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Atlas Obscura
The definitive guide to the world's hidden wonders.
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Atlas Obscura 48m
Jane Colden defied gender barriers to become an early expert in Linnaean taxonomy.
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All over the world, there are buildings whose best days are in the past. While many of these places are left to rot, many find new life as something far removed from their original purpose. Tell us about your favorite places enjoying a second life.
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A fantasy author’s 37-year-old cache may soon be unearthed in one of the city’s 220 parks. But which one?
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This niche practice was commonplace in North America for centuries.
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One sequoia on the property, the Stagg Tree, is believed to be the fifth-largest tree in the world.
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Some Game of Thrones attractions can feel a bit gimmicky, but these stunning works of art weave together enthusiasm for the show with an iconic real-world landmark.
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Atlas Obscura 7h
This island in the South Pacific Ocean uses legal currency featuring characters from geek culture like Pikachu and Darth Vader.
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Atlas Obscura 8h
Although nieve de tuna is sometimes referred to as “cactus flower ice cream,” this sweet treat is not made from flowers, nor does it use cream. It’s a sorbet made from the fruits of prickly pear cacti, which are known as tunas.
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Atlas Obscura 10h
A caretaker lives on-site, but if you ask nicely, they may let you in to explore the grounds.
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Atlas Obscura 11h
This Roman-style monument offers panoramic views of Paris that make the hike to the top totally worthwhile.
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The museum has three full floors of exhibits, a gift store filled with Dr Pepper memorabilia, and a working old-fashioned soda fountain.
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Atlas Obscura 14h
Throughout history, clothing and fashion have served as some of the most iconic signifiers of a given time and place. Now we want to hear about your favorite historical fashion trends or bygone bits of clothing!
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Atlas Obscura 17h
In these videos, a narrator opens and explores the contents of assorted ready-to-eat military food boxes from around the world.
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Atlas Obscura 18h
Vast temple complexes and burial grounds typically are windows into the lives and deaths of the rich and powerful; the El-Kurru graffiti in Sudan, on the other hand, reveals something about everyone else, including how they expressed their beliefs.
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Atlas Obscura 20h
What was your favorite insect encounter? Tell us about kind of little creature you met and what made the experience so unforgettable.
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Atlas Obscura 21h
An aerospace engineer unveiled 'The Mantis' at Burning Man, as an anniversary gift to his wife.
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Atlas Obscura 23h
Although Kurt Vonnegut left Indianapolis after the Second World War and spent his professional life on the East Coast, Vonnegut’s hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana, is the perfect place for the museum.
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Atlas Obscura Sep 22
Opened in 1912 to treat tuberculosis using sun rays, this now-abandoned hospital is too expensive to remove or rehabilitate.
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Atlas Obscura Sep 22
The paintings, which depict same-sex couples and different nationalities, hint at the progressive nature of the secret Seattle nightclub that occupied this space nearly a century ago.
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Atlas Obscura Sep 22
On December 1923, two unlikely travelers arrived in Darjeeling, India intent on finding what could not possibly exist: Shambhala.
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