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Stairway to Heaven: Life After Death for the Mysterious Gustave Moreau

Staircase in the Musée Gustave Moreau (all photographs by the author unless indicated)For Gustave Moreau, his greatest work may have been his death. He did not exhibit widely in his lifetime, and...

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Inside LA's Puppet-Lover's Paradise of a Stop Motion Animation Studio

Zombies at Screen Novelties (all photographs by the author)What are you to do with your life if you love puppets, and are fascinated with old stop motion animation movies?If you're like Chris Finnegan,...

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Boston's Ancient Necropolis Worker with a Broom Handle Neck

The oldest patient at Massachusetts’ General Hospital (MGH) does not lie in one of the beds in a patient room, rather he’s been in a display case in its original surgical amphitheater for more than a...

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Brno is the New Sedlec: Europe's Most Macabre Destination Gets a Rival of...

Brno ossuary (photograph by Kirk/Wikimedia)The Sedlec ossuary, located just a few hours outside Prague, has been the obvious choice for morbidly curious tourists for a while now. It’s made the viral...

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Our World Heritage in Peril

Potosí, Bolivia (photograph by Idobi, via Wikimedia)The World Heritage Committee is currently meeting in Qatar and announced six new additions to the UNESCO World Heritage List yesterday, including...

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Navigating the Tokyo Labyrinth Through its Robots and Giant Spiders

Tokyo from above (photograph by LuxTonnerre, via Flickr)Tokyo, as a city, can be intimidating to new explorers, even those who speak a passing semblance of Japanese. Only the largest streets are named,...

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Objects of Intrigue: Look Radiant in Radium

Musée Curie in Paris (all photographs by the author unless indicated)With all that we know about radioactivity, it can be surprising to come upon a display of radium cosmetics in the Musée Curie in...

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The Best New Wonders of June

Much of the Atlas Obscura is created by intrepid users around the world, out exploring the places no one else is noticing, or jumping into historical research that's been all but forgotten. In...

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Climbing Meteora, a Dramatic World Suspended in the Sky

Hardly known by most visitors of Greece, Meteora sits almost smack bang in the middle of the country, hardly disturbed by the tens of thousands who flock to the country's capital and its famous islands...

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The Modern and Macabre Vodou of Haiti

On January 12, 2010, Haiti was struck by an earthquake of catastrophic proportions. The death toll was estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands, while many survivors were left without food,...

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Sinless Sweets: Where and When to Eat the Ten Best Saintly Desserts

“Sinless” desserts... Does anyone actually enjoy those bizarre chemical confections that promise no gluten, no fat, no sugar, and absolutely no enjoyment whatsoever? Get behind me, Splenda. Let me...

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Join the Crew of NYC's Best-Kept Nautical Secret, Yankee Ferry

Yankee Ferry at South Red Hook, Brooklyn, in sunset (photograph by Michelle Enemark)For over a century, Yankee Ferry served the East Coast seas, and now stationed in Brooklyn this majestic ship is...

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When Trash Becomes Treasure: The Iridescent Beauty of Glass Beaches

A close-up of glass pebbles worn down by ocean waves, originally pieces of bottles and dishes, on Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, California. (Photograph by mamajo, via Flickr)Nobody ever really meant to...

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Photographing Pet Cemeteries, A Dignified Death for Our Departed Pets

"Satan, We'll Miss You," at the pet cemetery in Calabasas, California (photograph by Paul Koudounaris)If you measure a society by how it treats its dead, then much of the West right now is of the...

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Ordos, China's Desolate City of Ghosts

Ordos, China (all photographs by Darmon Richter, The Bohemian Blog)Ordos, a remote city rising out of the deserts of China’s Inner Mongolia region, has been dubbed by some a "City of Ghosts." On closer...

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All That Remains: A Haunting Gallery of Extinct Animals in Paris

Tasmanian Tiger in the Room of Endangered & Extinct Animals in Paris (all photographs by the author)Like most natural history museums, the Grande Galerie de l'Évolution in Paris is a swarm of...

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Heaven is a Place: Six Gateways to the Great Beyond

Heaven, from Dante Alighieri's "The Divine Comedy," illustrated by Gustave Doré (via Wikimedia)Atlas Obscura has explored many ways to enter the dark and dangerous underworld, but what about hell’s...

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Forgotten Monuments of the American Revolution

Happy Fourth of July! While fireworks will be rocketing their glare into the sky around the United States and patriotic sites will be draped in flags, some monuments and remains of the American...

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Morbid Monday: Hazardous Dr. Hazzard, Whose Cure Was Starvation

Today Seattle’s Pike Place Market is a bustling tourist destination known for its quirky shops, fresh produce, and temporarily airborne fish. During the day visitors shop for food and flowers, while in...

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Sing with the Sands

Out at the beach it's easy to get lulled into a meditative state with the rhythm of the ocean, but in some parts of the world the sand has its own sound. The phenomenon known as "singing sands," or...

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