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Podcast: Underwater Sculpture Gardens

This sculptor's work is for people...and fish. Listen and subscribe on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcast apps. In this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, we visit sculptor...

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Podcast: Gabbing Goblins with Colin Dickey

Author and Atlas Obscura columnist Colin Dickey takes us on a wild, alien-filled ride. Listen and subscribe on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcast apps. In this episode of The...

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Before Harry Potter’s Sorting Hat, There Was the ‘Medieval Space Bonnet’

Legends swirl around the University of Edinburgh’s mysterious graduation bonnet. On a grey and drizzly afternoon in the University of Edinburgh’s opulent graduation hall, J.K. Rowling waited to receive...

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Inside One Family's Mission to Revive an Abandoned Appalachian Trout Farm

The Walkers' hatchery now provides rainbow and brook trout to Michelin-starred restaurants across the East Coast. Ty Walker squats on the grassy banks of a 150-foot-long, 10-foot-wide earthen pond...

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7 Stories of the World’s Rarest Animals

And the people trying to save these endangered species. In honor of Endangered Species Day, held each year on the third Friday of May, we found some of the world’s most elusive creatures in the Atlas...

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Wild Life: Prairie Dog Language

In a preview of our new book, we listen closely to critters saying a lot more that you'd think. Each week, Atlas Obscura is providing a new short excerpt from our upcoming book, Wild Life: An...

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These U.S. Cities Have More Parking Lots Than Housing

They paved paradise again and again and again. “The twin gods of Smooth Traffic and Ample Parking have turned our downtowns into places that are easy to get to, but not worth arriving at.” The quote is...

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The Atlas Obscura Crossword: Inner Cities

This themed crossword comes from Zhouqin (C.C.) Burnikel, who grew up in Xi’an, China, before moving to the United States in 2001. She's the author of Sip & Solve Easy Mini Crosswords. You can...

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Podcast: The Ludlow Massacre Site

The scene of one of the darkest moments in American labor history has been left essentially untouched since the tragedy. Listen and subscribe on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcast...

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For the Ancient Maya, Cracked Mirrors Were a Portal to the World Beyond

Nobles of the powerful Mesoamerican civilization conjured gods and ancestors in rituals centered around the objects. This story was originally published on The Conversation. It appears here under a...

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Siberia’s Doorway to the Underworld Is Getting Even Bigger

Say goodbye to a million cubic meters every year. In Siberia’s Yana Highlands, a chunk of land roughly the shape of a giant stingray has been sinking down into a very large pit. Called the Doorway to...

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Can Music Make Your Food Taste Better?

Spice up your meals with some sonic seasoning. THIS ARTICLE IS ADAPTED FROM THE MAY 18, 2024, EDITION OF GASTRO OBSCURA’S FAVORITE THINGS NEWSLETTER. YOU CAN SIGN UP HERE. Music is all about context....

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Podcast: From Seed to Significance

Hear listener love letters to trees that played a special role in their lives. Listen and subscribe on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcast apps. Earlier this spring we shared the...

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Medieval Chefs Would Have Liked Dessert Hummus

Recipes in Arabic cookbooks included everything from rose hips to cinnamon. Last summer, Sabra, one of America’s leading producers of hummus, announced three new flavors: Barbecue, Buffalo (as in...

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Inside Roman Emperors’ Outrageously Lavish Dinner Parties

From Nero's revolving dining room to Augustus’s rigged lottery. Reprinted with permission from Populus: Living and Dying in Ancient Rome by Guy de la Bédoyère, published by the University of Chicago...

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Podcast: A Rogue Trip with Amir Siraj

Travel with us to the Atacama Desert in search of a unique observatory. Listen and subscribe on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcast apps. In this episode of The Atlas Obscura...

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10 of the Weirdest, Wildest Museum Stories You'll Ever Read

Illustrator Bob Eckstein shares his favorite strange stories from some of the world's most famous museums. This story is excerpted and adapted from Bob Eckstein’s Footnotes from the Most Fascinating...

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Missouri’s One-Of-A-Kind Restaurants Offer Delicious Cuisine and a Dose of...

Ribs inside a railcar, filets in a Civil War hospital and wings in an airport hangar – the Show-Me State is full of unique culinary experiences. In the small town of Palmyra, Missouri, northwest of...

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