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9/20 DYLAN THURAS, ATLAS OBSCURA: AN EXPLORER’S GUIDE TO THE WORLD’S HIDDEN WONDERS, DANNY LIPFORD, FALL HOME MAINTENANCE TO-DO LIST

September 20, 201652 min
DYLAN THURAS – AUTHOR, ATLAS OBSCURA: AN EXPLORER’S GUIDE TO THE WORLD’S HIDDEN WONDERS ATLAS OBSCURA AN EXPLORER’S GUIDE TO THE WORLD’S HIDDEN WONDERS When Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, and Ella Morton set out to write ATLAS OBSCURA: An Explorer’s Guide To The World’s Hidden Wonders, their goal was to create a catalog of all the places, people, and things that inspire wonder (after all, when you can buy a plane ticket and be in Borneo in less than a day, the world can feel awfully small). As the team behind AtlasObscura.com, a vibrant online destination focused on discovery, wonder, and exploration, Foer, Thuras, and Morton had access to an unrivalled treasure trove of secrets, mysteries, intrigues, phenomena, and curiosities to pull from. The extraordinary result is an unprecedented guide combining compelling descriptive writing with arresting full-color photographs, maps, and charts to share over 600 of the most unusual and fascinating bucket-list wonders across all eight continents. But, what exactly is a “wonder”? A wonder is: A musical composition playing continuously in an old lighthouse in London for the next 1,000 yearsAn Amsterdam zoo devoted to creatures (molds, yeast, bacteria, viruses) invisible to the naked eyeThe Icelandic Elf School, where classes focus on the distinguishing characteristics of Iceland’s 13 varieties of hidden people and include a tour of Reykjavík’s elf habitatsGalileo’s severed middle finger, displayed in a goblet accented in gold in Florence, ItalyThousands of synchronized fireflies that inexplicably flash in unison in a cluster of mangrove trees outside Kuala Lumpur.The “Door to Hell”, a fire that has been burning in the Turkmenistan desert for over 45 yearsA Buddhist temple to the souls of insects that died for scienceThe yearly Escaped Animal Drill in Ueno Zoo, in which staff members dress in animal suits and attempt to storm the gates of the zoo and wreak havoc on the streets of TokyoA sealed test tube containing Thomas Edison’s last breathAn Alabama museum displaying finds from unclaimed airline baggage, including a 3,500-year-old Egyptian burial mask and Hoggle, the dwarf puppet from the 1986 film Labyrinth Along the way, ATLAS OBSCURA reveals the world’s deepest places, hidden tunnels, greatest self-made castles, notable arbotecture (the art of shaping a living tree in order to create art or furniture), giant Buddha statues, epic film sets you can visit, murder houses, dinosaur parks, lake monsters of the USA, historical methods of preventing premature burial, a guide to psychotropic drugs used to enhance religious experience, abandoned nuclear power plants, and much, much more. Each entry for the astonishing sites in ATLAS OBSCURA includes location information, GPS coordinates, and tips on when and how best to get there—and how much to bribe the guard to get you inside. An arresting cabinet of curiosities that inspires wonderlust as much as wanderlust, ATLAS OBSCURA proves that the world is vast and there are marvelous treasures behind every corner—if you just know where to look. ABOUT DYLAN THURAS: DYLAN THURAS is the cofounder and creative director of AtlasObscura.com. Dylan has spoken at conferences, including SXSW and Applied Brilliance, about the changing nature of exploration. Previous projects include ‘Curious Expeditions’ about travelling in Eastern Europe for a year, the meeting of the Athanasius Kircher Society, and ‘World of Wonders’ a series of videos and articles for Slate. Visit Dylan online at @dylanthuras. ATLASOBSCURA.COM DANNY LIPFORD - FALL HOME MAINTENANCE TO-DO LIST: YOUR HOME TO-DO LIST DONE IN A DAY!  FALL HOME MAINTENANCE TO-DO LIST: YOUR HOME TO-DO LIST DONE IN A DAY!  Many of us are still basking in the prolonged summer weather and while it may not feel like it, Fall is almost here! With the last few weeks of warm weather, now is the time to consider what projects to tackle to prepare your home for the upcoming cooler months! From DIY insulation to mak

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