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It's Lent. Do You Know Where Your Fish Fry Is?

When I ask Ron Faiola if he’s planning on going out to eat this Friday, he laughs. “I don't go out during Lent, because it's just so crazy,” he says. I called Faiola, a documentary filmmaker, to talk about the fish fry tradition. Across Wisconsin, churches, community centers, and charitable organizations fling open their doors on Fridays during Lent—when...

Thu Feb 29, 2024 02:05
The Mystery of Monsieur de New York, Celebrity Hangman

In 1881, a mysterious story ran in the National Police Gazette, a salacious saloon and barbershop tabloid that peddled stories about a New York City increasingly riddled with crime, street gangs, and poverty. It described an unremarkable man who rides the train downtown from Harlem every morning at 9 a.m. “Very few, if any, of the many passengers …...

Thu Feb 29, 2024 00:35
Miniature Taco Bell in San Diego, California

Right by a full-size Taco Bell drive-thru, astute drivers in San Diego will notice a more diminutive version. Modeled after the the city's first franchise outlet, which mimicked the local Mission-style architecture.  San Diego's first Taco Bell was open from 1965 to 2008, but this tiny version serves as a lasting tribute. It's remarkably detailed,...

Wed Feb 28, 2024 22:05
Museo Andes 1972 in Montevideo, Uruguay

On October 13, 1972, a chartered Uruguayan Air Force plane was taking a men's college rugby team and their friends and family to a match in Chile when the plane dropped off the radar in the high Andes Mountains. After eight days of searching, all 45 individuals aboard were presumed dead. Months later, 16 of the passengers—young teammates and one...

Wed Feb 28, 2024 21:04
The Forgotten Women Who Shaped the Roman Empire

In Atlas Obscura’s Q&A series She Was There, we talk to female scholars who are writing long-forgotten women back into history. If you spent time on social media last year you might have run across a new trend where women ask the men in their lives how often they think about the Roman Empire. Many of them mention thinking about the Roman...

Wed Feb 28, 2024 21:04
Portland Arch in Covington, Indiana

The Wabash Valley is characterized by scenic river gorges and rich history. Nowhere is this more evident than at Portland Arch Preserve, also known as the Portland Arch Nature Preserve or the North Trail, the location of one of Indiana's few natural arches and a snapshot of the geological and human history of the area. These sandstone bluffs formed...

Wed Feb 28, 2024 20:06


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