weird places on earth
. Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England was built between 3000 BC and 2000 BC and modified throughout several stages the last 5,000 years. Theories abound from the transport and placing of the rocks to the significance of this central meeting point. Still, many gather around this mystic site for the summer and winter solstice every year.
. Not only were the people, or the Rapa Nui, living in this remote island, they built these 887 giant Moai rock statues, the lightest weighing 86 tons, and were able to move them around from platform to platform around the island. How the Rapa Nui accomplished this feat? We can only begin to guess.
. These massive ground drawings in the city of Ica, less than 200 miles south of Perus capital of Lima, measure up to 660 feet. In its entirety, most of them can only seen on airplanes or from observation towers. The reason these drawings exist remain unknown, but the latest theory suggests a labyrinth for spiritual journeys.
. Very little is known about the people who lived in the city of Teotihuacan. About 30 miles northeast of Mexico City, it was the greatest city in the Western Hemisphere before the 1400s, the Mayans, and the Aztecs. The Aztecs, after discovering the city, named it Teotihuacan, the place where god were created.
Plain of Jars
. Measuring up to 10 feet in height, these jars are spread out in clusters all across the Xieng Khouang province of Laos. In some of these clusters, there are over 250 jars. Some believe they were used as burial sites, or according to legend, giants may have used these jars to store their alcohol.
Great Pyramids of Giza
. Its the only wonder of the ancient world that exists today and were not any closer to understanding the details of how the ancient world accomplished this extraordinary feat.
. This religious site in Urfa, Turkey was built in 10,000 BC, predating the Great Pyramids by 7,000 years. Excavations only recently started in 1995, but many questions have already come up. In an age when only hunter-gatherers roamed, how were they able to build such complex structures?
Hoia Baciu Forest
. This forest is known as the Bermuda Triangle of Romania. Multiple people have gone missing in it, people have sighted UFOs, there has been unexplained electrical phenomena and more.
. The Parisian catacombs are a giant ossuary and cemetary that are located beneath that citys streets. There are approximately 6 million bodies put to rest in the catacombs. There is a city of the dead waiting to be explored beneath the city of lights.
. Varosha is a completely uninhabited resort city on Cyprus coast. After the Turkish invasion, Varosha was quickly evacuated. Today, Varosha stands frozen displaying exactly how life was in 1974. From a distance it looks like a bustling resort town, but it is completely dead.
Oradour sur Glane
. This is a small French village that was decimated by the Nazis in WWII. The entire city was burned and almost every inhabitant was executed. The remnants of the village still stand today.
The Door to Hell
. This was once a gas field, but the Soviets set it on fire. Now, it has been burning for over 40 years. It seems that the dangerous pit of fire will never stop burning.
Maunsell Sea Forts
. These were designed to protect England from a potential Nazi invasion during WWII. Today, they stand empty, ghosts guarding the coast (except for the occasional sea bird or vandals).
. The Leap Castle is reportedly one of the most haunted castles in the world. Its rumored that the hallways are patrolled by the Elemental, an unseen force. The castle is allegedly haunted because it hosted historic slaughters and was even built on top of a torture pit.
San Zhi Resort
. This resort was built to be a tranquil place, but because of the strange amount of deaths during the construction, it was abandoned. Now, the pod resort stands empty and supposedly haunted.
. Wonderland was supposed to be Chinas version of Disneyland, but much bigger. There were construction problems with the project, leading it to be abandoned. The remains of the theme park are still in the middle of an empty field, open to adventurers.
. This natural spring is over 100 feet deep. Many locals jump into the well for recreation, even though there are sharp rocks jutting out from all sides. Scuba divers explore the depths of this well, but with caution. Over the years, novice divers have perished in the well.
. Kryziu Kalnas was originally a ceremonial site where Lithuanians would mourn the dead lost at war. The Soviet Union bulldozed the area twice, but locals rebuilt it to be even bigger. Today, over 100,000 crosses stand on the hill.
Kabayan Mummy Caves
. The Kabayan Mummy Burial Caves are manmade caves full of preserved mummies, isolated from most of the world. These mummies are some of the best preserved in the world.
. Muynak was once a busy port city on the Aral Sea. The Soviet Union drained the Aral Sea for irrigation purposes, destroying Muynak and leaving the remants of a busy port sit in a desert wasteland.
. This was one a busy mining town, until the coal veins under the city caught fire. This dangerous fire has been burning since 1962. The town was bandoned, except for approximately 10 people who still live there. The creepy town was the visual inspiration for the horror movie Silent Hill.
Island of the Dolls
. This place is an uninhabited island in Xochimilco, Mexico. According to legend, a girl died in the canals surrounding the island, after which dolls began to wash ashore constantly. The islands only inhabitant and caretaker then began to hang the dolls that would wash ashore in memory of the little girl.
Cincinnatis Abandoned Subway
. There were plans to build a subway system in Cincinnati in the early 1900s. The city ran out of funding, but the tunnels that were constructed are still open beneath the city, a maze that is left to be explored.
. Jatinga is a relatively normal town, but its plagued by massive bird suicides that happen every September ? October. The en masse bird deaths occur at the end of the monsoon months, when on dark, foggy nights the bird populations are attracted to the lights of villages and are then killed by the villagers. In modern times, conservation groups have made an effort to decrease the amount of bird deaths during this season.
Akodessewa Fetish Market
. Over half of the population of Togo practices indigenous beliefs, requiring religious paraphernalia you would not find in any normal market. Shrunken heads, skulls, flesh and more can be found in a fetish market like this.
