Mysterious Places Stuck in Time, Curated by Lonely Planet

We got together with our friends at Lonely Planet to curate a travel reel featuring the creepiest abandoned places on Earth, just in time for Halloween. Join us as we tour California's most haunted mansion, explore the lush greenery amid crumbling buildings on an abandoned island, and do our best to avoid the curse of Mexico's doll island.

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The Amazon’s Boiling River Kills Anything That Enters

When Andrés Ruzo was a boy, his grandfather would tell him tales of a mythical city of gold deep in the heart of the Peruvian jungle. Though never believing the stories to be true, the legend of the lost city stuck with him into adulthood. Years later, as a geothermal scientist, Ruzo decided to investigate. To his surprise, he discovered an incredulous river deep in the Amazon, with water hot enough to kill a human. Historically a place of pilgrimage for shamans and sorcerers, the river now faces increasing threats from poachers, loggers and squatters. Now, Ruzo is working hard to protect it.


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How Big is Facebook?

Learn the true history and size of Facebook as well as its impact on society. Currently still in Europe, so enjoy this video in the mean time.

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Why Some Countries Are Poor and Others Rich

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Message In a Flipbook: How Inmates Stay Connected to Family

Without access to the internet or social media, inmates miss a lot of the special moments shared between family and friends online. To make up for some of these missed moments, artist Liza Tudor began making flipbooks for people to share with their incarcerated loved ones?. YouTube, meet your low-tech stand-in.?


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