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Haystacks of Rishikesh

Haystacks of Rishikesh

Haystacks are often constructed around a central pole, or a tree. Bales of hay are loosely arranged around the central structure to prevent accumulation of moisture and promote drying. The pole or the
The Hellfire Club And Caves

The Hellfire Club And Caves

Throughout history men have formed clandestine clubs where rich young aristocrats met and indulged in drunken orgies, gambling and carousing. But few clubs have attained so much notoriety as the
Machine de Marly

Machine de Marly

Water features form an impressive part of the gardens in the Palace of Versailles in Paris. There are fountains, cascading waterfalls, calm pools and grand canals. Close to the palace, by the two
The Unbelievably Delicate Marble Sculptures at Cappella Sansevero

The Unbelievably Delicate Marble Sculptures at Cappella Sansevero

In the late 16th century, the Duke of Torremaggiore, Giovan Francesco di Sangro, after a miraculous recovery from a serious illness, erected a chapel to thank the Virgin Mary in the gardens of his
Khuk Khi Kai, The Chicken Poop Prison

Khuk Khi Kai, The Chicken Poop Prison

Chicken poop has a strong and suffocating smell of ammonia that’s hard to stand for more than a few minutes. The odor causes a variety of adverse reaction in humans ranging from vomiting, headache,
Medieval Book Curses

Medieval Book Curses

In the days before the printing press, book-making was a very laborious process. Each and every book had to made by hand, starting with the preparation of parchment, to the writing, the illumination
Inuit Snow Goggles

Inuit Snow Goggles

This man, wearing a pair of strange goggles is not trying to make a fashion statement. He is just getting ready for a trek across the frozen tundra. The Inuit, Yupik, and other Arctic peoples have
Abandoned Cars in Hawaii

Abandoned Cars in Hawaii

In Hawaii, it is easier to dump your old car by the side of the road than have it legally disposed—an attitude that’s causing big headaches for the authorities. Every year, the state spends hundreds
The Mosaics of Villa Romana del Casale

The Mosaics of Villa Romana del Casale

Many Roman villas, private residences, as well as public buildings, were lavishly decorated with mosaic floors. Mosaics served as a symbol of wealth and status, and many powerful and wealthy Romans
The Pigeon Breeders of Cairo

The Pigeon Breeders of Cairo

Perched on rooftops across Cairo, like water tanks on elevated platforms, are rickety wooden cages where Cairenes keep their pigeons. Pigeon keeping is a tradition that is older than Ancient Egypt.
Vladimir Lukyanov’s Water Computer

Vladimir Lukyanov’s Water Computer

Early computers were mechanical machines built using gears and levers. These parts or components could be moved with precision and were connected to other components in a way that simulated the
Repurposing Old Industrial Sites As Public Parks

Repurposing Old Industrial Sites As Public Parks

The public park Landschaftspark in Duisburg-Meiderich, Germany. Image credit: mini_malist/Flickr Landschaftspark, or “landscape park”, of Duisburg-Meiderich, Germany, was once an industrial site that
Bomb Crater Garden

Bomb Crater Garden

On September 20, 1940, just over a year after Hitler’s army invaded Poland triggering a six-year war, a German airplane dropped a bomb over London as part of the Blitz. The target was the Westminster
Out of Place Ski Jumps

Out of Place Ski Jumps

Competitive skiing as a sport developed in Norway in the later part of the 19th century. Sondre Norheim, who is recognized as the “Father of Ski Jumping”, won the first-ever ski jumping competition
Star Jelly: The Mysterious Phenomenon That Inspired ‘The Blob’

Star Jelly: The Mysterious Phenomenon That Inspired ‘The Blob’

For hundreds of years, people have reported blobs of strange gelatinous substances on the ground that they presumed had fallen from the skies. Old texts dating as far back as the 14th century have
Hameau de la Reine: Marie Antoinette’s Pretend Village

Hameau de la Reine: Marie Antoinette’s Pretend Village

Marie Antoinette, the last Queen of France, is often portrayed as a frivolous, selfish, and immoral woman whose decadent lifestyle emptied the coffers of the national treasury. She was recklessly
Rod Stewart’s Model Railway

Rod Stewart’s Model Railway

For the past 26 years British rock star Rod Stewart has been secretly building a massive model railway in the attic of his Los Angles home. The model spans 1,500 square feet and is based on the city
Richard Trevithick And The Steam Circus

Richard Trevithick And The Steam Circus

Twenty five years before Robert Stephenson decisively proved the superiority of steam locomotives over horse drawn carriages during the Rainhill Trials, a British inventor named Richard Trevithick
The Zeppelin Spy Basket

The Zeppelin Spy Basket

One of the most perilous positions in the crew of a German Zeppelin during the First World War was that of the aerial lookout, whose job was to observe the ground for enemy position and bombing
Caligula’s Pleasure Ships of Lake Nemi

Caligula’s Pleasure Ships of Lake Nemi

Two thousand years ago, the debauched Roman emperor Caligula ordered the construction of two large floating pleasure barges on the relatively small Lake Nemi so that he could indulge in many of the