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The Life-Enhancing Qualities of Cemetery Cider

52 minutes agoLifestyle / Travel : Atlas Obscura

Deep within Green-Wood Cemetery, a hulking apple tree curves over Samuel Morse’s grave like a crooked arm. Morse, who died in 1872, is one of the most famous residents laid to rest in the Brooklyn cemetery. Yet the storied inventor of...Show More Summary

Tassili n'Ajjer in Algeria

Just outside the desert oasis of Djanet, Algeria, there’s a national park brimming with pieces of the past. A trip through the alien-like landscape of Tassili n'Ajjer is like stepping into an open-air art gallery, where the sandstone...Show More Summary

Found: The Massive Skeleton of a Steller's Sea Cow

German zoologist and botanist Georg Wilhelm Steller, after an epic journey riddled with brutal storms and the looming threat of death by scurvy, was the first European to set foot in Alaska—on Kayak Island, in 1741. His leg of the Great...Show More Summary

Casa Vicens in Barcelona, Spain

Any visitor to Barcelona is likely familiar with the unique, often whimsical work of architect Antoni Gaudí. His buildings are a beloved, defining aspect of the city. Now, visitors can become even more familiar with the iconic architect...Show More Summary

The Lost Gypsy Gallery in Papatowai, New Zealand

While traveling southbound from Dunedin toward Invercargill, take a detour through the Catlins to the sleepy village of Papatowai. Once there, stop at the Lost Gypsy Gallery, where artist Blair Sommerville has spent nearly two decades...Show More Summary

The Pit of Death That Holds the History of New Zealand's Flightless Birds

The lush vineyards of Martinborough, New Zealand, sit upon a thick crust of limestone. At one time, a few thousand years ago, the rocky landscape was entirely covered with thick native bush, and was home to countless reptiles and flightless birds, carousing and careening beneath the canopy, with nary a human in sight. Show More Summary

With Smog Meringues, You Can Taste Your City's Air Pollution

Tasting notes for wine often reference other delicious things. In a chardonnay, you might hope for hints of vanilla, butter, and caramel. Merlot is said to call to mind black cherry, plums, and chocolate. You wouldn't think it, but cities have tasting notes, too. Show More Summary

Jim Henson Wanted to Free Us From Paperwork

Paperwork is kind of annoying, though it hasn’t ever seemed particularly sinister. But wait! In his 1967 sales film for IBM called Paperwork Explosion, Jim Henson makes paperwork feel sort of like a slightly creepy conspiracy that we...Show More Summary

Amalia Eriksson Statue in Jönköping N, Sweden

In 1859, a new confection emerged on the market in the small town of Gränna. It was a hard, minty rock candy with whimsical red and white stripes. Called polkagris, the candy soon became known as a delightful Swedish sweet. The treat was the work of Amalia Eriksson, a poor woman who became a widow shortly after giving birth to her daughter Ida. Show More Summary

The Beautiful Cakes Injected Full of Flowers

Needles and syringes might not seem like tools for a pastry chef. But they’re essential for creating the technicolor, three-dimensional designs suspended inside th?ch rau câu, or Vietnamese jelly cakes. Despite the name, there’s no cake...Show More Summary

Sheikh Hamad-al Nil Tomb in Omdurman, Sudan

Every Friday evening, Sufi dervishes perform a ritual called dhikr at the tomb of Sheikh Hamad-al Nil, a 19th-century Sufi leader. The devotees dance and work themselves into a frenzy while reciting Allah’s name, helping to create aShow More Summary

The Week In... Robots!

It’s a wide and wonderful world out there, and frankly we can't always keep up with it all. Atlas Obscura's 'The Week In…' is here to help! Each Friday, we track down the interesting things you didn't even know you missed. This week,...Show More Summary

The Ferry McFerryface Controversy Tearing Australia Apart

It all started, as so many disasters do, with the best of intentions. Sydney Harbour was getting six new ferries: good-natured, green-accented public transit vessels that would collectively burble tens of millions of passengers from dock to dock every year. Show More Summary

Bise Village in Bisezaki, Japan

In the northern Kunigami district of Okinawa’s main island, just north of the aquarium, you’ll find a small seaside town called Bise Village. It’s a peaceful spot with narrow sandy streets lined with lush fukugi trees. Walking along the thin roads while secluded within the thick flora is deeply relaxing. Show More Summary

A World-Class Violinist Brings a Venetian Gala to Albion Castle

Ever since Adriana Molello was a child, she has sought diverse experiences to guide her development as a musician. As a young violinist in Colorado, she played in her school’s jazz and mariachi bands in addition to contributing to the Denver Young Artists Orchestra and the Colorado Young Sinfonia. Show More Summary

Hospital de los Venerables in Seville, Spain

Tucked away in Seville’s labyrinthine Barrio Santa Cruz, this quiet and peaceful villa is now a museum housing a small but exquisite collection of oil paintings by Diego Velasquez, Francisco Varela, and other painters of the SpanishShow More Summary

Pegasus Wreck in Antarctica

On October 8, 1970, the pilots of the Pegasus, a C-121 Lockheed Constellation plane, knew they had a problem. A fierce storm was ravaging the air above Antarctica. But they were forced to fly onward, a lack of fuel making it impossible...Show More Summary

The Migrant Quilt Project Remembers Lives Lost Along the U.S.-Mexico Border

The 14 quilts that make up the Migrant Quilt Project are each unique. One looks like a large American flag, one shows silhouetted cacti against an orange sunset, one is quilted with rows of small white skulls. But all of the quilts share one feature: long lists of names, such as Jose Lara Avila, Margarita Rios Rodriguez, or Rufino Hernandez. Show More Summary

We're All Citizens of the Garbage Patch State

Picture a car. And another, and another, until you get to 1.5 million. Okay, that’s not so easy to picture, but it’s roughly how much plastic we put into the ocean each year, around nine million tons, enough to cover the entire island...Show More Summary

Hacienda del Jaral de Berrios in San Felipe, Mexico

The remains of the Hacienda del Jaral de Berrios, one of the largest in Mexico, still hint at its former grandeur. The old buildings beckon explorers willing to brave buckling floors and crumbling walls to step inside an estate rich with history. The hacienda was appointed to the then-Mayor of Mexico, Miguel de Berrio y Zaldívar, in 1774. Show More Summary

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