MYSTERY BEHIND TURKEY’S ANCIENT DEADLY ‘GATE TO HELL’

The ancient Greek site known as “Gate to Hell,” located in modern-day Turkey’s western Denizli province, really did kill those who got too close – but instead of an angry god’s breath, noxious gas claimed victims, scientists have found. The gates of hell are various places on the surface of the world that have acquired […]

HANG SON DOONG – VIETNAM : THE WORLD’S LARGEST CAVE

Hang Son Doong is a cave in Vietnam, located near the Laos–Vietnam border, that is currently the biggest known cave in the world. Inside is a vast green forest and a large, fast-flowing underground river.  The biggest chamber of Hang Son Doong is more than 5 kilometres long, 200 metres high and 150 metres wide. […]

THE GERMAN DISTRICT WHERE RENTS HAVEN’T GONE UP FOR 500 YEARS

In the 15th and 16th centuries, a certain German family of merchants known as the Fuggers rose to become one of the richest and the most powerful bankers and venture capitalists of Europe. The family business included a huge empire of stockhouses, factories and banks, and later mines. At one point, the Fuggers family had […]

THE PECULIAR BURIAL RITES OF TANA TORAJA

The picturesque mountainous region of South Sulawesi, in Indonesia, is home to an ethnic group called the Toraja. A large number of its members live in the regency of Tana Toraja or “the Land of Toraja” at the center of the island of Sulawesi, 300 km north of Makassar, the provincial capital of South Sulawesi. […]

LIVING NEAR WOODS CUT DIABETES AND HEART DISEASE RISK

Feeling unwell? Instead of popping up a pill, sitting in the lap of nature can have various health benefits, says a study. The findings showed that living near the nature or getting regular exposure to greenery may reduce the risk of a host of illnesses including Type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, preterm birth […]

THE COUNTRY WHERE BURYING SOMEONE TAKES MONTHS TO YEARS

In most countries, people are buried within a few days of their death, but in the African country of Ghana, burials are complicated affairs that can take months or even years to prepare. In some communities, speedy burials are considered downright sacrilegious, so despite the wishes of the deceased and their immediate family, bodies spend […]

INDIANA’S FAMOUS GRAVE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD

If you happen to be cruising along County Road 400, in Johnson County, Indiana, you’re bound to stumble upon one of America’s strangest landmarks – a grave located dead in the middle of the road. The grave apparently dates back to before Amity village even had a paved road. In 1831, a 37-year-old woman named […]

‘THE TOMBSTONE HOUSE’ : THE HOUSE BUILT FROM TOMBSTONES

The humble two-storied marble-clad house in Petersburg, in the US state of Virginia, has more than 150 years of Civil War history embedded in its walls. Yet, it was built only in 1934. That year, resident Oswald Young struck a deal with the Poplar Grove National Cemetery near Petersburg. The cemetery was trying to save […]

FINLAND LAUNCHES WORLD’S FIRST SINGING TAXIS

It’s time to rock and roll on the road with Finland introducing the world’s first taxi that is paid according to passengers’ singing strength. Clean-energy company Fortum will trial the service at a music festival next month to “highlight the ease and convenience of making a clean choice by driving an electric car”. The Singalong […]

RELIEVE YOUR STRESS AND RECHARGE YOUR MIND AND BODY WITH FOREST THERAPY

For a healthy mind and body, let nature work its magic.   Forest therapy — walking through the woods, using your senses to connect with nature, staying in the present moment, no phones allowed — is taking off in the U.S. as a way to restore sanity. Inspired by Shinrin-Yoku, or “forest bathing,” a concept […]