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Taquile Island in Taquile Island, Peru

Breaching the green waters of Peru's Lake Titicaca is the little mound island of Taquile where the local villagers have created a steady industry of knit handicrafts, but they are created exclusively by the men of the community. TheShow More Summary

Temple of Power in Newhalem, Washington

Located in the company town of Newhalem, Washington, the evocatively named Temple of Power is a public gazebo monument dedicated to the town's history of providing power. The oddly futuristic pavilion is the work of artist Don Corson under the employ, like the rest of the town, of the Seattle City Light power company. Show More Summary

Lamp House in Madison, Wisconsin

This compact house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1906 for his friend Robert Lamp is like an easter egg in the heart of downtown Madison, Wisconsin; hard to find, but a sweet little reward if you can. Many Madison locals residents...Show More Summary

Mas de la Muga in Bellvei, Catalonia

The trio of abandoned medieval towers poking out of a copse of trees in southern Catalonia are the tall spires of Mas de la Muga, a castle which fell in on itself since it was made from the remains of an old middle ages construction....Show More Summary

Gásadalur Village in Gasadalur Village, Denmark

The tiny Danish village of Gásadalur in the Faroe Islands sits at the edge of a tall cliff overlooking the sea with nothing but a ring of tall mountains to its back, cutting it off from the rest of its own island, and, for most of its existence, from the rest of the world at large. Show More Summary

Chain Reaction in Santa Monica, California

Sentiments regarding nuclear warfare tend to run the spectrum from alarmist to vehement, so monuments like Santa Monica's Chain Reaction which mixes whimsy with its vitriol are a welcome addition to the public landscape. Erected in 1991,...Show More Summary

The Mad Colored Houses of Burano in Venice, Italy

The island of Burano sits in the Venetian lagoon and like most of Venice it is run through by a system of canals but what really makes this small neighborhood stand out are the crazy colors each of the historic houses are painted in....Show More Summary

The Donkeys of Barron Park in Palo Alto, California

In a wee pasture tucked between a hospital and a suburb in Palo Alto, California live two donkeys named Perry and Niner, and while these simple donkeys seem like nothing more than a pair of odd community pets, one of them is actually a sort of movie star. Show More Summary

Trakoš?an Castle in Krapina, Croatia

Sitting atop a tall hill in northern Croatia, Trakoš?an Castle looks like a castle out of a fairytale, proudly peeking its spires out above the tree line, but on closer inspection the signs of neglect have started to mar the centuries old fortification. Show More Summary

Wall of Tears in Isabela Island , Ecuador

On the otherwise picturesque Galapagos Island of Isabela, the appropriately named Wall of Tears is an ugly and completely pointless barrier made of sharp volcanic slag standing as a monument to the prisoners who were forced to build it and those that are said to have died in the effort. Show More Summary

Santa Cruz da Graciosa Bullring in Santa Cruz da Graciosa, Portugal

Looming over the small island own of Santa Cruz da Graciosa the inactive volcano known as the Monte da Senhora da Ajuda (Mount of Our Lady of the Help) is a lush natural feature that is dotted with chapels. However the most interesting...Show More Summary

Duke Lemur Center in Durham, North Carolina

The Duke Lemur Center is not a center for college-educated prosimians from Madagascar, but is instead the world's largest sanctuary for lemurs, lorises, and bush babies. In addition to its conservation work the center is also conducting research that may lead to advances in the science of prolonging life. Show More Summary

Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown, Massachusetts

Rising 221 feet above surrounding Charlestown, Massachusetts, the granite Bunker Hill Monument commemorates the famous Revolutionary War battle that took place on... Breed's Hill. Don't worry, they didn't build the monument on the wrong hill; the Battle of Bunker Hill is just commonly (and understandably) thought to have taken place on Bunker Hill. Show More Summary

The Procession of the Holy Blood in Bruges, Belgium

Each year, forty days after the Easter holiday, the largest procession in the city of Bruges, Belgium takes to the streets to parade around a vial of what is said to be the blood of Jesus Christ so that it might once again become liquid for a time. Show More Summary

Chicken Boy in Los Angeles, California

Standing sentinel over the City of Angels is a feathery guardian whose precious yellow bucket is always at the ready whenever visitors look up in search of an oddity. This hero's name is Chicken Boy. Part man, part chicken, the 22-foot-tall fiberglass figure stands atop the Future Studio Design & Gallery located along a stretch of Route 66. Show More Summary

Shanghai Natural Museum in Shanghai, China

With so much in Shanghai looking glitzy and new, finding an authentic gem from the old world is like a breath of air, even if it's musty and more than a bit past its sell-by-date like the Shanghai Natural Museum. Housed in the beautiful,...Show More Summary

Wasserturm Prenzlauer Berg in Berlin, Germany

Today, visitors to the historic Berlin buildings that comprise the Wasserturm Prenzlauer Berg will find a ritzy block of gentrified apartments that were once simply housing for the workers of the water tower, but during World War II this was the site of one of the first Nazi concentration camps. Show More Summary

Jolly Green Giant Statue in Blue Earth, Minnesota

Blue Earth may claim to be the birthplace of the ice cream sandwich, but anyone who has driven through this sleepy southern Minnesota town knows that its true renown comes from a healthier food icon: a Jolly Green Giant statue that stands more than 55 feet tall. Show More Summary

Cenote Zací in Valladolid, Mexico

One of many cenotes—water-filled sinkholes—that dot the Yucatán peninsula, Cenote Zací is located within the small city of Valladolid, which was built on the site the Mayan settlement of Zací from which the landmark takes its name. Though...Show More Summary

Museo del Juguete Antiguo México in Mexico City, Mexico

Opened in 2006 and showing off over 20,000 playthings from the early 20th century, Mexico's Museo del Juguete Antiguo México (Old Toy Museum of Mexico) gives curious visitors an alternate history of the country's culture, told exclusively through its toys. Show More Summary

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