Nue in Seattle, Washington

With an ever-changing, globe-spanning menu and a wall-to-wall collection of culinary curios collected over a lifetime of travel, Nue may be the closest thing to the Gastro Obscura book in restaurant form. The name is a reference to a mythological Japanese monster with the body of … | Continue reading | 3 days ago

GOMBURZA Monument in Manila, Philippines

In front of the National Museum of Fine Arts in Manila stands a stylized sculpture of three Catholic priests, two of them fallen. The last of the trio stands looking sorrowfully at the heavens, agonized as if about to collapse. This represents GOMBURZA, three of the key figures i … | Continue reading | 3 days ago

Natural Fizzy Spring in Kamo, New Zealand

Despite the lack of signage, in-the-know travelers can be seen turning off at this natural roadside attraction. New Zealand's geothermal activity powers this small bubbling pool stained deep ochre by heat-loving bacteria. | Continue reading | 4 days ago

Did Neanderthals Collect Impressive Animal Skulls?

Sixty thousand years ago, give or take a few millennia, bands of Neanderthals thrived in a valley in central Spain, doing everything they needed to survive generation after generation. But about 45 miles north of what is now the city of Madrid, researchers have discovered a site … | Continue reading | 4 days ago

Cementerio General de Santiago in Santiago, Chile

Latin America is known for its large cemeteries with its grand architecture, and El Cementerio General (the General Cemetery) is among the greatest of these. Spanning 86 hectares, the cemetery is not only the largest in Chile but also one of the largest in South America. Over 2 m … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

The Chicharias of Bogota's La Candelaria Barrio in Bogotá, Colombia

The historic La Candelaria barrio of Bogata is justly popular with both locals and travelers. Less well-known by visitors, though not Bogotanos, are the vibrant blocks of Carrera 2 between Calle 11 and Calle 12d. This section is home to street vendors selling locally fermented ch … | Continue reading | 10 days ago

How to Cook a Delicious Meal With Zombie Fungus

At any given moment, from the rainforests in South America to Tibetan plateaus to Arkansas, the many powder-like spores of the orange-tendriled Cordyceps mushroom may be ready for their zombie-like attack, drifting silently into the air like dust and onto nearby insects. Within d … | Continue reading | 10 days ago

Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie in Salem, United States of America

Mary Spencer, a local in Salem, Massachusetts, first began selling sweets via horse-drawn wagon in 1806. Her signature creations were Blackjacks, a kind of molasses-flavored taffy, and Salem Gibralters, also known simply as Gibralters. Made from a deceptively simple ingredient li … | Continue reading | 18 days ago

The Musical Manhole Cover in Hanover, Germany

Opposite Hannover Hauptbahnhof there is a manhole cover like no other. Situated in the Ernst-August-Platz, hidden beneath the seemingly normal metal plate lies two loudspeakers, an amplifier, and a CD player, piping music to the world above. The “DJ Gulleyman” as it is known, can … | Continue reading | 18 days ago

Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, Texas

Klyde Warren Park is a 5.2 acre-park that was built on Woodall Rogers Freeway. It connects uptown and downtown Dallas. Food trucks stop every day around lunch, and there is a sit-down restaurant in the park. It also has a putting green, table tennis, and foosball (but you have to … | Continue reading | 18 days ago

Clonmacnoise in Clonmacnoise, Ireland

Clonmacnoise is located in the center of Ireland with a monastery that was established in the sixth century. It would eventually become a university with students from all over Europe.  The monastery ruins include a cathedral, three high crosses, two round towers with nine church … | Continue reading | 18 days ago

Shoshone Ice Caves in Shoshone, Idaho

The Shoshone Ice Caves are a temperature anomaly caused by airflow through a collapsed lava tube. The temperature remains between 25-35 degrees Fahrenheit all year round, creating an underground ice lake. Guided walking tours take you underground where you can walk across the fro … | Continue reading | 18 days ago

Wakamatsu Farm in Placerville, California

In 1869, the first permanent Japanese settlement in North America was founded at this site in California. During the Boshin Civil War, a group of 22 people from samurai families left Japan and bought this parcel of land not far from San Francisco, where they established Wakamatsu … | Continue reading | 18 days ago

