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The Immovable Ladder of Jerusalem’s Church of The Holy Sepulchre

The Immovable Ladder of Jerusalem’s Church of The Holy Sepulchre

Underneath one of the arched windows of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in the Old City of Jerusalem, there is an old wooden ladder casually leaning against the wall on the upper ledge. At first
The Ships Buried Under San Francisco’s Streets

The Ships Buried Under San Francisco’s Streets

Beneath the streets of San Francisco’s financial district lie the remains of dozens of sailing ships that once brought people to San Francisco during the gold rush of the mid-19th century. These ships
Fermont’s Inhabitable Wind Break

Fermont’s Inhabitable Wind Break

The town of Fermont, situated near the Quebec-Labrador border, is a Canadian mining town. It was founded in the early 1970s by the Québec Cartier Mining Company to exploit the vast deposits of iron

Why is Water Pouring Out of This Tree in Montenegro?

The Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty recently shared a video about a unique natural phenomenon in a village called Dinoša, located in southeastern Montenegro—a small country on the Adriatic coast.

Alexander Fleming’s Microbial Art

Alexander Fleming is widely known as the brilliant microbiologist who gave the world the miraculous life-saving drug called antibiotic. But he also had an artistic side that is perhaps less well
Rat King: The Mysterious Conjoined Creature

Rat King: The Mysterious Conjoined Creature

On a cold January morning in 2005, in the village of Saru in southern Estonia, farmer Rein Kıiv and his son made a curious discovery. On the sandy floor of their shed, they found a cluster of 16 rats
The Rocks That Give Birth

The Rocks That Give Birth

In the Freita mountain range in northern Portugal, close to a village called Castanheira, is a huge block of granite that periodically ejects small pebble-sized stones. This rare geological phenomenon
The Seaweed Houses of Læsø Island

The Seaweed Houses of Læsø Island

On the island of Læsø, located off the coast of Denmark, there are houses with roofs made of seaweed. These roofs are up to a meter thick, and the way they hang over the walls the house appears to be
Why Are These Postage Stamps Cut in Half?

Why Are These Postage Stamps Cut in Half?

Would you cut a ten dollar bill in half and use as two five dollar bills? Of course not. It's silly to even suggest something like that. Likewise, cutting a postage stamp in half would invalidate it
The Building That Was Mailed Through The Post

The Building That Was Mailed Through The Post

The inauguration of domestic parcel post service by the United States Postal Office in 1913 was an epochal event in the lives of thousands of Americans, especially those residing in far-flung areas of
Vinegar Valentines: The Victorian Tradition of Sending Anonymous Hate Mail

Vinegar Valentines: The Victorian Tradition of Sending Anonymous Hate Mail

In the late 19th century, Valentine's Day was more than an occasion for lovers to express their love for each other by sending greetings cards and presenting gifts. It was also the day for haters to
The Basement Cemetery of The New Haven Green Church

The Basement Cemetery of The New Haven Green Church

The New Haven Green in downtown New Haven, a city in Connecticut, USA, is a small park of about 16 acres. Being surrounded by buildings of the Yale University, courthouses, the New Haven Free Public
The Magnificent Mudbrick Mosques of West Africa

The Magnificent Mudbrick Mosques of West Africa

All around the Muslim world, mosques have a typical architecture characterized by a minaret, a dome, arches and mosaics or stucco decorations. These design elements were brought by the Arabs when they
Priest Holes: Secret Chambers That Hid Mediaeval Priests

Priest Holes: Secret Chambers That Hid Mediaeval Priests

In mediaeval England, when feuds were violent and justice swift and brutal, it was common for castles and mansions of the powerful and the wealthy to have secret chambers or hidden passageways that
Yaodong: China’s Pit Houses

Yaodong: China’s Pit Houses

For more than four thousand years, on the Loess Plateau in northern China, people have been residing in caves known as yaodong, which is Chinese for “house cave”. Some of these cave dwellings are
Women Who Become Men: The Sworn Virgins of Albania

Women Who Become Men: The Sworn Virgins of Albania

In the remote mountains of northern Albania are villages where there are women who live and act like men. They have short hair, wear baggy pants, and have a male name. They drink and smoke in the
Rainbow Colored Mountains

Rainbow Colored Mountains

Soil is typically brown, but when mixed with the right minerals in right quantities, it can yield a fascinating range of colors. You can see such coloring in the walls of the Great Canyon in Arizona
Fore-edge Painting: Hidden Artworks on The Edges of Books

Fore-edge Painting: Hidden Artworks on The Edges of Books

The following video created by an archivist at Cornell University’s Library, New York, shows a 1925 copy of Rudyard Kipling's "Kim". The book appears to be a typical hard bound with a decorative spine
The House That Was Moved Across The Atlantic

The House That Was Moved Across The Atlantic

Sometimes a house just needs to be moved no matter what’s the cost. Usually, these are historic structures that are in danger of demolition or flooding and has to be relocated to a safer spot. A
Tipu Sultan’s Mechanical Tiger

Tipu Sultan’s Mechanical Tiger

The sun is the hottest when the clock strikes one in the small town of Seringapatam, not far from the city of Mysore, in present day Karnataka, a state in India. Colonel Arthur Wellesley, who was