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 is zero and visitors to the deserted land mass say the abandoned and undisturbed buildings look like the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse.
Unusual Places (you can visit)
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 fact however, is that mysterious fires spontaneous erupt centered around Canneto di Caronia – and no human hand is the cause.
Gibsonton, Florida – Showtown USA (aka Freaktown USA) is home for many famous sideshow freak performers
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 you travel deeper within its streets, you’re just as likely to run across elephants in a resident’s front yard or any number of legendary sideshow freaks who have made their home there for over 75 years.
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. Some smaller items (e.g. motorcycles) are left leaning tight against the homes providing mere inches of leeway between the motorcycle and passing train.
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 garage, insert their credit card, push a few buttons, and viola, a fully-charged electric vehicle is retrieved via robotic arms, tracks, and elevators and deposited at their feet.
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 fifty feet and continues downstream towards Lake Superior. The western flow however, tumbles thirty feet into a massive hole and disappears underground. To date, scientists and researchers have been unable to unravel the mystery of where the immense volume of water goes making the most preposterous theory, that the water drops straight into hell, not such a fleeting notion after all.
NYC residents report hearing a spooky chilling chorus of voices coming from new One 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 the top, unfinished floors of the new One World Trade Center tower. Then a few months later, another resident, New Yorker Kenny Cummings, reported hearing the strange sound – after the tower was substantially completed and the façade enclosed with glass. His “unmistakable and very chilling” recording captures the sound that has baffled New Yorkers since last year.
“Island of the Dolls” – site of little girls death is adorned with hundreds of creepy, dead-eyed dolls hanging from the trees
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 film set. And the story of how the strange and scary island came to be is even creepier than the hundreds of eerie mutilated dolls dangling from the island’s trees.
The mysterious Room 322 in Houston’s luxurious Hotel ZaZa – unlisted private room looks like a snuff film set
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, two-way mirrors, and plastic wrapped furniture, looks like the foreboding film set for a dark snuff movie. A forum user, who posted pictures of the bizarre room in a public forum, posed the question, “Does anyone know what’s up with this room?” and commenced describing his bizarre experience inside the dark and foreboding room.
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 it was “too dangerous”. The teetering stack of containers in Shanghai has been housing Chinese migrant workers for over a decade.
NICK BEEF mystery solved – the man behind (not under) the gravestone located next to Lee Harvey Oswald’s
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 – Nick Beef’s is empty. Who is Nick Beef?
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 skyscrapers and nearby craggy mountains. Providing the ultimate test for pilot’s skills, accidents were frequent and included planes crashing into the sea and clipping the sides of skyscrapers as they made their approach. Below are a set of pictures that provide ample reasons for its shuttering 15 years ago.
The Neptune Memorial, also known as the Atlantis Memorial Reef, is an underwater cemetery located three miles off the coast of Key Biscayne, Florida. At over 16 acres in size, it is also the world’s largest man-made reef built to hold the remains of over 125,000 people. Persons buried in the Atlantis Memorial Reef are cremated and their ashes mixed with concrete to form 10-pound sculptures of starfish, shells, coral, and other Atlantis-themed shapes. A copper and bronze memorial plaque, etched with the person’s name, date of birth and death, is then attached to the object which is fixed to the reef to create the “features” that make the underwater cemetery so unique.
There’s something about abandoned places that sparks a bit of imagination, and heartache, in all of us. Below are more eerie, but beautiful, abandoned places, some of which you can still visit.
Dashrath “Mountain Man” Manjhi – a man single-handedly moves a mountain in a labor of love for his lost wife
Dashrath Manjhi, a poor laborer from the Gahlour village near Gaya in Bihar, India, known also as “Mountain Man”, lost his wife, Phaguni Devi, who was unable to be taken to the nearest health care center on time for immediate treatment as the nearest road to the city was 70km long (43 miles) long. Vowing to solve the problem himself, Dashrath set out on a labor of love, and swore to move mountains in order to ensure nobody else would experience trouble obtaining medical treatment from the nearest town. So Dashrath sold his goats and purchased a chisel, rope, and a hammer and set out on the near impossible task of cutting through a 300-foot high mountain in order to create a 1 kilometer passage for travelers.