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Exit Interview: I Was Bernie Sanders' Chief Advance Man

Marc Levitt. (Photo: Arun Chaudhary) Presidential campaigns don’t plan themselves. For the months in which a candidate is on the road, wheeling from state to state, event to event, there’s an entire...

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The Most Curious and Fascinating Places We Came Across This Week

A view of Opus 40 from the eastern edge of the quarry. (Photo: Blake Olmstead/Atlas Obscura)Every day our community of travelers and writers unearths fascinating places from the hidden corners of the...

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Found: Pot (Lots of Pot) in a Porta-Potty

There is it. (Photo: Rogue River Police Department)In Rogue River, Ore., a man walking his dog in the park in the morning opened a Porta-Potty, and found a lot of pot.He called the local police, for...

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Batman, a Four-Earred Cat, Has Found A Home

Four-eared cat called Batman finds a new home https://t.co/8AT169nJHipic.twitter.com/KDydC9jkUU— Independent US (@IndyUSA) August 11, 2016Batman has finally found a place to call home. Batman the...

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Watch a Groovy Synchronized Swimming Routine From the 1960s

Synchronized swimming is a complicated sport, bringing together elements of swimming, gymnastics and ballet. Competitors are highly skilled and their timing, strength and balance are all crucial for a...

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The World's Oldest Gold Artifact Was Just Found

This tiny bead may be the world's oldest gold artifact https://t.co/U43uqXIbUapic.twitter.com/8pupeo7bUT— CBC News (@CBCNews) August 11, 2016Humans have been making things out of gold and trading them...

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After Lovers Hemingway and Gellhorn Faced Off on D-Day, They Filed for Divorce

Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, a married couple in China. (Photo: John F Kennedy Library/Public domain)The American war correspondent, Martha Gellhorn, walked along a corridor at the London...

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A Whirlwind Tour of Space Race Relics

A 1965 stamp depicting Alexey Leonov on the first spacewalk. (Photo: EugeneZelenko/Public Domain)During the Cold War, the U.S. and the USSR fought for dominion over the coveted title of World's Most...

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Sorry, Dear Abby—Ann Landers Advises a Better Cake

The Dear Abby Cake and the Ann Landers Cake, side by side. (Photo: Atlas Obscura)From the time the twins were born, in 1918 in Sioux City, Iowa, they were fated to lead entwined lives. The woman who...

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Found: A 19th Century Sword Tip at the Alamo's Southern Wall

Sword tip. (Photo: Texas General Land Office)Archaeologists studying the Alamo, the famous mission that featured in the Texas Revolution, discovered the tip of a Mexican sword near what they believe is...

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This James Bond Map Will Teach You How to Become a Spy

Ian Fleming Thriller Map. (Photo: PJ Mode's collection of persuasive maps/Cornell Digital Library)James Bond is the world’s most famous fictional spy. A super sleuth, cold-blooded marksman and serial...

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Thousands of Sticks of Dynamite Discovered in a Philippines Mine

If only all explosives were so clearly labeled. (Photo: Sean MacEntee/CC BY 2.0)Up to 39,000 sticks of dynamite were discovered in a shelter that once belonged to a now-abandoned mine. According to the...

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British Zoo Enjoys Record Tarantula Birth

A brand new baby Montserrat tarantula, safe in its zoo condo. (Photo: Chester Zoo)Last week, an employee at Britain's Chester Zoo saw something that would send most humans running: hundreds of...

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The Most Inaccessible Places in the World People Desperately Want To Visit

Red Seabeach. (Photo: Jia Mi/Used with Permission)The Atlas is full of remarkable places that most everyone wants to go, as well as remarkably remote or obscure places that few have even heard of. And...

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The First Published Study About Chemtrails Is Here

Condensation trails behind a plane. (Photo: Public domain)All good conspiracy theories are alike, while each bad conspiracy theory seems to be dumb in its own unique way. Take chemtrails, for example....

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How Flower-Obsessed Victorians Encoded Messages in Bouquets

A Victorian-era print of a bouquet of roses. (Photo: Boston Public Library/CC BY 2.0)Imagine for a moment that a messenger shows up at the door of your elegantly-appointed Victorian home and hands you...

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Photographing the World's Most Top Secret Floors

"European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium, 2005"—one entry in Martin John Callanan's ongoing "Grounds" series. (All photos courtesy Martin John Callanan)Have you ever wanted an inside look at the room...

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Watch Bacteria Jiggle, Pulse, and Shine to a Party Rock Anthem

There are crazy, flashy raves growing on these petri dishes. The undulating lights in the four-minute video set to LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” are actually produced by bacteria. The single-celled...

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The 'Cajun Navy' That's Helping Residents in Flooded Louisiana

#CajunNavypic.twitter.com/Pt1d21I20Z— Steve Hardy (@SteveRHardy) August 15, 2016Nearly 11 years ago, as Hurricane Katrina brought in a deluge of rain, causing flooding across the state of Louisiana, a...

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The Biochemist Behind Light Beer, the Greatest Marketing Gimmick the World...

Bud light taps. (Photo: Michael Dorausch/CC BY-SA 2.0)A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail.When it comes to products...

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