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Mexico Just Shut Down a Lot of Sawmills in its Massive Monarch Butterfly Reserve

A female monarch butterfly. (Photo: Kenneth Dwain Harrelson/CC BY-SA 3.0)Every winter, millions of monarch butterflies from the eastern part of North America migrate south to a forest in the middle of...

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Nab the Abandoned Mansion That Inspired the Phrase 'Keeping Up With the Joneses'

(Photo: Public domain)Wyndclyffe, a mansion in Rhinebeck, New York, which is about 100 miles north of New York City, has been in bad shape for decades, ever since it was abandoned in the 1950s after a...

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Watch Early Rotoscoping Turn Cab Calloway into the Ghost of a Walrus

This Fleischer Studios cartoon from 1932 opens on a live-action shot of Cab Calloway and his band, with the bandleader performing his iconic boogie.The toon takes its name from one of Calloway's most...

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The Mystery of the State Department Spokesman Who Died And ... Kept Speaking

(Photo: JFK Library)A version of this story originally appeared on Muckrock.com.The year was November 1983, and the State Department needed to admit something pretty embarrassing.For two weeks, it...

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After Over 20 Years Overlooking the East Village, Lenin Comes Down

Lenin, in his rightful place atop Red Square. (Photo: Pharos/CC BY-SA 3.0)To a casual pedestrian on Houston St., the southern border of New York's East Village, Red Square might not look much different...

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Someone Keeps Stealing Joan of Arc's Sword in D.C.

Is it a clue?! (Photo: Timothy Vollmer/CC BY 2.0) In news that might be a plot point from a Da Vinci Code sequel, a Washington, D.C. Joan of Arc’s sword has been stolen. As NBC Washington is reporting,...

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For 200 Years, Secret 'Anvil Weddings' Were Performed by Blacksmiths in the U.K.

A marriage over the blacksmith's anvil in Gretna Green, Scotland. (Photo: Keystone-France/ Gamma-Rapho/ Getty Images)Love in 18th century England wasn’t the private affair we think of today. When a...

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Places You Can No Longer Go: Ray Bradbury's House

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A Record Amount of Mammoth Bones Was Unearthed in Siberia

A reconstructed mammoth from the Museum of British Columbia. (Photo: Flying Puffin/CC BY-SA 2.0)This past summer, paleontologists from Siberia's Tomsk State University took a pilgrimage to Mamontovoye...

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6 Dark Places Aleister Crowley Performed His Particular Brand of Magick

A portrait of Crowley at France's "Abode of Chaos". (Photo: thierry ehrmann/CC BY 2.0)Born in the late 1870s, England, Aleister Crowley was one of the great characters of the 20th century—a poet, a...

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Found: the Oldest Version Ever of Leviticus

(Photo: Science Advances)The earliest version we have of the Bible, as we read it today, is called the Codex Amiatinus, which dates to the 8th century and sits in a library in Florence. Before that,...

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Watch Sand Bubbler Crabs Transform a Beach Into a Field of Tiny Sand Balls

On sandy beaches in Australia, Thailand, and other regions of the Indo-Pacific, you may stumble across these strange star-like patterns in the sand. Tunneling their way up through the surface after the...

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The Historic Battle Over This Denver Park That Was a Center of the Chicano...

Plaza de la Raza at Columbus Park, otherwise known as La Raza Park. (Photo: Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)A version of this piece originally appeared on Denverite, a newsletter and news site for Denver...

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USB Drives Are Being Mysteriously Left in Australian Mailboxes

(Photo: Victoria Police)If you found a piece of pizza in the street, would you eat it? If you found a random USB drive in your mailbox, would you plug it into your computer?Your answer to these...

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The Mysterious Decapitation of Two Bison at a Spanish Reserve

Eye of a bison. (Photo: Nneirda/shutterstock.com)At a nature reserve in southern Spain, last Friday the park manager discovered "the headless body of Sauron," a dominant male bison, after the herd has...

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Solving the Mystery of the Secret International Puzzle Party

A typical table from the International Puzzle Party 2016. (Photo: Jerry's Mechanical Puzzle Collection/Used with Permission)Every year, at a location disclosed only to invitees, there is a secret...

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Satanic Temple Opens International Headquarters in Salem, Massachusetts

Hello, Baphomet. (Photo: Blackline/Public Domain)Satan has come to Salem! In a match seemingly made in Hell, the Satanic Temple is opening its new headquarters in Salem, Massachusetts, according to...

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The Strange Victorian Computer That Generated Latin Verse

Looking inside the Eureka machine. (Photo: © Alfred Gillett Trust)In July 1845, British curiosity-seekers headed to London’s Egyptian Hall to try out the novelty of the summer. For the price of one...

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The Photographer Who Captured Black Voters for Decades in Pittsburgh

Throughout the course of his prolific 40-year career, photographer Charles "Teenie" Harris amassed an extraordinary archive consisting of nearly 80,000 negatives. Starting in the 1930s, Harris...

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How Our Make-Believe Relationships With Celebrities Shape Our Social Lives

Jaye Derrick has a special relationship with the television sitcom Friends. Years ago, she began to notice a recurring pattern: whenever she had a fight with her boyfriend she would turn on her...

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