Archive for the ‘Secret Worlds’ Category

The Truth Behind Lost’s Moving Island

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Can an island really move like the island(s) on Lost? Short answer yes. Maybe not through a donkey wheel in the bottom of a well, but an island can definitely move around.

The not so technical term is a “floating island” or tussocks, floatons, or sudds. They form when vegetation grows out from shore and eventually becomes buoyant and the roots can’t grab hold of the ground. A heavy wind can shear it off and set it adrift. They’re actually fairly common in lakes. Some are as large as a football field (or more) and can have trees and animal life.

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Weird Geography: Does this look like a nation to you?

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

According to Wikipedia” “Micronations are entities that resemble independent nations or states but which are unrecognized by world governments or major international organizations.” The Platform in the picture above is actually the Nation of Sealand. It may seem that not much goes on in Sealand judging by the photo, but this former British fort has had a rocky national history. Helicopter Invasions, massive fires, border disputes with the British Government and at one point they even issued their own passports.

Check out Sealand’s National Website.

We’re going to be bringing you a strange geographic anomaly on a weekly basis, so watch out for more Weird Geography.

Is this the call of Cthulhu?

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

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In the summer of 1997 NOAA recorded a mysterious sound in the ocean on several hydrophones. The sound was capable of being heard for over 5000 km. There was no known source. Its audio profile matched that of a biological (a living creature). But there is no known creature capable of producing that sound. Such a creature would be the largest living creature ever. Was it a geological event? Man made? Or something else…

The sound: Play the “Bloop”

The coordinates of the signal strangely match up with the final resting place of Cthulhu from the H.P. Lovecraft’s mythos, the sunken city of R’lyeh.

Wikipedia on the Bloop sound
Wikipedia on R’lyeh
Cthulhu Lives!


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Is the Grand Canyon hiding an ancient Egyptian civilization?

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

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A 1909 edition of the Phoenix Gazette describes the discovery by the Smithsonian Institute of a mammoth cave system with the remnants of a civilization numbering 50,000 people. Granaries, tombs and even idols reminiscent of Buddha were allegedly found.

Of course there’s the problem that the Smithsonian claims to have never launched the expedition and no record of any of the explorers can be found. Was it a hoax? Or is there another Anasazi city waiting to be found somewhere in the Grand Canyon?

The original article
An investigation into the facts of the article
The Anasazi in Wikipedia

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Bizarro version of Disneyland

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

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Exactly whose dream is Nara Dreamland in Japan? The now closed park has its own princess castle, Matterhorn ride, Jungle Cruise and many other eerily similar versions of famous Disney attractions. It’s also got a building covered in swastikas.
Two intrepid tourists visit it before it closed (or was it already closed!).
A brochure for the park (in Japanese).
Google maps satellite view.
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Does your city have a secret subway system beneath your feet?

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

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Cincinnati does.

A journey to the center of the earth (beneath Cincinnati)
The official story from the man
Flickr photos