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- Why Chinese People Eat Deer Penis
- Handmade Indian Movie Posters for Unlikely Hollywood Movies
- Lucky Fruit (and Ain’t So Lucky Fish)
- Murder, Incest, and Fratricide led to The Taj Mahal?
- Why Chinese People Eat Fried Worms
- This Strange Collector Has 1,000 Pairs of Shoes (and a Fetish for Foot Binding)
- This Chinese Temple is Filled with the Insanely Disturbing Sculptures
- The Illegal Mae Sot-Burma Border Crossing
- Outsider Art Kangaroos at the Beijing Zoo
- 19 Incredible Taoist Gods at Beijing’s Dongyue Temple
- Why Chinese People Eat Ants
- Antique Jews, Temple Jews, and even Plated Jews
- Lady Di Used to Sell Gynecology Textbooks in Burma
- Beijing’s Supercool Steampunk Printing Museum
- Another Abandoned Beijing Amusement Park
- The Cutest Slippers of All Time
- Amazing Old Bollywood Poster Shops
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Category Archives: Other Obscura
When you're in Bombay, a great way to get some context is start in the alleyways of Dharavi, one of the largest slums in the world. About a million people live here, crammed into 0.67 square miles. "It's like mainlining gratitude for how much we have to be thankful for," said my old pal Chris. I couldn't ...
We found this strange spiral of stones in the middle of a North Carolina field. "Welcome to Hartleyhenge," said Scotty. "I'm not even sure if Hartleyhenge is the real name," he admitted, "but that's what we call it around here." There's no sign, and no information. A friend of Scotty's, John Hartley, built it ...
Curled up, cuddled up, under a coat -- that's the right way to sleep at the Gongti Beilu Starbucks. These aren't homeless winos, but students, fashionistas, men in suits. And these aren't all naps. One woman, below, slept for four hours. People sat down, got janked up, left, and she kept ...
1. Unexpected Unused Gazebos 2. Miniature Misplaced Gardens 3. Quite Strange Schedule Posters 4. Caves. Deep Wonderful Caves. 5. And then, most of all, this. Oh, sweet sweet Seoul...
Happy 61st 62nd birthday, China! (And happy 39th birthday, me!) In honor of this grand celebration of the founding of the People's Republic of China, today we decided to sift through the AsiaObscura archives, and return to our wildest, most popular China stories of 2011! And so, in order of pageviews.... 6. The Sick Collector ...
We haven't set foot in Bangkok in far too long. Months. But fortunately, AsiaObscura eyes are growing more populous, and reader Matt Smith wrote in with this great pair of electoral campaign posters. What a smile! What a dog! (Pity about that shit kid he had to deal with.) You can surely find ...
Okay, I know he's been dead for a long time -- 17 years -- but since he's still the official (eternal!) president of North Korea. And he'd be 100 99 today! So here are a handful of cute dear great pictures of the "Great Leader" (수령) from our last trip to the DPRK.
Does anyone have any idea what this is? It was sitting in a cage outside some Bangkok restaurant (to be eaten? or just as an oddity?) It's not a gerbil, not a guinea pig... So what is it? Kinda cute, in an ugly way....
I'm not sure what's more disturbing: this doctor's office interior decor sensibility, or the fact that I still let her dig around in my ear canal. (The camera is pretty exactly vertical.)
I still can't get over this incredible customs document we had to fill out to enter North Korea the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Already, our nerves were on edge... the ancient plane was filled with smoke, we'd heard references to "American imperialist bastards," and we were about to land in North Korea. But... no ...
The Chinese know how to lounge. You can often see them hanging about, as documented in www.sleepingchinese.com. Their things are also pretty good at hanging around...
Driving in China is pure madness, so good street signs are really important. Tianjin clearly has that problem solved. Sof shot these awesome puppies when we were down there last weekend. (Translations unnecessary for most of them.) 系安全带 保平安行 Fasten seat belt Preserve safe travel 醉在酒中 毁在杯中 Drunk on wine Destroyed in the cup (???) 疲劳驾驶 危及生命 Weary driving ...
I found this sign on a roadside outside Old Sukhothai, the ancient former capital of Thailand. But I never found the venue. I gave up after half an hour of cycling the same stretch, over and over and over again.