Top 5 Most Dangerous Places On Earth

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Tomorrow marks the 75th anniversary of the San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Considered by many to be a masterpiece of construction, although it is not the tallest, longest or widest bridge in the world it is still one of the most recognisable. The bridge is also known as suicide bridge because it is thought to be the world’s premier venue for suicide. Take a look at our pick of five of the world’s most dangerous places, which include shark infested waters, sand storms and volcanic smog.

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On average the golden gate bridge has one person jump to their death every two weeks, and more than 1,500 to date! Many more consider jumping but decide against it. According to the local police force it is rare for a week to pass without a golden gate bridge related incident. John Bateson a former crisis centre director stated ‘ There is a kind of allure to the bridge, for a brief period people receive attention in death that may have been denied in life’.

The African Lake Of Death

Lake Kivu lies on the border between the Deomocratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. The water at the bottom of this lake is heavy with dissolved gas. The lake contains an estimated 256 cubic kilometres of carbon dioxide (CO2) and 65 cubic kilometres of methane. If released from the depths, the gasses could spread through the air and wipe out the 2 million Africans who live in the lake’s basin. Lakes in Cameroon with similar gasses have erupted in the past, one killing 37 people and the other wiping out 1700 villagers from the exposure of toxic gas.

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Death By Sand

In China, the Minqin County , in northwest Gansu province, is soon to be wiped out by two merging deserts. The Tengger desert approaches from the southeast and the Badian Jaran approaches from the northwest. Trapped between the two this area is slowly being overrun by sand storms and daylong winds. The Chinese government has started relocating residents as this area will soon become a sandy wasteland open to the elements.

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Volcano Central

Mount Merapi is located on the border between Central Java and Yogyakarta. Even during its calmest days smoke floats out of the volcanoes mouth, blackening the sky around it. It has erupted 60 times in the past five centuries with the most recent eruption in 2006. Around 200,000 villagers live within 4 miles of the volcano and many have been killed or severely injured by the hot gas and lava that the volcano spurts out.

Shark Infested Waters

Volusia County, located in the east central part of the U.S state of Florida has more recorded shark attacks than anywhere else on earth! One of the more popular beaches of the region, New Smyrna, fills with surfers each summer and many who hit the waves suffer from shark attacks. Luckily the majority of the shark attacks are not fatal with many just being nips and small bites.

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If you’re a thrill seeker or a daredevil and want to take someone away with you, you can use Shareagift to collect funds with friends online and go on the ultimate thrill seeking adventure. Whether it be skydiving for a chosen cause or visiting shark-infested waters with friends, Shareagift can help you fundraise, collect money online or group gift the perfect adventure!

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(The World’s) Top 5 Most Amazing Tennis Courts!

The ultimate grand slam tournament is underway this week and this years Wimbledon has been grabbing headlines across the sporting world. To feed your tennis appetite we have hand picked the world’s top five most amazing tennis courts that will take your breath away and are the ultimate dream setting for any tennis player.

1 – The Floating Court Of Qatar

In 2011 a tennis court was erected and could be found floating in the middle of a lagoon in the Persian Gulf. The court was put there especially for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to play a few games on to promote the upcoming ATP World Tour. Although the two tennis players usually avoid wet courts they both said they thoroughly enjoyed the experience and luckily neither slipped in!

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2 – Scotland’s Remote Beauty

Nestled amongst the hills of the Scottish Out Hebrides sits a pristine tennis court. Compared to the backdrop of the weathered coastline this court looks almost photoshopped into the picture. A remote beauty and one not to be missed if you are visiting Scotland this summer!

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3 – A Classic In Rhinebeck

A wealthy family living in New York who wanted a sporting pavilion built that they could use commissioned the Rhinebeck court in 1902. The building that the court sits in is magnificent and the facility also houses squash courts, a bowling alley, a shooting range and one of the country’s first indoor residential swimming pools!

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4 – A Court Above The Clouds

In 2005 a helipad 650 feet above the ground on top of Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai was temporarily converted into the world’s highest tennis court. It was done to promote the ATP’s Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open and was used for a match between Roger Federer and Andre Agassi. The court looks amazing balanced over Dubai’s skyline however during the match they did lose a considerable amount of tennis balls!

5 – The First Underwater Tennis Court

Don’t get too excited this hasn’t been built yet however there are plans for this project to get underway after an architect from Poland proposed the idea which could be built just offshore in the Persian Gulf, not too far from where the highest tennis match in the world was played. Part sports arena, part aquarium, the concept calls for a rooftop coral reef, which would bring sea life to the area for spectators to see!

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Are you a budding architect that loves tennis or do you just want a court nearer to your home? Then don’t sit around and hope that one will get built, start a fund raising project, get others involved and see your dream made a reality! Shareagift can help you with any fundraising ideas you have from building a local tennis court to seeing your favourite band back on the road. Collect money online and see your visions come to fruition! So what are you waiting for! Start your campaign now!

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Top 5 Theme Parks You Won’t Believe Exist!

