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Fleeting Wonders: A 64-Year-Old Bird Becomes a Mother Again

Wisdom and her mate at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in November. (Photo: Kiah Walker/USFWS)Wisdom is having a baby at the age of 64.Over the weekend of November 28, Wisdom, a Laysan albatross,...

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The Life and Death of Skysurfing

Troy Hartman surfs the skies as his cameraman flies by his side. (Photo: Troy Hartman)The sport of skysurfing lived a short life.Watching a skysurf video today, you'd likely guess that it’s a digitally...

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FOUND: Lakes That Used to Be Mount Everest Glaciers

A supraglacial lake on Mount Everest (Photo: C. Scott Watson)On one side of Mount Everest, the ice is melting so fast that lakes are forming on the surface of glaciers.As the Washington Post reports, a...

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Driftwood Sculptures from America's Largest Swamp

The view from Adam Morales' boat on the water near Pierre Part, on the outskirts of the Atchafalaya Basin. (All photos: Julie Dermansky)This photo essay is one of a five-part series with Atlas Obscura...

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Enter the Mausoleum With this Video from Atlas Obscura’s Cemetery Soirée

On the night of October 24, 2015, Atlas Obscura and Green-Wood Cemetery invited 900 guests Into the Veil for an exploration of the 19th-century cemetery's expansive grounds. Equipped with a map just...

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The Couple with a Dream—To Build a Historically Accurate Dinosaur Hotel

Dinosaur murals on the exterior of the Best Western Denver Southwest. (Photo: Ayleen Gaspar/flickr) Greg and Meredith Tally had been running their Lakewood, Colorado Best Western for about 10 years...

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Exploring the Dusty Remains of South America’s Newest Ghost Town

A street in Chuqicamata, a once-thriving mining town. Now it is deserted, with rumors of shadowy figures crossing the streets late into the night.  (All Photos: Margot Bigg)Many people think of ghost...

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FOUND: So Many Scottish Dinosaur Footprints

An artist's idea of what Scotland's coast looked like about 170 million years ago (Image: Jon Hoad)Around 170 million years ago, Scotland was warmer, swampier, and inhabited by dinosaurs. Evidence of...

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Nazis Secretly Bred Angora Rabbits at Concentration Camps

The cover of "Angora", made from woven rabbit wool bore, with the insignia of the Schutzstaffel (SS). (Photo: Wisconsin Historical Society) In 1945, as the Allies were marching through Germany, Chicago...

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Fleeting Wonders: Sheets of Ice Melting in the Most Dramatic Ways

Ice Storm 2015 has started to melt. Power on, uverse not. #icestorm#mustang#oklahoma@reedtimmerTVN@KyleSalomonMNpic.twitter.com/HV9T8j7tMo— bbatter (@barbiereif) November 29, 2015Last week, central...

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FOUND: Five Heart-Shaped Boxes With Five Actual Hearts Inside

One of the five heart reliquaries (Photo: Rozenn Colleter/Inrap)A recent radiological discovery has found that even noble hearts can be diseased.The story begins in Rennes, France, in 1369, when the...

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Stubble and Statecraft: How Beards Grew Political

In the back row on the right side, a young man wears his beard in the style favored by those who supported a united Italy: sideburns united by a strip beneath the chin. (Photo: Alfredo Calabrese...

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Fleeting Wonders: The World's Largest Gathering of Beatles Impersonators

Beatles impersonators at a gathering of inferior numbers in Liverpool in the late 1990s. (Photo: Green Lane/WikiCommons)Would the Fab Four be 73.5 times more fab if there were 290 more of them? Mexico...

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The Mystery Temple, A Famed Indian Mosque and the Debate that Won't End

The Bhagyalakshmi Temple sits at the foot of Charminar, a longtime symbol of the Hindus and Muslims here sharing the streets together. No one knows how old Bhagyalakshmi Temple actually is, or how it...

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Jumpsuits: Heralding The End Of Fashion For A Century

White jumpsuits, military-style. (Photo: Library of Congress)The jumpsuit has two faces. One comes from world of culture and fashion, everything from Elvis in Vegas to Janelle Monae at the Met Gala....

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The Sex-Obsessed Poet Who Invented Fascism

Gabriele d'Annunzio reading. (Photo: Public Domain/WikiCommons) It can be hard to reconcile the incredible charisma of Hitler written about in history books with recordings of his speeches in which he...

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Fleeting Wonders: A Rat Snake in a Courthouse

An Eastern rat snake, blissfully unaware of the million-dollar lawsuit it's caused. (Photo: John Mikesell/WikiCommons CC BY-SA 3.0)Hopefully there aren’t too many ophiophobes in the jury on the day...

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FOUND: A 17th Century Map Stolen from a Library by a Notorious Art Thief

A copy of the map, from France's National Library (Image: Wikimedia)In 1612, the French explorer Samuel de Champlain mapped what Europeans then called "la Nouvelle France"—New France, the part of North...

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The Hidden World of Tenement Fortune Tellers in 19th Century Manhattan

A crowded street scene on the Lower East Side, 1909. (Photo: Library of Congress)In 1993, a restoration was underway at 97 Orchard Street in New York City. Beneath the darkened floorboards of one...

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Why Exactly Did the Vikings Flee Greenland?

A majestic fjord on Greenland's Baffin Island, once home to equally majestic Vikings. (Photo: Public Domain/WikiCommons)Sometime around the 10th century AD the Vikings traveled north to settle in...

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