From Opossums to Bologna: Weird Things Cities Drop on New Year’s Eve

Who needs a ball? Cities get creative on New Year’s Eve by dropping objects that reflect local products and culture The Watermelon Drop in Vincennes, Indiana (Vincennes) smithsonian.com December 31, 2014 | Updated: December 31, 2018 7:33PM Around the world, the dawn of a new calendar year is often met with bright fireworks, a little […]

Take a Trip Through Edgar Allan Poe’s America

(Wikimedia Commons) Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, and published some of his most famous works while living in the city. But Poe never felt at home in Boston—and the city, famous for authors like Emerson and Thoreau, never welcomed Poe as one of their own, either. The feud was partly sparked by comments […]

The Best Places Around the World to See Bats (by the Millions)

Bat tourism might sound creepy, but it may be the best way to help bat conservation around the world Mexican free-tailed bats near Bracken Cave, Texas. (© Aerie Nature Series, Inc./CORBIS) smithsonian.com October 31, 2014 | Updated: October 18, 2018 5:40PM It’s hard out there for a bat: not only do the flying mammals suffer […]