Back in the day, and by that I mean less than a month ago, I was in a position where I had a fair amount of “dead” time on my hands. And, somehow, I honestly don’t recall how, I stumbled upon this zany little website that is now my official recommendation for a time killer: “Amusing Planet,” or www.amusingplanet.com.
Best described by its Twitter bio, “Amazing Places, Wonderful People, Weird Stuff,” this offbeat website is a collection of blog style posts, accompanied by plenty of full-color photographs, detailing the bizarre, extraordinary quirks of planet earth, both natural and manmade. From “rocks that give birth” to decorative Japanese manhole covers, it’s all here.
You can simply scroll down the list of articles, or you can browse by sections: Natural Wonders, Historical Oddities, and Art, and you can view posts by country too, if that floats your boat. As I might write in a work email, “please see below” for a list of just four of of my favorites, aka the ones I remembered without too much effort and could find easily without exerting a ton of patience:
- “The Humble Sources of 10 Major Rivers.” River sources: things you theoretically know exist, but probably don’t think much about, until now. https://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/04/the-humble-sources-of-10-major-rivers.html
- “The Pig of Lucerne.” Or, a swin[e]dled artist’s subtle-and-yet-not-too-subtle revenge. https://www.amusingplanet.com/2017/08/the-pig-of-lucerne.html
- “The Museum of Bad Art.” I should send some of my own work here. https://www.amusingplanet.com/2017/01/the-museum-of-bad-art.html
- “Bolton Strid: A Stream that Swallows People.” I thought Yorkshire’s deadliest geographical feature was those cold moors that Jane Eyre almost died on. https://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/11/bolton-strid-stream-that-swallows-people.html
Whether an internet tourist looking for something diverting, or an actual tourist looking for sightseeing inspiration, there’s sure to be an article for you. While today I am the former, perhaps, one day, I’ll visit the Museum of Bad Art myself.