Obscura Day 2012: Get Out There and Explore!

Thanks to the internet, the world can sometimes seem awfully small. Google just about anything you want to know and instantaneously, you can have more information than you ever needed on any topic you desire. It's easy to forget that there are still adventures to be had, stories to be told and unexplored areas to discover. That's where Atlas Obscura comes in.

Joshua Foer and Dylan Thuras created what they call "the definitive guidebook and friendly tour-guide to the world's most wondrous places." In short: they reach out to the public—that means you guys, too!—to learn about places for inclusion, places that "appeal to our sense of wonder and curiosity." They've got tips for places all over the world—including Bouvet Island in Antarctica, the so-called "loneliest place on earth," and Graceland Too, the "home of the world's fullest-time Elvis fanatic."

Next Saturday (April 28), Atlas Obscura is hosting their annual international celebration of unusual places.

The first Obscura Day took place in 2010, where people from Australia, Belgium, France, London, Brooklyn and many other places explored their cities. (Brooklynites explored the city's first subway tunnel!) Check out founder Dylan Thuras' recap. (Spoiler: The world's largest treehouse is featured.)

In 2011, friends of Obscura checked out Philadelphia's medical oddity museum, secret spaces in Alcatraz and other rarely seen hot spots all over the world.

And here's what you can look forward to this year. Click here to see if there's something going on near you. So get out there and do some exploring, _flossers. And be sure to come back and tell us all about what you discover. (Especially if you're in Kensington, Australia, and you participate in the hands-on embalming session using a pig heart!)

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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked

Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"


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