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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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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Counting Down the Largest Lake Islands in the World, Part I: #10-#6

Lists of the world’s largest islands can be found in pretty well any encyclopedia, world atlas, desktop reference book, or geography website. Lists of the world’s largest islands inside lakes, however, aren’t nearly as common in reference guides, generally being relegated to Wikipedia, WorldAtlas.com, or geo-oddity websites. Even if you’re a geo-oddity hunter, you probably…

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Capitals of Their Country, Not of Their Region

Ottawa. Pretoria. Ngerulmud. That’s right, Ngerulmud.  What do these three cities share in common?  Well, for one, they’re all national capitals (Ngerulmud, if you’re wondering, has been the capital of the west Pacific island nation of Palau since 2006).  Even more uniquely, they’re cities which are capitals of their entire country but not of the…

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Google Sightseeing: Life is a Carnival

It’s fair and carnival season in much of the Northern Hemisphere. What better way to celebrate than with a virtual tour of some carny rides via Google Maps? In my latest post at Google Sightseeing, you’ll travel everywhere from the Santa Monica Pier and the Canadian National Exhibition to an underwhelming Romanian go-kart track and…

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