North Carolina’s Abandoned ‘Wizard of Oz’ Theme Park Will Haunt You

Written as a novel by L. Frank Baum in 1900, the Wizard of Oz became an acclaimed Technicolor film in 1939. The success of that film led to the exploration of prequels and sequels desperately seeking the fame and recognition that the orignal musical film garnered. Perhaps the boldest iteration was the recreation of the Land of Oz as a theme park in North Carolina’s Beech Mountains. Photographer Johnny Joo visited the site and photographed the ruins, full of wild roots and thick fog. His eerie portaits capture a magical place that has gradually become the perfect setting for your worst nightmares. Continue reading »

This Photoshop Wizard Is Turning Random People’s Photos Into Movie Posters

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2-year Reddit user Your_Post_As_A_Movie has a special power, and it’s not respooling VHS cassettes or making films about mail. No, over in /r/pics, this Redditor picks random posts and turns them into stunning movie posters, actor names, fine print, and all. Continue reading »

You Can Rent Out this Eerie, Abandoned Wizard of Oz Theme Park

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Source: David Rush

Nestled in scenic Beech Mountain, North Carolina rests an abandoned “The Wizard Of Oz” theme park. Land Of Oz was once a booming business hosting 20,000 people on its opening day. The park, which opened in 1970, was hit with tragedy that tarnished its initial success.

After the death of its original owner right before opening and a mysterious fire in 1975, Land of Oz closed its doors in 1980. Continue reading »

This Tokyo Illustrator Is a Wizard at Speed Sketches


These doodles of everyday situations are works by Hama-House and although simple, are actually pretty skilled too. Continue reading »

The Wizard of Robots

Virginia Tech professor Dennis Hong has made an international name for himself — and Tech — by inventing humanoid robots whose abilities defy imagination.

Hong, director of Tech’s Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory, squares off against CHARLI-2 on the field. Designing a robot that can find and kick a soccer ball is believed to be the ultimate challenge in robot design. (Dustin Fenstermacher / FOR THE WASHINGTON POST) Continue reading »