05/29/2015 10:24 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Happy Obscura Day! Who Wants To Play With This 3-Eyed Dog?

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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 feeling naughty, we'll send you to Iowa's Squirrel Cage Jail -- where prisoners were once kept in mechanized, rotating animal pens, a fact that's as amazing as it is appalling.

The folks at Atlas Obscura are here to tell us that the world is teeming with under-appreciated, bizarre wonders -- miniature cities, books bound in human skin, a church built from human bones, and a forever-flaming, 328-foot hole in the ground better known as "The Gates Of Hell."

"We want people to recognize the world is more incredible than expected and that exploration can take place anywhere," Atlas Obscura's David Plotz tells us on this weeks Weird News podcast. "You don't have to be Richard Branson."

Plotz, of course, is a longtime writer and editor at Slate, and we love that he is co-host of the site's excellent Political Gabfest podcast, along with Emily Bazelon of the New York Times and Slate political chief correspondent John Dickerson, the new host of "Face the Nation."

Each week, the Political Gabfest hosts share their cocktail chatter. And if you visit any of these places, you'll have yours.

Atlas Obscura Day

Special thanks to our producer, Katelyn Bogucki, who makes us feel cool when we hang out with her. And to Jorge Corona, our editor.

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