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From a rubber duck contest to hypnotizing chickens, in this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast listeners share stories about annual customs, events, and practices that set their hometowns apart from others.

We’re going to be bringing you more listener-led stories this year, and we need your help. Tell us about a place you went with your parents that was special to you. Maybe it was the annual trip to Niagara Falls or a national park. Or maybe it was just a one-time thing that had an outsized impact. Call and tell us at 315-992-7902 or email us at

Our podcast is an audio guide to the world’s wondrous, awe-inspiring, strange places. In under 15 minutes, we’ll take you to an incredible site, and along the way you’ll meet some fascinating people and hear their stories. Join us daily, Monday through Thursday, to explore a new wonder with cofounder Dylan Thuras and a neighborhood of Atlas Obscura reporters.

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