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Weeki Wachee 60th Anniversary, 2007.
Weeki Wachee, Florida

Weeki Wachee: City of Live Mermaids

Welcome to old Florida, where a 1940s mermaid show is still enchanting visitors.
28.5167, -82.5739
New York, New York

Obscura Antiques and Oddities

Tucked in the back of this amazing antique store is an important piece of medical history
40.7275, -73.9801
The Vampire Rabbit of Newcastle
Newcastle upon Tyne, England

The Vampire Rabbit of Newcastle

This century-old gargoyle has a mysterious history and may not actually be a rabbit
54.9703, -1.6099
Wings set against a sunny sky
Gateshead, England

The Angel of the North

Huge winged monument in the United Kingdom
54.9129, -1.5863
Whitby, England

Ruins of Whitby Abbey

The gloomy ruins that inspired Bram Stoker to bring Dracula to life
54.4886, -0.6074
The South Front and the South Lawn with the Seahorse Fountain. The exterior steps are a 19th century replacement for the original horseshoe shaped steps. (Wikimedia Commons)
Derbyshire, England

Chatsworth House

Seat of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire for centuries
53.2279, -1.6121
Bram Stoker, c. 1906
Whitby, England

Bram Stoker Memorial Seat

The view that inspired the scenes of Dracula's first landing in England.
54.4891, -0.6158
Cat Statues of York
York, England

Cat Statues of York

A century-old tradition has culminated in a small but singular collection of feline effigies
53.9623, -1.0819
Taxidermy animals and a whale skeleton
London, England

Natural History Museum of London

70 million natural history specimens call this gargantuan museum home
51.4966, -0.1765
One of the many gruesome dioramas.
London, England

The London Dungeon

One part local history and 99 parts gruesome haunted house.
51.5025, -0.1188
Surfers Paradise, Australia

Gold Coast Wax Museum and Chamber of Horrors

The largest wax museum in the southern hemisphere features a grizzly chamber of horrors
-27.9982, 153.4269
Justice and Police Museum
Sydney, Australia

Justice and Police Museum

This grim museum collects artifacts and evidence of some of the most sensational antipodean crimes
-33.8623, 151.2123
Sydney, Australia

Museum of Human Disease

Australian museum dedicated to human health and lack thereof
-33.9177, 151.2347
Port Arthur Penitentiary
Port Arthur, Australia

Port Arthur Penal Colony

Relics of Australia's convict past, and a modern scene of unimaginable horror
-43.1471, 147.8426
Wineglass Bay. (prasitmankad/Flickr)
Freycinet, Australia

Wineglass Bay

One of the best beaches in the entire world
-42.1995, 148.3217
Bicheno Blowhole. (Prasit Mankad/Flickr)
Bicheno, Australia

Bicheno Blowhole

Granite rocks that concentrate waves into powerful jets
-41.8746, 148.3037
Box Hill Brick Works
Box Hill, Australia

Box Hill Brick Works

A local landmark that has become a hub of graffiti and urban exploration
-37.8242, 145.1159
Ansons Bay, Australia

Bay of Fires

Aqua white sand highlighted with fiery red rocks
-41.1295, 148.2845
Sheffield, Australia

Tasmania's 'Town of Murals'

The once-dying town of Sheffield, Tasmania has reinvented itself as a village of painted wonders
-41.3822, 146.3248
Tetsujin 28 robot statue in Wakamatsu Park
Kobe, Japan

Tetsujin 28 Robot Statue

A 59-ft. robot statue looks over the citizens of earthquake-ravaged Kobe.
34.6556, 135.1440
Sagano Bamboo Forest
Kyoto, Japan

Sagano Bamboo Forest

The sound of swaying stalks in this stunning grove has been voted to be a governmentally recognized sound.
35.0167, 135.6710
Nara-shi, Japan

Tōdai-ji Daibutsuden (The Great Buddha Hall)

The former world's largest wooden building containing a giant Buddha, healing pillars, and tame deer which wander the grounds.
34.6890, 135.8398
Ryōan-ji
Kyoto, Japan

Ryōan-ji

The quintessential Japanese rock garden has existed for more than 500 years
35.0323, 135.7213
Kyoto, Japan

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

The Ten Thousand "Torii" Shrine.
34.9672, 135.7733