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Aokigahara: Japan's suicide forest

Aokigahara: Japan's suicide forest

It’s said that going for a quick walk outside can lift even the most stubborn feelings of depression. A few minutes taking in the fresh air, the birdsong and the sound of the wind blowing through the trees can cheer you up and put a spring in your step. This is all assuming, however, that you’re not going for a walk in Japan’s Aokigahara forest. Because, chances are, a walk in Aokigahara will end in the taking of your own life.

Coco de mer: Is this the world's strangest palm tree?

Coco de mer: Is this the world's strangest palm tree?

You might have noticed that we have a bit of an obsession with the bizarre and the unusual. So you can only imagine how excited we were when we discovered the coco de mer, a palm tree which can be found on the islands of Praslin and Curieuse in the Seychelles. Because, as you can see, it’s definitely no ordinary palm tree…

5 very unusual sports from around the world

5 very unusual sports from around the world

Welcome, sports fans, to a trip round some of the world’s most unusual games. Whatever it is you look for in a sport (athletic ability, fierce competition, dead goats), you’ll find plenty of it here. Some of these sports may seem crazy to us in Britain, but as our national sport is just an unnecessarily complicated version of kicking a ball around the park, we’re really in no position to judge.

The Explorers Club: New York's bizarre bug banquet

The Explorers Club: New York's bizarre bug banquet

When I think of the culinary delights I would probably devour while in New York, I dribble at the thought of hot dogs and onions, giant pretzels and fruity cocktails. I’m guessing you’re thinking along similar lines, right? Well how about if I was to tell that, every year, the prestigious Waldorf-Astoria in New York played host to one of the world’s strangest banquets? Not for the weak-stomached (so me, then), this gruesome feast consists of pickled eyeballs, maggot-covered strawberries and – horror of horrors – deep-fried tarantula!

Breakfasts from around the world

Breakfasts from around the world

As we’re so often reminded, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It wakes you up after a night’s sleep, gets you ready for the day ahead and keeps you full until lunchtime. With such a vital role to play in our wellbeing, it’s perhaps surprising that so many of us leave control of our breakfast in the hands of a cartoon tiger.

6 incredible natural features from around the world

6 incredible natural features from around the world

Pretty temples, weird statues and funky bridges are all well and good but in my opinion, some of the best sights you’ll ever see are natural. Everyone knows about the usual suspects – your Grand Canyons and your Mount Everests – but what about the natural features that are just as incredible, but not as well-known? Well, here are six such natural features…

8 amazing facts you might not know about bananas

8 amazing facts you might not know about bananas

To us here in Britain, a banana is just a fruit with a slippery skin; a tasty snack wrapped in a practical joke. In other countries, however, they take it much more seriously – it may be a funny looking fruit with a funny sounding name, but millions of people rely on the banana just to stay alive.