The International Day of Obscurities

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by Joshua L. Durkin

The Cushing Brain Collection.

Next month on Obscura Day, people far and wide will get their weird on and join with others who are interested in wonders, strange things, oddities and esoterica.

by Joshua L. Durkin

 


 

Next month on Obscura Day, people far and wide will get their weird on and join with others who are interested in wonders, strange things, oddities, and esoterica.

The Cushing Brain Collection.

The Truck Farm, planted in a 1986 Dodge pickup.

Atlas Obscura will hold court in New Haven, Conn. on April 9 at the Cushing Center Brain Collection.  The Cushing Center “houses more than the 400 jars of patients’ brains and tumors form the Cushing Brain Tumor Registry 1900–1932”, according to the Obscura Day event listing. View the event listing here(search for “New Haven” on the page if it doesn’t directly go to the section).

Obscura Day co-founder Joshua Foer will host the event, and tickets go for $2.00. Tickets are limited, and are available for purchase from the link above.

Also locally on Obscura Day, a beer biking venture will be held in Brooklyn, NY. According to Obscura, the day will be a “a four hour bicycle tour of Williamsburg, East Williamsburg and Bushwick and the former brewery buildings of the most densely packed brewing neighborhoods in America, circa 1890!”

This event costs a bit more at $30.00, but involves beer and a “surprise” at the end.

Other northeastern United States Obscura events include a foraging tour with the “Wildman” Steve Brill, a day of historic experiments conducted with antique science eqipment at the Niagara Falls Museum, a meet and greet with the Truck Farm in Park Slope and an exploration of Boston’s “Big Dig” tunnel project.

 

 

Atlas Obscura has been named one of Travel & Leisure‘s Top 70 websites, Outside Magazine’s Best New Travel Web Site of 2010, named in PC Magazine’s top 100 web sites for 2010, and one of the 16 best educational web sites by the London Telegraph.

 

 

Across the pond “Obscurers” can explore ruined botanical gardens in Paris, underground catacombs in Rome or peek into the hidden places of the Old Carlsberg Brewery.The Ghost Ships of Coney Island Creek.

The collaborative project of Atlas Obscura was founded in 2009 by Joshua Foer and Dylan Thuras.  The event has received wonderful praise from The Economist, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Time, amongst other organizations.

Atlas Obscura is self-described as a “collaborative project with the goal of cataloging all of the singular, eccentric, bizarre, fantastical, and strange out-of-the-way places that get left out of traditional travel guidebooks and are ignored by the average tourist. Atlas Obscura has been named one of Travel & Leisure‘s Top 70 websites, Outside Magazine’s Best New Travel Web Site of 2010, named in PC Magazine’s top 100 web sites for 2010, and one of the 16 best educational web sites by the London Telegraph, and received a 2010 South By Southwest Interactive Award.

Last year, thousands of people participated in Obscura Day events in 80 cities and 20 countries around the world. Museums gave special tours of their back rooms, cultural organizations put together special programs around the themes of wonder and curiosity, and self-organized groups ventured out on expeditions to explore obscure sites.”

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