World's Biggest Cuckoo Clocks | A Green Church | World's Longest Tapestry | World's Largest Sludge Storage Tank - IJsseloog | The Silent People of Finland | A colourful Hotel Complex - Marques de Riscal | The Raclawice Panorama - One of World's Largest Circular Panoramic Paintings | The Floating Islands of Lake Titacaca | Sunny Side Up in La Paz | Strokes of Nature - Face of a Red Indian | A Huge Modern Building on Stilts | Weird Houses Around the World - 6 | Keshwa Chaca - Oldest Surviving Inca Rope Bridge | Giant Hand at NuArt Sculpture Park, Bandung | Weird Houses Around the World - 12 | Amazing Landscape and Cave Settlements of Cappadocia, Turkey | Bookshelf Murals Around The World | Can You Recognise This? | Unique Temple of Rats - Karni Mata Temple | More "Bridges with Holes" | World's Largest Dinosaur | Door to Hell | The Headington Shark - Which Survived Attack | Murals of Invergordon | World's Tallest Statue of Virgin Mary | Giant Keyboard - World's Largest | Noorderlicht - World's Only Ice-Bound Ship-Hotel | The Giant Awakes - The Awakening and The Second Awakening | Northumberlandia - World’s Largest Human Shaped Land Art (Under Construction) | Sedlec Ossuary - A Chapel Decorated With Human Bones | New Year and First Anniversary | Can You Recognise This # 3 | Last Hiding Place Of Lenin | Which is the World's Largest Church? | Strange Custom of Baby Jumping | Unique Architecture Which Spells INFOSYS | Spectacular Murmuration of Starlings at Gretna Green | Tree Lockup | Swimming Over The Sidewalk | Man who single-handedly built his own palace | Shivering Sands Army Fort - Mini Defence Towers | WYSIWYG and GUI - Birthplace | Amazing Golf Ball House | Weird Houses Around the World - 19 | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 7 | Magnificent Bridge of Glass, Tacoma | City Lounge, St. Gallens - World's Largest Open Air Lounge | Memorial to Gandhi's First Non-violent Struggle | World's Narrowest Bridge - Nutty Narrows Bridge | Beautiful Kalyan Minaret, Bukhara, Uzbekistan | Cosmovitral - A Beautiful Stained Glasshouse Garden | Shot Tower, Clifton Hill, Yarra City, Australia | Luxor Pyramid, Las Vegas - Largest Pyramid of Modern World | Huge 4 km Long Word | Heidelberg Project - Transforming A Shambled Street Into Pride Of The City | Unusual Pyramid Mosque | Habitat '67 - World's First Modular Pre-fab Housing Complex | Island of the Dead - Venetian Cemetery | Magnificent Avenue of Baobabs, Madagascar | Hitler's Grandiose Plan for Berlin | Hoba Meteorite - World's Largest Meteorite (in single piece) | House Boats of Kerala, India | Hill of Crosses, Šiauliai, Lithuania | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 6 | Can You Recognise This # 25 | World's Largest Monopoly Board | Grand Peterhof Palace - The Russian Versailles | Snake Building, Berlin | Northumberlandia - World’s Largest Human Shaped Land Art | Louisa/Fort Gay Tri-Bridge | Beautiful Bamboo Mosque in Rural Malaysia | Coconut Crab - The Largest Land Arthropod in the World | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 17 | Garden of Dolls | World's Largest Poster | Fountain Which is A Digital Clock | World's Largest Grid Clock | Magere Brug (The Skinny Bridge), Amsterdam | Bar Coded Building | World's Largest Island within a Lake on an Island within a Lake on an Island | International Bridge on the river Mino | Automatic Bike Dispensing Machines in The Netherlands | Crazy Fountain - The Crown Fountain, Chicago | A Jumbo 747 Hotel | Ennedi Plateau - Sahara’s Secret Garden - Revisited | Cat Who Walks Through Walls | A Cute Three Way Bridge | Amazing See Through Church Of Borgloon | Oak Trees atop Tower of Guinigis, Lucca, Italy | Fujian Tulou, China - World Heritage Site | Clingstone House - A Remarkable House on A Rock | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 10 | World's Largest Burr (Burl) | Ennedi Plateau - Sahara’s Secret Garden | World' Tallest Clock Tower / World's Biggest Clock | Island made famous by Google Earth | Giant Wall Sockets | A Giant Sized Welcome in the City of Giants | Wave Rock, Hyden, Australia | Sanyo Solar Ark - A Solar Power Plant Built From Rejects | Beautiful Salt Pans, Tegguiada-In-Tessoum, Niger | Where old planes go to die! | A Giant Egg for the Easter | Strange Orange Coloured Power Plant | Fantastic Voyage Through Human Body - CORPUS Centre | World's Largest Sculpture Park - Changchun | World's Thickest Tree - Arbol del Tule | A Lake Named Pi (3.1416) | The Spotted Lake | Cube Houses, Rotterdam | World's Highest Climbing Wall (Tower) | World's Largest Spinning Top | Guitar Shaped Buildings | Zhivopisny Bridge - A Picturesque Red Bridge With Spider's Sac | Vitoslavlitsy - The Museum of Russian Wooden Architecture | Giant Anamorphic Red Flower, Nanning Gateway, China | 3.2 km long Slogan, Chile | Tallest Statue in the World - Spring Temple Buddha | Temple Made of Sea-Shells | Göbekli Tepe - World's Oldest