We recently brought you some examples of famous fictional locations that, much to everyone's surprise, you can actually visit for real.
So let's up the stakes a bit. The following are outright fantasy locations -- from fairy tales, comic books, movies and other fictional stories -- that are just plane tickets away. Like ...
5Superman's Fortress of Solitude (The Cave of the Crystals)
The Fantasy Location:
Superman's home away from home, constructed from the massive crystals that also made up his home planet of Krypton:
It's the only place on Earth isolated enough to hide the sound of his Superfarts.
The Real Thing:
That would be the Cueva de los Cristales in the Naica Mine of Chihuahua, Mexico. And we dare say that it's actually more impressive than the comic book and movie locale.
It's true that there are lots of crystal caves in the world -- Steven Seagal started naming albums after them, after all. However, amid the countless ones that amount to little more than the Glitter Club Meeting Caves, there are a few that can grab you by the brain and gouge your eyes with furious wonder.
Cueva de los Cristales is every single one of them. On steroids. The sheer size of this thing is just stupid.
Reflections from Thailand
What strikes you first is the scale of these things. Then it strikes you again.
The quiet home to some of the largest selenite crystals in the world, Cuevo de los Cristales follows its "land of the flamboyant decorator giants" ethos all the way through -- not only does it make you seem like you are an inch tall, it also can kill you with the snap of its proverbial fingers.
The cave's breath is hot and moist: It is so close to an enormous underground magma chamber that air temperatures reach up to 136 degrees Fahrenheit. This, combined with constant humidity that hovers near 100 percent, renders much of the magnificent site unexplorable. As such, unless you are more resistant to the elements than the cockroach-sized vermin you are reduced to in this place, you should approach the site with caution.
On the plus side, though, the place does make for one hell of a spectacular tomb.
It's No. 4 on Death magazine's "Top Places to Decompose."
"Alright, just move a little to the left. Now straighten up a little. Now die horribly in pain. OK, that's a wrap!"