For anyone who has a love of exploring the world around them, there’s nothing more exciting than coming upon an oddity hidden in plain sight.
“The world is a big, weird place,” says Dylan Thuras, co-founder of the website Atlas Obscura. “I think that people are really pleased to be reminded of just sort of how vast and odd and fascinating [it] is.”
The Brooklyn-based website defines itself as “the definitive guide to the world’s wondrous and curious places,” and it is chock full of fascinating entires about both far-off lands and stuff just a subway ride away.
It features an ever-growing database of 10,000 entries covering locations worldwide, and lands 5 million unique users a month, as well as more than 100,000 registered users, says Thuras, who lives in Greenpoint.
Thuras, along with Ella Morton and the site’s co-founder Joshua Foer, is celebrating the release of the massive new book “Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders,” with a party on Sept. 24 that will feature aerialists, contortionists, food trucks and more.
The book — which the authors started writing from scratch to give it a consistent tone and feel — has around 700 entries covering all seven continents.
“We wanted to make an object where you could say, ‘Page through this and you’ll understand the frame that we look through when we’re trying to see the world from an Atlas Obscura perspective,’” Thuras says.