We recently discovered The Atlas Obscura Guide To Ann Arbor: 12 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in Ann Arbor, Michigan. From Graffiti Alley and the fairy doors to 826michigan’s robot shop and Food Gatherers’ giant carrots, the dozen places featured reflect the website’s mission to “inspire wonder and curiosity about the incredible world we all share.”

The locations don’t have to be exotic. Atlas Obscura is especially interested in natural wonders; extraordinary collections, libraries, and museums; secret histories; places associated with amazing people; unusual cemeteries; scientific labs and research facilities; abandoned places and ruins; outsider art and eccentric architecture; and remarkable or unusual objects in well-known places or collections.

Who picked these twelve to represent Ann Arbor? Nobody, really. The site is driven by reader contributions, which means townies both new and established can submit articles for consideration—the one on the Kerrytown Chime is by Heather O’Neal, who teaches novices to play it. 

Other contributors range more widely: H.J. Hausman, who wrote up Ann Arbor’s fairy doors and robot store, also celebrates Rat Island in Long Island Sound—and a church-basement shrine in Prague that’s said to house the shoulder blade of St. Valentine.