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THE BOTTLE ART MUSEUM

-PATTAYA, THAILAND

The tour of the museum begins with a video introduction of the founder of the museum, Dutch sculptor, Peter Bedelais, and his only student Mrs. Prapaisi Thaipanich, who continues on with his legacy today. The video goes on to show the process of constructing models inside a bottle.  Needless to say, you must possess a great deal of patience to be in this line of work.

After the video one enters the museum to see a huge collection of more than 300 pieces of artwork contained in glass bottles. The scenes created within the bottles include churches, temples, major tourist attractions, palaces and vessels.  The level of detail and work that went into creating such a magnificent collection is truly awe inspiring.

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EXPLORING THE STORM DRAINS OF MELBOURNE, A SECRET LABYRINTH OF TUNNELS AND CREEPY-CRAWLIES
BY DARMON RICHTER / 23 JUL 2014
With more than 1,500km (932 miles) of underground tunnels hidden beneath its streets, it’s no wonder Melbourne has grown into something of a mecca for urban explorers. Its complex network of storm water drains is often cited as one of the most elaborate in the world, and the labyrinth has drawn its own string of admirers.
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EXPLORING THE STORM DRAINS OF MELBOURNE, A SECRET LABYRINTH OF TUNNELS AND CREEPY-CRAWLIES

BY DARMON RICHTER / 23 JUL 2014
With more than 1,500km (932 miles) of underground tunnels hidden beneath its streets, it’s no wonder Melbourne has grown into something of a mecca for urban explorers. Its complex network of storm water drains is often cited as one of the most elaborate in the world, and the labyrinth has drawn its own string of admirers.

OBSCURA SOCIETY NYC: THE INSALUBRIOUS VALLEY

Set to the dramatic backdrop of the insalubrious valley of Newtown Creek, historian Mitch Waxman will be sharing fascinating tales of the early chemical industry, “Dead Animal and Night Soil Wharfs”, colonial era heretics, witches and the coming of the railroad.

We’ll be following the currently undefended border of Brooklyn and Queens as we make our way through the actual site of the Industrial Revolution, visiting two movable bridges, a forgotten tributary of the larger waterway and the still standing remains of an early 19th century highway along with a little known colonial pathway. Our grand tour will be ending at the famed Clinton Diner in Maspeth where scenes from Martin Scorcese’s “Goodfellas” were shot. Lunch at the former Clinton Diner, now called Goodfellas Diner, will be included in the tour.

DETAILS:

Saturday, July 26; 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM. Please arrive promptly.

Meet up will be at the corner of Grand Street and Morgan Avenue in Brooklyn. The L train stops nearby at Bushwick Avenue and Grand Street; the Q54 and Q59 bus lines have nearby stopping points as well.

Be prepared for rough terrain and possible heavy truck traffic. Dress and pack appropriately for hiking and the weather. Closed-toe shoes are highly recommended. Bathroom opportunities will be found only at the beginning of the walk.

Ticket price includes lunch at the former Clinton Diner.

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DROMBEG STONE CIRCLE
-CORK, IRELAND
Also known as the “Druid’s Altar,” the circle is a megalithic formation that once consisted of 17 stones (only 13 remain) out in the countryside of Cork County, Ireland. Radiocarbon dating of human remains found at the site during a 1957 excavation suggests that the area was built and actively used between 1100-800 BC. Now the site is secluded, tucked away between verdant farmland and network of country roads. High-res

DROMBEG STONE CIRCLE

-CORK, IRELAND

Also known as the “Druid’s Altar,” the circle is a megalithic formation that once consisted of 17 stones (only 13 remain) out in the countryside of Cork County, Ireland. Radiocarbon dating of human remains found at the site during a 1957 excavation suggests that the area was built and actively used between 1100-800 BC. Now the site is secluded, tucked away between verdant farmland and network of country roads.

DANS LE NOIR? 
-Paris, France
They say eating is a visual experience. Not at “Dans le Noir?” it isn’t. Dinner in complete darkness is what Dans le Noir? offers. Judging from the majority of reviews, whether this is a good thing or not is unclear.
There are Dans le Noir? restaurants in London and in Moscow, and another company called “Blackout” has just opened an all-blind-waitstaff restaurant in Tel-Aviv, next door to the “Kappish” cafe, whose waitstaff is all-deaf: On the table at Kappish is a sheet with instructions on how to order in sign language.
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DANS LE NOIR? 

