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Tell Us About the Most Amazing Parts of Tulsa, Oklahoma

We need your stories about the city’s hidden corners and unusual places.<p>At <i>Atlas Obscura</i>, we’re always trying to fill our growing database of hidden …

Tulsa

How a Vibrant, Factory-Made Sweet Usurped the Original Maraschino Cherry

The same term describes two wildly different cherries.<p>The mention of a maraschino cherry usually conjures up one of two images: Either a bright red …

Cherries

Mapping the Lost Countercultural Hotspots of Cambridge, Massachusetts

Local librarian Tim Devin has found hundreds of buildings that once housed utopian groups.<p>The building at 16 Lexington Ave looks like a lot of other …

Vietnam War

‘À La Mode’ Is a Lonely Survivor of a French Culinary Code

In America, à la Nesselrode and à la Maryland are à la gone.<p>You don’t have to be French to know what <i>à la mode</i> means. Even at the humble American …

Every Library Has a Story to Tell

Three new books for bibliophiles dig into the hidden human side of book collections.<p>A library is, at its most essential, a space that holds a …

Books

Poire Williams

Before they're filled with brandy, these bottles get attached to trees so pears can grow inside.<p>How do brandy purveyors fit a whole pear inside a …

Brandy

Tarkhuna

Tarragon provides the herbal kick to this neon-green Georgian soda.<p>You’ll know <i>tarkhuna</i> when you see it, even if you can’t make out the Georgian or …

Menstruation

When the U.S. Kept Losing Nuclear Bombs

In the 1950s, military accidents meant that nuclear warheads went missing.<p><i>Since the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, the world has</i> …

Military

Túró Rudi

Hungary's favorite chocolate bar is filled with cheese curd.<p>If you’re roaming the aisles of a Hungarian grocery store in search of one of the …

Flavors

When Family-Owned Gelato Shops in Italy Almost Went Extinct

Did Big Gelato try to wipe out artisanal shops in the 1950s?<p>The signature chocolate sour cherry gelato at Vivoli, the oldest gelato shop in Florence, …

Italy

Heather Honey

A fragrant, difficult-to-harvest delicacy from the Scottish moorlands.<p>Heather grows in abundance on the Scottish moorlands. And each year in early …

Honey

The Heart-Racing Drama of Dissecting a Beached Whale

While on the job, anatomist Dr. Joy Reidenberg has been escorted by police and scrutinized by nude sunbathers.<p>About 31 years ago, when Dr. Joy …

New Jersey

The Nuclear ‘Demon Core’ That Killed Two Scientists

After World War II ended, physicists kept pushing a plutonium core to its edge.<p><i>Since the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, the world</i> …

Nuclear Energy

The Sistine Chapel Streamed a Concert Online for the First Time Ever

Don’t worry if you missed it—the entire performance is available on Facebook.<p>On April 22, 2018, the Sistine Chapel streamed a concert online for the …

Sistine Chapel

Gematogen

A bloody good candy bar.<p>In Soviet-era Russia, candy wasn’t made for pleasure; it was a functional food. <i>Gematogen</i> was one such candy bar. The sweet …

Candybar

What Is a Snow Tunnel?

Up in the Scottish Highlands, you can stand inside two seasons at once.<p>When Iain Cameron, a snow-obsessed Scot, picks his way across the Highlands in …

Nature

Tarantula Samosa

Tucked inside a flaky crust are layers of feta, spinach, and black, hairy legs.<p>When you receive your samosa at the Bugs Cafe in Siem Reap, it looks …

Chaat

Unicum

A bitter liqueur that traces the history of a Hungarian-Jewish family.<p>In Hungary, you’ll find the orb-shaped bottle in every bar, but abroad, Unicum …

World War II

Finding a Muse in the Supernatural

Francesca Berrini and Lindsey Rickert were inspired by Nevada’s “unknown” on days three and four of “The Fellowship of Highway 95.”<p>You’d be …

Art

Cutting, Pasting, and Rearranging Reality in Las Vegas

The Fellowship of Highway 95 sent two artists up Nevada’s eclectic “Free-Range Art Highway.”<p>Sprouting from the desert brush, dinosaurs nudge …

Las Vegas

Creating Art to Capture Memories Before They Fade

On the final days of “The Fellowship of Highway 95,” Lindsey Rickert and Francesca Berrini process what they experienced in Nevada.<p>Time was top of …

U.S. Army

Making Friends in a Nevada Ghost Town

On day two of “The Fellowship of Highway 95,” Lindsey Rickert and Francesca Berrini hit their stride as collaborators.<p>Inside jokes can be like …

Campervans

Looking Like a Flapper Meant a Diet of Celery and Cigarettes

A new standard of beauty led to today’s weight-loss regimens.<p>In the early 20th century, Americans endlessly discussed and debated flappers. <i>The</i> …

Nutrition

Solved: A Decades-Old Ansel Adams Mystery

The answer was hidden in the shadows.<p>When you look at the image above, what do you think of? Most will probably take in the beauty of its subjects, …

National Parks

The Modern Lives of Cuba’s Old Movie Theaters

One photographer’s four-year project to document the country’s aging cinemas.<p>The photographer Carolina Sandretto spent the past four years tackling …

Framing

Terva Leijona

For those craving intensity beyond black licorice, how about tar?<p>An old Finnish proverb says, “If a sauna, vodka, and tar don’t help, the illness is …

Stone Age

Behold the Stormy Beauty of Stars Forming

New images from the Hubble Space Telescope capture majestic billows of gas and dust.<p>As a young priest and astronomer in 17th-century Sicily, Giovanni …

Universe

Remembering When Americans Picnicked in Cemeteries

For a time, eating and relaxing among the dead was a national pastime.<p>Within the iron-wrought walls of American cemeteries—beneath the shade of oak …

History

Lost Footage Filmed After the 1906 San Francisco Quake Finally Gets a Premiere

The scenes, shown in a silent-film museum, provide a new glimpse of the earthquake’s aftermath.<p>Flea markets are wonderful places to find little …

San Francisco

A Researcher’s Quest to Decode the Specimens on a Museum’s Mystery Shelf

Sifting through the old, unlabeled, puzzling jars that fill a collection’s junk drawer.<p>By the time a natural history museum puts an articulated …

University College London