Herndon Depot Museum in Herndon, Virginia

Also known as the Herndon Historical Society Museum, this compendium of local memorabilia includes information on U.S. Navy Commander William Lewis Herndon (for whom the town was named), as well as artifacts from the World War II ship the USS Herndon, noteworthy items shared by l … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

The Little Known History of World War II's All-Black, All-Female Battalion

In 1927, an unlikely friendship arose between educator and civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune and future First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, based on a shared belief in the power of education. When Franklin D. Roosevelt became president in 1933, Bethune served as an advisor on m … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Moran’s Oyster Cottage in Kilcolgan, Ireland

Six generations of Morans have welcomed guests to this 250-year-old oyster cottage. Michael Moran, a world champion oyster shucker, like his father before him, loves to recount stories of the cozy snugs, that were cozier bedrooms, and show where the annual high tide once graced t … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

American Geophysical Union Sidewalk Planet Display in Washington, D.C.

In November 2019, the headquarters of the American Geophysical Union became the first net-zero renovation in the District of Columbia. Net zero denotes an ultra-efficient building that consumes only as much energy as is produced through renewable resources. There are many notewor … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Green Eggs and Jam in Morganton, North Carolina

From vinyl records to board games, Geen Eggs and Jam has an eclectic assortment of oddities, all for sale. In 1994, Stacey Peek first opened the store in Asheville, North Carolina. He later relocated the shop to downtown Morganton. Peek has collected the unique items for sale at … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Ghorpade Ghat in Pune, India

Historically, across Indian cities, ghats were built along riverbanks. Ghats are broad flights of steps that lead down to the riverbank for daily activities and rituals. In the center of Pune, along the banks of the Mutha river, one can see an old, almost fort-like stone structur … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Baobab Fare in Detroit, Michigan

After husband-and-wife duo Hamissi Mamba and Nadia Nijimbere immigrated to Detroit, they launched a series of pop-ups serving dishes from their homeland, Burundi, in 2017. Their business quickly developed a strong local following, thanks to specialties such as nyumbani, tender br … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Charles F. Mills Grave Bell in Thunderbolt, Georgia

Although ingrained in the human psyche, taphophobia—the fear of being buried alive—was at a zenith in the 19th century. This fear undoubtedly influenced the appearance of premature burial in stories by contemporary writer Edgar Allen Poe. The horror of premature burial was magnif … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

'Mr. Dixie' in Falls Church, Virginia

Mr. Dixie is the official guardian of Dixie Sheet Metal Works, which has been in business as metal workers and environmental specialists since 1945. The 12-foot-tall sculpture recently marked its 60th anniversary, having stood proudly in front of the shop since 1962. Originally a … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Saint Olaf's Church in Tallinn, Estonia

This church, originally built in the 12th century has seen extensive modification including several changes to the height of the tower. In 1590, the tower reached its maximum height of almost 159 meters (522 feet) and it is said in some quarters that it was at that time the highe … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

'Primrose' in Toronto, Ontario

Clover Hill Park in downtown Toronto, Ontario, is home to a remarkable equid statue. Placed near the entrance to St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto, the figure depicts a baby donkey with her front legs completely encased in what first appear to be pink legwarmers. … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Moffett Field Historical Society Museum in Mountain View, California

Aviation has been practiced in California since the early 20th century. However, this was not just airplanes but also a strong lighter-than-air division consisting of various types of blimps. The largest of these were the USS Arkon and Macon, a pair of nearly 800-foot-long flying … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum in Washington, D.C.

