Are you old enough to remember Manhattan’s Museum of Famous People on West 50th Street, featuring dozens of vinyl mannequins? How about the apartment with a view that Gustave Eiffel built into the Eiffel Tower, recently re-opened for tourist view and featuring its own mannequin set of Eiffel and Thomas Edison? Have you visited that?
These two tidbits come from the rich content of website Atlas Obscura, where former Slate editor-in-chief David Plotz is now the chief executive. As he explained to the New York Times‘ Leslie Kaufman, his arrival in the fall followed a rather fanciful summer interlude:
Mr. Plotz made a list of more than 100 people to talk to. He included not only journalists, but also recruiters, financiers and people he found interesting, like Maria Popova, the author of the Brain Pickings blog on culture.