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cryptids

The Loch Ness Monster Is the Latest Cryptid to Have Its Own Coin

Scotland's most lovable lake creature has been commemorated on a new ten-pence piece.
March 02, 2018
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lgbt

A Modern Controversy Over Ancient Homosexuality

In 1980, a gay historian’s book about Catholic Church-approved homosexuality enraged both gays and Catholics.
March 02, 2018
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microscopes

A New Species of Tardigrade Has Been Found in a Japanese Parking Lot

Greetings, Macrobiotus shonaicus!
March 01, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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bananas

A Quest for the Gros Michel, the Great Banana of Yesteryear

The forgotten, flavorsome Big Mike is elusive, but not impossible to find.
February 28, 2018
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internet

The Online Censorship of a 30,000-Year-Old Statuette

Facebook puts the kibosh on the Venus of Willendorf.
February 28, 2018
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science

The Common Language of Gesture Between Bonobos and Chimps

If a bonobo presented you its arm, would you know what it meant?
February 27, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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celebrity

Why Europe's First Celebrity Chef Named His Dishes After the Rich and Famous

Auguste Escoffier was the all-star genius behind Melba toast.
February 26, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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seed banks

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault Awaits Its Millionth Crop Deposit

Bambara groundnuts, black-eyed peas, and Estonian onion potato seeds are headed to the bank.
February 26, 2018
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monsters

Your Climate Change Monsters, Revealed

The face of climate change, as chosen by Atlas Obscura readers.
February 23, 2018
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neanderthals

The Earliest European Cave Art Was Made by Neanderthals

A new study suggests that they had the capacity for symbolic behavior.
February 23, 2018
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bees

Why Bees Prefer the Countryside

Summer in the city can spell danger for some wild bees.
February 22, 2018
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engineering

Finding the Unexpected Wonder in More Than 22,000 International Standards

From brewing tea to making shipping containers.
February 22, 2018
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trains

A Train That Inspired a 'Thomas the Tank Engine' Character Is Turning 100

Duncan is based on a locomotive called Douglas.
February 21, 2018
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squirrel

The Average Gray Squirrel Is Surprisingly Good at Problem Solving

Sorry, red squirrels.
February 20, 2018
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lent food

What We Thought We Knew About Bunnies Was Wrong

Scientists have debunked a centuries-old legend about rabbit domestication.
February 19, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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wrestling

The Special Stew at the Heart of Sumo Wrestling

Why one dish defines an entire sport.
February 16, 2018
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pornography

The Underground Magazine That Sparked the Longest Obscenity Trial in British History

In 1970, the editors of OZ magazine handed over the reins to a group of teens. Not long after, the police showed up.
February 16, 2018
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new zealand

What Fossilized Poop Tells Us About an Extinct Giant Bird From New Zealand

Resurrecting the moa's diet.
February 13, 2018
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shakespeare

How Anti-Plagiarism Software Led Scholars to a New Shakespeare Source Text

A thoroughly modern literary excavation.
February 12, 2018
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russia

The Russian Train Stop That Serves One Schoolgirl

All aboard!
February 09, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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strikes

The Forgotten History of New York’s Bagel Famines

Remembering Local 338 and the world's toughest bagel bakers.
February 09, 2018
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new york city

The Gay Coffeehouse Where Off-Off Broadway Theater Was Born

Remembering the Caffe Cino of 31 Cornelia Street, New York.
February 09, 2018
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birds

Australian Magpies From Big Families Do Better in Intelligence Tests

The bigger the brood, the brighter the bird.
February 08, 2018
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paleontology

Meet a Briton From 10,000 Years Ago

New research has given a face to the famous Mesolithic Cheddar Man.
February 07, 2018