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Inside the Illinois Studio Where Terrifyingly Realistic Dinosaurs are Born

Created in partnership with Enjoy Illinois and the Illinois Obscura Society. Benld, Illinois seems like an improbable place for sauropods, raptors and Dracorex hogwartsias to roam. However, the bucolic 1,500-person town is home to Charlie...Show More Summary

Fleeting Wonders: A Surprisingly Huge Ice Sheet on Mars

Surface evidence of the massive ice sheet found on Mars. (Photo: NASA) As NASA's Curiosity rover makes its way across the Red Planet, the images coming back have been breathtaking. And thanks to the internet, the public has a front seat...Show More Summary

Monastery of San Juan de la Peña in Aragon, Spain

Tucked high in the Pyrenees, San Juan de la Peña ranks among the most important religious sites in the Aragon region of Spain thanks to centuries of royal pilgrimages, paired with legendary tales linking it with Christianity's most coveted...Show More Summary

Warren G. Harding Was The First Celebrity-Endorsed President

Warren G. Harding campaigns for the presidency in 1919. (Photo: Library of Congress) Nearly a century after his death, Warren G. Harding is having a moment in the limelight. Thanks to timeless curiosity and modern genetic testing, the...Show More Summary

FOUND: The Mysterious Shigir Idol May Be 11,000 Years Old

The Shigir Idol (Photo: ????????? ????????????????/Wikimedia) The Shigir idol was found in 1894, in a bog in western Siberia. Bogs are unusually effective at slowing the decay of organic matter: the microbes that speed rot don't like living there. Show More Summary

Moscow Cats Theatre in Moscow, Russia

The Moscow Cats Theatre claims to be the only cat-based circus in the world, and while that is not exactly verifiable, one thing is for certain, it is one adorable spectacle of feline clowning (and possibly a haven for animal cruelty). Founded...Show More Summary

How Kurobe, Japan Became the Zipper Capital of the World

A close up of a YKK zipper. (Photo: Chris 73/ WikiCommons CC BY-SA 3.0) There is not a groin in the world that the city of Kurobe has not touched. It has done so through the auspices of YKK, the world’s largest manufacturer of zippers, producing roughly half the world’s supply—some 7 billion a year. Show More Summary

U-Boats and Octopuses Collide in These WWI Propaganda Maps

A 1915 German propaganda map where Britain is depicted as a spider weaving a web around Europe. (Photo: Courtesy Barron Maps) While the soldiers of World War I fought on various fronts across Europe, artists and governmental departments...Show More Summary

And They’re Off! Drunken Horse Racing in Guatemala

During drunken horse races in the town of Chiabal II in Guatemala. Some riders are so inebriated they have to have their hands tied to the saddle, which for some, is not enough. (All Photos: Eric Mohl) First, let’s get one thing straight: The horses are sober. Show More Summary

Margarine Used To Be Pink, and More Colorful Tales From The Food Dye Industry

Multi-colored cereal. (Photo: frankieleon/flickr) A version of this post originally appeared on the Tedium newsletter. It's common today to hear food experts raise concerns about the amount of artificial dyes in our foods today, butShow More Summary

McKittrick Canyon in Culberson County, Texas

In autumn, the west Texas desert hides an oasis of color in McKittrick Canyon, an oddly lush hidden natural garden that grows in the shadow of steep canyon walls. Nestled in the Guadalupe Mountains and described as the "prettiest spot in Texas," autumn comes to McKittrick Canyon in late October and early November. Show More Summary

Great Stupa of Dharmakaya in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

The United States might not be known as a global hub of Buddhist architecture, but that doesn't mean that the U.S. doesn't have its fair share of beautiful symbols of peace. One of the most lovely, and possibly the largest of them is...Show More Summary

Mechanical Beach Monsters No Match for Boston Crowd Control

A Peabody Essex Museum volunteer coaxes a Strandbeest forward. (Photo: Atlas Obscura) Strandbeest Handler #4 was having some trouble. It was time to promenade, and her charge—a ten-foot-long scaffold of tan PVC pipes, flanked by two outstretched sails—had stage fright. Show More Summary

Fleeting Wonders: Watch A Chinese Sinkhole Eat a Bus Stop

News of sinkholes hits the headlines on a surprisingly consistent basis. So much so that sometimes it feels as though we are all just walking around on the thin crust of a hollow Earth, waiting to take that one false step that will send...Show More Summary

FOUND: Two Giant Black Holes at the Heart of a Quasar

Whoa, double black hole! (Image: Space Telescope Science Institute) Quasars are unbelievably bright. When astronomers first found them, they thought they might be really, really luminous stars—they can be brighter than entire galaxies—but, in fact, their brilliance comes from a different source, the black hole at the center. Show More Summary

Apenheul Primate Park in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands

Opened in 1971, Apenheul is the first and only zoo in the world where monkeys live in a forest setting but remain free to walk around alongside the visitors who flock to see them. The story of Apenheul started back in the late 1960sShow More Summary

Abbey Library of Saint Gall in Saint Gallen, Switzerland

There are beautiful old libraries and then there is the Abbey Library of Saint Gall, which may not only be one of the oldest surviving libraries in Europe but certainly one of the most beautiful. According to the Abbey of Saint Gallen's...Show More Summary

'Wet Hot American Summer' On a Bus: The Decadent Thrills of Teen Tours

Arches National Park, one of the many itinerary options for teen tours. (Photo: Jean-Christophe Benoist/WikiCommons CC BY-SA 3.0) For the youth of America, camp has an undeniable allure (the lack of parental supervision looming large). Show More Summary

150 Years of Coney Island Thrills in Photos

'Modern Venus of 1947, Coney Island'. (Photo: Courtesy Brooklyn Museum Collection) Coney Island has long been an accessible, one-day vacation for New Yorkers wanting to escape the heat. The first amusement ride was built in 1876 and from that time until World War II, Coney Island was the largest amusement area in the United States. Show More Summary

One Woman's Campaign to Change Québec's Racist Place Names

Saint-Armand, home of the racist place name. (Photo: Gilles Douaire/Flickr) Earlier this month, Rachel Zellars, a Ph.D student at McGill University, came across a news article about the Commission de toponymie, the government agency that oversees place names in Québec. This bureaucratic body sounds likely to be dull. Show More Summary

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