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The Minor Farce that Unfolded the First Time the Republicans Came to Cleveland

Frank Lowden in December 1923. (Photo: Library of Congress)Ninety-two years ago, in Cleveland, a bunch of Republicans gathered at their convention to nominate a presidential ticket. A few weeks before...

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There Are Significantly More Pots of Gold to be Found in Ireland Now

(Photo: Bullion Vault/CC BY-ND 2.0)It's long been rumored that along the Irish border with Northern Ireland there lies a vast trove of gold beneath the surface of the Earth. The area had been mined...

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How to Steal a Beach

Cemex mine, Monterey Bay. (Photo: Edward Thornton)In Northern California's Monterey Bay, a peculiar thing happens every time there's a storm. When wind and rain hit, a pond set back about 100 feet from...

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Leonardo da Vinci Designed a Nightmare Scuba Suit

If da Vinci had his way, we'd all be swimming in these. (Photo: Tama66/CC0)Look at that cloth monstrosity above. Was it designed by an irradiated walrus? A hypochondriac Cthulhu? The creators of an...

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A Homemade Speedboat Has Held the Deadly Water Speed Record Since 1978

Ken Warby and the Spirit of Australia crack the world water speed record in 1978 (Photo: X Swamp/Youtube)Boating can be dangerous. Trying to be the fastest boat ever recorded is insanely dangerous....

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America's Only Floating Post Office Delivers More than Mail to Detroit's Ships

Captain Sam Buchanan prepares to take a mail parcel on board for a delivery to a passing freighter as traffic backs up on the Ambassador Bridge that connects Detroit to Windsor, Canada. (Photo: Liana...

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Found: Vessels That Let Your Immune System Control Your Personality

The brain has lymph vessels running around it. (Image: Popular Science/Public domain)One of the the most important systems in the human body is the lymph system, through which immune cells travel to...

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70 Years Ago, the U.S. Military Set Off a Nuke Underwater, And It Went Very...

The most destructive part of the blast was the misty cloud of radioactive water. (Photo: U.S. Army Photographic Signal Corps)Seventy years ago, on July 26, 1946, the U.S. military tried a new type of...

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How a Mythical Imp that Snuck Up People's Large Intestines Became a Symbol of...

A kappa doll decorates a water lily pond in Japan. (Photo: pattang/shutterstock.com)Although the kappa-maki, a slim cucumber roll, is a vegetarian standby on sushi menus all over the globe, few realize...

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For Two Weeks, The Beaches Of South Jersey Looked Tropical

So who's noticed the tropically-turquoise waters off of South Jersey over the last 10 days? Quite unusual, right? pic.twitter.com/gi92oNj1Bj— Dan Skeldon (@ACPressSkeldon) July 12, 2016Joe Bongiovanni,...

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The Library of Congress is in the Midst of a Cyberattack

(Photo: Carol M. Highsmith/CC BY-SA 3.0)Since at least Sunday, the Library of Congress has been undergoing a denial-of-service attack on their servers, bringing down websites and forcing the agency to...

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Watch Amazing Tiny Sea Creatures Light Up and Dance

The ribbons of purple and blue tentacles coiling in the video above look like they belong to some kind of alien lifeform. But this sea creature can actually be found floating on the surface of our...

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Police Find Marijuana, Give Facebook Instructions on How Its Owner Can...

Have you seen this weed? (Photo: Euclid Police Department Facebook)While a good portion of Ohio’s police are concerned with making sure that the Republican National Convention in Cleveland runs...

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Mystery of Why Turtles Have Shells Solved After 8-Year-Old Finds Fossil

(Photo: Bavarria/CC BY 2.0)Some time ago, an 8-year-old named Kobus Snyman found some turtle bones on his father's farm in South Africa. He wasn't quite sure what he had, so he did what others might do...

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The Dream of Building Floating Cities is Dragged Down by Reality

The first place winner, "Artisanopolis", from the Seasteading Institute's 2015 architectural design contest for floating cities. (Photo: Gabriel Scheare, Luke & Lourdes Crowley, and Patrick White/...

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The First Hollywood Film to Imagine a Fictional President Was Some Weird...

A still from Gabriel Over the White House. (Photo: David Inman/YouTube)A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail. Over the...

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The Neon Glow of Bioluminescent Sea Creatures

A bioluminescent firefly squid. (Photo: Visuals Unlimited/Getty Images)Each year on the western coast of Japan, nature creates a particularly unique spectacle. Just under the surface of Toyama Bay,...

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Most Whales Don't Know How Bad They Smell

This guy's stinking up the joint and he has no idea. (Photo: Steve Snodgrass/CC BY 2.0)It's impossible to gaze at a magnificent underwater creature, like a dolphin or a trout, without pondering how it...

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Atlas Obscura Has a Podcast

We're thrilled to bring you the first episode of Escape Plan, a road trip podcast from Atlas Obscura and Zipcar. We've been yearning to do a podcast for a long time. In Escape Plan, we hope we've...

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The Less-Than-Effective Shark Nets Protecting Australia's Beaches

Swimmers at shark-netted Bondi Beach in Sydney. (Photo: Tim Grubb/CC BY-SA 3.0)Gaze over the sprawling mass of humanity toward the horizon from any popular Sydney beach in summer and, if you’re...

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