In 1974, drinkers in a British pub were bemoaning the fact that the UK didn't produce world champions, so they invented a sport that no one else knew about: toe wrestling. In 1976, a Canadian visitor competed and won, so with the point of the sport gone, the "World Championship" was discontinued en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toe…
In 2015, a museum in Arkansas paid $7.7 million for a conceptual artwork by the late Felix Gonzalez-Torres. It consists of 50 pounds of candy that museum visitors can eat; the price includes the idea only, as the candy needs to be continually replenished. crystalbridges.org/blog/c…
The New Year's Confetti @ Times Square are literally made of people’s hopes and dreams; the Times Square Visitor Center wall is open year round for people to put Post-Its up with their next-year’s wishes, which are made into confetti maps.roadtrippers.com/tri…
A small town in New York called Lily Dale, is the center of the American Spiritualist movement, and receives tens of thousands of visitors each year, many of them seeking out the town's many psychics and mediums to communicate with the dead goworldtravel.com/lily-da…
Martin Couney ran infant incubator exhibits, in which premature babies were displayed to the public for 40 years. He didn’t charge the parents a penny, instead visitors paid 25 Cents to get in. This covered all the costs to run the facility. Many babies with no chances to survive were saved. bbc.com/news/amp/magazine…
There is a Diamond mine in Arkansas that is open to the public. Visitors can keep whatever Gems they find. Till now Thousands of diamonds have been found since it opened. arkansas.com/articles/dia…
Hakone Kowakien Yunessen hot springs spa in Hakone, Japan allows visitors to bathe in baths containing real green tea, red wine, and coffee. The spas are made from real ingredients known to rejuvenate the body and attract many visitors. lonelyplanet.com/articles…
Disney uses code names in the park. Rude visitors are called 'Treasured Guests.' Vomit is called 'Protein Spill.' Kids peeing in the pool is called 'Code Winnie.' Illegally spreading ashes is called 'White Powder Alert.' nypost.com/2017/09/07/dis…
In 1975, a nudist beach opened in West Germany on the border with the East. Visitors sought to have nude photos taken below a looming East German watchtower, and West Germans noted "a lot more movement on that watchtower" once the beach opened. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inn…
Mammoth Cave tours continued alongside an experimental sanitarium for tuberculosis patients. Unsuspecting visitors would occasionally encounter ghastly patients in hospital gowns shuffling along passageways or hear hollow coughing echoing in the distance. nps.gov/articles/tubercul…
Hawaiian music began in the mid 1800s, when visitors from all over came by sea to Hawai'i, bringing with them instruments such as the violin, guitar, ukulele, piano, accordion and flute. The fusion of instruments and cultures blended with Native Hawaiian chants and hymns to become a genre. surfingforlife.com/music.…
Japan's Rabbit Island (Ōkunoshima) had a poison gas factory that supported much of the chemical warfare carried out in China. Although Japan was a signatory of the 1925 Geneva Protocol, they kept the development of their chemical weapons a secret. Today, many visitors can play with the rabbits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5…
Today I learned of the Atlanta Underground, in 1972 it recorded 3.5 million visitors and $17 million dollars in sales en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Und…
There is a diamond mine open to the public in Arkansas, it is the only diamond mine open to the public. So far 31000 gems have been found since it became a state park in 1972, the visitors keep what they found. arkansasstateparks.com/pa…
Today I learned about Lapland New Forest, a Christmas theme park in the UK. Advertised as a β€œwinter wonderland”, the park was in such dismal quality that violence began to break out between visitors and staff. It shut down after a week and the organizers were sentenced to 13 months in jail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lap…
Today I learned of Farley Files, created by Roosevelt's Campaign Manager, James Farley. They were notes about everyone FDR ever met (e.g. spouse's name, hobbies, prior meeting notes). Farley & FDR would review the files prior to any meeting and the effect was powerful and intimate for visitors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far…
Today I learned about The Berners Street hoax, in 1809, Theodore Hook bet his friend that he could transform any house in London into the most talked-about address in a week, by sending out thousands of false letters in the name of Mrs Tottenham, requesting deliveries, visitors, and assistance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Today I learned about the Berkeley Pit, a 270-metre deep US "lake" filled with liquid toxins and acid. Thousands of geese died upon landing in it one night; today, birds are scared off the site with gunshots. The state of Montana charges every visitor to the lake 2 dollars. It has its own gift shop. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
In Iran, there were male and female door knockers so the homeowner would know the sex of the prospective visitor... beontheroad.com/2015/03/s…
A Texas dad sold his business and built a $51 million amusement park for his disabled daughter with free admission for everyone with special needs. Morgan's wonderland has had more than a million visitors since it opened, and one-third of it's staff includes people with special needs. abcnews.go.com/WN/america…
Borat never actually filmed in a village in Kazakhstan, the village was actually in Romania, and the villagers were angry when they found out Borat had duped them after they were shown the film by visitors youtu.be/vLeaVbyCTyc
Visitors are not allowed to scatter ashes of the loved ones at Disney World or Disneyland. This seems to be a real problem particularly around the Haunted Mansion attraction. gizmodo.com/the-urban-leg…
Today I learned about Crater of Diamonds state park in Arkansas. The strange greenish soil is from an extinct volcano and a local farmer discovered diamonds laying in the dirt. Although the site was professionally mined for a time, it's now a state park where visitors can hunt for diamonds and other gemstones. arkansasstateparks.com/pa…
There's a mass grave near Chicago containing about 60 circus performers. Some visitors report hearing ghostly elephant sounds at night. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
The 1957 film "3:10 To Yuma" inspired Cuban slang: "La Yuma" is slang for the US, and "Yumas" are American visitors. wikipedia.org/wiki/3:10_t…
