Atlas Obscura

Travel

Of Murder Houses and Hell Gardens: A Top-Ten List for the Morbid Traveler

Travel broadens the mind...and can also scare it silly.
Becky Ferreira
10.26.16
texas

The Texas Desert Still Holds the Remains of a Partially-Built Supercollider

The Higgs-Boson might have been discovered in Texas, had the Desertron not been defunded in 1993.
Rachel Pick
12.6.15
All in Your Head

Why Some Prey Animals Don’t Live in Fear of Being Eaten

Animal fears are a unique blend of instinct and experience.
Cara Giaimo
10.29.15
All in Your Head

Inside the Studio of a Halloween Sound Effects Artist

The Halloween sound effect album is a staple of the holiday almost as inextricably linked as trick-or-treating.
Eric Grundhauser
10.28.15
Motherboard

This Math Shows How Long It'd Take Vampires to Run Out of Human Blood to Drink

A surprisingly large number of academic studies—as in, more than one—have applied mathematical modeling to the concept of human-vampire co-existence.
Ella Morton
10.27.15
videos

Antarctica’s Weird and Wondrous Blood Falls Houses Tons of Ancient Microbes

Atlas Obscura ponders a subterranean lake and its surreal contents.
Rachel Pick
9.29.15
video

The 'Tunguska Event' Flattened 600 Square Miles of Forest

It was the biggest impact event in living memory, and we’re due for another in 200 years.
Rachel Pick
8.18.15
video

Turkmenistan’s 'Gates of Hell' Now Attracting Tourists, Spiders

The gas crater has been ablaze for over 40 years.
Rachel Pick
8.11.15
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Some Book Nerds Made an Interactive Map of the Most Famous Road Trips in American Literature

It plots out the trips of everyone from Kerouac to Steinbeck to Cheryl Strayed.
River Donaghey
7.22.15
Travel

There's a Bootleg Jurassic Park–Themed Restaurant in Los Angeles

The food was OK.
Jamie Lee Curtis Taete
4.16.14