is funded by the US Department of Energy but operated by Stanford University. The SLAC has a 3km long underground linear accelerator which is the longest linear accelerator in the world and…

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Wednesday, 17th May 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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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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