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A 16th-Century Astronomy Book Featured “Analog Computers” to Calculate the Shape of the Moon, the Position of the Sun, and More

Pop-up book enthusiasts like Ellen Rubin will know what volvelles are; you and I may not, but if you’ve ever moved a paper wheel or slider on a page, you’ve used one. The volvelle first emerged in the medieval era, not as an amusement to liven up children’s books but as a kind of “analog computer” embedded in serious scientific works. “The volvelles make the practical nature of cosmography clear,” writes Katie Taylor at Cambridge’s Whipple Library, which holds a copy of Cosmographia. “Read...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Books, Astronomy, College, History, Cambridge, Seoul, Atlas Obscura, Facebook Twitter, Johannes Kepler, Katie Taylor, Colin Marshall, Ellen Rubin, 21st Century Los Angeles, Whipple Library


How a 19th-century slave kickstarted the world's vanilla-farming market

By the 19th century, the vanilla plant had long been used as a flavor, but it was generally gathered wild. That's because it's devilishly hard to farm. As this fascinating piece by Dan Nosowitz in Atlas Obscura notes, vanilla plants have a very small window where pollination can occur, and no-one's quite certain how vanilla plants are pollinated in the wild. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Colonialism, Botany, Vanilla, Atlas Obscura, Dan Nosowitz


William Dampier’s Firsts.

Luke Fater writes for Atlas Obscura about an unexpected lexical goldmine: British-born William Dampier began a life of piracy in 1679 in Mexico’s Bay of Campeche. Orphaned in his late teens, Dampier set sail for the Caribbean and fell into a twentysomething job scramble. Seeing no future in logging or sugar plantations, he was sucked into the burgeoning realm of New World raiding, beginning what would be the first of his record-breaking three circumnavigations. A prolific diarist, Dampier kept a...
Tags: Indonesia, Mexico, Uncategorized, Spain, Linguistics, Charles Darwin, South America, Caribbean, Commonwealth, Anthony Bourdain, Atlas Obscura, Robinson Crusoe, Defoe, British Royal Navy, South Africa Australia, Bay of Campeche


44 clever gifts from Amazon - all under $50, and many arriving before Christmas

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Wake up early and make mini heart-shaped waffles for a breakfast together. Amazon Great news: Affordable gifts can be just as useful and thoughtful as expensive gifts. Below are 44 presents that anyone will actually be excited to receive. You can get them all on Amazon and for less than $50. If you're looking for more gift ideas, check out all Insider Reviews gift guides.Sign up for Insider Reviews'...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Amazon, Gift Guide, California, US, Trends, Bbc, Gifts, Macbook, New York Times, North Carolina, National Geographic, Cvs, Kitchen Tools, Alexa


Super-creepy offices and drawbridge control rooms beneath Memorial Bridge

I live only a few miles from Arlington Memorial Bridge which links Arlington, VA with Washington, DC across the Potomac river. The middle span of the bridge used to be a drawbridge. Living here for 39 years, I never knew that there were abandoned offices and drawbridge control rooms beneath the bridge. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Washington Dc, Abandoned, Urban Exploration, Potomac, Arlington VA, Atlas Obscura, Memorial Bridge, Arlington Memorial Bridge


Things to do -online and in-person – in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Dec. 17-24

  Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles perform during an online and television broadcast of the 61st annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration. (Photo courtesy of the Music Center)   Take a chance on cultural and educational experiences, Dec. 17-24 EVENTS   Magic Hour in Los Angeles – Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board: The non-profit marketing tourism board is presenting the look of Los Angeles sunsets — the Magic Hour — 4:15 p.m. Dec. 17-20 live streamed from the InterContinental...
Tags: Books, Local News, Movies, Music + Concerts, Theater, Things to Do, Art, Charity, Christmas, Hanukkah, Museum, Music, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories LADN