Excavated Temple | Tower of Hercules - World's Oldest Lighthouse | World's First Truly Circular Skyscraper | World's Largest Hole in a Lake (Revised*) | Can You Recognise This # 22 | World's Largest Bicycle | Intricate Latticework at Sidi Sayyid's Mosque, Ahmedabad | Giant Hydra Headed Dragon Clock | Thrown out of Window | Birthplaces of Digital Giants | Monasteries on the Rocks - Meteora, Greece | Crescent Shaped Island | World's Largest Filing Cabinet | Giant Golden Bees Attack World's Tallest Residential Tower | World's Largest Easter Egg | Minaret of Jam | World's First Hard Disk - Birthplace | Arctic Circle Monuments & Markers Around The World | Metropolis - The Hometown of Superman | Airstream Ranch - Art or Junk | Prebischtor - Largest Natural Stone Bridge in Europe | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 1 | The Island Which Refused to Die | World's Biggest Apple | Bourn Windmill - England's Oldest Windmill | Can You Recognise This # 19 | Bridge to Nowhere, Atlantic Road, Norway | Bridge to Nowhere | World's Largest Terraced Paddy Fields, Yuen Yang, China | Weird Houses Around the World - 13 | Giant Balloon Dogs of Jeff Koons | Red Crab Migration - Christmas Island | Amazing Sigriya Lion Rock Fortress | Can You Recognise This # 12 | Magical Floating Water Taps | Strokes of Nature - Black Dragon | World's Largest Painting | Nice Chalet at Cascade de Gairaut, Nice | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 11 | For the Bibliophiles - Book Shaped Fountains | Sacra Cintola (Holy Belt) of the Virgin Mary, Prato Cathedral | Hanging Coffins, Sagada, Philippines | Iglesia El Rosario, El Salvador | Strokes of Nature - "Autumn Trees" | Magnificent Stained Glass Winter Garden, Ursuline Institute, Belgium | Paragon Prairie Tower - Americas' Largest Glass Mural | Weird Houses Around the World - 8 | Fairy Walking Bridge, Xihai Grand Canyon, China | Plane atop 77 Water Street, NYC | Hollywood Walk of Fame is 50 Years Old | Giant Hands Around the World | India's Only Natural Arch Bridge | Maman - The Mother Spider Around the World | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 2 | World's Largest Speaking Horn | Amazing Temple Built From Million Beer Bottles | Gateway to Heaven - Tianmen Cave, China | Book Shaped Buildings | Strange Landscape | World's Largest Tyre | Giant Coin Shaped Building | Hopewell Rocks - Flower Pots of Nature | The Horse(s) of Leonardo da Vinci | Hewlett-Packard - Birthplace | Weird Houses Around the World - 17 | Gateway Arch - Highest Monument in USA | Riding the Lion's Back | Ice which is not ice - Pamukkale, Turkey | Calamita Cosmica The Giant Skeleton on Prowl | Spiral Shaped Church - The Temple, Independence, USA | Amazing Subterranean Cathedral of Wieliczka Salt Mine | World's Largest Loudspeaker | World's Largest Flower - Floralis Generica | Which is the World's Highest Peak? | Unusual Shaped Red Bridge in Utrecht, The Netherlands | Painting in Field | Goat Towers Around The World | Hole N' The Rock - An Amazing Cave House Built Single-handedly | Giant Hand at Holocaust Memorial, Miami | Sign Post Forest | Giant Millennium Clock, Tianjun, China | Fake Round Bridge Which is Not Fake | Weird Houses Around the World - 3 | Yellowknife, Northwest Territories - Best Place To See Northern Lights | Roof of Water Reservoir, Mina | London Bridge has fallen down | Las Lajas Cathedral - A Cathedral Built in A Gorge | Carhenge - Modern Day Stonehenge | Big Temple of Thanjavur - Casts No Shadows | Car on Wall | Unique Saturn Shaped Building - Lucknow Planetarium | A Spanish Mosque in India | Stone Ships of Vikings | Rainbow Swash - World's Largest Copyrighted Work of Art | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 15 | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 18 | Remarkable Rocks' Australia are Truly Remarkable | World's Steepest Funicular Railways | Stone House at Fafe | Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge | Tianjin Eye - A giant Ferris wheel on a bridge | Tri-Bridges Around the World | Vertical Green Garden of Madrid | World's Largest Bulldozer | Enchanting Bamboo Forest of Sagano | Ponte Vecchio - Florence's Oldest Bridge with Shops | World's Tallest and Largest Equestrian Statue | Giant Plug and Socket | World's Largest Ship - Emma Mærsk | Ju Ming Museum - Taiwan's Largest Sculpture Garden | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 5 | Quadripoints of the World | Pant-y-Goitre Bridge - A Bridge With Holes | Equatorial Monuments Around the World | Can You Recognise This # 21 | Amazing Binocular Shaped Building | The Bridge from London to Arizona | Oldest Wooden House In Europe | Amazing Volkswagen Storage Silos, Wolfsburg, Germany | World's Tallest Windmills - Schiedam Holland | Can You Recognise This # 23 | Heart of Cape Town - Museum of World's First Heart Transplant | Living on Top of Pillar of Rock | Giant Hands, Duke Town, Calabar, Nigeria | Giant Drawer House | House on A Pole | "Sulaiman-Too" Sacred Mountain of Kyrgyzstan | Kondyor Massif - A Perfectly Circular Geological Formation | Cinque Terre - Five Colourful Villages on Italian Coast | World's Tallest Statue of Virgin Mary | Seven-Coloured Earth of Chamarel, Mauritius | Waldspirale (Forest Spiral), Darmstadt | World's Largest Wooden Church - Kerimäki Church, Finland | Magnificent Mosaic Rug Carpet On Rudolf Nureyev's Grave | Giant Rock Painting of Buddha, Lashaosi, China | Amazing Volcano House - Living on Top of A Volcano | Wichahpi Stone Wall - A Unique Memorial to A Native American Woman | Can You Recognise This # 27 | Islet Made Famous by Bond Movie | World's Most Crooked Street - Lombard Street, San Francisco | Huge Colourful Streamers on the Hills of Tibet | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World | A Monument to Enema | A "Mammoth" Statue, Salekhard, Siberia | Diamondback Bridge - Walking in the Belly of Rattlesnake | Metal Monster or Metal Art? | Remarkable Pine Tree Which Survived The Great Japanese Tsunami | Crazy Tower With Crawling Babies | Bridge Houses at Bad Kreuznach Germany | Grasshopper Bridge, Denmark | Floating Swimming Pool - Badeschiff | The Windmills of Don Quixote | ING House - Another Huge Building on Stilts | When Martians Landed | Town Which Twice Escaped Atom Bomb Annihilation | Swallow's Nest | Giant Crocodile Shaped Hotel | "Desert Breath" - Art in the desert | Zorbing - Rolling Down a Slope in a Ball | Duke of York's Picture House - Oldest Cinema Hall in UK | A Little Island With A Small Church - Bled Island | Stunningly Colourful Rocks of Zhangye Danxia Landform | Small Town Made Famous by BBC Serial | World's Biggest Cashew Tree | Huge Chalk Lion, Whipsnade, England | World's Largest Solar Powered Stadium | Lucy - World's Biggest Elephant | World's Tallest Minaret - Hassan II Mosque | The Giant Eye of Chicago | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 16 | Poor Man's Taj Mahal, Aurangabad, India | 1000 Islands - St. Lawrence River | World's Tallest Inclined Tower - The Montreal Olympic Tower | World's Largest Crossword | World's Northernmost Mainland Lighthouse | Namba Park, Osaka - A Green Shopping Mall Cum Office | King Kong Versus Beetle | World's Biggest Inverted Pyramid Building | Amazing Volcanic Vineyards of La Geria | World's Largest Aircraft - Antonov AN-225 | Dali's Museum and Torre Galatea - Strange Architecture | Treetops Lodge - Where A Princess Became A Queen | Weird Houses Around the World | Merry Cemetery of Sapanta, Romania | Brick Train Locomotive | Heart Shaped Pond for the Valentine's Day | World's Largest Collection of Old Windmills | Giant Floral Carpet, Brussels - 2010 | Can You Recognise This # 20 | Drive-in Ferris Wheel | Broken Chair - A Monument to Landmine Victims | Expressway through A Building - Gate Tower, Osaka | Sculptures in White Desert | Yoido Full Gospel Church, Seoul | World's Largest Automatic Bike Parking Lot | Dell - Birthplace | As Syakirin Mosque - A Modern Mosque Without A Minaret | The Kelpies - Scotland's Largest Art Installation | A House For Bibliophiles | Lift Towers or Elevator Testing Towers | Can You Recognise This # 15 | Sphere Within A Sphere | World's Largest Quarried Stones | Can You Recognise This # 4 | Oldest Hanging Train | Strokes of Nature - Pink Galaxy | Winners' Chapel (Faith-Tabernacle), Nigeria | Colourful Evaporation Ponds - South Bay, San Francisco | Thirteen O'clock | World's Remotest Island | Unique Circular Footbridge, Aveiro, Portugal | The Great Bombay Explosion | Goats On The Roof | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 4 | Lemon Festival, Menton, France | Puy du Fou - Historical Theme Park, France | Weird Houses Around the World - 10 | Wotruba Kirche - A Church Made of Concrete Blocks | World's Largest Titanic Museum, Branson, USA | Coober Pedy - The Underground Town | Microsoft - Birthplace | Castle which is not a Castle | Tsingy - The Amazingly Alien Landscape in Madagascar | The Wave (Rock), Arizona, USA | Oil Lake on Fire | 'Trim' the Cat of Matthew Flinders | Colourful Waste Incineration Plant at Osaka | Unusual Extra-Terrestrial Landscape Of Yehliu Geo Park | World's Largest Axe | Can You Recognise This # 13 | World's Largest Terrestrial Vehicle | Tower which is leaner than the Leaning Tower of Pisa | More - Tri-Bridges Around the World | Strange town of Setenil | Gundam RX-78 Giant Robot Hero - Life Size Statue | Beautiful Lagoons Amidst Sand Dunes | Small Place With Big Name | Performance Piece - An Abstract Sculpture | Can You Recognise This # 16 | Korean War Memorial - World's Largest War Monument | Alnwick Treehouse | Bibliotheca Alexandrina - The New Library of Alexandria | Gravity Defying Stones | ACROS Green Building, Tenjin, Japan | Humayun's Tomb, Delhi, India | When Walls Had Ears | Colmar Tropicale - A French Themed Resort in Malaysia | World's Biggest Rocking