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Yokai Street in Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto, Japan's Ichijo-dori street is a fairly typical neighborhood street save for the dozens of monsters standing sentinel in front of most of the local businesses. Also known as Yokai ("monster") street, the tight commercial lane celebrates the often strange beings that populate local folklore. Show More Summary

The Monsters of Bomarzo in Bomarzo, Italy

The Park of the Monsters, or "Parco dei Mostri," in the Garden of Bomarzo was not meant to be pretty. Commissioned in 1552 by Prince Pier Francesco Orsini, it was an expression of grief designed to shock. The Prince, also known as Vicino,...Show More Summary

Castle Frankenstein in Mühltal, Germany

Johann Konrad Dippel was rumored to create potions, perform electrical therapies, and partake in gruesome experiments involving stolen body parts from the graveyard. Born in the Castle Frankenstein in 1673, it’s disputed whether or not...Show More Summary

Bolivia's Witch Market in Nuestra Señora de La Paz, Bolivia

Located on Calle Jiminez and Linares between Sagarnaga and Santa Cruz in, it's impossible to miss the Witches' Market of La Paz, Bolivia, which is found right in a lively tourist area. Dozens of vendors line the streets to sell a number...Show More Summary

La Isla de las Munecas in Mexico City, Mexico

There is a disturbing circular nature to the story of "La Isla de la Munecas," or the Island of the Dolls. Over fifty years ago, Don Julian Santana left his wife and child and moved onto an island on Teshuilo Lake in the Xochimilco canals. Show More Summary

The Grave of Miss Baker in Hunstville , Alabama

America began tossing monkeys at the stars in 1948, but it was not until the launch of the loving squirrel monkey known as "Miss Baker" in 1959 that they were able to recover one alive. The American space program had previously succeeded in recovering fruit flies after sub-orbital space flight, but the higher primates quickly became a problem. Show More Summary

San Giorgio in Alga in Venice, Italy

The island of San Giorgio in Alga (awesomely translated as, "Saint George in the seaweed") has lived a number of lives since humans began building on its tiny, confined shores ranging from being a hotbed of monastic reform to a base of operations for Nazi frogmen, but is now just an abandoned isle dotted by crumbling buildings. Show More Summary

The Ossuary of Bicocca in Novara, Italy

In 1849 the (now) Italian city of Novara was the site of a battle against Austrian forces that left countless dead on both sides of the struggle. Now the ashes of soldiers from both sides are held in a stone pyramid guarded by a bronze a bird. Show More Summary

Wrights Hill Fortress in Wellington, New Zealand

Built in the early 1940's, the Wrights Hill Fortress is a circular artillery embankment that consists mostly of long underground tunnels which were actually used to create the sound of the dwarven mines of Middle Earth. Completed inShow More Summary

Mountain Meadows Massacre Memorial in Enterprise, Utah

Still fresh from their exodus out of the Eastern United States, the Mormon settlers were not exactly welcoming to outsiders arriving in their newly founded Utah territory, and it was likely this irrational xenophobia that lead to the...Show More Summary

Genius River Bridge in Cocos Island, Costa Rica

The waters surrounding the small Costa Rican island of Cocos are infested with sharks, bringing with them poachers looking to cleave off some fins to sell. Yet thanks to the thankless efforts of local rangers, many of the illegal shark...Show More Summary

Aokigahara Suicide Forest in Koshu, Japan

Called "the perfect place to die," the Aokigahara forest has the unfortunate distinction of the world's second most popular place to take one's life. (The first is the Golden Gate Bridge.) Since the 1950s, Japanese businessmen have wandered in, and at least 500 of them haven't wandered out, at an increasing rate of between 10 and 30 per year. Show More Summary

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library in New Haven, Connecticut

Inside a stark modern marble building, Yale University's rare books are housed in an architecturally stunning, elevated, glassed-in, 6-story tower of book stacks. The stacks hold the university's extensive collection of medieval manuscripts,...Show More Summary

The Child Eater of Bern in Berne, Switzerland

Standing in the middle of Bern, Switzerland, is the Kindlifresser, or “Child Eater.” The fountain sculpture towers above the ground a baby half stuffed into his mouth, and a sack full of three alarmed tots slung over its shoulder presumably for later snacking. Show More Summary

Whirlwind Mansion in Clinton, Tennessee

Today the sprawling mansion estate known as Whirlwind is a crumbling ruin of peeling paint and tacky memories, but in its heyday, the house was a show palace, whose upkeep and utilities were so astronomical that it was doomed from the start. Show More Summary

Bueren Mountain in Liège, Belgium

Cutting down a steep slope right in the heart of the Belgian city of Liège, Bueren Mountain is not in fact a mountain, but is actually a long staircase that can literally take your breath away by the time you get to the top. The long...Show More Summary

Railsplitter Covered Wagon in Lincoln, Illinois

Recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the "World's Largest Covered Wagon," an honor that is unlikely to have a number of challengers, Illinois' Railsplitter covered wagon is a roadside novelty driven by a titanic Abraham Lincoln. Show More Summary

World's Oldest Basketball Court in Paris, France

The sport of basketball was invented in 1891 in a Massachusetts YMCA, and has gone on to become a quintessential American institution, yet the sport's oldest court can be found in a Paris basement. The popular sport was first created by a YMCA instructor as a rainy day diversion for his young charges, but the game's popularity was explosive. Show More Summary

Bazaar in Baltimore, Maryland

As home to the annual "Hon Festival" where people show up dressed like 1960s housewives to honor a term of endearment, Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood is no stranger to strangeness, but the Bazaar oddities and taxidermy shop stands out even there. Show More Summary

Wallingford-Back Mine in Gatineau, Canada

The feldspar and quartz deposit that was to become, for a time, the biggest mine of its type in North America was first discovered by an unnamed prospector who, according to the legend, sold his discovery to George Wallingford for a bag of potatoes. Show More Summary

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