It was announced this week that Margate in Kent’s theme park, Dreamland, is set to reopen its doors after having been fixed up and revamped for a new generation to enjoy. With this in mind we set about compiling a list of 5 of the strangest theme parks across the globe!

1- Patriot Park

The first on our list is a new military theme park that is set to open in Russia. If you visit Patriot Park for the day you can play with grenade launchers, test heavy weapons such as the T-90 tank or an attack helicopter, take part in extreme sports and even enjoy army rations for lunch. Dubbed Russia’s military Disneyland this park is defiantly something different, that’s for sure!

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2- Kingdom Of The Little People

This theme park’s popularity grew when it was featured on an episode of the TV show An Idiot Abroad. The park is located in Kunming, Yunnan in China and features performances from people with dwarfism. To work at the park you must not exceed 120cm and all the employees live in nearby houses designed for their height. Although this park is a very popular attraction many have criticised it for making fun of the dwarfism condition.

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3- Hacienda Napoles (Naples Estate)

Pablo Escobar’s estate was converted into a theme park by the Columbian government in an attempt to cash in on his black market earnings. This park built on the drug smuggler’s estate includes a zoo, a bullfighting ring and a classic car collection amongst other strange artefacts.

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4- Shijingshan Amusement Park

This park located in Beijing, which has been dubbed ‘fake Disneyland’, has a castle at its centre that looks very similar to Disney’s. The park is full of weird and wonderful rides including an American safari where you go round and try to shoot at plastic animals! Many of the park’s characters which people have said look very similar to well known cartoon characters include a grey talking bunny, a mermaid, flying elephants and a large blue caterpillar! The owners, however, have clearly stated that everything is based on Grimm’s Fairy Tales…

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5- The Republic Of The Children

Said to have inspired Walt Disney in the creation of Disneyland, The Republic Of The Children is a giant city proportionally sized down for kids, which is located in Argentina. It has everything you would expect to find in a city including an airport, restaurants, hotels, a church and even a courthouse!

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If you know that taking a friend to one of these parks would be the perfect day out for them, or if this has put you in the mood to visit a local theme park don’t forget that you can use Shareagift to raise the money you need to make the day out as good as it can be! However, if theme parks aren’t your thing then why not have a look at our alternative days out this summer or the top 5 most terrifying places to visit in the world!

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Top 5 Most Terrifying Places On Earth!

Today Lonely Planet named Kent as Europe’s top spot for a family holiday. The county brings in thousands of tourists due to its many attractions, which include the White Cliffs of Dover, Canterbury Cathedral, Lees Castle (billed as ‘the loveliest castle in the world’) and Margate sea front. Kent also plays host to the most haunted village in England!

Pluckley Village draws in visitors from far and wide as well as paranormal investigators and various television crews. The village and surrounding area is rumoured to have around 12 to 16 ghosts haunting it. The most popular ghost is the screaming man who is believed to have worked in the village brickwork and was unfortunate to fall to his death. Here at Shareagift we love being spooked and have compiled a list of five of the scariest places to visit around the world!

1- The Door To Hell

The Door to Hell is a natural gas field in Derweze, Turkmenistan. Soviet engineers lit this natural gas fire in 1971 and it still burns to this day. The natural gas deposits in the area fuel the fire and the smell of burning sulphur fills the area. It was originally thought to be an oil field site but as the Soviets started drilling the ground beneath collapsed into a wide crater.

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2 – Lake Natron

Lake Natron is located in East Africa, the United Republic of Tanzania and got its name from the mixture of salt and minerals, called natron, which are revealed when the water’s level decreases. The lake’s water can reach temperatures of up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit and is salty enough to poison most animals. Many of the animals that do visit the lake are turned into statues, through calcification resulting in scary looking figures in and around the area.

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3- Leap Castle

Leap castle is situated in Ireland and is widely recognised as the most haunted castle in the world. Numerous people were imprisoned and executed in the castle, which is one of the reasons that people believe it is haunted. Shadows are often seen wandering the Priest’s House within the castle grounds, the Murder Hole Room contains a blood stained floor, ghost sightings of two young girls have been reported by many visitors, and the infamous Red Lady has also been seen by many carrying a dagger in her hand and raising it in a menacing manner!

4 – La Isla De La Munecas – Island Of The Dolls

The Island of the Dolls sits south of Mexico City and has become a world-renowned tourist destination. This island is the home of hundreds of terrifying, mutilated dolls! The island’s only inhabitant, Don Julian Santana, found the body of a drowned child in the canal some 50 years ago. Haunted by her death he started hanging dolls around the island hoping this would appease her tortured soul and protect the island from future evil.

5 – Paris Catacombs

These catacombs are located underground in Paris, France just south of the former city gate. They hold the remains of around six million people and it is said to be the world’s largest grave. It is now one of Paris’s most visited tourist attractions and was the location of last year’s horror film ‘As Above, So Below’.

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If this has put you in the mood for a scary day out then why not take someone along as a gift, after all there’s nothing better than watching someone jump out of their skin! At Shareagift you can save with others and make that special person’s day one to remember! If your looking for something a little less terrifying this summer then take a look at our top five alternative day’s out.

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