Horse | Falkirk Wheel - Only rotating boat lift in the World | World's Largest Mud-brick Building | Giant Elephant of Nantes | The Rundetarn (Round Tower), Copenhagen, Denmark | Strokes of Nature - Hell's Fire | Widest Non-Clonal Tree in The World | Amazing Coffins of Ga Tribe, Ghana | Periplaneta Americana Invades Havana | Spoonbridge and Cherry - Minneapolis Sculpture Garden | Glengall Bridge - London's Little Drawbridge | Vasehenge - A Large Circle of Vases | Rock of Guatapé | Piano and Violin Shaped Building | World's Largest Baseball Bat | Modern Day Ten Commandments | Beautiful Vakil Mosque of Shiraz | "Castel Meur" - House Made Famous by Picture Postcard | St. Beatus Caves With Stunning Entrance | Vining - A Small Town With Big Art | Oldest Olympic Rings and Olympic Flame Tower | Mysterious Zigzag Lines and Concentric Circles in China | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 13 | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 20 | Beach House on A Pole | 7 Strong Men of Russia | Amazing Tufa Towers of Mono Lake | Shibam - World's Oldest Skyscraper City | Butterfly Bridge - A Unique Tri-Bridge in Copenhagen | Cano Cristales - World's Most Beautiful River | Giant Floral Carpet, Brussels | Can You Recognise This # 10 | Rundle Lantern - Huge Dynamic Digital Art, Adelaide | The Heart of Voh | Magdeburg Water Bridge - World's Largest Navigable Aqueduct | World's Most Expensive Island | The Trojan Horse of Troy is in Turkey! | Google - Birthplace | A Town Made Famous by Star Trek - Vulcan, Canada | Shaking Minarets of Sidi Bashir Mosque, Ahmedabad | World's Largest Radio Telescope | The Living Chess Game at Marostica, Italy | Huge Irrigation Circles | Tent Shaped Church With Needle Tower | Unique Building Which Looks Like Fabergé Egg | Organic Building With Flower Pots On Its Façade | World's First Swing Aqueduct - Barton Aqueduct | Sleeping on Bed of Ice | One O'clock Gun, Edinburgh | The Square Head Building - An Amazing Habitable Sculpture | Transporter Bridge - Rendsburg, Germany | World's Largest Sculpture of Beatles | Can You Recognise This # 8 | Weird Houses Around the World - 1 | Amazing Rice Paddy Art | Weird Houses Around the World - 7 | Musical Wall of Dresden | Beautiful Blue Mosque of St. Petersburg | Graffiti @ Kelburn Castle | Tri-Bridges Around the World | Leaning Towers of Madrid | 1:500 model of Aksai Chin area | World's Most Expensive - Billion Dollar Home | Jasenovac Tri-Bridge, Croatia | Magical Floating Water Taps Around The World | Weird Houses Around the World - 4 | Almost Perfect Cone - Mt. Taranaki | Hotel Which Looks Like A Stack of Dutch Houses | Oldest Wooden House in the World | Tunnel of Love | World's Largest Synthetic Material Sculpture | Weird Houses Around the World - 5 | World's Largest Thermometer | Maeslantkering - World's Largest Storm Barrier | Giant Hands of Mario Irarrázabal | Spiral Jetty, Great Salt Lake, Utah | Giethoorn - Village With No Roads | Pigeon Tower, Isfahan | Big Question | Lena Pillars - World's Remotest Natural Wonders | A Modern Bridge Designed by Leonardo da Vinci | Cabin Built from Fossilised Dinosaur Bones | World's Largest Horseshoe Crab | Can You Recognise This # 14 | Palace on the Rocks | A Sad Story of a Lonely Tree | World Wide Web - Birthplace | Oldest Cherry Blossom Trees in The World | Vertigo Inducing Glass Balconies at Willis Tower, Chicago | Selfridges, Birmingham - A Building Adorned With Sequins | World's Largest Stone Dome - Global Pagoda, Mumbai | Strokes of Nature - White Snake | Can You Recognise This # 2 | Island of the Dolls - World's Creepiest Collection of Dolls | Strokes of Nature - Redhead on Google Earth | Why I switched from White to Black Background | Breathtaking Trolltunga - The Troll's Tongue in Norway | Can You Recognise This # 11 | Unique Curling Bridge | Chocolate Hills, Philippines | Apple - Birthplace | Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), Norway | Green Building of School of Art, Design and Media, Singapore | Church Carved out of Single Block of Rock | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 9 | Swarovski's Crystal Worlds | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 8 | Bridge of Vases | Statues of Amazing Penitents of Taxco, Mexico | Huge EU Poster in Google Earth | World's Northern Most Mosque | Can You Recognise This # 9 | World's Largest Hole in a Lake | America's Oldest Functioning Windmill | Fyrish Monument - A Monument Built To Give Employment | The Montmorency Falls, Quebec, Canada | Strokes of Nature - Colours of Desert | The Cloud Gate, Chicago | Relocated Nubian Temples outside Egypt | Razzle Dazzle Ship of Arnhem | Can You Recognise This # 17 | Ha! Ha! Pyramid | Quetzalcoatl's Nest - Snake Shaped Housing Complex | Best Place to see Tigers - Bandhavgarh, India | Amazing Cruise Ship Shaped Hotel on Cliff | Pietermaritzburg Station - Start Of Gandhi's Fight Against Discrimination | Swimming on the Edge of the Mighty Victoria Falls (Devil's Pool) | Beautiful But Cursed Island Of Gaiola | IBM - Birthplace | Vulcano Buono - The Good Volcano | Man Shaped Lake, Brazil | Can You Recognise This # 7 | Amazing Turf Houses of Iceland | Bloemencorso Bollenstreek - A Dutch Flower Parade | Intricate Stepwell Near Jaipur | World's Largest Bas-Relief Sculptures | Weird Houses Around the World - 2 | Strange UFO Houses Are Gone | Cretto di Gibellina - Memorial To A Town Destroyed by Earthquake | First IBM-PC - Birthplace | A Starry Mosque - Dhaka | Flying Saucer Shaped Church | Unique Library Which Straddles Borders of Two Countries | Cross (Krestovy) Bridge - World's First 4-Way Bridge | Kjeragbolten (Kjerag Boulder), Norway | Slauerhoff Bridge - A Giant Flying Kite | Turtle Shaped Temple, Nagasaki, Japan | Maranjab Caravanserai, Isfahan Province, Iran | Weird Houses Around the World - 15 | Saint-Michel d'Aiguilhe - Chapel on a volcanic plug | World's Tallest Mud Earth Building | Tower of Thousand Cranes - Children's Peace Monument, Hiroshima | Khaju Bridge, Isfahan, Iran | World's Widest Sculpture - Angel of The North | Metronome - A Huge & Strange Public Art Work in NYC | Ancient Karla and Bhaja Buddhist Caves of India | The Lighthouse Mosque - Oldest Mosque in China | Catatumbo - Where Lightning Strikes Almost Whole Year Round | Mysterious Mojave Megaphone | Can You Recognise This # 26 | Poetic Palindromic Roundabout | Can You Recognise This # 1 | World's Largest Granite Soup Bowl | World's Largest Teapot | Can You Recognise This # 24 | Weird Houses Around the World - 11 | Nikola-Lenivets - Small City With Big Art | Knockan Crag, Scotland - Where Continents Collided | World's Largest Mosaic | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 19 | Gun Shaped Lake | Giant Shark on Land, NSW, Australia | Roofless Church | HABOG - Nuclear Waste Management in An Artistic Way | World's Largest Coin | Container Buildings at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London | Rock Garden, Chandigarh - A Garden Built Clandestinely By One Man | Moeraki Boulders - Giant Eggs Laid by Nature | The House In The Sea | Spectacular Painted Hills of Oregon | World's Biggest Image Building | Charybdis - An Amazing Water Vortex Sculpture | Locks of Love around the World! | Water Tank House | Yellow Submarine of The Beatles | Bridge in Mona Lisa | Not A Mosque | World's Largest Hole in a Lake (Revised*) | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 3. | Weird Houses Around the World - 9 | Saxine - The Smiling Water Tower | Enchanted Highway - A 32 Mile Long Art Collection | From Abandoned House to Doll House - Converting Unsightly to Showpiece | Tri-Bridges Around The World | Unique and Beautiful Crystal Mosque of Malaysia | Bosco Verticale - World’s First Vertical Forest | Amazing New Bridge (Puente Nuevo) Which Is Not New | For the Spider Lovers - A Giant Web | The Painted Wall, Barcelona | Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Yamoussoukro | Amazingly Balanced Rocks Around the World - 14 | Twin Hearts of Stones | World's Largest Tent - Khan Shatyr | Erawan Museum - World’s Largest Zoomorphic Building | Tower of Dreams and Desires | World's Tallest Memorial Cross | Vijversburg Estate Tri-Bridge | Dublin Gasworks Apartments - The Alliance Building | World's Largest Foosball Table | Can You Recognise This # 6 | Hiran Minar, Fathehpur Sikri - A Uniquely Studded Tower | Trojan Horses of Denmark | Garstin's Folly - Gol Ghar (Round House), Patna, India | Weird Houses Around the World - 18 | World's Littlest Skyscraper | Kosinj Bridge - A Bridge With Holes | Bridge Between Eurasian and American Continents | Weird Houses Around the World - 14 | Temple Which Is Not Temple - Palace of Baron Empain, Egypt | World's Largest Chessboard | 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center - Mecca of Graffiti Art | Water Melon House | Can You Recognise This # 5 | World's Largest Rehal | Worlds Largest Spherical Dome - Ericsson Globe | World's Highest Outdoor Lift (The Bailong Lift) | House Attack - Small House Versus Big House | Happy Rizzi House | Trestle Art - Converting Unsightly to Showpiece | World's Largest Tomb - Daisen Kofun - A Huge Key Hole Shaped Grave | World's Largest Lenin's Head | Rocks on the Move | Man Who Walked Through The Walls | World's Lowest Height Building - Fuji Kindergarten | World's Largest Mirror Ball | Goat Towers Around The World - Updated | Weird Houses Around the World - 16 | Oldest Wooden Building in the World | Khichan - Best Place in India to see Demoiselle Crane | World's Largest Treetop Hotel - The Ariau Amazon Towers | Fabulous Four - The Beatles in Topiary | World's Largest Semaphore | Mausoleum of Tamerlane - A Precursor To Mughal Architecture | Can You Recognise This # 18 | Hand Pump Without Handle - A Strange Memorial In London | Squaw Creek - Stopover point for million of Snow Geese |

