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In Istanbul, You Can Find Old Prisons in Restaurants, Mosques, Even 4-Star...

A photochrom of Istanbul, c. 1890. (Photo: Library of Congress/LC-DIG-ppmsca-03047)If we know anything about Turkish prisons, we probably learned it from the 1978 film Midnight Express, loosely based...

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Remote Year Promised to Combine Work and Travel. Was It Too Good to Be True?

Remote Year involves working while traveling through twelve countries in twelve months. (Photo: selinofoto/shutterstock.com)When Nissa Szabo, a 27-year-old tech industry lobbyist from Denver, Colorado,...

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Scientists Uncover a Huge Trove of Dinosaur Fossils in Antarctica

A mosasaur, also depicted in Jurassic World. (Photo: Dmitry Bogdanov/CC BY 3.0)Over a ton of dinosaur fossils from 71 million years ago were recently discovered in Antarctica, scientists said.The...

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Watch a Goofy Bird Do a Hopping Dance to Attract a Mate

Everything about this Jackson’s widowbird's flashy display is in the interest of attracting the ladies. During breeding season, the black-feathered males of this small, finch-like species can be seen...

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The Story Behind the Incredible Obstacle Course Video That Went Viral

Competitors in the military pentathlon. (Photo: Alexander Russy/CC BY 2.0)The blurry video popped up, like so many, on my Facebook feed with no clear source or attribution, just a persistent text at...

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New Wheels Could Cut Deafening Screech of San Francisco Subways

New Wheels May Cut BART's Noise By Half https://t.co/o7VTY1P94T#sanfranciscopic.twitter.com/erHSvkf7nB— San Francisco News (@SFnewsnow) May 5, 2016The deafening screech of Bay Area Rapid Transit cars...

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The Inter-Amish Language Barriers of Indiana

The once unthinkable on the streets of Berne, Indiana: a closed buggy.  The vast majority of buggies in the Berne area are still "open" but that is changing. (Photo: Kevin Williams)There’s a grid of...

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Restoration of Historic Italian Palace Interrupted by Mob Arrests

#DEGRADO Palazzo Teti-Maffuccini-S.Maria Capua a Vetere - Qui nacque l'unità d'Italia(resa 2 Sicil) @italiasfregiatapic.twitter.com/Q8RW6WPz9N— elena (@villacalendasco) December 22, 2015The Palazzo...

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Help Us Make A Calendar of Fictional Holidays!

Did you remember to prepare your Life Day robes? (Photo: JD Hancock/CC BY 2.0)Attention Atlas readers! We need your help to create the definitive calendar of holidays that are celebrated by the...

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Oakland's Historic Tribune Tower and the Renegade Artist Who Keeps It Glowing

The artist John Law on the Tribune Tower's copper roof. (Photo: Tod Seelie)The Tribune Tower is an anomaly, a collection of clashing styles and rare, bizarre architectural features: a copper sheeting...

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Curious and Compelling Statues in the Czech Republic

These devilish heads await travelers who veer off the beaten path in the Czech Republic, and are slightly less distinct, but no less imposing than they were when created in the mid 1800s. (Photo:...

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For Sale: A Giant Piece of Cereal, Signed By Wrestlers

Dragonball Z, giant cereal, and a trombone. Sure. (Photo: WWE/Youtube)In what may be one of the crazier pieces of fan memorabilia to ever go on sale, you can now pick up an oversize piece of foam...

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The Origins of 'Horn OK Please,' India's Most Ubiquitous Phrase

The back of a truck mounted and used as a gate for a restaurant. (Photo: Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay/CC BY-SA 2.0)Driving in India is a loud experience, to say the least.One of the characteristic traits of...

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8 Plane Wrecks That Have Become Their Own Memorials

Visit the lonely beauty of crashed planes. (Photo: Lenny K Photography/CC BY-SA 2.0)It might seem counterintuitive given how expensive they are to produce, but it is not entirely uncommon to leave the...

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This Baby Beaver Won DC's Hearts and Minds After Trying to Take the Metro

@wusa9 Baby Beaver on the loose outside Van Ness UDC Metro #dcnews#dcist@DCistpic.twitter.com/6rwbKoyeD2— Jonathan Murray (@Adamalthus) May 4, 2016Almost nothing can ruffle a DC commuter. Year-long...

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The Hidden Messages of Colonial Handwriting

Jean Leon Gerome Ferris's rendering of the signing of the Mayflower Compact. Each person to hold this quill would have done so in a way suited to their gender, occupation, and maybe even their...

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Found: The Secrets of Lost, Underwater Egyptian Cities

There is a whole underwater world of forgotten ancient cities hidden in the Mediterranean Sea. Archeologists recently dove as deep as 32 feet to swim through temples and statues of two sunken Egyptian...

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Boaty McBoatface is (Mostly) Dead

UK's new polar research ship will be named RRS Sir David Attenborough, not #BoatyMcBoatfacehttps://t.co/kBT1lI0Bhxpic.twitter.com/gW1JpeHP1e— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) May 6, 2016It's been a...

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India Wants to Spend $6 Billion for New Forests

A forest in Bandipur National Park in sourthern India. (Photo: Vijay Sawant/CC BY 2.0) After years of prioritizing development over nature preservation, India's government now says it wants to...

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Experience a Wild Indian Train Ride With This Awe-Inspiring Time Lapse

If you've never taken a ride on an Indian train, put it on your bucket list immediately: the experience is equal parts chaotic, visually breathtaking, and, if the train is catered, delicious.The above...

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