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The Tiny Amazonian City That Supplies Aquarium Fish to the World

A young piabeiro (aquarium fisherman) heads out to collect Cardinal Tetras using a simple hand net. (All photos: Mike Tuccinardi) Deep in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, the tiny city of Barcelos stands as a slowly crumbling monument to the country’s colonial past and centuries of hard-fought struggle against the encroaching jungle. Show More Summary

Berkeley Springs Castle in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia

Samuel Taylor Suit was many things: a Civil War veteran; a successful whiskey distiller; an honorary Kentucky colonel; and a wealthy, well-connected landowner, businessman and politician. He was also unlucky in love. Samuel Suit's first...Show More Summary

Home of Truth in San Juan County, Utah

Home of Truth isn’t your run-of-the-mill ghost town. These remains in the southeastern Utah desert once comprised a religious colony that set out to be a post-apocalyptic utopia, formed in 1933 by a wealthy widow from New Jersey. Marie Ogden’s interest in the occult started when her husband passed away. Show More Summary

Lonely Parking Meter in Winters, California

In the small town of Winters, California there is a parking meter. It is the only parking meter in the entire town and it is surrounded by 100 free spaces. The Business District in Winters is only about four blocks long. This is a quiet...Show More Summary

A Brief History of the College Textbook Pricing Racket

(Photo: m01229/CC BY 2.0) A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail. When I recently wrote about airport stores, one of the most interesting (albeit minor)...Show More Summary

Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Cedar, Michigan

The handsome red brick church at the corner of East Gatzke and South Schomberg Roads in Isadore, Michigan, hit a major roadblock on its way to completion: the skeletons buried in the basement of the church that had stood on that spot before. The first Holy Rosary Church was dedicated on August 16 th, 1883. Show More Summary

How to Keep a Zibaldone, the 13th Century's Answer to Tumblr

A page from the Zibaldone da Venice, a 14th-century hodgepodge. (Image: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library) One day in Venice, sometime near the end of the 14th century, a busy merchant found himself with a few spare moments. Maybe it was a slow day at the docks, or he arrived home too early for dinner. Show More Summary

Watch These Performers Form an Incredible Four-Tiered Human Pyramid on Waterskies

Forty-eight performers remain poised on waterskis as they glide down a waterway in Linyi, Shandong, China. Slowly and with impressive ease, 24 of these acrobatic waterskiers climb onto each others shoulders until the team creates a perfect...Show More Summary

Why Portland-Themed Businesses Are Big in Japan

A large record collection and vintage knickknacks grace the wood-paneled interior of Paddlers Coffee. (All Photos: Amelia Ayrelan Iuvino) Tokyo is the most populous metropolitan area in the world, with 37 million residents. Portland, Oregon is the 26th largest city in the United States. Show More Summary

Hackberry General Store in Hackberry, Arizona

The longest continuous stretch of the Old Route 66 that still remains today is the path from Seligman to Kingman in Arizona, which, at 86 miles, passes by both Delgadillo’s Snow Cap Drive In and the Grand Canyon Caverns. But in the western...Show More Summary

Six Scientists Just Emerged from a Dome After a Year Simulating Life on Mars

(Photo: Carmel Johnston) This day last year six scientists entered a dome on a mountain in Hawaii and lived as you might on Mars. They slept in tight quarters and only entered the outside world in spacesuits, while also trying to deal...Show More Summary

Troma Entertainment Inc. in Queens, New York

A garage door mural of a friendly cartoon Toxie (The Toxic Avenger) welcomes you to Tromaville as you pass by. Troma Entertainment Inc. is one of the longest running, and last existing truly independent film companies. Founded in 1974 by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, Troma has produced and distributed over 1,000 B-movies. Show More Summary

Rossend Arús Masonic Library in Barcelona, Spain

During the 19th century, the fraternal order of Freemasons had lodges in practically every European-influenced country. Spain was no different, though the traces of the Freemasons are mostly hidden now—apart from this once-secret library. Barcelona,...Show More Summary

Hundreds of Reindeer Killed by Lightning in Norway

(Photo: Norwegian Environment Agency) A ranger at Hardangervidda, in central Norway, was walking around Friday when he came upon a gruesome discovery: over 300 dead reindeer, killed, officials, think, after lightning strikes in the area. Norwegian...Show More Summary

Jumbo the Elephant in St. Thomas, Canada

On September 15, 1885 Jumbo the Elephant was in St. Thomas, Ontario on tour with the Barnum & Bailey Circus. One night after the show, the world-famous pachyderm was being brought back to the circus train. Suddenly, out of the dark, came an unexpected freight train barreling down the tracks headed straight for Jumbo. Show More Summary

Cape Cod Beach Closes Due To Seal Poop Overload

A harbor seal looking pleased with himself. (Photo: Andreas Trepte/CC BY-SA 2.5) Joy-seeking swimmers: were you hoping to catch some of the summer's waning rays at Cahoon Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, Massachusetts? Are you now ready to...Show More Summary

Found: A Mysterious, Dangerous Hole In This Guy's Backyard

It wasn't quite this big, but you get the idea. (Photo: Domain) After owning his home for over 25 years, a resident in Edmonton, Alberta recently discovered that a simple depression in his back lawn was actually the mouth of a deep pit. Show More Summary

Behold a Glorious Vintage Map of Yosemite National Park

Yosemite, 1931. (Photo: Joseph Mora/Part of the David Rumsey Map Collection) Yosemite National Park is almost impossible to visualize in its entirety, with its 747,956 acres of mountains, rivers, forests, and myriad species galavanting about, or eating each other. Imagine a map that gathers all that geographical wonder in one place. Show More Summary

Get Lost in the Stacks of These 10 Beautiful University Libraries

Duke Humfrey's reading room at the Old Bodleian Library. (Photo: Diliff/CC BY-SA 3.0) Summer is nearly over; no more frolicking at music festivals and sleeping till afternoon. It's time to hit the books again, and the best way to ease this seasonal transition is to do so in a truly beautiful library. Show More Summary

The Trunk Murders and 'Sausage Ghost' of 1920s New Orleans

New Orleans' French Quarter, at the corner of Ursuline Avenue and Royal Street. (Photo: Ken Lund/CC BY-SA 2.0) Tucked between dog-eared title records and 19th-century floor plans were the dismembered corpses of two young flappers, expertly diced. Show More Summary

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