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The Wild Frogs, Newts and Salamanders That Have Eluded Cameras for Decades

Scientists discovered this toad during an expedition to Colombia.  The species, which has yet to be officially described and named, was dubbed the “Monty Burns” toad by lead scientist and photographer...

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There Was a Sausage Attack in Germany Against a BMW

Sometimes a weapon is whatever you have on hand. (Photo: webandi/CC0)Sometimes, the daily grind gets you down. You try to judge situations on a case-by-case basis, and link them together for broader...

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How the 1985 Fantasy Film 'Legend' Ended Up With Two Soundtracks

Darkness calls. (Photo: Screenshot by Eric Grundhauser)Ridley Scott’s 1985 fantasy classic Legend is a beloved '80s movie, unless you don’t like it. For every '80s kid that marks it as one of the...

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The Forgotten Tale of How America Converted Its 1980 Olympic Village Into a...

The Olympic flame burning at Lake Placid in 1980. (Photo: Dan Lundberg/cropped/CC BY-SA 2.0)For two weeks in the winter of 1980, a small town in upstate New York had an Olympic Village filled with...

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Found: 'Crazy Snake Worms' in Oregon

Invasive 'crazy snake worm' unearthed in Oregon https://t.co/CSmpNWIrHL— OPB (@OPB) August 11, 2016 Finding an invasive species that runs the risk of destabilizing your local ecosystem is never a good...

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Watch People Race Down a Hill After Cheese

During the Olympics, events appear up on our screens that never normally receive much airtime. Amid all the synchronized swimming and steeplechase matches in Rio, you might have missed another obscure...

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The Battle Over Net Neutrality Started With The 1920s-Era 'Hush-A-Phone'

The hourglass curve of this rectangular baffle muffles conversations on a candlestick phone so only the receiver can hear on the other end of the line. [Photo: Spark Museum of Electrical Invention]It's...

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High School Students Unearth Ballista Ball from Ancient Jewish Revolt

Ancient ballista ball unearthed by students in Gush Etzion from Bar Kokhba… https://t.co/hiemdH97Py#IsraelNewspic.twitter.com/gzUSBsKeH7— The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) August 15, 2016Every year,...

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Hemingway's Family Is Getting Some Antlers Back 52 Years After Hunter S....

Hunter S. Thompson Widow Returns Stolen Hemingway #Elk Antlershttps://t.co/HekpU6nIixpic.twitter.com/M2ZE13muLT— Backcountry Hunters (@Backcountry_H_A) August 16, 2016In 1964, a young Hunter S....

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Northeast Ohio Is Built Like New England Because It Used to Be Owned by...

Cleveland's Public Square in the 1910s. (Photo: Public domain)If you look at a map of Connecticut, paying particular attention to town names, and then do the same to Northeast Ohio, you might get the...

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The Wildly Misunderstood Photos of Hitler in Disguise

The altered photographs showing Hitler in different disguises. (Photo: Universal History Archive/Getty Images)By 1944, the face of Nazi party leader Adolf Hitler had stared out at the public from...

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Found: A Secret Bunker Beneath an Indian Governor's Mansion

This tunnel is 150meter long 3meter wide and height is around 12 feet.Bunker is spread over area of 5000sq ft. pic.twitter.com/U5dqkkBwm7— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) August 16, 2016You’d expect...

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San Francisco's 'Piano Pound' Seeks Homes For Orphaned Pianos

Kevin's adoption page at the Piano Pound. (Image: Piano Pound)It's a sad fact of modern life—when people move, they often can't take their pianos with them. These stray instruments, once beloved...

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10 Places Where You Can See Whale Bones Outside a Museum

You're supposed to swim IN the water. (Photo: hrnick/Atlas Obscura)Whales are some of the most mysterious, majestic creatures on the planet. While whaling is a despicable business that has been slowly...

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The Olympic Committee Spent Years Concern-Trolling Women About 'Wandering Wombs'

The Swedish team at the 1926 Women's World Games in Göteborg, Sweden. (Photo: Bertil Norberg/Public Domain)In the summer of August 20, 1922, a crowd of 20,000 spectators cheered at a rare sight: dozens...

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The New York Public Library is Moving 1.5 Million Books to an Underground Lair

Starting in May 2016, library staff started bringing books into the lower level of the Milstein Research Stacks. (All Photos: Zach Gross)This summer, several times a week, a 30-foot truck filled with...

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Is the Internet's Favorite Robot a Fraud?

Promobot. (Photo: Promobot)For a viral-aspiring Youtube video, this one starts off pretty boring.Three people, two men and one woman, are gathered around a table, which holds a computer broadcasting...

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Watch These Cardists Perform Artistic Tricks With Playing Cards

These nimble-fingered mavericks turn a deck of ordinary playing cards into a mesmerizing swirl of patterns and tricks. A small, but budding group of cardists (a combination of “cards” and “artists”)...

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The Dangerous Origins of the Pentathlon, the Only Sport Created for the Olympics

Pentathletes competing in 2007. (Photo: U.S. Army)The ancient pentathlon, contested in the first Olympic games over two millennia ago, could be dangerous. Consisting of five events, the ancient sport...

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Meet the Pangolin, the Real World Pokemon You Didn't Know You Loved

This Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica) was rescued from poachers and is awaiting release into Cuc Phuong National Park in Vietnam. (All Photos: Suzi Eszterhas)A version of this story originally appeared...

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