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    The mystery of the Arctic ghost ship: Abandoned 1914 cargo vessel SS Baychimo drifted for decades - but is she still out there?

    Somewhere out there a phantom ship could well be drifting, having roamed the seas without a crew for decades.She was last seen in 1969, 38 years after she was abandoned in the Arctic – but since then no one has laid eyes on the SS Baychimo.Her fate, to this day, is unknown and she endures as one of the most mysterious ghost ships of modern times. She was last seen in 1969, 38 years after she was abandoned in the Arctic – but since then no one has laid eyes on the SS Baychimo, picturedIn 2006 the Alaskan government expressed ...

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    S&M shows and an 'anything goes policy': Inside the secret Hollywood Eyes Wide Shut-style 'erotica' club that promises to be a 'naughty experience'

    A secret 'erotica' club with an 'anything goes' policy aimed at Hollywood stars is set to open its doors.The exclusive private members club - a cross between steamy Tom Cruise movie Eyes Wide Shut and a speakeasy from the roaring 20s - will only open once a month and promises to be a 'decadent and naughty' experience.Celebrities including supermodel Janice Dickinson, reality star Shanna Moakler and actress Ivana Horvat are already fans and popstar Lady GaGa - queen of erotica - is rumored to be attending in December. Owner Alan Dunn (far left) is pictured here with supermodel Janice Dickinson ...

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    World’s most dangerous countries revealed: 'Risk maps' show that it’s Finland, Norway and Iceland you should head to if you want a trouble-free holiday

    Before you book your next holiday, you might like to examine how dangerous your destination is.A new interactive ‘Travel Risk Map’ for 2018 reveals which countries are the riskiest in terms of road safety, security and medical matters.Finland, Norway and Iceland have the lowest rankings for all three categories, while most of Africa is deemed very dangerous for road safety and security. This map, by International SOS and Control Risks, shows the places most likely to put your health at risk. Low risk countries are marked in green, medium in yellow, high in orange, very high in red and those that ...

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    The stunning beauty of RURAL Hong Kong revealed: Incredible photographs unveil a majestic world beyond the skyscrapers

    It is, of course, known as a vibrant, densely-populated urban hub. But the Chinese territory of Hong Kong is so much more than skyscrapers, shopping and global commerce - as a series of dramatic new images reveal.Designed to showcase an alternative view of the world-famous spot, this insightful collection focuses on the lesser-known rural areas rich in natural beauty.The images, which have been taken by some of Hong Kong's best, up-and-coming photographers, depict star-filled skies on a remote island, a sea of clouds on a tranquil mountaintop and a range of majestic peaks. Among the participants are landscape photographer and winner of ...

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    Impressive holiday snaps! Brave snorkeller gets VERY close to deadly crocodile in bid for stunning images of the dangerous predator

    Most people would flee if they came in close proximity to a deadly animal.But one brave snorkeller ignored his survival instinct - and, as a result, captured crystal clear images of a crocodile almost smiling for the camera.Robert Smits, 34, was swimming in the mangroves of Jardines de la Reina, Cuba, when he spotted the fierce-looking reptile and decided it was the perfect photo opportunity.  Up close and personal:  Robert Smits, 34, pictured swimming in the mangroves of Jardines de la Reina, Cuba, with the animalDetermined to record the incident, the bold traveller, from Kapellen in Belgium, fearlessly engaged with ...

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    The not-so-friendly skies! Terrifying moment commercial plane is struck by HUGE lightning bolt just moments after taking-off

    If you suffer a fear of flying, look away now.Because this is the dramatic moment a commercial carrier suffers a direct lightning hit - just moments after launching into the skies.  Footage shows the commercial carrier being struck mid-air while carrying countless passengers from Amsterdam's Schipol Airport.  Direct hit: KLM plane suffered the strike after departing from Amsterdam's Schipol AirportThankfully, the KLM aircraft - a Boeing 777 - successfully continued its journey, despite the electrically-charged weather system.In fact, as reported by RT.com, the plane is said to have landed on-time at Lima airport some 12 hours and 40 minutes later. MailOnline ...

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    The rise of the 'ground-scraper': Drone footage shows £345million quarry hotel inching towards completion after 11 years

    It has been work in progress since 2006.And, finally, it seems that the InterContinental Shimao hotel in Shanghai, China, is inching towards the first major stage of completion - as new footage reveals.Filmed by Asia's Pear Video, the most up-to-date scenes show the venue's exterior taking shape just six months ahead of the £345million resort's reported opening in May 2018. In progress: Work continues to build the InterContinental Shimao hotel in Songjiang district of Shanghai, east ChinaAfter years of hard work from a team of 5,000 construction staff, the epic project is seen beginning to resemble the original artist's impression ...

