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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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Why Me Lord Lane, Chester, USA

Why Me Lord Lane, Chester, USA

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Divorce Beach, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Divorce Beach, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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Disappointment Lake, California, USA

Disappointment Lake, California, USA

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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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Mount Disappointment, Victoria, Australia

Mount Disappointment, Victoria, Australia

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6 years ago DotsCreated 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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#11

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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6 years ago DotsCreated 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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#13

Broken Dreams Drive, Arivaca, Arizona, USA

Broken Dreams Drive, Arivaca, Arizona, USA

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#15

Pointless Mountain, Squamish-Lillooet, Canada

Pointless Mountain, Squamish-Lillooet, Canada

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#16

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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#24

Road To Nowhere, Iqaluit, Canada

Road To Nowhere, Iqaluit, Canada

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Lonesome Lake, Washington, USA

Lonesome Lake, Washington, USA

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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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#27

Grumpy Lane, Lake Echo, Canada

Grumpy Lane, Lake Echo, Canada

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Analyn Lahr
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6 years ago DotsCreated 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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Terrible Mountain, Vermont, USA

Terrible Mountain, Vermont, USA

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#30

Hell For Certain Road, Hyden Kentucky, USA

Hell For Certain Road, Hyden Kentucky, 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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Miserable Island, Banner Township, Illinois, USA

Miserable Island, Banner Township, Illinois, USA

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#43

Suffering Street, Menzel Jemil, Tunisia

Suffering Street, Menzel Jemil, Tunisia

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6 years ago DotsCreated 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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Hopeless Way, Bunkerville, Nevada, USA

Hopeless Way, Bunkerville, Nevada, 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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#51

Massacre Island, Subd, Canada

Massacre Island, Subd, Canada

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#52

Deception Island, Antartica

Deception Island, Antartica

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#53

What Cheer, Iowa, USA

What Cheer, Iowa, USA

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6 years ago DotsCreated 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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Sad Lake, Oregon, USA

Sad Lake, Oregon, USA

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Hearts Desire Ave / Broken Heart St, Las Vegas, USA

Hearts Desire Ave / Broken Heart St, Las Vegas, USA

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Emptyness Drive, Cypress, Texas, USA

Emptyness Drive, Cypress, Texas, USA

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#62

Melancholy Waterhole, Sturt, Australia

Melancholy Waterhole, Sturt, Australia

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#63

Abandoned, Hartwick, New York State, USA

Abandoned, Hartwick, New York State, USA

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe they abandoned working on the road. ...So aptly named eh?

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Murdering Beach Road, Heyward Point, New Zealand

Murdering Beach Road, Heyward Point, New Zealand

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Sadness Street, Jemil, Tunisia

Sadness Street, Jemil, Tunisia

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Iris Omri-Engler
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Same place where you find Suffering Street; not really a lucky place it seems

#67

Miserable Lake, Banner Township, Illinois, USA

Miserable Lake, Banner Township, Illinois, USA

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Disappointment Road, Barbourville Ky, USA

Disappointment Road, Barbourville Ky, USA

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#69

Desperation Drive / Solitude Way, Shingle Springs, Ca, USA

Desperation Drive / Solitude Way, Shingle Springs, Ca, USA

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Shruti Naik
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You can either continue to be desperate or you can find happiness in your solitude!

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Haunted Lake, Francestown, New Hampshire, USA

Haunted Lake, Francestown, New Hampshire, USA

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#72

Purgatory Pond, Dunbarton, USA

Purgatory Pond, Dunbarton, USA

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#73

Labour In Vain Road, Stansted, UK

Labour In Vain Road, Stansted, UK

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Greta Toločkaitė
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

apparently a woman on the road side went into labour, but later turned out it was just outdated tacos..

#74

Camp Suicide Road, Michigan, USA

Camp Suicide Road, Michigan, USA

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#75

Dead Dog Island, Killarney, Canada

Dead Dog Island, Killarney, Canada

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Sorrow Islands, British Columbia, Canada

Sorrow Islands, British Columbia, Canada

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah we gettit.. don't have to keep repeating yourself! Ugh

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Little Hope Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

Little Hope Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

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Terror Lake, Alaska

Terror Lake, Alaska

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Repulse Bay, Canada

Repulse Bay, Canada

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#85

Pity, Haiti

Pity, Haiti