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Temple of Kom Ombo

One of its engravings is believed to be among the first representations of medical and surgical instruments.<p>The Temple of Kom Ombo is an unusual …

Ancient History

Heligoland

This strategic isle was once swapped between empires and almost entirely destroyed in a bomb explosion.<p>The British swapped this tiny 0.7-square-mile …

Culture

Inuvik Community Greenhouse

Canada's most northerly commercial greenhouse was once a hockey arena.<p>In an old hockey rink in Inuvik, Canada, a smorgasbord of crops grows within …

Culture

The Departure

An art gallery, studio, and shop that celebrates death.<p>As Sylvia Plath stated in her poem “Lady Lazarus:” “Dying / Is an art, like everything …

Culture

The Beetle That Goes Undercover to Steal From Foraging Ants

The high-risk, high-return antics of the parasitic highwayman beetle.<p>The jet ant’s working day is long, unfettered by union codes or health and …

Culture

The Moffat Ram

“It has nae lugs!”<p>In the town of Moffat, Scotland, a large bronze statue of an anatomically deficient ram proudly surveys the town’s central …

Culture

How New York City’s Electrical Utilities Observed the 1925 Eclipse

The predecessors to ConEdison wanted to know how an eclipse impacted the electrical grid.<p>As Sun is blocked by the Moon on August 21, solar power …

Culture

The Pitch

For a little over four hours on Monday, August 21, a shadow will fall across a wide swath of North America. It will begin on the Oregon Coast and arc gently downward, across Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, and the Carolinas before finally drifting into the Atlantic, …

Pacific Northwest

This novelist wanted to write about a serial killing author. He was just arrested for murder.

What a terrible week it has been for everyone. If you would like to know more about what happened in Charlottesville, Vox has you covered. If you’d like to read some books for background, I suggest starting with these. And if you would like to read something hopeful about being creative in the face …

New York Times

16 Cool and Unusual Things to Do in Bangkok - Atlas Obscura

Bangkok, ThailandSiriraj Medical MuseumA treasure trove of pathological, forensic, parasitological, and anatomical specimens.13.7588, 100.4851<p>Added …

Travel

Weekend A La Carte (August 19)

Check out Westminster Books for some new deals on timely books.<p>Sponsor<p>Show Your Support<p>Yesterday I shared a review of an excellent new book: <i>Marriage,</i> …

Evangelical Christianity

There’s a Scientific Reason Why You Always Sleep Under Blankets—Even When It’s Hot

Each and every one of us has a favorite sleeping position—whether it’s the fetal curl, the splaying starfish, the yearner’s stretch, or the log …

Sleep

The definitive sound of the '80s were gated-reverb drums.

The definitive sound of the '80s were gated-reverb drums.From "In the Air Tonight" to "Kiss" to, well, this week, the definitive sound of the '80s …

In the Same Room

The Intertwining of Trees and Crime.

Screencapture.There’s been some very interesting research happening in Chicago, and it turns out that trees reduce crime. I don’t find this …

Eclipses Belong to Families That Span Millennia | Mental Floss

If you’re lucky enough to see the solar eclipse when it passes over America on August 21, you’ll bear witness to a centuries-long legacy. That’s …

Astronomy

Fugs and Pieces, August 18th, 2017

You need something interesting to read, no?

Martin Shkreli

Here’s 1,069 Robots Dancing in Unison

They set a new world record.<p>Terrifying. Adorable. Portentous. However the sight of 1,069 humanoid robots dancing in mesmerizing unison makes you …

Robots

The Case of the Disappearing Nutella Truck

German police are looking out for more than $80,000 of sweet contraband.<p>In Neustadt, Germany—in the western part of the country, not far from the …

Culture

Thetford Warren Lodge

This 15th-century fortification was built to defend bunnies.<p>Crumbling in solitude in a pine forest in England’s Breckland area, this castle-like …

Culture

Found: A Diamond, Where Gold Was Supposed to Be

Since the 1850s, gold miners have found about 600 diamonds in California.<p>Jillian Kelly is a California gold miner. (Yes, they still exist, …

Culture

A Lonely Black Swan Got a New Partner—Thanks to a Government Ad

They’re longstanding symbols of mourning at Germany’s Rosenau Palace.<p>When Prince Albert died in 1861 at the age of 42, his wife, Queen Victoria was …

Culture

Space Station Astronauts Are High on a Fresh Ice Cream Shipment

It’s not the freeze-dried stuff.<p>Everything you believed as a child is a lie. Your Furby doesn’t know who you are. The Tamagotchi you cherished, then …

Culture

Byurakan Observatory

Armenia's premier center of astrophysical research was established during the Soviet era.<p>In the small Armenian village of Byurakan, against the …

Culture

Nellie Chapin Day Memorial

A memorial to an ill-fated Holy Land mission once described by Mark Twain as “a complete fiasco.”<p>On August 11, 1866 the ship <i>Nellie Chapin</i> set sail …

Culture

Chin Tsong Palace

This extravagant villa built by a Burmese merchant is part pagoda and part European mansion.<p>The eclectic architecture of Yangon reflects the city’s …

Culture

The Comfort of Cover.

A depiction of a 15th-century bed. Public Domain.Blankets, sheets. Most people have trouble sleeping without them. I have a love/hate thing for them …

Big History

Where Statues Go to Retire

Humans have been building statues and taking them down for a very long time.<p>The ongoing controversy over Confederate statues, which has seen these …

History

Vice will partner with Airbnb for travel packages

In an effort to add value to the travel experience, Williamsburg’s <b>Vice</b> is partnering with <b>Airbnb</b> to curate interesting locations and experiences …

Travel

The Best Way to Drink Whiskey Is With a Bit of Water, After All

Diluters, consider yourselves absolved.<p>Drink scotch, drink rye, drink bourbon, drink too much but barely enough, drink a barrel of it, drink it hot, …

Culture

Introducing Atlas Obscura VR

First stop, a mystical chamber hidden beneath the Italian countryside.<p>Atlas Obscura is thrilled to announce its first ever Virtual Reality experience!<p>…

Culture