Have you ever wondered what made a place famous? Obviously the answer is the points of interest. Notable sights such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. Natural beauties like the Jungfrau region of the Swiss Alps or the Grand Canyon of Arizona. Not to mention places of historical and architectural importance, from the Tower of London to the New York Empire State Building.
However, there are also some places that are famous for bizarre reasons. There is the US city that went completely to the dogs after the general store burned down, to the British alley that became the joke's butt.
An "undiscovered" Pacific island and an Australian mountain peak that continues to grow. Some of these places you may not want to visit, others may prove a little difficult unless you venture into the online world. All of them are famous for quite bizarre reasons.
10 Gone to the Dogs.
The tiny town of Rabbit Hash in Coone County, Kentucky term "dog lead" in a whole new context.
The city is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with historic business from 1831 listed as the best preserved country business in Kentucky. However, the general store of this small community is not the most famous aspect of this city.
When it was destroyed by fire in 2016, the small community gathered to reconstruct the legendary donated wood shop from other historic buildings through a unique community fundraiser.  They have held a mayoral election every year since 1998, with all candidates being canines, a tradition that has lasted for more than 20 years.
The first elected mayor, Goofy Borneman-Calhourn, a dog of "indefinite breed" from 1998 until his death in 2001 at the mature age of 16 in office. The second mayor, a black Labrador named Junior Cochran's tenure, has been controversial. He was denied access to the general store for health reasons.
Current Mayor Brynneth Pawltro successfully raised $ 9,000 to rebuild the city's general store. The votes in the city elections cost $ 1 each, with no limit on the number of votes cast. 
9 Growing Mountain
Australia's highest mountain is not just off the mainland, it continues to grow.  While most people would consider Mount Kosciuszko to be Australia's highest mountain, at 2,745 meters Mawson Peak is officially the highest mountain in Australia when it was last measured. The active volcano is located around 4,100 kilometers off the Australian mainland on Heard Island, southwest of Perth in the Indian Ocean. The constant interaction between melted lava and glacial ice means that both the summit and the surrounding island continue to grow in size. It is estimated that Mawson Peak could currently stand at approximately 2800 meters.
The island is hidden in clouds for most of the year as fire and ice continue to react. Researchers are usually the only visitors to undertake the dangerous week-long journey into the inhospitable conditions around the island. Not an ideal place for skiing or hiking, since "Big Ben" has been erupting continuously since 2012. 
8 The Most Dangerous Golf Course in the World
You certainly need military precision to avoid an explosion of this Korean golf course. Camp Bonifas is not an ordinary golf course, but is considered the most dangerous golf course in the world. The Par 3 One golf course is located on the edge of the United Nations Command Post, 500 meters from the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.
Around the square are land mines, barbed wire and an empty machine gun nest. Scattered shots are known to have detonated a land mine. Little hope of getting your golf balls back on this course.
Surprisingly, up to 1000 tourists a day visit the unique place for the ultimate adrenaline-fueled round. 
7 Cat Island
If you dislike cats, Tashirojima Island is probably not the place to go.
The remote rural island off the Japanese coast of Ishinomaki is mostly populated by cats. In fact, with only 100 human inhabitants, the island is home to an estimated 800 cats.
The cats date from the 18th century when the residents used the cats to protect their textile industry and chased the mice that threatened their silkworms.
More recently, fishermen fed the cats from the shore and believed that they had brought good luck to the fishing fleet. A shrine for the cat population "Neko-Jinja" was even built in the center of the island.
Today tourists take the one-hour ferry ride to "Cat Island", where the locals very much welcome a cuddle party. People also appreciate visitors to their remote old village. There may not be many tourist facilities like restaurants or cafes. However, visitors can stay in “cat-shaped” bungalows on the foreshore. 
6 The City That Wasn't There
The small British town of Argelton in East Lancashire has an official zip code, property listings, weather forecasts, and job vacancies online. The only catch is that it doesn't exist.
The city that appears on Google Earth and Google Maps is actually an empty space next to the A59 motorway. Online services that use Google data incorrectly listed many companies and services within the same zip code area as in Phantomdorf.
