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100+ Museums Turn Their Collections Into Free Downloadable Coloring Books

Learn About Museums Around the World in Free Printable Coloring Pages #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
100+ Museums Turn Their Collections Into Free Downloadable Coloring Books
 
100+ Museums Turn Their Collections Into Free Downloadable Coloring Books

Learn About Museums Around the World in Free Printable Coloring Pages #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
100+ Museums Turn Their Collections Into Free Downloadable Coloring Books
 
When Hard Rock Music Meant Banging on Actual Hard Rocks
The “shipwrecked Mozart” who wowed Victorian audiences, including the Queen herself.

When Hard Rock Music Meant Banging on Actual Hard Rocks - Atlas Obscura #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
 
When Hard Rock Music Meant Banging on Actual Hard Rocks
The “shipwrecked Mozart” who wowed Victorian audiences, including the Queen herself.

When Hard Rock Music Meant Banging on Actual Hard Rocks - Atlas Obscura #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
 
#photography (19 photos)
Stunning Landscapes Around the World That Will Make You Appreciate the Earth

Incredible Landscape Photography Captures the Beauty of Mother Nature #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
Stunning Landscapes Around the World That Will Make You Appreciate the Earth
 
#photography (19 photos)
Stunning Landscapes Around the World That Will Make You Appreciate the Earth

Incredible Landscape Photography Captures the Beauty of Mother Nature #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
Stunning Landscapes Around the World That Will Make You Appreciate the Earth
 
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA
Bunnyhenge
Fourteen curious and controversial white bunnies sit in a circle near Newport Beach City Hall.

In the municipal center of the wealthy and highfalutin town of Newport Beach, California, sits a local oddity that is equal parts controversial and cuddly, adorable and absurd.

The sculpture, dubbed “Bunnyhenge,” consists of 14 large white bunnies arranged in a circle, with two even larger 8-foot-tall bunnies found nearby. While these oversized stone bunnies sit stoically staring at each other with their colorful beady eyes, the town around them has become divided over their existence.

When it was first installed in 2013, the sculpture was initially very popular, especially with children (creepy as some others may find a circle of giant bunnies to be). But the public artwork also cost the city $221,000, or nearly $14,000 per bunny, which outraged many residents. One candidate for city council—who was later elected—even declared that “we need to blow up the bunnies!” and made a campaign video of the bunnies’ heads exploding.

Despite the threats, the bunnies have made it nearly five years, and can still be found strangely and stoically gathered in the park by City Hall.

Know Before You Go
You can park at City Hall and walk to the bunnies up the hill near the bridge. There are many other cool sculptures to check in the well-maintained park.

Bunnyhenge – Newport Beach, California - Atlas Obscura #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
 
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA
Bunnyhenge
Fourteen curious and controversial white bunnies sit in a circle near Newport Beach City Hall.

In the municipal center of the wealthy and highfalutin town of Newport Beach, California, sits a local oddity that is equal parts controversial and cuddly, adorable and absurd.

The sculpture, dubbed “Bunnyhenge,” consists of 14 large white bunnies arranged in a circle, with two even larger 8-foot-tall bunnies found nearby. While these oversized stone bunnies sit stoically staring at each other with their colorful beady eyes, the town around them has become divided over their existence.

When it was first installed in 2013, the sculpture was initially very popular, especially with children (creepy as some others may find a circle of giant bunnies to be). But the public artwork also cost the city $221,000, or nearly $14,000 per bunny, which outraged many residents. One candidate for city council—who was later elected—even declared that “we need to blow up the bunnies!” and made a campaign video of the bunnies’ heads exploding.

Despite the threats, the bunnies have made it nearly five years, and can still be found strangely and stoically gathered in the park by City Hall.

Know Before You Go
You can park at City Hall and walk to the bunnies up the hill near the bridge. There are many other cool sculptures to check in the well-maintained park.

Bunnyhenge – Newport Beach, California - Atlas Obscura #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
 
#ArtHistory. (14 photos)
Wabi-Sabi: The Japanese Art of Finding Beauty in Imperfect Ceramics

Wabi-Sabi and Beautifully Imperfect Japanese Ceramics #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
Wabi-Sabi: The Japanese Art of Finding Beauty in Imperfect Ceramics
 
#ArtHistory. (14 photos)
Wabi-Sabi: The Japanese Art of Finding Beauty in Imperfect Ceramics

Wabi-Sabi and Beautifully Imperfect Japanese Ceramics #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
Wabi-Sabi: The Japanese Art of Finding Beauty in Imperfect Ceramics
 
