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Istvántelek Train Yard in Budapest, Hungary

The abandoned Istvántelek Train Yard (Istvántelki f?m?hely), otherwise known as the "Red Star Train Graveyard," occupies a vast area of land outside Budapest. More than 100 locomotives and train cars rot away, some in deteriorating depots, others out in the field. Show More Summary

Colonial America Tavern Signs Collection in Hartford, Connecticut

The early American colonists were ferocious drinkers. Hot ale flips, warming wassails and planter’s punches were consumed in such alarming quantities that Benjamin Franklin published over 200 synonyms for being tipsy in the Pennsylvania...Show More Summary

Watch These Joyous Strangers in London Roll a Massive Snowball Down a Hill

In February 2009, a glorious triumph occurred on Parliament Hill in London's Hampstead Heath park: a gigantic snowball (weighing about half a ton) tumbled down the white slopes. The video above, appropriately titled "The Story of the Giant Snowball," documents the "birth and death" of the massive boulder of snow. Show More Summary

The True History of the Gambia's Bizarre Origin Story

The Gambia, the tiniest country on the African mainland, is shaped unlike any other nation in the world. It is long and skinny, just 30 miles wide at its widest points; it looks like someone tried to stick their finger into Senegal, which surrounds the Gambia on three sides. Show More Summary

Cuexcomate in Puebla, Mexico

Standing a diminutive 43 feet tall, Cuexcomate is commonly known as the world's smallest volcano. However it's technically it's not a volcano, but a geyser. The little mountain was allegedly born out of an eruption from the most famous...Show More Summary

Tombs of the Kings, Paphos in Paphos, Cyprus

Tombs of the Kings is an ancient necropolis containing numerous large tombs dating from the 4th century BCE to the 3rd century AD. The name is something of a misnomer as no kings are thought to have been buried here. The name, rather,...Show More Summary

Grave of Johnny Morehouse in Dayton, Ohio

One of the more unusual graves at Dayton's Woodland Cemetery features a little boy resting beneath the paws of a large dog. Five-year-old Johnny Morehouse was the youngest son of a cobbler in Dayton in the 1860s. He was playing with his pet dog by the Miami & Erie Canal when he fell into the water. Show More Summary

Flinders Street Station Ballroom in Melbourne, Australia

Flinders Street Station, the busiest railway hub in all of Australia, is home to a decaying beauty of a ballroom, an abandoned leftover from the bygone era of railroad romance. While the station serves nearly 100,000 travelers a day, the old third floor ballroom, closed off from the public since 1985, rarely opens it doors to visitors. Show More Summary

Barry Goldwater Memorial in Phoenix, Arizona

A larger-than-life bronze statue memorializes Barry M. Goldwater, the five-term U.S. Senator from Arizona, 1964 Republican nominee for President, and arguably the founding father of postwar American conservatism. Commissioned by theShow More Summary

Shoshone Bird Museum of Natural History in Shoshone, Idaho

Eight miles north of Shoshone, Idaho, off Highway 75 and two miles down a dirt road, is the Shoshone Bird Museum of Natural History. This little DIY museum holds a lot more than just birds though. The collection is astounding in itsShow More Summary

Prav?ická brána (Prav?ice Gate) in H?ensko, Czech Republic

Prav?ická brána, or "Prav?ice Gate," is Europe's largest natural bridge, a massive sandstone arch that's been attracting visitors for as long as people have been appreciating natural wonders. Part of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, the...Show More Summary

Sold, for $100: A Massive Pennsylvania Mall Once Valued at $190 Million

Back in 2005, the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills opened 1.1 million square feet of retail space, welcoming Western Pennsylvania shoppers to what was then the largest mall in that part of the state. At its peak, according to the Associated...Show More Summary

How to Make an Alien Planet on Earth

In Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal, just outside an unassuming house, sits a seemingly ordinary piece of land. A stand of mature eucalyptus trees towers over smaller, shrubby growth. Wild green plants blanket the ground. A grassy hill...Show More Summary

The First Observations of Sea Ice Came From 8th-Century Irish Monks in Iceland

One of the charts that the National Snow and Ice Data Center produces shows the area of the Earth’s surface that is covered in sea ice over the course of the year, and for the past few months, the line showing the current amount of sea ice area has dribbled far below the line for every other year since 1978. Show More Summary

Found: The Owner of a Message-in-a-Bottle Sent in 1983

In 1983, the USS Coral Sea CV-43 Catapult One was cruising the Atlantic Ocean, and the engineering department discovered a small problem. The ship had an excess of small plastic bottles, meant to test oil. Someone in the department came...Show More Summary

Bladensburg Dueling Grounds in Colmar Manor, Maryland

At a glance, there is nothing especially notable about the patch of grass and scattered trees by a creek in Bladensburg, Maryland, just a few blocks beyond the border with Washington, D.C. But that creek, now reinforced with cement and...Show More Summary

Spooky, Rare Ice Spikes Are Popping Up in Britain

Have you ever seen one? Christopher Nash spotted this fantastic example of an 'ice spike' this morning — Met Office (@metoffice) January 19, 2017 Britain is gearing up for a chilly weekend, as forecasters predict a bad cold snap. Show More Summary

Researcher Says One Danger of Peace-Sign Photos Could Be Stolen Fingerprints

Have you ever posed for a photo with your index and middle fingers raised, indicating your desire for world peace? Probably, since the sign has become shorthand for the sentiment after Vietnam War activists popularized it in the 1960s. But...Show More Summary

The Hidden Art Deco Tunnel Underneath the New Yorker Hotel in New York, New York

The New Yorker hotel's giant red sign dominates West 34th Street, and the hotel is often photographed as a city landmark, mostly on account of its name. Yet the history of the building is largely unknown. The New Yorker is filled with...Show More Summary

Old Sheldon Church Ruins in Yemassee, South Carolina

The Old Sheldon Church was built in 1757, burned by the British in 1779, was subsequently rebuilt around 1825, and burned a second time in 1865 by Federal troops during Sherman's March to the Sea in the Civil War. Today, the ruins are a peaceful place for quiet reflection. The grounds are owned and managed by St. Show More Summary

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