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Found: A Century-Old Train At The Bottom of Lake Superior

Steam engines don't work underwater. (Photo: Terry Irvine/YouTube)When we think of sunken wrecks, we usually flash on some downed Spanish galleon waiting to be discovered in the murky depths. But...

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A Legendary 650-Pound Fish Named 'Pig Nose' Was Finally Caught (And Released)...

Deep in the waters of British Columbia's Fraser River lurks a creature straight out of myth. He's longer than a tall man, and wider around than a curbside mailbox. His nose is totally flat, from some...

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The Rare Stone Whose Markings Resemble City Skylines

Geology made this bleak cityscape. (Photo: Mirtio/Public Domain)Hiding deep within the Earth are the ruins of dead cities, complete with crumbling skylines and apocalyptic vistas. Or at least that’s...

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Here Are 17 Hidden Spots Inside America's National Parks and Forests

Boys admire redwoods in Sequoia National Park, California. (Photo: Stephanie/CC BY-ND 2.0)In the latter half of the 19th century, the West had been won. The frontier was closed, and America was feeling...

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Places You Can No Longer Go: The Colony on Cuttyunk

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A Hiker Was Found in a New Zealand Hut After Going Missing for a Month

Mount Aspiring National Park in New Zealand. (Photo: Public domain)Over a month ago, a young Czech couple hiking in New Zealand's Mount Aspiring National Park went missing, and after several weeks had...

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Meet Our New Advice Columnist, Zardulu

Illustration by Matt Lubchansky.Good afternoon! For a while now, Atlas Obscura has been talking about an advice column—and now, we have the perfect Atlas Obscura advice columnist.Meet Zardulu,...

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In 1983, Staten Island Narrowly Escaped Becoming a Nuclear Stronghold

The USS Iowa firing her nine 16″/50 and six 5″/38 guns during a target exercise. [Photo: Public Domain] New York City’s waterfront isn’t short of piers, but one of those piers is truly unusual: it is...

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Watch This Gazelle Spring Across the African Savanna Like a Pogo Stick

Out in the open plains and savannas in Central Kalahari, Africa, this young springbok jumps between members of the herd, popping up high above the tall grass. This specific springing pattern often seen...

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The World's First Self-Driving Taxis Debut in Singapore

(Photo: nuTonomy)Self-driving cars are our future. And in a few decades, it's easy to imagine them as ubiquitous, dominating the streets with an efficiency that no human driver can claim to match. On...

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The Surprising Massachusetts Origins of Nearly Every American Sport

An early 20th century Smith College netball team. (Photo: WikiCommons/Public Domain)In 2004, a historian named John Thorn sent the librarians of Pittsfield, Massachusetts on a strange quest. Deep in...

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Inside the Budapest Escape Room That Started the Worldwide Craze

Harry Houdini before an escape. (Photo: Library of Congress/LC-USZ62-53798)In a crumbling basement in the gritty part of Budapest’s VIII District, the clock was already ticking. Various clues lay...

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Found: A Nursery of Great White Sharks Off Long Island

Horror. (Photo: Discovery Times/Public Domain)Great white sharks are the ocean's top predators, and now, off Long Island, scientists have found one of the places where they are being born. According to...

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LA's Shade Balls Are Still (Mostly) Going Strong

Whew! Remember that madness?August 2015's Great Shade Ball Rush was a full year ago, which means time flies faster than a horde of fist-sized spheres cascading down an incline. It also means we're...

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Watch These Albatrosses in Hawaii Have a Dance Off

Two Laysan Albatross stand beak-to-beak on a grassy patch of land on a tiny island in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, Hawaii. The bird on the left quickly "dabs" before both wail and...

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The FBI Debunked These UFO Documents in the Most Childish Way Possible

Who's gonna clean this up? The Majestic 12. (Photo: SSSCCC/Shutterstock.com)Everyone knows the story of the alien craft that supposedly crashed in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947, but who was appointed to...

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Obama Just Created the Largest Marine Reserve in the World

Around 583,000 square miles of ocean off Hawaii are now protected, President Barack Obama announced on Friday, expanding a national monument first established by former president George W. Bush in...

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The Fierce, Forgotten Library Wars of the Ancient World

An artistic interpretation of the Library of Alexandria based on archaeological evidence by O. Von Corven. (Photo: Public Domain)In the Hellenistic Era—that's 323 BC to 31 BC, for all you numbers...

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Charges Filed After Horsemeat Was Sold in Britain as Ground Beef

(Photo: Public domain)A few years ago, in Great Britain, there was a big scandal. People—humans, eaters, fellow denizens of this Earth—were disgusted: horsemeat had been found in some meat products...

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Get Your Tickets For Our Enchanting Cemetery Soirées in NYC and Philly

Back by popular demand, Atlas Obscura is hosting its signature autumn event, Into the Veil, not once but twice in the next two months.In this video from last year's inaugural event, you can catch a...

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