Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura

An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders

Book - 2016
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It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.

Talk about a bucket list: here are natural wonders--the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that's so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants. Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, Turkmenistan's 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell, a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh, eccentric bone museums in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England.

Created by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton, ATLAS OBSCURA revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is. And with its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, it is a book to enter anywhere, and will be as appealing to the armchair traveler as the die-hard adventurer.

Anyone can be a tourist. ATLAS OBSCURA is for the explorer.
Publisher: New York :, Workman Publishing,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ♭2016
ISBN: 9780761169086
0761169083
Characteristics: 470 pages :,illustrations (chiefly colour), colour maps
Additional Contributors: Morton, Ella
Thuras, Dylan
Alternative Title: atlasobscura.com

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Infolass Jul 03, 2017

Creepy and Kooky! A cross between Ripley's Believe it or not and a directory/list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Dip into the world of the creepy and weird, and realise you'll never see everything that there is to see in the world from "the child-eater of Bern", unusual architecture, creepy cemeteries, to the Lizzie Borden B & B.
Australia has its fair share from the pub in a boab tree to Ned Kelly's death mask. Arranged by place this could be a great resource for the intrepid traveler who wants to veer off the well beaten track.

LoganLib_Phoebe Mar 29, 2017

The weird, wonderful, awful and bizarre places and objects in our world are showcased in these pages. It may inspire you to take a detour on your next holiday or simply enjoy exploring from the comfort of your own home.

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Mar 24, 2017

I enjoyed this book so much that I intend to purchase another copy for my brother. It is chockfull of strange and delicious tidbits to tantalize our curiosity and wanderlust. I only wish it included even more photographs . . .

Radharc Nov 01, 2016

Super-fun reference guide to many of the amazing, odd and bizarre wonders of the world. My community's own wonder, Bishop's Castle, is featured in the book! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

ChristchurchLib Oct 18, 2016

The world is full of the strange and curious that few know about. Well, until now. The co-founders of the collaborative website Atlas Obscura (plus one of its editors) offer a tour of 700 of the world's most unique and amazing places and things (including glowworm caves in New Zealand and a baby-jumping festival in Spain). Using short entries highlighting natural wonders, weird and magical structures, and mind-boggling events from around the globe (even Antarctica!), Atlas Obscura looks like a guide book -- but because many of the wonders aren't open to the public or are difficult to get to, and interesting bits of history and facts are included, armchair travelers should enjoy dipping into these wonder-full pages.

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