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    Isola La Gaiola in Italy

    Islands are cute little havens, surrounded by water with picturesque landscapes, and greenery; sometimes flaunting kaleidoscopic fauna, sometimes mesmerizing with their quiet and peace. Wondering what can be strange about them?

    Well, you can’t be more wrong! Strange islands of the world—and there are many—make you question your idea of the picture perfect islands. Let’s scroll, buddy.

    1. Rapa Nui or Easter Island, Chile

    Easter Island in Chile

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    Littered all over the island, there are 887 strange statues, over 3 stories tall, famous as Moia statues. And they weigh crazy 14 tons and measure huge 13 feet! Strange is the question of how did early Polynesian inhabitants accomplish such monumental task with their fairly primitive tools. They had no carriages or cranes to pick and drop the large stones out of which the statues are carved.

    There is no answer though.

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    2. Ilha de Queimada Grande or Snake Island, Brazil


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    Ohk, think of venom, so powerful that its single drop is capable of melting human flesh. Now think of a snake which is full of such venom. Now, about an island full of just these snakes.

    Scary, right? Yes, Snake island is full of 5000 Golden Lanceheads, one of the most dangerous and venomous snakes in the world. These snakes slurp and surf the island like kings as they are the sole inhabitants of the island, sparing a tourist or two, here and there.

    3. Socotra Island, Yemen

    Socotra Island in Yemen

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    Just a glance at its pictures, showcasing its biologically unique to the world flora and fauna, says a lot. Just for the record, there are over 300 plants, 27 reptiles and six bird species which are unique to this island. And trust, the pictures below are not out of AVATAR.

    Dragon’s Blood Tree

    Dragon blood tree in Socotra Island

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    Socotran Desert Rose

    Desert rose at Socotra Island

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    A Socotran Reptile

    A native reptile at Socotra Island

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    4. Isola La Gaiola, Italy

    Isola La Gaiola in Italy

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    The beautiful island, lined with picturesque cobblestone streets, is said to be cursed. Actually, a set of two islands linked together with a rusty bridge, the island is said to bring extreme bad luck to its owners; sometimes, even resulting in untimely deaths. Sudden suicides, heart attacks, brutal murders, commitment to mental hospitals, downfall from the riches, or being overthrown in jail.

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    5. Ōkunoshima Island or Rabbit Island, Japan

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    The island was once home to several poisonous gas factories. Now it has transformed to a rabbit hub with thousands and thousands of rabbits hopping on the island. Some believe them to be the descendants of the group which was brought there to test poisonous gases. While others claim them to be somehow descended from the heaven to pay homage to the original lot. Quite strange, eh?

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    6. Sable Island, Nova Scotia

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    Also known as “The Graveyard of the Atlantic”, Sable Island houses multitudes of shipwrecks and hundreds of wild horses. The peculiar eeriness of over 490 dilapidated shipwrecks adorning the island while more than 450 wild horses gallop around, is definitely not lost on us.

    7. Palmyra Island, North Pacific

    Palmyra Island in North Pacific

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    Stunning coastline, palm trees, shimmering water, gorgeous sunsets, colorful corals, mesmerizing dawns, and peaceful vacations. Quite a charmer, right? OR NOT.

    The picture is tainted with tragic deaths, bizarre happenings, pirate attacks, buried treasure, secret military use, cursed land, and gruesome murders. All these strange happenings have forced even the best of rationalists to wonder about the curse being true.

    8. La Isla de las Muñecas or The Island of the Dolls, Mexico City

    Island of dolls in Mexico City

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    The former resident of the island, Don Julian, used to claim that a little girl had drowned in the back canals of the island, whom he failed to save. Since that day, various dolls and dismantled body parts of dolls started washing ashore to the island.

    Now now, thousands of dolls, hanging from trees or various objects, some mangled, some wrapped in cobwebs, some with body parts missing, some just beheaded!

    9. Vulcan Point, Philippines


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    Vulcan Point is known to be the geographical equivalent to the 2012 movie, Inception. You ask why. Okay so, Vulcan Point is an island, which is in a lake, which in turn is on an island, which is within a lake, which is on an outer island which is located in Pacific Ocean. Phew..

    Got it? Or do you need to go through it once again?

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    10. Christmas Island, Australian territory in Indian Ocean

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    The island is named so, as it was discovered on Christmas day in 1643. Populating the island are 14 species of crabs, who scramble to leave their inland burrows during the rainy season to spawn in the sea. Nearly 140 million crabs make this month long treacherous five mile journey to the ocean, albeit all the hurdles of dehydration, dangerous plains, squashing under the vehicles and crazy herds of yellow ants.

    11. The Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca, Peru

    Floating Island in Peru

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    These floating man made islands are quite strange and wondrous in their own way. They are indeed woven mats made out of floating totora reeds which are fastened together with ropes. Locals use these islands as settlements to avoid disruptions with neighboring tribes regarding the territories.

    12. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

    Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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    Now this doesn’t qualify as an island until you consider the size of this garbage patch. It measures to be twice the size of whole continental US. And what makes it more strange and sad is that it is made up of debris and particles that have been dumped in the water over the years. All of which have come together by the oceans strong currents and high waves. Strangeness to its height.

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Strange Islands Of The World


    Q. What is the weirdest island in the world?

    A. Some of the weirdest islands in the world include:
    -The Isola La Gaiola, Italy
    -Okunoshima Island, Japan
    -Sable Island, Nova Scotia
    -Christmas Island, Indian Ocean
    -The Island of the Dolls, Mexico City
    -Vulcan Point, the Philippines
    -Ilha de Queimada Grande (“Snake Island”), Brazil
    -Deer Island, New York

    Q. Why is it called Mistake Island?

    A. While many think the island’s name is a joke, “Mistake” here is actually a corruption of the word “Moosabec”. People believe that “Moosabec” is more or less an Abenaki word that could mean “moose head”.

    Q. Why is it called Disappointment Island?

    A. It is believed that when the British explorer John Byron had visited Napuka Atoll as well as Tepoto Atoll, the natives on these islands had a hostile disposition toward him because of which he started calling them “Disappointment Islands”.

    Q. Can I live on Disappointment Island?

    A. No one can possibly live on Disappointment Island since there is no source of freshwater on this island.

    Q. What is the most dangerous island in the world?

    A. Some of the most dangerous islands in the world include Izu Islands in Japan, Saba in the Netherlands, Gruinard Island in Scotland, Ramree Island in Burma, Ilha da Queimada in Brazil, North Sentinel Island in Andaman, and the Farallon Islands.

    Q. Is it illegal to go to North Sentinel Island?

    A. Yes, visiting North Sentinel Island is strictly forbidden due to the chances of visitors getting attacked or a threat of life to the native Sentinelese people (according to past incidents of both).

    Q. Is there fresh water on North Sentinel Island?

    A. Yes, North Sentinel Island would most certainly have freshwater since it supports and sustains human and animal life, and that is not possible without freshwater sources.

    Q. Who owns Palmyra Atoll?

    A. The Nature Conservancy, Inc. is the rightful owner of the Palmyra Atoll in the United States Minor Outlying Islands. It manages it as a nature reserve.

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