#photography (12 photos)
Photographer Travels World to Document Old Pianos Deserted in Abandoned Buildings

Romain Thiery Explores Old Pianos in Part 2 of "Requiem for Pianos" #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
Photographer Travels World to Document Old Pianos Deserted in Abandoned Buildings
 
#photography (12 photos)
Photographer Travels World to Document Old Pianos Deserted in Abandoned Buildings

Romain Thiery Explores Old Pianos in Part 2 of "Requiem for Pianos" #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
Photographer Travels World to Document Old Pianos Deserted in Abandoned Buildings
 
#photography (16 photos)
Stunning Images of Old, Abandoned Movie Theaters Across America

Stunning Photos of Old Movie Theaters Across the United States #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
Stunning Images of Old, Abandoned Movie Theaters Across America
 
#photography (16 photos)
Stunning Images of Old, Abandoned Movie Theaters Across America

Stunning Photos of Old Movie Theaters Across the United States #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
Stunning Images of Old, Abandoned Movie Theaters Across America
 
Franzbrötchen
Local lore claims that German bakers made these pastries as an act of quiet rebellion during French occupation.

PLACE OF ORIGIN: Hamburg, Germany
Imagine a croissant, but crushed, as if someone pounded it with their fist. Now imagine it filled with cinnamon or chocolate. Franzbrötchen is a breakfast delicacy found mostly in cafes and train stations in Northern Germany. It also has a complicated international history.

Led by Napoleon Bonaparte, the French occupied Hamburg, Germany, in the early 1800s. French soldiers, seeking a taste of home, wanted local bakers to serve croissants. The result, decidedly different from French croissants, could have come about for two reasons. First, it could be that the bakers were more accustomed to using heavy doughs in their pastries, and that their customers wanted something sweet. This would certainly explain the dense, cinnamon-flavored franzbrötchen of today.

Or, the history could be slightly more devious. On the streets of Hamburg, it is said that when the French soldiers demanded croissants, German bakers pretended (in an act of quiet rebellion) to misunderstand. The result was something close to a French croissant, but decidedly German in taste and texture

Franzbrötchen - Gastro Obscura #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
 
Franzbrötchen
Local lore claims that German bakers made these pastries as an act of quiet rebellion during French occupation.

PLACE OF ORIGIN: Hamburg, Germany
Imagine a croissant, but crushed, as if someone pounded it with their fist. Now imagine it filled with cinnamon or chocolate. Franzbrötchen is a breakfast delicacy found mostly in cafes and train stations in Northern Germany. It also has a complicated international history.

Led by Napoleon Bonaparte, the French occupied Hamburg, Germany, in the early 1800s. French soldiers, seeking a taste of home, wanted local bakers to serve croissants. The result, decidedly different from French croissants, could have come about for two reasons. First, it could be that the bakers were more accustomed to using heavy doughs in their pastries, and that their customers wanted something sweet. This would certainly explain the dense, cinnamon-flavored franzbrötchen of today.

Or, the history could be slightly more devious. On the streets of Hamburg, it is said that when the French soldiers demanded croissants, German bakers pretended (in an act of quiet rebellion) to misunderstand. The result was something close to a French croissant, but decidedly German in taste and texture

Franzbrötchen - Gastro Obscura #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
 
Franzbrötchen
Local lore claims that German bakers made these pastries as an act of quiet rebellion during French occupation.

PLACE OF ORIGIN: Hamburg, Germany
Imagine a croissant, but crushed, as if someone pounded it with their fist. Now imagine it filled with cinnamon or chocolate. Franzbrötchen is a breakfast delicacy found mostly in cafes and train stations in Northern Germany. It also has a complicated international history.

Led by Napoleon Bonaparte, the French occupied Hamburg, Germany, in the early 1800s. French soldiers, seeking a taste of home, wanted local bakers to serve croissants. The result, decidedly different from French croissants, could have come about for two reasons. First, it could be that the bakers were more accustomed to using heavy doughs in their pastries, and that their customers wanted something sweet. This would certainly explain the dense, cinnamon-flavored franzbrötchen of today.

Or, the history could be slightly more devious. On the streets of Hamburg, it is said that when the French soldiers demanded croissants, German bakers pretended (in an act of quiet rebellion) to misunderstand. The result was something close to a French croissant, but decidedly German in taste and texture

Franzbrötchen - Gastro Obscura #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
 
#JulieAdams #RIP
R.I.P. Julie Adams, love interest of both Sheriff Andy and the Creature from the Black Lagoon

Back in 1954, Julie Adams became a sci-fi icon as the bathing beauty Kay Lawrence, who gets abducted by The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Fast-forward eight years later, and the actress played a character who caught the eye of Sheriff Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show. As Mary Simpson, Julie Adams played Mayberry's newest county nurse, and Andy's so smitten by the new lady in town, he immediately asks for a date. The actress was so lovely, she charmed everybody from the sitcom lawman to the sci-fi Gill-man.

