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Morton Salt, Chicago

Morton Salt is apparently North America’s leading producer of salt and have been based in Chicago since being founded in 1848. The roof of the factory has the company name, along with their slogan “When it Rains It Pours” and…

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Saturday, 1st April 2006

Harry Caray

A caricature of Harry Caray, the legendary announcer for the Chicago Cubs, looks up at us from the roof of his Chicago restaurant. Caray was famous for his frequent use of “Holy Cow!” and for leading the crowd in singing…

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Thursday, 30th March 2006

Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry is home to many exhibits including a coal mine, a 3,500 square foot model railway and the U-505, which can be seen in the middle of the thumbnail below. Captured off the coast of…

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Wednesday, 29th March 2006

Prison Break

Could you break your brother out of here? Joliet Correctional Center was closed in 2002 and now plays the part of Fox River State Penitentiary in the compulsive watching stupidity that is Prison Break. The prison also featured in another…

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Monday, 27th March 2006

Flying Frog

I don’t really know what to say… this certainly does look like a giant flying frog over Chicago. Any Chicagoans out there with some sort of clue about this floating amphibian? Thanks to J Hamsa.

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Wednesday, 1st February 2006

The World’s Tallest Buildings

You would think that deciding on the world’s tallest building would be pretty simple: get a big measuring tape, measure the buildings, biggest one wins. Easy, huh? Well, apparently not. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat have defined…

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Wednesday, 25th January 2006
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Lesotho: Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is one of the most unique countries on the planet. It’s the southernmost landlocked country, the largest country that’s entirely surrounded by another country, and the highest country on Earth. Yet, it doesn’t really show up on too many people’s radar. With the arrival of Google Street View imagery this month to Lesotho, it’s time to shed some light on the world’s largest enclave.

On this day: Mary Queen of Scots escaped Loch Leven castle

On May 2, 1568, Mary Queen of Scots escaped from Loch Leven Castle. After having been imprisoned on this isolated…

On this day: The Empire State Building was dedicated

On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building was dedicated. The 103-storey skyscraper was the tallest building in the world…

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