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Tomb of Jesus Christ in Shingo, Japan

The small village of Shingo in Japan's Aomori Prefecture is known not only for its cattle ranches and yam production, but thanks to one rogue cosmoarcheologist the village is also home to the supposed Tomb of Jesus Christ. AccordingShow More Summary

Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago, Illinois

Cataloguing the history of both the BDSM and leather culture through artifacts, equipment, and a massive library of literature, Chicago's Leather Archives & Museum is more than just a collection of handcuffs, whips, and chains, treating the history of fetish subculture as a serious movement worth preserving. Show More Summary

Shades of Death Road in Great Meadows, New Jersey

In rural Warren County, New Jersey the darkly named Shades of Death Road has unsurprisingly accrued a number of terrifying legends and seems to be spawning more supposedly haunted locales as the years go by. No one is quite sure howShow More Summary

City Methodist Church in Gary, Indiana

Opening a grand, million dollar church always seems like a good idea at the time. Such beautiful structures can bolster a community and give a unique sense of place to an area. Of course when the local economy dries up, supporting such a massive edifice is usually the first item to be cut from the budget. Show More Summary

Royal Gorge Bridge in Cañon City, Colorado

While it was once the highest bridge in the entire world, an honor now held by China's Sidu River Bridge, Colorado's Royal Gorge Bridge is still the highest bridge in America, not to mention one of the most cheaply built given its vertigo-inducing size. Show More Summary

Rincon Center Murals in San Francisco, California

The Work Projects Administration (WPA) was the source of countless classic works of American art, but their largest painted commission, the series of murals at what is now Rincon Center, was almost instantly reviled for its realist, some say communist, portrayal of California's past. Show More Summary

Carcross Desert in Carcross, Canada

If giants had sandboxes, what would they be like? Many children spend hours pondering this question, but you might be surprised to find that the answer lies just north of the tiny Yukon town of Carcross in the form of the world's smallest desert. Show More Summary

Irish Jewish Museum in Dublin, Ireland

Catholicism is rightly viewed as the dominant religious force in Ireland, sometimes to the point that it seems as though it is the exclusive belief system of the entire country. However Dublin's Irish Jewish Museum tells the story of the country's small, historic community of Chosen People. Show More Summary

International Towing and Recovery Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Just when you think you've seen a museum dedicated to everything under the sun, you stumble across the International Towing and Recovery Museum which devotes itself to celebrating the history of towing and vehicle recovery including the technology involved and those that who have died in the quest to clear roads and save lives. Show More Summary

Trinity Place Bank Vault Bar in New York, New York

Down in the heart of the New York's financial district there is a bar hidden inside an old bank vault from 1904. The basement vault at the Trinity Place bar and restaurant was originally commissioned by the New York Realty bank. Built...Show More Summary

Old Round Church in Richmond, Vermont

Sitting in the historic Vermont town of Richmond is one of the only surviving examples of a so-called "round church." While no one knows why it was built in such a unique shape, rumors and legends abound citing inspirations ranging from the architect's hometown to the devil himself. Show More Summary

Number One, Broadway in New York, New York

The golden days of steamship travel maybe long gone, but visitors to the Citibank branch at 1, Broadway in Manhattan still have the choice to enter via either "First" or "Cabin" class. Addresses don't come more illustrious that No.1, Broadway. Show More Summary

Redemption Rock in Princeton, Massachusetts

Resting in a forest in Massachusetts is a large, flat boulder that was once the unofficial neutral zone between early Colonial settlers and the American Indians they were quickly encroaching on, and after a sensational hostage negotiation between the two parties, it has been known forever since as Redemption Rock. Show More Summary

The New York and New Jersey Telephone Company Building in Brooklyn, New York

The Jay Street-Metrotech neighborhood of Brooklyn doesn't attract many architectural tourists, but hidden amongst the new high rise apartments, hotels, and budget stores of the Fulton Street mall, there are still gems to spotted for the discerning visitor. Show More Summary

Zwack Unicum Museum in Budapest, Hungary

Sometimes referred to as the Hungarian national spirit, the Zwack family's signature liquor, Unicum is over two centuries old and the history of this wince-inducing tipple is on display alongside Europe's largest collection mini alcohol bottles right in the Zwack distillery. Show More Summary

New Athos Cave in New Athos, Georgia

For most of its known existence the New Athos Cave was simply called the "Bottomless Pit" but it has now been revealed to in fact have limits to its depths, but they are so vast that a metro train was built to traverse them. The giant...Show More Summary

Ospedale Psichiatrico di Volterra in Volterra, Italy

Looking like something straight out of a horror movie, Italy's Ospedale Psichiatrico di Volterra is the crumbling husk of a mental institution that was closed due to cruel treatment of its patients. One of whom left a mysterious code etched into the plaster. Show More Summary

Brooklyn's Forgotten Gage & Tollner Restaurant in Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn's downtown Fulton Street Mall is not in the best of shape. New York's first pedestrian mall has gradually been allowed to fall into disrepair and nowhere is the area's gradual decline more evident than in the case of the former Gage and Tollner's restaurant. Show More Summary

The Toothache Tree in Kathmandu, Nepal

The gnarled hunk of wood known as Vaisha Dev, or the Toothache Tree, sits at an unassuming chowk (intersection) just past Thahiti Tole, but visitors could be forgiven for not realizing that it is a tree stump since locals making an offering to the god of sore teeth have covered it in nailed on coins. Show More Summary

The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft in Hólmavík, Iceland

While witches are traditionally thought of as female, those accused of witchcraft in Iceland were traditionally male, but during a superstitious time in the country's past, they were executed just the same. At Strandagaldur, the museum of Icelandic sorcery & witchcraft, these times of magic and fear are remembered in often shocking detail. Show More Summary

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