At first, this may appear to be a Wild West movie set, but it's actually "Western Village", a now closed theme park in Nikko, a city about 70 miles north of the capital Tokyo. Abandoned since 2007, and unfortunately demolished, the buildings seemingly belong in Westworld, a horror film where robots have taken over a theme park. It originally opened in the 1970s, and as recent as 1995, the owners added a new $25-million expansion section, which included a giant Mount Rushmore replica. That's not all, the developers even imported a church from California, piece by piece. Continue reading for two more videos, pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus images.
Researchers are claiming that 2,000-meters beneath the Bermuda Triangle lies one, possibly two, huge crystal pyramids that could explain the disappearance of several planes and ships. "There is always a mystique about pyramid structures. The "fact" that this is built of crystal provides it with a further coating of mystery and power, which implies it it generates magical healing and paranormal forces. As with most claims we need to dig deeper and find out if such a building exists, and if it does how does it correlate with the disappearances inside the Bermuda Triangle," said researcher Nigel Watson to MailOnline. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Nara Dreamland, inspired by Disneyland in California, was a popular theme park near Nara, Japan, when it first opened in 1961. Unfortunately, on August 29, 2006, the theme park closed permanently because of low visitor numbers, possibly due to the popularity of Universal Studios Japan, which opened in nearby Osaka, and it's been abandoned ever since. Continue reading for five cool facts you probably didn't know about Nara Dreamland. Click here for a few more bonus images of the abandoned theme park.
Hundreds of millions of Monarch Butterflies from Canada and the United States make a 2,500-mile journey to "Butterfly Forest", or to be more specific, the forests of Michoacan, Mexico, each year. The butterflies start arriving in late October to make their winter home in the trees high up in the mountains of the natural reserve, where they will spend the next 5-months clustered together. The Michoacan Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary is most beautiful during the months of February and March, right before the winged insects begin their long journey home. Continue reading for three more strange places from around the world that actually exist.
Drones can be a lifesaver, but what if the same technology was used for hotels? Introducing "Driftscape". This self-sustaining, modular hotel concept consists of pods that can be easily transported to remote locations, like the tops of tall buildings, or the desert, for luxurious experiences unlike any other. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.
Think of the OKTO Yacht, priced at $60-million, as a floating 66m mansion, which includes a foredeck helipad and giant 6m pool that can be filled with fresh or salt water. Other features on this five deck superyacht include: an elevator running from the lower to the bridge deck, an owner's balcony, six cabins, a home theater room, and lots more. Continue reading for a "making of" video and more pictures. Click here for a few bonus images.
First class suites sound nice, but air travel has come a long way since the 1950s - 1970s, and some even consider this period the Golden Age. With commercial flights being a new market, airlines struggled to top each other by offering the fanciest of meals, such as TWA's "full meal" to be served in-flight: soup, meat, salad, vegetables and dessert, complete with real glassware as well as a main lobster entree. Flying was so rare that passengers were given postcards during boarding with pictures of the plane or in-flight meal, to show their loved ones what the experience was like. "The tradition at the time was that you would use your in-flight time to write people you knew on the ground, describing your flight," said historian Guillaume de Syon. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery.
Located at the 5-star Hotel Villa Honegg in Ennetburgen, Switzerland, the "Stairway to Heaven" infinity pool offers sweeping views of the valley below and Lake Lucerne. Unfortunately, you'll have to shell out £383 per night to stay in one of their standard double rooms. "Switzerland keeps surprising me with how gorgeous it is! The pool is nice but I mean c'mon, that view," said one user. The hotel was built in 1905, has 23 rooms, and is located 3,000-feet above sea level. Click here to view more pictures of the pool. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Why bother with 5-star hotels, when you could experience the great outdoors in luxury, while being able to experience the 100-billion-plus stars in the Milky Way alone? Introducing PurePods, a solar-powered glass cabin that comes equipped with a full bedroom, living area, kitchenette, bathroom, and plenty of storage space for storing your outdoor gear. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the final event at the world memory championships.
Always wanted to visit the Mushroom Kingdom? Well, one apartment room rental on AirBnB is as close as you'll probably get, or at least until Nintendo decides to open their own theme park. Located in Lisbon, Portugal, computer programmer Andre Farinha spent $11,100 transforming a normal room into the ultimate Super Mario Bros. fantasy suite. Featuring themed walls, a Mario bedspread, two Nintendo 3DS devices (one in the bathroom), a Wii kiosk and 20 games. "Nintendo has many other brands, artists and movies that were a part of my childhoodThe '80s and early '90s are a part of my everyday life. I wanted the apartment to reflect that," said Farinha. Continue reading for more pictures and information.