. Something strange is going on at Area 51 or is it? This military based is about 80 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Its claim to fame is that its supposedly the top-secret site where alien bodies and technology were taken after a UFO crash-landing in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. While its true the military base is secretive (most military bases are), many of the conspiracy claims surrounding Area 51 have been thoroughly debunked.
. What secrets lurk in the triangle of ocean between Floridas southern tip, Bermuda and San Juan, Puerto Rico? The Bermuda triangle is said to gobble up ships and airplanes without a trace. Slight problem with the legend: Most of the mysterious disappearances cited by believers werent mysterious at all, but occurred during storms or didnt even sink within the triangles borders.
The Lost City of Atlantis
. Can it be one of the weirdest places on Earth if no one knows where it is and its actually just a legend? Lets go with yes after all, many people are convinced that there really was a peaceful utopia that sunk beneath the sea in time immemorial, and theyve tried to pinpoint it in spots all over the world. Even Google Earth once fed the legend with a data glitch that created a gridlike pattern on the ocean floor. Keen-eyed observers speculated t
. Among the largest religious monuments ever created, Angkor Wat stands out for its gorgeous towers and intricate artwork. The temple city, which sits in what is now Cambodia, was built between A.D. 1113 and 1150. Its towers are meant to elicit the mythological Hindu mountain Mount Meru, and the temple was originally built in honor of the Hindu god Vishnu. Several hundred years later, Angkor Wat was transformed into a Buddhist site.
. Beautiful Loch Ness would be notable even without the monster sightings that made it a global name. The lake, which is in the Scottish Highlands, is the largest Scottish loch by volume. It gets as deep as 755 feet (230 m) and has a surface area of 21.8 square miles (56.4 square km).Perhaps this mammoth size is part of what led to rumors of a mammoth beast lurking in the lake. The Loch Ness Monster first made headlines in 1933 in an article that s
. The banks of the Mississippi in the Midwest arent necessarily known for world-class cities (sorry, St. Louis). But between A.D. 1050 and A.D. 1200, a city flourished right across from what is today St. Louis that was larger than London in size.Cahokia was spread over six square miles (16 square km) and was home to as many as 20,000 people. Modern development covers much of the site, but archaeologists have discovered that Cahokians drank caffeina
. The strange and weirdly beautiful terraced pools of Pamukkale have been appreciated for over two millennia and yet still remain a little known wonder of the world. Thousands of years ago earthquakes, which are common in Turkey, created fractures that allowed powerful hot springs to bring water rich in calcium carbonate to the surface. As the water evaporated the chalky material condensed and formed layer-upon-layer of Travertine and thus slowly b
. These large, spherical, alien and strangely beautiful boulders are mainly located on Koekohe Beach, part of the Otago coast of New Zealands South Island. Known as Moeraki Boulders they were originally formed on the sea floor from sedimentary deposits that accreted around a core in the same way that a pearl will form around a particle of sand. The erosion of the cliffs often reveals these boulders from the surrounding mudstone allowing them to joi
The nine hells of beppu
. Beppu, located on the Japanese island of Kyushu, is the second largest producer of geothermal water in the world. Located in the same area are the Nine Hells or ponds that each has its own remarkable character and colour thanks to the variety of minerals in the outflows. These Hells are a popular tourist attraction in Japan but are little known outside of the country. Seven of the strange geothermal springs are located in the Kannawa area and are
The great blue hole
. Found on both land and in the ocean throughout the Bahamas and the national waters of Belize are deep circular cavities known as Blue Holes which are often the entrances to cave networks, some of them up to 14 kilometres in length. Divers have reported a vast number of aquatic creatures some of which are still new to science. In addition, theyve recorded chambers filled with stalactites and stalagmites which only form in dry caves. For the explor
Hells door turkmenistan
. Located in the Kara-Kum desert of Turkmenistan is the village of Darvaza (Derweze) near to where, in 1971, a team of Soviet prospectors allegedly drilled into a large chamber filled with natural gas. The roof of the cavern collapsed leaving a crater-like sinkhole some 25 metres deep with a diameter of approximately 60 - 70 metres. It soon became evident that natural gas was still rising into the crater from even deeper sources and the story goes
. Sanqingshan is a relatively small National Park near the city of Shangrao in the Jiangxi province of China. What it lacks in size it makes up for in shear natural beauty. It is officially the 7th World Heritage Site designated in China and has been noted for its exceptional scenic attraction. The key mystique of this remarkable place is the combination of extraordinary granite geology in the form of weird outcrops and pillars combined with season
Eye of africa
. From space this mysterious depression in the Sahara Desert of Mauritania really does look like a human eye. The image to the left is the pupil but a visit to Google Earth zoomed out a little will reveal the cliffs that make up the rest of the eye. This natural phenomenon is actually a richat structure caused by the dome shaped symmetrical uplifting of underlying geology now made visible by millennia of erosion. Please note that this explanation i
. Located in one of the flattest places on the face of this planet are the strange and unexplained Sailing Stones of Racetrack Playa - Death Valley - California - USA. Once a year the Playa or flat desert pan experiences short winter rains and becomes slippery as the hexagonal desert floor turns back to mud. During this time the boulders and rocks move leaving clearly visible tracks behind them. Although scientists believe that high winds are respo
. Shaped over thousands of years by the crashing waves, Kannesteinen Rock is a magnificent mushroom shaped rock formation located in the rural village of Oppedal, Norway, approximately 10 km west of the center of M?l?y. While difficult to measure the exact size by looking at the photographs, the rock is about three feet high and wide enough for three or four people to stand on.