41 clever gifts from Amazon - all under $50

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Wake up early and make mini heart-shaped waffles for a breakfast together. Amazon Great news: Affordable gifts can be just as useful and thoughtful as expensive gifts. Below are 41 presents that anyone will actually be excited to receive. You can get them all on Amazon and for less than $50. If you're looking for more gift ideas, check out all Insider Reviews gift guides.Sign up for Insider Reviews'...
Tags: Reviews, Amazon, Gift Guide, California, US, Trends, Bbc, Gifts, New York Times, North Carolina, National Geographic, Cvs, Kitchen Tools, Alexa, Amazon Fire, Gift Ideas


Things to do – online and in-person – in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Dec. 10-17

  Holiday Road, a drive-thru holdiay lights event, is at King Gillette Ranch through Jan. 10 in Calabasas. (Photo courtesy of Holiday Road)   Take a chance on cultural and educational experiences, Dec. 10-17   EVENTS   Santa at the Adobe – Drive-thru: The City of Agoura Hills presents the event for children to see Santa Claus — from a distance, 9-11 a.m. Dec. 12. Masks required. Reyes Adobe Park, 31400 Rainbow Crest Drive, Agoura Hills. bit.ly/39wO8kp Sensitive Santa Drive-Thru – Presente...
Tags: Books, Local News, Movies, Music + Concerts, Theater, Things to Do, Art, Charity, Christmas, Comedy, Cooking, Dance, Food, Hanukkah, Music, San Fernando Valley


Discover the Cyanometer, the Device Invented in 1789 Just to Measure the Blueness of the Sky

English astronomer and physicist James Jeans’ 1931 essay “ ” has become a classic of concise expository writing since it was first published in a series of talks. In only four paragraphs and one strikingly detailed, yet simple analogy, Jeans gave millions of students a grasp of celestial blueness in prose that does not substitute nature’s poetry for scientific jargon and diagrams. Over a hundred years earlier, another scientist created a similarly poetic device; in this case, one which attempte...
Tags: Google, Science, Design, College, Atlantic, South America, Caribbean, Canary Islands, James, Mont Blanc, Atlas Obscura, Facebook Twitter, Humboldt, Alexander von Humboldt, Josh Jones, Horace Bénédict de Saussure


Discover the Cyanometer, a Device Invented to Measure the Blueness of the Sky (1789)

English astronomer and physicist James Jeans’ 1931 essay “ ” has become a classic of concise expository writing since it was first published in a series of talks. In only four paragraphs and one strikingly detailed, yet simple analogy, Jeans gave millions of students a grasp of celestial blueness in prose that does not substitute nature’s poetry for scientific jargon and diagrams. Over a hundred years earlier, another scientist created a similarly poetic device; in this case, one which attempte...
Tags: Google, Astronomy, Science, College, History, Chemistry, Physics, Atlantic, South America, Caribbean, Canary Islands, James, Mont Blanc, Atlas Obscura, Facebook Twitter, Humboldt


Publishing Tzotzil.

Jessica Vincent writes for Atlas Obscura about the kind of development that warms my heart: Taller Leñateros is Mexico’s first and only Tzotzil Maya book- and papermaking collective. Founded in 1975 by the Mexican-American poet Ambar Past, the workshop is dedicated to documenting and disseminating the endangered Tzotzil language, culture, and oral history. And it does so environmentally, using only recycled materials (leñateros alludes to those who get their firewood from deadwood, rather than f...
Tags: Mexico, Uncategorized, Linguistics, Chiapas, Petra, Maya, Atlas Obscura, San Cristobal, Chiapas Mexico, Jessica Vincent, Popul Vuh


Pivoting to Partnerships Kept Atlas Obscura Afloat—Despite a Wavering Travel Market

Both publishers and travel brands have faced financial strain due to the pandemic. Yet travel magazine Atlas Obscura has had its best year yet, according to the company. Under CEO Warren Webster, who joined the publisher about a week before the pandemic took hold in the U.S., the publisher revamped its media strategy. To replace...
Tags: Travel, Advertising, Atlas Obscura, WARREN WEBSTER, Partnerships Kept Atlas Obscura Afloat


