Atlas Obscura: Meet the luckiest people of 2017 — from lottery victories to organ transplants

By Natasha Frost Atlas Obscura There are hundreds of millions of people who might reasonably be said to have had an unlucky 2017. People caught in natural disasters, like floods or hurricanes, or in tragedies brought about by other people; people living under terrifying political regimes; people who feared for their lives and livelihoods. The lucky ones, therefore, were often those who somehow...

Atlas Obscura: Where do your Christmas trees go to be useful after the holidays? Glad you asked

Here are some great ideas for where Christmas trees can go when the season is over? Where will yours go? By Cara Giaimo Atlas Obscura Every year as Christmas season approaches, celebrants around the world cut down small evergreens and put them in their homes. They cover them in baubles and tinsel, gather around them to exchange gifts, and breathe in that piney smell. Then the new year rolls around,...

Atlas Obscura: Park Service aims to protect new $40 million lawn from crowd at National Mall

By Sarah Laskow Atlas Obscura In 2009, after the first inauguration of President Barack Obama, which was attended by a record 1.8 million people, the ground of the National Mall was wrecked. As those hordes had moved over the lawn, they ground the crown of the grass plants, the part where new growth originates, into the frozen soil. After the inauguration, the Mall was more hard-packed drag-race strip...

Stars align for Hopkinsville as western Kentucky town braces for solar eclipse next summer

By Robbie Clark Atlas Obscura Go ahead. Try to book a hotel room online in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, for the third weekend in August next summer. You can’t. The rooms appear to be booked solid from August 19th through August 22th. And the same goes for hotels and motels in nearby Cadiz, Hardin, Oak Grove, or any other interchange along Interstate 24. Demand is so high that you have to personally call...

Ripped from pages of literature, interactive map charts road trips from 12 beloved tales

  There’s still time this summer to hit the highways and see America. For those looking for a grand adventure straight from the pages of some of literature’s most beloved tales, the folks at Atlas Obscura.com have created an interactive map that details road trips from 12 popular novels and memoirs.   “I am a freak for the American road trip. And I’m not alone, as...