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So many jellies
Monterey, California

Jellyfish Exhibit at Monterey Bay Aquarium

One of the most elaborate displays of Jellyfish is on display at the aquarium.
36.6176, -121.9012
Beautiful Rose Island.
Newport, Rhode Island

Rose Island Lighthouse

You can spend the night as an honorary lighthouse keeper in this quaint, historic beacon.
41.4955, -71.3427
The funicular.
Highland, Scotland

CairnGorm Mountain Railway

Scotland's only funicular railway is also the United Kingdom's highest.
57.1349, -3.6797
Animals in War Memorial.
London, England

Animals in War Memorial

A unique tribute to the millions of animals who served and died for the British military.
51.5073, -0.1657
The car barn circa 1980-2006.
Washington, D.C.

Capital Transit Co. Streetcar Barn

Before Metro, Washington had a robust streetcar network—and you see the remains of this infrastructure if you know where to look.
38.9056, -77.0699
Zero Kilometer Stone
Budapest, Hungary

Zero Kilometer Stone

The geographical center of Budapest is marked with a 10-foot-tall stylized zero.
47.4983, 19.0399
A free-ranging reindeer.
Highland, Scotland

Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

Britain's only herd of free-ranging reindeer.
57.1670, -3.6912
Former Riggs Bank in Georgetown.
Washington, D.C.

Riggs Bank: 'The Bank of Presidents'

The bank that helped fund the Mexican-American War and the purchase of Alaska met its downfall after helping Augusto Pinochet launder money.
38.8991, -77.0340
Washington, D.C.

Washington City Canal Outfall

A portal into the bricked up canal that runs through the heart of Washington D.C.
38.8992, -77.0573
The annual Blessing of the Fleets ceremony.
Washington, D.C.

The Blessing of the Fleets Ceremony

The fountains of the U.S. Navy Memorial are annually salted with water from the Seven Seas as part of a nautical ritual.
38.8944, -77.0225
The propeller can currently be found in the Air and Space Museum.
Washington, D.C.

NASA Full Scale Wind Tunnel Propeller

While most wind tunnels test scale models, the "Cave of Winds" was large enough for actual airplanes.
38.8872, -77.0210
The 'electric dynamo' book conveying apparatus.
Washington, D.C.

Library of Congress Book Conveyor Tunnel

A fantastic array of trays and cables once whisked books over to the Capitol at 600 feet per minute.
38.8887, -77.0054
Dashes mark the old tunnel, solid lines are the newer ones
Washington, D.C.

Steam Tunnels Under Capitol Hill

100 years later, they're still down there.
38.8825, -77.0074
The long-"lost" urn, in its new setting
Washington, D.C.

Cuban-American Friendship Urn

The only National Monument ever to go missing for nearly 50 years then resurface in a dump.
38.8785, -77.0383
The statue of the Virgin Mary.
Washington, D.C.

Mary's Garden

An overlooked oasis of quiet on the grounds of Washington's monumental basilica.
38.9317, -77.0012
The Watergate Steps.
Washington, D.C.

Watergate Steps

Decades before the scandal, this staircase on the river was a literal "water gate."
38.8893, -77.0526
Picking through mutilated currency
Washington, D.C.

The Mutilated Currency Division

An obscure public service from the U.S. government that redeems burnt, moldy, and soiled old greenbacks.
38.8852, -77.0320
Detail of the Mini Monument
Washington, D.C.

Washington Mini Monument

There's a 12-foot-tall replica of the Washington Monument hidden under a manhole nearby.
38.8891, -77.0352
Rear garden behind the post office
Tintagel, England

Tintagel Post Office

A whimsical cottage from the 1300s with a preserved Victorian-era post office inside.
50.6634, -4.7516
The remains of the beacon.
Fife, Scotland

Isle of May Beacon

This short white tower is all that's left of Scotland's first permanently manned lighthouse.
56.1872, -2.5573
Part of the process of turning elephant poop into paper.
Tambon Mae Raem, Thailand

Elephant Poo Poo Paper Park

You'll never meet anyone this passionate about elephant droppings.
18.9254, 98.9316
The Maiden.
Edinburgh, Scotland

The Edinburgh Maiden

This early version of the guillotine was used to execute the man responsible for its construction.
55.9475, -3.1898
Peter the Great statue.
Moscow, Russia

Peter the Great Statue

One of the world's tallest statues is also one of its most hated.
55.7386, 37.6083
One of these columns hides a cross.
Córdoba, Spain

Cross of the Captive

A curious carving hides on a marble column in the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba.
37.8789, -4.7794