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Human Teeth Discovered in a Gruesome 18th-Century Christ Statue

The Christ statue with human teeth (screenshot via Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia/INAH TV)Restoration workers in Mexico were in for a surprise when a recent x-ray of a bloody statue of...

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The Sublime Beauty of the Hudson River through 19th-Century Eyes

"A View On The Catskill, Early Autumn" Thomas Cole (1837) (via Wikimedia)Nearly 200 years ago, English-born painter Thomas Cole rode a steamship up New York's Hudson River on a weekend getaway to the...

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A Final Resting Place for Rodeo Bulls & Good Horses

"Again the Reaper has visited the corral..." (all photographs by the author unless noted)"If there is a hoss heaven, please, God, rest his soul." So concludes one of the rodeo animal epitaphs in the...

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40 Years of Vacancy in the Eerie Paris Ghost Town of Goussainville

The chateau at Goussainville-Vieux Pays (all photographs by Opelia Holt)Just outside the north of Paris, under the flight path of the Charles de Gaulle airport, are the ghostly remnants of a little...

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Roadside Attractions: The World's Largest Holstein Cow

Recently we interviewed Chandler O'Leary of the fantastic illustrated travel blog Drawn the Road Again. We are thrilled to be sharing a series of O'Leary's illustrations of roadside attractions, along...

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Finding the Real Transnistria: Where the Soviet Union Forgot to Die

Transnistria. If the name draws a blank, then don’t worry – you’re not alone. This tiny sliver of land located along the Dniester River between Moldova and Ukraine is almost unanimously unrecognized....

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Rusting Ruins Inside Chile’s Largest Nitrate Ghost Town

A water tower on the west side of Humberstone, Chile (all photographs by the author)Northern Chile is dotted with ghost towns abandoned long ago, which are slowly falling to pieces in the harsh Atacama...

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In the Face of War, Ukrainian Collector Shares his Faces of Death

Death masks on display at One Street Museum in Kiev (courtesy the museum)As the Russian “stealth war" on Ukraine steps out of the shadows and fighters on both sides of the conflict are killed on an...

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Soviet Ghosts: Photographs from a Shredded Iron Curtain

Buzludzha, Bulgaria (all photographs by Rebecca Litchfield)Out in the former Soviet Union, the Iron Curtain still hangs in tatters. Photographer Rebecca Litchfield journeyed through freezing winds and...

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Rascal: The Raccoon That Ate Japan

Rascal shoos off some native species. (via Idea Wiki) First introduced in the 1963 book, Rascal: A Memoir of a Better Era, the impish little trash-eater known as Rascal was a hit from the start. The...

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Morbid Monday: The Man Who Dissolved His Wife

“Unable to dissolve his marriage, he decided to dissolve his wife.— Clyde Snow, "The Stories Bones Tell"Adolph & Louise Luetgert (courtesy Alchemy of Bones)On Diversey and Hermitage Avenue in...

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Once in a Lifetime

An Agave americana "Century Plant" in post-bloom (photograph by David Fulmer)People tend to throw the phrase "once in a lifetime" around pretty liberally, applying it to mattress sales, kisses, and...

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Roadside Attractions: Aliens Welcome

Recently we interviewed Chandler O'Leary of the fantastic illustrated travel blog Drawn the Road Again. We are thrilled to be sharing a series of O'Leary's illustrations of roadside attractions, along...

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The Seven Summits, Part 1

Mount Elbrus (photograph by Kuster & Wildhaber Photography)In the early 1980s, Richard Bass, an oil and gas magnate from Tulsa, Oklahoma, set for himself a mountaineering challenge. He wanted to...

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The Country That Dare Not Speak Its Name

photograph by Darmon RichterIn the heart of Europe’s Balkan Mountains, there exists a tense naming dispute between nations, a 20-year political battle, which has its roots in a 2,800-year history....

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Objects of Intrigue: Napoleon's Last Horse

Napoleon's horse Vizir (photograph by the author)Almost hidden away inside a glass cabinet in one of the more obscure hallways of the Musée de l'Armée in Paris is a small taxidermy horse, a crack...

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What's Across the Street: The Secret Sights Alongside Famed Destinations

Pizza Hut view of the Pyramids of Giza (photograph by elainne_dickinson/Flickr user)What’s Across the Street?Guidebooks are full of “destinations” — the majestic monument or unique site that embodies a...

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Swamp Ponies: The 16th-Century Spanish Horses Still Driving Florida Cattle

photograph by Jack GillenA woman and her two young children run through the tall grasses of Payne’s Prairie, careful of the dozens of crickets that scatter out of their way, and wary of the snakes that...

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Photographing Stone Age Sentinels to the Stars

The Gurranes, Castletownshend, Ireland (all photographs by Barbara Yoshida, courtesy Marquand Books)The stone megaliths dotting the planet from Stonehenge and Sweden, to Morocco and the Mediterranean,...

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Eight Cat Paradises, Where the Felines Come First

From the religious cat cult of ancient Egypt, to the booming popularity of modern Japanese cat cafes, it’s clear that the human fascination with cats is a far from new concept. With all the fuss made...

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