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    Wasn't Halloween last month? Eerie images show abandoned house in rural Belgium frozen still after owner deserted it decades ago

    Halloween may have been and gone, this year.But, for those brave enough to visiting rural Belgium, every day has the potential be spooky - especially if they visit a particular property in the city of Liege.There, a fearless photographer has captured images of an abandoned home, which looks frozen in time as if a modern-day mausoleum - complete with cobweb-covered trophies and discarded crucifixes. Abandoned: Once-treasured trophies fill a spooky home in the city of Liege, Belgium, which was captured on film this month Eerie: A person's jacket appears to have been placed on a single bed - then never ...

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    It'll grow on you! Inside the bizarre mushroom-shaped house which is on the market for £1.1million

    It's not your typical, garden-variety home. But, despite this, the property designed to resemble a mushroom is clearly considered a rich picking - after going on the market for nearly £1.2million, this month.The unusual structure, which is situated in Pleasantville, New York, boasts a prime location just fifty minutes north of Manhattan and is attracting serious attention for its quirky aestehtic, which can be seen in full thanks to new estate agent pictures. Quirky: The building at 11 Orchard Brook Drive, Pleasantville, NY, has gone on the market for nearly £1.2million ($1.5million)Incredible images show the open-plan interior of the building at ...

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    From waterfalls and wildlife to the elusive Northern Lights: Stunning drone footage captures the natural beauty of Iceland in all its glory

    From deep gorges to the elusive northern lights, new drone footage shows the mesmerising beauty of Iceland.A team of filmmakers trekked across the volcano-ridden country to capture a range of unique landscapes from the air, earlier this year.Now, in a five-minute long video titled The North Awakens, viewers are taken on a breathtaking flight, soaring above icy glaciers and rugged cliffsides.  A team of filmmakers trekked across Iceland to capture a range of unique landscapes from the air. This shot shows a fast-slowing river from above with the icy waters shining a vivid blue Iceland boasts a dramatic black landscape with ...

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    Escape to Bear Mountain for some real self-reflection - but just don't forget to tip your hat in respect

    It is said that sailors still tip their hats as they approach the Bear Mountain Bridge for fear of the creatures that haunt the deepest part of the Hudson River, known rather ominously as the Word’s End’. Legend goes that ships not showing due respect would be swallowed up in a rage of waves never to be seen again. The beauty of Bear Mountain is reflected back in the clear waters of the Hudson RiverDespite the fact I found myself approaching the bridge in a car, desperately trying to work out if google maps was telling us to take the first ...

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    'People think we've lost the plot': Couple with two toddlers detail how they're QUITTING their careers and selling everything to travel the world

    In a bid to prove that parenthood doesn't mean the end of adventure, one couple have told how they are quitting their jobs and selling all of their possessions to travel the world with their two young children.Kerri and Joe 'Smith' (renamed upon request), who are currently based in the New Forest in South England, say that many people stop travelling when they have a family because of 'misconceptions or preconceived ideas'.However, the adventurous parents are determined to prove naysayers wrong and they have been putting together a bucket list of activities to get stuck into next year with their ...

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    Now that's a room with a view! Iceland's stunning 'bubble' hotel where guests star-gaze from the luxury of their own transparent pods

    Most people want a hotel room with a view.But, for holiday-makers planning a trip to rural Iceland, that needn't be a concern - especially if they're staying in one of the region's so-called bubble pods.Located at the 5 Million Star Hotel, in Skalholt, near the river Hvítá, each room plunges guests into the heart of nature where they can star-gaze without stepping foot outside. Now that's cool! The 5 Million Star Hotel, in Iceland's Skalholt, offer guests the chance to stay in clear - yet private - podsCompletely clear spheres that are designed for maximum sight-seeing, each 'bubble' allows guests ...

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    What lies beneath is very bizarre: From leafy sea dragons to monstrous worms, the world's strangest sea creatures revealed

    Forget the zombie apocalypse, UFOs, ghosts, ghouls and aliens.Lurking beneath the waves of the earth's oceans are a range of creatures so terrifying and strange you'd think they'd been created in the pages of a science fiction novel.Think mammals with flippers, furry crabs and big-fanged fish and an octopus that can change its appearance.Some are gentle giants, others are small and venomous, but all are extraordinary looking. Most live deep down in the depths of the ocean and many have rarely been seen in the flesh by humans.From the blobfish - also known as 'the world's ugliest animal' - to the ...

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    From abandoned strip clubs to crumbling love hotels: Fascinating photographs capture the darkly enchanting side to modern Japan

    Japan is known for its bright, throbbing cities – but look hard enough and there are dark, abandoned abodes and attractions to be discovered.Photographer Shane Thoms has captured some of these darkly enchanting places in a stunning new book – Haikyo: The Modern Ruins of Japan, published by CarpetBombingCulture.Thoms, from Melbourne, Australia, has captured a bizarre and mysterious world where mini jungles sprout and discarded furniture litters dusty buildings laden with foreboding.The haunting locations include an abandoned slot parlour in Saitama Prefecture, an abandoned strip club in Okayama Prefecture and a former love hotel in Chiba Prefecture.Thoms says that he ...

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