Sarah Laskow, Atlas Obscura

Sarah Laskow

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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

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

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

All the Very Bad Ways That Castor Seeds Have Been Used

Not only does it taste gross, but castor oil was used as an instrument of political control for years. → Read More

The Last Woman to Win a Nobel Prize in Physics Did the Work Without Being Paid

Maria Goeppert Mayer was relegated to unpaid and "volunteer" positions for most of her academic career. → Read More