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The 'Most Haunted Place in the World' is on Sale

Like ghosts? Then you'll love Poveglia, a small, deserted island in the Venetian lagoon that's going on the auction block next month. It's been called "the island of madness," "Hell," and "the most haunted place on Earth." You'd just love it to pieces. Read More >>

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Captain America's "To-Do List" is Different Depending on the Country

Here's a fun little easter egg in Captain America: The Winter Soldier: In the beginning of the movie, we get a peek of Captain America's list of things he missed out on while he was asleep. Things like I Love Lucy and the Moon landing and Steve Jobs fill up his cute "things to catch up on to do list" but the funny thing is that the list is different depending on which country the movie is shown in. Read More >>

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Why do Chinese Investors Want to Build a Dubai-Style City in Kenya?

A coalition of 100 investors announced plans to build a "Chinese-controlled economic zone" populated by skyscrapers and luxury residences. Their new city will be in Kenya, but the goal is to "match the glamour of Dubai." What would motivate investors to go to the trouble of building a massive new city in a country other than their own? It's pretty simple, actually. Read More >>

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Has Your Back Window Got a Worse View Than This?

A company that makes window blinds had the genius idea of running a competition to see who has the most miserable view from their window, pulling in some cracking photos of the industrial decay, unkempt gardens and suburban sprawl those who entered get to enjoy on a daily basis. Read More >>

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Watch L.A., Paris, and São Paulo Grow in These Pretty Visualisations

Paris is a bloodshot eyeball, São Paulo spreads out like a watercolour, and L.A. is a glorious mess. You can see how three very different metropolises expand and sprawl in these gorgeous animations produced as part of NYU's Stern Urbanisation Project, examining the growth of cities. Read More >>

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Which Superhero Had the Coolest Secret Headquarters?

Being a superhero is the best job in the world. Not only do you save the world and receive the world's adulation, you're also somehow rich enough (even though you're above the idea of money) to have a sick secret headquarters that every kid dreams about. And though your hero headquarters are typically less extravagant than your villain's lair, they're still prime real estate. Here is a list showing you which hero had the best headquarters. Read More >>

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You Can Spend the Night in This Television Antenna Above Prague

In the 1980s a Communist-era television tower was erected in Prague, ruining its picturesque skyline. Now you can stay at a hotel with a view that's guaranteed not to include the tower, because it's situated inside the tower itself, perched 70 metres over the city. Read More >>

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China's Ambitious Plan to Move 100 Million People From Farms to Cities

This week, Chinese authorities published the results of a long-delayed blueprint for how it will grow its cities—and its economy—by 2020. The plan is sweeping, ambitious, and dense, and it gives us a glimpse of China's future. Read More >>

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How the Persian Gulf is Quietly Building a Railroad Empire

Over in the US, the arrival of a new tunnel boring machine is huge news, warranting naming ceremonies and Twitter accounts. Meanwhile, in Doha, officials have quietly signed a contract to buy fifteen boring machines to build a sprawling new underground rail system. And that's nothing compared to the massive transit network being built to connect the rest of the Gulf states. Read More >>

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The Woods Around Chernobyl are Not Decaying

Like a landscape of the undead, the woods outside Chernobyl are having trouble decomposing. The catastrophic meltdown and ensuing radiation blast of April 1986 has had long-term effects on the soil and ground cover of the forested region, essentially leaving the dead trees and leaf litter unable to decompose. The result is a forest full of "petrified-looking pine trees" that no longer seem capable of rotting. Read More >>

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The World's Oldest Underground Fire Has Been Burning for 6,000 Years

If you've heard of underground coal fires, then you've probably heard of the one raging under the abandoned town of Centralia, Pennsylvania, since 1962. Fifty-two years is a long time—and a lot of coal—but that's barely a blink compared to Burning Mountain in Australia, which has been ablaze for 6,000 years. Read More >>

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You Can Buy a Nuclear Bunker With its Own Hospital and BBC Studio

Nuclear bunkers have fallen out of fashion in recent years, but that doesn't mean you can't transform one into a delightful bed and breakfast. This bunker in Perthshire, Scotland, is currently up for sale and even includes a fascinating history: it's situated on a former POW camp. Read More >>

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What the Hell is This Amazing Alien-Looking Spiral in the Desert?

Like the remains of a long lost human or alien civilisation, this formidable structure can be seen from space in El Gouna, Egypt,extending over one million square feet in the Sahara Desert. Its name is Desert Breath. Read More >>

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You Can Buy Berlin's Creepy Abandoned Amusement Park on eBay

The chance to live in a land of childhood nightmares only comes around once in a lifetime. Spreepark, an amusement park in Berlin that's been closed for over a decade, could now be yours. The property was recently listed on eBay for a cool €1.62 million (£1.33 million). Read More >>

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Earthquake Damage Has Goldeneye's Giant Telescope Hanging by a Thread

Arecibo Observatory, the world's largest single-dish radio telescope, should look familiar to anyone who watched GoldenEye or Contact a lot as a kid. But an earthquake near the observatory did some serious damage last month, nearly snapping one of the cables supporting the reflector platform hovering 450 feet in the air. Talk about a big oops! Read More >>

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Here's a Map That Shows the Location of Every Disney and Pixar movie

They are home to your favourite stories, your favourite songs, your favourite characters. You know so much about the Disney movies that you grew up with and the Pixar movies you love now but do you know where they're all located? No worries, this map by artist Eowyn Smith will show you. Read More >>

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