Blog Profile / Atlas Obscura


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Archived Since:June 22, 2009

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House of Dance & Feathers in New Orleans, Louisiana

"I want to educate the world about our great culture, how we do this, and why we are so successful at it even though the economics say we ain't supposed to be." - Ronald W. Lewis Located in the Lower Ninth Ward since 2003 is a backyard museum that could only exist in New Orleans. Show More Summary

FOUND: A Chinese Coin From the 1700s Buried in Seattle

An example of an 18th century Qing dynasty coin (Photo: Jean-Michel Moullec/Flickr) In Seattle, archaeologists working under a bridge have found 2,600 or so artifacts from Seattle history—everything from depression-era shoes and dolls...Show More Summary

Manhattan Was Almost Home to a 200-Foot-Tall Owl Mausoleum

Newspaper publisher James Gordon Bennett Jr. was obsessed with owls. Sculptor Greg Lefevre created a bronze owl sculpture for him in Herald Square. (Photo: Jnap/Flickr) In 1906, one of New York’s premier architects, Stanford White, received an unusual commission. Show More Summary

Dish Blight: The Ruins of Satellite TV Are All Around

Satellite dishes in New York City. (Photo: Alexis Lê-Quôc/Flickr) Right now, two major satellite television providers in the U.S., DirecTV and Dish, are both embroiled in merger talks with telecommunications giants. The former is nearly...Show More Summary

Food Shark Museum of Electronic Wonders & Late Night Grilled Cheese Parlour in Marfa, Texas

When preparing for a visit to the enchanting Food Shark Museum of Electronic Wonders & Late Night Grilled Cheese Parlour it’s best to begin by checking traditional notions of both “museums” and “parlours” at the door. The reason forShow More Summary

How to Make Your Dead Eagle A Legal Eagle

Spoiler warning on, bud. (Photo: Saffron Blaze on Wikipedia) In advance of Independence Day festivities, here is a strange-but-true American fact: It is a crime to be in possession of eagles and eagle parts other than for the purposes...Show More Summary

Thomas Jefferson Built This Country On Mastodons

Drawing of an early 19th century attempt at a mammoth restoration. Note the upside-down tusks. (Image: WikiCommons/Public Domain) On July 4th, 1776, Thomas Jefferson had a lot on his mind. At 33, he was the youngest Virginia delegate at the Second Continental Congress. Show More Summary

100 Wonders: Where The Bridges Are Grown

Building things in the world's wettest place is difficult:Wood rots, metal rusts, and stone crumbles with all of that moisture. However, finding a way to cross the fast flowing mountain rivers was important. The Khasi tribe of Cherrapuni, India, however, found a rather brilliant solution. Show More Summary

Nobel's Blasting Bunkers in Stockholm, Sweden

Vinterviken was once the location of the world's first commercial nitroglycerine factory and the basis for Alfred Nobel's success. In 1865 Alfred Nobel bought a farm in Vinterviken in Stockholm to start manufacturing the highly explosive and violently unstable compound, nitroglycerine. Show More Summary

The Lion of Gripsholm Castle in Mariefred, Sweden

A case of taxidermy gone terribly wrong and a lion, dead for centuries, once again coming to life online. The reason to the lion now on display at Gripsholm Castle first came to Sweden in the 18th century is a little unclear. When it came to Sweden, the animal was very much alive. Show More Summary

13 Extraordinary Illustrations of Fireworks Displays From Days of Yore

This hand-colored etching illustrates a 1749 show celebrating the Aix la Chapelle peace treaty, which also featured the first performance of George Fredric Handel's "Music for the Royal Fireworks." Sadly, three spectators were killed during the show when a lit rocket shot into a stack of reserve fireworks and blew up a pavilion. Show More Summary

Leave Your Screens Behind (Mostly) at Rare Book School

Nineteenth-century bindings from the RBS teaching collection displayed for a session of “Introduction to the History of Bookbinding." (All photos: Rare Book School) When summer rolls around, thoughts turn to how to spend the limpid months:...Show More Summary

Sweden's Secret Quest Castles are Coming to America

Don't fall. (All images property of Boda Borg. Used with Permission) Escape-the-Room-style reality games, where attendees are locked in a room and given a certain amount of time to figure out how to escape, seem to be popping up all over the place lately. Show More Summary

Wewurukannala Vihara in Dikwella, Sri Lanka

Wewurukannala Vihara is most famous for a gargantuan seated Buddha waiting to greet devout pilgrims, but the temple’s most wonderfully unexpected (and unsettling) feature lies somewhere along the way. The temple is divided into three...Show More Summary

Watch 'Singles' on VHS with 1,000 Strangers in the Seattle Courtyard Where It All Began

Make like Janet and Cliff and head to Coryell Court. (Photo: Screenshot from Singles.) Fans of the '90s Seattle slacker-grunge scene are in for a treat this Sunday, when Singles, a cinema hallmark of the era, will be screened at theShow More Summary

The Amazing Pop Iconography of Vintage Firework Art

Even the Seven Dwarfs can be explosive (Image: Epic Fireworks/Flickr) Firecrackers are designed to be set off. But before they're lit up, they need to find a buyer. In order to distinguish one bundle of flammable material from another,...Show More Summary

FOUND: A Secret Tunnel Between Russia And China

A less secret tunnel in a different fort on the Sino-Russian border (Photo: Lzy881114/Wikimedia) Early in the 1930s, when Japan had invaded Manchuria and the Second Sino-Japanese War was on the verge of breaking out, a secret tunnel was created under the Chinese-Russian border. Show More Summary

Château de Salses in Salses-le-Château, France

A relic from the old border between France and Spain, la Fortresse de Salses (as it is also known) stands as evidence of the transitional and innovative military architecture from the 15th century. The castle (or more accurately, fortress)...Show More Summary

Britain's Most Famous 1700s Sailor Spent 4 Years Disguised as a Man

Hannah Snell (Image: Public domain/Wikimedia) In 1747, when she was 22, Hannah Snell left home in search of her missing husband. Instead, she found fame. Over the next five years, she became a a sailor and a fighter, all while posing as a man. Show More Summary

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