20 Weird And Shocking Places Around The World

Elista, Russia

The designer of this city was a chess fanatic, and so Elista, Russia is known by the name “Chess City.” It even has a life-size chess board in the town square. It makes you wonder how heavy those chess pieces are, and if they’re light enough to carry around and have a life-size game.

Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa

“So, what’s a way-out spiritual group doing in such a very non-Hindu place in the Midwest?” you ask. It’s a good question, since you wouldn’t think the southeastern corner of Iowa would be all that welcoming or tolerant to anyone or anything but mainstream thinking, even in religion, but despite the weirdness, they’re not doing any harm.

Loch Ness, Scotland

Whether or not you are of Scottish descent, traveling to see one of the most famous lakes (“loch” in Scots-Gaelic) in the world is an exhilarating must-do, especially when there’s so much mystery behind this place it’s not even funny. Go for the mystery of Nessie, but stay for the sheer primal mystery that winds itself around the Highlands themselves.

Bermuda Triangle

Another one of the planet’s truly weird spots by nature, the Bermuda Triangle, which starts from Florida’s southern tip, reaching to San Juan, Puerto Rico and ending at the island of Bermuda itself, is the site of many plane and ship malfunctions or crashes, owing to the place’s effect on any kind of manmade electrical or electronic machine. It’s even been speculated that Amelia Earhart was one of the people that lost her way in this anomalous electromagnetic spot in the south Atlantic.