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Paul McCarthy's jolly Santa Claus statue in its home
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Paul McCarthy's Santa Claus

Rotterdammers' dirty minds gave this santa a dirty nickname and cursed it to a life of wandering.
51.9164, 4.4730
Kyiv, Ukraine

Peeing Colors in Kyiv

When you've got to go, you've got to go.
50.4562, 30.5114
Eternal Spring Shrine
Xiulin Township, Taiwan

Eternal Spring Shrine

A waterfall runs right through the middle of this Taiwanese shrine to the hundreds of workers killed while building a nearby highway.
24.1611, 121.6022
Gustave Eiffel's Secret Apartment
Paris, France

Gustave Eiffel's Secret Apartment

High atop the Eiffel Tower is a small apartment built exclusively to entertain the science elite and make the rest of Paris jealous.
48.8584, 2.2945
Alcatraz from the Bay 2012
San Francisco, California

Alcatraz Island

In all of the 29 years it was in operation, no prisoners ever escaped successfully... or so they claim.
37.8267, -122.4230
The top of the Space Needle exemplifies Googie architecture. (Wikimedia Commons)
Seattle, Washington

Space Needle

Iconic symbol of the Pacific Northwest.
47.6201, -122.3484
Prague, Czechia

Prague Astronomical Clock

Macabre astrological automaton clock dating to the late 1400s.
50.0870, 14.4208
The glowing Times Square Ball as it rests today.
New York, New York

One Times Square

This historic address is home to the beloved ball and is an almost totally empty building among the most expensive real estate in the world.
40.7563, -73.9864
The crumbling facade of Bokor Hill Station (Flickr/Sven & Moniek)
kampot province, Cambodia

Bokor Hill Station

A former French military respite turned jungle tourism hotspot.
10.6247, 104.0255
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh Memorial Stupa

5,000 skulls in memorial to those killed by the Khmer Rouge.
11.4844, 104.9019
Originally a high school, Tuol Seng was converted into a high security prison.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Tuol Sleng

Khmer Rouge's high security prison.
11.5487, 104.9179
Cambodian Landmine Museum
Kampong Thom, Cambodia

Cambodia Landmine Museum

This collection of reclaimed landmines acts as both an exhibition of their deadly history and as a shelter for children affected by them.
13.5395, 103.9459
Pyramid Lake
Reno, Nevada

Pyramid Lake

This Nevada lake holds not only its titular natural pyramid but if the legends are true, a number of baby ghosts as well.
40.0129, -119.5572
Pripyat Amusement Park
Pryp'yat', Ukraine

Pripyat Amusement Park

Radioactive amusement park abandoned after the Chernobyl disaster.
51.4084, 30.0551
Ivankivs'kyi district, Ukraine

Duga-3 "Woodpecker" Radar

This derelict superstructure was a very important warning system for the Russian military.
51.3060, 30.0663
The center square of Pripyat, once home for 50,000 people. After 22 years of neglect, nature has started to seep through the concrete
Pryp'yat', Ukraine

Abandoned City of Pripyat

The ghost town left by the worst nuclear disaster of all time is being taken over by nature and urban explorers.
51.4045, 30.0542
Tanah Lot
Kediri, Indonesia

Tanah Lot

Isolated atop this Balinese sea crag is a lovely Hindu temple that is said to be guarded by sea snakes.
-8.6211, 115.0872
Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute
Bangkok, Thailand

Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute

A collection of poisonous snakes and reptiles for the whole family to enjoy.
13.7237, 100.5510
Houtong Cat Village
Ruifang District, Taiwan

Houtong Cat Village

Once a prosperous mining village, this tiny Taiwanese town is now overrun with cute cats.
25.0871, 121.8266
Toilet hot pot. Appetizing!
Datong District, Taiwan

Modern Toilet Restaurant

Looking for a crappy restaurant? Pull up a porcelain bowl and enjoy your meal.
25.0487, 121.5077
Xinyi District, Taiwan

Tuned Mass Damper of Taipei 101

Enormous pendulum helps keep Taiwan's tallest building from swaying.
25.0336, 121.5650
Yehliu Geopark
New Taipei City, Taiwan

Yehliu Geopark

This Taiwanese promontory is covered in otherworldly hoodoo formations.
25.2131, 121.6980
The pyramid as it stands today.
Woudenberg, Netherlands

Pyramid of Austerlitz

A grassy pyramid named after a French battle.
52.0870, 5.3387
Noisy Castle
Houyet, Belgium

Noisy Castle

Despite the misleading name, this crumbling palace has been abandoned for decades.
50.2221, 4.9901