During World War II American's at home devised a number of ways to drum up money for war bonds, but very few were likely as successful as King Neptune, the pig who managed to root out millions of dollars for the war effort.
Rising three-stories above the central study area on each wall, the book collection contained in the Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading has created one of the most stunning examples of "library porn" on the planet as well as showing the history and breadth of writing that has come out of Portugal.
Anyone wanting to talk with the animals, walk with the animals, or even climb on the animals will be well served at Argentina's Lujan Zoo, where even the most dangerous predators are supposedly taught to cuddle up to humans by raising them alongside dogs.
Straddling the Danube in the city of Bratislava, Most SNP (short for Most Slovenského národného povstania, which is in turn translated to "Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising") is meant to honor a tumultuous time in Slovakian history, but is better known for the saucer-shaped restaurant atop its single,…
Above the Armenian town of Areni in the Vayots Dzor province, the Areni-1 Cave Complex has proven to be a treasure trove of Copper Age artifacts including the oldest shoe, brain, and winery in the world!
Installed in 2000, the Neverbust Chain located in downtown Columbia, South Carolina, connects two large office buildings in a whimsically industrial embrace.
Littering the field behind the workshop of giant-building firm Fiberglass Animals, Shapes, and Trademarks (FAST) is an eerie collection of titanic molds, left over from almost every job they've ever done.
Rising up out of the Venezuelan slums, the eye-catching complex known as The Helix (El Helicoide) looks like something out of Dr. Doom's dreams and with its intelligence headquarters, mysterious prison, and general air of secrecy, it acts the part as well.
Visible in an ominous flash from the train on the way to Herning, Denmark the huge sculpture known as Elia is a jarring black tribute to industrial design via an abstract vision of Hell.
Located among the aging Tuscan stones of Florence's historic Palazzo Vecchio, the simple caricature known as the L'importuno di Michelangelo (Michelangelo's Graffiti) is either proof of the artist's insatiable need to create or simply a scrawl created out of boredom.
Italian anatomist Antonio Scarpa was known for his ruthless demeanor and masterful work in the field of biology, and to this day, the professor's severed head is still on display in a fittingly severe tribute to the man.
The dream that would come to be the so-called Hemloft began from a playful sleeping competition between friends but was fully realized in countless wooden beams just to be abandoned to any who would care to find it.
Large Christian communities are not abundant in Muslim-dominated Egypt, but one of the more populous groups are the garbage scavenging Zabbaleen who have retained their Coptic beliefs and established the largest Christian church in the Middle East at the Monastery of Saint Simon.
Someone had to be the first person to discover California's gold deposits and as the story goes it was a premonition received beneath what is now known as the "Oak of the Golden Dream" that inspired the first successful prospector.
While historic anti-semitism is well documented, there is a shockingly specific form of religious hate speech that was so popular in the middle ages that its imagery was built like gargoyles into the facades of a number of Christian churches.
The current Fukusai-ji Temple in Nagasaki, reconstructed after the original was destroyed by the atomic bomb, is built of modern materials but its giant Bodhisattva and turtle-shaped architecture harken back to ancient mythology.
While construction on the San Cataldo Cemetery, a high-minded architectural proof of concept, was never completed, the intention of the brightly colored grave house can still be discerned from the rows and rows of identical tombs slots that lay empty.
Dedicated in 2010 the, massive African Renaissance Monument is a towering piece of brutal Stalinist machismo that is intended to celebrate the achievements of the African people but will likely be better remembered for the corruption and unpopular alliances that led to its construction.
Originally a cheeky, if titanic, piece of art, the one-room Hotel Casanus is a giant intestinal model that allows guests to spend a cozy night inside a massive colon.
With classic Dubai opulence, the Middle Eastern city has established what is possibly the largest flower garden in the world with the Dubai Miracle Garden, despite existing in the middle of the desert.