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A collection of interesting articles from Amusing Planet’s archives.

How The Military Hid The Lockheed Burbank Aircraft Plant

During World War II, in an effort to disguise the facility and ward off enemy fire, officials at Burbank's Lockheed Air Terminal (now known as Bob Hope Airport ) took the unusual but highly effective step of covering the entire airport with strategically placed camouflage netting. Up from the air, in the eyes of the enemy, the entire area looked like a rural subdivision.

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Carhenge: The Stonehenge of Vintage American Cars

Carhenge is a curious replica of England’s Stonehenge constructed of old American cars, located near the city of Alliance, Nebraska on the High Plains. It was the brainchild of Jim Reinders, who constructed it as a memorial to his father in 1987. Carhenge has since become a tourist destination, drawing as many as 80,000 visitors annually to the site.

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The Abandoned Remains of the Superconducting Super Collider

Long before the Large Hadron Collider was even sketched out on paper, the US Department of Defense embarked on an ambitious project of creating the world’s largest particle accelerator. Construction on the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC), as it was named, began on 1991 in the vicinity of Waxahachie, Texas. Its planned ring circumference was 87.1 kilometers with an energy of 20 TeV per beam of protons – numbers that surpasses those of the now operational Large Hadron Collider by a factor of three (27 kilometer with an energy of 7TeV per beam) .

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Unclaimed Baggage Center: A Retail Store of Lost Luggage

Ever wondered what happens to lost airline baggage? It ends up in Scottsboro in Alabama, the United States at the Unclaimed Baggage Center. The store's concept of reselling of lost or unclaimed airline luggage has received national attention over the years, including mentions on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Late Night with David Letterman and the Today show.

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Son Doong, The World’s Largest Cave

Hang Son Doong cave, sometimes called simply Son Doong, is a cave in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam, that is believed to be the largest discovered till now.

The cave is five times larger than the Phong Nha cave, previously considered the biggest cave in Vietnam. The biggest chamber of Son Doong is over five kilometers in length, 200 meters high and 150 meters wide. With these dimensions, Son Doong overtakes Deer Cave in Malaysia to take the title of the world's largest cave.

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Matthew Albanese Creates Dramatic Landscapes Out of Ordinary Items

New Jersey-based artist Matthew Albanese creates astonishingly detailed small-scale miniatures landscapes out of ordinary household items such as spices, cotton, colored paper, ink and glasses. He then photographs them using forced perspective techniques to create stunning landscapes you wouldn’t believe if I tell you were created in his living room. From grassy fields, to tornadoes and volcanoes - Matthew Albanese has done it all.

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Disturbingly Beautiful Macro Photos of Eyes by Suren Manvelyan

Physics teacher Suren Manvelyan took these portraits of eyes using his friends, colleagues and pupils as models. For the first time these intensely detailed shots provide a microscopic look at the human eye structure, providing viewers with a different perspective of its complexity.

'I was not aware they are of such complicated appearance. Everyday we see hundreds of eyes but do not even suspect they have such beautiful structure, like surfaces of unknown planets.'

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