Get Yourself a Ghost

Looking to buy a ghost? check out Atlas Obscura's coverage of York, England's Ghostmakers:   Messrs Bloodworth, and McArthur, members of the Sorrowful Guild of Master Ghostmakers, opened this shop on York’s famous Shambles street in 2019, with the intention of selling original York Ghosts. With the city considered one of the most haunted in the world (occasionally nicknamed The City of One Thousand Ghosts), it would make sense that many souvenirs contain phantasmagorical features...
Tags: Travel, Astrology, York, Atlas Obscura, McArthur, York England, Cosmic Stuff, Ghosts and Spirits, Bloodworth, Messrs Bloodworth, Sorrowful Guild of Master Ghostmakers, York Ghost Merchants


Inside a 'haunted' 150-year-old million-dollar castle hidden away in San Francisco with underground caves and a toilet in the shape of a throne

Albion Castle in San Francisco has survived two big earthquakes in the city's history, and its underground caves could save the city in the event of an emergency. Katie Canales/Business Insider Albion Castle is a four-story castle in San Francisco that was built in 1870 as a home and brewery.The tech hub has grown up and around it over the decades, and now the castle is all but hidden.It has passed from owner to owner and has been used in a number of ways, but its current owner bought t...
Tags: Travel, Google, Life, San Francisco, Trends, Features, Silicon Valley, Norman, Castle, Albion, San Francisco Bay Area, Hunter, Atlas Obscura, Gilbert, Jennifer, Bayview


Halloweek Experiences Programs

Atlas Obscura is offering virtual Halloweek Experiences. Here is their listing: Join us for a virtual Halloweek—a full five days of otherworldly online experiences that you can Zoom into live, or watch later, with the lights on. Celebrate Victorian Hallowe’en with Nina Nightingale, embark on some scary spelunking with Tyler Thrasher, and talk tomb-raids and stolen bones with Erin Thompson and Kylie Holloway. Get your tickets now; it’s possible they may, at any moment, disappear into the nig...
Tags: Mythology, Astrology, Atlas Obscura, That's Entertainment, Archetypes, Fables, Charm School, Colin Dickey, Ghosts and Spirits, Erin Thompson, Nina Nightingale, Tyler Thrasher, Kylie Holloway


Former Marriott Chief Marketer Joins Atlas Obscura’s Board of Directors

Atlas Obscura, the media and experiences company that promises to take travelers off the beaten path, has expanded its board of directors to include former Marriott global marketing officer Karin Timpone alongside former HuffPost editor in chief Lydia Polgreen. Both are expected to help Atlas Obscura grow in an uncertain environment as the brand's heavy...
Tags: Travel, General, Advertising, Marriott, Atlas Obscura, C-Suite, Karin Timpone, Lydia Polgreen, Leadership & Talent


Explore the Roman Cookbook, De Re Coquinaria, the Oldest Known Cookbook in Existence

Western scholarship has had “a bias against studying sensual experience,” writes Reina Gattuso at Atlas Obscura, “the relic of an Enlightenment-era hierarchy that considered taste, touch, and flavor taboo topics for sober academic inquiry.” This does not mean, however, that cooking has been ignored by historians. Many a scholar has taken European cooking seriously, before recent food scholarship expanded the canon. For example, in a 1926 English translation of an ancient Roman cookbook, Joseph ...
Tags: Google, College, History, Rome, Food & Drink, Atlas Obscura, Facebook Twitter, Project Gutenberg, Durham NC Follow, Imperial Rome, Reina Gattuso, Joseph Dommers Vehling, Vehling, Cook Real Recipes, Yale Harvard Josh Jones


40 clever gifts from Amazon — all under $50

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Wake up early and make mini heart-shaped waffles for a breakfast together. Amazon Great news: Affordable gifts can be just as useful and thoughtful as expensive gifts. Below are 40 presents that anyone will actually be excited to receive. You can get them all on Amazon and for less than $50. If you're looking for more gift ideas, check out all Insider Reviews gift guides.Prime Day is coming up on Oc...
Tags: Reviews, Amazon, Gift Guide, California, US, Trends, Bbc, Gifts, New York Times, North Carolina, National Geographic, Cvs, Kitchen Tools, Alexa, Gift Ideas, Anthony Bourdain


