Unusual Places (you can visit)

The Vatican secret library – what mysteries lay hidden in the Holy See’s Vatican Secret Archive

// September 28th, 2016 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

The Vatican Library

In Vatican City, there is an archive containing more than 75,000 codices from throughout history and an estimated 1.1 million ancient printed books. If you are a researcher, and can sufficiently document your need for access, the collection is open for limited periods of time – except for a section of the library known officially […]

These giant arrows blanket the U.S.A. from coast to coast – what are they?

// June 8th, 2016 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

These giant arrows blanket the U.S.A. from coast to coast – what are they?

You’ll find them in a nearly straight line between the East Coast and the West Coast. Like an ancient cosmic map, they are spaced about 15 miles apart and placed on any available surface – the side of a mountain, across the desert floor, and in the great, flat plains of the central United States. […]

Llanfairpwllgwyn-gyllgogerychwyrndrob-wllllantysiliogogogoch – the little town with the unbelievably big name

// September 12th, 2015 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch–the little town with the unbelievably big name

Upon entering the town, you can’t help but notice the sign – “You are now at Llanfairpwllgwyn-gyllgogerychwyrndrob-wllllantysiliogogogoch”. “Llanfairpwllgwyn-gyllgogerychwyrndrob-wllllantysiliogogogoch” is 58 letters long and locals don’t mind if you refer to it as just Llanfairpll or Llanfair PG to speed things up. The town is located on the island of Anglesey in Wales and recently made […]

Japan’s abandoned island of Hashima – experience the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse

// January 27th, 2015 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

Abandoned Hashima Island (Japan

Hashima Island began life as a vibrant coal mining facility. At one point, with a population density of over 83,500 people per square kilometer, was the most densely populated piece of land on the planet. Barely 2/100 of a square mile, today, aside from rats and a few feral cats, the population of the island […]

Earthly phenomena or alien attack – spontaneous fires in Canneto baffle worlds leading scientists

// October 27th, 2014 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

A Canneto di Caronia man examines damage from a mysterious fire

The unusual enigma began in early 2004 forcing the evacuation of the entire town and now the mysterious spontaneous fires in Caronia, specifically the small town of Canneto on the northern coast of Sicily, Italy, have returned with a vengeance. Despite millions of dollars spent investigating the cause, scientists remain stymied. What is known for […]

Gibsonton, Florida – Showtown USA (aka Freaktown USA) is home for many famous sideshow freak performers

// October 9th, 2014 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

An 8 foot tall fire chief and dwarf police chief in Gibsonton (Gibtown), Florida

The migration of sideshow freaks to Gibsonton, Florida began in the 1936 after legendary carnival performers Al “the Giant” Tomiani and his wife, Jeanie the Half-Girl moved to waterfront property in Gibsonton to start a fishing business. “Gibtown” looks like any other non-descript American town with a grocery store, gas station, and library, but if […]

Vietnam crazy train passes mere inches from resident’s front doors

// March 24th, 2014 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

Crazy train in Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam passes inches from front doors of residents

Located in the densely populated area of Old Quarter in capital city of Hanoi in Vietnam, this train passes down a narrow residential neighborhood street – mere inches from the front doors of residents. Residents know the train schedule, which passes by twice each day, and bring in possessions and children before the train passes. […]

WTF? Huge car-vending machine in China – customer inserts coins and out pops a car

// January 24th, 2014 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

Cars in the vending machine are housed on robotic-controlled platforms

Can’t say we blame them. With some of the worst pollution and only 10% of the population owning cars, a vending machine that dispenses cheap electric rental cars seems like a no-brainer to us. Wait a minute – a *vending machine* that dispense cars?!?! In Hangzhou, China, citizens walk up to the multi-story Kandi Car […]

Devil’s Kettle waterfall mystery – river water plunges into abyss and nobody knows where it goes

// January 22nd, 2014 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

Devil

Off a scenic Minnesota highway is a freak of nature that doesn’t take a pair of binoculars or hours of silent stalking to spot. The Devil’s Kettle Falls is located on the Brule River where the river forks at a rock outcropping to form two waterfalls. The eastern flow is pretty normal – it plunges […]

NYC residents report hearing a spooky chilling chorus of voices coming from new One World Trade Center

// December 3rd, 2013 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

Plane crashing into World Trade Center

The first reports came via social networks in late October 2012 during Hurricane Sandy. Puzzled New York City residents reported hearing a strange sound, described as a steady, consistent moaning noise, coming from One World Trade Center (formerly known as Freedom Towers). Users discussed the odd noise and decided it was the wind whistling through […]

“Island of the Dolls” – site of little girls death is adorned with hundreds of creepy, dead-eyed dolls hanging from the trees

// October 30th, 2013 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

Tiny souless doll hanging on Island of the Dolls

It’s a common theme in horror movies – creepy, dead-eyed dolls dangling from a cord hung from a tree. If the scenario gets your chest a thumping, you may want to visit Mexico’s Isla de las Munecas, or Island of the Dolls, where the entire island looks like it came straight from a horror movie […]

The mysterious Room 322 in Houston’s luxurious Hotel ZaZa – unlisted private room looks like a snuff film set

// October 28th, 2013 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

Room 322 in Houston

The mysterious Room 322 inside Hotel ZaZa in Houston, Texas is not listed for rent but was exposed in February 2013 when a travelling business customer was accidentally placed in the room by mistake and quickly took pictures of the room which, with cold dirty concrete floors, chains on the walls, skull and bones paintings, […]

Forgotten migrant workers live cheaply in bizarre Chinese “shipping container city”

// August 21st, 2013 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

Shanghai, China Shipping Container village

Soaring property values in China have some Chinese living like hamsters in tall stacks of shipping containers. For less than $80 a month, rural migrants can rent out a stark steel metal container on the outskirts of Shanghai. In 2001, officials tore down a similar container village in Pudong, consisting of over 100 “homes”, because […]

NICK BEEF mystery solved – the man behind (not under) the gravestone located next to Lee Harvey Oswald’s

// August 11th, 2013 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

Headstones of Lee Harvey Oswald and Nick Beef

For years, curiosity seekers visiting the grave of Lee Harvey Oswald have wondered about the near identical headstone next door, marked “NICK BEEF”. The rectangular markers are the same size, each bearing only a name, with no inscription for date of birth or death. But there is one big difference between the two graves – […]

This is why Hong Kong’s most dangerous airport was shut down 15 years ago

// July 8th, 2013 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

Crashed plant at Kai Tak Airport

Opened in 1925 and renowned for its notorious “Hong Kong Turn” and a spate of deadly accidents, the dangerous Kai Tak Airport (also known as the Hong Kong International Airport) was shut down on July 6, 1989. Kai Tak’s runway jutted out into the sea and its descent required a sharp turn between Hong Kong […]