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Who Wants To Play With This 3-Eyed Dog?

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 05.29.2015 | Weird News

Step right up! Step right up! Who wants to see the diseased brains of Connecticut? Idaho's Craters of the Moon also awaits you, and if you're feeli...

Animal Automata

Atlas Obscura | Posted 01.25.2014 | Weird News
Atlas Obscura

Clicking gears and spinning flywheels have brought to life everything from impossibly detailed peacocks to roaring tigers. Feast your eyes on some of the world's most incredible automated beasts.

Penis Parks and Bone Stones

Atlas Obscura | Posted 01.25.2014 | Weird News
Atlas Obscura

Whether its a garden devoted to handmade likenesses, or simply nature accidentally recreating phallic imagery, sometimes it seems like there are penises everywhere. Take a look at some of the more phallic places across the world.

Kitty Collectors and Cat Museums

Atlas Obscura | Posted 01.25.2014 | Weird News
Atlas Obscura

If the Internet has served only one purpose in the world, it is most definitely to prove that people love cats. Take a look at some of the world's foremost kitten collections and realize that your precious pet video is just a shadow of these museums' devotion.

PHOTOS: Obscura Day Celebrates The World's Bizarre Attractions

Atlas Obscura | Posted 06.18.2012 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

We're throwing down from New York to New Zealand and have a bunch of events and adventures lined up, including access to nuclear reactors, particle accelerators, Alcatraz and magic libraries.

WATCH: Obscura Day Celebrates Esoteric Marvels On Four Continents

Posted 04.05.2012 | Travel

The math checks out: For every famous landmark there are three hidden ossuaries, five unknown private collections and 10 monuments to human eccentrici...

Rachel Tepper

PHOTOS: Gore, Sex and Violence: Coney Island Museum Re-Imagines the Grand Guignol | Rachel Tepper | Posted 12.12.2011 | New York

NEW YORK CITY -- When the rides stop running at Coney Island each year in October, the area takes on a desolate and decidedly creepy character. That's...

Memorable Mosques

Atlas Obscura | Posted 01.30.2012 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

These magnificent structures praise God with their architectural elation: soaring towers, onion domes and brilliant coloring.

Exciting Adventures For The Urban Explorer (PHOTOS)

Atlas Obscura | Posted 01.21.2012 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

Cities, it turns out, are from from monolithic. These urban adventures offer travelers a chance to escape from the normal without escaping to the woods.

New Delhi's Last Magicians Colony

Atlas Obscura | Posted 01.04.2012 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

Since then, New Delhi's magicians, puppeteers, and acrobats have called the slum, the Kathputli Colony, their home.

A Capuchin Crypt Full Of Well-Preserved Old Friars

Atlas Obscura | Posted 12.30.2011 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

Originally intended for other dead friars, a strange tradition emerged over the ensuing centuries as affluent Sicilians were entombed in the crypts as a symbol of social status.

Aging Gracefully: Japan's Self-Mummified Monks

Atlas Obscura | Posted 12.23.2011 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

Not all monks who attempted self-mummification were successful. When the tombs were finally opened, some bodies were found to have rotted. These monks were resealed in their tombs.

PHOTOS: A Haunted Island Protected By Dolls

Atlas Obscura | Posted 12.18.2011 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

Today, the slowly decaying remnants of dolls hang from trees and hide in bushes in an effort to ward off the restless spirit of a young girl who -- as legend tells it -- drowned offshore.

Atlas Obscura: A Halloween Season Visit To An Austrian Ossuary

Atlas Obscura | Posted 12.05.2011 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

Come for the severed heads, stay for the book bound in human skin. Every story is true, and each one is a real place you can visit. We dare you.

PHOTOS: Gardens of Death and Other Horticultural Marvels

Atlas Obscura | Posted 11.30.2011 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

Extraordinary flora and fauna abound in our round-up of the globe's most unusual gardens, greenhouses and Arctic Doomsday seed vaults.