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Picher, Oklahoma

Picher, Oklahoma is a small town in north-eastern Oklahoma near the Kansas-Missouri border. It was once a major hub for heavy metals extraction, boasting some of the most productive lead mines in the world. By the early 1970s however, all…

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Friday, 10th July 2009

Top Ten Confusing Place Names

Following the example of Alex’s Rudest Place Names post, I hereby present my top ten confusing place names. For each of these sights, I picture a confused driver arriving in town, rolling down the car window and asking a passer-by …

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Tuesday, 10th March 2009

World’s Largest Cowboy Boots & Hat

There are a few contenders for the World’s Largest Cowboy Boots. The best claim perhaps belongs to this pair, which stands 12m tall, outside the North Star Mall in San Antonio, Texas. Tall as they are, they’re barely visible from…

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Thursday, 29th January 2009

The Half-Scale World Trade Center Tower

In Tulsa, Oklahoma you can see the Bank of Oklahoma tower, which is a near-exact half-scale replica of the World Trade Center towers in New York City which were destroyed in the 9/11 attacks. Completed three years after the WTC…

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Wednesday, 3rd December 2008

Whale Spotting in Google Earth

There are about 80 known whale species around the globe, the largest of which is of course the Blue Whale, which can measure up to a massive 30m long. Such a giant beast should easily be visible on the aerial…

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Thursday, 22nd March 2007

AWACS

Today we’re looking at E-3 Sentry AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) planes – they’re really just Boeing 707s with a 9.1m diameter rotating radar strapped onto the back, which provides airborne surveillance and battle management. Starting in Britain there’s…

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Thursday, 8th June 2006
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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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