You know when you talk with your buddies over a cup of coffee, or a cold beer, and they tell you this every day story and you reply with “unbelievable”? Well, that word has been far too used these days, but believe you me when I tell you that the location featured in this list are incredible. From strange natural phenomena to man-made mysteries and oddities, here are the 10 most unbelievable places to visit on the planet.
10. Coober Pedy, Australia | Unreal Places on Earth
Coober Pedy, dubbed “the opal capital of the world” is a town unlike any other; it supplies most of the world’s gem quality opal. But that’s not that impressive, what is is that the miners have decided to live on site. Most of this town has been developed underground in order to avoid the blistering desert heat. The residences were carved right into the stone, just like the underground bar, dining, various businesses, and underground churches. How about that?
9. Love Land, South Korea
This is actually a theme park on Jeju Island , South Korea; but, Love Land is a sex oriented theme park. You see, during the day the park airs sex education videos and allows visitors to admire 140 different statues of an erotic nature, such as couples engaging in various sexual positions. Moreover, some of the city’s statues are actually interactive, allowing visitors to press buttons or turn cranks to watch the sculptures engage in sexual acts. Obviously, the park requires that visitors are at least 18 years of age; and don’t even ask me what happens during the night.
8. Crooked Forest, Poland
The Crooked Forest consists from roughly 400 trees, planted around 1930, that have grown horizontally near the base of the tree before going vertical. Supposedly, the bend is man-made, but no one really knows for sure. But who would hold down the trees for a number of years before being allowed to grow straight again? That just sounds silly to me; however, it is one interesting place to visit.
7. The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan
The Door to Hell, if you believe in such things, appears to be some strange natural phenomenon; however, it is actually a combination of a natural area with an unexpected side effect from man’s tampering. It seems that the 1970’s brought drilling at the site for the purpose of harnessing an abundant source of natural gas. But the ground underneath the drilling equipment collapsed and the resulting crater began to emit dangerous levels of methane gas. As a safety precaution, it was decided to ignite the gas and burn it up. It’s been burning for over 40 years.
6. Island of the Dolls, Mexico
There is a small man-made island near Mexico City, once owned by Don Julian Santana. Legend has it that he witnessed the drowning death of a little girl in 1950; fearing of being haunted by her spirit, he began hanging little toy dolls as tribute. Since he found the dolls wherever he could, regardless of the doll’s condition, they’ve come to look like the decaying bodies of infants strung up about the island. It seems over 1,500 dolls populate the island. Creepy!
5. Pink Lake, Australia
Pink Lake in Australia is not always pink; certain conditions must be met to achieve the color, although this is a natural occurrence. When levels of green algae and brine shrimp are at a high enough point, the salinity of the lake reaches a point higher than seawater, the lake receives enough light, and the temperature is high enough, the algae begins to absorb beta carotene. Tricky, I know, but the pink halo-bacteria that grow in the salt crust at the bottom of the lake provides for an interesting spectacle.
4. The Killing Fields, Cambodia
The Killing Fields are a series of 20,000 mass graves containing over 1.3 million bodies in Cambodia. These were people killed by the communist Khmer Rouge, and there were so many of them that the bones of the dead have overflown trenches buried for the bodies. Which is why large stretches of area that have the appearance of roads paved with skeletons. It’s like Terminator Judgement Day, but without the cyber-organisms.
3. BonBon-Land, Denmark
This theme park in Denmark was developed because a number of children were interested in visiting the factory of a Danish candy-maker that specialized in strange and humorously named confections. It seems many were named and shaped like animal excrement, so it didn’t sound like a good place to take your kids, which is why Michael Spangsberg decided to open a theme park for the children instead. But the theme is the same, so there are statues of animals urinating, vomiting, and defecating on the ground; even the rides are similarly styled. Fun?
2. Odessa Catacombs, Ukraine
Underneath Odessa and possibly stretching to Paris, are the Odessa Catacombs which are estimated to have first been carved in the 1600’s and later mined for limestone. Most of the city was built from this limestone, with the gigantic labyrinth below the city of Odessa going on for some 2500 kilometers. It is technically illegal to go into the catacombs, due to the fact that many have lost their lives after getting lost inside the maze.
1. Oak Island Money Pit, Nova Scotia
The Money Pit in Nova Scotia is one of planet Earth’s last great unsolved mysteries. In 1795, Daniel McGinnis saw strange lights circling around the sky above Oak Island and went to investigate. He found a large circular depression in the dirt, which is why McGinnis and his friends began to dig on the depression. They found thick wooden timbers laid across the hole and embedded in the clay, every ten feet. Although people have been digging for treasure ever since, one company excavated something strange: a stone tablet with symbols of unknown origin inscribed on it. Not cool!