If you like the idea of a quiet getaway to escape the chaos of modern life, you might consider taking it a step further. Give up speaking for a day or a week, and you could be surprised at what you hear.
In the Sierra Nevada mountains of eastern California lies the remains Bodie, once the state's second-largest city. A bustling mining town in its heyday, it's now lovingly preserved in a state of arrested decay.
Rare yet marvelous institutions, membership libraries are open only to those who have paid their annual dues. In exchange you get access to a place where books are taken as seriously as they should be.
It's hard to imagine a circus performance that didn't include a trapeze act. This apparatus, which has been around for nearly 160 years, was invented by the same guy (yes, a guy) who created the leotard.
Mud isn't generally considered a very useful or beautiful substance, but one of the latest trends in art (especially popular among young Japanese children) is making elegant, shiny balls out of ordinary mud.
An 11th-century Parisian abbey later became the home of a fantastic museum of arts and trades, which is to say, mostly inventions. But the exhibits aren't the only interesting things about the building.
The clock tower that rises from the British Houses of Parliament is often mistakenly called Big Ben, but that's actually the nickname of one of the bells inside. That's just one of several surprising facts about this well-known clock.