City breakups, places with faces, and the garden of dreams.
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February 19, 2019
Science in a Bottle
In the 1960s, the U.S. Bureau of Commercial Fisheries cast more than 7,000 bottles in the ocean as part of a “cutting-edge” citizen project to track the effect of ocean currents on shrimp. A Texas couple discovered one of the remaining bottles decades later.
On October 28, 1910, Leo Tolstoy left his wife and estate without warning, looking to escape his responsibilities as a patriarch and public figure. He fell ill scarcely two weeks after leaving home, and died five days later, surrounded by press.
Atlas Obscura Trips
Tracking Wild Bees
Join us this June as we venture into the open meadows of California’s Sierra Nevada, gaining insight into the plight of the bumblebee. Led by expert biologists, we’ll experience nature up close while conducting research on wild bumblebees and learning about efforts to save them.
In October 2018, the Japanese city of Osaka broke off its 60-year relationship with San Francisco, California. What happens when "sister cities" call it quits? Turns out it’s extremely difficult to end a decades-long bond with the swoop of a pen.
Places with Faces
Some buildings seem to smile, others seem to frown, but either way it's a delight. We want to see the best “places with faces” that you’ve ever encountered.
Garden of Dreams
Characterized by six pavilions representing the “six seasons” of Nepal, this garden was considered one of the most remarkable feats of landscape design in its heyday.
This beloved Baltimore diner features caged dolls, a giant Pez collection, and many, many mannequins.
Food & Drink
Hot Springs Beer
After lying vacant for decades, the Superior Bathhouse in Hot Springs, Arkansas, has been given a new purpose: brewing craft beer specially made from the thermal spring water.
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