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The Incredible Story of the World's First Papier-Mâché Gorilla
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The Incredible Story of the World's First Papier-Mâché Gorilla

Dr. Louis Auzoux's greatest creation was made of bone and scrap paper.
January 18, 2018
Wishlist: A Bioluminescent Nightlight
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Wishlist: A Bioluminescent Nightlight

BioPop's Dino Sphere is powered by living algae.
January 17, 2018
How Mr. Potato Head Changed the Advertising Business
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toys

How Mr. Potato Head Changed the Advertising Business

A story of goofy vegetables and the power of television.
January 16, 2018
The Fashion and Mystery of Ancient Roman Puzzle Locks
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The Fashion and Mystery of Ancient Roman Puzzle Locks

Put something complicated, useful, and stylish on your finger.
January 12, 2018
Wanted: A Better Way to Map Underground Spaces
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Wanted: A Better Way to Map Underground Spaces

DARPA's Subterranean Challenge aims to spur innovation beneath our feet.
January 09, 2018
Wishlist: An Essential History of Giant Squid
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Wishlist: An Essential History of Giant Squid

"The Search for the Giant Squid" is a detailed account of the ocean's most frightening mystery.
January 05, 2018
How One Scottish Town Revived a Local Tradition After 80 Years
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How One Scottish Town Revived a Local Tradition After 80 Years

The "Stromness Yule Log Pull" is officially back.
January 04, 2018
A Rooster, a Duck, and a Sheep Walk Into a Hot Air Balloon...
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A Rooster, a Duck, and a Sheep Walk Into a Hot Air Balloon...

...and make aviation history, of course!
January 03, 2018
The Latest New Species Discoveries From the Greater Mekong
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The Latest New Species Discoveries From the Greater Mekong

Three mammals, two fish, 11 reptiles, 11 amphibians, and 88 plants, all from the same region.
December 28, 2017
Watch a Baby Sea Turtle Waddle Up a Treadmill For Science
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Watch a Baby Sea Turtle Waddle Up a Treadmill For Science

Research has rarely been so adorable.
December 26, 2017
Wishlist: Visualizing David Bowie, a Magic Rock for the Media Age, and More
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Wishlist: Visualizing David Bowie, a Magic Rock for the Media Age, and More

Weekly gift ideas from the staff of Atlas Obscura.
December 22, 2017
Travel Advice From 2017's Most Prolific Atlas Obscura Community Member
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Travel Advice From 2017's Most Prolific Atlas Obscura Community Member

Dr. Alan Newman added more places to the Atlas this year than anyone else.
December 22, 2017
Each Christmas, the Welsh Try to Outsmart a Horse Skull Puppet
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Each Christmas, the Welsh Try to Outsmart a Horse Skull Puppet

Then they drink.
December 21, 2017
Wishlist: Passport to Your National Parks
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Wishlist: Passport to Your National Parks

The perfect way to nerd out over nature.
December 19, 2017
An Outlaw's Skin Was Made Into Shoes
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An Outlaw's Skin Was Made Into Shoes

Should they be on display?
December 19, 2017
Wishlist: The Instrument of the Retro-Future, Today
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Wishlist: The Instrument of the Retro-Future, Today

Make beautiful sci-fi music and lots of other weird noises with your very own theremin.
December 18, 2017
5 Secrets for Mastering the Theremin, From the Legendary Clara Rockmore
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5 Secrets for Mastering the Theremin, From the Legendary Clara Rockmore

One of the world's first electronic music virtuosos left behind handy rules for playing the mysterious instrument.
December 18, 2017
Wishlist: Mysterious Packages, A Moon for Your Room, and Shots With Hamilton
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Wishlist: Mysterious Packages, A Moon for Your Room, and Shots With Hamilton

Check out the coolest stuff our staff recommends this week!
December 15, 2017
The Week In... Holiday Feats!
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this week in

The Week In... Holiday Feats!

A nativity break-out, heirloom string lights, giant Christmas trees, and more.
December 15, 2017
Dancing Robots, Da Vinci, and a Dunking Bunny Highlight the Year in World Records
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the year in wonder

Dancing Robots, Da Vinci, and a Dunking Bunny Highlight the Year in World Records

Feed your feat fetish.
December 14, 2017
Wishlist: A Tiny Museum for Your Mantle
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Wishlist: A Tiny Museum for Your Mantle

Little space gems, flecks of viking axes, and bits of a space station can all be yours.
December 12, 2017
Why Is Anime Obsessed With Power Lines?
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Why Is Anime Obsessed With Power Lines?

Exploring the reasons behind the genre's lavishly detailed electrical infrastructure.
December 11, 2017
Atlas Obscura's DIY Holiday Gift Guide
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Atlas Obscura's DIY Holiday Gift Guide

Why blow hundreds of dollars on gifts this season when you can create wonder right at home?
December 08, 2017
Wishlist: Magic Flames and the Die With the Most Sides
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Wishlist: Magic Flames and the Die With the Most Sides

Weekly gift ideas from the staff of Atlas Obscura.
December 07, 2017