Carhenge – When Metal Meets Art

Roadside Sculpture

Source: History

Stonehenge is one of the world’s most well-known and mysterious monuments, but you don’t have to travel all the way to Salisbury, England in order to see it. As with most other European icons, the United States—more specifically Nebraska—has appropriated one of the continent’s most impressive artifacts for its own enjoyment. The small difference here? This Nebraskan Stonehenge is made out of cars.

Side View

Source: Carhenge

That’s right. If you happen to travel to Alliance, Nebraska, make sure to stop by Carhenge. As the name suggests, the monument is a replica of the famous Stonehenge but formed with discarded automobiles. Even so, this isn’t some kind of huckster tourist trap. The entire construction consists of 38 different vehicles, all of which are painfully arranged to form a 100-foot wide circle that emulates the actual arrangement found at Stonehenge. Most impressive of all is that Carhenge is the brainchild of just one man – artist Jim Reinders.

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Fall Back Into The Future With This Steampunk Bar

Clockwork Faces

Source: Freshome

How would you like to belly up to this unique bar and order a drink? The Romanian steampunk pub, Joben Bistro, takes this trend and runs full steam ahead with it. From the first step into the bistro, you are whisked away into the retro-futuristic romance of the steampunk scene. The pub itself is a fantastical work of art that leaves the time-travel seeking patron in want of nothing.

Steampunk Bar Main Counter

Source: Freshome

Dystopian futures and science fiction are nothing new; these themes have existed for more than a hundred years and in nearly as many incarnations. One of the fastest growing offshoots of this is Steampunk, a science fiction and fantasy sub genre featuring technology based on the 19th century harnessing of steam power.

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Australia’s Creepy Doll Hospital

Doll Head Wash

Source: Daily Mail

For some of us, dolls are sinister, nightmare-inducing creatures with distant, glassy eyes that follow us around while they plot our demise in their little doll heads. Maybe these fears stem from a childhood misgiving, like cutting off most of P.J. Sparkle’s hair and dyeing it a magical shade of florescent that can only be achieved with a stolen green highlighter. Seemed like a good idea at the time, but what we ended up with was a deranged, wild-eyed goblin baby that vowed to eat us the next time we succumbed to slumber.

Still, there are some who regard dolls as a cherished childhood toy that embodies love and security. Those people are whom Australia’s Doll Hospital caters to. In a warehouse stacked to the ceiling with accumulated doll parts, “head doll surgeon” Geoff Chapman works to restore ragged childhood dolls to their former glory, repairing the silent victims of sibling rivalry or a teething puppy. He is the third-generation owner of the hospital, which started as an offshoot of a general store that received a shipment of damaged dolls.

Fair warning -in this hospital for broken dolls, there are things that can’t be unseen.

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The World According To Japan

Japanese World Map 1853

Finding itself smack-dab in the middle of the known world, this 1853 map proves that ethnocentrism isn’t a uniquely American phenomenon. At this point in time, Japan was run by the Tokuguwa shogunate, the last feudal military government of its kind. It was during this period that the shogunate ended its isolationist trade policies and, as the map suggest, really opened itself up to the rest of the world.

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