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It's a Mystery Who's Running One of the Oldest Multi-Player Online Fantasy Games

(All screenshots by Eric Grundhauser)Since 1996, The Realm Online been occupying its fantasy world on the edges of the mainstream internet. It’s not clear who is running it or how, but still it...

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Radical Wine Terrorists Flood French Town In Red

3️⃣ : Des milliers de litres de #vin déversés dans les rues de #Setehttps://t.co/lBjXmPixZK#WineMorning🍷⚡️ pic.twitter.com/VRDMfV88qA— Rhonéa (@RhoneaOfficiel) August 3, 2016On Tuesday night, residents...

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Game Wardens Seized A Fully-Stuffed Polar Bear From An Oklahoma Airport

Mounted polar bear found by game wardens at Jones Airport in Oklahoma https://t.co/79CkQHvnJ9 via @kjrh2hd— tom allison (@tallison46) August 5, 2016Game wardens seized an entire stuffed polar bear from...

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The Weirdest Things We’ve Done to the Olympic Torch

Runners carry the Olympic Flame from Greece to Germany during 1936's "Nazi Olympics." (Photo: German Federal Archives/CC BY-SA 3.0)This evening, Rio will kick off the 2016 Summer Games with the kind of...

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Coast Guard Shows Up to Save Beached Whales, Finds Bags of Rocks Instead

Coastguards alerted to beached 'pod of whales' off Sussex coast - https://t.co/RzB0reZhnJpic.twitter.com/vDBjaPrIzy— Brighton Argus (@brightonargus) August 4, 2016Off the Sussex coast in the United...

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America's First Medal at the Nazi Olympics Was For...Town Planning

Marine Park today. (Photo: Timothy Krause/CC SA: BY 2.0)The design to redevelop Marine Park, in Brooklyn, had been beautifully sketched in oil onto a large rectangular canvas. The map showed a thin...

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Watch This Beautiful, Chaotic Bat Ballet

As the summer sun sets in central Texas, you may see a dark, ominous cloud undulating in the sky. But this is no cloud of smoke. It’s a colony of Brazilian Free-Tailed Bats emerging from their...

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The Arcane Rules That Would Kick In If Trump Drops Out

(Photo: Gage Skidmore/CC BY-SA 3.0)As the 1972 presidential campaign wore on, George McGovern, the Democratic candidate for president, began hearing some troubling rumors about his chosen running mate,...

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The Tale of Rival, North Dakota, Which Never Had a Chance

Rival, ND. (Photo: Ghosts of North Dakota/Troy Larson)Far into the sparsely peopled lands of North Dakota, less than ten miles from the Canadian border, there is a place called Rival. Founded in the...

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Found: A Prosthetic Leg Stuck in a Beaver Dam

"I hope that if I lost my leg that someone would return it to me, too," Jason Franklin said. https://t.co/3I5D2ek4nD— Journal Sentinel (@journalsentinel) August 8, 2016 Two men were canoeing in a creek...

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Dueling Insects, a Murder Mystery, and Other Intriguing Rivalry-Themed Events

Belmont tunnel, LA.(Photo: Erin Johnson)For Rivals Week at Atlas Obscura, we’ve compiled a list of upcoming competition-themed events taking place around the country. From insect farms and murder...

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10 Places Caught Up in Odd Border Disputes

House on the notoriously disputed Bangladesh–India border. (Photo: Moheen Reeyad/CC BY-SA 4.0)For something invisible and very often arbitrary, geographic borders have an enormous impact. In the...

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The Brazilian Soccer Rivalry That Spilled Over Into Architecture

Inter diehard Penny Razzolini (left) and Grêmio diehard Adriano Maffei meet beneath the highway overpass that's become yet another point of contention between the team's two fans. (Photo: Andrew...

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Watch a Keralan Dancer's Impressively Intricate Facial Twitches

Dressed in a long white tunic decorated with beads and glass, and gold headgear covered in a patchwork of brightly colored stones, the Ottamthullal dancer is almost ready to take the stage. Just time...

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The 1976 Great American Horse Race Was Won By A Mule Named Lord Fauntleroy

All-American mules, more than worthy of our pride. (Photo: Irving Rusinow/National Archive and Records Administration)On May 31st, 1976, about 200 well-muscled animals lined up in Frankfort, New York,...

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A Lot of People Are Getting the Measles at Music Festivals in Britain

A fun new between-sets activity? (Image: WikiCommons/Public Domain)Summer music festivals come with plenty of health woes—sunburn; dehydration; nausea; various overindulgences. You might dance too...

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A Massive Oil Rig Has Washed Up on a Beach in Scotland

Oil rig runs aground off coast of Lewis as Scotland hit by high winds https://t.co/MYbzM2ZVpcpic.twitter.com/oARQUjvzU2— STV News (@STVNews) August 8, 2016A massive oil rig with over 300 tons of diesel...

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Tomb and Skeleton Unearthed, Offering New Evidence of the Ancient Snake Dynasty

Huge 'Snake Dynasty' tomb w/body, gifts & hieroglyphs found in 7/8thC AD #Mayan temple https://t.co/O1nSJxTK7upic.twitter.com/v6a3ENmkr7— Susan Oosthuizen (@DrSueOosthuizen) August 7, 2016A Mayan...

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A Traditional Globe Maker is Making 3-D Versions of Historic Martian Maps

Percival Lowell's Martian canals map may have been troubling in the 19th century, but it now serves as a stunning piece in Michael Plichta's globe manufacturing studio. [All Photos: Michael Martin...

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Italy Will Now Fine You If You Try to Save a Spot at the Beach

Beachgoers in Sardinia. (Photo: Ross Huggett/CC BY 2.0)Italy is home to some of the busiest beaches in the world, which have been popular with vacationers throughout Europe for decades. But that...

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