One of the many hidden treasures on the urban campus of George Washington University is the multilevel, multifaceted Textile Museum. It includes three floors of textiles from different parts of the world, as well as a gift shop and an interactive textile lab. Exhibits include dif … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Triple Falls in Jasper, Arkansas

This ain't just one waterfall. It ain't even two waterfalls, but three waterfalls,  all pouring off the same 48-foot-tall bluff.  Now some say it's just two waterfalls, on account of there only being two water sources, but the wet season brings the triple fall effect. The falls a … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

House of Wills in Cleveland, Ohio

This 124-year-old, 50,000-square-foot Gothic-style building only showcases a small part of Cleveland's rich and diverse history. Built in 1898 and opened in 1900, the 42-room structure originally served as a clubhouse for the German Society where the Cleveland Gesangverein, a sin … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Meet the Blacksmith Resurrecting Greek History

In a quiet suburb of Athens, the sound of a hammer breaks the silence as it meets heated sheets of bronze. Inside a small garage turned into a workshop, blacksmith and artist Dimitrios Katsikis has spent the past 12 years designing and forging. He transforms the malleable metal b … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

'All Greatness Stands Firm in the Storm' in Glasgow, Scotland

There is a saying, "Glasgow made the Clyde and the Clyde made Glasgow." Scotland's largest city owes its prosperity and affluence to this body of water which is the third longest in the country and ninth longest in the United Kingdom. It runs an impressive length of 106 miles (17 … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Dimnice Cave in Markovščina, Slovenia

The Dimnice Cave is spectacular enough on its own. A vertical cave mouth opens up from the earth with a railed path spiraling tens of meters down from the forest above. Once past the locked gate, your guide leads you into a largely unspoiled natural karst cave system. Here you'll … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Brier Hill Pizza

It’s before dawn on a Saturday at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Youngstown, and the smell of red peppers hangs heavy in the air. For decades, a group of volunteers have worked here to keep a beloved tradition alive: making Brier Hill pizzas. The Brier Hill neighborhood, … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Getting to Know Edward Gorey

A visit to the home museum of the famous oddball artist, 30 years after meeting him there for tea. | Continue reading | 4 months ago

The Strange, Awful Truth Behind Utah's Eerie Stone Cross

It's more bizarre than the urban legends. | Continue reading | 4 months ago

Lost Ancient Grain Tradition Could Be Future of Farming: Mixed-Grain Maslins

A past global staple you've never heard of, maslins are poised for a comeback. | Continue reading | 4 months ago

Real-Life Vampire Autopsies of the Victorian Era

When medicine and folklore collide, strange things happen. | Continue reading | 5 months ago

The Spooky Science of Why Mirrors Can Freak Us Out So Much

We reflect on what these shiny surfaces reveal, from the curse of Narcissus to an experiment you can try at home—if you dare. | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Get Lost in the Catacombs with Our Latest Maze

A new, Paris-inspired challenge from a record-holding maze-maker. | Continue reading | 5 months ago

In Jordan, an Ancient Bread Tradition Rises Again

Al Barakeh Wheat Project resurrects the nation's heritage grain and, with it, a bygone communal culture. | Continue reading | 5 months ago

The Curious Case of Norway’s Demon Wall

A respected conservator restoring a centuries-old church mural saw the devil in the details—and created a wholly imagined, diabolical scene. | Continue reading | 5 months ago

On Restaurant Day in Helsinki, Anyone Can Open an Eatery, Anywhere

By making everything from ceviche to ice cream, city residents show off their cooking chops. | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Leftover Star Wars Sets

Buildings from the fictional planet of Tatooine still litter the Tunisian desert. | Continue reading | 5 months ago

The Hallucinogenic Fish That Can Give You LSD-Esque Nightmares (2016)

It gives new meaning to a "fishing trip." | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Fruit makes tattoos, antibiotics, and dessert: Jagua

Central and South Americans have relied on the versatile jagua fruit for centuries. | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Can Science Solve the Mystery of the Concrete Book?

When a sledgehammer isn't really an option. | Continue reading | 5 months ago

What Can a Long-Forgotten Moth Tell Us About Climate Change?

The 149-year-old specimen is one of millions at Britain's Natural History Museum. | Continue reading | 7 months ago

The main casualty of the catsup war was flavor. | Continue reading | 7 months ago

Who Were the Warrior Women of Dahomey?

The only documented all-female army in history inspired the Dora Milaje. | Continue reading | 7 months ago