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7 of the World’s Most Unusual Towns

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2. Coober Pedy, Australia

In a place where temperatures regularly soar into the 90s and the 100s in the summer, it’s understandable that the residents of Coober Pedy, Australia would do anything they can to beat the heat. And, here, it’s all about living underground. Often referred to as the ”opal capital of the world,” more than half of this mining town’s residents live in homes in dug out caves on the hillsides, where temperatures are steady and a cool relief from the scorching heat outside. Building a “dugout” costs about the same as building a home on the surface, with the added bonus of not having to worry about all those high energy bills from air conditioning. Also underground? Shops, churches, and even a four star hotel!

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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6:21AM PDT on Oct 16, 2013

Thanks for this interesting article

10:08PM PDT on Oct 1, 2013

Thanks---very interesting. I enjoined it.

12:16AM PDT on Oct 1, 2013

Thanks Katie.

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2:08AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

I want to really check out Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa

5:57PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

Thame Town China is oddly bizzarre.

3:50PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

WOW!!! I'd probably avoid most of these for a visit but very interesting to know they exist!!!

3:03PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

Must add some of these to 'my bucket list' might give the oil platform a miss though!

12:47PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013


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