South America

World’s Largest Cotton Bud

Yes, you heard me right – that’s the world’s largest cotton swab! (Of course, this is actually a member of the South American Cotton Ball Army in disguise). Thanks to me & Kyle French.

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Tuesday, 25th April 2006

Peru (heart) Large Type

Nowhere in the world do they like putting large type on the hills as much as they do in Peru. A lot of these messages refer to political parties such as the UPP (Union for Peru) and Somos Peru so…

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Thursday, 15th December 2005


This is Ilamatepec, the Santa Ana Volcano in El Salvador which erupted at the beginning of the month. It hadn’t previously erupted since 1904, and there were reports of lava rocks the size of cars, and villagers fleeing from a…

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Thursday, 20th October 2005

Brazilian Supertanker

Here’s a totally awesome image of an enormous supertanker speeding along just off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. Only ships above 250,000 tonnes are considered true supertankers, and due to their massive size and weight, their stopping distances are…

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Monday, 17th October 2005

Arrrr! Pirate Ship Ahoy!

To celebrate this week’s talk like a pirate day (ok we missed it, but heck, we were close), here’s a rather cool looking three masted schooner nestled in amongst some modern day warships. Now where did I leave me grog…?…

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Friday, 23rd September 2005

Jesus Tunnel

Looks like yet another person has been keen to write ‘Jesus’ on a hillside, this time over the entrance to a tunnel near Barueri city, Brazil. I’m not quite sure what Jesus had to do with the construction of this…

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Wednesday, 7th September 2005
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