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9 Surprising Places that Inspired Famous Books and Music

Puzzlewood, in England, said to have inspired Tolkien. (Photo: GuyBerresfordPhotography/shutterstock.com)It's often said that inspiration can be found anywhere—and sometimes these creative triggers can...

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Extremely Rare Giant Panda Cub Born in 'True Miracle'

A giant panda has given birth to a male cub in #Belgium Thu. The cub is the 1st to be born outside #China this year pic.twitter.com/6ohgtcpPbg— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) June 2, 2016There aren't...

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The Long Quest to Find Ashkenaz, the Birthplace of Yiddish

(Photo: Public Domain)This article was written by Eran Elhaik, Lecturer, University of Sheffield. At 1,000 years, the search for the location of Ashkenaz– thought to be the birthplace of Ashkenazic...

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The World's Only Tiananmen Square Museum May Be Closing

The current entrance to the June 4th Museum. (Photo: Dltl2010/CC BY-SA-3.0)Nearly 30 years after the Tiananmen Square Massacre—generally referred to in Chinese as the June 4th Incident (六四事件)—public...

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Spanish Town Creates Graphic Sculpture for Dog Owners

The New York City Parks Department's blunt approach to encouraging responsible dog ownership. (Photo: Josh Madison/CC BY-2.0)As any urbanite will tell you, basic rules of civility are the only thing...

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New FAA Flight Plans Making Life Very Loud for Some Americans

Low-flying aircraft are tormenting formerly quiet communities around the country. (Photo: Bob Adams/CC BY-SA-2.0)More Americans are flying than ever; this summer, industry groups are predicting over...

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Climate Scientist Claims the Arctic Could Be Ice-Free This Summer

A view of broken Arctic sea ice captured by the digital camera instrument aboard NASA’s C-130 research aircraft during an ARISE survey flight on Sept. 19, 2014. (Photo: NASA)Cambridge University...

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A 19th-Century Cartographer Crammed All of Human History into this Map

Detail from J.H. Colton's Stream of Time. (All photos courtesy of David Rumsey Map Collection.)In 1842, mapmaker J.H. Colton tried to chart the history of the universe in just under nine square...

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Ohio's Famed 7-Story Basket Building Might Be Doomed

(Photo: Derek Jensen/Public Domain)A lot of people used to buy Longaberger baskets, a maple wood staple of American picnics. At its peak in the late 1990s, the company did hundreds of millions of...

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How One Man Has Explained Almost Every Internet UFO Theory

The Space Shuttle Endeavor, silhouetted on the mesosphere. (Photo: NASA/Public Domain)If you happen to frequent the more UFO-happy corners of the internet, you'll see a lot of weird things: exploding...

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Turn Extreme Camping into a Career as a Wilderness Guide

I hope she knows where she's going. (Photo: attilio pregnolato/Shutterstock.com)Welcome back to AO Jobs, the weekly column where we spotlight jobs and career opportunities that you can apply for right...

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The First Public Course for Drone Racing Is Opening Soon

The first public drone racing course will open this summer https://t.co/7YBUWlJ3qWpic.twitter.com/I0xGpZLwJX— MarketWatch (@MarketWatch) June 4, 2016Drones aren’t just the future of warfare, it looks...

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Found: A Black Box, Missing for 31 Years, High on a Mountain

Mount Illimani, where the recorder sat for 31 years. (Photo: Hernan Payrumani/CC BY-SA 3.0)Last year, Dan Futrell fell down an internet hole that started with search for MH370 and landed him on the...

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You Can Soon Buy a Melon With Hello Kitty's Face Grown Onto The Surface

Hello Kitty de melón de #Furano en #Hokkaido (キティちゃんの富良野メロン) pic.twitter.com/8To36ZilG9— tofulu (@tofulu) July 25, 2015What's better than a cantaloupe? A cantaloupe with Hello Kitty's face branded into...

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Koalas are Australia's Most Effective Diplomats

President Obama holds a koala at the 2014 G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo: Pete Souza/Public Domain)In 1943 a young Australian politician by the name of Winston set out to visit the United...

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Stonehenge Was Probably Built in Wales and Moved 160 Miles

(Photo: Diego Delso/CC BY-SA 3.0)Stonehenge, in Wiltshire, England, has long posed a problem for archaeologists. Namely: what is it? A place of worship? A burial ground? An ancient site of healing? Or...

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The Incredible Coincidence of a Poisonous Tree Growing Next to Its Antidote

Chechem and Chaka trees connected at the roots. (Photo: Leonora (Ellie) Enking/cropped from original/CC BY-SA 2.0)Explorers take heed: The jungles of Southern Mexico and Central America are ruled by a...

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Watch Muhammad Ali Doing Magic Tricks in an Airport

The late Muhammad Ali will always be remembered as one of the world's most extraordinary boxers, as one of the most iconic sporting figures of the 20th century, and as a champion in the fight for black...

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Scientists Are Trying to Grow Human Organs Inside of Pigs

(Photo: National Rural Knowledge Exchange/CC BY 2.0)California scientists have lately been working on something that has both alarmed the scientific community and provided others with great hope:...

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Burlesque, Boneyards, and Bombs: The Other Wonders of Las Vegas

All photos by Dylan Thuras / Michelle EnemarkWestern outsiders first traveled through what is now Las Vegas in 1829, when Mexican scout Rafael Rivera wandered away from the rest of his traveling party...

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