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Center of Google Earth Mural in Chanute, Kansas

When you’re a kid, sometimes it feels like your home is the center of the universe. Well, in Chanute, Kansas, one Google software engineer named Dan Webb had the wherewithal to actually make that happen, and in turn, the town recognized his achievement through one of America’s oddest murals. The story actually begins with the work of a different...

Sat Sep 23, 2023 00:38
Cueva del Indio in Viñales, Cuba

"Music is found everywhere in Cuba," the guide said while climbing the stairs towards the entrance of Cueva del Indio, where an older gentlemen played the guitar. Past the entrance, there is a narrow trail curing around stalactite and stalagmites before coming to another set of stairs leading down to the water. A waiting boat takes visitors on a journey...

Sat Sep 23, 2023 00:09
To Save America's Native Bees, the Oregon Bee Project Is Mapping Every Single One

Bee taxonomist Lincoln Best pulled a wooden box labeled “impressive bees” from the shelves that lined his lab at Oregon State University and carefully removed the cover. Inside, rows of shiny, green-blue bees filled the box’s inner compartments, each one pierced with a pin as if in a museum. They reflected the overhead fluorescent lights like jewels. ...

Sat Sep 23, 2023 00:09
Ghanta Ghar in Jodhpur, India

Nestled in the vibrant city of Jodhpur, Ghanta Ghar, the iconic clock tower, stands as a living testament to the city's rich history and culture. Built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in the 19th century, the tower has been an integral part of the city's bustling commercial hub and a timeless gathering place for locals and tourists alike. Its soaring structure,...

Fri Sep 22, 2023 23:10
Paranormal Roadtripper's Nightmare Gallery in Somerset, Kentucky

Somerset, Kentucky has long been considered a nexus of the unusual, the unexplained, and the otherworldly.  The mysterious phenomena that pervades this lakeside community in the foothills of Appalachia has been detailed in books, television, and film. Now Zach Bales, a teacher and paranormal investigator, has established Paranormal Roadtripper’s Nightmare...

Fri Sep 22, 2023 22:06
Yamanoue Stele and Tumulus in Takasaki, Japan

There are only 18 examples of ancient stelae surviving from Japan’s classical antiquity, which roughly corresponds to the Early Middle Ages of the West. Located in the city of Takasaki, the Three Stelae of Kōzuke are the oldest of Japan’s stone inscriptions. The Yamanoue Stele, the oldest of the three, has stood on a lonely hill since 681, from the...

Fri Sep 22, 2023 21:36

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