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Founded in 1144, Austria’s Altenburg Abbey welcomes visitors with its aesthetic splendors. Not to be missed is its unusually beautiful crypt, a space adorned with frescoes painted by Paul Troger. But don’t let this light-strewn, cheerfully hued room fool you. Death is in the details.

Even though you might not recognize him on the street, you’ve likely seen actor Javier Botet before. He’s the Hobo in “It” and Set in “The Mummy,” among other memorably horrifying characters. Meet the man behind the monsters. For all his ghoulish credits, he’s just as gifted with humor as horror.

Each night of Ramadan, thousands of pilgrims come together to pray and break the fast at the holy shrine of Imam Reza, in Mashhad, Iran. It’s the world’s largest iftar, a meal eaten after sunset by Muslims observing Ramadan to break their daily fast. Cooking for such a crowd starts early and…

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With ongoing violent protests in favor of amnesty for illegal aliens, immigration reformer advocates point to exponential costs taxpayers already pay for illegal immigrants, and how much more taxpayers would spend if they were given amnesty.

Myron Rolle is a man of many talents. After graduating high school, he was considered one of the leading prospects for the NFL. Recruited by some of the biggest names in college football, he went on to become the starting safety for the Florida State Seminoles, eventually drafted to the NFL …

Joe DiStefano from Queens is a regular guy, but his knowledge of the borough’s food is anything but. He knows the coolest spot for Thai boat noodles and the best florist shop serving breakfast (yep)—not to mention where you can get the tastiest Tibetan beef momos. (Spoiler: it’s between a mi…

Bengkala, a small village tucked away in the jungles of Bali, is a demographic anomaly. Of a total 3,000 people, 40 are Deaf. Their condition is linked to a recessive gene that’s been passed down through seven generations. Rather than ostracize Deaf community members, the people of Bengkala …

Once a bountiful fish commonly found in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, the Snowy Grouper now suffers from overfishing. Aptly named for the white spots that speckle its scales, the Snowy Grouper begins life as a female, but as it reaches maturity, some become male. Unregulated fishing …

When it comes to mosh pits, leather, studs and death metal, Botswana may not be the first place that comes to mind. But in this African country, death metal is thriving thanks to bands like Overthrust. Formed in 2008, Overthrust has become one of the country’s leading acts. Their fans includ…

The waters between San Francisco and Alcatraz, a former prison, are rife with urban legend. Some say the water is too dangerous for swimming, but Mitali Khanzodé, 16, and her sister Anaya, 12, see the water as a place to make and break open water swimming records. Anaya currently holds the r…

There’s a San Francisco garden growing more than just produce. In a city plagued by homelessness, the Farming Hope Initiative offers urban farming and cooking training to those without a place to live. The program aims to give participants skills that can lead to full-time employment, and it…