Birthplaces of Digital Giants

The digital technology revolution has brought about an all pervasive affect on our lives and has not only changed, but continues to change the way we think, work, communicate and even socialise.

In this post I have tried to identify the birthplaces of some of the digital technology giants or technological innovations which have played a major role in bringing about this digital revolution. Few of these giants started from a very small workplace (such as a garage) and rose to an unimaginable height of fame.

Present list which is not exhaustive, starts from the oldest to the newest and includes following firms / innovations / products;
  • International Business Machines Corp (IBM)
  • Hewlett-Packard Co.
  • World's First Hard Disk, IBM RAMAC 350
  • WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) and GUI (Graphical User Interface)
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Apple Inc.
  • First IBM-PC
  • Dell Inc.
  • World Wide Web (Hypertext Protocol)
  • Google Inc.
Wherever possible I have also shown the birthplaces from Google Street View, failing which I have resorted to MSN Bing Aerial View and/or some other image of the location.

I seek comments/suggestions from my readers for adding more birthplaces of other digital technology firms/technologies which in their opinion played a major role in present day digital revolution.

International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) - 1701 North Street, Endicott, NY

The oldest, one of the biggest technology company and most famous brand name which is globally synonymous with the word computer, IBM has a continuous history dating back to the 19th century. It had its beginning in the present form at Endicott on February 14, 1924, when the name of erstwhile Computing Tabulating Recording (CTR) Corporation name was formally changed to International Business Machines Corporation (popularly known as IBM). CTR itself was amalgamation of three different companies: the Tabulating Machine Company (with origins in Washington, D.C. in the 1880s), the International Time Recording Company (founded in 1900 in Endicott), and the Computing Scale Corporation (founded in 1901 in Dayton, Ohio). In a sense Endicott is the birthplace of this multinational technical giant.

Although in 1964 IBM moved its headquarters and Main plant to Armonk, NY, it still maintains some limited operations at the Endicott plant which was once known as Plant Number One.

It was at Endicott in 1956 that World’s first Hard Disk Drive known as IBM Disk Storage Unit RAMAC 350 was released as a part of the IBM 305 RAMAC (Random Access Method of Accounting and Control) computer. The disk however was conceived at IBM's West Coast Laboratory at San Jose.

Aerial view of IBM Endicott Plant in 1929;

Image from IBM Archives is Copyright © IBM and included here after due permission.

Present day views;

Image Source: MSN Bing Aerial View

Image Source: Google Street View

Strangely for some unknown reason the Google Earth has blurred view of IBM plant area.

Source of info and more info: IBM History / Wikipedia

Hewlett-Packard Co. - Garage at 367 Addison Avenue, Palo Alto, CA.
Hewlett-Packard Company commonly (commonly referred as HP) is ranked as one of the world's largest information technology companies. It had a modest beginning in a small Garage in Palo Alto taken on rent in 1938 by HP's co-founders Dave Packard Bill Hewlett. Dave and his newly wed bride used the first floor of the3-room apartment while Bill used the shed at the back of the apartment as his bedroom.

The Garage was their workshop cum factory where HP's first product - an audio oscillator was built. Walt Disney Studios were their first customer and had purchased eight oscillators to test and certify the sound systems in theatres that were going to run their first major film released in stereophonic sound, Fantasia.

Although HP entered in Digital technology much later however they are recognized as the symbolic founder of Silicon Valley and the Garage which is included in U.S. National Register of Historic Places is listed as Birth place of Silicon Valley. In year 2000 HP purchased the property and have preserved it as a private museum.

Image Source: Google Street View

Image Source: Google Aerial View

Image from Flickr is by Joachim S. Müller

Image from Flickr is by Ian Fuller

Inside view of garage;

Image from Flickr is by scriptingnews

Source of info and more info: Wikipedia / HP Garage Timeline

World's First Hard Disk, IBM RAMAC 350 - 99 Notre Dame Avenue, San Jose, CA
The research and development of World's first disk storage was done by the research team of IBM's West Coast Laboratory at 99 Notre Dame Avenue, San Jose. Development of disk storage is one of the most historic technological milestone of the digital technology. Prior to its development all the retrieving and processing of the data was done sequentially using punched cards or magnetic tapes. RAMAC ended it all and led to faster and better computers. Invention and subsequent miniaturisation of disk storage (Hard Disk Drive - HDD) is one of the main causes which led to the popularity of home computers amongst the common populace of the World.

Views of early Hard Disk;

Image from Wikimedia Commons is under CC


Image from IBM Archives is Copyright © IBM and included here after due permission.

The first Disk Storage Unit was 60 inches (1.52 metres) long, 68 inches (1.72 metres) high and 29 inches (0.74 metres) deep with a capacity 5 million 7-bit (6-bits plus 1 odd parity bit) characters - about 4.4 megabytes which at that time was considered whopping large. It weighed over a ton, had to be moved by fork lifts.

The building at 99 Notre Dame Avenue was hired by IBM in 1952 for their West Coast laboratory and remained in their possession till 1956 when the research center was moved to 5600 Cottle Road, San Jose. The building presently houses Santa Clara County Superior Court. However being the birthplace of World's first dist storage unit, the building carries plaques mounted by IEEE an ASME to commemorate the event. The City Council is also planning to have a permanent public exhibit, showcasing the development of hard disk drives.

