Browsing All posts tagged under »Unusual«

4 Unusual Geography Facts

December 14, 2012


We’re certain you’ve never heard these strange pieces of geographic trivia.  MarketMAPS shares 4 unusual geography facts.    The Shortest Place Name In both Sweden and Norway, there is a town with a rather simple name: “Å.”  In Scandinavian, Å means river, which is why both the Norwegians and the Swedes have towns with this […]

From Janitor to Factory Owner: American Manufacturing Makes a Comeback

March 1, 2012


No one could imagine more humble beginnings than that of a factory janitor who never went to college.  Tony Lee, after a stint in the army, took a job as a janitor at an Eaton Corp. factory in Massillon, Ohio in 1997.  Today, he’s co-owner of Ring Masters, a company that makes engine rings for […]

New York’s Parks Go Underground

February 29, 2012


A group of New Yorkers are looking to add to diversity to New York’s long list of famous parks.  Inspired by the transformation of an abandoned railway on the west side of Manhattan into the High Line urban park, they are hoping to do something similar on the Lower East Side — only this time, underground.  […]

New Yorker Creates Guitars out of the “Bones of the City”

February 24, 2012


In New York’s West Village, a developer is transforming the iconic Chelsea Hotel.  But one man isn’t going to let the building’s historic materials go to waste.  Rick Kelly, owner of Carmine Street Guitars, builds instruments from what he calls “the bones of old New York City” — white pine boards salvaged from some of […]

Tombside Tea at New Lucky Restaurant

December 20, 2011


In India, people have a spiritual connection with their dead often as strong as they do with the living. And at one restaurant they even share lunch. At New Lucky Restaurant of Ahmadabad, India, customers come for the milk tea, but stay for the view. Green painted tomb stones pave the floor of the restaurant, […]

Unusual Business: Giant Toilet Builds Traffic

November 21, 2011


For one Finnish restaurant, business is going down the toilet. Built in 1933 for the bustling number of shoppers present at Turku’s giant marketplace, this giant toilet remained actively used until 1986, making a name for itself as a famous landmark due to its immense size and odd shape. After its retirement, instead of being […]

Unusual Business- Bizarre Locations Around the World

November 1, 2011


It goes without saying that Starbucks, Subway, Burger King, and McDonalds are some of the biggest franchises in the world.   You’re used to seeing them on just about every block in America. But considering all of the existing buildings and culture in most other parts of the world, do you ever wonder where these […]