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31 Cool and Unusual Things to Do in Portland - Atlas Obscura

Tweet<p>The Atlas Obscura Guide To<p>Hidden<br>Portland<p>Discover 31 Cool and Unusual Things to Do in Portland, Oregon<p>Unusual<br>Attractions<br>in Portland<p>Added by …

Portland, OR

16 Home Improvement Hacks That'll Make You Say "Why Didn't I Know About These Sooner?"

Smart problem solvers, from drilling to decor.<p><i>Note: Responses have been lightly edited for length or clarity.</i>

DIY

Have your funeral before you die

My friend didn’t wait till she passed to have a great memorial. More of us should be scheduling our own wakes<p>A few months ago, I attended one of the best memorials I've ever been to. It was a glorious, sunlit afternoon full of friends and music. It was just weeks after my friend Jessica's birthday. …

Mardi Gras

MWA Announces 2018 Edgar Award Nominations

<b>January 19, 2018, New York, NY</b> – Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce, as we celebrate the 209th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan …

Puerto Rico is taking a big step toward revamping how it gets power — and it could be a model for the rest of the US

The lights are still out in more than half of Puerto Rico.<p>After Hurricane Maria struck the US territory on September 20, a crippling blackout descended over its 3.4 million residents, cutting communication between loved ones, spoiling food and life-saving medications, and nixing access to banks and …

Caribbean

10 Drugstore Foundations As Good As the Expensive Stuff

In a dream world, we'd all have the skin of an Insta filter. But until that genetic code is crackled and bottled into a serum, there's foundation. Obviously, this leads to some problems. We could use Dior and Giorgio Armani all day, but that cost isn't always feasible if you'd rather invest the …

The Science Of Smudging: Here Is How Sage Actually Cleans BACTERIA In The Air

Whenever the term “smudging” is mentioned, some people are extremely skeptical about it since they view it as something associated with strange …

Ad Firms Hit Hard by Apple's Intelligent Tracking Prevention Feature in Safari

Internet ad firms are losing out on "hundreds of millions of dollars" following the implementation of anti-tracking features introduced to Safari with iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, reports <i>The Guardian</i>.<p>One of the largest advertising firms, Criteo, announced in December that Intelligent Tracking …

This $9 Product Makes Even the Most Unwearable Shoes Comfortable

Getting a new pair of shoes has always been a bittersweet occasion for me. Once the joy of finding that perfect pair—and the tiny, happy rush of the …

7 Antiques Joanna Gains Never Passes Up At Estate Sales and Flea Markets

She's known for being able to outfit and transform homes in her hit show <i>Fixer Upper</i>. Joanna Gains is able to pull off some amazing transformations, …

The Independent Bookstores Every Booklover Should Visit in the U.S.

According to the American Booksellers Association, the number of independent bookstores in the United States has risen steadily since the financial …

The Fastest Way to Make Your House Smell Amazing

The holiday season means lots of things, namely food, celebrations and the arrival of guests. We bet you’ve tidied up the living room and prepped the …

We Asked, You Answered: Wondrous Things That Happened in 2017

Atlas Obscura readers wrote to us about their brightest personal moments from the year.<p>Earlier this month, as part of our Year in Wonder project, we …

The Best Exercise Bikes

<i>This</i> <i>article</i><i> originally appeared on the</i> <i>Strategist</i><i>.</i>To find the very best products that no human being would have the time to try, look to the …

Exercise

NPR

Linda Holmes includes several fine 2017 pleasures you almost certainly haven't enjoyed yet -- including an episode from the new season of "Black …

Gorgeous green-roofed studio features a rainwater reflecting pool

There are some designs that just make your jaw drop – and the Sun Rain Room is definitely one of those. Designed by London-based Tonkin Liu …

My Husband’s Other Wife

<i>This month, Slate is republishing some of our favorite stories. Here's today's selection: This year has relentlessly offered itself as proof that the</i> …

The OXYGEN Bomb: Place This Wherever You Want To CLEAR Toxins And Negative Energy From The Air In Your Home

Do you often suffer from headaches, dizziness, or get colds every once in a while even though you take good care of yourself? If the answer is yes, …

For December, Forget Wrapping Presents And Treat Yourself To These 3 Romances

If you need an escape from the holiday whirlwind, these three romance novels — featuring a duke with an <i>epic</i> library, a young girl finding herself in the big city and a proper lady finding love where she least expects it — won't disappoint. Forget the shopping and holiday prep and treat yourself to …

I Can't Stop Drinking Coffee Out of This Temperature-Regulating Mug

My daily coffee routine goes something like this: I arrive at the office, drop my bag next to my desk, grab my mug, and head to the kitchen. I fill …

5 Houseplants So Hardy They Would Even Grow On The Death Star

Don’t let a lack of direct sunlight (or an atmosphere) keep you from living with nature.<p>Just because you don’t have a big, sun-facing window doesn’t …

These Haircuts Are Going to Take Over Salons in 2018

Beat the crowd to these trendy styles.<p>Ringing in the New Year always brings along fresh starts and new beginnings of all sorts. Our resolutions—made …

Amazon patents network-based 'gardening service'

As if Whole Foods isn’t enough, Amazon is looking beyond your shopping list, and right into your backyard. As first spotted by The Modern Farmer, the …

Joanna Gaines Just Gave Us Her 2018 Paint Trend Predictions — and They're Gorgeous

Joanna Gaines not only transforms homes with paint on her hit HGTV show <b>Fixer Upper</b>, but she also designs her own line of it: Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Paint, developed by KILZ. In other words, she's about as expert as you can get when it comes to paint colors! And while Joanna admitted to …

I Found the Best Dry Shampoo

I fall in the too-lazy-to-wash-my-hair camp. I dread combing through post-shower knots and then spending 30 minutes with a blow dryer. When I do wash …

Hair Care

The Most Genius Home Hacks We Learned This Year

Let's just say, 2017 was good for our homes.<p>Improving one's home is a never-ending cycle. That's why people are constantly on the lookout for faster ways to wash dishes or smarter ways to fit more into their kitchen — and 2017 was no exception. These are the highlights of what we learned this year …

Hacking

10 Books To Buy As Gifts For The Person In Your Life Who Loves A Good Piece Of Fiction

There's no better gift to give or receive than a truly fantastic book, for obvious reasons. When you give someone an amazing book — especially one …

Books

Object of Desire: Botanical Calendars and Cards from Moontree Letterpress

Recently admired: this year’s holiday collection of botanical prints from veteran designer and budding horticulturalist Rebecca Kutys of Moontree …

10 Amazing Ways To Use & How to Use Hydrogen Peroxide In The Garden

<b>What is Hydrogen Peroxide and How Does it Work?</b><p>Hydrogen peroxide is colorless liquid with a chemical formula H2O2. The formula itself, tells us that, …

The $25 Amazon Buy That Cuts Your Painting Time in Half

Painting is one of the least expensive ways to give your space a facelift. But it's not exactly fun. It's messy and time consuming especially if you …