Present Day view;

Image Source: Google Street View

Source of info and more info: IBM Archives / Magnetic Disk Heritage Center / Wikipedia

WYSIWYG and GUI - Xerox PARC, Palo Alto, CA
One of the main reasons of increase in popularity of personal computers among the non-technical persons was development of WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) and GUI (Graphical User Interface) which made working on computers more user friendly by presenting a realistic display on the monitor and also replacing typing of commands with clickable icons/buttons.

The company responsible for developing these features is Palo Alto Research Center Inc. (PARC) formerly Xerox PARC. Founded in 1970 as a division of Xerox Corporation, in 2002, it became an independent but wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox Corporation.

PARC has been responsible for not only development of WYSIWYG (1974) and GUI (1975) but also developed Laser Printing (1971), Ethernet/Distributed Computing (1973), etc.

Image from Flickr is by ryry9379

Image Source: Google Street View

Source of info and more info: Xerox PARC milestonesWikipedia

Microsoft Corporation - 819, Two Park Central Tower, Albuquerque, NM.
There is some confusion regarding the birthplace of the software giant - Microsoft - which had a modest beginning in 1975-1976.

A plaque at 199 California Street NE, Albuquerque, NM. (shown below) says that Microsoft was housed in this site from 1975 to 1979.

Image Source: Google Street View

Image from Flickr is by Marcin Wichary

Actually Paul Allan and Bill Gates' first business venture was development of BASIC software for MITS' Altair 8800. MITS which is defunct now had its main office at 6328 Linn Avenue S.E., Albuquerque. On March 1, 1975, Paul Allen joined MITS as director of software. Later he and Bill Gates set up the MITS software department in a little office at 199 California Street NE, at the intersection of Linn Avenue S.E., close to MITS main office. So in a sense one can say that Microsoft was conceived at above location.

However the Company known as Microsoft was born on September 1, 1976 when it took on lease Suite 819, Two Park Central Tower Building, 300 San Mateo Blvd, N.E., Albuquerque, NM, as their official office space. Paul Allen left MITS on November 1, 1976 and joined Microsoft full time and the company was registered on November 26, 1976. Two Park Central Tower Building (shown below) is therefore the real birthplace of Microsoft.

Image Source: Google Street View

Source of info and more info: Channel9.msdn.com (History of Microsoft) 1975 1976 / STARTUP Gallery - Web site of museum conceptualised and funded by Microsoft's co-founder Paul Allen, his sister Jo Allen Patton, and supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation amongst others.

Apple Inc. - 2066 (formerly 11161) Crist Drive, Los Altos, CA.
Apple Inc. (previously Apple Computer), one of the World's largest multinational dealing/manufacturing consumer electronics, computer software, and personal computers had a modest beginning on April 1, 1976 at 11161 Crist Drive, Los Altos, CA. The proto-type of first low cost PC, Apple-1, was built in a bed room of its co-founder Steve Wozniak. Later Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, along with Ronald G. Wayne started using the Garage of the building to assemble their computers.

It is interesting to note that at that time Wozniak was employed with Hewlett Packard and he had to offer their first product (Apple-1) to HP, but no one at HP was interested in it and they obtained legal release from HP to produce and sell the same on their own. In 1983 HP were also the first to introduce home computer (named - Apple Lisa Computer) with a graphical user interface (GUI).

Here are few images of the early Apple-1. Initially Apple was supplying just the mother board and the wooden case shown in ensuing pictures was not part of their supplies.

Image from Flickr is by kevinthoule

Image from Flickr is by adamgreenfield

Image Source: Google Street View

Source of info and more info: theapplemuseum.com / applemuseum.bott.org

First IBM-PC - IBM Research Center, Boca Raton, Florida.
IBM entered Personal Computer field quite late. Before the launch of its first personal computer - IBM-PC 5150, there were already few manufacturers in the field namely but not limited to Apple, Commodore and Atari etc. and their products were already well known brand name generally within the research labs/technical colleges and video gamers. These personal computers were mainly using BASIC as the programming language.

Release of IBM-PC on August 12, 1981 however changed the entire scenario and indirectly brought a revolution in the World of small office, class rooms and home computing. It was an historic moment. Not only IBM-PC sold many times more than the original estimates of IBM but lack of proprietary components and operating system in IBM's PC coupled with easy availability of Intel's 8088 microprocessor and Microsoft's MS-DOS operating system created an explosion in sales of IBM-Compatibles (or clones) and soon personal computers were within the reach of a common man. In a sense most of the PCs being used today can be called descendents of IBM-PC.

Image from IBM Archives is Copyright © IBM and included here after due permission.

First IBM-PC was developed at IBM's research labs in main plant located on Yamato Rd (NW 51st St) Boca Raton, Florida. IBM later (1996) sold the entire area and it was ultimately acquired by T-REX Management Consortium. The research centre where IBM was born is today known as The Boca Corporate Center and Campus.

Image Source: Google Street View

This post in Google Earth Community has mentioned that IBM research labs where IBM-PC was developed was located at another nearby building, away from main complex. As per my own (re)search on WWW, it is true that IBM did have a separate building known as IBM's Building 051 at 1798 NW Spanish River Blvd. When IBM facilities were closed at Boca Raton this building was donated to the Palm Beach County School District and converted into Don Estridge High Tech Middle School to honour Don Estridge, whose team was responsible for developing the IBM PC. However I couldn't find any supportive information confirming that the IBM research lab which developed first IBM-PC was located the present school building. Further this post by IBeamer in Google Earth Community Forum has confirmed the location at the present Boca Corporate Center and Campus.

