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Handy Guides to the World's Most Curious Places

Even Midtown Manhattan Has Its Secrets
The beautifully tiled Art Deco tunnel hidden underneath 34th street.
Known as a "Zip Tube" this carries the book requests down to the stacks many floors below.
The secret entrance to the Knickerbocker Hotel (detail)
Grimy, smokey patch left behind after cleaning

Even Midtown Manhattan Has Its Secrets

There are treasures hidden in plain sight in America’s most commercial neighborhood.


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11 Homes Transformed Into Amazing Mosaics
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La Maison Picassiette
The bathroom
Some of the decorations include broken crockery that have been priced back together
Mosaics stretching across every wall of the house

11 Homes Transformed Into Amazing Mosaics

If you own your property, why not bedazzle it?


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12 Places in Europe That Will Inspire Wanderlust
Angel in West Highgate
Bones from the former Magdeleine cemetery (La Ville Leveque Street numbers 1 and 2). Deposited in 1844 in the western ossuary (bone repository) and transferred to the catacombs in September 1859.
Speciality shop in scientific and pharmaceutical objects.
Tivoli carousel.

12 Places in Europe That Will Inspire Wanderlust

These unique European destinations are the places our readers said they most want to visit.


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A Linguistics Lover's Tour of the World
Original letter of Abraham, the son of Maimonides found in the Cairo genizah.
A sculpture of the Tower of Babel, by Alan Baughman, from the Introductory Room of the Museum of the Alphabet
Boontling word of the week in the tap room of the Anderson Valley Brewing Company.
"Vuel Villa" by Xul Solar
Gullah Heritage Trail

A Linguistics Lover’s Tour of the World

12 places to marvel at the history of human language.


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15 Unlikely Places to Re-Up Your Luck
Bolivia's Witch Market
The Statue of St. Anthony's Pig
The Guardhouse Monkey
Lincoln Tomb
Il Porcellino

15 Unlikely Places to Re-Up Your Luck

Luck be a… llama fetus?


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What Ho, Apothecary! 18 Intriguing Pharmacy Museums
Apothecary jars in main room
18th century Viennese Apoteka
Remedies at The Chemist's Collection.
In the pharmacy cellar.

What Ho, Apothecary! 18 Intriguing Pharmacy Museums

Take a calmative and visit one of these preserved drug preparers.


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