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female scientists

In High Altitude Archaeology, One Woman Isn’t Scared of Heights—Or Mummies

Even when those mummies still have skin, hair, and clothing.
February 2, 2024
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races

Indian Relay May Just Be America’s Most Extreme Sport

For Indigenous participants of the bareback horse race, the sport connects them to centuries of history.
January 18, 2024
Gastro Obscura
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feast

Before Thanksgiving, There Were the Feasts of 'The Order of the Good Cheer'

North America's first culinary social club was born in the 17th-century Canadian frontier.
November 21, 2023
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sierra leone

The Surprising Southern Roots of Sierra Leone’s Krio Homes

Freetown's Krio homes preserve an enduring legacy of resilience—but the question of how to save them looms.
August 24, 2023
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beach

Are You a Shoobie or a Benny?

When summer visitors arrive, so do the colorful and sometimes perplexing local nicknames.
May 26, 2023
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basilicas

10 Reasons to Visit Asheville During the Week

Savoring the city’s cultural and culinary offerings with more room to explore.
Sponsored by Explore Asheville
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summ

Whatever Floats Your Boat – or Tank

Nebraskans have come up with an ingenious way of cooling down along the state’s many waterways.
Sponsored by Nebraska Tourism
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earthquakes

The Earthshaking History of San Francisco's Quake Shacks

You can still spot these tiny reminders of the 1906 earthquake in the city today.
February 23, 2023
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stairs

The Twisty History of Montreal's Outdoor Staircases

Immigrants, artisans, economics, and the Catholic Church all played a role.
December 7, 2022
Gastro Obscura
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eat like a...

Eating Like an Explorer Once Called for Plenty of ‘Portable Soup’

Sailors relied on the ration for centuries.
August 10, 2022
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extreme sports

Meet the Man Who Wants to Make Sitting an Extreme Sport

A day at your desk will not prepare you for this grueling competition.
April 12, 2022
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jazz

How Louis Armstrong Shaped the Sound of Ghana

You can still hear echoes of the trumpeter's 1956 visit in Accra's clubs today.
December 7, 2021
Gastro Obscura
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immigration

With Venezuela in Crisis, This Restaurant Offers Its Chefs a Landing Pad

By taking on the U.S. visa process.
September 8, 2021
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traffic lights

In Germany, Karl Marx and Elvis Direct Traffic

East Berlin's famed Ampelmännchen has inspired a new generation of pedestrian signals that will make you stop in your tracks.
August 24, 2021
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farms

Why a Vancouver Cemetery Is Planting Squash, Kale, and Corn

The leafy greens are very much alive.
April 19, 2021
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refugees

How Boise, Idaho, Became a Sanctuary for Refugees and Their Cuisine

Becoming a "Welcoming City" has been a boon to the region's restaurants.
March 12, 2021
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teens

When the Jersey Shore Was the Epicenter for Haunted Attractions

In the 70s and 80s, beachgoers delighted in low-budget frights.
March 5, 2021
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trails

The Deadly Temptation of the Oregon Trail Shortcut

Dying of dysentery was just the beginning.
December 2, 2020
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bigfoot

There's Something About Mount Shasta

The California peak’s striking presence and geological complexity have inspired many believers. 
September 4, 2020
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elvis

The Mississippi Town Where Elvis Tribute Artists Are Made

Tupelo, birthplace of The King, is the global hub for aspiring Jailhouse Rockers.
July 3, 2020
Gastro Obscura
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coronavirus

These 7 Local Food Boxes Offer a Taste of Travel

Get New Orleans pralines, Jersey Shore sea salt, and other iconic treats delivered to your door.
June 11, 2020
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women

Mexico's All-Female Mariachi Bands Are Shaking Up Tradition

The genre is moving beyond its machismo-fueled roots.
March 6, 2020
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nostalgia

In San Francisco, an East German Restaurant Is a Portal to the Past

Familiar foods such as "cold dog" offer former Eastern Bloc residents a taste of their youth.
September 17, 2019
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soviet history

30 Years On, the 'Worst Car Ever Built' Has a Fervent Fan Club

Made in the former East Germany, Trabants have inspired many a mean joke—and a devoted community.
August 5, 2019