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Is There Such a Thing as Too Many Blueberries?

Cultivated blueberries. (Photo: Steven DePolo/CC BY 2.0)The wild blueberry harvest, up in the blueberry barrens of Maine, starts in July and goes to early September. In these parts of the state, north...

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India’s Deadly, Flexible Whip Sword Takes Years to Master

A martial artist uses a multi-bladed Sri Lankan variation of a traditional urumi. (Photo: Angampora/CC BY-SA 3.0)Whips are the coolest weapon, just ask Indiana Jones. Of course, someone like Ned Stark...

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Watch These Awkward Elevator Rides From an Old Episode of Candid Camera

Elevator rides can be awkward. The tiny space forces passengers into close quarters as they slowly scale up and down buildings. In this clip from a '60s episode of the American hidden camera show...

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The Spacecraft Rosetta Died to 'Go Out Now in True Rock 'n' Roll Style'

An artist's rendering of Rosetta just before impact. (Photo: ESA)Over 11 years ago, the European Space Agency launched the Rosetta spacecraft, which was sent about 350 million miles into space to study...

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The Battle Over Where 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' Was Written

The house in Brunswick, where the owners claim that Stowe wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin. (Photo: David Jester)When Harriet Beecher Stowe penned Uncle Tom’s Cabin, her residence was a drafty, colonial style...

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How 20 Stolen Van Gogh Paintings Were Recovered 35 Minutes After a Heist

Van Gogh's "The Potato Eaters," one of the works that was stolen. (Photo: Public domain)Officials said Friday that two Van Gogh paintings—stolen in 2002 in a brazen robbery at the Van Gogh Museum in...

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7 Not-So-Secret Homes of Super Secret Societies

In clandestine corners of the world, the elite come together in secrecy. Some of them don’t mind that we know of these society meetings, while others maintain that they do not organize at all.Yet...

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The 1980s Crime Ring That Poisoned Japan's Candy And Never Got Caught

Police officers check Glico products at a supermarket in Osaka, Japan, in December 1984. (Photo: Sankei Archive/Getty Images)By now, everyone knows there's no such thing as poisoned Halloween candy. No...

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How a Tiny New Zealand Town Became the Global Center of Sheep

The sheep shearer statue in Te Kuiti, New Zealand. (Photo: Dramatic/CC BY-SA 4.0)If you flip a sheep onto its backside, balancing it upright with your legs, the usually skittish animal will become...

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11 Hidden Spots to Enter the Underworld

Hades. Naraka. Guinee. Xibalba. Though names may differ from one set of teachings to another, almost every religion on the planet features the concept of an underworld—a place to which the souls of the...

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Welcome to Atlas Obscura's 31 Days of Halloween

(Photo: Patrick Emerson/CC BY-ND 2.0)Halloween may be but one day a year, but the whole month of October is prime creepy time. And in the lead up to All Hallow's Eve, we at Atlas Obscura will be...

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China Is Testing Its First Suspended Railway

Chinese officials recently announced a transportation first for the country: a suspended railway.The railway, which looks like an upside down monorail and is designed to resemble a panda, is being...

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Enter the Psychedelic World of Coral With This Time-Lapse Video

 “Despite being one of the oldest animals in our planet, [corals] are mostly unknown.” So says Nntonio Rodriguez, the director of this astonishing time lapse video that captures the movements of...

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How to Recycle a Building

Much of Chicago’s thoroughly modern urban landscape dates back a hundred years or more. The Windy City has upheld its dedication to maintaining the history of its old structures rather than demolish...

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Are You Boston's Least Bad Driver?

Maybe you really are better than everyone else on the road. (Photo: Raysonho/CC0 1.0)Do you live or drive in Boston, Massachusetts? Do you ever get the feeling that you're the only person in the entire...

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Hacker Blamed for Porn on Billboard, Though Police Are Investigating Anyway

#videotron😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/lk6C6frkWj— Irman Novryansah (@RealIrman_) September 30, 2016On Friday, amid a lot of traffic on a street in Jakarta, a pornographic film started playing on a video...

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How Meat Science (And Marketing) Gave the World the Flat Iron Steak

Scientists have been involved in the discovery of some cuts of beef, such as flat iron steak. (Photo: Internet Archive/Public Domain)A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium, a twice-weekly...

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H.G. Wells Hid A Sick Burn Inside 'The War of The Worlds'

The image of three-legged Martian attack tripods and rivers covered in strange red weeds, are now iconic symbols of alien invasion, thanks to H.G. Wells’ influential science fiction novel, The War of...

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A Dearly Departed Istanbul Cat Gets a Commemorative Statue

Cats in Istanbul are kind of a big deal, but even among Istanbul’s famous cats, Tombili stood apart. An unusually portly cat, Tombili rose to social media fame after being caught on camera leaning a...

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The 40-Year-Old Hermit Crab

Jonathan Livingston Crab. (Photo: Paul Yacovitch)These days it's normal to announce your pet's birthday or adopt-iversary online. But it's definitely not common for the number to be 40—especially if...

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