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For A Creepy Fall Break, Head To These Haunted Bed And Breakfasts

When most think of “getting away from it all,” the last thing that comes to mind is a weekend in The Shining hotel. But since vacationing is really about re-awakening the senses, for some there is no better a way to achieve that than by getting a little scared. If you fall into that camp, you might try these haunted destinations:

Tudor Gothic Mansion, Washington State

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Thornewood Castle was handpicked by Steven King for the setting of Rose Red. Photo by Joe Mabel. Source: Wikimedia

This 1911 Tudor Gothic mansion was once the home of Charles ‘Chester’ Thorne, a wealthy bank president, community leader, and one of the three founders of Port Tacoma in Washington State.

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25 Ancient Maps That Make Modern Ones Look Very Boring

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Maps weren’t always sourced from the likes of Google or Apple. In fact, maps weren’t even always printed on paper. Whether etched into brass, carved into tomb ceilings, or drawn onto deerskins, ancient maps show us not merely how different our ancestors’ technology and knowledge were, but how differently they saw the world.

Sure, the ancients knew little or nothing of the New World and thought there was a massive southern continent there to balance out the lands of the north. And sure, even if the ancients were aware of the whole globe, they didn’t have the tools to accurately survey it. But the differences between modern maps and ancient maps are far deeper than that.

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Your World This Week, Volume XVII

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Virtual Reality World Travel, Courtesy Of Google

While you and many others may have missed it, Google has been in the virtual reality game since last year. Google Cardboard is just as simple as its name makes it sound: a basic, cardboard device encases your smartphone–putting its screen right in front of your eyes and blocking out all other visual stimuli–to create a virtual reality headset. Several Google apps and a number of open source developer apps have taken advantage of the Cardboard platform.

And now, Google’s virtual reality arm has, fittingly, been paired with its world travel arm: Google Maps. Users can now see street views like never before–as if they were actually there, on a virtual tour of the world. See more at Popular Mechanics.

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