In her Hollywood career, Adams spent the fifties across from the biggest stars of that era. We saw Rock Hudson, James Stewart and Charlton Heston all swoon for the actress on the big screen.

On television, Adams also featured in four episodes of Perry Mason, including one of the most famous episodes "The Case of the Deadly Verdict." It's pretty much the only time that Perry Mason ever lost a case, and that mistake put Adams' character Janice Barton behind bars and drives Perry Mason to continue working the case long after the verdict. (Don't worry, he sets it right in the end.)

Through the 1960s and 1970s, Adams featured in guest roles on Bonanza, Maverick, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, 77 Sunset Strip, Night Gallery, Mannix, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Incredible Hulk and many more. Her TV work continued through the 2000s, with roles on hit shows like Murder, She Wrote, Diagnosis Murder, Beverly Hills 90210, and Cold Case.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Julie Adams passed away on February 3 at the age of 92.

R.I.P. Julie Adams, love interest of both Sheriff Andy and the Creature from the Black Lagoon #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
 
#JulieAdams #RIP
R.I.P. Julie Adams, love interest of both Sheriff Andy and the Creature from the Black Lagoon

Back in 1954, Julie Adams became a sci-fi icon as the bathing beauty Kay Lawrence, who gets abducted by The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Fast-forward eight years later, and the actress played a character who caught the eye of Sheriff Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show. As Mary Simpson, Julie Adams played Mayberry's newest county nurse, and Andy's so smitten by the new lady in town, he immediately asks for a date. The actress was so lovely, she charmed everybody from the sitcom lawman to the sci-fi Gill-man.

In her Hollywood career, Adams spent the fifties across from the biggest stars of that era. We saw Rock Hudson, James Stewart and Charlton Heston all swoon for the actress on the big screen.

On television, Adams also featured in four episodes of Perry Mason, including one of the most famous episodes "The Case of the Deadly Verdict." It's pretty much the only time that Perry Mason ever lost a case, and that mistake put Adams' character Janice Barton behind bars and drives Perry Mason to continue working the case long after the verdict. (Don't worry, he sets it right in the end.)

Through the 1960s and 1970s, Adams featured in guest roles on Bonanza, Maverick, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, 77 Sunset Strip, Night Gallery, Mannix, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Incredible Hulk and many more. Her TV work continued through the 2000s, with roles on hit shows like Murder, She Wrote, Diagnosis Murder, Beverly Hills 90210, and Cold Case.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Julie Adams passed away on February 3 at the age of 92.

R.I.P. Julie Adams, love interest of both Sheriff Andy and the Creature from the Black Lagoon #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
 
When the U.S. Interned Italians in Montana, They Rioted Over Olive Oil
For the “enemy aliens” held at Fort Missoula, suet was an insult.

When the U.S. Interned Italians in Montana, They Rioted Over Olive Oil - Gastro Obscura #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
 
When the U.S. Interned Italians in Montana, They Rioted Over Olive Oil
For the “enemy aliens” held at Fort Missoula, suet was an insult.

When the U.S. Interned Italians in Montana, They Rioted Over Olive Oil - Gastro Obscura #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
 
For a Brief Time in 1978, Italy Had a Televised Satanic Variety Show
It featured Grace Jones, occult medieval imagery, and the devil himself.

For a Brief Time in 1978, Italy Had a Televised Satanic Variety Show - Atlas Obscura #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
 
For a Brief Time in 1978, Italy Had a Televised Satanic Variety Show
It featured Grace Jones, occult medieval imagery, and the devil himself.

For a Brief Time in 1978, Italy Had a Televised Satanic Variety Show - Atlas Obscura #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
 
#design (10 photos)
Tokyo Has a Festival to Pay Tribute to the Art of Japanese Manhole Covers

Japanese Manhole Cover Festival Celebrates their Artistry #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
Tokyo Has a Festival to Pay Tribute to the Art of Japanese Manhole Covers
 
#design (10 photos)
Tokyo Has a Festival to Pay Tribute to the Art of Japanese Manhole Covers

Japanese Manhole Cover Festival Celebrates their Artistry #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
Tokyo Has a Festival to Pay Tribute to the Art of Japanese Manhole Covers
 
Inside an Effort to Document Every Single Language on Earth
Wikitongues offers video samples of Lemerig, Texas
German, Aranese, and many more.

