Natalie Zarrelli's User Profile - Atlas Obscura
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holidays

The Legacy of May Day Violence isn't a Maypole—It's the 8-Hour Workday

Amid the flowery celebrations of May 1st, it's time to remember May Day's social revolutionary past.
May 01, 2016
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alaska

Wolverines Are Now Being Trained to Find Avalanche Survivors

This sharp-clawed scavenger might be the key to future search and rescue efforts.
April 30, 2016
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science

The World's Most Powerful Particle Collider Was Thwarted by a Weasel

Weasels love to chew, and apparently mess with science.
April 30, 2016
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arcades

The Urban Legend of the Government's Mind-Controlling Arcade Game

The twisted tale of Polybius, the world's most dangerous video game.
April 28, 2016
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mammal

Why 19th-Century Naturalists Didn't Believe in the Platypus

Scientists argued for 90 years about the animal's freaky looks.
April 21, 2016
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out there week

In the Early 20th Century, America Was Awash in Incredible Queer Nightlife

Then Prohibition ended, and the closet was born.
April 14, 2016
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ellis island

Before Ellis Island Existed, Castle Garden Welcomed Houdini and Typhoid Mary

How a one-time beer garden became an immigration hub.
April 07, 2016
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linguistics

Why There's No 'Right' Way To Speak English

The English language is the ultimate code-switcher, gaining multiple personalities when it travels.
April 05, 2016
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brain collections

The Neurologists Who Fought Alzheimer's By Studying Nuns' Brains

The 30-year partnership between convents and brain researchers has been unexpectedly rewarding.
March 24, 2016
Gastro Obscura
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garbage week

The Voluminous Shell Heaps Hidden in Plain Sight All Over NYC

Oyster middens were everywhere for thousands of years, until suddenly they weren't.
March 17, 2016
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japan

The Positive and Negative Sides of Japan's Obsession with Dating by Blood Type

According to blood type personality theory, type O's are selfish warriors, and type B's are passionate nomads.
March 10, 2016
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mathematics

How Female Computers Mapped the Universe and Brought America to the Moon

Teams of female scientists made critical breakthroughs in astronomy and mathematics–but it was decades before they'd get credit for them.
March 04, 2016
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ice day

How Ice Withstands 900-Degree Heat in Space

February 25, 2016
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lighthouses

The Most Precious Cargo for Lighthouses Across America was a Traveling Library

February 18, 2016
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murder

How 2 Sisters and 1 Murder Inspired 500 Songs

February 11, 2016
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time week

Meet the People Who Live Outside of Time

February 04, 2016
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time week

Why England Was A Year Behind Belgium, Spain and Italy for 170 Years

February 02, 2016
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brain collections

Meet the Brain Banker Who Keeps Thousands of Brains In His Lab In the Bronx

February 01, 2016
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helicopters

Object of Intrigue: Backpack Helicopters

January 19, 2016
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miracles

How Thalidomide Went From Medical Disaster to Miraculous Cancer Treatment

January 18, 2016
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murder

How the Oxford English Dictionary Went from Murderer's Pet Project to Internet Lexicon

January 11, 2016
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marijuana

How Studying Really Stoned People Can Unlock Secrets of Paranoid Thinking

December 30, 2015
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feminism

The Heavily Judged Female Entertainers Who Crushed Stereotypes In the Old West

December 24, 2015
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poison

The Poisonous Beauty Advice Columns of Victorian England

December 17, 2015