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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International Condominiums

For the vast majority of people, a condominium is a suite in a commonly-held apartment building that is owned rather than rented.  Condominiums, however, also exist in international law. Not as apartment complexes lying on international borders, or anything like that. Rather, a condominium is a piece of territory shared equally by two or more…

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Multi-Barreled City Names

It’s a common occurrence: towns and cities that were formerly some distance apart grow together over time due to population growth and eventually become so intertwined economically, geographically, and culturally that it becomes prudent to formally amalgamate them under a single government. Or sometimes a higher level of government decides that it would alleviate the…

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Milk River: Under Eight Flags

When one looks back to Spain’s colonial empire in the Americas, one usually thinks of its possessions that encompasses Mexico, Central America, and South America.  Maybe old California and Texas, or its Caribbean possessions such as Cuba, the Dominican Republic, or Puerto Rico spring to mind.  Canada’s Prairie Provinces don’t exactly scream out ‘Spain’ to…

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A Look at GPS Alternatives

Around the world, use of the Global Positioning System (GPS) is so commonplace that for many who use GPS-enabled devices (handheld navigation devices, automobile satnav units, cellular phones and tablet computers, geofencing, surveying, and so on), the words ‘GPS’ and ‘GPSed’ have become everyday verbs.  The presence of GPS in modern life is so ubiquitous…

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Counting Down the Ten Largest Empires in History, Nos. 10-6

For number 5 through number 1, click here.  10. Portuguese Empire (1815) – 10.4 million km2 (4.0 million sq mi) Portugal proper is not the largest country on the planet by any means, but its hold on a massive overseas colonial empire existed for nearly six centuries thanks to the maritime kingdom’s place at the…

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Île Amsterdam: Isolated in the Indian Ocean

Imagine life in an extremely small village; 30 residents at most.  The village has just one store, one doctor, one place to dine, and a small power station.  Beyond the tiny village, large herds of cattle roam the countryside.  Now place all of that on a small island in the middle of the ocean 2…

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Some Google Street View Imagery Notes

For the latest TBG article at Google Sightseeing, it’s an all-toilet related post.  Juvenile, I know (don’t worry, the next one is about Einstein’s birthday.  Seriously).  One Street View image in particular had me worried that the post might actually have to be pulled before it was even published, namely this image of a man…

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Google Sightseeing: Right Down the Toilet

For the latest TBG article at Google Sightseeing, it’s an all-toilet related post. Juvenile, I know (don’t worry, the next one is about Einstein’s birthday. Seriously). The toilet – home to some of humankind’s most intimate moments, and probably one of the last things you’d think you’d find on Google Maps (or think to look…

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Tornadoes Around the World

When tornadoes make the news, they tend to do so for all the wrong reasons, as we were reminded of earlier this week when an outbreak of anywhere between 40 and 120 tornadoes resulted in at least 39 fatalities and untold millions of dollars in damage across the mid-eastern United States (approximately the eastern portion…

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