The Demise of Bennie the Smoking Dinosaur

Long-time GSS readers may recall the story of Bennie the Dinosaur, who we originally spotted way back in February 2006. Bennie was originally employed as the mascot for a now-defunct chain of cigarette shops and in his lifetime had moved…

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Wednesday, 13th August 2008

Potala Palace, Tibet

This is the huge Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, which used to be the winter residence of the Dalai Lama (the spiritual and political leader of the Tibetan people), until the current 14th Dalai Lama fled in 1959 following a…

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Tuesday, 12th August 2008

Olympics 2008: National Aquatics Centre (The Water Cube)

This is the brilliantly bizarre-looking National Aquatics Centre, which is better known as The Water Cube. The building is perhaps best described as resembling some sort of “bubble cake”, and when it’s lit up, it looks pretty incredible. During the…

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Monday, 11th August 2008

Olympics 2008: Beijing National Stadium (The Bird’s Nest)

Unless you’ve been hiding under a very large rock, you’re probably aware that today sees the start of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. Held in Beijing, China, the celebrations begin at precisely 8pm local time, 8/8/08. This is a date…

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Friday, 8th August 2008

The Felix Centre

In the heart of the English countryside, running right down the middle of a field, is a densely packed residential street! The Live Search Maps images of the same area shows the resident’s cars parked on the street – not…

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Thursday, 7th August 2008

Hiroshima Peace Memorial

On this day, August 6, in 1945 – the first nuclear weapon to be used in war was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The bomb, Little Boy, was released at 8:15 local time by the American B-29 bomber…

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Wednesday, 6th August 2008

Welcome to Google Sightseeing!

Google Sightseeing takes you on a tour of the world as seen from satellite or street views using Google Maps. Our team of authors present weird and wonderful sights as suggested by readers.

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