Cool Things In Random Places

A little refreshing randomness from around the globe

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 Its amazing that there are still places like this still out there waiting to be explored. A British caving team have just recently explored the world’s largest cave passage in the heart of the Vietnamese jungle. 

Called Hang Son Doong (Mountain River Cave) it is believed to be almost twice the size of the current record holder. Son Doong has replaced the Deer cave in Malaysia to become the world’s largest cave. 

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Door to Hell

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The Door to Hell, is situated near the small town of Darvaz in Turkmenistan.  Thirty-five years ago, geologists were drilling for gas when then encountered a very large cavern underground filled with a poisonous gas.  They ignited the gas expecting it to burn off in a few hours.  The gas is still burning to this day. Its 60 meters in diameter and 20 meters depth have not been caused by volcanic activity or a meteorite impact.This crater was created sometime in the 50’s when the Soviets were prospecting for natural gas in this area and it’s been burning since then.

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Crossword Facade

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People of Lvov city in Ukraine decided add a really cool art installation to the side of a residential building in hopes of boosting visitorts. According to the project details, a crossword puzzle spanning 100 feet (30 meters) tall at the wall was applied to the sides of a multi-story residential building.

There is one interesting detail about the design of the puzzle. It looks like an empty puzzle during the day, but at night when special black lights turned on, the words in the puzzle become visible with a faint luminescent green-glow.

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One of the world’s biggest holes is located in Russia.
The giant hole is actually a diamond mine in Eastern Siberia near the town Mirna. It is 525 meters deep and 1.25 km in the diameter. Mirna’s open pit diamond mine closed operations in 2004 after nearly 50 years. According to bizarre reports air traffic has been suspended due to the “suction above the hole” reporting of extreme downdrafts over the pit.

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Located in north-western India, the small city of Deshnoke,has a place of worship unlike any other, Rajastan’s famous Karni Mata Temple. The temple is home to over 20,000 worshipped rats, referred to as Kabbas. Many people travel great distances to pay their respects. 

Karni Mata Temple of the Rats

Karni Mata Temple of the Rats

 

For many Westerners this would seem bizarre and strange to have a place of worship over run by an animal that is commonly associated with pestilence and disease. Since the temple was constructed there has never been an outbreak of disease associated with the vermin. continue reading…


What was once an ordinary bridge in South Korea, is now a world wide attraction. The Banpo Bridge  spans the Han River in Seoul, Korea. Drivers on this bridge are treated to an amazing water display as they pass across the bridge. Similar to driving through big puddle of water.  A network of water canons extend the span of the bridge on each side.  The canons shoot gracefully from the Banpo Bridge, much like a waterfall. The end result is a fountain similar to the Bellagio Hotel’s display in Las Vegas. The water canons dance to music in 100 different configurations. At night an amazing light show creates an even more fantastical scene. Work began last March on the design of water fountains as beautification project for Seoul.

“Installed on September 9, 380 nozzles on both 
sides of the bridge pump out 190 tons of water from The Han river per minute.”

 

 
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Bizarre abandoned amusement Park in DPRK

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Located in Downtown Pyongyang Near the Kim Il Sung Stadium and in the west side of Moran Hill is the abandoned  Kaeson Youth Park.

“It turns out there are three funfairs in Pyongyang in various states of disrepair…, it was built to project an image of progress and the ingenuity of its citizens. Backed by Russia and China when they were heavily funding the DPRK’s growth”  Source

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On October 16th, in the Republic of Artsakh,internationally known as Nagorno-Karabakh, the country celebrated a mass wedding of 700 young couples. Artsakh is a small, aparently soon to be thriving country, in a territory disputed between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

 

rtaskh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Republic. Ceremanies took place in St. Ghazanchetsots Church in Shushi and Ganzasar monastery.

700 Couples in mass wedding Artaskh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Republic.

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Two monkeys walk into a bar...

Two monkeys walk into a bar...

The Kayabukiya tavern, north of Tokyo in Japan, has two interesting employees. The two Japanese Macaque monkeys working for tips are on two hour a day shifts. The new waiters serve customers hot towels and drinks, and are given generous tips in the form of soya beans. The two uniformed monkeys are family pets of the owners that have been allowed to help in the bar. Many patrons insist that the new servers are actually better than their human competition. The tavern is a traditional sake house owned an operated by Kaoru Otsuka. The tavern has been monitored by animal rights regulators to insure that they are cared for properly.  Mr.Otsuka is beginning to train new staff to handle the flood of curious customers. Three baby monkeys are already learning the trade and will soon be ready to join the ranks.

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An abandoned holiday resort in San Zhi, a small town on the north coast of Taiwan, consisting of bizarre podular buildings.

 

The Abandoned Pod City of San Zhi

The Abandoned Pod City of San Zhi

The site was commissioned by the Taiwanese government and several local firms. It was an attempt at a luxurious vacation resort for those travelling from Taipei. It was even going to include an amusement park. The project was abandoned with out ever being completed. The architect is unnamed.

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