Source of info and more info: ibm-history-pc25_birthibm5150.net / pcworld.com

Dell Inc. - Dorm Room 2713, Dobie Center, University of Texas, Austin.
Dell Inc. one of the largest technological corporations in the World had a modest beginning as 'PCs Limited' in room 2713 of Dobie Center of University of Texas, Austin with an initial capital of $1000. Michael Dell launched 'PCs Limited' on May 3, 1984 from his dorm-room and initially sold IBM-PC compatible computers assembled from loosely bought components. Initially Dell sold home PCs under brand name of "Turbo PC". He eliminated the middle man and sold his computers directly to users thereby reducing the cost and also customising it as per the buyers need.

Within a span of two decades the company had a phenomenal growth and reportedly grew faster then any other company including Microsoft. In 1988 the company changed its name to "Dell Computer Corporation" and later to Dell Inc. It is one of the most famous multinational company in the digital technology business and is reportedly the world's second-largest PC maker.

Here is an image of one of the earliest Dell computers on display at Smithsonian's National Museum of American History (NMAH).

Image from smithsonianmag.com is used here under Smithsonian Terms of Use

A view of Dobie Center;

Image Source: Google Street View

Source of info and more info: Wikipedia

World Wide Web (Hypertext Protocol) - Building # 513 CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
Although internet as a means of computer networking was developed as early 1965 by Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) in USA and the first networking was achieved between the University of California, Los Angeles and the Stanford Research Institute on October 29, 1969, the popularity of Internet took a quantum jump with creation of Hyper Text Transfer Protocol by Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau, who built the first working prototype of WWW in late 1990/early 1991 at CERN Computer Centre located in building # 513.

The computer centre, building 513, as it looked in June 1972.


Image from CERN Document Server is Copyright © CERN and included here after due permission.

Many persons get confused between the terms Internet and World Wide Web and often assume that these two mean the same thing. This however is not correct. The Internet is a hardware and associated software infrastructure that provides connectivity between computers - sort of global data communications system. In contrast, the WWW is a collection of interconnected documents and other resources (images, videos, databases etc.), linked by hyperlinks with each having a unique ID (URL). However the words 'The Net' are being commonly used as a slang equivalent of WWW.

WWW has literally shrunk the whole wide world and made it into a global village. From a single page created at CERN in 1990 (URL:  http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html),  it is estimated by worldwidewebsize.com that, on Aug 11, 2010, there were at least 27.32 billion pages on the World Wide Web and on Aug 18, 2010 there were at least 29.89 billion pages. Thus currently more than 4200 pages are added on WWW every second.

The building is not visible in Google Street View, however it can be seen in Google Maps.

Source of info and more info: info.cern.ch / CERN Press Release Mar. 13, 2009Wikipedia

Google Inc. - Garage at 232 Santa Margarita, Menlo Park, CA.
Google the search engine giant which has diversified in many other areas and has within a span of few years not only became synonymous with quick and smart search for all types of information/data but has also made an all pervasive impact on most of the Net users. 'Googling' and 'to Google' have become a commonly understood words meaning 'searching' or 'to search' on the Internet (WWW).

Google had a very modest beginning at a small garage which was rented out in September 1998 from Susan Wojcicki. Google's co-founders Lawrence (Larry) Page and Sergey Brin had originally used the Stanford server under the domain google.stanford.edu. Later with the incorporation of their company, Google Inc., on September 4, 1998 they set up their servers at this small garage.

The predecessor of Google was a web crawler called BackRub hosted on Stanford server. However in 1997 Larry Page and Sergey Brin gave it the name Google which rhymed with mathematical 'Googol' representing a huge number 10100 i.e. 1 followed by one hundred zeroes.

Here is a snapshot of Google early web page on Stanford server;

Snapshot of Google early web page on their own (google.com) server;

Google First Server can be seen below;

Image from Flickr is by jurvetson

Google later bought the house and has preserved it. However I understand that visitors are not welcome inside.

The Google garage is unfortunately not visible in Google Street View, but can be seen in MSN Bing Aerial View;

Image Source: MSN Bing Aerial View

A view of the Google garage at 232 Santa Margarita;

Image from Flickr is by naoyuki_ishitsuka
(Image added on 30/08/2010 after due permission.)
It can also be seen in Flickr. Unfortunately due to copyright reason I cannot show it here.

Source of info and more info: google.com corporate history / Wikipedia
_______________________________________________________________
View location of all the places in Google Earth - Download kmz file.

0 comments:

Post a Comment

Please feel free to write your comments but remember that the same are moderated. So please do not post SPAM comments i.e. your business links here including surrogate links.

Comments containing SPAM are liable for rejection.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Disclaimer

This travelogue is not associated, affiliated, endorsed, or sponsored by Google.

Copyright

Photos provided by Flickr / Panoramio / Pbase / Picasaweb / Photobucket etc. are under the copyright of their owners.



Screen captured images from Google Earth / Google Maps and Street Views / MSN Bing Aerial Views etc. are under the copyright of their respective owners.



Similarly all other photos/images from various other sources are under the copyright of their respective owners, web portals/application etc from which these were obtained. Wherever possible due acknowledgement has been made about the source.



Actual terms of copyright/reuse is available in the source link given below each image.

  © Blogger templates Newspaper III by Ourblogtemplates.com 2008

Back to TOP