Banksy Opens a Hotel with the Worst View in the World: Visit the Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem

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Quirky, artist-customized guest rooms equipped with wifi, fridge, and safes…
Leather couches and “an air of undeserved authority” in the communal areas…
VIPs who spring for the Presidential suite will enjoy access to a tiki bar, library, and Dead Sea minerals for use in a plunge bath spacious enough for four…
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Petite Planète: Discover Chris Marker’s Influential 1950s Travel Photobook Series

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“In another time I guess I would have been content with filming girls and cats,” said Chris Marker. “But you don’t choose your time.” Though the inimitable filmmaker, writer, and media artist couldn’t choose his time, he did enjoy a decently sized slice of it, passing away in 2012 on his 91st birthday.

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Inside the Creepy, “Abandoned” Wizard of Oz Theme Park: Scenes of Beautiful Decay

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The romantic allure of the ghostly, abandoned theme park is difficult to resist. Case in point: The Land of Oz, above, a not-entirely-defunct attraction nestled atop North Carolina’s Beech Mountain.
Debbie Reynolds, accompanied by her 13-year-old daughter, Carrie Fisher, cut the ribbon on the park’s opening day in 1970.

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Giant Dinosaurs Travel Down the Hudson River: See What Awestruck New Yorkers Witnessed in 1963

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Amazing things happen every day in New York City—some spontaneous, some whose execution is carefully planned over weeks and months.

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The Best Commercial Ever? James Brown Sells Miso Soup (1992)

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Most stars are understandably choosy about what products, if any, they’re willing to endorse. Serious artists are mindful about their reputations.

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A Map of Chicago’s Gangland: A Cheeky, Cartographic Look at Al Capone’s World (1931)

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Modern day Chicagoland gang activity does not inspire quippy cartoon “wonder maps.” Back when Al Capone ruled Chicago’s underworld, the public viewed gangsters with movie magazine breathlessness. Their violent crimes and glamorous lifestyles sold newspapers and movie tickets.

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Mark Twain Makes a List of 60 American Comfort Foods He Missed While Traveling Abroad (1880)

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Thinking of taking a trip abroad? Or maybe relocating for good? Americans would do well, even 150 years hence, to attend to Mark Twain’s satirical account of U.S. travelers journeying through Europe and Palestine, The Innocents Abroad. The “Americans who are painted to peculiar advantage by Mr.

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Rome Comes to Life in Photochrom Color Photos Taken in 1890: The Colosseum, Trevi Fountain & More

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For almost two hundred years, English gentlemen could not consider their education complete until they had taken the “Grand Tour” of Europe, usually culminating in Naples, “ragamuffin capital of the Italian south,” writes Ian Thomson at The Spectator.

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A Drone’s Eye View of the Ancient Pyramids of Egypt, Sudan & Mexico

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A couple years ago we featured drone footage shot above Los Angeles, New York, London, Bangkok, and Mexico City, the sort of metropolises that rank among the greatest works of modern man.

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An Eye-Popping Collection of 400+ Japanese Matchbox Covers: From 1920 through the 1940s

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Phillumeny – the practice of collecting matchboxes – strikes me as a fun and practical hobby. As a child, I was fascinated with the contents of a large glass vase my grandparents had dedicated to this pursuit.

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