PLACES YOU CAN NEVER EVER VISIT
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Places You Can Never Visit
The Queen’s Bedroom, U.K
Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official London residence, and home of the British monarchy since 1837. It is of course one of the top attractions for anyone visiting London; often the state rooms and the gardens will be opened to the public and tours are conducted around the palace and grounds, but of course one room remains strictly off limits.
It is of course the Queen’s Bedroom, unless of course you happen to be the Queen, or maybe her husband Phillip. Although we are sure even he has to ask Her Royal Highness nicely.
Or maybe your name is Michael Fagan, and then you would have committed one of the greatest feats of all time by scaling a 20ft wall and hoisting yourself up a drainpipe to stand proudly within the Queen’s bedroom. Just to win a bet with some friends; now that’s what we call drinking games gone a step too far. However, part of us is also intrigued to have a look ourselves!
Coca-Cola Recipe Vault, United States
Nothing beats an ice cold Coca-Cola on a hot day, and millions around the world agree. The recipe for our favourite fizzy drink is one of the most closely guarded secrets in the world. There are claims that only two people know it at any given time and they can never travel on the same plane in case it crashes.
As a back up plan, just in case disaster did strike, the legendary mystery formula is secured in a vault in Atlanta. And you’d need more than a lock and key to get into it. The protected secret recipe is kept in a solid metal box inside a metal vault which is in a room protected by a security barrier. The area has high tech surveillance cameras throughout with 24 hour armed guards, and the door can only be opened via a hand scanner and secret code.
Whilst we may all love to know what makes Coca Cola taste so darn good we can be pretty certain it no longer contains the ingredient that everyone couldn’t get enough of pre 1903. Yes that’s right, before then each bottle of Coca-Cola would contain a hefty dose of cocaine! No wonder it perked you up.
Disney Club 33, United States
Located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, Club 33 is a ultra-exclusive hangout. Open to members only, curious tourists and trippers are forbidden to glimpse the secrets inside, with all that awaits hidden behind doors that remain closed to most, and access limited to a fortunate and wealthy few.
Membership is by invitation only, with a long list of those clamouring to join, but this is a club that is far from inclusive. There is an initiation fee, rumoured to be up to $100,000, plus an annual charge that is believed to cost as much as $30,000, depending on the level of membership and the perks and favours required.
Club 33 was designed as an exclusive locale for Walt Disney to entertain business associates and partners, although he died a few months before it was completed in the 1960s. Like to experience what Disney’s fabled founder never did? It comes at quite a cost, with those unable to afford such extravagance advised to stay away.
Mormon Church Secret Vault, United States
Granite Mountain looks a lot like a villain’s lair in a James Bond movie, with tunnels dug deep into Little Cottonwood Canyon, reinforced doors designed to withstand a nuclear blast and secrets galore stored inside impenetrable walls.
The Mormon Church Secret Vault might not be so secret these days, but there are few who really know what goes on inside, far from prying eyes.
Owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the official line is that genealogical records are kept here in great number, with 2.4 million rolls of microfilm tape said to be stored deep in the Utah mountainside.
But conspiracy theories abound and with access strictly limited, there are no shortage of those who believe there is far more to this mysterious place. Given the security, it remains a matter of guesswork. Like all the best lairs, this place is well guarded and to all but a select few, there’s no getting inside.
Spy Museum, China
China’s Spy Museum is a fascinating place, dedicated to all things espionage, with guns disguised as lipsticks and hollowed-out coins, designed to conceal top-secret documents, amongst the interesting items on exhibit in Nanjing.
There’s just one catch here. So sensitive are China’s rulers about spies, secret agents and the perceived threats that real-life James Bond-types pose, foreign visitors are not encouraged to visit.
Opened to Chinese citizens in 2009, with overseas visitors told to stay away, the rules have been relaxed somewhat in recent times, although a warm welcome shouldn’t be expected. Inside is a showcase of curated propaganda about foreign spies, with the purpose as much to mobilise the Chinese public to join the state’s fight against international espionage as it is to inform, educate and entertain. There’s even a report-a-spy hotline, with numerous signs here urging visitors to be alert and to inform the authorities immediately should anything suspicious be sighted.
Room 39, North Korea
Believed to be housed deep inside the impenetrable walls of the Workers’ Party Building in Pyongyang, Room 39 is a secretive place, accessible to few and protected by the highest levels of security imaginable.
First set up in the 1970s, it is here that a top-secret organisation administers a suspected state-sponsored slush fund, its purpose to secure foreign currency to help keep North Korea’s leadership in power and its enemies at bay.
Rumoured to bring in up to two billion US dollars annually, what goes on in Room 39 is crucial to Kim Jong-Un’s continued existence, with the monies raised believed to be used to acquire political support and fund North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme. With access limited to those in a tight-knit inner circle, Room 39’s secrets don’t tend to leave the building, but no matter what goes on behind closed doors here, there’s no question that this is foremost amongst the world’s most forbidden places.
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George Robert Newhart (born September 5, 1929) is an American stand-up comedian and actor noted for his deadpan and slightly stammering delivery style. Newhart came to prominence in 1960 when his album of comedic monologues, The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart, became a bestseller and reached number one on the Billboard pop album chart; it remains the 20th-best selling comedy album in history. The follow-up album, The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back! was also a success, and the two albums held the Billboard number one and number two spots simultaneously.
Newhart later went into acting, starring as Chicago psychologist Robert Hartley in The Bob Newhart Show during the 1970s and then as Vermont innkeeper Dick Loudon on the 1980s series Newhart. He also had two short-lived sitcoms in the 1990s, Bob and George and Leo. Newhart had film roles such as Major Major in Catch-22 and Papa Elf in Elf. He provided the voice of Bernard in the Disney animated films The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under. In 2004, he played the library head Judson in The Librarian, a character that continued in 2014 on the TV series The Librarians. In 2013, Newhart made his first of six guest appearances on The Big Bang Theory as Professor Proton, for which he received his first Primetime Emmy Award on September 15, 2013
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