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Paris, France

Erotic Erosion: The Recumbent Effigy of Victor Noir

Victor Noir's effigy gets more action than the man himself ever did.
48.8614, 2.3933
Bones from the former Magdeleine cemetery (La Ville Leveque Street numbers 1 and 2). Deposited in 1844 in the western ossuary (bone repository) and transferred to the catacombs in September 1859.
Paris, France

Catacombes de Paris

The Catacombs hold secrets much stranger than the bones stacked within them.
48.8343, 2.3322
Grande Galerie de l'Évolution
Paris, France

Grande Galerie de l'Évolution

Natural history museum celebrating biodiversity with a parade of taxidermy animals.
48.8417, 2.3564
Schomburgk's Deer
Paris, France

The Room of Endangered and Extinct Species

A haunting collection of the vanished and disappearing natural world.
48.8422, 2.3563
Paris, France

Lion of The Botanical Gardens

A majestic lion statue guards this Parisian botanical garden, and feeds on an unsettling item.
48.8425, 2.3557
The oval reading room at the Bibliothèque nationale.
Paris, France

Bibliothèque nationale de France (National Library of France)

This massive library holds what was once largest book collection in the world.
48.8679, 2.3395
Paris, France

Père Lachaise Cemetery

France's most famous cemetery, with some of its most curious tombs.
48.8594, 2.3910
Paris, France

Shakespeare and Company

Bookstore serves double duty as "Tumbleweed Hotel."
48.8526, 2.3471
Jumbo Kingdom
Hong Kong

Jumbo Kingdom

A colossal floating restaurant built to look like a ancient Chinese imperial palace.
22.2434, 114.1619
Shelley Street and Elgin Street intersection
Hong Kong

Central-Mid-Levels Escalators

The world's longest outdoor covered escalator system transports commuters through Hong Kong's hilly terrain.
22.2837, 114.1548
Chunking Mansions malls.
Hong Kong

Chungking Mansions

Teeming with illegal goods and services, this towering maze of vice is also a popular tourist accommodation.
22.2965, 114.1728
(Flickr/antwerpenR)
Hong Kong

Kowloon Walled City Park

Remnants of the most densely packed city in world history, that thrived on anarchy for 30 years.
22.3318, 114.1903
Warner and Swasey Observatory
East Cleveland, Ohio

Warner and Swasey Observatory

This lovely university observatory continues to sit abandoned since its potential savior was sent to jail for fraud.
41.5360, -81.5684
Baltimore, Maryland

The American Visionary Art Museum

A museum dedicated to exhibiting remarkable outsider art.
39.2801, -76.6068
Villi Knudson, filmmaker and your host of all "Volcano Show" screenings
Reykjavik, Iceland

The Volcano Show at Red Rock Cinema

A charmingly eccentric magma chaser presents his complete history of the island's eruptions since 1947, in cinematic form, just for you.
64.1428, -21.9360
Basin from above
Lincoln, New Hampshire

The Basin

Even Henry David Thoreau found this glacial pothole irresistible.
44.1036, -71.6766
The center of 19th-century camp life was this octagon-frame building, now turned into the present museum
Scarbro, West Virginia

Whipple Company Store

Smack in the midst of coal country, this collection provides a peoples' history of Appalachian miners' heritage.
37.9588, -81.1656
Breuer's least-known masterpiece?
St. Joseph, Minnesota

Saint John's Abbey Church

A jaw-dropping brutalist space church seems to have crash-landed in the middle of America.
45.5799, -94.3922
Tillamook Air Museum
Tillamook, Oregon

Tillamook Air Museum

The largest wooden building in the world now houses a fascinating collection of aircraft.
45.4204, -123.8048
Mount Hood
Mount Hood, Oregon

Mount Hood

Despite a legend that says this highest peak in Oregon was climbed in high heels scores of people have died on its slopes.
45.5381, -121.5672
Paul Bunyan Statue
Portland, Oregon

Paul Bunyan Statue

This stoic, if derpy, giant stands as a monument to Oregon's statehood and the novelty culture of yesteryear.
45.5840, -122.6866
Cuenca, Spain

Hanging Houses of Cuenca

Cliffside houses provide a spectacular view from their perilous perch above the valley.
40.0777, -2.1285
Entering the bustling lobby of Correo Mayor
Ejido del Centro, Mexico

Palacio Postal

Gilded heaven for philatelists and architecture freaks, still in full working order despite sitting atop tremulous ground.
19.4362, -99.1373
Condominio Insurgentes
México City , Mexico

Condominio Insurgentes

A jewel of the Mexico city skyline now slowly crumbles after surviving an earthquake.
19.4142, -99.1656