Posts Tagged ‘Atlas Obscura’

Old Tech

January 8, 2021

Meet a collector of old tech, Steve Erenberg, The Radio Guy. An Atlas Obscura video.

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The Vibrator Museum

June 9, 2020

“Shaking Things Up at the Antique Vibrator Museum,” an Atlas Obscura video featuring Dr. Carol Queen, curator of the Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum in San Francisco.

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The Largest Egg in the World

June 1, 2020

The largest egg in the world is in the ornithology collection of Chicago’s Field Museum. Curator John Bates explains in this Atlas Obscura video. It was laid by a 9 foot tall, 1600 lb. Aepyornis maximus or Elephant Bird, now extinct.

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De humani corporis fabrica

March 26, 2019

De humani corporis fabrica

in 1543, long before Gray’s Anatomy, Our Bodies Ourselves, or Dr. Oz, Andreas Vesalius had a best-selling medical book, De humani corporis fabrica (“Fabric of the Human Body”). While Amazon has the facsimile, Atlas Obscura visited the New York Academy of Medicine to look at an original edition:

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Bird Watching

November 30, 2015

Bird Watching

Dr. Miyoko Chu, an ornithologist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, observed the behavior of Angry Birds and other mobile game avifauna at the behest of writer Jess Zimmerman. It turns out that real birds and swine are in conflict in Hawaii and Texas as well as in Angry Birds, more than 200 million birds a year are killed by US vehicles as in Crossy Road, and birds face challenges with the man-made environment like in Flappy Bird.

Naturally Ms. Zimmerman asked Dr. Chu why chickens cross roads. Her reply:

“I assure you, ornithologists don’t know the answer to that question, any more than they know the answer to why humans spend hours getting chickens to cross the road on our phones.”

More:

“We asked an Ornithologist to Factcheck Angry Birds — And the Results Might Surprise You,” Jess Zimmerman, Atlas Obscura

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