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At YouTube Headquarters, employees can either take the elevator, stairs or SLIDE!
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The second Longest geographical name that is accepted in the world is “Taumatawhakatangihangak oauauotamateaturipukaka pikimaungahoronukupokaiwhe nua kitanatahu” (85 letters) which is a hill in New Zealand – it is a maori phrase which translates to “place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as land-eater, played his flute to his loved one”. It was the longest until recently (though the Guinness Book of Records still regards it as the longest); it has most likely now been supplanted by Krung thep maha nakorn amorn ratana kosin­mahintar ayutthay amaha dilok phop noppa ratrajathani burirom udom rajaniwes­mahasat harn amorn phimarn avatarn sathit sakkattiya visanukamprasit in Thailand (163 letters).

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Here is this pic of a cafe in Baarle-Nassau, a municipality town in between Netherlands and Belgium, that shares an unusual border. The "NL" represents Netherlands and "B" represents Belgium. Now, ain't that a wonderful harmonious way to have two different countries

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The border with Baarle-Hertog, Belgium

It is closely linked, with complicated borders, to the Belgian exclaves of Baarle-Hertog. Baarle-Hertog consists of 26 separate pieces of land. Apart from the main piece (called Zondereigen) located north of the Belgian town of Merksplas, there are 22 Belgian exclaves in the Netherlands and three other pieces on the Dutch-Belgian border. There are also six Dutch exclaves located within the largest Belgian exclave, one within the second-largest, and an eighth within Zondereigen. The smallest Belgian parcel, H12, measures 2,632 square metres.

The border's complexity results from a number of equally complex medieval treaties, agreements, land-swaps and sales between the Lords of Breda and the Dukes of Brabant. Generally speaking, predominantly agricultural or built environments became constituents of Brabant, other parts devolved to Breda. These distributions were ratified and clarified as a part of the borderline settlements arrived at during the Treaty of Maastricht in 1843.

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Marieta Islands, Off the coast of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

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The first armored presidential limo was used by President Franklin Roosevelt just as the United States was entering WW II. This particular Cadillac convertible originally belonged to the gangster Al Capone. It was seized in 1932 when Capone was charged with tax evasion.

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DID YOU KNOW about The Singing Ringing Tree?
Atop a barren hilltop in Lancashire, England, stands this most unusual musical sculpture. Designed by architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu, the “tree” is comprised of a series of pipes, cut and stacked in a spiral fashion. When the wind is blowing (and when isn't the wind blowing in England?!) a mesmerizing tone echoes through the hillside, like a lost sound effect from a Pink Floyd album.
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2012 Light Festival – Ghent, Belgium
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Glastonbury, England - the resting place of King Arthur
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One of the most amazing road trips in the world - The Atlantic Road through Norway.
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This is called "Gate to Heaven"

About 8KM from downtown of Zhangjiajie lies the Tianmen Mountain, also known as Heaven Gate Mountain.

This beautiful site is quite a journey to get to through a 7 mile hike. The Chinese people believe that this is the Closest Earth Landmark To God.

For those unable to trek, they have a cable car that is considered the longest cable ride in the world- A distance of 7455m Also on the top is a 500 year old Temple.
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Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, CA
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El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
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Post  Michael AF on Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:34 am

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Winter - Versoix, Switzerland

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Resorts in The Maldvies - Paradise on Earth
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Post  Michael AF on Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:39 am

There are tonnes of other great pics. Will do it some other time. Courtesy: fascinating places fb page. Last 1 for the day.

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Blanket Bay Lodge, New Zealand.
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World's Steepest Street (Baldwin Street – New Zealand)

Baldwin Street, in a quiet suburban part of New Zealand's southern city of Dunedin, is reputed to be the world's steepest street. It is located in the suburb of North East Valley, 3.5 kilometers northeast of Dunedin's city centre.
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Damyuuummm Twisted Evil
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Blue eyes. Varanasi, India.
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Underwater Park - The Green Lake, Styria!!
There is a place in Austria that is a dry park in the Winter, and a 10m deep lake in the summer!
It's a pretty strange natural phenomenon, but an area locatedat the foot of the Hochshwab Mountains in the Austrian region of Styria is a part time park, andpart time lake.
In the winter months, the park ispretty dry, and provides a good time hiking far from a city. However, in the summer months, it's a 10m deep lake. The reason for this is because in the summer,the snow and ice around the mountains melts and floods the park. The Green Lake, as it is called, attracts divers who are curious to see how the park looks like underwater
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Post  Michael AF on Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:53 pm

Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge

The Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge is an arch bridge in the United States that spans the Colorado River between the states of Arizona and Nevada. The bridge is located within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area approximately 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, and carries U.S. Route 93 over the Colorado River. Opened in 20
10, it was the key component of the Hoover Dam Bypass project, which rerouted US 93 from its previous routing along the top of Hoover Dam and removed several hairpin turns and blind curves from the route. It is jointly named for Mike O'Callaghan, Governor of Nevada from 1971–1979, and Pat Tillman, a football player who left his football career with the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the United States Army and was later killed in Afghanistan.

As early as the 1960s, officials identified the US 93 route over Hoover Dam to be dangerous and inadequate for projected traffic volumes. From 1998–2001, officials from Arizona, Nevada, and several federal government agencies collaborated to determine the best routing for an alternative river crossing. In March 2001, the Federal Highway Administration selected the route, which crosses the Colorado River approximately 1,500 feet (460 m) downstream of Hoover Dam. Construction of the bridge approaches began in 2003, and construction of the bridge itself began in February 2005. The bridge was completed in 2010 and the entire bypass route opened to vehicle traffic on October 19, 2010.



The bridge was the first concrete-steel composite arch bridge built in the United States, and it incorporates the widest concrete arch in the Western Hemisphere. At 840 feet (260 m) above the Colorado River, it is the second-highest bridge in the United States, following the Royal Gorge Bridge. The Hoover Dam Bypass project was completed within budget at a cost of $240 million; the bridge portion cost $114 million (2010 prices)Photos - From Around the WORLD - Page 4 577792_505895142774667_471144114_n
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Building Spins 360 Degrees?

Company in Brazil (SuiteVollard) constructed a building in which each floor can rotate 360 degrees. Each building has 11 apartments and each apartment can spin individually in any direction. One rotation takes a fullhour, but apartment owner can set rotation speed through apartment control panel. Facades are made of three different types of glass which give wonderful effects when building spins during the sunset. Cost of each apartment is $US 300,000.00Photos - From Around the WORLD - Page 4 154449_505024189528429_356822093_n
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Angel Falls (Venezuela)



Angel Falls is the highest waterfall in the world, at 1,002 m, and is located in the Canaima National Park in Bolivar State, along Venezuela’s border with Brazil. It is more than 19 times higher than Niagara Falls. The uninterrupted descent of water falls 807 m.Photos - From Around the WORLD - Page 4 558923_505023599528488_1796678053_n
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Mauritius: The Seven Colors
Earth, Beautiful and Unusual
Natural Phenomena.

The phenomenon called Seven Colored
ue, purple,
violet, brown and red.

The most interesting and most astonishing fact is that the
differently colored sands settle
in layers (stripes) spontaneously,
and this even happens if you
take small amounts of those sands and mix them in your
hand, they are going to
separate into layered spectrum. Another interesting fact is that
scientists were unable to record
a single trail of erosion of those
colorful hills, despite the fact
that they are exposed to
abundant rains during the rainy season.
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FACT :

The color blue relieves stress,
this is why Company logos like
Twitter and Facebook are blue
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Maui, Hawaii
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