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Ben & Jerry's Flavor Graveyard
Waterbury, Vermont

Ben & Jerry's Flavor Graveyard

The sweetest graveyard in the world is filled with headstones for dearly de-pinted ice cream flavors.
44.3529, -72.7402
Suoi Tien's swimming lagoon
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Suoi Tien Cultural Theme Park

Have fun at the world's first Buddhist waterslide park.
10.8661, 106.8020
Norry étiquette. (R. Seuffert/Atlas Obscura)
Ratanak Mondul, Cambodia

Bamboo Trains

Quick and simple, but in danger of disappearing.
12.9018, 102.9419
Skulls
Krong Battambang, Cambodia

Killing Caves of Phnom Sampeau

Limestone caves in the Cambodia countryside, once the setting of genocide horror, now a place of peaceful beauty.
13.0167, 103.0667
Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

Dinosaur of Ta Prohm

Hoax, mistake, or evidence of dinosaurs in human times?
13.4348, 103.8893
Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor, Cambodia.
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ta Prohm

A battle between nature and architecture in the Cambodian jungle.
13.3586, 103.8626
Kbal Spean
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Kbal Spean

This Cambodian riverbed is covered in ancient fertility symbols both above and below the waters.
13.6862, 104.0157
Traveler Restaurant entrance.
Union, Connecticut

Traveler Restaurant

This small-town Connecticut restaurant gives each diner a free book from its vast library.
42.0253, -72.1399
Swirling keys on Mortillaro's shop. (acetonic/Flickr)
New York, New York

Greenwich Locksmith

Phil Mortillaro uses keys to bring art back to the Village.
40.7315, -74.0042
The wishbones of departed soldiers.
New York, New York

The Wishbones of McSorley's Old Ale House

Touching mementoes from those who didn't make it back from World War I still hang in one of New York's oldest bars.
40.7288, -73.9897
New York, New York

Kenka

Make a tough dinner decision: Octopus wasabi roulette or bull penis?
40.7290, -73.9885
New York, New York

The White Horse Tavern

Great place to have a drink and a bite to eat in an atmosphere laden with New York's Bohemian past.
40.7357, -74.0062
New York, New York

Burger Joint

Slyly buy a shake in the Parker Meridien lobby.
40.7638, -73.9783
Detail of the Tiffany-designed elevators. Economical cast iron, not bronze!
New York, New York

The Woolworth Building

Once the tallest building in the world and the site of "the highest dinner ever held in New York" holds the most expensive penthouse in the city.
40.7125, -74.0083
The asylum
New York, New York

Bellevue Hospital

The name of this famed hospital was once a byword for the horrors of medical and psychiatric care.
40.7394, -73.9756
Seattle, Washington

Fremont Troll

A giant Troll lurks under a Seattle bridge overpass.
47.6510, -122.3473
San Francisco, California

The Pirate Shop at 826 Valencia

An essential stop before plundering, BYO Cutlass.
37.7596, -122.4214
Paxton Gate Exterior
San Francisco, California

Paxton Gate

A shop full of natural curiosities, carnivorous plants, and costumed taxidermied mice.
37.7596, -122.4217
Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls
Rome, Italy

Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls

One of Catholicism's four major basilicas has a series of papal portraits that are said to predict the end of the world.
41.8614, 12.4769
The Mouth of Truth
Rome, Italy

The Mouth of Truth

The yawning maw of this pagan visage is said to bite off the hands of liars.
41.8888, 12.4816
An aerial view of the Meeting of Waters, looking west.
Manaus, Brazil

Encontro das Águas (Meeting of Waters)

This striking, two-toned confluence of rivers is visible from space.
-3.1367, -59.9047
The descent of the snake god.
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Pyramid of Kukulcan at Chich'en Itza

Every equinox this Mayan pyramid puts on a spooky ancient light show.
20.6816, -88.5677
Einstein's Brain Slides
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mütter Museum

America's most famous museum of medical oddities, and home to the remains of Einstein's brain.
39.9535, -75.1768
Portal of books.
Los Angeles, California

The Last Bookstore

This iconic LA bookshop is housed in an abandoned bank -- both symbolic and chic.
34.0477, -118.2494