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The Selaron Steps of Rio de Janeiro


Rio de Janeiro’s most famous street is actually a flight of stairs connecting the streets of Joaquim Silva and Pinto Martins in the Lapa and Santa Teresa neighborhoods.

Whale Bone Alley of Yttygran Island


Along the northern shore of the remote Siberian island of Yttygran, in the Bering Sea, is an area known as the “Whale Bone Alley”.

Wakakusa Yamayaki: The Mountain Burning Festival


Fireworks are a great way to celebrate any occasion, but like NuanQuan’s molten iron throwing festival, the Japanese city of Nara (the city of deer) has taken their festivities a notch higher.

Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village


Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village is tucked away in a small residential neighborhood of Simi Valley, California.

Da Shuhua: Molten Iron Throwing Festival


On the 15th and final day of the Chinese Lunar New Year festivities, while the rest of the country celebrates with traditional fireworks, the small town of NuanQuan, about four hours' drive west of Beijing, puts up a unique pyrotechnic show.

The Valley of Balls, Kazakhstan


The valley of balls or Torysh, as it’s called in Kazakh, is located at the Northern tip of the Western Karatau, close to the town of Shetpe in Western Kazakhstan.

The Smoking Hot Springs of Beppu, Japan


The Japanese island of Kyushu is a hotbed of geothermal activity, thanks to the country’s most active volcano Mt Aso, that the island is home to.

Lava Lakes: The Exposed Guts of Volcanoes


Most volcanoes have a deep inner chamber of molten rocks, but this chamber is typically capped shut by cooled, solid rock.

Colossi of Memnon: The ‘Singing’ Statues


The Colossi of Memnon, also known as Colossus of Memnon, are two massive stone statues on the west bank of the River Nile, opposite the modern city of Luxor, in Egypt.

Drone Photos Capture The Rich/Poor Divide in Cape Town


Although South Africa’s apartheid era ended more than twenty years ago, there is still a palpable economic tension between the blacks and the whites.

Lava Lakes: The Exposed Guts of Volcanoes


Most volcanoes have a deep inner chamber of molten rocks, but this chamber is typically capped shut by cooled, solid rock.

The Mysterious Mima Mounds


In the prairies near Olympia, in Washington, in northwestern United States, thousands upon thousands of grass-covered humps bulges out of the ground like an enormous bubble wrap.

Famous Porcelain Tower of Nanjing Rebuilt


The lost Porcelain Tower of Nanjing, ranked one of the seven wonders of the medieval world, is back in Nanjing more than a hundred and fifty years after it was destroyed.

The Indestructible Bust of Pablo Iglesias


A little off the tourist trail in the northern barrio of Madrid lies a reproduction of a bust of Pablo Iglesias Posse.

A Blast From The Past: Episode 20


A collection of interesting articles from Amusing Planet’s archives. How The Military Hid The Lockheed Burbank Aircraft Plant During World War II, in an effort to disguise the facility and ward off enemy fire, officials at Burbank's Lockheed Air Terminal (now known as Bob Hope Airport ) took the unusual but highly effective step of covering the entire airport with strategically placed camouflage netting.

Frying Pan Lake of New Zealand


The Frying Pan Lake in Waimangu, New Zealand, is one of the largest hot pools in the world. Its acidic waters stay at about 50–60° centigrade all round the year, and its surface remains obscured by steam, carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulphide gas bubbling to the surface.

The Boab Prison Trees of Australia


The Australian baobab tree, a relative to the baobabs of Madagascar and mainland Africa, is a large tree with a big swollen trunk that resembles a bottle.

Welwitschia Mirablilis: An Extraordinary Plant


This tangled mess of tattered and withered leaves has been called one of the ugliest plants in the world.

The Colored Pebbles of Lake McDonald


The Glacier National Park in the U.S. state of Montana, on the border with Canada, is home to more than 700 lakes, although only 131 of these lakes have names.

The Schwerbelastungskörper And Hitler’s Grand Plans For Berlin


On the corner of Dudenstrasse and General-Pape-Strasse in Berlin, between the S-Bahn tracks and a housing estate, stands a massive cylindrical block of concrete.


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