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Jeannette Monument in Annapolis, Maryland

In 1879, as the USS Jeanette left port in San Francisco, most of the world had been mapped and explored. The Arctic, though, remained a mystery: No one had yet reached the North Pole, and scientists and sailors believed they might find an open sea route to it. In an effort to extend the map, the Navy outfitted an expedition—with financial support from...

Wed Feb 21, 2024 17:09
Podcast: Stone of Destiny

Listen and subscribe on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcast apps. In this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, we visit the Stone of Destiny, a giant rock that has supposedly been used in the coronation of every English monarch since the 1300s. But is it authentic? Or could the real one be in this Scottish bar? We weigh...

Wed Feb 21, 2024 16:48
Clover Valley Lumber Company Railroad in Beckwourth, California

From the late 19th century until well into the 20th a dedicated rail line was central to large timber operations. The main line was used to haul logs back to the mill and take supplies out to the logging site. In the early years, temporary spur lines were laid out to the areas of active logging. Even after those temporary lines were replaced by trucks,...

Wed Feb 21, 2024 16:08
A Peek Inside a 'Scam Manual' Written to Help Immigrants Avoid Becoming Victims

Many years ago, Loren Pankratz got a call from a rare book dealer. The man was at the end of his career, he told Pankratz, and had a special book to sell. It had been passed down from his grandfather, and perhaps only three other copies existed in the world. He thought Pankratz, a former professor of psychology in Oregon who collects books on cons...

Wed Feb 21, 2024 01:00
Ras Angela in Ras Angela, Tunisia

Ras Angela, or Cape Angela, is a rocky head that juts out into the Mediterranean Sea. A lovely picnic spot, it also just so happens to be the northernmost point of continental Africa—as noted by a monumental map just off the rocky coastline. Until 2014, nearby Ras al-Abyad, or Cape Blanc, had been considered the northernmost point of continental...

Wed Feb 21, 2024 00:10
Kew Gardens Is Undergoing a Big, Steamy Change

Just off the Thames in Southwest London, a prehistoric type of South African palm tree has been living for almost two centuries. Growing an inch a year, today it’s the height of a double-decker bus and slopes drunkenly 16 feet to the side. It needs four metal crutches to keep from falling over altogether—for an expat at least 249 years old, not bad. ...

Tue Feb 20, 2024 23:39

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