Category: Travel

Travel

Wrangel Island: The Island of Polar Bears And Wooly Mammoth

Wrangel Island, in the Arctic Ocean, is one of the most remote islands in Russia. Straddling the International Date Line—the boundary where the eastern and the western hemisphere meet—this rugged volcanic island, where summer temperatures barely climb above freezing, is believed to have been the last place on earth where the wooly mammoth survived, six […]

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The 4,000-Year-Old Termite Mounds The Size of Britain

In the seasonally dry, deciduous forests of northeastern Brazil, obscured by walls of thorny-scrubs, is a vast landscape made up of tens of millions of densely packed earthen mounds. These cone-shaped piles of dirt, each measuring thirty feet wide at its base and twice as tall as a grown man, are waste earth excavated by […]

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Monty Python’s Michael Palin Explains Why He’s Obsessed with a Mysterious Boat

Left image: ‘Erebus’ and the ‘Terror’ in New Zealand, by John Wilson Carmichael. Right image: Michael Palin. Photo by Dave Benett/WireImage “I kind of get recognized as ‘the traveler,’” Michael Palin says as he discusses the origins of his new book, Erebus. It’s a recognition that’s well earned. The former member of […]

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Schwerer Gustav: The World’s Biggest Gun Ever Built

Hitler sure had some grand ideas—from mass murdering Jews and conquering Europe, to rebuilding Berlin and draining the Mediterranean sea. Even when generally showing off how great Nazi Germany was, the Führer and his generals liked to do things in style. They even built what would have been the world’s biggest hotel, but the project […]

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“The Miraculous Journey” By Damien Hirst

A series of fourteen monumental bronze sculptures chronicling the gestation of a fetus inside a womb, from conception to birth, is one of the most daring sculptures ever to be commissioned and installed in a region that’s historically known for his archaic laws and the suppression of women. Titled “The Miraculous Journey”, the sculptures sit […]

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Why Iceland Imports Ice From Other Countries

The name Iceland is a misnomer. In reality, the country is stunningly green, especially during summer, and only about ten percent of Iceland is actually covered with permanent ice. This is largely due to the warm North Atlantic ocean that keeps the island’s climate warm and its coasts ice-free throughout the winter, despite being located […]

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The Korean Exam That Brings The Nation to a Halt

Every year in November, more than half a million high school students across South Korea sit for the examination of their life—the infamous Suneung or CSAT (College Scholastic Ability Test). It’s a grueling eight-hour session of back-to-back exams where students are tested on Korean, English, mathematics, social studies, history and sciences. It’s the single most […]

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A Modern Mosque That’s Angering Iranian Muslims

The fate of a beautiful, avant-garde mosque in the Iranian capital Tehran hangs in balance as the city decides what to do with the partially completed structure. The new Vali-e-Asr mosque that was supposed to open last summer has drawn the ire of Iranian hardliners who are refusing to recognize it as a mosque because […]

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The Homeless Jesus Sculpture

Since 2013, Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz has been placing a particular sculpture depicting a homeless man sleeping on a bench in cities across the globe. The life-size bronze statue appears to be anonymous with his face and hands hidden under a blanket, but the gaping wounds on his feet reveal that the person is actually […]

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Tiny Fairy Houses of Isle of Man

Tiny adorable “fairy houses” are popping all over Isle of Man, a small island sandwiched between Great Britain and Ireland, in the past few weeks. These delightful fortresses and palaces have appeared in glens, beaches, on hillsides and on top of walls. The fairy houses were created by the Swedish art collective Anonymouse MMX, who […]

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The Tay Bridge Disaster And The World’s Worst Poem

On the night of 28 December 1879, a violent storm lashed across Scotland collapsing an iron bridge that straddled the Firth of Tay and plunged a train into the river killing all on board. It remains one of the worst railway disaster in Britain’s history. This great tragedy is remembered largely due to the work […]

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The Paradox of Prince Rupert’s Drop

Prince Rupert’s drop is a glass artifact that exhibits two properties that are the exact opposite of each other—they are extremely tough and extremely fragile at the same time. The drop looks like a tadpole with a bulbous head and a long, thin tail. The head is so strong that it can withstand the impact […]

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The Mystery of Lady Dai’s Preserved Mummy

Believe it or not, this grotesque figure is considered to be one of the world’s best preserved mummies. While her face looks swollen and deformed, her skin is still soft to the touch, and there are no signs of rigor mortis anywhere—her arms and legs can still bend. Even her internal organs are intact and […]

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