-Paris, France

They say eating is a visual experience. Not at “Dans le Noir?” it isn’t. Dinner in complete darkness is what Dans le Noir? offers. Judging from the majority of reviews, whether this is a good thing or not is unclear.

There are Dans le Noir? restaurants in London and in Moscow, and another company called “Blackout” has just opened an all-blind-waitstaff restaurant in Tel-Aviv, next door to the “Kappish” cafe, whose waitstaff is all-deaf: On the table at Kappish is a sheet with instructions on how to order in sign language.

To learn more about the experience of dinning in the dark visit Atlas Oscura

Obscura Society NYC: An Evening Wolf Howl

Obscura Society New York

Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

South Salem, NY

Join the New York Obscura Society at the Wolf Conservation Center of South Salem as we visit with these rare and highly misunderstood animals at their favorite hour, dusk. Help us welcome adorable wolf pup Nikai to the pack! 

Surrounded by myth and a history of fear and persecution, the red wolf and Mexican gray wolf were both once hunted to the brink of extinction in the wild and remain among the rarest and most endangered mammals of North America.  In partnership with the Wolf Conservation Center of South Salem, New York, we are being given a very special opportunity to observe and interact with these elusive and fascinating predators during their most active hours.

We’ll be spending the evening at one of the pre-eminent facilities in the eastern U.S. for canid research, captive breeding and pre-release.  Join us for wine and a campfire discussion of wolf mythology, ecology, and relation to man before taking a short starlit hike to visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, Zephyr and littlest pup Nikai, closing out our evening adventure by indulging in a communal howl with the Center’s critically endangered red and Mexican gray wolf populations.

DETAILS:

Thursday, July 24, 7:00 - 8:30pm. Please arrive by 6:45, we’ll be beginning our programming promptly at 7:00 pm.

The Wolf Conservation Center is located at 7 Buck Run Rd., South Salem, NY.  Buck Run is a small, private road off of 35. Go up the road and park perpendicular to the black gate.

Wear appropriate shoes for walking, dress for the weather and bring a flashlight!

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THE WORLD DISCOVERER
SOLOMON ISLANDS
Both eerie and impressive to behold, this half-sunken sea-liner has been lying, tipped to one side, half-submerged since 2000. Once a globetrotting cruise ship, it was able to easily navigate the 8000 miles of the Northwest Passage, but a fateful date with an uncharted reef ended its seafaring career for good.
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THE WORLD DISCOVERER

SOLOMON ISLANDS

Both eerie and impressive to behold, this half-sunken sea-liner has been lying, tipped to one side, half-submerged since 2000. Once a globetrotting cruise ship, it was able to easily navigate the 8000 miles of the Northwest Passage, but a fateful date with an uncharted reef ended its seafaring career for good.

Learn more at Atlas Obscura

OBSCURA SOCIETY NYC: AN EVENING WOLF HOWL

Join the New York Obscura Society and leave the city lights behind as we head north to the Wolf Conservation Center for a visit with these rare and highly misunderstood animals at their favorite hour, dusk.

Thursday, July 24, 5:00-10:00pm

$60 ticket price includes roundtrip transportation, wine and snacks

We will be meeting at 5:00pm in Williamsburg, Brooklyn underneath the BQE overpass at the intersection of Meeker and Union. Please arrive promptly; vans will be leaving no later than 5:15pm

Buy tickets to help us welcome adorable wolf pup Nikai to the pack

ERNEST HEMINGWAY HOME & MUSEUM
-KEY WEST, FLORIDA
This ornate, Spanish-style house is filled with Hemingway memorabilia from the more than 20 years in which he occupied the house. Hemingway’s typewriter is still there, as are numerous mounted heads and skins from his famed hunting trips in Africa.
In honor of the Nobel Prize-winning American writer’s birthday; we present his home and the present home to many six-toed cats
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ERNEST HEMINGWAY HOME & MUSEUM

-KEY WEST, FLORIDA

This ornate, Spanish-style house is filled with Hemingway memorabilia from the more than 20 years in which he occupied the house. Hemingway’s typewriter is still there, as are numerous mounted heads and skins from his famed hunting trips in Africa.

In honor of the Nobel Prize-winning American writer’s birthday; we present his home and the present home to many six-toed cats

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