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Atlas Obscura
The definitive guide to the world's hidden wonders.
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Atlas Obscura 38m
The Archer Home for the Elderly and Infirm was the picture of respectability. But in the nine years Amy Archer-Gilligan had been running her business, some 60 people had died while in her care.
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Atlas Obscura 2h
Within the Val-de-Travers, a valley in western Switzerland next to the French border, lies the birthplace of absinthe. In these woods, bottles of the spirit are hidden away, tucked into the likes of babbling brooks. Thirsty hikers are then invited to take a swig.
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Atlas Obscura 3h
The lifts run on a loop without ever stopping, and passengers hop on and off when they reach their floor.
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Atlas Obscura 4h
A portal into the bricked up canal that runs through the heart of Washington D.C.
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Atlas Obscura 5h
This tiny sculpture of a bag of Necco wafers is a nod to the United States’ oldest running candy company, the New England Confectionery Company. Their factory once stood near the park where the sculpture is today.
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Atlas Obscura 7h
Damp, dimly lit and decorated with skulls, chandeliers, and stuffed animals, this quirky drinking establishment is part of the extensive cave system that runs underneath Nottingham, England.
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Atlas Obscura 8h
Milwaukee is home to a haven for ghost hunters, the American Geographical Society Library, and a safe house for on-the-run secret agents and espionage enthusiasts. See what other unusual sights await you here.
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Atlas Obscura 9h
Water runs over this nearly 200-foot-long flat slab of rock and into a deep pool, forming a natural slip and slide.
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Atlas Obscura 10h
This dragon is often called the “Blade Runner” dragon, as it resembles the sign featured in the film. But it's also a local landmark that hung outside a family-run Chinese restaurant. After it closed, the the community rallied to put the sign back up.
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Atlas Obscura 12h
This strange “bridge to nowhere” actually does lead somewhere. It’s used by those looking to cross the Biel Water, a reasonably large stream that runs through the village of Biel just to the south of Dunbar, Scotland.
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Atlas Obscura 14h
The Baked Bean Museum of Excellence is a museum dedicated to baked beans, owned and operated by a bean-obsessed superhero called Captain Beany. And yes, it is as eccentric as it sounds.
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Atlas Obscura 15h
Some people balk at sharing dessert, but eating a massive honey toast box is a mission best tackled with a friend. Or two
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Atlas Obscura 17h
The origins of the U.S. Senate's bean soup are as nebulous as what’s in the bowl.
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Atlas Obscura 18h
The odor of this slimy dish, which people liken to ammonia or a strong blue cheese, is so powerful that some restaurants have private areas built for customers to eat the beans without disturbing others.
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Atlas Obscura 19h
These are your best bets for gaining insight into the real history of Freemasonry.
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Atlas Obscura 20h
Teddy Evans was at best incompetent and at worst a deliberate saboteur.
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Atlas Obscura 22h
You'd think food tastes best when it’s most fresh. But tell that to fans of leftovers.
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Atlas Obscura 23h
Barry Gfeller drove across 44 U.S. states and six Canadian provinces between 1977 and 1996, traveling more than 100,000 miles, photographing streets and houses all the while.
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Atlas Obscura Nov 17
This giant open-pit boron mine is one of the best secret gems of the California desert.
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Atlas Obscura Nov 17
The weirder the better! Whatever it is that you collect, we want to hear about it.
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