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Google Sightseeing: Standing But Not Operating (Abandoned Theme Parks)

‘Standing but not operating’, or SBNO for short, is the term in the amusement industry for theme parks and rides that remain intact but are no longer in use. In my latest article over at Google Sightseeing, you’ll get a glance at some of these downtrodden wonders. For longtime TBG readers, Japanese Disneyland knock-off Nara Dreamland…

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The Flannan Isles

Marooned all alone in the Atlantic Ocean are Scotland’s Flannan Isles, a very small and profoundly lonely archipelago that is isloated evey by the standard of the Outer Hebrides with which they are associated. The ‘isles’ are more like islets: seven small islands surrounded by a dozen or so outcrops of breccia rocks poking above…

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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…

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The Oldest Buildings in the World, Part III: South America and Europe

Today is Part III, the final instalment of our look at the world’s oldest buildings by continent. Part I can be found here; Part II can be found here. South America – Sechin Bajo (3500 BCE) View Larger Map A rather recent addition to the list, the oldest building in the Peruvian ruins of Sechin Bajo…

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The Oldest Buildings in the World, Part II: North America, Africa, and Asia

Today is Part II of our look at the world’s oldest buildings by continent. Part I can be found here; Part II can be found here. North America – Cuicuilco Circular Pyramid, 800-600 BCE View of Cuicuilco’s main circular pyramid looking south from the Anillo Periférico freeway in Mexico City. Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CuicuilcoPerifericoDF.JPG. View Larger Map…

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Google Sightseeing: Grytviken

Way back in 2010, The Basement Geographer took a look at the abandoned whaling port of Grytviken on South Georgia, the world’s southernmost territorial capital. Now, thanks to the proliferation of Google Maps users uploading ‘photo spheres‘, we can examine parts of the old whaling station close up using Street View. It was natural to…

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Novelty Globes: 1578 Italian Replica Globe Bar

A couple of years in an article about the phantom island of Hy-Brasil, I mentioned an item that has been a longtime presence in the actual basement this website is named for: a replica 16th-century Italian globe/mini-bar. From the outside, it looks like an old globe (if you ignore the rolling cart wheels on the…

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Sugarcane Railways

If you live in a large country, a ‘developed’ country, or in a country with continental connections, then you probably take the idea of having rail service at least somewhere in your homeland around as a given. There are quite a few countries, however, that don’t have rail service. Most of these are SIDS (Small…

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