Salem, MA is not only the site of the witch trials but: Birthplace of the National Guard; Home to 1st ever U.S. millionaire; Largest concentrations of 17th & 18th century structures; 1st Living History Museum (Pioneer Village/visitors can experience daily life of a 1st period Puritan village) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
Today I learned of Gavel, a K-9 Cadet who was fired from the Police Academy for being too friendly after months of training; he then got a new job as Vice-Regal Dog for the Office of the Governor in Queensland where he greets visitors, attends official functions, sits in on Governor's briefings telegraph.co.uk/pets/news…
Today I learned of Binky the polar bear who lived in Alaska Zoo where he mauled two visitors who jumped over the safety rails on separate occasions. After the maulings Binky merchandise was sold with the slogan β€œSend another tourist, this one got away” & his cage was upgraded to keep visitors out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bin…
Sturgis tourism dept measures the number of Bike Week visitors not by counting bikes or people, but by weighing the TRASH after the event time.com/5875694/sturgis-…
Showman and businessman PT Barnum was frustrated with how long people lingered in his museum’s exhibits. He posted signs that said 'This Way to the Egress'. He knew most of the visitors would follow them not knowing 'Egress' meant 'Exit'. They couldn’t re-enter without paying the entry fee again en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1911, which drew more visitors to see the empty space than the actual painting. npr.org/2011/07/30/138800…
Las Vegas was once known as the β€œAtomic City” due to its close proximity to the Nevada Test Site. Visitors to the city witnessed mushroom clouds and were exposed to the radioactive fallout of over 100 nuclear detonations during the 50’s and 60’s. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Am-Phu cave in Vietnam is decorated with "hell" themes: sculpted demons "and fanged devils bathed in sinister red light, where hands reach up from the waters below and river monsters threaten to gnash (visitors') souls to bits." It's located under the mountain associated with heaven. atlasobscura.com/places/a…
There were "Human Zoo's" across Europe displaying Africans. The last one, in Belgium, was closed in 1958. To stop visitors from throwing too much candy to the captives, they put up a sign that said, 'the blacks are fed by the organizing committee.' npr.org/2018/09/26/649600…
In Taipei there is a Dog Temple that follows an "amoral code" and is a place of worship for gangsters, thugs, prostitutes, gamblers etc. In place of incense sticks, visitors burn cigarettes as a sign of prayer. taipeitimes.com/News/feat…
Siquijor island's long-time reputation as a place of magic and sorcery both attracts and repulses visitors. It is famous for festivals that focus on healing rituals where incantations are sung while the old folks make potions out of herbs, roots, insects and tree barks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siq…
The Vatican has a single pharmacy. The Vatican claims it is the busiest pharmacy in the world with 2,000 daily visitors. Due to complicated Italian laws, the pharmacy has medicines available years before Italian pharmacies. People often visit to buy them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vat…
The American distributor of the 1976 Korean movie 아메리카 방문객 ("Visitor of America") added a plot-unrelated scene of Bruce Lee rising from his grave and named the English-language release "Bruce Lee Fights Back from the Grave". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bru…
The myth that elephants like eating peanuts comes from 19th century circuses and zoos that sold bags of peanuts for visitors to feed to the elephants and other animals. chocolatebar.com/elephant…
In his early phases of Alzheimer's in 1995, 84 year old Ronald Reagan still received visitors at his office and worked out daily with his personal trainer. Routine is important to Alzheimer’s patients, and on good days Reagan's routine was the the same as it had been since leaving office people.com/archive/cover-…
America's largest Confederate monument is Stone Mountain, Georgia. It's over 800 ft tall and 1.5 miles wide, draws 4 million visitors a year, and has a relief covering one face of the mountain that depicts three leaders of the Confederacy – Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis. kqed.org/lowdown/19119/st…
Keystone, South Dakota (pop. 337) had its origins in 1883 as a mining town, and has since transformed itself into a resort town, serving the needs of the millions of visitors to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key…
It is well documented that for centuries, Koreans ate much more food than their Asian neighbors. A 19th century visitor wrote: "When it comes to serving fruits, for example with large peaches, even a person with the most restraint eats around ten; it is not uncommon to see a person eating 30". atlasobscura.com/articles…
There is a theme park in Lithuania which recreates life as a USSR citizen. Visitors have their belongings confiscated, have to wear mouldy overcoats, experience interrogation, and must learn the Soviet anthem. theguardian.com/travel/20…
Today I learned about GuΓ©delon Castle, a medieval castle being built in France using only traditional tools and technology. Thirty-five full-time craftsmen and countless volunteers have been at work over twenty years and it's now once of France's biggest attractions, pulling in 300,000 visitors yearly. guedelon.fr/en/2018-press…
The community of PuΚ»uwai, Hawaii and the entire island it is located on, is off limits to anyone except residents and official visitors. Tourists are not allowed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pu%…
The Washington Monument was topped in 1884 with the world's largest piece of aluminum, a metal then as valuable and expensive as silver. It had earlier been on display at Tiffany's in New York and stepped over by visitors who could say they had "stepped over the top of the Washington Monument." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
When the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1911, the empty space it left on the wall attracted more visitors than the painting had. edition.cnn.com/2013/11/1…
There's a zoo in the Philippines that will let patrons get a massage by Burmese Pythons. The massage consist of a person lying down while they're covered by four Pythons. One of the rule visitors must follow is to not shout as Pythons could get hostile when they feel the vibrations. pri.org/stories/2014-05-2…
During construction of the new Yankee Stadium, a construction worker and avid Boston Red Sox fan buried a replica jersey of Red Sox player David Ortiz underneath the visitors' dugout with the objective of placing a "hex" on the Yankees, much like the "Curse of the Bambino." wikipedia.org/wiki/Yankee…

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