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Road mismatch, Tarapacá, Chile

February 17th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Road mismatch somewhere in Chile

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Motorway (M96) that doesn’t really exist, Moreton-In-Marsh, England

February 10th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Motorway M96 that does not exist - used by Fire Service Training College.

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Pretty crossroad “clover”, Niedersachsen, Germany

February 9th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Pretty crossroad "clover" somewhere in Germany

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Road to nowhere (Hurricane Mesa Test Facility), Southern Utah, USA

February 1st, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

"Hurricane Mesa Test Facility is owned and operated by Aircraft Interior Products Propulsion Systems. It is the nation's only privately-owned supersonic test track.

Located atop Hurricane Mesa near St. George in Southern Utah, the 12,000 ft. track is fully capable of handling propulsion velocities up to supersonic. The track level is at 5,100 MSL with the muzzle terminating at a 500-foot vertical cliff. The sloping terrain of the mesa provides an additional drop of 1,000 ft. to the valley floor below."

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The Magic Roundabout in Swindon, England

December 28th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Magic Roundabout in Swindon, England, was constructed in 1972 and consists of one large roundabout containing five mini-roundabouts. It is located near the County Ground, home of Swindon Town F.C. Its name comes from the popular children's television series, The Magic Roundabout.

It is an innovative system which was constructed after consultation with the British Road Research Laboratory. Traffic flow around the larger, inner roundabout is actually anti-clockwise, whereas traffic flows in the usual clockwise manner around the five mini-roundabouts and the outer loop.

Although the complex comes as a shock to the newcomer it is simple enough to traverse if each mini-roundabout is approached as a separate entity in turn. Local and regular users are proficient at traversing the complex which offers multiple paths between feeder roads. The flow rate of the complex is still highly impressive and is reckoned to be better than a modern junction could offer. Virtually the same overall configuration has been in place for over 30 years.

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Sniper Alley, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

December 7th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

"Sniper Alley" is the informal name for the main boulevard in Sarajevo which during the Bosnian War was lined with snipers' posts, and became infamous as a dangerous place for civilians to traverse. The road connects the industrial part of the city to the Old Town's cultural and historic sites. The boulevard itself has many high-rise buildings giving sniper shooters extensive fields of fire.

Mountains surrounding the city were also used for sniper positions, providing a safe distance and giving an excellent view on the city and its traffic. Although the city was under constant siege, its people still had to move about the city in order to survive, thus routinely risking their lives. Signs reading "Pazi – Snajper!" ("Watch out – Sniper!") became common. People would either run fast across the street or would wait for United Nations armored vehicles and walked behind them, using them as shields. According to data gathered in 1995, the snipers wounded 1,030 persons and killed 225, 60 of whom were children.

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Via Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles, California, USA

October 12th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Rodeo Drive (pronounced Spanish: "ro-DAY-oh") is a famous three-block long stretch of boutiques and shops in Beverly Hills, California, United States. It is known as one of the most expensive shopping districts in the world. The center divide on this street was a horse path until the early 1950s, thus the name, but the shopping district as presently constituted developed in the 1970s. The business district, though small, is at once an exclusive shopping district, but also a major tourist attraction. The "Rodeo Drive" business district also includes those businesses on the streets that lie for a few blocks in either direction. Some of the more famous retailers include Giorgio Armani, BCBG Max Azria, Bally, Bijan, BVLGARI, Burberry, Gucci, Cartier, Celine, Chanel, Christian Dior, Coach, Dolce and Gabbana, Fendi, Geary's, Harry Winston, Hermes, Lacoste, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sergio Rossi, St. John, Tiffany & Co., Tod's, Valentino, Versace, and Yves Saint-Laurent.

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Lombard Street, San Francisco, USA

October 2nd, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Lombard Street is an east-west street in San Francisco, California. It is famous for having a steep, one-block section that consists of tight hairpin turns.

Lombard Street begins at The Presidio and runs west through the Cow Hollow neighborhood. For 12 blocks between Broderick Street and Van Ness Avenue, it is a principal arterial road that is co-signed as U.S. Route 101. Lombard Street then travels through the Russian Hill and Telegraph Hill neighborhoods, before terminating at The Embarcadero as a collector road.

Lombard Street is best known for one block on Russian Hill between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets, in which the roadway has eight sharp turns (or switchbacks) that have earned the street the distinction of being "the crookedest [most winding] street in the United States." (Vermont St. between 20th St and 22nd St near the San Francisco General Hospital may be steeper, but has only seven turns, and is in a much less picturesque location.) The Powell-Hyde cable car line stops at the top of this block.

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