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Sankt Peders Bageri in Copenhagen, Denmark

Founded in 1652, during the reign of Frederick III, Denmark's oldest bakery is still beloved by locals in Copenhagen to this day. The shop has every every sort of bread and pastry one could want, from wienerbrød (known internationally as a Danish) to cream-filled fastelavnsboller (Carnival buns). The undisputed star here though is their coils of...

Sat Jun 22, 2024 01:24
How Amoeboid Architects Build Some of the Ocean's Most Intricate Homes

Each week, Atlas Obscura is providing a new short excerpt from our upcoming book, Wild Life: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Living Wonders (September 17, 2024). Everyone knows about the ocean’s flashier builders—the corals that sculpt reefs, the mollusks that spin up perfect pearls. But thousands of feet down, underappreciated creatures...

Fri Jun 21, 2024 19:26
Menhaden Fishing Net Reel in Lewes, Delaware

The historic coastal town of Lewes, Delaware does not look like the center of any sort of industry, on first blush. But for more than 70 years, from the end of the 19th century all the way through the 1950s, Lewes was one of the country’s most prominent commercial fishing ports, with the key catch being menhaden fish. Today, a menhaden fishing net...

Fri Jun 21, 2024 19:26
Embracing Kangiten of Torimi Shrine in Shiroi, Japan

Kangiten is a strange deity. The Japanese Buddhist equivalent of Hindu god Ganesha, he also takes the form of an elephant-headed deity, but in twofold, in an act of embrace. Traditionally, the deity is feared and respected as a remover of obstacles and bringer of success. His effigy (if any), however, is always enshrined in the temple treasury never...

Fri Jun 21, 2024 18:27
Saint Clement's Caves in Hastings, England

Saint Clement's Caves is a four-and-a-half-acre network of ancient tunnels and caverns beneath Hastings' West Hill in its Old Town. The earliest written reference to the caves, from 1783, tells of an elderly man and woman who lived there after being evicted from Hastings' workhouse. Discovered by authorities at the end of the 140-foot "Monk's Walk,"...

Fri Jun 21, 2024 17:28
The Tale of the Vanishing Summer Camp Ghost Story

It was a muggy summer evening more than a decade ago in Apopka, Florida. Spanish moss hung like tattered capes on the gnarled oaks that loomed over cabins where, as day turned to night, tired campers made their way to their bunks. After a long day of archery, arts-and-crafts, and waterskiing, there was still one more activity for a willing audience:...

Fri Jun 21, 2024 16:28

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