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A Sweet Spin on Lunar New Year Treats

Asian-American chefs and pâtissiers are reimagining traditional confections and snacks. THIS ARTICLE IS ADAPTED FROM THE JANUARY 28, 2023, EDITION OF GASTRO OBSCURA’S FAVORITE THINGS NEWSLETTER. YOU...

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Podcast: Freud Museum London

Lie back on what might be the world's most famous psychoanalytic couch. Listen and subscribe on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcast apps. In this episode of The Atlas Obscura...

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The Alternative Groundhogs Vying for Punxsutawney Phil's Weather Forecasting Job

Don't forget about Big Al the Alligator and Scramble the Duck's predicting powers either. He has been variously described as “Orphie The Magnanimous,” a “reclusive oracle,” and a “world-renowned...

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A Mysterious Cézanne Portrait Was Hiding Under the Layers of a Still Life

An X-ray offers a glimpse into the painter's early years. Last spring, the Cincinnati Art Museum held a special exhibition showcasing works by five young French artists, who, in the 1860s, used the...

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Colorado Winter Wonderland

Pack your snowshoes and see the Centennial State like never before. We hand-picked a collection of unique Colorado destinations transformed by glistening frost and white snow. It’s no secret that...

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Podcast: The Westgate With Rico Gagliano

The inside story of a flop that changed one theater's history. Listen and subscribe on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcast apps. In this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, we...

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What is a Fairy Fort?

In Ireland, fears about disturbing the fair folk have saved thousands of these mysterious ancient structures. Deep in western Ireland's rugged landscape, in the sleepy town of Kilmaine, two brothers...

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The Oregon Lab Where Scientists Are Riding the Waves to a Brighter Future

At the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Lab in Corvallis, massive simulators allow researchers to test innovative ideas about sustainable energy, saving coastlines, and more. On the far western edge of the...

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Puzzle Monday: It's Snow Fun Crossword

Atlas Obscura's fortnightly puzzle comes to us from creator Laura Braunstein and editor Stella Zawistowski. You can solve the puzzle below, or download it in .pdf or .puz. Note that the links in the...

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Podcast: Marchand Dessalines

An entire town in Haiti memorializes one man and his historic revolution. Listen and subscribe on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcast apps. In this episode of The Atlas Obscura...

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The Sweet and Sour Origins of Amish Soul Food

In Pennsylvania Dutch Country, African Americans have created a distinct and delicious cuisine. In Gastro Obscura’s Q & A Series A Seat at the Table, we speak with people of color who are...

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Near Cape Town, the São José Shipwreck Is a Unique Symbol of A Painful Legacy

More than 200 enslaved people perished when the Portuguese ship sank in 1794. This piece was originally published in The Guardian and appears here as part of our Climate Desk collaboration. In 2015, a...

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Podcast: The Rainmaker

Was Charles Hatfield a scientist or a con man? Listen and subscribe on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcast apps. In this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, we learn about...

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Revealing the Risqué Art of Pompeii’s House of the Vettii

Inside the two-decade-long effort to restore the mansion’s colorful frescos. The House of the Vettii is one of the most important and spectacular sites in Pompeii. Its nearly 12,000 square feet are...

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Podcast: Creston Dinosaur

The roadside attraction is thought to be the first enormous concrete dino in North America. Listen and subscribe on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcast apps. In this episode of The...

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The Mystery of New Zealand's Tamil Bell, an Archaeological 'UFO'

The strange bronze artifact perplexed scholars for more than a century, including how it traveled so far from home. Upon his arrival at a Māori village in the lush North Island forests of Aotearoa New...

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The 'Archaeology' of Plastics Is an Exercise in Nostalgia and Dread

An Italian naturalist and guide has turned beach trash and memory into a commentary on our age. Enzo Suma was strolling on a crescent-shaped sandy beach in Puglia, the heel of Italy’s boot, when his...

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Studying Australia's Feisty Northern Quolls Requires Beef Chum and Backpacks

Scientists fitted the famously bitey marsupials with tiny accelerometers to learn their secrets. Australia’s northern quoll is, by all accounts, an unpleasant animal. The carnivorous marsupial,...

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