Damien Rudd is a 33-year-old Australian behind the Instagram account called "Sad topographies" where he collects Google Maps screenshots of the world‘s most depressing sounding places. It all began by accident when Rudd was searching for something and suddenly discovered Mount Hopeless in Australia.

"I typed hopeless into Google Maps to find other places called hopeless, then other synonyms for sadness,” Damien told WERTN magazine. "I screen captured the results and soon had the beginnings of my interesting maps collection.”

Rudd now has a pretty big collection of the world’s most joyless locations and he’s put all of these unfortunate names into a book of hand-drawn maps, together with their fascinating etymologies. When asked about his favorite place names, Damien replied: "Probably the ones in Antarctica are the most interesting. There is Shapeless Mountain which was named as none of the exploring party could agree on its shape. So shapeless was Shapeless Mountain that when a later expedition attempted to climb it, they scaled the wrong mountain entirely - which they then, in turn, had given the hilarious name of Mistake Mountain. There is also a Wrong Peak, which earned its funny name under similar circumstances. In 1963 Recoil Glacier was named by a geologist who was said to have "recoiled in disgust" at finding nothing of interest there."

Scroll down, check the funny maps and find out where "to go when you're feeling low," as states Sad Topographies Instagram account.

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Useless Islands, New Zealand

Useless Islands, New Zealand

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ItsYaBoi
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

With useless things (not counting animals)

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Why Me Lord Lane, Chester, USA

Why Me Lord Lane, Chester, USA

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jtan
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Good question... Whyyyyyyy!!!!!

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#4

Divorce Beach, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Divorce Beach, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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Road To Misery, Kennebunkport, Maine, USA

Road To Misery, Kennebunkport, Maine, USA

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Disappointment Lake, California, USA

Disappointment Lake, California, USA

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Nothing, Arizona, USA

Nothing, Arizona, USA

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#8

All Alone Road, Bradford, UK

All Alone Road, Bradford, UK

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Mistake Island, Jonesport, USA

Mistake Island, Jonesport, USA

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#10

Mount Disappointment, Victoria, Australia

Mount Disappointment, Victoria, Australia

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aurora.australis
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe the australians thought they would climb it, found nothing there and......well you know the rest

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Pain Lane/Suffering Lane, St. George's Island, Bermuda

Pain Lane/Suffering Lane, St. George's Island, Bermuda

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#12

Dead Woman Pond, Texas, USA

Dead Woman Pond, Texas, USA

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Daria B
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Legend says, if a male falls in that pond, later on he will become female any time he gets soaked in cold water. And will tirn back to male with hot water. ♥ (DISCLAIMER: it's an anime/manga reference, not politics)

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Broken Dreams Drive, Arivaca, Arizona, USA

Broken Dreams Drive, Arivaca, Arizona, USA

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#14

Shades Of Death Road, New Jersey, USA

Shades Of Death Road, New Jersey, USA

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Pointless Mountain, Squamish-Lillooet, Canada

Pointless Mountain, Squamish-Lillooet, Canada

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Failure Canyon, Samak, Utah, USA

Failure Canyon, Samak, Utah, USA

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Bucket Of Blood Street, Holbrook, Arizona, USA

Bucket Of Blood Street, Holbrook, Arizona, USA

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#18

Point No Point, Newark, USA

Point No Point, Newark, USA

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#19

Suicide Bridge, Maryland, USA

Suicide Bridge, Maryland, USA

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#20

Misery Island, Tasmania, Australia

Misery Island, Tasmania, Australia

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#21

Grandmother's Hole, Goa, India

Grandmother's Hole, Goa, India

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#22

Shit, Iran

Shit, Iran

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alwright
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

when you can't remember the name on a Geography test

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#24

Road To Nowhere, Iqaluit, Canada

Road To Nowhere, Iqaluit, Canada

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Aine
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

been there, done that... "Nowhere" is actually quite pretty!

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#25

Lonesome Lake, Washington, USA

Lonesome Lake, Washington, USA

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Hawk
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’m gonna book a trip to there Next valentines day

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#26

Murderers Creek, Murders Kill Road, Athen, New York, USA

Murderers Creek, Murders Kill Road, Athen, New York, USA

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Analyn Lahr
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, murders DO kill. You usually don't survive a murder.

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#27

Grumpy Lane, Lake Echo, Canada

Grumpy Lane, Lake Echo, Canada

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Analyn Lahr
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe it's a neighborhood with streets named after Snow White characters. I used to live near one like that in California.

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#28

Useless Loop, Western Australia

Useless Loop, Western Australia

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#29

Terrible Mountain, Vermont, USA

Terrible Mountain, Vermont, USA

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alwright
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

* wags finger* Bad mountain! Baaaaaad mountain.

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#30

Hell For Certain Road, Hyden Kentucky, USA

Hell For Certain Road, Hyden Kentucky, USA

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Analyn Lahr
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Isn't Kentucky in the Bible belt?

#31

Die, France

Die, France

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#32

World's End, Aylesbury, USA

World's End, Aylesbury, USA

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#33

Nasty Pond, Oregon, USA

Nasty Pond, Oregon, USA

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Lake Of No Return, Osage Township, Ar, USA

Lake Of No Return, Osage Township, Ar, USA

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#35

Desperation Lake, Alaska, USA

Desperation Lake, Alaska, USA

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#36

Agony Island, Marshall Islands

Agony Island, Marshall Islands

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#37

Miserable Island, Banner Township, Illinois, USA

Miserable Island, Banner Township, Illinois, USA

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#38

Depressed Lake, California, USA

Depressed Lake, California, USA

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#39

Lonely Island, Ontario, Canada

Lonely Island, Ontario, Canada

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#42

Kill, Ireland

Kill, Ireland

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Aine
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Means "church" in Irish Gaelic, no?

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#43

Suffering Street, Menzel Jemil, Tunisia

Suffering Street, Menzel Jemil, Tunisia

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Miztre
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's where I've been living for a while now. Time to move to Happy Drive :)

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#44

Hopeless Way, Bunkerville, Nevada, USA

Hopeless Way, Bunkerville, Nevada, USA

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img
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is dead end. So quite helpful

#45

Despair Island, Maine, USA

Despair Island, Maine, USA

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#46

Pity Me, Durham, USA

Pity Me, Durham, USA

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#47

Crying Child Island, Jacksonville Beach, Florida, USA

Crying Child Island, Jacksonville Beach, Florida, USA

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#48

Lonelyville, Fire Island, New York, USA

Lonelyville, Fire Island, New York, USA

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#49

Crack Is Wack Playground, Harlem, New York, USA

Crack Is Wack Playground, Harlem, New York, USA

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#50

Heartache Rd, East Helena, USA

Heartache Rd, East Helena, USA

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#51

Massacre Island, Subd, Canada

Massacre Island, Subd, Canada

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#52

Deception Island, Antartica

Deception Island, Antartica

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PyroarRanger
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is actually a fitting name when you look at the island

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#53

What Cheer, Iowa, USA

What Cheer, Iowa, USA

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img
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well you could read it WHAT CHEER!!!! sounds happy to me. :p

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#54

Murder Island, Argyle, Canada

Murder Island, Argyle, Canada

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#55

Dead Women Crossing, Oklahoma, USA

Dead Women Crossing, Oklahoma, USA

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#56

Sad Lake, Oregon, USA

Sad Lake, Oregon, USA

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#57

Accident, Maryland, USA

Accident, Maryland, USA

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