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Wild Life: Sulawesi Warty Pigs

In a preview of our new book, we meet some of humankind’s earliest muses. Each week, Atlas Obscura is providing a new short excerpt from our upcoming book, Wild Life: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s...

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Not Even Minnesota Is Safe From Earthquakes

Was the recent New York quake really all that uncommon? Here's a state-by-state map. It’s not if, but when: Californians live with the certainty that someday, the Big One will hit. The Big One is an...

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Saving the Scio Kolache

A local take on a Czech pastry is fading along with the community that birthed it. Scio—pronounced “sigh-o”—is a village in Oregon about 70 miles south of Portland. Formerly home to a large immigrant...

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The Atlas Obscura Crossword: Swipe Up

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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Star Forts Are Military History, and the Base of Some Strange Conspiracy...

Examining why these ubiquitous, obsolete fortifications carry an air of mystery. On an unseasonably cold day in late March, I took a nearly empty ferry to Governor’s Island in New York Harbor. The sun...

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Why New England's Stone Walls Are Unlike Any Others

Bigger than the Great Wall of China, Hadrian's Wall, and the Pyramids of Giza combined, the region's ubiquitous stone walls are also a unique ecological habitat. This story was originally published on...

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The Viking Women With Intentionally Reshaped Skulls

Scientists posit how and why the ladies achieved the cone-head look. Filing teeth is not exactly unheard of in ancient societies. The Vikings were known to carve grooves into their incisors for status...

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Podcast: Reppin' Our Weird Hometown Traditions

Does the place you grew up have any unique traditions? We would love to hear from you. Listen and subscribe on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcast apps. In this episode of The...

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Podcast: Showgirl Magic Museum

In San Francisco, learn all about the history of showgirls. Listen and subscribe on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcast apps. In this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, we visit...

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Podcast: Atalaya

A 40,000-square-foot Moorish castle in South Carolina. Listen and subscribe on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcast apps. In this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, we visit a...

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Svalbard's Lonely Whaler Graves Included Burial Kits With Pieces of Distant...

For centuries, the cruel industry decimated entire whale species—and claimed countless human lives. Whalers arrived prepared for their own deaths. On the morning of July 29, 1693, a fleet of five dozen...

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Giant Kangaroos Once Towered Over Humans at 8 Feet Tall

New studies from a boneyard of fossilized skeletons may reveal why the 'roos grew and hopped the way they do. A dried-up lake bed sits in the heart of the Australian Outback, more than 100 miles from...

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Podcast: 'How To' Make the Best Show about New York with John Wilson

In our first extended episode, we sit down with the show's creator and host John Wilson. Listen and subscribe on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcast apps. In this episode of The...

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The World’s Most Remote Triathlon Involves Bird Eggs, a Volcano, and Bananas

Tau’a Rapa Nui continues to fight for its place against shifting tides. A clutch of rafts floats on the ocean horizon, just visible from the shore of Rapa Nui. It’s hard to determine from this...

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7 Unbelievable Environmental Stories from Every Continent

An around-the-world tour for Earth Day. In celebration of Earth Day, we went digging into the Atlas Obscura archives to find some of the world's most surprising stories. In the era of climate change,...

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The Resurrection of Rajasthan’s Royal Liquors

After fading away post-Independence, Heritage Liquors are back and, this time, everyone can sip them. Maharani Mahansar Heritage Liquor is the modern manifestation of a nine-generation family tradition...

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Wild Life: Gynandromorphs

In a preview of our new book, we meet beautiful nonbinary animals that combine male and female characteristics. Each week, Atlas Obscura is providing a new short excerpt from our upcoming book, Wild...

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Dig a Tunnel Through the Center of the Earth to… Where?

If you, hypothetically, ignore the molten lava core. Imagine that you could drill a hole straight through the Earth. Suspend your disbelief for a moment, ignoring the molten core that would fry you....

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