Weird Islands That Will Leave You Scratching ...
You thought we were done with man-made islands? Wrong! Taking nearly 50 years to the build, this French fortification/concrete island was no easy project. By the time the French military was done building it in 1857, however, advancements in gun technology had made its military and tactical advantages obsolete. Yes, you guessed it…it was then turned into a prison.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Another man made island, this one was unintentional. Thanks to ocean currents most of the garbage dumped in the Pacific ends up in one place. That place also happens to be twice the size of the United States. Don’t go looking for this island on Google Earth though, because you won’t find it. Most of the debris is small plastic particles that have broken down and sit just below the surface.
Starting with the Romans who sent all of their plaque victims to this island near Venice, for most of history it has been a dumping ground for the sick and diseased. In 1922 a mental hospital was built on the island and according to legend some crazy experiments took place. You may have guessed it but today the island is uninhabited and none of the locals even want to visit.
North Sentinel Island
Great Blue Hole
The floating islands of Lake Titicaca
Entirely man made, these floating island are woven together out of reeds by a local tribe called the Uros. A long time ago the tribe likely made these floating islands their home in order to avoid trouble with other local tribes. These days the Uros still inhabit the floating islands and make their living off of fishing and tourism.
Today this former Japanese mining colony resembles a deserted battleship, but at one point in history it was actually the most densely populated place on the planet. The Japanese crammed it full of forced laborers from China and Korea during WWII. As you can probably guess, visiting the island can be quite a spooky experience.
At first glance this island found near Alexandria Bay in New York looks like any old island with some run down cottages. However, it’s actually the home of the infamous Skull and Bones undergraduate secret society of Yale University. For those of you who don’t know, many former politicians and presidents were members.
Ilha de Queimada Grande
Let’s review, there were HORSES, rabbits, cats, and now…snakes! Located about 90 miles from Sao Paulo, Brazil this island is infested with venomous snakes. And these aren’t just any venomous snakes…they’re extremely venomous snakes! In fact the Brazilian Navy has forbidden anyone from even landing on the island due to the danger.
The Isola La Gaiola
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Weird Islands That Will Leave You Scratching Your Head
Life is strange. Islands are stranger. Or at least they have the potential to be thanks to isolation. From shipwrecked HORSES to obligatory gas masks, these are 25 weird islands that will leave you scratching your head.
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