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Amusing Planet

When ‘Blowing Smoke Up Your Ass’ Was a Real Thing

When ‘Blowing Smoke Up Your Ass’ Was a Real Thing

This neat little box containing a pair of bellows and an assortment of pipes and other fixtures is a Tobacco Resuscitator Kit from the 18th century, approved for use and distributed by London’s Royal
Britain's Giant Hillside Chalk Figures

Britain's Giant Hillside Chalk Figures

The Westbury White Horse carved on the hillside near Westbury in Wiltshire, England. Photo credit: tipwarm/Shutterstock.com A large portion of Southern England is made up of chalk. This white
How The London Bridge Was Sold to America

How The London Bridge Was Sold to America

For centuries, children and kindergarteners have sung and danced to the tune of London Bridge is falling down, but when engineers discovered that the London Bridge was actually falling down in the
Galgano Guidotti And The Sword in Stone

Galgano Guidotti And The Sword in Stone

The story of King Arthur and his legendary sword Excalibur which he pulled out of a rock to prove his divine right to the throne is well known. But what is fiction to the British, is fact for
The World’s Longest Portico

The World’s Longest Portico

Portico di San Luca: Photo credit: Stefano Carnevali/Shutterstock.com Atop a forested hill, some 300 meters above the city of Bologna, stands the Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca, a 12th century
New Zealand’s Castaway Depots For Shipwrecked Sailors

New Zealand’s Castaway Depots For Shipwrecked Sailors

An old castaway hut in the North of Antipodes Islands, New Zealand. Photo credit: LawrieM/Wikimedia Before the Suez and Panama Canals opened, ships sailing from Australia and New Zealand to England
Banaba: A Tropical Paradise Destroyed by Mining

Banaba: A Tropical Paradise Destroyed by Mining

In the Pacific Ocean, halfway between Papua New Guinea and Hawaii, there is a small island named Banaba belonging to a scattered group of islands called the Gilberts. Before European contact, Banaba
Robert Peary’s Meteorite And Minik

Robert Peary’s Meteorite And Minik

Many historical figures are celebrated for achieving great things but conveniently forgotten of all the terrible things they did to other people. Christopher Columbus is one prime example. A quick
The Mountain That Japan Hid From The World

The Mountain That Japan Hid From The World

Photo credit: 663highland/Wikimedia Inside the Shikotsu-Toya National Park, in the island of Hokkaidō, not far from the active stratovolcano, Mount Usu, there is a 400-meter tall volcanic peak called
Stott Hall: The Farm in The Middle of The Highway

Stott Hall: The Farm in The Middle of The Highway

Driving along the M62 motorway, on the border between Lancashire and Yorkshire between junctions 22 and 23, motorists are greeted with an unusual sight—a farm situated smack dab in the middle of the
The Treetop Squatters of Hambach Forest

The Treetop Squatters of Hambach Forest

For the past six years, some men and women have been living in a small 250-acre forest on the outskirts of Cologne, near the town of Jülich in North Rhine-Westphalia, in western Germany. They eat,
Corippo: The Village That Wants to Become a Hotel

Corippo: The Village That Wants to Become a Hotel

The tiny mountain village of Corippo, perched on the Swiss Alps, is much more than a village. It is an autonomous municipality with its own coat of arms and a mayor who leads the town council
Frankfurt’s Old Quarter Reconstructed 70 Years After The War

Frankfurt’s Old Quarter Reconstructed 70 Years After The War

The DomRömer Quarter in the heart of the old town of Frankfurt, Germany, has received a new breath of life after the controversial Technical City Hall building was pulled down some years ago, and the
Gliwice Radio Station, Where World War 2 Began

Gliwice Radio Station, Where World War 2 Began

On the evening of August 31, 1939, as the last rays of the setting sun lingered on the top of the giant wooden mast towering over the then German city of Gliwice, a few miles from the border with
The Bächle of Freiburg: The Mediaeval Gutters That Became Recreational Hotspots

The Bächle of Freiburg: The Mediaeval Gutters That Became Recreational Hotspots

The German city of Freiburg in the edge of Black Forest has a curious attraction—little streams of clear water flowing through the city in open channels sunken into the pavement. During a hot day, of
Smith Mansion: The House That Killed its Builder

Smith Mansion: The House That Killed its Builder

For over thirty years a five story rickety wooden structure with long undulating staircases and haphazardly protruding balconies have been standing atop a hillock in the middle of Wapiti Valley, near
Thailand’s Aircraft-Less Aircraft Carrier

Thailand’s Aircraft-Less Aircraft Carrier

The aircraft carrier is the ultimate symbol of military strength. Enormously large and with a full fleet of combat aircrafts on its deck, they are floating airbases free to move about in the open
The World’s Largest Waterfalls Are Underwater

The World’s Largest Waterfalls Are Underwater

Victoria Falls in southern Africa is often regarded as the world’s largest waterfalls. “Regarded”, because there is no standard method to measure the largeness of a waterfall. A tall waterfalls might
How War Marooned 15 Ships in The Suez Canal For Eight Years

How War Marooned 15 Ships in The Suez Canal For Eight Years

The Arabs and the Jews have never got along. Since the rise of Zionism and Arab nationalism towards the end of the 19th century, the two groups have been involved in petty conflicts that have often
Northern Cyprus’s Giant Mountain Flag

Northern Cyprus’s Giant Mountain Flag

From any high point in Nicosia, the capital and the largest city on the island of Cyprus, one can see a giant flag of Turkey-occupied Northern Cyprus painted on the slopes of Kyrenia Mountains. Beside