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Cathedral of Learning in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Towering above the University of Pittsburgh campus, the grandly named Cathedral of Learning is a masterpiece of neo-gothic architecture that holds 29 different rooms distinctly themed to different countries, and most of which still operate as classrooms. Show More Summary

Scale Model of Shanghai in Shanghai, China

On the third floor of the Shanghai Urban Planning Museum, the future of Shanghai awaits. In what is possibly the largest scale model of a city ever, this mock-up represents China's most populous metropolis. The exhibit is a look at what urban developers envision for the future of Shanghai. Show More Summary

Badwater Basin in Death Valley, California

Less than a hundred miles from the highest point in the contiguous United States, Badwater Basin in Death Valley holds the record as the lowest point in all of North America and is generally desolate save for the titular pool of salt water which is constantly evaporating. Show More Summary

Flooded Crypt of San Francesco in Ravenna, Italy

Built between the 9th and 10th century, the Basilica de San Francesco is itself an architectural masterpiece that has been recognized the world over as one of the most lovely old world churches still in existence and is a UNESCO protected...Show More Summary

Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska

When Nellie and Con Miller arrived in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1949, they didn't have anything with them except for their two children and $1.40. Con became a merchant and fur buyer in the area, but he would also put on an old red Santa...Show More Summary

Chippewa Falls Christmas Village in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

The residents of Chippewa Falls are very serious about their Christmas traditions. Every year on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) Chippewa Falls is transformed into a Christmas Wonderland. Hundreds of visitors come every year to see the magnificent light displays, noble soldiers, and shining angels in the Christmas Village in Irvine Park. Show More Summary

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in Haerbin, China

Massive ice sculptures loom over visitors bundled up against the -15 degree Celsius weather, paired with giant snow carvings a few miles away looking down on the festivities of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. Show More Summary

Candy Cane Lane in Los Angeles, California

Zip-lining Santas and atypical, potentially blasphemous art-mangers. That is Woodland Hills come Christmas time. Since 1952, these eight square blocks of houses have come into friendly, informal competition with one another over who can create the most extravagant or outlandish Christmas or Hanukkah display. Show More Summary

A Christmas Story House and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio

For many Americans the 1983 film 'A Christmas Story' is the Platonic ideal of holiday entertainment, and the actual home used in the film is now restored to its cinema quality. There is even a museum devoted to the singular movie directly across the street. Show More Summary

Gerbrandy Tower in Ijsselstein, Netherlands

A combination free-standing tower and guyed mast, the Gerbrandy Tower is the tallest broadcasting tower in the Netherlands. More impressive, though, is what the tower becomes during the holiday season. Every year around Christmas, workers turn this 366.8-meter-tall tower into the world's tallest Christmas tree. Show More Summary

Tió de Nadal in Barcelona, Spain

Sure, putting a Christmas tree in your house seems pretty arbitrary considering the true religious context of the holiday. But beating a smiling, hollowed-out Christmas log until it “defecates” in your fireplace takes the celebration in Catalonia to a whole new level. Show More Summary

Oymyakon in Oymyakonsky District, Russia

Positioned deep in Siberia, the village of Oymyakon holds the distinction of being the coldest permanently inhabited place on Earth. Just a few hundred miles from the Arctic Circle and reaching record lows of -96.16 degrees, one is forced to ponder not only why, but also how the villagers of this remotest of remote locations survive. Show More Summary

Dalí Theatre and Museum in Figueres, Spain

Looking from the outside like a dream-logic breakfast castle with giant eggs topping the parapets, loaves of bread decorating the walls, and frightening statues nearby, the Dalí Theatre and Museum is not only the world's largest single collection of the artist's works but one of his great works in itself. Show More Summary

Museum of Astronomy and Related Sciences in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This historic building, rising above the ill-kept neighbourhood of São Cristóvão in Rio de Janeiro's marginalised North Zone, houses a research institute and museum dedicated to the study of the skies known as the Museum of Astronomy and Related Sciences or Museu de Astronomia e Ciencias Afins (MAST). Show More Summary

The Morrow Plots in Urbana, Illinois

Even naturally growing crops need to be tested and tried to maximize their yield and The Morrow Plots in Urbana, Illinois is where the development of America's bold new agricultural horizons began. First planted all the way back in 1876, the Morrow Plots were established as the country's first experimental crop field. Show More Summary

US Navy DC-3 Wreckage in Sólheimasandur Beach, Iceland

Just inland on the shore of Iceland's black sand Sólheimasandur Beach the rusting hulk of a crashed military plane has been slowly falling apart since the 1970s, with a little help from enterprising locals. The US Navy DC-3 super bus plane crash landed in 1973, and luckily everyone survived. Show More Summary

Georges Head Battery in Sydney, Australia

Resting on one of Sydney, Australia's "Heads," as various points along the Sydney harbor are called, is the Georges Head Battery, a sprawling concrete military fortification that now sits abandoned. Built in the late 1800's after a much...Show More Summary

Albino Squirrels of Olney, Illinois in Olney, Illinois

If there's one thing the citizens of Olney, Illinois are proud of, it's their population of albino squirrels. While no one is certain of exactly how these squirrels arrived in Olney, a small number of them were displayed at the Jasper Banks Saloon until they were released in 1910. Show More Summary

Free Speech Monument in Berkeley , United states

Sitting on the quad of California's Berkeley college is an unassuming monument to the Free Speech Movement that one could easily miss even though it supposedly consists of an endless tube of unregulated space that rises forever upward into space. Show More Summary

Atacama Giant in Tarapacá, Chile

Illustrated on a Chilean hillside known as Cerro Unitas and surrounded by thousands of smaller geoglyphs, the Atacama Giant, a massive image of a deity used to calculate the movements of the moon, stands as the largest geoglyph ever discovered. Show More Summary

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