The Strangest, yet Amusing Days on Earth!

I’ve always been interested in different customs from around the world as they reveal a unique aspect of a culture that might seem a bit strange to people from other parts of the world – but this is exactly what makes these customs so interesting!


To highlight all of these unique and strange days on earth, the online travel authority Expedia Sweden, has made a unique series of illustrated traditions and holidays from across the globe. Have a look for yourself.

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This Man Spent 25 Years To Create The ”World Map” On The Banks Of Lake Klejtrup, Denmark

Photo credit: Frank Vincentz / Wikimedia

The World Map on the banks of the Lake Klejtrup in Denmark is a 4,000-square-meter walkable map of the world built out of soil, stones and grass. It’s the work of only one man — Søren Poulsen, who spent the last 25 years of his life building it.

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Welcome to Iceberg Capital of the World


Stunning images show the rolling splendor of the “iceberg capital of the world” under auroras. The photographer even includes himself in many of the shots – a signature of his that offers a fresh take on the conventional selfie, as well as providing a sense of scale to his works. Ziskas shot the photographs over a 10-day visit to western Greenland in September. Here: the photographer includes himself to provide a sense of scale to his works. (Photo by Paul Zizkas/Caters News)

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This Is Strange But True


Is it a leaf? Is it tree bark? No, it’s the Satanic leaf-tailed gecko. Cleverly disguised as a rotting leaf, Madagascar’s camouflage king has red eyes, pointy horns and a taste for night hunting: it’s nature’s most devilish deceiver. The twisted body and veiny skin echo the detail of a dry leaf, which ensures the gecko blends in with its forest home. The mottled tail appears to have sections missing, as though it has withered over time. This mini-monster epitomises survival of the fittest, having adapted gradually to become today’s extraordinary leaf impersonator. (Photo by Thomas Marent/ARDEA)

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Toilets Around the World, Part 2


A domestic toilet is seen inside a house in Lalitpur, Nepal, October 8, 2015. Some 2.4 billion people around the world don’t have access to decent sanitation and more than a billion are forced to defecate in the open, risking disease and other dangers, according to the United Nations. The UN says that while there is sufficient fresh water on the planet for everyone, “bad economics and poor infrastructure” mean that every year millions of people – most of them children – die from diseases linked to poor sanitation, unhygienic living conditions and lack of clean water supplies. To mark World Toilet Day on November 19, Reuters photographers captured pictures of toilets in cities, towns and villages around the globe. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

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Stunning Photographs Of A Glacier In The Karakoram Region Of Pakistan


Polish photographer David Kaszlikowski took a series of stunning photographs of a glacier in the Karakoram region of Pakistan while on a film expedition. At the Baltoro and Godwin-Austen glaciers near K2, the second highest mountain in the world, he sent his drone on flights to scout the surrounding landscape. Here: at the heart of Karakoram, a glacier formation found at Concordia at the very beginning of one of the longest glaciers on the planet, Baltoro. (Photo by David Kaszlikowski/Rex Features)

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Hong Kong’s McSleepers


Men sleep at a 24-hour McDonald’s restaurant in Hong Kong, China November 10, 2015. A large number of homeless people sleeping on the street has long been been a problem in Hong Kong mainly due to its high rent and soaring property. In recent years, McDonald’s 24-hour fast food shops opening all over the city have become popular alternatives for people, know as McRefugees or McSleepers, to spend the night in a safer and more comfortable way than on the street. (All photos by Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

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Stunning Aerial Photos Of Australia From Above

Salt pans and dams are scattered across drought effected farmland in Western Australia, November 12, 2015. A pioneering Australian scheme to improve the management of water in the world’s driest inhabited continent is facing its first real test as an intensifying El Nino threatens crops and builds tensions between farmers and environmentalists. An El Nino, a warming of sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific, is already causing drought and other extreme weather, affecting millions of people across parts of the world, and experts warn that the intensifying weather pattern could emerge as one of the strongest on record. (Photo by David Gray/Reuters)

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400-Year-Old Colonial Church Emerges From Mexican Reservoir as Water Levels Drop


As water levels dropped from a Mexican reservoir, something rather surprising occurred. A 400-year-old colonial church emerged, as if it was a ghost attempting to come back to life. A drought this year hit the watershed of the Grijalva river, dropping the water level in the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir by a whopping 82 feet.

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Rising From The Salt Water: Ghost Resort In Argentina Promises Apocalyptic Landscape To Tourists

A picture taken in the 70s compares the place with the current state of a ruined house in the onetime spa and resort town Epecuen, November 5, 2015. Over the past few years the town of Epecuen (previously featured in the ‘Most Beautiful Abandoned Places of the World‘), located 550 km (341 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, has been attracting tourists with its eerie apocalyptic atmosphere after a flood submerged it in salt water for more than two decades. Originally a busy lakeside tourist village in the 1920s renowned for its saltwater baths, Epecuen came to a sudden end in November 10, 1985 when a succession of rainy winters caused Lago Epecuen to overflow and water surged through a special retaining wall and into the town. Residents and tourists were forced to evacuate and in just a few days homes and buildings were covered by almost 10 meters (33 feet) of salt water. Now, 30 years on, the water has evaporated and former residents can walk amidst the rusted out ruins of what was once their town. (Photo by Enrique Marcarian/Reuters)

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Extraordinary “Cloud Tsunami” Surges in Over Sydney

Richard Hirst

A bizarre meteorological event hit the coast of New South Wales, Australia over the weekend. Dubbed a “cloud tsunami” on Twitter, this massive wave in the sky measured several kilometers long and swept over the city of Sydney, bringing with it powerful thunderstorms, heavy rains, and forceful winds that required the Australian Bureau of Meteorology to issue a warning for the surrounding area.

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Epic Photos Of The Natural Disasters Around The World

A Qantas Boeing 737-800 plane flies through heavy rain as a storm moves towards the city of Sydney, Australia, November 6, 2015. Powerful storms swept across the city on Friday, with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology issuing a warning for severe thunderstorms with large hailstones, heavy rainfall and damaging winds, local media reported. (Photo by David Gray/Reuters)

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This Artist Pictured His Own Journey Around The US With One Dollar Diary


“In the time that I lived in NYC and travelled around the USA. I kept a daily dairy on one dollar bills. Below a few day’s off my life!”- Babo Schokker.

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Haunting Photos Of A Deserted Island In Japan


These stunning photos reveal the forgotten and decaying beauty of a once-thriving island town in Japan. The town is called Gunkjima and sits about 15 kilometers south of Nagaski. The spot is well known as a forbidden treasure trove of dilapidated urban development.

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Epic Photos From The Golden Eagle Festival In Mongolia

With their wings at full length, these beautiful golden eagles soar through the skies in a glorious training session to hunt their prey. Others sit on the arms of their owners and trainers. Batzaya Choijiljav, 41, from Mongolia has taken these magnificent pictures at the annual traditional Kazakhs festival, October 2015. Here: Generally, young and older men used to participate in the festival but it had started to introduce females, which keeps the younger generation unique to the future. (Photo by Batzaya Choijiljav/Caters News)

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