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.


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"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 the collection.”

Rudd now has a pretty big collection of world’s most joyless locations and he’s put them all into a book of hand-drawn maps,  together with their fascinating etymologies. When asked about his favorites, 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 named Mistake Mountain. There is also a Wrong Peak, which earned its name in 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 to find out where "to go, when you're feeling low," as states Sad topographies Instagram account.

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#1 America

America

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Caroline Huot 3 months ago

* United States of America

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#2 Useless Islands, New Zealand

Useless Islands, New Zealand

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Lucy J 3 months ago

WTF is a buy now button doing here?????

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#3 Why Me Lord Lane, Chester, USA

Why Me Lord Lane, Chester, USA

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jtan 3 months ago

Good question... Whyyyyyyy!!!!!

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#7 Nothing, Arizona, USA

Nothing, Arizona, USA

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ItsYaBoi 3 months ago

Nothing to see here

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#8 All Alone Road, Bradford, UK

All Alone Road, Bradford, UK

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Phil The Computer 3 months ago

Intersects with the Boulevard of broken dreams

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#9 Mistake Island, Jonesport, USA

Mistake Island, Jonesport, USA

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CacTusy 3 months ago

Honey i found were you where born

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#10 Mount Disappointment, Victoria, Australia

Mount Disappointment, Victoria, Australia

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aurora.australis 3 months ago

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

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