Google Sightseeing: Fakin’ It!

The concept of a Potemkin village dates back to the late 18th century, when tales spread that the Russian military leader and governor Grigoriy Potyomkin (Potemkin) had ordered the construction of temporary, false-facaded ‘villages’ in his territory to impress visiting officials. The areas of the southern Russian Empire under Potyomkin’s governorship (‘New Russia‘, today’s southern…

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More Lines of Largest Settlements

Following up on Wednesday’s post regarding lines of largest settlement (a way to put the bed the issue of what constitutes the northernmost and southernmost (or westernmost/easternmost) cities in a region), here are examples from six more regions. This was originally going to be a much larger post, but some of the examples in this…

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The Line of Largest Settlements

What are the northernmost/southernmost cities in the world? It’s a somewhat ambiguous question whose answers depends on how you define a city versus a town versus a settlement and how minute one wants to get. Alert, Nunavut may be the northernmost permanently occupied settlement, but it hardly qualifies as a city. The same goes for…

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A Trip to Trout Lake

It only figures that on the heels of my friends’ trip to Washington’s abandoned Central Ferry Park last month, I wound up taking one of my own trips into an abandoned rural locale of the Pacific Northwest not long after. One of the perks of working in an archives is the trips you get invited…

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Finding the Geographic Centre of North American Sport

Way back in 2011, this site featured a series of posts in which we tried to derive the geographic centre of major sports in various countries (Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, and Russia); an attempt to determine where the historical balance-of-power lies in each sport using the number of championships won by…

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Christmas Islands Around the World

It’s June, which means it’s halfway to Christmas. Halfway, that is, unless you live in one of the numerous places around the world named for the holiday. Geody lists 171 places in its gazetteer with the word ‘Christmas’ in their name, including such places as Christmas Vlei, Namibia (a dry lake in the western portion…

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Centres of the World and Centres of the Universe

This article will alternate between using ‘Centre’ and ‘Center’ in location names depending upon the locales referenced. Forget your preconceptions that the centre of the Earth lies inside an incredibly dense, ultra-hot core thousands of kilometres below the planet’s surface, or that the universe is a giant homogeneic expanse with no discernable central point. The…

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Google Sightseeing: The Wide World of Ice Hockey

If you’re a fan of ice hockey (in which case, you simply call it ‘hockey’), then April is when business really starts to pick each year. The Stanley Cup playoffs are just around the corner, and 16 qualifying teams will spend the next two months duking it out for hockey’s holy grail. What better time…

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