IN 2014, THREE FRIENDS FROM Brooklyn founded a nonprofit they call Wikitongues. The idea was to create an open-access platform with the ambitious goal of documenting, in some way, every language in the world. In the last five years, the team has collected more than 435 of them via video submissions of native speakers. Though this digital oral history project has received significant support since its inception (as any free-use language resource should), Atlas Obscura decided to ask Daniel Bogre Udell, one of the founders (along with Frederico Andrade and Lindie Botes), a few questions about his relationship to the languages he’s been documenting. While some of Udell’s motivations are personal, it’s impossible to embark on an archival project of this scale without a real investment in people all over the world, and bringing attention to the future of at-risk tongues.

Are you specifically looking for submissions of languages that are at risk of dying out?
Every language in the world considered, when we have the opportunity to document a critically endangered or under-documented language, we make that a priority. For example, our community leader for Southeast Asia, Kunto Nurchayako, is based in Borneo, and we’ve been working with him to document the island’s indigenous Dayak languages, many of which are academically unclassified and politically unrecognized. So, in recording those languages, Kunto is welcoming potential cultural activists into a global community of people fighting for linguistic diversity, as well as creating documentation for their languages that can be used to eventually study them, teach them, or relearn them if they ever go extinct. He’s also creating the first and only representation of these languages online.

Are there any languages in particular that you really, really wanted to document?
If we had more resources, I would want to prioritize under-documented languages whose last remaining speakers are elderly, so that we could guarantee their descendants have the tools they need to revive these languages in the future if they so choose. One example of this is the Lemerig language, which we were able to capture thanks to Daniel Krauße, a linguistics student from Germany. Isso, the speaker featured in the video, is one of two remaining speakers of the language, which doesn’t yet have a lively revival movement.

How many languages do you speak?
My mother tongue is English, and I fluently speak Spanish and Catalan. I can hold most conversations in Portuguese and basic conversations in French and Italian. I have a working knowledge of Polish, but can’t speak it conversationally, and have studied Galician, too. Right now, my focus is Hebrew, since I’m Jewish, and have been inspired to reclaim an ancestral language like so many Wikitongues contributors are doing.

Was there a particular language or dialect that really knocked your socks off when you became aware of it? Texas German and Drehu are interesting finds!
I was excited about Texas German, too! I was also taken very romantically by the Aranese language, which is a variety of Occitan. In France, where Occitan primarily originated, the language was beaten out of people in the 1900s by the government’s oppressive French-only policies, so Occitan speakers today are struggling to keep it alive in French culture. However, Aranese is an exception, because it’s spoken by people in an isolated Pyrenean Valley—the Aran Valley—in Catalonia. Today, the regional Catalan government, driven by its own commitment to sustaining Catalan, enthusiastically supports Aranese-language efforts. The language is regionally co-official with Catalan and Spanish, and Aranese is actively taught in local schools, so it’s being passed on to children.

Separate from my Iberian passions, I’ve been really excited about sign languages as a whole, because they’re often left out of conversations about linguistic diversity. More than 300 of the world’s 7,000 languages are signed, so I was thrilled when we received videos in languages such as Kenyan Sign Language (thanks to our friends at Deaf Haven), Namibian Sign Language, and Finnish-Swedish Sign Language.

So 2019 is the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages. What is Wikitoungues doing in coordination with it?
The International Year of Indigenous Languages (#IYIL2019) was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly as a way of making 2019 a platform for promoting linguistic diversity and the recent groundswell of activism to sustain it. This was accomplished thanks to the hard work of indigenous activists who spent a long time lobbying for this level of recognition. UNESCO is stewarding the year-long campaign, since they’re the branch most concerned with cultural preservation. Wikitongues was brought on board to help bridge the gap between UNESCO and the grassroots organizations, so we helped build a coalition of civil society organizations from the around the world to amplify the spirit of the year.

Wikitongues will be working to encourage people to use their languages publicly, especially online, so we’ll be designing and copromoting fun and creative social media campaigns that do just that, such as the Mother Language Meme challenge, which is self-explanatory, or Indigenous Language Challenge, which encourages nonindigenous people to learn indigenous languages in solidarity, and indigenous heritage speakers to reclaim their ancestral languages. Expect more from this soon!

Note: This conversation has been edited for length.

