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When I travel next, I want to reach the point on the earth that is exactly opposite my home, how can I discover where that is?

My wife and I are planning to travel to Japan next September (we are from Brazil). Since I was a child I have known that if I made a hole (a big one) straight down, I would reach Japan. Well, as the ...
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What's the longest distance that can be traveled by only using free transportation?

As an example, public transportation within the Melbourne city center is free, so one could take a free tram between Spring St and Docklands Dr: The total distance (as the crow flies) between these ...
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What is the most remote airport from the center of the city it supposedly serves?

As an example, "Frankfurt" Hahn is actually 120 km away from the city of Frankfurt and "Paris" Beauvais is actually 85 km away from the center of Paris. Are there airports that are even further away ...
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Where is the quietest place on Earth?

I just wondered if there is a known "most quiet" place on Earth. Perhaps people have measured "ambient" sound throughout the year in various places claimed to be the most quiet. And perhaps one has ...
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Where can I find publicly accessible paternoster elevators?

Paternosters look fun, but (as far as I know, at least in Western Europe) they have almost all been replaced by regular elevators for safety reasons. Are there any publicly-accessible paternosters ...
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Longest bridge/tunnel that can be cycled over/through?

I'm cycling around Japan, and a few days ago I cycled the Shimanami Kaido, a series of bridges connecting islands between the mainland and Shikoku in the inland sea. One of the bridges there was (if I ...
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Where is this tower, likely photographed in Belgium about 100 years ago?

This photograph is labelled as "restoration of a Belgian tower" and taken between 1920 and 1930, although both pieces of information might be wrong. However, it must have been taken before ...
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A swim to die for — where in the world can I do one?

Several years ago I entered the Escape From Alcatraz triathlon as I wanted to swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco. Source: http://www.dolphinclub.org/swimming/escape/ I was scheduled to go on a work ...
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One foot in Belgium and the other in the Netherlands?

I come across this photo in Facebook where the borderline between Belgium and the Netherlands is drawn in the ground splitting a house in two sides one side at each country. One can literally put one ...
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Is there a website listing the location of all the Windows 10 lock screens?

Windows 10 has an extensive collection of lock screen photos, many of which have prompted a question here on Travel.SE. Is there a website which lists the location of all of these photos? I imagine ...
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Where in the world can you tour a live nuclear reactor?

Are there nuclear plants that allow you to tour the facility and learn more about nuclear power while the plant is running?
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Longest uninhabited road segments

I am wondering about the road(s) where the traveller must travel the furthest to meet some (sort of) civilization, e.g. a place where they could get some food or help or some fuel, electricity, etc. ...
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What is the closest airport to the center of the city it serves?

Inspired by this, but the complete opposite: What is the most remote airport from the center of the city it supposedly serves? Personally, I can't think of anything closer than Adelaide Airport (ADL),...
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What on earth has yet to be explored?

To be clear, yes, we can see everything from Google Earth or other satellite imagery, but that doesn't mean we can explore it. GE can't see into forests, canyons and caves. Has every mountain been ...
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Any railway stations more than 1 change from London?

This question is just for curiosity, rather than for anything practical. Is there any railway station in the UK from which it is not possible to get to London with only 1 change? The obvious ...
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What is the longest stretch of the Autobahn that is guaranteed to have no speed limits?

I would like to rent a nice sports car this summer and go for a drive on the Autobahn. What is the longest stretch of the German highways that is guaranteed (short of a natural disaster) to have no ...
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Identifying a church by a lake and a railway line, claimed to be in the Canton of Lucerne

I'm trying to identify this place: According to metadata of two of the images they are taken in the Canton of Lucerne, and some other photographs from the same author are claimed or positively ...
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What is the cheapest regular-priced scheduled flight I can book and fly?

What is the cheapest (regular priced, scheduled) flight anywhere in the world, that I can book and fly? To be a bit more specific: by regular priced I mean: no error fares (Allitalia once had a ...
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Is this image, taken about 1900, actually from Nuremberg?

I'm trying to identify the place (and if possible the building, the church and the fountain) in this image: The image is labelled as a street in Nuremberg and taken between 1880 and 1912. However, I ...
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Where was this stock photo taken?

It's one of the background choices for Linux Mint. I tried doing a reverse Google image search and found this website, but it doesn't say where it was taken.
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What is the oldest building in the world still in use?

What is the oldest building or structure in the world that's still in regular use today? For the sake of the question, I'm not looking for something that still exists purely as a tourist attraction....
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Where this picture was taken ~100 years ago?

It probably was taken in Russia/Estonia/Latvia/Lithuania during Russian Civil War by one of my ancestors. I'm sure this place exists today - I saw it on the poster few years ago. But place was not ...
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What is this strange almost symmetrical location in Nevada?

We were looking at this and trying to establish what it is and if it's something interesting to travel to. However it looks like some crop circle-style icons south east of it, and evidence of ...
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Longest distance ordinary road sign?

Outside Narvik, Norway (at Gratangseidet north of Bjerkvik, at the border between Nordland and Troms) is a road sign indicating the distance to Kirkenes along the E6 as 1042 km: Kirkenes 1042 km ...
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Where was this photo taken? (Windows 10 lock screen) [duplicate]

Can someone point to a location, where this photograph was taken? It looks stunning! This is one of lockscreen wallpapers in Windows 10.
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Celebrating the same new year several times over?

