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May 25–May 29, 2017
Music and Medinas of Morocco
Jun 23–Jun 30, 2017
Hidden Venice with a Psycho-Mambo Twist
Jul 10–Jul 16, 2017
Kazakhstan and the 2017 World Expo
Sep 02–Sep 10, 2017
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A Closer Look at That Oscar-Winning Animatronic Horse Puppet
This thing is incredibly lifelike.
February 27, 2017
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
Oh, the uniformity!
February 16, 2017
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.
It's okay, they're meant to be falling down.
February 01, 2017
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
January 27, 2017
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
Flying into Wellington? Make sure that seatbelt is tightly fastened.
January 12, 2017
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
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
Got a spare $125,000?
October 04, 2016
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!
The world's wonders, in a convenient hardcover format.
September 20, 2016
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
The long-forbidden blackcurrant fruit is making a U.S. comeback.
September 09, 2016
the exit interview
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
A certain Republican has a sweet secret.
August 30, 2016
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
Bloody hell, mate, don't get it wrong.
August 09, 2016
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
Mix dangling wires and asbestos to achieve the perfect flapper wave.
August 02, 2016
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
Welcome to CSI: Lakes, Rivers, and Oceans.
July 22, 2016
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