Inside an Effort to Document Every Single Language on Earth - Atlas Obscura #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
 
#foodies #chicken #recipes
The Food Lab: How to Make Japanese Katsu at Home
Recipe:
Tonkatsu or Chicken Katsu (Japanese Breaded Pork or Chicken Cutlets)

How to Make Japanese Katsu at Home | The Food Lab | Serious Eats #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
 
#foodies #chicken #recipes
The Food Lab: How to Make Japanese Katsu at Home
Recipe:
Tonkatsu or Chicken Katsu (Japanese Breaded Pork or Chicken Cutlets)

How to Make Japanese Katsu at Home | The Food Lab | Serious Eats #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
 
Tracing Ska Music’s Great Migration
A journey from Jamaica to California, via England.

Tracing Ska Music’s Great Migration - Atlas Obscura #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
 
The Crack Squad of Librarians Who Track Down Half-Forgotten Books
Reuniting stumped readers with the books from the edges of their memories.

The Crack Squad of Librarians Who Track Down Half-Forgotten Books - Atlas Obscura #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
 
The Crack Squad of Librarians Who Track Down Half-Forgotten Books
Reuniting stumped readers with the books from the edges of their memories.

The Crack Squad of Librarians Who Track Down Half-Forgotten Books - Atlas Obscura #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
 
#photography #history (30 photos)
How a Hole Punch Shaped Public Perception of the Great Depression
The notorious photo editor who introduced “America to Americans.”

How a Hole Punch Shaped Public Perception of the Great Depression - Atlas Obscura #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
 
#photography #history (30 photos)
How a Hole Punch Shaped Public Perception of the Great Depression
The notorious photo editor who introduced “America to Americans.”

How a Hole Punch Shaped Public Perception of the Great Depression - Atlas Obscura #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
 
#photography #cats #squeee #fluffehs (28 photos)
Photos of Fearless “Monorail Cats” Who Expertly Balance on Narrow Beams

Photographer Captures “Monorail Cats" Balancing on Narrow Platforms #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
Photos of Fearless “Monorail Cats” Who Expertly Balance on Narrow Beams
 
#photography #cats #squeee #fluffehs (28 photos)
Photos of Fearless “Monorail Cats” Who Expertly Balance on Narrow Beams

Photographer Captures “Monorail Cats" Balancing on Narrow Platforms #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
Photos of Fearless “Monorail Cats” Who Expertly Balance on Narrow Beams
 
"Often considered immortal, the freshwater Hydra can regenerate any part of its body, a trait discovered by the Geneva naturalist Abraham Trembley nearly 300 years ago. Any fragment of its body containing a few thousands cells can regenerate the entire animal The one-centimeter polyp has a developmental organizer center located at the head level, and another located in the foot. The head organizer performs two opposite activities: activating, which causes the head to differentiate, and inhibiting, which prevents the formation of supernumerary heads.

Researchers at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, have discovered the identity of the inhibitor, a protein called Sp5, and deciphered the dialogue between these two antagonistic activities, which maintain a single-headed adult body and organize an appropriate regenerative response. Published in the journal Nature Communications, their study reports that this mechanism has been conserved throughout evolution, both in Hydra and in humans. Sp5 could therefore be an excellent candidate as an inhibitor of human tumors in which the activator pathway is the motor of proliferation.

"Regeneration of the head relies on the transformation of the stump into a tissue called the head organizing centre, which has developmental properties, and like an architect, it directs the construction of the future head," explains Brigitte Galliot, professor at the Department of Genetics and Evolution of the UNIGE Faculty of Science".

Why do Hydra end up with just a single head? #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
 
"Often considered immortal, the freshwater Hydra can regenerate any part of its body, a trait discovered by the Geneva naturalist Abraham Trembley nearly 300 years ago. Any fragment of its body containing a few thousands cells can regenerate the entire animal The one-centimeter polyp has a developmental organizer center located at the head level, and another located in the foot. The head organizer performs two opposite activities: activating, which causes the head to differentiate, and inhibiting, which prevents the formation of supernumerary heads.

Researchers at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, have discovered the identity of the inhibitor, a protein called Sp5, and deciphered the dialogue between these two antagonistic activities, which maintain a single-headed adult body and organize an appropriate regenerative response. Published in the journal Nature Communications, their study reports that this mechanism has been conserved throughout evolution, both in Hydra and in humans. Sp5 could therefore be an excellent candidate as an inhibitor of human tumors in which the activator pathway is the motor of proliferation.

"Regeneration of the head relies on the transformation of the stump into a tissue called the head organizing centre, which has developmental properties, and like an architect, it directs the construction of the future head," explains Brigitte Galliot, professor at the Department of Genetics and Evolution of the UNIGE Faculty of Science".

Why do Hydra end up with just a single head? #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
 
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