Following Up: A September 2013 Update on Previous Articles

It’s been quite a while since our last follow-up post, so here are a few mini-updates and additional tidbits on some topics from previous articles here at The Basement Geographer: UVB-76: 30 Years of Radio Mystery (originally posted 26 December 2011): On 24 January of this year, the mysterious Russian shortwave radio ‘numbers’ station known of UVB-76…

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The Most Expensive Properties in Versions of Monopoly Around the World

Ever since Charles Darrow took the board game concept based around land taxes originally developed by Lizzie Magie in 1903 (and populated in the early 1930s with Atlantic City landmarks, a year or two before Darrow learned the game) and sold it to the Parker Brothers company in 1934, millions of people around the world…

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Check Out This Handcrafted Homemade Risk Board

When it comes to board games, I admit that I’m not exactly an aficionado.  The list of board games I actually enjoy playing goes something like this: Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Cranium.  That’s the list.  While I may not be huge on the games themselves, I do get excited when game boards employ maps of real…

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Nara Dreamland: The Discarded Disneyland Knockoff

When a culture becomes fascinated by a foreign phenomenon, many become motivated to simulate or appropriate that phenomenon for profit no matter how big or small.  For every RoboCop, there’s a ‘Robert Cop’.  For every Craig Ferguson, there’s an Arthur.  The English Beatles gave rise to the US Monkees.  Chinese knockoff stores appropriate the imagery…

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Following Up: An October 2011 Update on Previous Articles

Just a few mini-updates and additional tidbits on some topics from previous articles here at The Basement Geographer: The Allure of Sable Island (originally posted 28 February 2011):The national park status that the Canadian government announced it intended to grant this remote sand island in the North Atlantic last year was realised on 17 October with…

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Game Show Geography: What Shows Have the Biggest Global Span?

Ah, game shows. Whether it’s people testing their wits against a barrage of general knowledge questions; solving puzzles, running obstacle courses, and/or performing inane tasks against a clock, gambling against the odds, or eating miscellaneous animal parts for money, game and quiz shows are pretty much ubiquitous around the world. These types of programmes have…

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The Short Life of Six Flags New Orleans

The above video by Teddy Smith has been making its way around the Internet these past two weeks. It presents a rather stark image of a relatively new amusement park emptied and abandoned: slow Live at Pompeii-style camera pans of rides twisting in the wind and unravelling flags flapping to shreds; graffiti; busted windows; fading…

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