Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Top 10 Geography Mistakes in Movies

A lot has been written about mistakes in historical movies. But, what about geography mistakes?

10. Jurassic Park
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In the beginning of the movie we see Nedry being bribed in some sort of tourists beach bar placed in what seems to be a small town, with palm trees all around and the ocean behind it. The title when the scene begins reads “San Jose, Costa Rica”, but San Jose is actually a big city, in the center of the country, with no sea shore. You can check in the video below, after 1’05.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Top 8 Rooftop Helipads Worldwide

1. Burj Al Arab, Dubai
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The helipad of the Burj Al Arab, the landmark  of Dubai, is one of the most popular starting points of the spectacular flights over the boom town Dubai. Height of this helipad from sea is 212m (696ft), and weight of helicopter that can land on the pad is 7.5 tonnes.

Friday, June 24, 2011

10 Ancient Highways From Around the World

1. The Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail, Hong Kong, China
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For centuries, people traveled along this rugged footpath between Yuen Long and Tsuen Wan in what is now Hong Kong’s New Territories. Today, both ends of the trail are embedded in a thoroughly urban sprawl of malls and traffic jams, but the middle remains a delicious haven of peace.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

10 of the World's Most Mispronounced Places

Nothing can make a traveller feel more clueless than mispronouncing the name of a local destination, but it’s easily done. . .

1. Oaxaca, Mexico
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For non-Spanish speakers, the chances of mangling this one are pretty high. Just remember that there’s no “hoax” in Oaxaca and that Osaka is in Japan. The correct way to say it is “Wah-ha-ca”.

Friday, June 17, 2011

15 Really Odd Geographical Facts

Our planet is filled with many wonderful geographical and geological anomalies and mysteries. So many so, that we may never truly unlock all of the secrets that nature has tucked away. This is a list of 15 of the more unusual or outright bizarre facts relating to geography, geology, and the earth.

1. Shortest Place Name
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The Shortest place name is "Å" it is located in both Sweden and Norway. In Scandinavian languages, "Å" means "river". The image above is one of the newly replaces road signs for the area – they are frequently stolen for their novelty value.

Monday, June 13, 2011

15 of America's Strangest Roadside Attractions

1. World's Largest Baseball Bat, Louisville, Kentucky
The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory in Louisville, Ky., includes a bat used by Joe DiMaggio during his 56-game hitting streak of 1941 along with a special area where visitors can hold game-used bats from superstars - past and present. There's even one of the bats used by Babe Ruth during his 60-home-run season of 1927. But the fun starts outside with a 68,000-pound, 120-foot tall steel bat that's a replica - a very large replica - of Babe Ruth's 34-inch Louisville Slugger.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

10 of the World's Weirdest Man-Made Islands

An artificial island or man-made island is an island or archipelago that has been constructed by people rather than formed by natural means. They are created by expanding existing islets, construction on existing reefs, or amalgamating several natural islets into a bigger island. Let’s check out the 10 of strangest man-made islands.

1. Kamfers Dam, South Africa
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Kamfers Dam is a privately owned permanent water body of 400 ha (988 acre), situated to the immediate north of Kimberley, South Africa. The wetland was originally an ephemeral pan, often dry and dependent on rain water. In recent times its water level rose as it received constant runoff and treated water from the growing city of Kimberley. The dam has become a major breeding site for Lesser Flamingos since construction of an artificial island.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

10 Unusual Places to Find a Church

Churches can be found in all sorts of unusual places, from atop a lonely mountainside to an isolated or even uninhabited island. Churches have been built for over a thousand years, many of them in very inaccesible places, although when they were built they were situated in the heart of a thriving community.  This article is not about unusual churches, although most of them here are, but about churches in unusual places

1. In a Tree - Chêne Chapelle, France
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