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From Mount Dispair to Murder Island, a collection of grim travel destinations for when you’re feeling low.

There’s a place named Cape Disappointment, in Washington State Park, where fog hangs in the air for 2,552 hours a year. But don’t book the flight to see it for yourself just yet—there’s still Mistake Island in Maine, or Canada’s Unfortunate Cove.

Cape Disappointment, Washington U.S #disappointment

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A new Instagram account by Australian artist Damien Rudd, @sadtopographies, is collecting Google Map screenshots of the world’s grimmest-sounding places, which makes for an excellent collection of weird travel destinations.

“In Australia, like the U.S. and Canada, there are many depressing place names that are connected to the dark history of early colonialism, and the mishaps of explorers and settlers,” Rudd told us.

The first one he discovered was Mount Hopeless, Australia, named by an explorer for its barren landscape. “After this I was inspired to start finding and collecting more places like this,” said Rudd.

Sorrow Islands, British Columbia, Canada #sorrow

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Heartache Rd, East Helena US #heartache

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Tragedy Pool, Camballin, Australia #tragedy

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Most of the places are sad, but others are just funny—if a bit dark:

Bloody Dick Peak, Montana US #bloodydick

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Crazy Woman Creek, Wyoming, U.S #crazywoman

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The account mostly looks at English toponyms, though it ventures in other languages:

Sometimes, however, the name is not what it seems: Alone, near Brescia in Italy, actually means either ring stain or halo, not lonely. Which, all the same, is still very good:

Alone, Brescia Province, Italy #alone

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