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One of Iceland's Biggest Volcanoes Might Be Close to Erupting

Katla from a distance. (Photo: Gary J. Wood/CC BY-SA 2.0)Iceland is home to some 130 volcanoes, with over a dozen considered to be active, and with a few them liable to erupt at any minute. Now, after...

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Food Testing in 1902 Featured a Tuxedo-Clad 'Poison Squad' Eating Plates of Acid

Members of the "Poison Squad", individuals who tested whether food was safe for human consumption. (Photo: FDA/Public Domain)Twelve young men sat around a fine dinner table with a crisp white...

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Meet the Button Obsessives Who Salivate Over Hillary and Trump Souvenirs

A button signed by Hillary Clinton. (Photo: Bob Levine)Laid up in a hospital bed, recovering from a spider bite, Bob Levine pays close attention to the television screen. It’s the Democratic National...

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Found: A Giant Slug the Size of a Cat

What a MASSIVE SLUG! I still can't believe how big it was!WATCH HERE -> https://t.co/vpCbyoRXfPpic.twitter.com/eL01MrWPqZ— COYOTE PETERSON (@COYOTEPETERSON) August 31, 2016 Sometimes, if you go...

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Angry Elves Force Iceland Road Workers To Dig Up A Sacred Rock

Wait, are those guys covering my rock?! (Photo: leospek/Shutterstock.com)In Iceland, elves are serious business, so when local road construction covered up a rock that was important to the wee folk,...

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Nelson Mandela's Grandson Wants People To Stop Naming Things After Nelson...

"Nelson Mandela Square," a shopping mall in Johannesburg. (Photo: Marc Smith/CC BY 2.0)South Africa's Mthatha Airport is up for a name change. According to City Press, the airport's Aviation Board is...

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A Massive Amount of Cocaine Was Found at a French Coca-Cola Plant

(Photo: Ken/CC BY 2.0)Coca-Cola, in its original 19th-century formula, contained cocaine. The plant-based stimulant was legal back then: in Georgia, where Coca-Cola originates, alcohol was what...

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Yellowstone Owes Its Early Success To Public Bear Feeding

The bear "Lunch Counter" behind Old Faithful. (Photo: Yellowstone National Park/Public Domain)When F. Dumont Smith visited Yellowstone National Park's Lake Hotel in 1909, he came away with a few...

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Watch These Human Slinkies Dance in a Neon Disco

If you have ever sent a coiled Slinky somersaulting down a flight of stairs, the moves in this dance performance will look familiar. Veniamin Shows Inc.’s“Human Slinky” mimics the movement of the...

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The World’s First Travel Writer Was a Guy From Ancient Greece

An 1819 painting of ancient Livadeia, a city "no less adorned than the most prosperous of Greek cities," wrote Pausanias. (Photo: Public Domain)In ancient times, tourists and travelers in Greece have...

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The Haphazard History of the U.S. Open's Best and Worst Venues, Soon to Be...

Louis Armstrong Stadium, with CitiField to the left and, in the distance, the Whitestone Bridge. (Photo: Kai Brinker/CC BY-SA 2.0)Fans attending the U.S. Open for the first time always find it curious...

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When the FBI Grilled Julia Child Over Her Alleged Communist Ties

A version of this story originally appeared on Muckrock.com.Anyone with Google, a passing interest in espionage, or a love of Amy Adams knows by now that the life of television personality and French...

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The Delicate Glass Sea Creatures of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka

Specimen of Blaschka Marine Life: Synapta maculata– sea cucumber. Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, Dresden Germany, 1885. Lent by Cornell University, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. at the...

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Places You Can No Longer Go: Hoffman Auto Showroom

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Found: The First Identical Twin Puppies Ever Discovered

A dog has given birth to the first identical twin puppies https://t.co/KQswvWOc0kpic.twitter.com/a7L3ACV2nd— BBC Earth (@BBCEarth) August 31, 2016Kurt de Cramer, a vet working in a suburb of...

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Is Carbonated Milk Coming To A Store Near You?

The milk... it's missing something... (Photo: Carsten Schertzer/CC BY 2.0)Sure, milk is pretty cool. It's got calcium. Celebs love it, and your mom probably gave you some with cookies at least once in...

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What's So Endearing About Snakes and Toads? Ask a Herper

A San Francisco garter snake. One of the most beautiful snakes in the world. (Photo: Brian Gratwicke/CC BY 2.0)Birding might be the most well-known animal watching pastime, but to herpers, the really...

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This 84-Year-Old Retiree Wants 'the Internet' to See a Massive Mushroom He Found

You may not be able to tell from the photo, but, as his granddaughter wrote on Facebook, Don Smith is a very happy man. That's a mushroom he's got on his lap, a 15-pound mushroom, which he found on his...

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Watch A '60s Magician Play The Mellotron

Inside the reception room of a large house somewhere in London is Eric Robinson; a musical composer and BBC television personality. A slow instrumental plays in the background. But, as Robinson tells...

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Why Northerners Think All Southerners Have One Accent

The Southern states contain many micro-accents and dialects. (Photo: hans.slegers/shutterstock.com)The tiny island of Ocracoke, off the coast of North Carolina, is unimpeachably Southern. The most...

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