Atlas Obscura

Today’s Trend For Almond Milk Really Began In The Medieval Era, And It Was Even More Popular Back Then

Today it might seem a little odd to hear someone order their latte with real milk instead of almond milk, such is the popularity of this drink today, …

Beverages

Today only - 62% off the Atlas Obscura book - An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders

I mentioned it as a footnote earlier in the day as part of the Amazon Deals of the Day Day 7 post, but thought that it was worth its own post. Barnes …

Travel

Atlas Obscura’s DIY Holiday Gift Guide

Why blow hundreds of dollars on gifts this season when you can create wonder right at home?<p>It’s that time of year again, when the pressure to pick …

Culture

Lobsters, Fajitas, Sex Toys, And More: The Best And Weirdest Heists Of 2017

Some notes before we begin.<p><i>Note Number One</i>: I love heists. I love them so much. I love movies about heists and news stories about heists and even just sitting around and thinking about heists. I love big fancy jewel heists and weird food heists and heists of things I had never considered heistable. …

News (U.S.)

A dog from Australia sits on the editorial board of two dubious medical journals.

Mike Daube taught his Staffordshire terrier, Ollie, an impressive trick—he taught her to sit … on the editorial boards of medical journals. Daube, a …

Research

Mito Low District Water Tower

This beautiful defunct water tower adds a European flair to a traditional Japanese neighborhood.<p>In the Sannomaru area of Mito, where traditional …

Water

How Humans Have Embraced Life, With Images of Death

Masterpieces of memento mori.<p>In the early decades of the 20th century in America, death ceased to be part of everyday life. It was whisked away from …

Culture

Saints and dragons: The beauty of Scandinavian churches

The austerity and simplicity of wooden staves is enough to build what may be some of the most beautiful churches in the world.<p>Some of the most …

Wishlist: Magic Flames and the Die With the Most Sides

Weekly gift ideas from the staff of Atlas Obscura.<p>Whether you’re looking for an unusual gift idea or just an excuse to treat yourself, Atlas …

Culture

Orient Express Restaurant

This quirky Seattle joint serves food inside an old train car once used by FDR.<p>Today, Seattle’s Orient Express is a spot where you can both grab food …

Franklin D. Roosevelt

The crabs who ate Christmas

Christmas Island — a tiny Australian territory in the Indian Ocean, about 500 miles south of Indonesia — was named by an English captain who happened …

Nature

Art Industry News: Trump’s Invite to Civil Rights Museum Sparks Outcry + More Must-Read Stories

Art World<p>Plus, Paris Review's editor is out amid allegations of sexual misconduct and Perez claims funding cut due to a Cuban art show.<p>,<p><i>Art Industry</i> …

Donald Trump

Holiday Gift Guide for lifestyle products, wellness, tech and fashion

Has another year really gone by? We’ve been hard at work identifying great finds for this year’s <b>Holiday Gift Guide</b> over the past several months.<p>It’s …

Shopping

Christmas Traditions Around the World

Home :: Going Solo :: Christmas Traditions Around the World<p>Christmas Traditions Around the World (and 25 alternative Christmas holidays if you're a …

Christmas

A Curious Menagerie of Mutant Taxidermy

You may have seen Takeshi Yamada and his sea-rabbit Seara at Coney Island, where he once lived in his gallery. Yamada created the rabbit with webbed …

Culture

Szatmárcseke Calvinist Cemetery

Hundreds of boat-shaped headstones fill this graveyard as part of a centuries-old custom with mysterious origins.<p>Szatmárcseke is a small village in …

Archaeology

How to Outsmart Your Gross Body and Live Forever

Right after reinventing existing public services with private apps, hacking death may be the ultimate dream of SiliconValley’s elite. Death is truly …

Health

13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. CCLXIV)

1. French Facade Fakery<p><i>Facades</i> is an ongoing series by French photographer Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy (previously) which strips isolated buildings of …

Paris

See Scale Models of the Greatest Skyscrapers Never Built

A new exhibition is full of diminutive versions of big buildings and even bigger ideas.<p>In 1956, Frank Lloyd Wright summoned reporters to a press …

Culture

How Superstitions and Myths Affect Animal Conservation

When someone says “endangered species,” you probably think of rhinos, tigers, and maybe turtles, to name just a few. It’s alarming how our planet’s …

Loch Ness Monster

Buckhorn Wash Pictograph Panel

This gallery of prehistoric red ochre art lines the wall of a scenic segment in Utah's San Rafael Swell.<p>The rugged terrain of the San Rafael Swell in …

Why does conservative Armstrong Williams want to buy the liberal Washington City Paper?

Armstrong Williams sat in his Capitol Hill office with a pistol on his hip and a plan for buying Washington City Paper on his desk.<p>Why he’d need either is anybody’s guess. But Williams has always been a bit of an enigma.<p>Over the years, his roles have included: protege of former segregationist Sen. …

Lifestyle

Top 10 Weirdest Christmas Specials

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—when Christmas-themed episodes and specials dominate television. Everyone has his favorite and most …

Christmas

Bitcoin Is A Platypus: The Story Of Category Creators

The platypus is perhaps the most bizarre creature on the planet. It’s a venomous, egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal. Those things simply aren’t supposed to go together.<p>In fact, when leading scientists first read accounts of the platypus, they dismissed it as a joke—and for …

Bitcoin

11 Cauldrons Found at Iron Age Settlement in England

The cauldrons, most of which were buried in a circle, appear to have been used in ceremonial feasts<p>Comment on this Story

Archaeology

When a City and a Bishop Went to War Over Beer

Beer was a big part of life in Europe in 1380. In the city of Wrocław, which is now in Poland, beer was so important that it sparked a war. Building …

Fugs & Pieces, December 1st 2017

Space mining! Sandwiches! The delightful Tiffany Haddish! And MORE.

Tiffany Haddish

Behind the Hidden Doors of Berlin

Berlin is one of the world's most eclectic, enigmatic, and eccentric cities.<p>On this carefully curated five-day tour, we’ll ignore the city’s …

Germany

Moreeb Dune

One of the largest sand dunes in the world is nicknamed the "Scary Mountain" due to its steep slope and sharp incline.<p>Located about 155 miles from …

Adventure Travel