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Why Walt Disney Built a Theme Park on Swampland

It’s easy to see why someone would choose the Orlando area for a tourist attraction these days – it’s already such a mecca for vacationers, you’d be all but guaranteed to pick up some visitors by default. But back when Walt Disney was looking for a place to create a larger, roomier version of Anaheim’s Disneyland, [...]

Niagara Falls "De-Watered"

Photo: rbglasson [Flickr] In 2009, Russ Glasson found an abandoned shoebox with photos inside of a “dewatered” Niagara Falls. The Daily Mail has the story: In June 1969, U.S. engineers diverted the flow of the Niagara River away from the American side of the falls for several months. Their plan was to remove the large amount of loose [...]

13 Weird and Wonderful Gingerbread Houses

Traditional alpine chalets, woodland cottages, and Victorian mansions made of gingerbread are impressive, to say the least. I know from experience that they are not easy to make. Yet some folks go the extra mile to make their gingerbread constructions stand out from the crowd by building them bigger, adding clever details, or redesigning them [...]

Life-size Gingerbread House

For the third year in a row, the Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls, Canada is putting together 600 pounds of gingerbread, 1,000 pounds of icing, 2,000 chocolate wafers, 750 cookies, and 4,900 pretzels to make a gingerbread house you can stand up in! It will take about two weeks to complete, and then patrons [...]

Weird Website of the Week: Superuseless Superpowers

Not every superhero gets to leap over tall buildings in a single bound or stop speeding bullets — for every Superman, there’s a Swamp-Man or a Matter-Eater Lad, the superfreaks you just have to feel a little sorry for. Well, now there’s a whole website that takes this idea to the extreme, creating videos and [...]

16 Attractions Open Christmas Day

Christmas is often a day spent with family, but it’s easy to get a bit antsy if you’re forced to spend the entire day at home. Unfortunately, there’s not much to do on Christmas when the majority of businesses are closed. If you’re sick of going out for Chinese food or heading to the movies, [...]

Saber-Toothed Squirrel

You may be familiar with Scrat, the “saber-toothed squirrel” from the Ice Age movies, but a real one lives in Niagara Falls, New York. This squirrel has an unusual tusk growing out of its lower jaw! Mary Jo Sutter has been feeding the squirrel since it was young. Watch the video of the squirrel who [...]

The Quick 10: Nine Fallen Natural Landmarks (and One That’s Stumbling)

Forget about London Bridge – it seems that everything is falling down. When it comes to natural landmarks, at least, it seems that you’d better catch ‘em while you can. Erosion – and occasionally vandals – are making nature’s birthmarks a thing of the past. Here are nine landmarks that you can no longer view [...]

Morning Cup of Links: Helen Keller Speaks

Debt: The first five thousand years. The history of how we came to be beholden is linked to slavery, violence, and greed. (via Metafilter) * 21 Oddly Named Places and the Stories Behind Them. I’ve managed to live near three of these in my life and never knew their stories until now. (via J-Walk Blog) * In this 1930 [...]