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Part of the Thames Estuary defense network, the anti-aircraft tower-forts were constructed in 1942, with each fort consisting of a cluster of seven stilted buildings surrounding a central command tower. When operational, catwalks connected the buildings. Built on land and then transported to their watery homes, the forts were designed by Guy Maunsell, a British civil engineer, later known for innovations in concrete bridge design. Originally there were three of these forts, but only two are left standing: the Redsands Fort and the Shivering Sands Fort.
The Soviet army used to operate this neuroscience laboratory in Moscow, and they had to leave it in a hurry. But, what they left behind are pickled specimens. One can find slides of brain cross-sections, skinned animal heads and lots of actual brains. The neuroscientists once conducted studies on these human and animal brains behind the doors of this secret bio-chemistry lab. Today, this seals brain lab has lonely, deserted brains that sit amidst all the macabre.
There’s a small city in Arizona where lies the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, a group of Anasazi dwellings dating back centuries. But as compelling as these structures are, an even more mysterious collection of modern ruins endure on the southern outskirts of the desert town. Some have likened the eerie abandoned buildings, known as ‘the Domes’, to flying saucer-like UFO houses, retro-futuristic ruins inspired by post-war science fiction shows.
Festive decorations still linger near the haunting rides for the planned May 1, 1986 opening that never came. Its looming ferris wheel has become an unsettling icon of the nuclear disaster, and visitors sometimes leave stuffed animals in its cars as a memorial. The park still contains varying levels of radiation, although the concrete areas are mostly safe. The area under the ferris wheel has some of the highest levels of radiation in the amusement park.There is also an abandoned bumper-car ride, with most rides still fully intact.
Rusty beds, vine-covered buildings and empty corridors with walls covered in graffiti and slowly peeling paint are what remains of a gigantic hospital which once treated Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, after it was abandoned in the fall of East Germany.Beelitz-Heilstätten, a 60-building treatment complex southwest of the German capital, was built in the late 19th century to help rehabilitate the growing number of tuberculosis patients in the expanding city of Berlin.During the Great War, Beelitz-Heilstätten - or Beelitz Sanatorium - was turned into a military hospital and was where a young Adolf Hitler was treated for a thigh injury acquired during the Battle of the Somme.
About a half-hour’s drive north of the Scottish city of Glasgow there’s a 19th century castle called Overtoun House. In the 160 years it’s been around, the estate has served as a movie set, a maternity hospital and a place of recovery for Allied soldiers during WWII.In the 1950s, though, people started calling it “The Bridge of Death.” That’s because dogs had started leaping off the bridge to their deaths, apparently without reason. Fifty dogs have died after making the jump in the past 50 years. During that period, another 600 dogs have made the leap and survived. That’s a rate of one kamikaze-pooch a month. (Some of these canine survivors were only too happy to jump a second time as soon as the opportunity presented itself.)
Jatinga, a village on a ridge, is located in Dima Hasao district, Assam State in India. It is 330 kilometres south of Guwahati. It is most famous for the phenomenon of birds "committing suicide".
Once a thriving port city with lots of happy citizens, Moynoq is now considered one of the creepiest places on Earth. Its harbor has turned into a graveyard of ships, where herds of goats wander around the rusty vessel carcasses and dead crooked trees. What happened to the sea that Moynoq stood on is considered one of the most severe anthropogenic ecological disasters of all time.
Xochimilco is to the south of Mexico City, and gives a glimpse at the effects of rushed urbanization over the years. Its a great place for tourists - not only to ride the canals, but to explore a smaller village outside Mexico City.This eclectic place is set in the middle of a colossal city where you can discover colors your eyes have never seen before. Declared a World Heritage Site since 1987, rediscover its colors as you walk down the aisles of its markets full of iris flowers. Float along the walled canals lined with gardens and curtains of trees on brightly painted and decorated trajineras (a traditional flat-bottomed boat) and evoke a time when this watery surrounding dominated the landscape of the Anahuac. Discover the small artificial islands, called chinampas, which are used to grow flowers, vegetables and ornamental plants.
This place is weird, but for a completely different reason. It has the birth rate of twins that is 18 percent higher than the rest of the world. The local belief is that this began after Joseph Mengele, the Nazi doctor, started conducting experiments here in the 60’s. Another bizarre theory is that the mineral water in this region is responsible. Many such absurd theories have been refuted by scientists. Immigrants in Sao Pedro could have brought the variant gene here, as per new studies.