Category Archives: Europe

The global network of subsea digital communication cables and the coastal hub cities that stand to benefit from them

Despite the fanfare surrounding satellite networks, subsea cables still transmit 99 percent of all data between continents. Much like the interstate highway system, airline networks, and railways, undersea global communication cables form a hub and spoke system, albeit being somewhat … Continue reading

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Full city/town-to-city/town anagrams

Shown in alphabetical order by larger city (town) by population on the left and smaller one on the right. As there are likely many more examples of full city/town anagrams, please feel free to forward any not listed for inclusion. … Continue reading

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American and Canadian Cities with the Most Roundabouts – UPDATED

Guest post by Dan T. – Thank you, Dan! [Note: To most people, the terms traffic circle, rotary, and roundabout are synonyms, but not to traffic engineers. Engineers usetraffic circle as a generic term for all circular intersections, while rotaries … Continue reading

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Serenading flags worldwide that depict the Moon

As a follow-up to the previous post on flags from around the planet that depict the Sun, here is a list of those with the Moon on them. In nearly all cases, the Moon is depicted as a crescent shape … Continue reading

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“Here Comes the Sun” displayed on flags worldwide

Listed below are those nations, tribal nations, states, provinces, counties, and cities whose flag depicts the sun. Some of my favorites are shown throughout the post. There are likely more examples from around the globe, so as always any additions, … Continue reading

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The overuse of castle-centric Medieval design

If there is one aspect of classic architecture that does not appear to transfer well into many modern land use applications, it’s the Medieval castle. All too often, at least here in the United States, castle-oriented architecture is the only … Continue reading

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Wolf Alice proves that great rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well

London-based rock band Wolf Alice released their third full-length album, Blue Weekend, on June 4th to rave reviews by their fans and by the critics. In fact, as of June 6th, Blue Weekend has the highest composite score on Metacritic … Continue reading

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World’s tallest beach resort and condo skyscrapers

Some of these sky-high resort hotels and condominiums are so tall it seems as if the occupants are trying to see across the entire ocean over to the next continent. The towers that are included are those marketed towards vacationers, … Continue reading

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Cities/towns with sequential first and last letters in their name

After scanning wikipedia pages for every nation on the planet, it was surprising to learn that some sequential first and last letter combinations either don’t exist or the communities were they do are so small they didn’t register on the … Continue reading

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Seaport suburbs of major inland cities

Some of the largest cities in the world are located a relatively short distance inland. As a result, their primary seaport developed at a coastal suburb instead. Secondarily, several of these cities once had harbors, but due to their shallow … Continue reading

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