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Hadler Shoe Tree in Perryville, Missouri

Driving down a gravel road in rural Missouri, the last thing you would expect to see are several pair of shoes dangling above your windshield, but this is exactly what you will encounter while driving down this rural Perry County road.  The tree is just on the north side of the roadside ditch on County Road 324.  The origins stem from a trip taken...

Mon Jun 5, 2023 23:31
In Australia, Aboriginal Knowledge and the Mystery of Fairy Circles

As far as the eye can see, across some parts of the scrubby desert of Western Australia, there are round, barren patches of land. They’re seen in Namibia and Angola, too: fairy circles. They got that name in 2000, in a paper published in Basic & Applied Ecology by Thorsten Becker and Stephan Getzin. The German scientists described them as “circular...

Mon Jun 5, 2023 23:01
The Buddha of 101 in Redwood City, California

For at least a decade, a giant Buddha statue has watched over a stretch of U.S. 101 in Redwood City, California. The statue is not part of a temple complex or a garden. Instead, it is perched on top of a concrete shelter filled with dumpsters, in an office parking lot. Its origins are a mystery, but it must have been quite the feat to transport and...

Mon Jun 5, 2023 22:31
Our Lady of Ljeviš in Prizren, Kosovo

Our Lady of Ljeviš is a medieval Serbian Orthodox church located in Prizren. The building is not only a place of worship but a symbol of national and cultural identity for the Serbian Orthodox community. Its inclusion as a UNESCO World Heritage site recognizes its importance as a testament to the region's medieval heritage and artistic legacy. The...

Mon Jun 5, 2023 22:10
Time Ball Tower in Cape Town, South Africa

Walking through the bustling Cape Town waterfront, you will see many old and new buildings, many of which have a maritime history. Perhaps one of the most important of these buildings is a tiny unsuspecting tower with a large ball on top of it.  This tower, aptly called the Time Ball Tower, is an 1894 time device similar to the one in the Greenwich...

Mon Jun 5, 2023 21:01
San Ginés Book Shop in Madrid, Spain

An institution in the urban landscape of the center of Madrid, the San Ginés Book Shop is still going strong. This open-air bookstore is steeped in history. A stone's throw from one of the most famous places in Madrid for churros with chocolate is this picturesque bookstore. The San Ginés Book Shop is actually one of the oldest bookshops in Spain....

Mon Jun 5, 2023 20:01

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