Is there a commercial service offered to general public that allows you to celebrate the new year several times? The idea is that you would celebrate it in a time-zone and than move to the next one ...
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From what point could you view the most US states?

A fairly simple question: from what single point could you see the most US states? It seems like it should be a popular tourist attraction.
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Where can I try an autonomous driving car?

I heard that in the Netherlands there would soon be a self driving bus, and this would be the first sharing the road with other cars. There are also a couple of other places with autonomous cars, but ...
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Where is this building on a mountain in Planet Earth 2?

In the documentary Planet Earth 2, there is a view of a number of buildings on the peak of a mountain. The narration states: Today, in the Alps, human encroachment is changing the highest of ...
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Finding big cacti between Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles

I was wondering if there are any huge cacti like these: (I believe they're called Saguaro or something, but I guess similar cacti are fine too) that one can see (in the winter) somewhere along the ...
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Where in the world can I fly on a reduced-gravity aircraft as a tourist?

According to Wiki: A reduced-gravity aircraft is a type of fixed-wing aircraft that provides brief near-weightless environments for training astronauts, conducting research and making gravity-free ...
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Direct flights between cities with the same name

One can fly from London (YXU) to London (LHR) (via Toronto), from Glasgow (GGW) to Glasgow (GLA) (multiple stops), or from Moscow (PUW) to Moscow (SVO) (via Seattle). There are others (Sydney, ...
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Where in the world is this harbour town?

Does anyone know where the place depicted on this TV is? I'm hoping it's not a digital confabulation because it looks very nice and I'd like to visit: Image depicted is a product image of an LG ...
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Where is the largest road network that shares a landmass with, but is disconnected from, a larger ('main') road network? [closed]

Living in Europe I would imagine that in theory, and probably in practice, I could hit the road with a car and drive all the way to e.g. Malaysia, because the road network consists of "millions" of ...
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(Where) Can I go to a “sleeper” cinema?

I came upon an article going around Facebook which shows some unusual cinemas around the world. The first photo shows a number of movie-goers lying in beds watching a flick: The article offers sparse ...
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Is there any other country than Germany with no speed limits?

I'm very into road trips. Therefore I'm always looking for something special. I think it is very special that at least parts of Germany's highways have no speed limits. But since I live very close to ...
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Where can I visit Anthony Howe's amazing wind-powered kinetic sculptures?

Mesmerized by Anthony Howe's incredible kinetic sculptures, I wish to see them in real life to appreciate their 3D structure: Besides Washington's Orcas Island, where can I see them? What are the ...
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Where do I find this building in Tbilisi, Georgia?

I'm looking for this place in Tbilisi. Does anyone recognise this and can point me to the right way?
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Identifying a Romanesque church in France from a 1900s photo

I'm trying to identify this building: For completeness, this is the unrestored uncropped version: According to metadata, the image was taken in 1900-1910 and it is captioned as "facade of a ...
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Is the “dark and stormy lab” in which Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson developed Unix still in existence and preserved?

Is the "dark and stormy lab" in which Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson developed Unix still in existence and preserved as of the end of 2017? I might take a trip to USA someday and go visit that lab. ...
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Is there a tourist destination where the new year starts first and at the same time the old year ends last?

We were brainstorming where to celebrate the next new year. It would be fun if it is possible to be the first in the new year to then with minor traveling enjoy yet a bit of the old year. Is there ...
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What is the location of this Windows 10 wallpaper? [duplicate]

Saw this from Windows 10 wallpaper. Hope that someone can help find this - blue lake with snowy mountain. I want to go here one day! Looks very serene.
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Where can I find underwater slides?

Someone showed me a picture of an underwater slide from an image site a while back. This got me interested, as I love the sea. And drifting on a little current between fish sounded like heaven to me. ...
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Where on earth is this church which looks like a confused chicken?

This picture has been circulating on twitter and in the office. But it doesn't say where it is. Can anyone provide the church's location?
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What is the youngest new natural landmass that can be visited?

I recently visited the Vulcão dos Capelinhos, which is an extension of Faial Island in the Azores that erupted from the sea bed only 50 years ago. Visiting this area gives you a great sense of the ...
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Where do 5 or more U.S. counties meet in a single point?

The other day I was looking at a county map near my home in NE Georgia. I noticed that there is a point where 4 counties meet - Hall, Jackson, Gwinnett, and Barrow (see screenshot). This made me ...
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Which two countries are the most distant from each other in terms of number of flight segments?

For the purpose of this question, distance means the number of flight hops needed to get from one country to another, with the following conditions: Any two points within the two countries count, so ...
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What is the cheapest available freighter voyage anywhere?

Walking past a huge international shipyard twice today got me thinking about freighter travel. We have a couple of such questions on the site, but not many. Many people are surprised when they find ...
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What's the smallest non-capital city with a foreign consulate?

As an example, the city of Haifa (population 280k) has a Russian consulate in addition to the main embassy in Tel Aviv. The Haifa consulate is full fledged and can issue visas, not just an honorary ...
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Windows 10 Wallpaper - photo location [duplicate]

I've upgraded my laptop to Win10, and I have this wallpaper on my screen: I like this place and I wanted to know - where it exactly is? Search in Internet gave me this old post about windows ...

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