What is the best place to hide something? It’s easy; hide it out in the open because no one will go looking for it there.
Here are the five cool secret codes, hidden in plain sight around the world.
1. USB Dead Drops
Aram Bartholl from EYEBEAM drew inspiration from the espionage technique prevalent during the world war era whereby the spies hid sensitive information in plain sight like glued to the underside of a park bench.
The global network of USB dead drops now comprises of more than 1500 known installations where the users could drop and share their files.
2. The Trail Trees
The Native Americans devised their own GPS technology whereby they tied down the young saplings such that the trees grew into distinct shapes. The shapes of the trees were used as directional beacons.
These trail trees exist even today, even though many of these trails have not been trodden upon for hundreds of years. A few enthusiasts have marked around 2000 trail trees across Canada and the 40 American states.
3. Huge Concrete Arrows
The US Postal Service started using planes for cross-country mail delivery only twenty years after the first flight made by the Wright brothers.
With no navigation system in place, the pilots were at a loss. The Postal Service came up with the idea of giant concrete arrows, painted yellow, to guide the pilots. Beacon towers were also installed to help the pilots find their way during the night time.
The beacon towers were then ripped during the WWII for military use, and all that remains is the concrete arrows.
4. Secret Bars
Secret bars existing all over the world make drinking a super cool experience.
A secret door at the back of a public bar provides entry into the Parlour Lounge in California. The secret bar is nestled inside a bank vault, and you could only enter if you know the password.
The entry to the Melinda’s Alley in Phoenix is indicated by a glowing red light over an unmarked door.
A door handle is the only thing that gives away the Violet Hour in Chicago.
5. Fake Buildings
Many of the buildings in your city might be fake. Just imagine, you walk past them every day, yet you never realised that the structure might not be real.
This row of apartments from Leinster Garden London is a decorative wall used to hide the subway.
The government water-pumping station has been disguised as a home in Raliegh, Carolina.
Nothern Ireland tried to hide its economic troubles behind the fake shop facades, complete with bustling shoppers.