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Know about something strange going on out there in this wild world? Share your story with us on Twitter by calling out @NatGeoTraveler and using the #StrangePlanet hash tag — and it might just appear on the Intelligent Travel blog.

These events—a Bigfoot festival and a shopping cart race among them—are just too odd to miss. Get a sneak peek of our weird and wacky list below, then find all 20 online. Plus, we want to hear from you. Tell us about another odd festival or event in the comments section below. East Coast Kinetic Sculpture Race Baltimore,…

Although twisted tourist attractions are not exclusive to New York City, the Big Apple is often noted for its high concentration of bizarre spectacles. Whether you are in Chinatown, the East Village or even Times Square you can always find something or someone interesting to look at.

While you’re exploring this strange city, check out some of the out of the ordinary dining experiences New York has to offer:

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The inevitable fate we face post-travel is trying to answer that well-meaning yet story-squashing query from friends and co-workers—“How was it?” Why settle for a blanket answer when you could tell tales of your shin-kicking, toilet seat-throwing, cheese-rolling good time? Thanks to The Jetpacker’s list of quirky (and possibly hazardous) competitions from around the world…

Hello summer! Time to fire up the barbecue, apply gobs of sunscreen, and give the car a tune-up before heading out on that great American road trip. And what auto adventure would be complete without a stop at bizarre roadside attractions? Our friends over at BootsnAll have put together a list of “15 of the…

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Our friends over at Atlas Obscura, “a compendium of the world’s wonders, curiosities, and esoterica,” have published the Atlas Obscura Guide to Islands You Never Want to Visit. It is the “definitive guide to the worst, most horrible islands in the world” and includes places from radioactive beaches to “the island kingdom of a murderous…

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This spring, most everyone in England has been riveted by the Royal Wedding. But May also inaugurates the “silly season” in the U.K., when a variety of other wacky, offbeat, and definitely not-royal celebrations take place. Traveler contributing editor and photographer Bob Krist is vacationing and visiting relatives in the southwest, and although he didn’t…

Strange Planet: Runway Beach

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Don’t adjust your monitor. This is not an emergency landing. At Maho Beach on the Caribbean island of Sint Maarten, beach goers get an up-close-and-personal view of 747 planes landing at the neighboring airport. Our friends at BoingBoing recap what it’s like to sunbathe on a runway. Photo: Asa Jernigan/My Shot

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Talk about an adrenalin rush. Our friends over at Gadling found this terrifying helmet-cam video of a racer participating in Chile’s annual downhill bicycle insanity, the Valparaiso Cerro Abajo Race. Watch this adventurous rider speed along narrow pathways, fly over treacherous jumps, and (around 36 seconds in) navigate past a dog that wanders onto the…

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What do you get when you cross an ice-fishing shack with a snowmobile trailer and a 1996 Chevy Cavalier? The winner of the Bangor Daily News‘ Original Ice Shack Contest, fully driveable and fishable. From Jalopnik via Neatorama

It sits in an industrial area along the river Spree between the Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg districts in Berlin, and from the outside the hotel looks pretty much like its neighbors. Until you reach the 8th to the 10th floors, which suddenly jut out almost 70 feet above the street. The recently opened Nhow Berlin hotel…

Take a closer look. You won’t be splashing around in these falls anytime soon. That’s because what appears to be  water spilling over the cliffs is actually a natural rock formation. Hierve el Agua, which ironically translates as “the water boils,” is located just over 70 kilometers from Oaxaca City in Mexico. The falls, formed…

Notice anything wrong with this picture?  This beach has white sand, seaweed, bathers, tiny waves, rocky cliffs, and is subject to tides, but it’s not on the ocean. Located near the town of Llanes in Asturias in northern Spain, the odd little beach of Gulpiyuri stands by itself in a depression in the middle of…

This is no ordinary reef. British artist Jason de Caires Taylor created these 400 sculptures from casts of real people, and he’s placed them on the ocean floor outside of Mexico’s Isla Mujeres National Marine Park. The work is called “The Silent Evolution,” and is part of the Museo Subacuatico de Arte (MUSA); its aim…

Mr. Blobby Needs a Meme

He’s been in and out of the news since being discovered back in 2003, but if we were the betting type, we would wager that Mr. Blobby could very well be the next internet meme. He’s a fathead sculpin fish that’s now being touted as one of the 6,000 creatures discovered during the decade-long Census…

Strange Planet: Pixels ‘R’ Us

Forget swine flu or terrorist attacks. The real metropolitan danger comes from mass pixelation, at least according to this Daily Motion video by Patrick Jean. Today New York City, tomorrow the world! PIXELS by PATRICK JEAN. Hat-tip: National Geographic photographer @Carsten_Peter

When Meaghan Mulholland heard about a Hong Kong restaurant offering a unique style of service, she knew she had to try it, even if it did turn her stomach. Until a few days ago, if you’d asked me to pick the restaurant industry’s worst contribution to society, I might have chosen KFC’s “Double Down” sandwich,…

A slew of Australian parrots are truly going “down under” in the tropical climate. Red-collared lorikeets (aka rainbow lorikeets) have been found stumbling around, falling off their perches and showing signs similar to human drunkenness. Lisa Hansen, a veterinary surgeon at the Ark Animal hospital told the London Times, “They act quite like a drunken…

UPDATE: Thanks to reader Gary for sending us a video link to the castle crossing. Check it out after the jump. We’re all very familiar with inflatable rafts, but using an inflatable bouncy castle as a mode of transport? Now we’ve seen everything. Three British twentysomethings recently paddled five miles across Italy’s Lake Garda in…

Sleep in a Beer Can

Our former colleague Emily Haile, who blogs at the Travel Telegraph, recently wrote a piece in Draft Magazine about Denmark’s Skanderborg Music Festival, or Smukfest. Like many festivals, it’s an annual outdoor concert where partygoers can listen to acts like Eric Clapton, Lenny Kravitz, Beck, Björk, and Green Day, all of whom have performed there…

Do you look for the weird when you travel? Gabriela Garcia uncovered some of the world’s most unusual museums. Don’t get me wrong–I love the Louvre in Paris and the Museum of Natural History in New York as much as the next person. But there’s a certain exhilaration that comes with hiking up a mountain…

Would You Take the Titanic Cruise?

Cool or creepy? A Titanic-themed cruise, created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the the ill-fated vessel, will retrace its trans-Atlantic journey in April of 2012 (without an iceberg collision, we hope). The cruise, created by Miles Morgan Travel, will follow the original ship’s itinerary, departing from Southampton, England, and stopping in Cherbourg, France and…

Strange Planet: Sewer Pipe Hotel

If you ever find yourself traveling near Ottensheim, Austria, (located in Upper Austria just seven miles from Linz on the Danube River) in need of a place to rest your head, the Das Park Hotel offers an affordable night’s rest so long as you don’t mind sleeping in a former sewer pipe. The hotel, which…

50 Years of Space Monkeys

This week marks the anniversary of some serious intrepid traveling: NASA successfully launched the first monkeys into space 50 years ago. Two rhesus monkeys named Miss Baker and Able were launched in a Jupiter AM-18 rocket, and National Geographic’s Breaking Orbit blog reports that “they reached to a height of 360 miles (579 kilometers) before…