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13 Delightful Christmas Foods and Traditions Around the World
Even some cartoonish dessert lampreys have scary teeth.
A bowl of cinnamon-topped Risengrød.

13 Delightful Christmas Foods and Traditions Around the World

Celebrate the holidays with elf-appeasing pudding and desserts shaped like sea monsters.


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8 Subtle Landmarks to Spite
A hawk perched atop the Pink House.
 Al Ba’sa, or The Grudge, Beirut's thinnest building.
The house used to be an alleyway.
It's half the size of that car!
The O'Reilly Spite House, aka Cambridge Spite House.

8 Subtle Landmarks to Spite

These houses pay tribute to pure human pettiness.


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11 'Sometimes' Islands You Can Walk to at Low Tide
Cyclists on the causeway with Pilgrims Way marker pole in the background.
Passage du Gois
Mont Saint-Michel
An exposed moment for Billingsgate Island

11 'Sometimes' Islands You Can Walk to at Low Tide

The paths to these locales disappear and reappear with the whims of the sea.


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7 of Oregon's Most Magical Places
Darlingtonia State Natural Site.
An aerial view of the rose garden.
The H-4 Hercules, aka "Spruce Goose."
Pete French Round Barn.
The one-room schoolhouse in Friend.
Cottage Treehouse.

7 of Oregon's Most Magical Places

Explore Oregon's seven regions through some of its most enchanting sites.


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10 Places to Explore the Dark Underbelly of Rome
Crypt of the Three Skeletons.
Inside the Golden House.
Mithras slaying the bull - Context Travel
Vatican Necropolis.
A chandelier made of human bones dangles from the ceiling.
Vigna Randanini.

10 Places to Explore the Dark Underbelly of Rome

St. Valentine's city isn't all roses and romance.


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The Many Ways to Shape a Tree
The "Basket" Tree was woven together from six separate sycamore trees.
Root Bridges of Cherrapunji
Jembatan Akar

The Many Ways to Shape a Tree

See the astonishing ways people around the world have trained trees to grow.


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