Atlanta's Doll's Head Trail May Be the Creepiest Hike in the Country

Marcus O. Bst, Flickr // CC BY 2.0
Marcus O. Bst, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

Occasional snakes and spiders are normally the creepiest things hikers encounter on the trail, but at Constitution Lakes Park in Atlanta, Georgia, there's something else lurking in the woods. The park is home to Doll's Head Trail: a path decorated with—you guessed it—doll's heads, and it's just as unsettling as you might imagine.

Before it resembled a scene from a nightmare, Constitution Lakes Park was home to a 19th-century brick factory. The brickworks shut down more than 50 years ago, according to Atlas Obscura, and the area has since been overtaken by the surrounding wilderness. The abandoned clay pits have filled with rainwater and are now manmade ponds called the Constitution Lakes. In 2003, Dekalb County, Georgia purchased the 125-acre site and installed trails and boardwalks so the public could explore the preserve and enjoy its natural beauty.

But trees and wildlife aren't the only things you'll find in the park. Venture down Doll’s Head Trail and you'll see dozens of disembodied doll heads, many displayed artfully with signs and accessories that only add to their fear factor.

Doll's Head Trail in Atlanta
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Local carpenter Joel Slaton was inspired to create the trail after noticing discarded junk while hiking through the park. Every piece that's displayed along the path is made from objects recovered from the site: That includes doll parts, as well as bottles, hunks of old brick, and even appliances. Hikers are invited to create art of their own—Slaton just asks that they only use "found" materials and leave the existing displays undisturbed.

Doll's Head Trail in Atlanta
Marcus O. Bst, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

Doll's Head Trail in Atlanta
Marcus O. Bst, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

If you're looking for a unconventional tourist destination, you can hike Doll's Head Trail by visiting Constitution Lakes Park at 1305 South River Industrial Boulevard SE in Atlanta—and if you'd like to keep some distance between you and the dismembered doll heads, you can take a virtual tour of the trail below.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

This Innovative Cutting Board Takes the Mess Out of Meal Prep

There's no way any of these ingredients will end up on the floor.
There's no way any of these ingredients will end up on the floor.
TidyBoard, Kickstarter

Transferring food from the cutting board to the bowl—or scraps to the compost bin—can get a little messy, especially if you’re dealing with something that has a tendency to roll off the board, spill juice everywhere, or both (looking at you, cherry tomatoes).

The TidyBoard, available on Kickstarter, is a cutting board with attached containers that you can sweep your ingredients right into, taking the mess out of meal prep and saving you some counter space in the process. The board itself is 15 inches by 20 inches, and the container that fits in its empty slot is 14 inches long, 5.75 inches wide, and more than 4 inches deep. Two smaller containers fit inside the large one, making it easy to separate your ingredients.

Though the 4-pound board hangs off the edge of your counter, good old-fashioned physics will keep it from tipping off—as long as whatever you’re piling into the containers doesn’t exceed 9 pounds. It also comes with a second set of containers that work as strainers, so you can position the TidyBoard over the edge of your sink and drain excess water or juice from your ingredients as you go.

You can store food in the smaller containers, which have matching lids; and since they’re all made of BPA-free silicone, feel free to pop them in the microwave. (Remove the small stopper on top of the lid first for a built-in steaming hole.)

tidyboard storage containers
They also come in gray, if teal isn't your thing.

Not only does the bamboo-made TidyBoard repel bacteria, it also won’t dull your knives or let strong odors seep into it. In short, it’s an opportunity to make cutting, cleaning, storing, and eating all easier, neater, and more efficient. Prices start at $79, and it’s expected to ship by October 2020—you can find out more details and order yours on Kickstarter.

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“They Will Catch on Fire”: Michigan Library Asks Patrons Not to Microwave Their Books

Burning books may kill coronavirus germs, but at what cost?
Burning books may kill coronavirus germs, but at what cost?
Movidagrafica Barcelona, Pexels

Last month, the Plainfield Township branch of the Kent District Library (KDL) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, took to Facebook to share a cautionary tale about burning books.

It wasn’t a summary of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, nor did it have anything to do with a metaphorical protection of free speech. Instead, the post showed a scorched edition of Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber, which had apparently been microwaved in an ill-conceived attempt to burn off any coronavirus germs.

As the post explained, each book is outfitted with a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag—a more efficient alternative to barcodes, which must be scanned individually and at close range. But since RIFDs contain metal, “they will catch on fire in the microwave.”

“I don't know if it was something that they saw on the news—that they thought maybe the heat would kill COVID-19,” the library’s regional manager Elizabeth Guarino-Kozlowicz told the Detroit Free Press.

Exposure to high heat could indeed kill the virus. According to the World Health Organization, temperatures of 132.8°F or above can eliminate the SARS coronavirus, which behaves similarly to this newer strain (SARS-CoV-2). That said, we still don’t know exactly how heat affects SARS-CoV-2, and nuking a novel is a horrible idea no matter what.

Food & Wine reports that KDL workers are quarantining all returned library books for 72 hours to make sure all coronavirus germs have died before checking them back into the collection. As for the fate of the charred volume, KDL told Mental Floss that the borrower has been billed for it. After they pay the fine, they’ll get to take it home for good.

If you’re worried about borrowing contaminated books from your own library, you can always call first to find out what safety guidelines they’re following. Or, you could stick to e-books for a while—here are five free ways to get them.

[h/t Food & Wine]