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Happy Obscura Day

How online content is turning the real world’s wonderful, wacky and weird into a unique tourist experience

Tomorrow, 28 April, is the third-annual Obscura Day. In case you haven’t heard of it, it’s an initiative that encourages locals and tourists alike to seek out the stranger sides of cities and small towns around the world.

Sponsored by Atlas Obscura, an online project profiling unusual locations worldwide (or, as it calls itself, ‘a compendium of the world’s wonders, curiosities and esoterica’, Obscura Day is a clever way of using online content – from Flickr to Facebook, Twitter to YouTube – to encourage people to get out and obscure the wonderful and downright weird out in the real world.

‘Obscura Day is all about getting out from behind the computer screen and off to explore something interesting and unusual near you,’ said event organiser Annetta Black. ‘It is amazing the places you’ll discover in your hometown when you begin to look at it with the same sense of curiosity normally reserved for travel.’

If you live in Sydney, the Museum of Human Disease at the University of New South Wales will be teaching you how to ‘Know Your Enemy’ as part of Obscura Day. If you don’t, here’s a video overview of the first Obscura Day in 2010. Maybe it will inspire you to get on board for next year? And in the meantime, we’d love to hear about the weirdest place you’ve ever visited…


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