Midnight In The Desert — desert

Welcome to the World's Most Awesomely Awful Places

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Welcome to the World's Most Awesomely Awful Places

Spectacular but woefully underappreciated natural wonders are tucked away all over the planet. Granted, visiting some of them might leave you sweaty, faint, and gasping for breath. Hardly anyone goes to see Turkmenistan’s Door to Hell, for instance, even though it offers the rare chance to see a giant fire-filled pit in the middle of a barren desert. The origins of the crater are a bit mysterious, but the most-told version has Soviet geologists igniting a natural gas seep in 1971 after an oil rig collapsed into the ground. The pit has been burning ever since. During a 2013 expedition...

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Snow Falls in the Sahara Desert For Second Time in History

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Snow Falls in the Sahara Desert For Second Time in History

“That will happen when pigs fly” is an adynaton – a figure of speech used to describe something that’s impossible and will never happen. “When hell freezes over” is another good example. “When the Cubs win the World Series again” used to be an adynaton until this year. “When it snows in the Sahara” was another popular one that just moved over to the “no longer applicable” column when it snowed in that desert for only the second in the memories of those who keep track of such things. Perhaps we need a new term for failed adynatons … badynatons?...

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Workers film peculiar blowhole in the desert

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Workers film peculiar blowhole in the desert

Workmen in Saudi Arabia were left scratching their heads when sand started erupting from the ground. Footage of the phenomenon shows the workers using a digger truck to shift large amounts of sand only for it to suddenly shoot hundreds of feet up in to the air and back down on their heads. The men can be seen repeatedly attempting to fill in the hole only to be met with the same result. Read More: Unexplained Mysteries

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The Weird History of the Mojave Phone Booth, Where the Number Lives On

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The Weird History of the Mojave Phone Booth, Where the Number Lives On

The desert is a strange place, an inhospitable yet beautiful landscape of dry heat and barren nothingness. Sometimes, the most intrepid of explorers stumble across curious oddities in this vast and barren wilderness, and we’re not even referring to Area 51 or the shadowy Tonopah Test Range. Enter the weird world of the Mojave phone booth. In today’s digital age, most of us have a mobile phone. But it wasn’t that long ago that such devices were considered the stuff of science fiction. If we needed to call someone, we had to either wait until we got home or find...

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