The Most Unusual Places On Planet Earth
In 1999, a 9.3 miles by 17.4 miles geoglyph with 100 feet wide outlines depicting an indigenous man was discovered from the air by a charter pilot in the remote Australian outback. A plaque of an American flag was found buried 5 feet under the nose of the figure. Its origin remains a mystery with no known witnesses to its creation.
In 1994, Green River City council in Wyoming passed a resolution to designate its public use airstrip as the "Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport", for inhabitants of Jupiter who might wish to take sanctuary in Green River in the event their planet is threatened by collisions from comets or meteors.
Baarle-Hertog and Baarle-Nassau are two municipalities in Belgium and Netherlands that have complicated borders which have resulted in 23 pieces of enclaves and counter-enclaves. The border is made visible on all of the town's streets to make it clear which side one is in.
In 1962, a fire which started in a landfill in Centralia, Pennsylvania ignited an underground vein of hard coal. The bustling town turned into a ghost town due to the massive underground inferno that has been burning since. The fire is expected to burn for at least another 250 years.
In the early 70's, to curb a dust problem caused by dirt roads in the town of Times Beach, Missouri, the town hired a contractor to spray used motor oil on the roads. The motor oil had been mixed with another chemical called dioxin, leading to one of the largest environmental disasters in U.S history.
West African mountain range named the Mountains of Kong was charted on maps for nearly a hundred years. It was later discovered that the mountains never existed and were made up by the original cartographer.
The Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand is the world's steepest street. At its maximum slope, it measures 19° or 35%. The street holds a yearly event which involves rolling 30,000 Jaffas (Australian chocolate) down the street.
There is a traditional African voodoo village named The Kingdom of Oyotunji in South Carolina. The village has a king and no electricity or water. Its residents are not allowed to speak English before noon, drink chicken blood and consider themselves to be a separate nation from the US.
There is a waterfall called The Devil's Kettle in a state park of Minnesota. The waterfall remains a mystery to scientists because the western half of the water flows into a pothole; however, every attempt to trace the path of this half of the river once the water has gone into the pothole has failed.
Mill Ends Park is a planter of flowers in a median strip in Portland, Oregon. While only 452 square inches (0.292 meters square), it has been recognized as the 'Smallest Park in the World' by Guinness, and the original caretaker described it as “the only leprechaun colony west of Ireland.”
Camp Bonifas was a United Nations Command military post located 400 meters south of the southern boundary of the Korean Demilitarized Zone. There is a par 3 one-hole "golf course" at the camp which includes an Astroturf green and is surrounded on three sides by minefields and machine guns.
In South Korea, there is a sex theme park called Love Land and features 140 sculptures representing humans in various sexual positions.
An artist named Ayano Tsukimi, living in the small village of Nagoro in Japan has been creating life-sized dolls in place of deceased residents for more than last 10 years. Now the number of life-sized dolls outnumbers the village residents 10-to-1.
On the California side of the US-Mexico border, there's a town called Calexico, and on the opposite side, there's a town called Mexicali.
“The Villages” is an over-55 community in Florida that has the highest consumption of draft beer and STD rate in the state.
In the town of Laguna, Brazil a pod of bottlenose dolphins cooperatively fish with fishermen. The dolphin herd mullet toward the shore and signal the fishermen to cast their nets. They do this every day. Town records say that the dolphins and fishermen have been cooperating since 1847.
Bir Tawil, a 2,060 square km swath of land between Egypt and Sudan is the last habitable land on earth that is not taken or claimed by any government. In 2014 a man from Virginia planted a flag there and claimed it for himself so that his 7-year old daughter could fulfill her dream of being a princess.
'The Old Forge' is Britain's most remote bar. It is located in Inverie, which is so isolated in the Scottish Highlands that no roads connect the village to the rest of the country. Thirsty travelers need to hike 17 miles over very rough terrain, or take a 7-mile ferry ride,
A century after Upton Sinclair first wrote about it in THE JUNGLE, “Bubbly Creek” in Chicago still has gases bubbling out of the riverbed from the decomposition of blood and entrails dumped into the river in the early 20th century by the local meatpacking businesses.
