(Note from the author: microphone is out of commission, but the podcast will be up soon) Henri Cosquer is a dive instructor in Southern France. While teaching SCUBA diving clients one day in 1985, he discovered a small underwater opening in the cliff wall. He returned several times during the month of September, slowly making his […]
In reading Henry Williams’ 1903 collection Curious Facts, I came across the description of a tree that grows on the plateaus of Venezuela: The sap of the cow tree, as its name implies, resembles milk, both in look and taste. A slight balsamic taste has been reported by some naturalists who have drank of the strange […]
From the talking shrunken heads in Harry Potter to an explorer in the waiting room in Beetlejuice, shrunken heads have been seen in cultural references for decades. What is the true origin of this icon of tribal craft? In this post, I’ll be telling the true history of shrunken heads of the Amazon.
When approaching Mono Lake in the summer months, you can hear a persistent and steady buzzing. As you get closer to the lake, you notice the black sands are all vibrating. These aren’t sands, but flies! And these flies seem to avoid your every step, as you aren’t on their menu, but it’s often the […]
Until 2003, the city of Cairo, Egypt had no garbage disposal programs. No contracts with companies to collect refuse at all. So what happened to all the garbage? The Zabbaleen, a group of Coptic Christian people, have collected Cairo’s garbage since the 1940s.
In the midst of Egypt, there is a cemetery unlike any other cemetery. Four miles long, with thousands upon thousands of tombs and mausoleums. It is the Cairo Necropolis.
Though most of the world’s peoples have been contacted by other cultures, there remains at least one tribe which is cut off from the rest: the Sentinelese. The Sentinelese live on North Sentinel Island among the Andaman Islands archipelago. While contact has been attempted in the past, it has always been met with resistance and […]
A term coined by Chinese developers, a “nail house” is a building owned by someone who refuses to leave in the face of local development. It’s a pun referencing a nail that can’t seem to be nailed down in wood. While buildings and property around the nail house may be torn down for new development, […]
From 535-536 CE, crops around the globe refused to produce. People from many cultures wrote of that year having droughts and strange weather. It was the year the Sun was darkened by volcanic dust.
The island of Hong Kong is filled with many large and steep hills. This causes a lot of issues with city planning, and the issues with city planning have led to traffic concerns. To alleviate traffic in the Mid-Level (a residential area in Hong Kong) the Central–Mid-levels escalators were built. It has become the longest covered escalator […]