Obake Kaidan: a flight of this “ghost staircase” has 40 steps on the way up, but only 39 steps on the way down….

In the Nezu district of Tokyo there is a stone staircase know for a really strange feature. Known as Obake Kaidan, literally “Ghost Stairs”, it has 40 steps on your way up…but 39 when you go down. The staircase was once very narrow and dark, probably deserving of its nickname but, after an expansion work a handrail was added to it and the width of the stairs was doubled. However, the staircase on the left trails off halfway for no reason, and its steps are uneven. Of course many urban…

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#TodayInHistory – October 24

October 24 – Some important events on this day. 1260 👉🏼 Qutuz, Mamluk Sultans of Egypt (1259-60), is assassinated by Baibars, a fellow Mamluk leader, who seizes power for himself 1260 👉🏼 The spectacular Cathedral of Chartres is dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX of France. Now it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site 1360 👉🏼 The Treaty of Brétigny is ratified at Calais, marking the end of the first phase of the Hundred Years’ War. 1492 👉🏼 24 Jews are burned at the stake in Mecklenburg, Germany…

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