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2017Why Japan's rail workers can't stop pointing at things (atlasobscura.com)
654 points across 3 posts | 6 months ago with 50 comments
2016The origins of ‘horn ok please,’ India’s most ubiquitous phrase (atlasobscura.com)
353 points | 11 months ago with 365 comments
2018The Humble Brilliance of Italy's Moka Coffee Pot (atlasobscura.com)
327 points across 2 posts | 1 year ago with 308 comments
2016A Famous Photo of Chernobyl’s Most Dangerous Radioactive Material (atlasobscura.com)
295 points | 3 years ago with 93 comments
2016Why we picture bombs as round black balls with a burning wick (atlasobscura.com)
235 points | 1 year ago with 185 comments
2016A Swedish skier was basically frozen, but lived (atlasobscura.com)
223 points | 7 months ago with 129 comments
2016The New York Public Library’s Last, Secret Apartments (atlasobscura.com)
209 points | 2 years ago with 60 comments
2016Cincinnati is home to the largest unused subway system in the world (atlasobscura.com)
203 points | 1 year ago with 223 comments
2019The saga of the cannibal ants in a Soviet nuclear bunker (atlasobscura.com)
200 points | 1 year ago with 49 comments
2015C.S. Lewis's Greatest Fiction: Telling Kids They’d Like Turkish Delight (atlasobscura.com)
180 points | 5 years ago with 125 comments
2016The enduring mystery of ‘Jawn,’ Philadelphia’s all-purpose noun (atlasobscura.com)
168 points across 2 posts | 2 months ago with 133 comments
2016A Hacker from South Africa Rescued the First NASA Computer in Space (atlasobscura.com)
140 points | 4 years ago with 5 comments
2015A 1950s proposal to nuke Alaska (atlasobscura.com)
139 points | 2 years ago with 144 comments
2017Maps Reveal the Hidden Structures of ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Books (atlasobscura.com)
138 points | 2 years ago with 55 comments
2015The strangely successful history of people mailing themselves in boxes (atlasobscura.com)
138 points | 10 months ago with 111 comments
2018Remembering When Only Barbarians Drank Milk (atlasobscura.com)
137 points | 1 year ago with 105 comments
2015The Alternate Universe of Soviet Arcade Games (atlasobscura.com)
136 points | 1 year ago with 45 comments
2016Wheat’s Evil Twin Has Been Intoxicating Humans for Centuries (atlasobscura.com)
128 points | 2 years ago with 15 comments
2017The Perils and Pleasures of Bartending in Antarctica (atlasobscura.com)
124 points | 3 years ago with 44 comments
2017Nüshu, a 19th-century Chinese script written only by women (atlasobscura.com)
117 points | 3 years ago with 36 comments
2016The 1980s Media Panic over Dungeons and Dragons (atlasobscura.com)
114 points | 8 months ago with 153 comments
2016One of the earliest science fiction books was written by a 1660s duchess (atlasobscura.com)
108 points | 2 years ago with 22 comments
2017Encryption Lava Lamps (atlasobscura.com)
107 points | 1 year ago with 92 comments
2017The Great Hanoi Rat Massacre of 1902 Did Not Go as Planned (atlasobscura.com)
105 points | 1 year ago with 85 comments
2015The Beautiful Network of Ancient Roman Roads (atlasobscura.com)
104 points | 5 months ago with 41 comments
2018How to count every language in India (atlasobscura.com)
100 points | 2 years ago with 124 comments
2017How to clear a path through 60 feet of snow, Japanese style (atlasobscura.com)
99 points | 2 years ago with 36 comments
2016Europe fell in love with long pepper before black pepper (atlasobscura.com)
97 points | 1 year ago with 41 comments
2019How Do You Keep a Subway from Flooding in the Age of Rising Seas? (atlasobscura.com)
84 points | 1 year ago with 48 comments
2017Atomic Gardening (atlasobscura.com)
82 points | 1 year ago with 28 comments
2016Early, state-sanctioned LSD experiments in Bulgaria (atlasobscura.com)
79 points | 10 months ago with 22 comments
2016An Economic Geography of the United States: From Commutes to Megaregions (atlasobscura.com)
71 points | 3 years ago with 6 comments
2015New York City’s Mail Chutes (atlasobscura.com)
62 points | 2 years ago with 34 comments
2017When Squirrels Were One of America’s Most Popular Pets (atlasobscura.com)
59 points | 1 year ago with 50 comments
2017The Great Hanoi Rat Massacre of 1902 Did Not Go as Planned (atlasobscura.com)
58 points | 3 years ago with 18 comments
2016The Soviets Sponsored a Doomed Expedition to a Hollow Earth Kingdom (atlasobscura.com)
54 points | 2 years ago with 30 comments
2016The History of the CD-ROM Magazine (atlasobscura.com)
50 points | 2 years ago with 13 comments
2017How Do You Decode a Hapax? Also, What’s a Hapax? (atlasobscura.com)
47 points | 2 years ago with 20 comments
2017The Curious Case of August Engelhardt, Leader of a Coconut-Obsessed Cult (atlasobscura.com)
30 points | 6 months ago with 11 comments
2014Andrée Balloon Crash (atlasobscura.com)
25 points | 3 weeks ago with 13 comments

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