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Haunting Photos of Abandoned Stadiums Used in Previous Olympic Games

Stunning as they were in their glory days, these Olympic stadiums now stand neglected and weathered by time.

With the hype of the Rio Olympics, let us look back at the past countries which hosted the Olympics… And left ruins in its wake.

The Olympics, grand, exciting, and adrenaline-filled as they may be, isn’t cheap to host. While there are a lot of countries out there that can host the Olympics without putting a dent in the national budget, there are also less financially capable countries who give hosting the Olympics a shot… only for them to suffer the consequences later on.

Just think about it: a country has to build a large enough stadium to accommodate the athletes, their entourage, and of course, the audience. The host country also needs to invest in security, as well as pay for the labor of every single person involved in the event. That’s no easy feat!

That’s why we can look back at Olympic hosts from decades past that were benevolent enough to host the event, only for their investment to lie in dire decay.

1936 Berlin Summer Olympics

Before the Second World War broke out, Germany hosted the Olympics. And yes, at the time, Adolf Hitler ruled the country. You can’t really blame people for not wanting to turn the place into a tourist spot, considering the man behind it was one of the most hated people in history.

Abandoned streets…

Berlin 1

Source: Andrea Sek
And housing.

Berlin 2

The main amphitheater.

Berlin 3

Diving venue

Berlin 4

1952 Helsinki Summer Olympics

Finland was supposed to host the Olympics in 1940, but this was cancelled due to World War II. At the time, the Helsinki Summer Olympics held the most number of world records broken until the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

The swimming stadium.

Helsinki 1

No one’s taken a dive here in more than half a century.

Helsinki 2


Caught On Video: Incredible Rescue Of Woman Trapped In Car During Flash Flood

A woman who got trapped in her car during the flash flood in Ellicott City, Maryland last month was lucky enough to get rescued by courageous passers-by.

On July 30, Ellicott City in Maryland experienced a flash flood of epic proportions. "Witnesses described waters rising several feet in a matter of minutes," reports Scott Dance in The Baltimore Sun.

Ellicott City's location makes it vulnerable to a flash flood.

Ellicott City's location makes it vulnerable to a flash flood.

Jeff Halverson in The Washington Post pointed out that Ellicott City is highly vulnerable to a flash flood, as it is "an urbanized strip along the bottom of a deep valley through which the Patapsco River flows."...

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Wooden Book of Puzzles Has Locks You Have to Solve to Turn The Pages

Will you be able to solve this one-of-a-kind mystery book?

If you are an avid reader of mystery novels, then you would definitely love this book. Thanks to laser-cutting technology, this wooden book combined two things that will wake your senses -- reading and solving puzzles. Codex Silenda: The Book of Puzzles is a five-page book of intricate puzzles that is unlike any other. It is not your typical mystery book.

Source: Gizmodo

Codex Silenda was created by industrial designer Brady Whitney. Each page is a unique puzzle that the reader needs to unlock to be able to advance to the next page. The next chapters to the story are also locked by a more difficult puzzle. ...

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This Glass Walkway in China is the Most Terrifying Ever!

I’m quite content down here, thank you very much.

Spanning 100 meters along the side of Tianmen Mountain is China is a glass walkway that even the bravest adventurers may think twice before crossing. Suspended in mind-numbing 4,600 feet in the air with a clear view of what you're walking on (or what you're not walking on, depends on how you see it), The Coiling Dragon is the latest of China's blood-freezing tourist attractions.


Source: Mirror UK

This walkway in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Hunan province has 99 turns around the side of the sheer cliff part of the mountain. There are safety rails where tourists can cling on to their dear life. ...

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