• The Hanging Gardens of Babylon: A Brief History

    The city of Babylon was one of the most important cities in all of ancient Mesopotamia. It dates back to at least 4,000 B.C. and remained a major metropolis for many centuries after that. Not only was Babylon the capital of the Babylon empire, but it was considered the largest city in the world twice in its history, around 1770 BC and then once more in 610 BC.

    And what does one do with the grandest largest city in the world?…

  • The 100 Largest Cities in the USA 2022

    The largest city in the USA is currently New York, located in the state of New York, as of 2022. Lots of people are curious about which cities are the biggest, whether its to answer a trivia question, win a simple bet, or even write an essay for geography class. Well, here are the 100 biggest and most populous cities in the United States in 2022!

    Due to the realities of collecting information, the most recent data we have on the total number of people living in cities of the USA is from July 1, 2021.…

  • The Largest Shopping Center in the World

    The largest shopping center in the world is currently the Dubai Mall, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The massive complex’s size is 1,124,000 square meters (12,098,635 square feet), which is equivalent to more than 200 football fields. It first opened in November 2008 and has constantly been running since then. There are over 1,200 retail outlets inside and just in case you’re hungry, more than 160 restaurants! There’s also an aquarium, a full-size Olympic ice skating rink (in the desert!),…

  • The Principality of Sealand: The Incredibly Strange Story Behind the Micronation

    The application of international waters can be a tricky subject. For most countries, the general rule of thumb is a country’s water-boundaries extend 200 nautical miles in the seas.

    But what happens when countries are next-door neighbors? When their continental shelves extend way beyond the land? Or when a WWII relic was never torn down and sits in what used to be international waters but no longer is?

    Well, that’s the case of an amusing little micronation called The Principality of Sealand located just off the coast of England.…

  • The Pitcairn Islands: Mutineers, Murder, Mayhem, and Incest

    In the days of pirates and unknown exploration into the big deep blue, the Pacific Ocean was a land of tribes, kingdoms, and greedy colonialists.

    Any spot of land was looked upon as being untouched and ripe for the taking by sailors from the other side of the planet.

    Spot an island? It’s the Queen’s now. Don’t worry about the feisty locals, they’ll become new loyal subjects the minute a document is signed.

    And Pitcairn Island was no exception to this.…

  • The Overtoun Bridge: Where Dogs Go to Leap to Their Deaths

    You find yourself wanting to take a day trip to visit the historic Overtoun House, a 19th-century mansion and estate built in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland.

    It was first built in 1863 by a man named James White. The stunning building has a storied past of being owned by an industrialist turned baron, housing injured soldiers during the war, and then hosting a Christian center after being donated to the people of Dumbarton, a nearby village.

    There’s also another reason you and your furry pupper traveling partner want to visit the beautiful grounds.…

  • The World’s Littlest Skyscraper: How to Scam the Rich, in Style

    “What is this, a skyscraper for ants?!”

    A huge petroleum reservoir was discovered just over 100 years ago in Wichita County, Texas. Much like the Klondike Gold Rush way up north, people flooded the area, increasing the surrounding population by 20,000 seemingly overnight by 1918.

    Oil men, riggers, and all sorts of would-be fortune finders headed straight to the reservoir to set up camp.

    Nearby was the formerly quiet town of Wichita Falls, the seat of the spacious county. It was here the people decided would be the perfect place to set up the logistical hub to operate the oil boom.…

  • The Sea of Stars in the Maldives: Bioluminescent Dinoflagellates

    You’re in the tropics strolling down the beach at night when you suddenly spot something a bit…out of place. As the waves roll in front of you, an alienesque white glow emanates from the watery depths.

    Do you run? Do you scream? Do you search for this article and find out what’s behind this uber-cool natural phenomenon?

    I think we know the answer.

    It’s the Sea of Stars in the Maldives!

    What causes the Sea of Stars to glow? This eye-shocking marvel occurs yearly during the late summers in the reefs around certain islands of the Maldives.…
  • The Darvaza Gas Crater in Turkmenistan

    Around 260 kilometers north of Turkmenistan’s capital city, Darvaza, lies a devilish view. A circular depression opens up in the middle of the surrounding desert and visitors are greeted by the sight of leaping flames, boiling mud, and the burning smell of ancient history.

    The phenomenon goes by several names: The Gates of Hell, the Door to Hell, or as the locals call it, Shining of the Karakum (Garagum ýalkymy). The rest of the world technically refers to it as the Darvaza gas crater, but that’s not nearly as fun.…

  • Thor’s Well: Oregon’s Gate to Hell in the Pacific Ocean

    Take a three-hour drive down the west coast from Portland, and you’ll find yourself looking at a strange sight. The coast is beautiful, the waves are rolling, and then seemingly out of nowhere, the water goes — well, nowhere!

    During stormy weather and high tides, what appears to be a massive sinkhole shows up, sucking thousands of gallons of water into its dark depths. People refer to the strange sight in a few different ways. A “giant sinkhole,” a “gate to hell,” and the amusing “drainpipe of the Pacific.”…