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One Man's Search for the First Hebrew-Lettered Cookbook

The text is a snapshot of Hungary's Jewish middle class in the mid-1800s. A few months ago, András Koerner, the foremost expert on Hungarian Jewish culinary history—finally got to see the treasure he’d...

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Podcast: Broken Angel

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The Hidden History of Zanzibar's Stone Town

The settlement is centuries older than historians once believed. Historians have long thought that Stone Town, the oldest part of Zanzibar City on the island of Zanzibar, was nothing but a fishing...

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Podcast: Oyotunji African Village

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A ‘Weird’ Ancient Marine Reptile Surfaces Thanks to the ‘Bone Biddies’

The unique plesiosaur defies the fossil rulebook—just ask the “paleogrannies” who prepared it for study. Roberta “Bert” Smith, 68, and her friends spend a good deal of their time surrounded by bones....

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The Double Life of New York's Black Oyster King

Thomas Downing was a fine-dining pioneer with a secret. In the heart of New York’s financial center, a vacant building has sat untouched for decades. Behind its unassuming brass shell is the story of...

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How Ireland Embraced Seaweed Pudding

Irish moss has a long culinary history. This article is republished from Hakai Magazine, an online publication about science and society in coastal ecosystems. Read more stories like this at...

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Podcast: Bloodroot Feminist Restaurant

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How Young Killer Whales Became Hooligans

Yes, orcas have viral cultural trends, too. They come when a boat is quiet, the posse of adolescent orca whales looking to rumble. Finding the propeller still, they crash into it like semi trucks, each...

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Meet the Meteorite Hunters Who Rush In When Space Rocks Crash to Earth

For this community of “space cowboys,” entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts, a fireball streaming across the sky offers big risks and bigger rewards—and new tech is heating up the competition. It’s around 8...

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How One Tiny Bead Can Reveal A Global History

Hint: There is a laser involved. Jessica Thompson was looking for bones, not beads. But as the Yale archeologist sifted through the fertile soil of Kasitu Valley in northern Malawi in the mid 2010s,...

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This Man Wants You to Rethink Everything You Know About Cows

It's time to change our 10,000-year relationship with cattle. At present, there are more than a billion cows on the planet, spread across almost every continent. These ruminants have been a part of...

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Puzzle Monday: It's Cold Inside Crossword

Atlas Obscura's fortnightly puzzle comes to us from creator Laura Braunstein and editor Brooke Husic, members of Inkubator. Founded in 2018, the organization publishes crossword puzzles by women and...

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Podcast: Endangered Wolf Center

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Monsters Are Everywhere in the Bible—And Some Are Even Human

Scholars are learning what bestial and depraved characters can reveal about ancient authors and cultural attitudes. This story was originally published on The Conversation and appears here under a...

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4 of History's Most Epic Punch Bowls

If your party doesn't feature enough alcohol to float a rowboat, you're doing it wrong. THIS ARTICLE IS ADAPTED FROM THE OCTOBER 1, 2022, EDITION OF GASTRO OBSCURA’S FAVORITE THINGS NEWSLETTER. YOU CAN...

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Podcast: The Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama

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The Time a Russian Empress Built an Ice Palace and Forced Her Jester To Get...

Cruel joke, power move, or both? It was 1740 and one of the coldest winters St. Petersburg, Russia, had ever seen. But few residents mentioned the bitter winter in letters or accounts. They were,...

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