Happy Third Anniversary!

Well, here we are, three years later. Wackiness, I tell you. I continue to be stunned by your appreciation for this little corner of the web, and I can never thank you enough!  Thank you for your patronage, and I hope you’ll continue to stop by. There are now over 540 articles for you to browse, so have a look around, dig back through those archives and enjoy.

As is usual at this time of year, it’s time to look back at the all-time top 15 most-read posts here on the site (last year’s rank in parentheses).

1 (-). Lake Karachay, Mayak, and Chelyabinsk-40: A Look at the Most Contaminated Place on Earth (2 October 2012)

2 (-). Right Back Where We Started From (13 February 2013)

3 (-). La Rinconada: Bottoming Out at the Top of the World (27 July 2012)

4 (4). Norilsk: The World’s Most Northerly (and Most Polluted) City (25 November 2010)

5 (-). A Gallery of Ghost Signs (18 September 2012)

6 (2). The Longest Train Ride in the World (28 November 2011)

7 (1). Dracaena cinnabari: The Socotra Dragon Tree (13 September 2010)

8 (3). Varosha, Forever Trapped in 1974 (27 August 2010)

9 (5). Flooding the Qattara Depression (29 November 2010)

10 (-). The Ruins of Nan Madol (15 June 2013)

11 (6). International Racing Colours (12 March 2012)

12 (-). The Kola Superdeep Borehole and the Deepest Manmade Holes (1 March 2012)

13 (7). Life in the Chernobyl Zone of Alienation (19 March 2012)

14 (8). Kolmanskop (27 February 2011)

15 (-). What to Do About Nauru? (22 September 2011)

I’m very surprised at how quickly the Nan Madol article took off. Also notable is the sudden re-emergence of the Nauru article from two years ago, and the continued interest in the subject of Norilsk. The Varosha, ghost signs, racing colours, and Kolmanskop articles also show that people really like photo galleries.

Some housekeeping while we’re at it: Since the new site design went online two months ago, there’s been a bug with the search bar. Thankfully, that’s been fixed, and you should now have no more problem with it (we hope, anyway). As always, there’s plenty of other way to navigate the site, but that search bar is the most direct way to do so and I apologise for any inconvenience anyone’s had with it. It should be back to normal now.

Finally, working at an archives means that I work with tons of interesting documents and images every day. It’s not everyday, however, that I come across a forgotten laptop pre-loaded with thousands of archival photos. That’s exactly what happened to me this month, and, well, let’s just say it’s the basis for next week’s series of articles…

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