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Puzzle Monday: Breaking the Grid

Among our crosswords and other puzzles, we'll be featuring logic challenges from Puzzle Communication Nikoli, a cult-favorite puzzle publication from Japan. A PDF of the puzzle, as well as the...

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What Is Lake-Effect Snow?

A snowstorm that slammed into Western New York left more than six feet of snow in places. Blame the Great Lakes. This story was originally published on The Conversation and appears here under a...

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Celebrating the United States of Stuffing

Eric Kim explores the past, present, and future of Thanksgiving’s mightiest side dish. THIS ARTICLE IS ADAPTED FROM THE NOVEMBER 19, 2022, EDITION OF GASTRO OBSCURA’S FAVORITE THINGS NEWSLETTER. YOU...

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From Space, Mont Saint-Michel Stars in a Wild Impressionist Painting

During the winter months, the iconic French site casts a perfect shadow on a bay full of history—and quicksand. It is one of the most beautiful and recognizable abbeys in the world: Rising above the...

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The Psychology Behind Why Identical Twins Inspire Fascination—and Fear

A history of othering, experimentation, and mystery. The twins in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film The Shining were never supposed to be identical. In Stephen King’s 1977 book, the Grady sisters are just...

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How Did a World War II Boat End Up at the Bottom of a California Lake?

The discovery, retrieval, and mysterious history of a ‘ghost boat.’ James Dunsdon was driving his truck through the darkness of a cold December night in the Cascade Range, almost 200 miles north of...

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How Thailand's 'Happiness Farmer' Built an Oasis of Simple Living

A revolution in food-growing, home-building, and seed-saving is afoot outside Chiang Mai. “Life is easy. Why do we make it so hard?” This is the question that drives Jon Jandai, Thailand’s...

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Puzzle Monday: Tick Tock Stars Crossword

Atlas Obscura's fortnightly puzzle comes to us from creator Stella Zawistowski, a member of Inkubator. Founded in 2018, the organization publishes crossword puzzles by women and nonbinary...

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Podcast: Moon Trees

What has grown from seeds that were sent into space? Listen and subscribe on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcast apps. In this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, we visit the...

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Along New Zealand's Demon Trail, a Family Hunts for True 'Wildness'

A couple and their young daughter hike the South Island's Hollyford Track, enduring rough terrain and vicious sand flies for a glimpse of an untamed world. Excerpted and adapted with permission from In...

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Canada's First Indigenous-Led Research Station Is a Symbol of Hope—And Our...

The Scotty Creek facility was part of an unprecedented First Nations effort to study and save the Arctic. Then the fire came. This piece was originally published in Yale Environment 360 and appears...

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Unusual Gifts for Book Lovers

A gift guide from the Atlas Obscura team. All week we’ll be giving you a peek at the gifts we here at Atlas Obscura and Gastro Obscura have on our wishlists. It’s not always easy to find a gift for a...

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The Wondrous History of the Waffle

From food frolics to pandan pastries, a guide through centuries of waffle love. THIS ARTICLE IS ADAPTED FROM THE NOVEMBER 26, 2022, EDITION OF GASTRO OBSCURA’S FAVORITE THINGS NEWSLETTER. YOU CAN SIGN...

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Podcast: Bread and Puppet Museum and Theater

What is it like to have a radical puppet collective as a neighbor? Listen and subscribe on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcast apps. In this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast,...

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Unique Gifts for the Home

A gift guide from the Atlas Obscura team. All week we’ll be giving you a peek at the gifts we here at Atlas Obscura and Gastro Obscura have on our wishlists. Finding gifts for the home can be tricky;...

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The Quest to Preserve Syria's Cassette Tape Era

Keeping sounds, stories, and cultural memory alive through years of conflict. Mark Gergis has had what he calls an “obsessive” love of music since he was a child. Born to an Iraqi father and American...

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Podcast: Fluorescent Rocks of Sterling Hill

A light show, courtesy of a historic New Jersey mine. Listen and subscribe on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcast apps. In this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, we visit rocks...

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Delicious Gifts for the Food-Obsessed

A gift guide from the Atlas Obscura team. All week we’ll be giving you a peek at the gifts we here at Atlas Obscura and Gastro Obscura have on our wishlists. The winter holidays are a glorious time for...

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