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When Stairs and Slides Are Hiding in Plain Sight
They were built in 1979.
A view of Lake Union from the steps.
Umschreibung
Stairs, tilework

When Stairs and Slides Are Hiding in Plain Sight

Play real-life Chutes and Ladders at these obscure thruways.


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The Ultimate List of Wonderfully Specific Museums
The Giesskannenmuseum (Watering Can Museum).
Just a small section of the museum's vast collection
Stuffed bananas at the Banana Museum.
Wall of historic Pez dispensers
U.S. National Tick Collection
Fans on display at the museum.

The Ultimate List of Wonderfully Specific Museums

Delightfully singular collections, from umbrella covers to pencil sharpeners.


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The Best British Pubs to Get Drunk on History
Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem0115 947 3171
The Star Tavern
The Eagle is among the best-known pubs in Cambridge.
The Sherlock Holmes Pub
The Ten Bells Pub.

The Best British Pubs to Get Drunk on History

A 14-stop bar tour through Great Britain’s past.


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39 Places That Will Warp Your Perspective of Time
Just before the door was shut on the Crypt of Civilization.
Entrance
The Long Now Orrery
The front of the World Clock

39 Places That Will Warp Your Perspective of Time

Some of these spots have been around for thousands of years, while others will exist for millennia to come.


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A Rat Lover's Tour of the World
Rats of Karni Mata Temple
Paxton Gate Exterior
Albino Squirrels of Olney, Illinois
Monument to the Laboratory Mouse.

A Rat Lover’s Tour of the World

15 places where rodents are celebrated, feared, preserved, and studied.


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7 Hidden Tunnels Under Government Buildings
FDR's bedroom inside the Treasury vault
Dashes mark the old tunnel, solid lines are the newer ones
Los Angeles Tunnels
The tunnels all look slightly differiently
Approximate location of the tunnel marked in yellow.

7 Hidden Tunnels Under Government Buildings

The literal underbelly of public agencies.


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