The world is a big place, and with its size comes quite a few weird things. While people certainly make up the majority of weirdness, there are some places that really do add some flavor to the world. So here are the 9 strangest places to visit before you die.
1 The Town Called Nothing
There is a town in Arizona, USA, called Nothing. The town of Nothing was founded in 1977 by “a bunch of drunks” and the entire population ran a gas station and a garage. There was a flatbed truck at the gas station that used to sell rocks and minerals as souvenirs.
Nothing was abandoned in 2005, but was purchased by Mike Jensen in 2008. Since April 2011 the town looks as though it has once again been abandoned.
The town sign read:
Town of Nothing Arizona. Founded 1977. Elevation 3269ft. The staunch citizens of Nothing are full of Hope, Faith, and Believe in the work ethic. Thru-the-years-these dedicated people had faith in Nothing, hoped for Nothing, worked at Nothing, for Nothing.
2 Green Lake in Tragoess, Austria
If there’s one unique place to put on your travel plans it’s, Green Lake in Austria. But be sure to make two visits, and on one you have to pack your scuba gear. This lake is so unique to others around the world that it is only a lake for half of the year.
Green Lake in Tragoess, Austria spends half a year as a park above water and half a year as a lake. In winter, it is a park with benches and tracks, and is really quite splendid. In summer when the ice and snow melts in the mountains the lake becomes even more splendid. It turns into a lake. Everything is still there, you just need scuba equipment to see it all.
3 Vanuatu Has An Underwater Post Office
If Green Lake was unusual in spending half a year submerged, this next post office is about a strange as things come.
The tiny pacific nation of Vanuatu has one of the worlds oddest post offices. It is situated 50 metres off shore of the main island of Port Vila and about 3 metres under water…. Wait? Under water? That’s right, the post office is under water.
The post office was opened in 2003 and has become a major tourist attraction. It is manned for 1 hour a day during the week and special water proof postcards can be posted from there. The postcards are delivered to the post office by 4 trained scuba divers. It has been estimated that 100,000 postcards have been delivered from the post office since it opened.
Vanuatu Post has released 2 stamps commemorating the worlds first underwater post office.
4 Giant Slides Installed At Munich University
I want to go here, now. If scuba diving isn’t for you, and you want to relive parts of your childhood, you have to make a visit to Munich University. The reason is because of their amazing installation of slides instead of stairs, elevators and escalators.
Now I admit that this would be fun. A university in Munich, Germany has installed giant slides for its students to ride down instead of stairs or elevators. All they need to do now at the Technical university is make the slides work in reverse, so you can avoid the walk back to the top again.
5 Socotra Island – The Alien Island On Earth
One word, beautiful.
I’m adding this destination to my bucket list. There exists an island archipelago in the Indian ocean, just off Yemen and Somalia that is like an alien world on Earth. It features some of the strangest flora on the face of this planet and must be seen to be believed.
The main island of the archipelago, Socotra, has been isolated from the rest of the world for between 6 and 7 million years. This isolation has allowed for the flora and fauna to develop into what would look alien to many people, much like the Galapagos Islands.
The islands sit approximately 250 KM from Somalia and 340 KM from Yemen. The climate is harsh and hot, yet the diversity of plant life is astounding. Of the 825 plant species on Socotra 307 of them are endemic, meaning that they are not found anywhere else in the world. One of the most amazing plants on the island is the dragon’s blood tree. The tree has an odd, umbrella shape to it and contains a red sap that is used today in paints and varnishes. Other notable trees on the island include the cucumber tree and the giant succulent tree Dorstenia gigas.
It also has several endemic birds and reptiles. Up to 90 percent of all reptiles on the island archipelago are endemic. The only native mammal on the island is the bat.
The island has been occupied for over 2,000 years, and currently has a population just over 40,000. It has been claimed that this occupation has had a major impact on the ecology of the island with the Portuguese recording the presence of water buffalo on the islands in the early 17th century. Regrettably the native fauna and flora is now threatened by goats and other introduced species.
Have a look at the photos and I’m sure you will want to add this destination to your travel itinerary short list.
6 The Devil’s Kettle Waterfall
In the Judge C. R. Magney State Park in Minnesota, USA is probably best known for the Devils Kettle waterfall. It forms part of the Brule River which splits into two about 1.5 miles from its mouth. One half of the river, the eastern half, flows over a 50 foot waterfall and continues on, the other half falls ten feet into a hole, and disappears.
To this date no one knows where the other half of the river flows to. Researchers have tried putting ping pong balls and colored dyes in an attempt to discover where it flows to, but all attempts have shown no results. According to some reports, a car has even been thrown into the hole, but this is unlikely.
Most experts think this second half of the river either rejoins the Brule River later, or flows into Lake Superior at another location.
7 Vulcan, Alberta, Canada For Its Welcom Sign WHich Is In Klingon
Vulcan, Alberta, Canada is a small town about 1.5 hours drive South-West of Calgary. It was founded in 1915 and named by a Canadian Pacific Railway surveyor after the Roman God of fire, not the Star Trek planet and species.
When Star Trek first aired in the 1960’s the town found new fame. They grasped this fame and used it as a tourist attraction for Star Trek fans from around the world. They have a Star Trek themed tourist station, which is a tourist information centre. There they have memorabilia, photo opportunities and Star Trek virtual reality games.
In 1995 the town unveiled a 5 tonne replica of the USS Enterprise, the ship from Star Trek. At the base of it they have 3 plaques welcoming people to the town. One is in English, another is in Klingon and the third is in Vulcan.
8 Bahrains Tree Of Life
There is a tree in Bahrain called the Tree of Life. It is around 400 years old and stands 9.75m (32 feet) high. The tree is visited by around 50,000 visitors every year as it is the only tree growing in the area. The tree often gets damaged by graffiti carvings. It was also mentioned in the movie L. A. Story.
9 The Bridge That’s Rotting Because Of Dog Pee
There is a bridge in London that crosses the River Thames that is starting to rot because of dogs. The Albert bridge was designed and built in 1873 to connect Chelsea on the north bank to Battersea in the south. The bridge has been plagued with problems since its construction. It was initially proven to be structually unsound and between 1884 and 1887 the bridge incorporated elements of a suspension bridge to alleviate these problems.
In 1973 the Greater London Council carried out further work on the bridges strength by adding two concrete piers. This resulted in the bridge being an unusual mix of three different bridge design styles.
The bridge is now facing rotting problems because of dogs. The bridge is near Battersea Park, and is used as a route by dog owners to get to the park. The dogs urinate on the timber deck and the constant urination is causing the timber deck to rot.
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We hope you liked our list of strange places to visit. I certainly have a few of them on my list.