Archived Articles: Culture & History

From food to art and history and architecture, traveling somewhere is one thing - experiencing that place is another. Skip the tourist stops and delve right into the local dive bar, kitsch cafe, modern culture, ancient ruins or other attraction to get a real sense of what it is like to live, breath, eat and sleep the history of a place.

Time Travel in China: Photos Reveal A Century of Dramatic Growth

Few nations have experienced quite the explosive rate of growth over the last century as China, and a new photo series shows us just how dramatic those changes ...

Talking Points: 12 Odd Japanese Safety & Traffic Cones

Plastic safety cones have become so ubiquitous along Japan's roadways, unusual measures have been taken to ensure they stand out amongst the crowd.

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LED Buddha Vaults & Smart Card Entry: High-Tech Cemetery in Tokyo

When visiting a deceased loved one at this Tokyo cemetery, you’ll swipe a smart card upon arrival at the door so that the particular LED Buddha statue ...

Virtual Heist: 2 Artists Secretly 3D-Scan an Ancient Artifact

An usually high-tech form of pseudo-theft, executed by a pair of artists, has resulted in a high-resolution scan of the famous Queen Nefertiti statue at the ...

Nazi Playground: Cult Compound Now a Twisted Tourist Trap

A former haven for Nazi war criminals, child molesters and their sympathizers, Villa Baviera is now a bizarrely whitewashed German-themed tourist attraction ...

Pigment Library: Harvard’s Collection of 2,500 Global Colors

Looking as much like a mad science laboratory as a conservator’s dream workshop, this pigment library is populated with color samples from around the ...

Top Secret City: Oak Ridge, Birthplace of the Atomic Bomb

Thousands of people who lived and worked in Oak Ridge, Tennessee during the 1940s had no idea what they were actually doing every day, performing their tasks ...

Grid Corrections: Rural Detours Reflect Curvature of the Earth

Driving along a straight highway in the American countryside, you may find yourself forced to turn right or left, then turn again just to keep moving ahead, ...

Time Capsule Apartments: 10 Perfectly Preserved Interiors

Never-updated interiors may be considered ‘dated’ within a decade or two of being in style, but give them some more time and they become vintage ...

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Last Stop: Japan Keeps Old Train Station Open for Lone Passenger

In a remote area of Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan, a train stops just twice a day, as it has for years: once to pick up a girl on her way to ...

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