Sarah Laskow, Atlas Obscura

Sarah Laskow

Atlas Obscura

Brooklyn, NY, United States

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Past articles by Sarah:

Christmas Risengrød

The Danish tradition of eating risengrød over the holidays began when farmers left it outside to appease livestock-harming elves. → Read More

A Rare and Striking Butterfly Is Named for a Pioneering Female Naturalist

Maria Sibylla Merian watched these beautiful insects more closely than anyone else of her time. → Read More

The Mysterious Phenomenon of Seals With Eels in Their Noses

The Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program found yet another pinniped with an unusual nasal inhabitant. → Read More

How Giant, Intelligent Snails Became a Marker of Our Age

Ages from now, giant snails could be one of the lasting signs of human influence on Earth. → Read More

In Its First Decades, The United States Nurtured Schoolgirl Mapmakers

Education for women and emerging nationhood, illustrated with care and charm. → Read More

Musical Arrangements Made at Auschwitz Have Been Uncovered in an Archive

Polish political prisoners played a song called “The Most Beautiful Time of Life" for the SS. → Read More

England, But New: How John Smith's 1616 Map Helped Define America

The name "New England" was like a colonial real estate ad. → Read More

Is There Anybody Out There… Keeping Track of the Weird Stuff We Send Into Space?

A new catalogue attempts to figure out what we're telling the rest of the universe about ourselves. → Read More

The Library That Paid Only $1 in Annual Rent for a 10,000-Year Lease

Discover Cincinnati Mercantile Library in Cincinnati, Ohio: Hidden on two floors of downtown building, the library has an incredible deal on rent. → Read More

Exploring the Tragic Beauty of Greenland's Melting Ice Sheets

From above, the textured landscape can be almost abstract. → Read More

How Did the World's Smallest Flightless Bird Get to Inaccessible Island?

The first scientists to describe the animal thought it might have walked. → Read More

For Sale: An Invitation to Stephen Hawking’s Cocktail Party for Time Travelers

Please retain for the next thousand years or so. → Read More

The Soviet Children's Books That Broke the Rules of Propaganda

How folk tales and traditional life snuck into avant-garde kids' books in the 1930s. → Read More

A Fetus Can Turn to Stone in Its Mother's Body and Go Undiscovered for Decades

"Stone babies"—or lithopedions—are incredibly rare. → Read More

Digging Up the Buried Dangers in Cemetery Soil

There's a bunch of gross stuff, besides human bodies, hiding under graveyards. → Read More

How Writers Map Their Imaginary Worlds

A new book collects fantastic literary geographies. → Read More

L.A.'s Most Derided Piece of Public Art Is About to Light Up Again

Reviving the Triforium. → Read More

What It Takes to Build an Anarchist Desert Town

Slab City might be the "last free place," but that freedom requires work. → Read More

Maps Have the Power to Shape History

A groundbreaking female cartographer charted the evolution of the United States—and the dispossession of Native Americans. → Read More

Margarine Once Contained a Whole Lot More Whale

And helped launch a corporation now worth more than $40 billion. → Read More