The town of Why, Arizona was originally known as just “Y” due to the Y-shaped intersection of two roads. It changed its name to “Why” due to an Arizona state law requiring town names to be at least 3 letters long.
Point Nemo is over 1000 miles away from civilization, making it the least accessible place on Earth. The closest people to Point Nemo are usually astronauts aboard the ISS. Also, it is used as a ‘cemetery’ for spacecraft, because life cannot survive near it due to a lack of nutrients.
Lake Malawi in Malawi, Tanzania, and Mozambique, the fourth-largest freshwater lake in the world, is called the “Calendar Lake”, because it is 365 miles from top to bottom, 52 miles at its widest point, and 12 main rivers flow into the lake.
The town of Bridal Veil in Oregon maintains a functional post office despite not having had any permanent residents for more than three decades. This is because several thousand couples go out of their way each year to mail their wedding invitations from Bridal Veil for the unique postmark.
Italy has an infamous “monster park” called the Gardens of Bomarzo filled with disturbing statues carved by a Renaissance-era mad genius.
Le Palais Ideal, a castle of stones, was built single handedly over 33 years by postman Ferdinand Cheval. He had no architectural training, but after tripping over an interestingly shaped rock on his mail route he was reminded of a dream he once had of such a palace and made it his life’s work.
There is a town in Japan that is filled with scarecrows. Basically the entire town has left or died and this woman has filled this tiny town with handmade scarecrows.
The Tulsa Center of the Universe is an acoustic anomaly located in Oklahoma. When one stands in the center of the circle and makes a noise, that noise is echoed back several times louder than it was made, but no one standing outside the circle can hear a thing.
Mavis Grind in Shetland is the only place in Britain where you can toss a stone across land from the North Sea to the Atlantic Ocean.