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Photos of Houses in Weird Places

by Brett M. Christensen

This story was first published on 30th April 2007

These rather compelling images have been circulating via email and social media since at least 2007. According to the accompanying text, the images depict unusual dwellings that have been built in various “weird” locations.

However, while some of the images are genuine photographs and show real buildings, others have been digitally manipulated. Moreover, while some of the buildings are real, not all are actually used as houses.


Subject: Houses in weird places

Could you go to sleep at night and not wonder if these houses would be there the next morning?

How would you like to spend your nights in # 3

Weird Houses 1


Weird Houses 2


Weird Houses 3


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Weird Houses 6


Weird Houses 6


Weird Houses 7


Weird Houses 8


Weird Houses 9


Weird Houses 10


Weird Houses 11


Each image is discussed in turn below:

1: Manipulated
This image is an entry in the Bizarrchitecture 3 Photoshop contest conducted by Worth1000. The entry was created by Norrit and is titled Bond Mansion. The source image used depicts a limestone rock formation in Thailand called Khao Ta Pu.

2: Manipulated
This image is titled Kjerag Tower and is also by Norrit. It was an entry in the Bizarrchitecture 4 contest at Worth1000.

3: Manipulated
This image is yet another Norrit entry for Bizarrchitecture 4. It is titled Afrodite’s Eye.

4: Real
The building is called Dar Al Hajar and is located in Yemen. The rock palace was built in the 1930s as a summer residence for the Imam Yahya and now houses a museum.

5: Real
This amazing little house wedged between rocks is located on the coast near Plougrescant, in France.

6: Real
This image shows the Treehouse Restaurant located in Okinawa, Japan. The “tree” holding the building is actually made of concrete.

7: Real
The building in the photograph is the Thomas Point Lighthouse located in the American state of Maryland. This wonderful lighthouse was built in 1825 and will be preserved for future generations.

8: Real
The image depicts the Westerheversand Lighthouse near Oldenswort, Germany.

9: Real
The photograph shows a very old mill located near Vernon in France. The mill straddles two piers of an ancient bridge that crossed the Seine River and probably dates from the 16th Century. It is a popular subject for artists and photographers and was even painted by the artist Monet, who lived in the area in 1883.

10: Manipulated
This image is also taken from the Worth1000, Bizarrchitecture 4 contest. It is an entry titled Icehouse by Cj

11: Manipulated
Once again, the image is an entry in the Bizarrchitecture 4 contest at Worth1000. The image, titled You should see the front! is by solipsism. 

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,