In 1978, artist and photographer Mark Gubin and his assistant were having lunch on his roof when the latter noticed how the house stood in the flight path of planes headed to Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport. She told him to make a welcome sign, and so he did, except it read, ‘Welcome to Cleveland’.
What is this? A park for ants? This is Mill Ends Park in Portland, Oregon. Though it might look like just a simple flower pot in the middle of the road, it’s actually the world’s smallest park, measuring only two feet in diameter.
In their series ‘Fan Girl Quest’, best of friends Tiia, Satu, Johanna, and Essi, visit iconic places around the world that have a special place in pop culture. Once there, they juxtapose a famous scene from a TV series or a movie against the same background, creating a one-of-a-kind souvenir to take home.
This is the Eshima Ohashi bridge in Japan. It’s the third largest rigid-frame bridge in the world at 44 metres tall. And judging by its looks, it would also probably qualify as the world’s scariest too.
Whenever yoga instructors Claudine and Honza Lafond aren’t teaching at their Sydney-based studio YogaBeyond, they’re often wandering off to exotic locations and taking photos that make the rest of us green with envy – not to mention feel really unfit.
In celebration of Singapore’s 50th independence anniversary, Australia has sent over four koalas to be ambassadors to the city state for the next six months. To get there, they’ll be flying in style, or what Qantas calls ‘koala class’.
Now you won’t just feel like a track and field athlete as you’re running through the airport, trying to catch your flight – you’ll also look like it as well. At the newly-opened Terminal 3 of the Narita Airport in Japan, a running track has been built to help travelers find their way around and make walking a much more pleasant experience.
When you venture out into the Alaskan wilderness, you’d expect to see snow, trees, hopelessness, and probably more snow. But in the town of Willow, you’d find something very different: a house that looks like it came straight out of a fairy tale. Called the ‘Dr. Seuss House’ by locals for its imaginative façade and unique structure, the house towers over the deserted snowy landscape, sticking out like a sore thumb.
This is what true love looks like: miserable. When 34-year-old Kevin Blandford won a free trip to Puerto Rico without his wife and kid, he showed the world how disappointed he was with the saddest vacation pics ever.
Located just off Vanua Levu in Fiji, the island of Mavuva is a tropical paradise that looks like a giant penis. And you can live on it for the low, low price of $122,000.
In celebration of the winter festival in Kiruna, Sweden, PinPin studio collaborated with ICEHOTEL to create a playground and a maze completely out of snow and ice. Called ‘Kiruna Winter Playground’, it features a giant maze, two slides, a snow lantern, and ice benches.
While the rest of us struggle with bike chains and bike theft, the Japanese have already solved these problems with underground bike parking-lots managed by robots!
It’s not hard to see why people keep on coming baaa-ck to this café in Seoul, South Korea. The Thanks Nature Café doubles as a mini petting zoo, allowing customers to sip a cup of coffee while playing with the two resident sheep, Anna and Elsa.
Every winter in Japan, more than 2 million visitors attend the Sapporo Snow Festival to see over 200 sculptures made of snow and ice. This year, attendees were treated to an epic exhibit which appeared to have come from a galaxy far, far away.
If rabbit island or cat island hasn’t sold you yet on visiting Japan, here’s another reason to go there: fox village. Opened back in 1990 and located in the mountains near Shiroishi, ‘Zao Fox Village’ is a sanctuary where hundreds of free-roaming foxes eat, live, work, and play.