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San Francisco, California

The Golden Fire Hydrant

The miraculous hydrant that saved the Mission District in 1906.
37.7580, -122.4279
An unimpressive storefront hides an astonishing hoard of treasures.
Doha, Qatar

The Rugman of Doha

Exotic Persian and tribal rugs from some of the world's most dangerous places.
25.2803, 51.5225
The Donkeys of Barron Park
Palo Alto, California

The Donkeys of Barron Park

A celebrity donkey and his friend live in a pen in the middle of this public park.
37.4125, -122.1365
Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden
Stanford, California

Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden

A sudden forest of traditional Papua New Guinean art works is hidden in a corner of Stanford University.
37.4248, -122.1736
(WikiCommons)
Magelang, Indonesia

Borobudur

Hundreds of Buddhas in a re-discovered Indonesian temple.
-7.4813, 110.2138
The Rosslyn Metro escalator. (Steven Cohen/Atlas Obscura)
Arlington, Virginia

Rosslyn Metro Escalator

At 207 feet, one of the world's longest continuous escalators.
38.8959, -77.0715
Edward Bradford Titchener's Brain
Ithaca, New York

Wilder Brain Collection

Brains on display, including that of a murderer.
42.4473, -76.4823
Ithaca, New York

Six Mile Creek

Gorgeous waterfalls and a watermill slowly being reclaimed by nature.
42.4341, -76.4865
Portraits of Napoleon decorate the bar named in his honour.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Napoleon House

A 200-year-old building in the French Quarter that was to be Napoleon's home in the New World.
29.9558, -90.0653
Hardo Rattan, India

Wagah Flag Ceremony

On the Pakistan-India border the militaries perform an elaborate theater of aggression each and every night.
31.6047, 74.5731
Paxton Gate Exterior
San Francisco, California

Paxton Gate

A shop full of natural curiosities, carnivorous plants, and costumed taxidermied mice.
37.7596, -122.4217
San Francisco, California

The Pirate Shop at 826 Valencia

An essential stop before plundering, BYO Cutlass.
37.7596, -122.4214
Red Sea Blue Hole
Qesm Saint Katrin, Egypt

Red Sea Blue Hole

The deadliest diving spot in the world is also a stunning geological marvel.
28.5091, 34.5136
"Stone of the Pregnant Woman" from a distance
Baalbek, Lebanon

Baalbek Trilithon

The largest hewn stone in history.
34.0049, 36.2115
(Flickr/mana_wu)
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

The Zaisan Memorial

A huge communist-era propaganda monument and mural that offers stunning views of the Mongolian capital.
47.8840, 106.9139
Dino bones.
Xilin Gol, China

Dinosaurs Fairyland

Jurassic theme park in the small town of Erlian.
43.7208, 112.0114
Chiann, a big beer drinker.
Phillips, Wisconsin

Fred Smith's Wisconsin Concrete Park

An oddly poignant roadside attraction celebrating American folklore.
45.6715, -90.3909