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How to Take Care of Your Hair, 1950s Edition

Before the days of WikiHow articles that diligently teach you how to shower, there was this 1950s instructional video on proper care for your hair. "Wash your hair frequently," the video instructs,...

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Dan Brown Is Paying a Lot of Money to Digitize a Library Devoted to Mysticism

Leonardo Da Vinci. (Photo: Public Domain)Dan Brown, who gave us tomes like The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, and words like "symbologist," is donating €300,000, or around $337,500, to a Dutch...

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A Famous Edible Bug Market in Beijing Is Closing

Among the delicacies you can purchase. (Photo: Guy Sie/CC BY-SA 2.0)Beijing's Donghuamen Night Market has been selling bug delicacies for over three decades, but its time selling edible scorpions on a...

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The Bronx Bug Whisperer and His Traveling Bug Zoo

Aaron Rodriques. (All Photos: Jack Goodman)Adults and children gather in front of the man known as the Bug Whisperer. In a soft voice, he expounds on the virtues and idiosyncrasies of his live...

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Enormous Bugs and Where to Avoid Them

A Deinacrida heteracantha, type of cricket found in New Zealand. (Photo: Dinobass/CC BY-SA 4.0)In far north New Zealand, on the edge of the Pacific, lies Little Barrier Island. There, on 11 square...

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Iowa City Is Using Lasers To Map Its Abandoned Beer Caves

Current Status: Beer Cave spelunking in Iowa City with lots of GIS folks, @tmkeegan& Bjorn Anderson #youcanmapthatpic.twitter.com/hTjUn6VLjP— Sarah Bond (@SarahEBond) March 11, 2016Researchers from...

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Atlas Obscura's Guide To An Entomologist’s Dream Vacation

Vladimir Nabokov, the author of Lolita, was an avid collector of butterflies. Obsessed with their beauty, he would often spend more time working on his butterflies than on his novels. The world over is...

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The Drone Killing Insect Pests on Farms In Japan

Scientists in Japan have recently created a drone to target insects eating and destroying crops.Meet the Agri Drone.The team, made up of researchers and I.T. specialists based out of Saga University in...

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Found: Delightful 1950s Radio Scripts Plugging Seattle’s Newest Ferries

Guess that PR campaign worked—a ferry today. (Photo: Tobias Elgen/CC BY 2.0)If, in the 1950s, you were a Seattle mom skeptical of newly government-run ferries, Reg Miller and Ann Green had some very...

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How the World Went Loco For Locust Pizza

The famed picture of Pizza Café owner Joe Carrazza with his locust pizza. (Photo: Courtesy of Glenn Milne)A swarm of locusts, a mayor with an idea, and photograph of a pizza—it was the recipe for a...

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Watch a Most Violent Dinner-Party Dance

Let's "settle this dispute with a dance-off" is popular retort from pacifists the world over. A reasonable method to resolve longstanding grudges or incidents of dishonor. But as you can see in this...

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How Dirt Houses Became Beloved By The Tiny House Movement

A house made from cob in the Pacific Northwest. (Photo: Gerry Thomasen/CC BY 2.0)“In many of those countries,” says Conrad Rogue, the founder of the House Alive workshops and author of...

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People Are Going to Staten Island Museums Again Thanks to Pokémon Go

Pokémon GO players: Is Historic Richmond Town the place to go today ;) ?#PokemonGO#ANAShopperpic.twitter.com/lUzXyvc6ZZ— Arthur Barbato (@arthurbarbato) July 13, 2016Staten Island is often seen as the...

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The Case Against Honeybees

Honeybees (Apis mellifera) in their hive. (Photo: Mirko Graul/shutterstock.com)Tucked into a nondescript road verge in Asheville, North Carolina, halfway between a vintage shop and the Moog Synthesizer...

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NASA Has Discovered a Massive Hole in the Sun

Don't be alarmed, but, recently, NASA discovered a hole in the sun. The hole is known as a coronal hole, and despite being described as a "hole," isn't much to get spooked by. That's because coronal...

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What It's Like To Watch a Volcano Collapse In Front Of You

Lava eruption connected to the caldera collapse. (Photo: Joschenbacher/CC BY-SA 4.0)There are only so many times in a person’s lifetime that a volcano collapses into itself, creating a giant bowl in...

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The Emperor of Japan is Thinking of Abdicating

Akihito on his wedding day in 1959. (Photo: Public domain)The Chrysanthemum Throne is not often vacated. Japan's current emperor, Akihito, has sat on it for over 27 years, having inherited it from his...

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8 Spooky New York Places That Should Be in the New Ghostbusters Movie

The disused City Hall subway station. (Photo: Joe Wolf/CC BY-ND 2.0)The original Ghostbusters is the quintessential New York movie. The slimy ghouls and occult demons are backdropped by an impressive...

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Why Farming Was Probably Invented Many Times by Independent Humans

The Fertile Crescent (Photo: Sémhur/CC BY-SA 3.0)The invention of farming stands as one of humanity’s greatest achievements. But as the Los Angeles Times reports, thanks to some recently discovered...

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91-Year-Old Woman at Museum Fills In Crossword-Themed Artwork

A different lady filling out a different crossword. (Photo: Nicolas Winspeare/CC BY 2.0)Our culture is full of conflicting instructions. "Always follow directions," we say. "Don't draw on art that is...

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