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From small towns in America to entire nations in Asia, tourism boards provide the Internet with video gems (whether they mean to or not).

It's difficult to capture the spirit of a place in an ad, whether it's 30 seconds or 3 minutes.

Frequently, what viewers are left with is not a city's essence, but an urge to mock whoever put the silly little promotion together in the first place. Below, 10 tourism videos that just have to be seen to be believed:

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  1. Environment

    Britain's Next Megaproject: A Coast-to-Coast Forest

    The plan is for 50 million new trees to repopulate one of the least wooded parts of the country—and offer a natural escape from several cities in the north.

  2. A small accessory dwelling unit—known as an ADU—is attached to an older single-family home in a Portland, Oregon, neighborhood.
    Design

    The Granny Flats Are Coming

    A new book argues that the U.S. is about to see more accessory dwelling units and guides homeowners on how to design and build them.

  3. Life

    Escaping Poverty Requires Almost 20 Years With Nearly Nothing Going Wrong

    MIT economist Peter Temin argues that economic inequality results in two distinct classes. And only one of them has any power.

  4. 1970s apartment complex in downtown Buffalo
    Equity

    The Last Man Standing in a Doomed Buffalo Housing Complex

    After a long fight between tenants and management, John Schmidt is waiting for U.S. Marshals to drag him out of Shoreline apartments, a Brutalist project designed by Paul Rudolph.

  5. U.S. Embassy in London
    Design

    America's Passive-Aggressive New Embassy Arrives in London

    Why can’t we let bunkers be bunkers?