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Watch the Saddest Political Balloon Drop of All Time

President Jimmy Carter, looking like he knows his balloons aren't coming. (Screenshot: Youtube)The final night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention was rife with star turns—Khizr Khan's stirring...

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In 1924, Trump Wouldn’t Have Had a Choice Whether to Release His Tax Bills

(Photo: Gage Skidmore/CC BY-SA 2.0)Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for the presidency, has, over and over, refused to release his tax returns. This is apparently because of an ongoing Internal...

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A Titanium-Gold Alloy Harder Than Most Steel Was Just Discovered

A rod of raw titanium. (Photo: Alchemist-hp/CC BY-SA 3.0)Titanium, as you've probably heard, is the hardest naturally-occurring metallic element, which is why doctors use it for things like knee...

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Australia's Entire GPS Navigation is Off By 5 Feet

A control marker set by the National Geodetic Survey to determine latitude and longitude. (Photo: Lee Cannon / CC BY-SA-2.0)If you’re a regular user of satellite navigation services, you’ve likely...

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Why Are So Many Corpse Flowers Blooming at Once?

Titans arum in bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden. This flower stinks. (Photo: U.S. Botanic Garden / Public DomainIf Friday’s announcement that the New York Botanical Garden’s corpse flower was in...

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An Adorable Dachshund is Fighting for Her Inheritance

A wealthy dachshund (not Winnie Pooh). (Photo: OTA Photos / CC BY-SA-2.0)Planning for your departure from the mortal realm is a tedious, complicated, and slightly depressing process, but it’s one...

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The Long History of America's Constitutionally-Challenged 'Border Zones'

The fence between the USA and Mexico along the Pacific Ocean just south of San Diego. (Photo: Tony Webster / CC BY-2.0)Recently Maria Abi-Habib, a journalist at the Wall Street Journal, had a troubling...

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11 Ways To Get a Letter from the White House

President Barack Obama, potentially writing to you. (Photo: Pete Souza/Public Domain)As we all know, citizens of the United States enjoy certain unalienable rights: life, liberty, the pursuit of...

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Found: A Carton of a Dozen Eggs, All With Double Yolks

11 double-yolk eggs. (Photo: Shelbyc/CC BY-SA 3.0)Occasionally, hens lay eggs with two yolks in them. It’s relatively rare: it happens when a chicken ovulates twice in quick succession, and the chances...

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Atlas Obscura's Great Nevada Road Trip

All photos: Dylan Thuras/Rose AnnisIn April 2016, Atlas Obscura set out to explore Nevada's many hidden wonders. Because, boy oh boy, has Nevada got hidden wonders! Over five days, hurtling 1,000 miles...

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Where to See the Ruined Remains of Olympic Infrastructure

The Sarajevo Olympic podium was later used for executions during the Bosnian War. (Photo: Hedwig Klawuttke/CC BY-SA 3.0)Every four years a new host city erects a new host of grand buildings and...

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A Massive Mudslide Shut Down Denali Park Road and Marooned Visitors

Mudslide closes portion of Denali Park Road, marooning some visitors https://t.co/v445RZ6f9rpic.twitter.com/Cw6UwQXvPI— Alaska Dispatch News (@adndotcom) July 31, 2016There's just one road running...

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An Earthquake Early-Warning App Just Went Rogue and Terrified Tokyo

False megaquake alert shakes Tokyo https://t.co/PqKo0XGly5#Japanpic.twitter.com/ly0SiENVwI— The Straits Times (@STcom) August 1, 2016Billions of citizens worldwide rely on disaster apps, which provide...

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This Map Proves Britain Loves Tea More Than Anyone Else

A section of "The Tea is Drunk" map. (Photo: PJ Mode/Cornell Digital Library)George Orwell once wrote that tea was one of the mainstays of civilization in Britain. Tea, asserted Orwell, has the power...

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Watch a Chinese Blacksmith Create Fiery Sparkling Rays With Molten Metal

Every Chinese New Year in a farming village in China's coal country, a group of daring blacksmiths dons wide-brimmed straw hats and sheepskin vests. It’s their only layer of protection as they fling...

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Youth Tries to Improve 5,000-Year-Old Skier Carving, Causes 'National Tragedy'

Norway youth wrecks iconic 5,000 carving of skier by seeking to 'improve' it. https://t.co/dKYo9Tgdh4pic.twitter.com/x8jWhc4gCW— The Local Norway (@TheLocalNorway) July 29, 2016On Tro, an island in...

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Check Out This Panda-Themed Train Just Unveiled in China

Meet the 1st panda-themed subway train & subway station that began their trial operation in SW China's Chengdu, Sun. pic.twitter.com/i8MJGWZ84Z— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) July 31, 2016China...

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The Slow Demise of Asbestos, the Carcinogen that Gave 'The Wizard of Oz' Snow

Asbestos removal. (Photo: microlors/shutterstock.com)A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail. Throughout our history as a...

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These Beautiful Photos of Subway Stations Will Transport You From Your Daily...

The architecture of Munich's Marienplatz station. (All photos: Courtesy of Chris M. Forsyth)“Honestly, I’m just really obsessed with looking at photos of metros,” says Montreal-based photographer Chris...

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6 Real-World Harry Potter Locations You Can Visit

Harry learned to fly on the grounds outside Alnwick Castle. (Photo: James West/CC BY-SA 2.0)As if by magic, a new Harry Potter book is here. While not technically a new volume in the series—it's the...

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