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puzzles

Help Atlas Obscura Solve a Curious 18th-Century Riddle Menu

No one was really eating "quintessence of Toes" back then.
October 09, 2018
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fast food

Pizza Hut's ‘Little Free Libraries’ Look Exactly Like Mini Pizza Huts

Also, remember BOOK IT?
October 08, 2018
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food art

The Life and Times of a Japanese Candy Artist

She brought the rare, age-old art to Epcot and a Yayoi Kusama exhibition.
October 02, 2018
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war fare

How Salt Helped Win the Civil War

Southern salt-making operations became prime military targets.
September 28, 2018
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war

The Warlike Origins of 'Going Dutch'

The term for splitting the bill has its roots in a bitter international rivalry.
September 25, 2018
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midnight munchies

Before Food Trucks, Americans Ate 'Night Lunch' From Beautiful Wagons

They were the ancestors of the modern diner.
September 13, 2018
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cookbooks

Inside a 17th-Century 'Barbarian' Cookbook From Japan

It included Portuguese and Japanese recipes for caramel, cake, and an early tempura.
September 11, 2018
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fabric

This Prized Filipino Fabric Is Made From Pineapple Leaves

It's been a favorite of royalty and a first lady.
September 06, 2018
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sweets

The 'Chop Suey Sundae' Isn't What You Think It Is

An ice cream topping once had the same name.
September 05, 2018
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food fights

A Short History of America's 'Tamale Wars'

Their popularity made for some bloody turf wars.
August 31, 2018
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food art

The Fabulous Design Manuals for Japan's 19th-Century Sweets

Wagashi range from elegant to surprisingly modern.
August 28, 2018
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diets

The Arctic Explorer Who Pushed an All-Meat Diet

Vilhjalmur Stefansson wanted to prove a point.
August 28, 2018
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textiles

Meet the Artist Making Delicious Food Quilts

Japanese sweets, turkey dinners, and produce alike are immortalized in fabric.
August 21, 2018
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farming

'Batnadoes' Can Protect California’s Crops

Bats are farmers' new best friends.
August 16, 2018
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future

Atlas Obscura Readers Imagine Their Future National Dishes

The food of 2050 includes crickets, plastic, and nothing at all.
August 14, 2018
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prohibition

Inside the 'Trend-Free' World of Wisconsin's Supper Clubs

Born out of Prohibition speakeasies, they're getting a second wind.
August 09, 2018
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trends

When Eating Crow Was an American Food Trend

The birds briefly became a delicacy.
August 07, 2018
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diner

Why So Many Diners Look Like Train Cars

Often, they traveled by rail and were built that way too.
August 03, 2018
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corn

Saving Mexico's Heirloom Corn With Gorgeous Furniture

Corn husks get the star treatment.
July 31, 2018
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paper

The Man With 15,000 Pieces of Chopstick-Wrapper Origami

A restaurant job turned into a collecting passion.
July 20, 2018
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sugar

This Bowl Contained Sugar 'Not Made by Slaves'

An early version of ethical consumption.
July 19, 2018
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research

Inside the World's Only Chile Pepper Research Institute

The center has spread spicy knowledge for decades.
July 16, 2018
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silent film

How Pie-Throwing Became a Comedy Standard

One film studio in Los Angeles pioneered the trope of flying pies.
July 10, 2018
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eat like a...

How Vegetarian Food Fueled the British Suffragette Movement

Some even started a cafe.
July 03, 2018