The anomaly was discovered in 2008, garnered worldwide media attention, and spawned a variety of fictional websites that made fun of Google errors over the Internet.
Explanations for the city's appearance on Google include mapmakers who insert fake place names to reveal copyright infringement and confusion with the Aughton community where the fictional village is located.
According to Google, Argelton is currently "closed". 
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5 Snowless Ski Area
A basic requirement for a ski area would have to be snow. However, Monte Kaolino is the only snow-free ski area in the world. Monte Kaolino is located in Hirschau, Germany, and is a 110-meter-high artificial sand dune.
Named after the kaolinite quartz sand that was historically mined in the district, the sand has been used as a problematic by-product in the manufacture of the mineral in many industrial and medical applications.
The slag pile of sand had grown so high in the mid-1950s that a local grabbed his skis and used the mountain for skiing. It wasn't long before a ski club was founded with athletes who wanted to practice their descents on the sand pile.
Today the Sandberg even has a ski lift, a campsite and a water park and also hosts the Sandboard World Championships.  A unique use for an old industrial waste landfill. 
4 Underground City
The legendary Australian country town is a remote community with a pub on every corner where Akubra locals gather to say "Gidday". However, the city of Coober Pedy has a clear difference. Most of the city's 1,700 residents all live underground.
The mining town in South Australia's outback has summer temperatures of up to 45 ° C. Early opal miners adapted to the inhospitable environment by creating underground "shelters" to escape the scorching heat. The local population was so amused by the miners who built rabbit-like caves that they called the city a "white guy in a hole" or "Coober Pedy".
Today most of the city's houses and public buildings are worked out of the underground sandstone, in which the temperature is around 23 ° C all year round. Here you will find houses, churches, restaurants, bars and churches that are deep underground with no natural light and airflow.
The barren landscape provided the perfect setting for the 1985 film "Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome". 
3 Undiscovered Island
Explorers ventured on many journeys of discovery throughout history, however very few places have ever been "undiscovered".
Captain James Cook first mapped the tiny island "Sandy Island" northeast of Australia in 1774, the whaling ship "Velocity" confirming the existence of the landmass in 1876.
The remote island of the Pacific Ocean conjures up images of an idyllic vacation between the swinging palm trees. However, it can be difficult to get to your destination.
Although seafarers appear on a number of maps, they could not find the 24-kilometer island. Google Earth even recorded the existence of the Pacific Island using data from these historical paper maps.
The island was officially "undiscovered" in November 2012 when Australian scientific researchers did not find the island. In fact, they sailed straight through the island using modern technology, including Google's geo locations.
One explanation for the disappeared island is that early explorers actually came across pumice rafts from underground volcanoes and mistakenly identified an island as such. 
2 Abandoned Capital
The ancient city of Pompeii is famous as a civilization that (mostly) fled before its city was buried under the melted ashes and lava from Vesuvius in AD 79
However, it was only 25 years ago that a Caribbean island, which was once a playground frequented by the rich and famous, suffered a similar fate.
Plymouth, once the capital of the island of Montseratt, is a modern Pompeii in which the inhabitants fled from a volcanic eruption in 1995. The Soufriere Hills volcano had been inactive for four hundred years when in July 1995 it suddenly began to spew ash over the coast.
Over 12.00 0 residents were forced to flee the following volcanic eruptions and bury the city under 40 feet of ashes and melted lava.
Today it is the only ghost town that remains the capital of Montseratt. Plymouth remains in the volcanic exclusion zone, where only the most intrepid travelers experience the devastation at the now uninhabitable southern end of the island. 
1 Butt of Jokes  Language connotations change over time, and place names are no exception.
Residents of a small British town were frustrated at joking visitors flocking to the village's most notorious street sign for a tongue in their cheek selfie.  Butt Hole Road in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, was originally named after a water piston at the end of the alley.
In modern times, however, the name developed a completely different meaning, which became a pain in the local proverb residents. Not only were they the obvious target of Scherzern, service providers, taxis and delivery companies also often thought the address was a joke.
Residents banded together to rename the lane to a more reserved "Archers Lane". 
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About the Author: Lesley Connor is a retired Australian newspaper editor who shares her love for the bizarre and unusual.
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