What About Life Today Will Most Confuse Future Archeologists?

Some things (like a Lost episode or the freeway system) really only make sense in context. So what about our lives today is mostly likely to cause a confused archeologist 1,000 years in the future to give up in despair? » 10/08/14 7:20am 10/08/14 7:20am

This post-apocalyptic short animation deserves its own movie

Oh, this is rather impressive. Behold Ruin, a cryptic 8.5-minute short film by the folks at Oddball Animation. In the post-apocalypse of Ruin, nature has reclaimed entire cities. Humans are still around, but verdant metropolises aren't as empty as they seem. Seriously, you'll want to give this animated short a whirl —… » 3/16/12 12:20pm 3/16/12 12:20pm

Scenes from an open-air airplane graveyard in the Russian Far East

If you ever find yourself 60 miles north of Vladivostok in the city of Ussuriysk, you can visit the crumbling Vozdvizhenka Air Base, where gutted planes sit in the open for trespassers to explore. Crazily enough, security's nonexistent here. » 6/11/11 3:00pm 6/11/11 3:00pm

Welcome to Gulliver's Kingdom, the unhappiest place on Earth

The Japanese theme park Gulliver's Kingdom was only open from 1997-2001 before a lack of visitors shuttered it. Until its decaying remains were demolished in 2007, the park and its 147-foot-long Lemuel Gulliver statue were prime destinations for urban explorers. » 6/06/11 7:30am 6/06/11 7:30am

Tour the creeptacular nooks and crannies of Alcatraz

Now that J.J. Abrams' time-traveling prisoner series Alcatraz is locked in for Fridays next fall, let's take a look at the show's abandoned penitentiary setting, which has since been turned into a tourist attraction after closing in 1963. » 5/18/11 4:05pm 5/18/11 4:05pm

A tour of an abandoned amusement park in America's heartland

Mike Petty took these shots at Wichita's Joyland Amusement park, which has struggled with bankruptcy and vandalism for the better part of the last decade. Joyland's name has taken on a greater irony, as it's become a dilapidated, depressing place. » 5/07/11 8:00am 5/07/11 8:00am

London's abandoned, underground, and notoriously hard-to-reach mail…

70 or so feet underneath London's streets lies the unused mail rail system, a hard to reach subterranean system of postal tracks, cloistered away from human eyes. That is, until a gang of intrepid urban explorers cracked a secret entrance. » 4/24/11 5:45pm 4/24/11 5:45pm

Watch jarring footage of China's massive ghost towns

In China, the development of residential and retail property in certain regions outstrips the government's ability to keep these buildings occupied. An Australian film crew recently visited China's vacant real estate and saw these strangely silent cities firsthand. » 4/10/11 10:15am 4/10/11 10:15am

Eerie scenes from Ordos City, China's modern ghost town

In Inner Mongolia lies the mostly empty planned city of Ordos. The area was built for 1 million residents, but thanks to Ordos' cost of living, almost nobody lives there. Check out sparse photographs of this empty city. » 12/19/10 10:40am 12/19/10 10:40am

A giant concrete dome filled with radioactive dirt, smack dab in the…

In 1958, the United States tested the 18-kiloton "Cactus" nuclear device on Runit Island in the Pacific. 20 years later, Cactus' 350-foot-wide crater was filled with radioactive soil and covered with a 100,000-square-foot concrete dome. Worst vacation ever? » 11/27/10 2:00pm 11/27/10 2:00pm

A hoarder's airplane graveyard in Ohio, reclaimed by nature

In northeastern Ohio, there's a bucolic airplane graveyard filled with the decaying remains of old jets, like this Vought F7U Cutlass. Here's an eerie video of these rotting old birds. » 11/03/10 11:00am 11/03/10 11:00am

Bangkok's Sathorn Unique abandoned skyscraper: the supervillain HQ of…

Are you an enterprising crime lord looking to house 50 stories worth of henchmen? Why don't you check the Sathorn Unique ghost skyscraper in Bangkok, Thailand? No one lives there, and it's got a rooftop terrace perfect for villainous showdowns. » 10/04/10 11:05am 10/04/10 11:05am

A trip through the mists of Appalachia's coal towns

Photographer Jim Lo Scalzo has captured the scorched earth beauty of America's coal country. In the photo montage "Ghosts in the Hollow," Scalzo navigates through fog, Centralia fumes, and old coal sluices. No wonder The Road was filmed out there. » 9/08/10 3:37pm 9/08/10 3:37pm

The hurricane-damaged remains of Six Flags New Orleans

When Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, one of its victims was Six Flags New Orleans, which was flooded for a month after the storm. The park has been closed indefinitely since then, but urban explorers will still venture in. » 8/31/10 4:58pm 8/31/10 4:58pm

The Nara Dreamland amusement park is a real-life Spirited Away

Japan's Nara Dreamland amusement park, which strongly resembles California's Disneyland, opened its doors in 1961 and shuttered them in 2006. Since then, this ghostly pastel fairground has grown to resemble the ethereal carnival in Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away. » 8/01/10 12:12pm 8/01/10 12:12pm

A dilapidated recreation of China, right outside of Disney World

We recently posted about the ruins of the Black Sea resort town Gagra. io9 tipster theotherwhitegirl clued us in to another phantom vacation spot: Florida Splendid China Park, a teacup version of The People's Republic that was open from 1993-2003. » 7/21/10 8:30am 7/21/10 8:30am

The ruins of a Black Sea resort town

Russian photographer Slesarev Oleg Victorovitch took these photos of Gagra, a once-thriving resort town on the coast of Black Sea. Gagra was a palatial tourist destination until 1992, when the area was at the forefront of the War in Abkhazia. » 7/18/10 1:00pm 7/18/10 1:00pm

The subterranean sprawl of New York City's Freedom Tunnel

For much of the 20th century, New York's "Freedom Tunnel" was an unused rail tunnel that housed a homeless community and the occasional graffiti tagger. Trains run through the tunnel nowadays, but metro-spelunkers still venture down into this underground cathedral. » 7/07/10 1:00pm 7/07/10 1:00pm

Photos of Japan's abandoned naval amusement park

Navel Land (yes, it's spelled "navel") is an abandoned maritime-themed amusement park in Arao, Japan. It's filled with aquariums, creepy sculptures, and dilapidation. » 5/29/10 1:45pm 5/29/10 1:45pm

Berlin's Abandoned Spreepark Is Where Fun Goes To Die

We recently posted about Michigan's Prehistoric Forest, a dilapidated amusement park full of decaying fiberglass dinosaurs. Berlin has its own defunct dinosaur funland - the Spreepark - which fell on hard times after the collapse of communism. » 5/01/10 11:00am 5/01/10 11:00am