In 2007, a meteorite crashed near the village of Carancas in Peru, close to the Bolivian border. Following the impact, locals in the area grew sick from an unexplained illness. It turned out that the meteorite had evaporated arsenic contaminated groundwater which led to widespread arsenic poisoning.
In 1999, a 9.3 miles by 17.4 miles geoglyph with 100 feet wide outlines depicting an indigenous man was discovered from the air by a charter pilot in the remote Australian outback. A plaque of an American flag was found buried 5 feet under the nose of the figure. Its origin remains a mystery with no known witnesses to its creation.
The "town" of Monowi, Nebraska has a population of 1. Elsie Eiler, in her capacity as Mayor, grants herself a liquor license and pays taxes to herself.
There is an underground city in Australia called Coober Pedy and it is known as the "Opal Capital of the World." It has two churches, a bar, a single entrance and a population of over 1,600 people. People live in underground "dugouts" or homes built into the hills to escape extreme heat of up to 47 degree Celsius (116 degrees Fahrenheit).
The Magic Roundabout in Swindon, England is the world’s most complex intersection. It has five separate smaller roundabouts supporting clockwise traffic, all situated around one larger central roundabout that runs counterclockwise.
Spite Houses are impractical and often uninhabited buildings that people construct for the sole purpose of irritating their neighbors. For Example, in 1882, a house, 5 feet wide, 4 stories high and 104 feet in length was erected on Lexington Ave, New York City to “spite” the neighbor, and block his views.
The exclave of Point Roberts, Washington is accessible only by driving through Canada. It is a popular destination for people in the US Witness Relocation Program since it is effectively off-limits to US citizens who can’t get passports.
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Every year in the Greek town of Vrontados, two rival church congregations perform a "Rocket War" by firing tens of thousands of home-made rockets across town, with the objective of hitting the bell tower of the church of the other side.
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The Mojave phone booth was a public phone booth that stood for several years in the middle of a desert, miles away from any roads or other structures. It was demolished in 2000 because it became famous on the internet and thousands of people were visiting it, impacting the surrounding environment in the national preserve.