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metal

The True Story Behind America's Most 'Metal' Cemetery

Metallic gravestones, as it turns out, don't age well.
December 12, 2018
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lgbt

Reviving—and Reinventing—the Magic of Khmer Classical Dance

Cambodia's first LGBTQ dance company has big dreams.
December 10, 2018
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synagogues

The Muslims Preserving Kolkata’s Last Jewish Synagogues

"It's not ours or theirs, it's for both of us."
November 26, 2018
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dreams

How Indonesia's Chicken Church Went From Dream to Reality

It took almost three decades.
November 16, 2018
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profiles

How a 'Bug Whisperer' Helps Haters Learn to Love Insects

“The fear and hatred of insects is just the fear of the unknown,” says Aaron Rodriques.
November 14, 2018
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anatomy

A Close-Up Look at the Most Influential Medical Book of the 16th Century

Andreas Vesalius dissected the bodies of executed prisoners to better understand human anatomy.
November 09, 2018
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culture

Why There's a Columbo Statue in the Middle of Budapest

The American television character is memorialized in an unlikely locale.
October 23, 2018
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villas

The Real Story Behind Northern Italy's Abandoned 'Ghost Mansion'

"The ghost was me!" says Giuseppe Negri, who grew up at Villa de Vecchi.
October 17, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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history & culture

A Visit to the World's Only Sourdough Library

Step inside Karl De Smedt's singular collection of starters.
October 11, 2018
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collection

Unboxing the World's Largest Lizard

The Field Museum preserves its Komodo dragon specimens in Everclear, which they buy in 55 gallon drums.
October 10, 2018
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pop culture

Inside the World's Best Collection of Unintentionally Funny VHS Tapes

Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher have made a career of their never-ending hunt for oddball footage.
October 01, 2018
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invertebrates

Unboxing a Roly-Poly the Size of Your Head

A close-up look at giant isopod specimens.
September 27, 2018
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culture

One Family's Hidden Museum of Retro-Future Artifacts

Meet the Kleemans and their vast collection of space-age toys and ephemera.
September 25, 2018
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anatomy

A Close-Up Look at Rare 17th-Century Anatomical Manikins

The true purpose of these objects remains something of a mystery.
September 17, 2018
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library

A Visit to the Forgotten Apartment in Manhattan's Fort Washington Library

Dwellings like these were originally designed for workers and their families.
September 13, 2018
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antiques

Meet the 'Radio Guy,' an Obsessive Collector of Old Tech

Steve Erenberg's passions include medical helmets and antique radios.
September 10, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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microscopes

The Magical World of Microscopic Food

How a "bio artist" captures extraordinary images of everyday edibles.
September 07, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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deep sea

Eating Lunch 14,000 Feet Below Sea Level

Meals on Alvin are simple, for good reason.
September 06, 2018
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prehistoric

Unboxing a Prehistoric Fish

Watch how a 400-million-year-old species is preserved.
August 08, 2018
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gentrification

Making Miniatures to Preserve Local Memories

Painstaking recreations of a rapidly changing city.
August 07, 2018
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books

A Visit With the Popuplady

Ellen G.K. Rubin has more than 9,000 pop-up and movable books.
July 26, 2018