Some things (like a Lost episode or the freeway system) really only make sense in context. So what about our lives today is mostly likely to cause a confused archeologist 1,000 years in the future to give up in despair?
Oh, this is rather impressive. Behold Ruin, a cryptic 8.5-minute short film by the folks at Oddball Animation. In the post-apocalypse of Ruin, nature has reclaimed entire cities. Humans are still around, but verdant metropolises aren't as empty as they seem. Seriously, you'll want to give this animated short a whirl —…
If you ever find yourself 60 miles north of Vladivostok in the city of Ussuriysk, you can visit the crumbling Vozdvizhenka Air Base, where gutted planes sit in the open for trespassers to explore. Crazily enough, security's nonexistent here.
The Japanese theme park Gulliver's Kingdom was only open from 1997-2001 before a lack of visitors shuttered it. Until its decaying remains were demolished in 2007, the park and its 147-foot-long Lemuel Gulliver statue were prime destinations for urban explorers.
Now that J.J. Abrams' time-traveling prisoner series Alcatraz is locked in for Fridays next fall, let's take a look at the show's abandoned penitentiary setting, which has since been turned into a tourist attraction after closing in 1963.
70 or so feet underneath London's streets lies the unused mail rail system, a hard to reach subterranean system of postal tracks, cloistered away from human eyes. That is, until a gang of intrepid urban explorers cracked a secret entrance.
In China, the development of residential and retail property in certain regions outstrips the government's ability to keep these buildings occupied. An Australian film crew recently visited China's vacant real estate and saw these strangely silent cities firsthand.
In Inner Mongolia lies the mostly empty planned city of Ordos. The area was built for 1 million residents, but thanks to Ordos' cost of living, almost nobody lives there. Check out sparse photographs of this empty city.
In 1958, the United States tested the 18-kiloton "Cactus" nuclear device on Runit Island in the Pacific. 20 years later, Cactus' 350-foot-wide crater was filled with radioactive soil and covered with a 100,000-square-foot concrete dome. Worst vacation ever?
In northeastern Ohio, there's a bucolic airplane graveyard filled with the decaying remains of old jets, like this Vought F7U Cutlass. Here's an eerie video of these rotting old birds.
Are you an enterprising crime lord looking to house 50 stories worth of henchmen? Why don't you check the Sathorn Unique ghost skyscraper in Bangkok, Thailand? No one lives there, and it's got a rooftop terrace perfect for villainous showdowns.
Photographer Jim Lo Scalzo has captured the scorched earth beauty of America's coal country. In the photo montage "Ghosts in the Hollow," Scalzo navigates through fog, Centralia fumes, and old coal sluices. No wonder The Road was filmed out there.
When Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, one of its victims was Six Flags New Orleans, which was flooded for a month after the storm. The park has been closed indefinitely since then, but urban explorers will still venture in.
Japan's Nara Dreamland amusement park, which strongly resembles California's Disneyland, opened its doors in 1961 and shuttered them in 2006. Since then, this ghostly pastel fairground has grown to resemble the ethereal carnival in Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away.
Russian photographer Slesarev Oleg Victorovitch took these photos of Gagra, a once-thriving resort town on the coast of Black Sea. Gagra was a palatial tourist destination until 1992, when the area was at the forefront of the War in Abkhazia.
For much of the 20th century, New York's "Freedom Tunnel" was an unused rail tunnel that housed a homeless community and the occasional graffiti tagger. Trains run through the tunnel nowadays, but metro-spelunkers still venture down into this underground cathedral.
Navel Land (yes, it's spelled "navel") is an abandoned maritime-themed amusement park in Arao, Japan. It's filled with aquariums, creepy sculptures, and dilapidation.
We recently posted about Michigan's Prehistoric Forest, a dilapidated amusement park full of decaying fiberglass dinosaurs. Berlin has its own defunct dinosaur funland - the Spreepark - which fell on hard times after the collapse of communism.