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A Highway in Austria Was Terrorized by Drunk Birds

Look out! (Photo: Christoffer A Rasmussen/Public Domain)When birds fall out of the sky, people think the worst—apocalypse, environmental catastrophe, mass bird protest. Sometimes, though, the birds are...

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Why Women Pretended to Be Creepy Rocks and Trees in NYC Parks During WWI

Three camoufleurs in the Women’s Reserve Camouflage Corps  make one woman disappear into the forest floor.  (Photo: NARA/165-WW-599G-1)Imagine taking a quiet stroll through the expansive wilderness of...

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The 10 Iconic Cemeteries That Made Death Beautiful

By the 19th century, church graveyards had a worse reputation than you might expect. In addition to their general doom and gloom, they were rife with body snatching, gambling, and prostitution. Add to...

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Watch This Record-Breaking Diver Take You Under the Ice

Johanna Under The Ice - NOWNESS from NOWNESS on Vimeo.“My leg was so badly broken, they thought I might lose it.”So begins this visually hypnotizing short documentary by British director Ian Derry....

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The Definitive Map of America’s Creepy Clown Epidemic

The interactive map above tracks over 100 clown sightings and threats across America, beginning in early August. This map will be updated as more clown activity happens. The first American "creepy...

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Bat Poop Has Turned These African Cave Crocodiles Orange

Orange, but still deadly. (Photo: Olivier Testa/The Abanda Expedition)It’s not easy being green, or orange for that matter. According to New Scientist, explorers in Gabon’s Abanda cave system have...

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Dallas Police Release Training Materials for Its Now Infamous Bomb Robot

(Photo: Public domain)A version of this story originally appeared on Muckrock.com.On July 7, the Dallas Police engaged Micah Xavier Johnson in a 45-minute gun battle before ultimately sending in a...

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Do You Remember Candle Cove?

TO GRIND YOUR SKIN! (Photo: Youtube/Syfy)Does Candle Cove sound familiar? That old children's show with the sinister talking boat, and the skeleton, The Skin-Taker? It aired on the local channel in...

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Clown Hysteria Has Spread to Australia

Clowns. They're everywhere. (Photo: Kevin Utting/CC BY 2.0)America’s sinister clown trend has spread to Australia. According to the Telegraph, sightings of creepy clowns are on the rise around the...

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Found: A 1,600-Year-Old Oven With Food Still Inside

A smaller, modern version of the same sort of oven. (Photo: timquijano/CC BY 2.0)Sometime around 400 A.D., in a place now called Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, someone started making a meal. They dug a...

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The Glorious Symmetry of Hong Kong’s Streetscapes

In a densely populated city of over seven million people, it can be hard to gain a sense of space and calm. Not so for Hong Kong photographer Kyle Yu, whose architectural images on Instagram provide an...

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Scottish Police Arrest Road-Crossing Chicken

We are sinners all. (Photo: Matt Davis/CC BY 2.0)Chickens have done many bad things. For example, they yell every morning at sunrise. There is no need for this anymore at all, and yet they continue to...

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How Colombia's Biggest Murder Investigation Was Swayed by a Dream

Memorial to Luis Andres Colmenares Escobar, the victim of the Colombia's most famous murder mystery. (Photo: Pedro Felipe (Own work) CC BY-SA 4.0) It reads like the perfect Agatha Christie novel. A...

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Why It's Impossible to Know a Coastline's True Length

Puget Sound from the sky, as seen this past winter. (Photo: EcologyWA/Public Domain)Imagine, for a moment, that you and your friend have been given a seemingly straightforward task: to measure the...

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Watch Pumpkins Get Launched By a Massive Slingshot and Trebuchet

Across the United States during autumn, there are fields that turn into a war zone of pumpkin pulp. The orange mulch is the mark of pumpkin chucking (also called punkin chunkin for rhyming reasons)....

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Inside the New York Public Library's Last, Secret Apartments

There used to be parties in the apartments on the top floors of New York City's branch libraries. On other nights, when the libraries were closed, the kids who lived there might sit reading alone among...

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The Dramatic Life and Mysterious Death of Theodosia Burr

The so-called "Nag's Head Portrait", possibly of Theodosia Burr Alston. (Photo: Public Domain)In 1869, a vacationing doctor named William Gaskins Pool was called to help an ill old woman named Polly...

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Why Presidential Debates Are Consistently Held at Obscure Colleges

Obama speaks with an advisor ahead of a debate in 2012. (Photo: Public domain)As viewers nervously tuned into the first presidential debate in September, the first question might well have been about...

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The Wide, Strange World of Modern Mummification

Mummification is, obviously, most closely linked with ancient Egypt, but it is a varied and culturally broad burial trend. Here are some examples of its more modern manifestations—from...

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The Arcane Rules That Would Kick In If Trump Drops Out

(Photo: Gage Skidmore/CC BY-SA 3.0)As the 1972 presidential campaign wore on, George McGovern, the Democratic candidate for president, began hearing troubling rumors about his chosen running mate,...

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