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Giant Kangaroos Once Towered Over Humans at 8 Feet Tall

A dried-up lake bed sits in the heart of the Australian Outback, more than 100 miles from the nearest road or settlement. Beneath its dusty surface, multiple fossilized skeletons have been lying here for thousands—even millions—of years. But though they’re very large, these old bones do not belong to dinosaurs. The remains have been resting in Lake...

Wed Apr 17, 2024 20:03
Disease Vector Education Center in St. Augustine, Florida

Begun as an idea in 2019, the recently opened Disease Vector Education Center aspires to educate kids and adults alike about common bugs and the diseases they carry. The brainchild of Richard Weaver, the mosquito control district’s business manager, the center aspires to be as entertaining as it is informative. The museum design was directly influenced...

Wed Apr 17, 2024 19:04
Podcast: Atalaya

Listen and subscribe on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcast apps. In this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, we visit a medieval castle, which sits just outside of Myrtle Beach, that would feel out of place if not for its charm. We tell the story of the eccentric couple who, nearly a hundred years ago, built this fortress...

Wed Apr 17, 2024 19:04
Holy Well of St. Anne in Reading, England

In the quiet suburb of Caversham, once a place of Catholic pilgrimage, is a small well called the Holywell of St Anne. The suburb was an ancient settlement where a chapel dedicated to St. Anne was made. Sadly, the chapel doesn’t exist despite the well still standing. Not much is known about the site, as Henry VIII ended Catholic worship and many religious...

Wed Apr 17, 2024 18:35
Svalbard's Lonely Whaler Graves Included Burial Kits With Pieces of Distant Homes

On the morning of July 29, 1693, a fleet of five dozen Dutch and Danish whaling ships assembled in Smeerenburgfjorden (literally “blubber town fjord”) in the northwestern portion of the Svalbard Archipelago. The Dutch and the Danes, alongside the English, had made their mark on the desolate and isolated islands at the top of the world since the early...

Wed Apr 17, 2024 18:06
Grave of George Lewis in Warnford, England

Some 70 miles southwest of London, in the small English village of Warnford, a detailed gravestone stands in the cemetery of Warnford’s village church. Most gravestones contain few details, often only the name, birth date, and death date. While other graves reveal a little more about their subject's life or interests, the gravestone of George Lewis...

Wed Apr 17, 2024 17:05

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