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The Assassin Who Triggered WWI Just Got His Own Monument

Yesterday marked the 101st anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, an event that precipitated the First World War. To commemorate the event, a statue of the assassin, Gavrilo Princip, was unveiled in Serbia—which goes to show that one person’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter. » 6/29/15 9:45am 6/29/15 9:45am

These Videos Will Completely Change The Way You See Iconic Landmarks

There’s a hidden side to many of the world’s great landmarks that you might not know about if you’ve only seen them in photographs — including surrounding roads, cities, and fast food joints. These videos show you a side to these monuments you don’t usually see, showing how these places coexist with the modern world. » 6/19/15 4:00pm 6/19/15 4:00pm

What the Sydney Opera House almost looked like, and other alternative monuments

In 1758, 48 years before Napoleon commissioned the Arc de Triomphe, the architect Charles-François Ribart proposed constructing an elephant-shaped building on the very site where the future arc would stand. It's just one of the many possible alternatives for the familiar landmarks we see today. » 9/29/12 9:00am 9/29/12 9:00am

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What it's like to be trapped in the Washington Monument during an earthquake

Last month's earthquake in Virginia rattled the 555-foot-tall Washington Monument such that it's been closed indefinitely so engineers can assess damage. Buildings all across the Eastern Seaboard were rocked on August 23, but the Monument's security camera footage shows that people visiting the famous obelisk had a… » 9/27/11 7:20am 9/27/11 7:20am

Mount Rushmore Gets a Virtual Backup — In Case It's Ever Destroyed

If invading Martians or raging Kryptonians ever destroy the faces of Mount Rushmore, at least we'll have a backup to work from. A team of Scottish scientists are teaming up with the American company CyArk to create a 3D model of the monument, which CyArk claims will be accurate within 3mm, in case archeologists ever… » 8/27/09 4:30pm 8/27/09 4:30pm