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Watch The World's Largest Aircraft Take Flight

Residents of Bedfordshire, England who happened to look up at the right time yesterday evening were greeted by a strange sight: a massive white aircraft, like two blimps stuck together, whirring...

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Found: Football-Sized Goldfish in an Australian River

Thinking of going all "Free Nemo" on your pet goldfish? Well, think again! #invasivespecies#IAShttps://t.co/wSdUtQhxFP— Marianne Kettunen (@makettunen) August 18, 2016Goldfish are everyone’s favorite...

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Watch One Man Play the Drums on Lake Baikal

In remote Siberia, north of the Russian border with Mongolia, is Lake Baikal. Baikal teems with weird and wonderful lifeforms, and many believe subterranean monsters swim around its depths. The...

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Inside the World's Only Surviving Tattoo Shop For Medieval Pilgrims

Wassim Razzouk tattooing the classic Jerusalem Cross motif known to look exactly like this since at least the early 1600s.(All Photos: Anna Felicity Friedman)In Jerusalem’s Old City today, you can find...

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The 'Sorority House Door Stack' is a Real Thing and It's Terrifying

A stack of door stacks. (via Google Image Search)Over and over again, the ritual is repeated. A handful of smiling girls stand outside ornate doorways, often dressed in matching shirts or identical...

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The Fabulous History of JAZZ HANDS!

via GIPHYWhether or not you’re a musical theatre aficionado, you are probably familiar by now with the term “jazz hands” (or maybe “spirit fingers”). The motion of splaying your fingers, palms out, and...

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Soccer's Ultimate Con Man Was a Superstar Who Couldn't Play the Game

Carlos Kaiser played soccer for two decades and never scored a goal. (Photo: Krivosheev Vitaly/shutterstock.com) Brazilian soccer star Carlos Kaiser had it all: exclusive contracts with popular teams,...

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Found: A 300-Year Old Shoe Meant To Ward Off Evil Spirits

Lucky shoes. (Photo: Courtesy of the Cambridge Archaeological Unit/Used with Permission) Maintenance workers at Cambridge University were just trying to run some new electrical cables in the walls of...

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As Siberia Heats Up, This Lake Turns Pink

Like most bodies of water, Siberia's Lake Burlinskoye spends much of the year on the cool side of the color wheel: tasteful blue, murky gray.Once a summer, though, the lake lets loose: it turns a...

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Say Farewell to New York's Original Apple Store

An early Apple Mac computer, signed by Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple. (All photos courtesy of Jack Goodman)On a busy street just off 6th Avenue in the Flatiron district of Manhattan sits a humble...

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Watch Wooden Blocks Transform Into a Rainbow of Color Pencils

As the last days of summer break dwindle away, students begin to mill through stores to stock up on back-to-school supplies and prepare for the upcoming academic year. But, one of our favorite writing...

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The Incredible Ruins of 12 Abandoned Islands

Of all the many places around the world that have been abandoned by their inhabitants and left to slump into obscurity and ruin, islands seem among the most unlikely. What’s not to love about an...

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The Unlikely Story Of The Folly Cove Guild, The Best Designers You've Never...

Eino Natti's 1950 print "Polyphemus" shows a granite train at work. (Image: Cape Ann Museum)One by one, the prints unfold before you. One shows sheep leaping in the grass, another, children on a...

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FOUND: An Ancient Mexican Codex-Within-a-Codex

Top: the original page, Bottom: the document revealed beneath the surface. (Photo: Copyright © Journal of Archaeological Sciences: Reports, 2016 Elsevier/Used with Permission)Thanks to a new high-tech...

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Decades Before Oprah, Della Reese was the First Black Woman to Host a Talk Show

Della Reese performing on her show in 1970. (Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images)Depending on whom you ask, the name Della Reese conjures a different cultural memory. For most, it evokes Tess, the wry,...

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Thousands Leave Norwegian Church as Online Registration Backfires

The "Arctic Cathedral" in Tromsø, Norway—one of the many churches that about 15,035 people will no longer be attending. (Photo: Henrik/CC BY-SA 3.0)The internet makes everything easier. Sit down at...

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Let's Talk About Puffins

PUFFIN! (Photo: Richard Bartz/CC BY-SA 3.0)Right now, environmental groups are lobbying to designate the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts, a marine area about 200 miles southeast of Cape Cod, as...

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This Cartoonist Mapped the Tumultuous World of 1920s Greenwich Village

In the 1920s, Greenwich Village was a "little colony of temperamental intellectuals." [All photos courtesy of David Rumsey Map Collection]The countercultural reputation of Lower Manhattan’s Greenwich...

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Watch Breathtaking Drone Footage From the Lofoten Islands in Norway

Clear blue water laps against an icy shore. Snowy peaks surround a mass of deep blue. Look down from a bird's-eye view of a small village and its red roofs are covered with a blanket of snow.Welcome to...

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Branded Newsstands, Bad Nachos, and the Evolution of Airport Retail

Fox Newsstand at Minneapolis Airport. (Photo: Seth Werkheiser/CC SA: BY 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...

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