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America's Most Obscure Regional Pizza Styles

Do you want a slice of American cheese on that? This article is adapted from the June 25, 2022, edition of Gastro Obscura's Favorite Things newsletter. You can sign up here. Which is better: a New York...

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Podcast: The Goiter Belt

Join us for a daily celebration of the world’s most wondrous, unexpected, even strange places. Listen and subscribe on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcast apps. In this episode of...

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Inside the ‘Chitlin Circuit,’ a Jim Crow-Era Safe Space for Black Performers

It's where legends like Tina Turner and Ray Charles launched their careers. "Sometimes you play for the chitlins, that's what you would get,” said Bobby Rush, a blues musician and self-proclaimed “King...

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Inside America's Premier Black Rodeo, A Celebration of Cowboy Culture

A photographer captures perseverance and pride over a decade of the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo. A cavalcade snakes across the dusty earth while fans in the packed stands look on with rapt...

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The Mainland Distilleries Proudly Making Puerto Rico’s Beloved, Illicit...

Pitorro is imbued with a history of resistance. If you visit a home Puerto Rico, says Angel Rivera, “the woman will offer you coffee, and the man will offer you a drink. More often than not, they will...

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Podcast: The Hodges Meteorite

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The 19th-Century Secret Society Preserving the History of the West

The irreverent, all-male E Clampus Vitus commemorates overlooked people and events. On the northern edge of Virginia City, Nevada, where silver once honeycombed the rocky slopes like arteries beneath...

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Podcast: Floating Freedom School

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Reuniting a Pilot and a Lost Drone Is Some Spy-Level Stuff

It started with some serious sleuthing skills and ended with a new friendship. Secret Obsessions is Atlas Obscura’s new column in which we ask wondrous people to take us down a rabbit hole. As told to...

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Remembering the World War II Frogmen Who Trained in Secret off the California...

Recruits learned the arts of infiltration, sabotage, and survival at a hidden base on Santa Catalina Island. Dick Hamada plunged from a boat into the pitch-black Pacific and swam toward the island of...

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The 'Iron Lady' of Kashmir

For more than 30 years, Parveena Ahangar has looked for those who have disappeared in Indian-administered Kashmir. Wearing a Kashmiri traditional cloak, Parveena Ahangar flips through old newspaper...

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How Baghdad’s Backyards Are Bringing Back Iraqi Dates

A company is using garden trees to revive an ancient industry. Faiz and Nidhal Najimaldeen stand in the shade of a 40-foot palm tree at the end of their garden in central Baghdad. The brother and...

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Could This Be The End of a Historic New Hampshire Rockhound Paradise?

When Ruggles Mine went up for auction, mineral collectors feared it would never reopen to the public. After a last-minute reprieve, its future is still uncertain. On July 5, 1805, Samuel Ruggles bought...

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Puzzle Monday: What’s in a (Japanese) Name?

Among our crosswords and other puzzles, we'll be featuring linguistic challenges from around the world from puzzle aficionado and writer Alex Bellos. A PDF of the puzzle, as well as the solution, can...

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Podcast: House the Giants Built

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130-Year-Old Menus Show How Climate Change Is Already Changing What We Eat

Eating local doesn't mean what it used to. This article first appeared in Hakai Magazine and is republished here with permission. Vancouver, British Columbia, is nothing short of a seafood paradise....

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In Egypt's ‘Land of Death,’ Dinosaurs Were Supersized—and Hungry

Fossils unearthed in the Bahariya Oasis tell a story of giant predators hunting on land and in the water. When Belal Salem visited the Bahariya Oasis for the first time, he felt he was on hallowed...

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Meet the Man Reviewing Historical Sandwiches on TikTok

Barry Enderwick is eating his way through the past, one pan bagnat at a time. Like many good things in this world, “Sandwiches of History” started with buttered bread. In 2021, Barry Enderwick, a...

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