Natalie Zarrelli, Atlas Obscura

Natalie Zarrelli

Atlas Obscura

New York, NY, United States

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Past articles by Natalie:

European 'Corpse Medicine' Promised Better Health Through Cannibalism

“Take the fresh, unspotted cadaver of a redheaded man..." → Read More

The Radical Reference Librarians Who Use Info to Challenge Authority

An unshushable social movement is afoot. → Read More

The Radical Reference Librarians Who Use Info to Challenge Authority

An unshushable social movement is afoot. → Read More

The 19th-Century Freakout Over Steam-Powered Buses

A new vehicle on the streets of London caused quite the commotion—and some light sabotage. → Read More

'Total Eclipse of the Heart' Was Almost a Meat Loaf Song

Things could have been oh so different at karaoke. → Read More

The Devilish Sexploitation Films That Combined Satan and Sensuality

Who needs a coherent plot when you have nudity and pitchforks? → Read More

How a Secret Criminal Language Emerged From the Underworld

Dictionaries made Thieves' Cant accessible for the masses in the 16th through 19th centuries. → Read More

Some Versions of 'The Tortoise and the Hare' Messed With the Moral

Slow and steady doesn't always win the race. → Read More

Growing Mutant Peanuts With the Radioactive Gardening Society

In the 1960s, some experimental horticulturalists went nuclear. → Read More

The Wartime Spies Who Used Knitting as an Espionage Tool

Grandma was just making a sweater. Or was she? → Read More

The Wartime Spies Who Used Knitting as an Espionage Tool

Grandma was just making a sweater. Or was she? → Read More

Bessie Stringfield, the Bad-Ass Black Motorcycle Queen of the 1930s

She owned 27 Harleys and rode them all over the United States. → Read More

The 17​th​-Century Moon Mission That Never Got Off the Ground

Dr. John Wilkins' lunar ambitions were a little too lofty. → Read More

When Squirrels Were One of America's Most Popular Pets

Benjamin Franklin even wrote an ode to a fallen one. → Read More

When Squirrels Were One of America's Most Popular Pets

Benjamin Franklin even wrote an ode to a fallen one. → Read More

A Painting of a Crying Boy Was Blamed For a Series of Fires in the '80s

The artwork, said U.K. tabloids of the time, was haunted. → Read More

Argentina's Ex-President Appears to Be Cursed

By his own acknowledgment, Carlos Menem brings bad luck. → Read More

It Was Once Someone's Job to Chat With the King While He Used the Toilet

"Groom of the Stool" could be a crappy role, but it came with great benefits. → Read More

The Forged 'Ancient' Statues That Fooled the Met's Art Experts for Decades

The fakes were on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for 28 years. → Read More

Meet Bessie Coleman, the First Black Woman to Get a Pilot's License

The fearless aviator was determined to fly. → Read More