Some psychologists claim that the fact that we see a rich and detailed picture of the world is just a mirage. Because if it’s not interesting, we’re not paying attention.
At any moment we are aware of only a small part of what surrounds us now and we are not aware of what is hidden from our awareness. The refrigerator light always seems to be on because when it’s dark, we’re not looking.
We decided to illuminate some of the places that you could pass dozens of times, but we never knew exactly where to look for more details.
7. The Secret Club of Disneyland 33
In the heart of the New Orleans Square section of Disneyland, there is an exclusive top secret restaurant: club 33. Walt Disney needed a place to entertain visiting donors, celebrities, and politicians.
Unfortunately, it was not officially opened until May 1967, a few months after his death. There is a long waiting list to pay the $25,000 membership fee and the $10,000 annual membership fee to become one of their members.
6. Gustav Eiffel’s private apartment
The Eiffel Tower was completed in 1889 and it soon became known that the designer Gustav Eiffel did not forget himself and built a small apartment near the top of the world.
Many members of Parisian high society tried to rent out their cozy nest in the sky, but Eiffel turned them all down.
He preferred to use it for reflection and to entertain prestigious guests such as Thomas Edison. Today the apartment is on display for visitors to come and look at.
5. Secret chamber of the National Library of India
The history of the construction of the National Library dates back to the time of Raj. That is why archaeologists were very excited to discover a mysterious room in the 250 year old building.
A room that no one knew about and no one could enter because it had no doors, windows or hatches.
Scientists thought it might be a torture room, or maybe it contained some unimaginable treasures. But everyone was wrong and a little disappointed: it was a slab full of mud, whose predestination remains a mystery.
4. The remarkable secret spot of Times Square
Not all secret places are invisible. Sometimes we look at them all the time. The famous building in Times Square, where the New Year’s Eve ball falls every year, thus maintains its little mystery. Or, in fact, it saves nothing. Surprisingly, it is empty.
Walgreens rents the first 3 floors. The upper floors are occupied by the One Times Square production management team for New Year’s Eve.
But in between, there isn’t much else. Which is very mysterious in such a central location.
3. The Vanderbilt Tennis Club at Grand Central Terminal
Another of the secrets that Grand Central Terminal has hidden since 1960 are the exclusive tennis courts on its upper floors. They were open to the public once, but in 1984 they were removed and converted into a private tennis club, where celebrities and other wealthy people could play tennis.
In 2009, the Vanderbilt Club was closed and a full-service lounge was created for Metro-North Railroad employees. In 2011, new courts were built and the Vanderbilt Tennis Club moved into the newly built fourth floor.
2. The buried remains of the ancient streets below London
At the intersection of Charring Cross Road and Old Compton Street in Soho, there is an island of traffic. If you stand in front of it and look at the metal grating on the floor, you’ll see 2 tiled Victorian street names glued to the wall below the floor and catch a glimpse of a forgotten remnant of old London, a small part of a long lost road – Little Compton Street.
At the time the street level was much lower and there was a bar called Coach and Horses on the corner of Soho.
In 1896, the street level was raised and an office block was eventually built on the Little Compton Street site, leaving it in the past.
1. The Colossus of the Apennines
This giant half-man, half-mountain statue was built at the end of the 16th century in Italy and really has a secret to hide. There are several rooms inside that once brought it to life.
The monster on his left hand spewed water from an underground stream. And there is also a rumor that the space in his head housed a fireplace, so when it was lit, it blew smoke out of his nose.
Do you know of any mystery that we probably didn’t realize when we were dazzled by the beauty of famous places? Share them with us in the comments below.