Perched atop a foresty hill in Bavaria, Germany, is a real-life fantasy castle. Commissioned by King Ludwig II in 1869, Neuschwanstein Castle has become a major part of our cultural history, even serving as inspiration for Walt Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty.” Adored by his people, Ludwig was nic…

      In 1989, Mauro Morandi’s boat docked on Budelli Island off the northern coast of Sardinia, Italy. Discovering that the island’s caretaker was retiring within the next two days, Mauro decided to extend his stay indefinitely and step into the role himself. Little did he know that, nearly 30 ye…

        What draws drummers out of their basements and singers out of their showers? What requires miles and miles of XLR cables and hundreds of microphones? Rockin’1000! The brainchild of rock-aficionado Fabio Zaffagnini, the event invites musicians of all experience levels, genders, sexual orienta…

          In 2013, veteran boat racer Victorien Erussard ran out of fuel in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. There were energy sources all around him—the tide, the sun, the wind—but he had no way of harnessing them. This moment of chaos gave way to an idea: the world’s first hydrogen-powered boat. No…

            For some of the best stargazing in the world, many make the trek to Ladakh at the northern tip of India. The region is home to the Indian Astronomical Observatory, specifically situated for its unique geology. Located on cold, remote desert land, the area experiences very little rainfall and…

              In Japan, one company is taking paper thinner than it’s ever been before. Hidaka Washi Ltd. creates paper as thin as human skin, using methods that date back a thousand years. The paper is then sent to museums and libraries around the world—including the British Museum and the Library of Con…

                Falconry thrills Lauren McGough. She’s practiced the ancient tradition since she the age of 14 and is one of the very few American women to do so. Her love of falconry has taken her all the way to Mongolia, where she studied with Kazakh eagle hunters, and earned her a Fulbright fellowship an…

                  Tree says Terrell can call him anytime—and he means it. The two met playing on a Los Angeles softball league created to promote peace and stop deadly infighting between factions of Crips. Tree’s taken Terrell under his wing, and Terrell sees Tree like an older brother. The bond is so real, t…

                    Electric cars may seem like a contemporary, eco-friendly concept, but did you know they made a brief appearance in 19th-century New York City? Back in 1895, hundreds of electric taxis called “Electrobats” cruised the streets of Midtown Manhattan. They had a charging station on Broadway and, …

                      When basketball courts end up with cracks, dips and divots, Dan Peterson and company step in. With the help of artists and community volunteers, Project Backboard resurfaces public courts and turns them into fly, large-scale pieces of art. The organization has brought new life and sleek aest…

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