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Touring a Deserted, Dystopian Mall in Pennsylvania
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malls

Touring a Deserted, Dystopian Mall in Pennsylvania

Once a mighty retail hub, Century III is now hauntingly empty.
February 22, 2017
Library Hand, the Fastidiously Neat Penmanship Style Made for Card Catalogs
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libraries

Library Hand, the Fastidiously Neat Penmanship Style Made for Card Catalogs

Oh, the uniformity!
February 16, 2017
Watch the Dramatic Ad That Introduced the First Remote-Control Color TV
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Watch the Dramatic Ad That Introduced the First Remote-Control Color TV

It was “the greatest advance in television since color television itself.”
February 07, 2017
Watch a Lot of Giant Chimneys Collapse Around the U.S.
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story

Watch a Lot of Giant Chimneys Collapse Around the U.S.

It's okay, they're meant to be falling down.
February 01, 2017
Watch the Walls Shimmer at Iran's Emerald Mosque
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mosques

Watch the Walls Shimmer at Iran's Emerald Mosque

Shah Cheragh is one dazzling funerary monument.
January 30, 2017
Watch a Howling Wolf Get Speed-Sculpted Out of Clay
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wolves

Watch a Howling Wolf Get Speed-Sculpted Out of Clay

Arooooooo!
January 27, 2017
Watch a Man Turn a Lump of Hot Sugar Into a Bunny
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candy

Watch a Man Turn a Lump of Hot Sugar Into a Bunny

Sugar blowing is a pretty sweet art.
January 24, 2017
Watch Planes Try to Land in the World's Windiest City
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airports

Watch Planes Try to Land in the World's Windiest City

Flying into Wellington? Make sure that seatbelt is tightly fastened.
January 12, 2017
 The Failed Attempt to Market Sweet-Smelling Cigarettes to Women
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health

The Failed Attempt to Market Sweet-Smelling Cigarettes to Women

Chelsea burned brightly for a few months in 1989.
November 22, 2016
An Alarm Designer on How to Annoy People in the Most Effective Ways
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airports

An Alarm Designer on How to Annoy People in the Most Effective Ways

There's an art and science to making one sound seem more urgent than another.
November 15, 2016
This Beautiful Art Nouveau Telescope Can Be Yours
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telescopes

This Beautiful Art Nouveau Telescope Can Be Yours

Got a spare $125,000?
October 04, 2016
Welcome to Atlas Obscura's 31 Days of Halloween
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31 days of halloween

Welcome to Atlas Obscura's 31 Days of Halloween

It's the creepiest time of the year.
October 03, 2016
The 'Atlas Obscura' Book Is Out Now!
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books

The 'Atlas Obscura' Book Is Out Now!

The world's wonders, in a convenient hardcover format.
September 20, 2016
The Fascinating '80s Public Access Films Produced by a California UFO Cult
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ufos

The Fascinating '80s Public Access Films Produced by a California UFO Cult

This love-filled collective and its compelling leader had quite the creative output.
September 15, 2016
Why the Purple Skittle Tastes Different Outside America
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fruit

Why the Purple Skittle Tastes Different Outside America

The long-forbidden blackcurrant fruit is making a U.S. comeback.
September 09, 2016
Exit Interview: I Played With LEGO for a Living
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legos

Exit Interview: I Played With LEGO for a Living

A former LEGO master model builder talks about taking toys seriously.
September 06, 2016
One of the 100 Desks in the U.S. Senate Chamber is Full of Candy
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candy

One of the 100 Desks in the U.S. Senate Chamber is Full of Candy

A certain Republican has a sweet secret.
August 30, 2016
Joining the Caterpillar Club is as Easy as Escaping a Fiery Plane
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aviation

Joining the Caterpillar Club is as Easy as Escaping a Fiery Plane

A golden bug worn on the lapel could indicate a life of adventure.
August 23, 2016
How to Tell an Australian From a New Zealander
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accents

How to Tell an Australian From a New Zealander

Bloody hell, mate, don't get it wrong.
August 09, 2016
The Strange Affliction of 'Library Anxiety' and What Librarians Do to Help
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colleges

The Strange Affliction of 'Library Anxiety' and What Librarians Do to Help

It's a real phenomenon, and Ivy League librarians are fighting it.
August 04, 2016
The Alarming Aesthetics of Jazz Age Perm Machines
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beauty

The Alarming Aesthetics of Jazz Age Perm Machines

Mix dangling wires and asbestos to achieve the perfect flapper wave.
August 02, 2016
How a 4-Year-Old's Letter to His Father Survived the Civil War
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us civil war

How a 4-Year-Old's Letter to His Father Survived the Civil War

Scribbles from home, kept safe on the battlefield.
July 26, 2016
What It's Like to Be an Underwater Crime Scene Investigator
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jobs

What It's Like to Be an Underwater Crime Scene Investigator

Welcome to CSI: Lakes, Rivers, and Oceans.
July 22, 2016
The Less-Than-Effective Shark Nets Protecting Australia's Beaches
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sharks

The Less-Than-Effective Shark Nets Protecting Australia's Beaches

Can a strip of mesh really keep great whites away?
July 20, 2016