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gimghoul castle

from secret societies posted in history by pete_nice

Built in 1924 out of 1300 tons of rough stone, this castle is the home of the University of North Carolina secret society known as the Order of Gimghoul.

The Gimghoul Castle (also known as the Hippol Castle) has an origin tale stemming from an 18-year old student, Peter Dromgoole, supposedly killed in a duel over a fair maiden at the location. His blood is said to have stained a rock that guards the castle's entrance to this day. There are other versions of this story that are equally melodramatic.

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the highway on the ok computer album cover

from radiohead posted in music by nevereatshreddedwheat

All credit to reddit for this where a sleuth worked out the location of the highway intersection on the cover of Radiohead's OK Computer using the expanded artwork from the 20th anniversary re-release, a forum for people really into highways and surprisingly not an obsessive amount of time. It's I-84 and I-91 in Hartford, CT if you want to have a visit.

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the walled off hotel

from banksy posted in art and design by nevereatshreddedwheat

Banksy's Walled Off Hotel, (yes, an actual hotel where you can book an overnight stay) opened in Bethlehem in March of 2017 directly next to the wall separating the state of Israel from Palestine. Guests can occupy rooms decorated by Banksy and other artists, or the budget-conscious traveller can choose a room 'outfitted with surplus items from an Israeli military barracks.'

An art gallery and a piano bar featuring player piano compositions by Massive Attack, Trent Reznor and others are open daily to the public, and at the Wall-Mart next door you can buy graffiti supplies to add your own mark to the separating wall.

Find out more here about Banksy's Walled Off Hotel.

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wrangel island

from mammoths, extinction posted in history by pete_nice

Located in the Arctic Ocean off the Siberian coast, Wrangel Island is thought to be the last known location for wooly mammoths.

Research indicates that the mammoths were inhabiting the island as late as 2000 BC, which is nearly 5,000 years after they are thought to have gone extinct on the mainland.

Today, Wrangel Island is home to a weather station and to Chukchi (indigenous Arctic) fishing villages.

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dar al islam

from brother ali, tupac shakur posted in music by nevereatshreddedwheat

The video for Brother Ali’s 'Never Learn,' a single off his 2017 album All the Beauty in This Whole Life, is set at Dar al Islam, a Muslim retreat and resource center in New Mexico.

Watch Brother Ali hang out with a white horse in the video for 'Never Learn.'

Tupac's video for 'I Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto,' released in 1997 as his first posthumous single, was also filmed at Dar al Islam (labeled in the video as located in Rukahs, New Mexico... Shakur spelled backward).

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