dannosowitz's User Profile - Atlas Obscura
🎁
Use code WONDER20 for 20% off all online experiences! Shop Now »
Gastro Obscura
story
potatoes

Hot, Small, or Couch: Why Potatoes Make Great Idioms

And fries.
February 20, 2019
story
breakup week

What Language Do People Speak in the Balkans, Anyway?

No one can seem to agree.
February 11, 2019
story
empire

The Curious Case of the Last 'Wild' Monkeys in Europe

Barbary macaques remain in Gibraltar thanks to a quirk of empire.
January 28, 2019
story
destination southern africa

In Angola, Conservationists Make the Case for a Massive New National Park

Newly stable countries are hotspots for wilderness protection.
January 15, 2019
Gastro Obscura
story
kosher foods

Is This Duck Kosher? It's Complicated

The case of the Muscovy duck cannot be settled because the rules themselves are not really known.
January 4, 2019
Gastro Obscura
story
caffeine

The Humble Brilliance of Italy's Moka Coffee Pot

In the era of pods, the iconic item has become an endangered species.
December 7, 2018
story
islands

The Questionable Rewards of a Visit to Inaccessible Island

We speak to those who have made the nigh impossible journey.
November 1, 2018
story
grave week

What Can a Linguist Learn From a Gravestone?

Plenty, it turns out.
October 26, 2018
story
linguistics

How the English Failed to Stamp Out the Scots Language

Against all odds, 28 percent of Scottish people still use it.
September 28, 2018
story
flags

Decoding the Unusual Shape of the Nepali Flag

Where did all those angles come from?
September 3, 2018
story
summer

The Evolving Ideologies of American Jewish Summer Camp

For decades, these retreats have offered so much more than outdoor fun.
August 9, 2018
story
trees

Why Are There Palm Trees in Los Angeles?

Turns out it's an image thing.
July 6, 2018
story
linguistics

The Government Campaign to Get Rid of Singapore's Unofficial Language

Singlish, a creole, is spoken all over the country, but politicians want citizens to "speak good English."
June 26, 2018
story
linguistics

Where the 'No Ending a Sentence With a Preposition' Rule Comes From

It all goes back to 17th-century England and a fusspot named John Dryden.
June 12, 2018
Gastro Obscura
story
tradition

Where Did the Prohibition on Combining Seafood and Cheese Come From?

Fish and dairy can make for a delicious mix, despite popular belief.
May 10, 2018
Gastro Obscura
story
linguistics

Why Are Bananas, Nuts, and Crackers the Only Foods That Say 'Crazy'?

An investigation into how three snacks became associated with madness.
April 13, 2018
story
bears

The Long Linguistic Journey to 'Dagnabbit'

This piece of pseudo-profanity is what's known as a taboo deformation—a word we say when we don't want to say the word.
March 14, 2018
story
aviation

Decoding the Design of In-Flight Seat Belts

Why we buckle up differently in cars and planes.
January 29, 2018
story
linguistics

How Australian Nicknaming Conventions Turn an Afternoon Into an 'Arvo'

A thorough explanation for why Dazza ate a sammie at the servo.
January 4, 2018
story
plants

Meet the Most Toxic Plant in North America

"Those who eat it will die in two hours."
December 14, 2017
story
features

Some Delightful Alternatives to the Post-Sneeze ‘Bless You’

To sneeze is human, to respond "Go away, kitten" is divine.
December 5, 2017
story
autumn

Why Does the Season Before Winter Have Two Names?

A look at the history of fall and autumn.
November 3, 2017
Gastro Obscura
story
snacks

Why Are So Dang Many Potato Chip Brands From Pennsylvania?

It’s snack time. All the time.
October 24, 2017
story
pants week

Oxford Bags, the Ridiculously Wide-Legged Trousers of the 1920s

Many decades before JNCOs, British rowers took their pants to extreme dimensions.
September 22, 2017