Socially distanced attractions and activities for a road trip across the Pacific Northwest that are actually worth the stop

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in British Columbia, Canada. Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images The coronavirus pandemic has made it unsafe to travel internationally and travel experts previously told Business Insider that road trips would be the vacation of the summer. CDC Director Robert Redfield predicts the pandemic will last through the fall and winter. We surfed Trip Advisor for the highest-rated attractions in the Pacific Northwest within recommended social dis...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Photos, Facebook, California, Washington Post, Cdc, Washington, Oregon, Life, US, Beck, Trends, Features, Canada


Ghosts and Politics - A Must See Event on October 6, 2020

Atlas Obscura is offering what appears to be a fascinating program on spiritualism and politics to be held virtually on October 6, 2020 at 7p eastern time. Here is the blurb: Atlas Obscura is excited to present a lively and intellectually vibrant presentation, with PEN Award-winning historian and occult scholar Mitch Horowitz, who will explore the little known historical ties between alternative spirituality and radical politics! During this hour-long presentation, Mitch will dig into the ...
Tags: America, Current Affairs, Astrology, Mitch, Atlas Obscura, Marcus Garvey, Frederick Douglass, Mitch Horowitz, Ghosts and Spirits


CIA rectal tool kit an "object of intrigue"

Start your weekend on a relaxing note with Atlas Obscura's mini-documentary about the CIA rectal tool kit. Found within are files, a knife, a ruler, a drill bit, screwdriver, and similar everyday carry classics. "The seals have to be very tight, to prevent anything from seeping into the kit and to avoid sharp edges," says narrator Dr. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, News, B-side, Everyday Carry, Cia, Atlas Obscura


24 of the weirdest and most unique McDonald's restaurants in the world

This McDonald's restaurant in Australia is designed in the art deco style of the 1920s and '30s. Tim McRae/Getty Images McDonald's operates more than 34,000 restaurants worldwide in 118 countries, but some locations are more uniquely designed than others. Around the world, McDonald's restaurants can be found inside historic train stations, decommissioned planes, and even century-old colonial mansions. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. McDonald's restaurants are am...
Tags: Retail, Features, Fast Food, Restaurant, Restaurant Chains, Photos, Fast Food Industry, Food, McDonald's, Mcdonald's Franchise


A Database of 5,000 Historical Cookbooks–Covering 1,000 Years of Food History–Is Now Online

As you know if you’re a reader of this site, there are vast, interactive (and free!) scholarly databases online collecting just about every kind of artifact, from Bibles to bird calls, and yes, there are a significant number of cookbooks online, too. But proper searchable, historical databases of cookbooks seem to have appeared only lately. To my mind these might have been some of the first things to become available. How important is eating, after all, to virtually every part of our lives? The...
Tags: Google, College, Wikipedia, Food & Drink, Catherine, Joe, Atlas Obscura, Facebook Twitter, UTSA, Wheaton, Kaufman, Julia, Josh Jones, Childs, Julia Childs, Durham NC Follow


Visit scenic Busta Rhymes Island in Massachusetts

In Central Massachusetts, in a town called Shrewsbury, in a body of water called Mill Pond, sits a small outcropping called Busta Rhymes Island. It is not known by any other name — and yet, due to byzantine naming laws in the United States, it is not formally recognized as Busta Rhymes Island either. Not yet, anyway. The island was christened as such by local resident Kevin O'Brien. As The Boston Globe wrote in 2009: Kevin O'Brien answers the phone and cheerfully explains why...
Tags: Post, Maps, News, Massachusetts, United States, Google Maps, Shrewsbury, Islands, Busta Rhymes, Boston Globe, Cartography, Atlas Obscura, Central Massachusetts, Brien, Kevin O Brien, Mapmaking


More than 70 people entered a bidding war to buy an abandoned Cold War-era missile silo complex in North Dakota — take a look at the property

