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Watch Sand Bubbler Crabs Transform A Beach Into A Field Of Tiny Sand Balls

Atlas Obscura | Posted 10.03.2016 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

Measuring about just a centimeter across, sand bubbler crabs can cover an entire beach in little sand balls within just a couple of hours after a tide retreats.

Children In Spain Are Going On A Homework Strike

Atlas Obscura | Posted 09.30.2016 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

Three weeks into fall and already sick of homework? Spain may have a tactical answer. CEAPA, a kind of mega-PTA representing the parents of schoolkids across the country, has recommended that fed-up students go on a homework strike.

Watch People Race Down a Hill After Cheese

Atlas Obscura | Posted 08.18.2016 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

By Jack Goodman, originally published in Atlas Obscura. During the Olympics, events appear up on our screens that never normally receive much airtim...

America's Largest Outdoor Theatre Event Features 700 Lip Syncing Mormons

Atlas Obscura | Posted 08.04.2016 | Religion
Atlas Obscura

Opening night of the 2016 Hill Cumorah Pageant. (Photo: Courtesy Hill Cumorah Pageant) By Michael Schulson, originally published in Atlas Obscura. "...

Check Out This Panda-Themed Train Just Unveiled in China

Atlas Obscura | Posted 08.04.2016 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

Meet the 1st panda-themed subway train & subway station that began their trial operation in SW China's Chengdu, Sun. pic.twitter.com/i8MJGWZ84Z— Peo...

Idyllic Beach Now Public Thanks to a $1.7 Million Crowdfunding Campaign

Atlas Obscura | Posted 07.13.2016 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

New Zealand's crowdfunded beach becomes public park https://t.co/8n6zVfcTFq pic.twitter.com/frWaOeRoAn— FRANCE 24 (@FRANCE24) July 11, 2016 By Erik ...

The World's Oldest Library Has Reopened

Atlas Obscura | Posted 07.06.2016 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

Historic University of Al-Qarawiyyin Library Is Restored and Revitalized: https://t.co/cEKX9DIGog @schneidercp pic.twitter.com/fqF1l8qPaM— MOST Re...

Elie Wiesel's 1957 Review Of Disneyland Is Utterly Charming

Atlas Obscura | Posted 07.01.2016 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

Disney circa 1960. (Photo: Orange County Archives/CC BY 2.0) by Sarah Laskow, originally published on Atlas Obscura In 1957, Elie Wiesel, the wr...

Found: A Hidden Tasmanian Shipwreck

Atlas Obscura | Posted 06.21.2016 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

by Sarah Laskow, originally posted on Atlas Obscura In Tasmania, where it's winter and storms have been flooding the north of the island, the severe ...

Watch This Stunning Timelapse Of A Double Rainbow Forming

Atlas Obscura | Posted 06.15.2016 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

by David Doochin, originally posted on Atlas Obscura This time-lapse video of a rainbow forming over the island of O'ahu in Hawaii expertly capture...

Fireflies That Blink in Sync Return to Tennessee

Atlas Obscura | Posted 06.07.2016 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

Good Morning #Tennessee Anybody heading to see the Synchronous Fireflies in the @greatsmokynps? #gsmnp #fireflies pic.twitter.com/bMjdxO5Ss6— Instag...

The Taj Mahal Is Turning Green

Atlas Obscura | Posted 06.02.2016 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

The Taj Mahal in its regular garb. (Photo: Shikhar Sharma/CC BY-SA 3.0) by Cara Giaimo, originally posted on Atlas Obscura The Taj Mahal, one of...

For 4 Days, Portugal Ran on Renewable Energy Alone

Atlas Obscura | Posted 05.26.2016 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

For 107 hours, from May 7 to May 11, Portugal was the greenest country in the world.

The Woodcarver Drawing Secret Faces on Trees at This Canadian Park

Atlas Obscura | Posted 05.17.2016 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

by Cara Giaimo, originally posted on Atlas Obscura Visitors to Cottonwood Island Nature Park in Prince George, British Columbia can walk green trails...

Watch These Amazing Alpine Goats Scale a Near-Vertical Dam

Atlas Obscura | Posted 05.13.2016 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

by Lauren Young, originally posted on Atlas Obscura On the face of the 160-foot-tall, near-vertical Cingino Dam in northern Italy, mountain goats c...

A Giant, Secret Lake May Have Just Been Discovered in Antarctica

Atlas Obscura | Posted 04.27.2016 | Science
Atlas Obscura

Image: Joe Mastroianni, National Science Foundation/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain by Erik Shilling, originally posted on Atlas Obscura Antarct...

You Can Buy An Entire Village In England

Atlas Obscura | Posted 04.11.2016 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

The Dawney Arms, the village's pub. (Photo: Google Maps) by Erik Shilling, originally posted on Atlas Obscura The English village of West Hesler...

The World's Longest FLOATING Bridge Opens In Seattle

Atlas Obscura | Posted 04.06.2016 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

This past weekend, Seattle replaced one superlative piece of infrastructure with another. Sitting atop Lake Washington, the new State Route 520 is now the longest floating bridge in the world.

Have Scientists Cracked The Mystery Of The Bermuda Triangle?

Atlas Obscura | Posted 03.23.2016 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/CC BY 2.0 The Bermuda Triangle, so named in a 1964 story in America's first pulp magazine, the in...

A 90-Year-Old Catholic Built This Cathedral With His Own Hands

Atlas Obscura | Posted 02.26.2016 | Religion
Atlas Obscura

A 90-year-old man is working to finish his life's work: a grand cathedral. It is a cathedral with no trained architect, no government approval and no benediction from the Catholic Church. It is either the work of a madman or that of a prophet.

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.