Agloe, New York was an imaginary town that became real. Created on a 1937 map as a copyright trap (a fake location used to fool others copying the map), a visitor decided to open a store. Agloe became a real (if very small) location for 40 years, but the store closed and Agloe is now dead.
In 2007, a meteorite crashed near the village of Carancas in Peru, close to the Bolivian border. Following the impact, locals in the area grew sick from an unexplained illness. It turned out that the meteorite had evaporated arsenic contaminated groundwater which led to widespread arsenic poisoning.
The town of Santo Tomas in Peru is home to a pretty weird annual ritual named Takanakuy. Every year on 25th of December, men, women and even children fistfight each other to settle old disputes to begin the New Year with a clean slate.
The "town" of Monowi, Nebraska has a population of 1. Elsie Eiler, in her capacity as Mayor, grants herself a liquor license and pays taxes to herself.
Atop the Colletto Fava hill in Italy, there is a 180-foot long stuffed pink bunny with its entrails spilling out. Its purpose is to make its audience feel as tiny as Gulliver did in his Travels.
Chile has a civilian town named Villa Las Estrellas in Antarctica. The town has a maximum population of 150 people in the summer and it has a school, hospital, hostel, post office, internet, TV and mobile phone coverage.
There is an underground city in Australia called Coober Pedy and it is known as the "Opal Capital of the World." It has two churches, a bar, a single entrance and a population of over 1,600 people. People live in underground "dugouts" or homes built into the hills to escape extreme heat of up to 47 degree Celsius (116 degrees Fahrenheit).
The Sedlec Ossuary is a church in Prague that is made up of the bones of over 70,000 plague victims in various forms of decor. Only theories surround the method of this madness.
The Mojave phone booth was a public phone booth that stood for several years in the middle of a desert, miles away from any roads or other structures. It was demolished in 2000 because it became famous on the internet and thousands of people were visiting it, impacting the surrounding environment in the national preserve.
The Icelandic Phallological Museum in Reykjavik, Iceland is solely devoted to the collection of penis specimens and penis-related art. It features 280 penises from 93 species of animals, including whales, humans, and (allegedly) trolls.
The village of Giethoorn in the Netherlands has no roads. People get around on foot or via one of the village's many canals.
The Magic Roundabout in Swindon, England is the world’s most complex intersection. It has five separate smaller roundabouts supporting clockwise traffic, all situated around one larger central roundabout that runs counterclockwise.
Every year in the Greek town of Vrontados, two rival church congregations perform a "Rocket War" by firing tens of thousands of home-made rockets across town, with the objective of hitting the bell tower of the church of the other side.
“Gropecunt Lane”, was an official street name given to those streets in medieval England where prostitution took place because it was normal practice for a medieval street name to reflect the street's function or economic activity taking place within it.
The town of Blowout, Texas, got its name when lightning struck a cave and ignited thousands of tons of ammonia-rich bat poop inside it.
More people have died climbing Table Mountain (3,500 feet) in Cape Town than have been killed by Everest (29,000 feet). Poor planning, dehydration and even losing concentration while taking selfies are to blame.
Spite Houses are impractical and often uninhabited buildings that people construct for the sole purpose of irritating their neighbors. For Example, in 1882, a house, 5 feet wide, 4 stories high and 104 feet in length was erected on Lexington Ave, New York City to “spite” the neighbor, and block his views.
The city of Whittier in Alaska has a population of 214 people, almost all of whom live in a single building. The building has a school, hospital, church, and grocery store.
The Badlands Guardian is a natural geological formation located in Alberta, Canada. When viewed from the air, it resembles a Native American wearing a traditional headdress, facing directly westward.
Sarah Winchester, the widow of the founder of Winchester Company, built a confusing mansion to ward off the spirits of those killed by Winchester rifles. At its zenith, the house consisted of over 200 rooms, 10,000 windows, 47 fireplaces, 2,000 doors, several trapdoors, and multiple spy holes.
The exclave of Point Roberts, Washington is accessible only by driving through Canada. It is a popular destination for people in the US Witness Relocation Program since it is effectively off-limits to US citizens who can’t get passports.