  A decommissioned Cold War missile silo in North Dakota was up for auction on Tuesday. The site has 14 launch sites for Sprint missiles, which were designed as the last line of defense against Soviet weapons.  Despite 70 bidders, the price only reached $52,500, which the seller rejected. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A piece of Cold War history went up for auction in North Dakota on Tuesday.  Decommissioned in the 1970s, the Remote Sprint Launcher 4 is a time capsule in...
Tags: Texas, US, Trends, North Dakota, Idaho, Sprint, New Jersey, Arizona, ICBM, Keller, Atlas Obscura, Bismarck Tribune, Military Times, David Keller, Arizona Kansas, Fairdale North Dakota


One of the Oldest Buddhist Manuscripts Has Been Digitized & Put Online: Explore the Gandhara Scroll

Buddhism goes way back — so far back, in fact, that we're still examining important evidence of just how far back it goes. Take the exhibit above, which may look like nothing more than a collection of faded scraps with writing on them. In fact, they're pieces of the laboriously and carefully unrolled and scanned Gandhara Scroll, which, having originally been written about two millennia ago, ranks as one of the oldest Buddhist manuscripts currently known. You can read the scroll's story at the b...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Congress, College, Religion, History, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Library Of Congress, Seoul, British Library, Alexander, Buddha, Buddhist, Atlas Obscura, University of Washington


The secret history of Everything Bagels

My mother-in-law is a lovely person — gracious, accepting, and welcoming — but there are some culinary choices that she simply cannot wrap her head around. Not just that she doesn't like them; she literally cannot understand how someone else would like that particular food. She can kind-of figure out when I mean when I talk about brute force hacking and why it's so important to use a password manager. But she simply cannot fathom why anyone would ever eat an everything bagel. To be clear, her op...
Tags: Post, News, Breakfast, New York Times, Atlas Obscura, Charlie, Queens New York, Bagels, Dan Nosowitz, Howard Beach, All Hail Everything Bagels, David Gussin, Gussin, Dan Nosowitz Atlas Obscura, Jaysin Trevino Flickr CC


The Wine Windows of Renaissance Florence Dispense Wine Safely Again During COVID-19

Everything old is new again and Tuscany’s buchette del vino—wine windows—are definitely rolling with the times. As Lisa Harvey earlier reported in Atlas Obscura, buchette del vino became a thing in 1559, shortly after Cosimo I de’ Medici decreed that Florence-dwelling vineyard owners could bypass taverns and wine merchants to sell their product directly to the public. Wealthy wine families eager to pay less in taxes quickly figured out a workaround that would allow them to take advantage...
Tags: Travel, Google, Japan, College, Life, History, Architecture, Food & Drink, Florence, Tuscany, Atlas Obscura, Facebook Twitter, Cosimo, Lisa Harvey, Francesco Rondinelli, Babae


There's a clown-themed motel in Nevada, with a cemetery next door

I just learned about (and subsequently fell down a very deep Google Hole about) the Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada. From Atlas Obscura: Catering to bikers, truckers, and other long haul travelers who find themselves off the beaten path, the Clown Motel is the final port of call before yet another stretch of unbroken Nevada desert. It must be this location’s oasis-like location that has kept the establishment in business for so long, as the ever-watchful eyes of the ubiquitous clown figurines ...
Tags: Post, News, India, Motels, Nevada, Haunted Houses, Thrillist, Atlas Obscura, Anand, Tonopah Nevada, Clowns, Clown House, Clown Motel, Hame Anand, Krista Diamond Thrillist


Sealand's caretakers

Sealand is an unrecognized micronation off the coast of England, established in the 1960s and issuer of stamps, passports and occasional offshore business shenanigans ("BECOME A LORD"). But Sealand is also a rotting sea fortress in need of constant maintenance. Atlas Obscura met the two caretakers who spend two weeks at a time doing what they can to keep the statelet running smoothly. Dylan Taylor-Lehman's feature article is a great introduction to the place, if you're not familiar with it or it...
Tags: Post, England, News, Atlas Obscura, Barrington, Sealand, Dylan Taylor Lehman