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The Great Scandinavian Musk Ox War

Two musk oxen in Norway's Dovre mountains. (Photo: Norway University of Science and Technology/CC BY 2.0)Two weeks ago, a lonely musk ox named Brutus wandered far from his herd in Sweden and stole the...

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The Society Lady Who Brought Ancient Greek Fashion to 18th Century Europe

Lady Hamilton as Circe by George Romney. (Photo: Tate Online/PD 1923.)Known all over Europe for her astonishing beauty, Lady Hamilton accomplished many things in her lifetime. She was considered a key...

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Can Evolution Be Photographed?

Visualizing change over time can be incredibly difficult. Which is why in a new Phaidon book entitled Evolution: A Visual Record, Robert Clark’s vivid and compelling photographs serve as an ode to...

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Watch Soviet Scientists Bring a Dog's Decapitated Head Back to Life

A warning: the video above contains imagery of medical experiments conducted on animals that some might find disturbing.In 1940, Soviet scientists reanimated a dead dog. Dr. Sergei Brukhonenko had done...

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The Complaints the FCC Got After Castration Was Brought Up on Fox News

(Photo: Michael Vadon/CC BY-SA 4.0)A version of this story originally appeared on Muckrock.com.Ah, what a difference a year makes.Last September, following a particularly heated Republican primary...

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Traveling Through Transylvania With 'Dracula' as a Guide

Nighttime in Transylvania is as atmospherically spooky as you would hope it would be. During the winter, a thick, low-lying mist covers thick forests of pine trees and firs. Above the fog, you can see...

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A Graphic Guide to Species That Defied Expectations By Being Alive

In 1895, paleontologists digging at Wombeyan Caves in New Zealand came across an unusual set of rodent bones. Because the fossils didn't resemble anything familiar, the experts named the poor creature...

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Watch These Men Perform Acrobatic Flips over Bulls

The Jaw-Dropping Art of Bull-Leaping from Great Big Story on Vimeo.Whether for it or against it, everyone knows about bullfighting. But how many people have heard of bull leaping—bullfighting’s more...

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The Unverifiable Legend of the Early 20th-Century Preacher Who Raised 14...

Worshippers at the Angelus Temple in Los Angeles, one of the many churches Wigglesworth visited. (Photo: Public domain)After Smith Wigglesworth died in 1947, doctors are said to have found that some of...

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Y’all, You’uns, Yinz, Youse: How Regional Dialects Are Fixing Standard English

There is perhaps no greater argument that American English is a deeply flawed, infuriating, and difficult language than the simple phrase “you guys.”“You guys” is the most common way Americans refer...

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The Hidden Signs of Kobe's Post-Earthquake Resurrection

Kobe after the earthquake. (Photo: 松岡明芳/CC BY-SA 3.0)Within a minute, early in the morning of January 17, 1995, Kobe fell down.The earthquake, magnitude 7.3, twisted railroads and knocked down...

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The Viral Real Estate Ad Featuring World's Most Horrifying Interior Design is...

Inside the property at 24 Brentwood Drive, Connecticut. (Photo: Courtesy Zillow) “Unique one of a kind finishing completed by a professional!” reads the Zillow listing for 24 Brentwood Dr., Avon,...

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28 Headstones That Defied Expectations

A grave marker is how people will remember you long after everyone you know has passed, so you'd better make it good. When done well, it can provide a sense of one's style in life. The epitaph should...

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America’s Real-Life Horror Movie Houses, Mapped

In unassuming neighborhoods and isolated backroads all across America there are houses with histories of bloodshed and mayhem.... at least in the movies.Whether they were the scene of grisly slasher...

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The Civilized Black Bears of Asheville, North Carolina

Last summer, Colleen Boll was doing some work around the house when she heard her dog barking from a different room. "It was an interesting kind of bark," she says, "so I looked out." Right smack in...

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Scientists Are Growing New Hearts in the Shells of Old Ones

A recelluarized heart. (Photo: Bernhard Jank, M.D., Ott Lab, Massachusetts General Hospital)For decades now, there's been an image of human regeneration being a few cells dividing in a petri dish,...

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The Colombian Folk Singer Who Showed Up to His Own Funeral

Cover for an album with Domus Libri Records (Photo: Coleccion Beto Mireles/Youtube)Abel Antonio came back on the fifth day,He has come back to raise his tomb. Though this reads like the lines of a...

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Photographing the Incredible Costumes of Japan's Supernatural Festivals

Photographer Charles Fréger's new book Yokainoshima: Island of Monsters might be named after an imaginary island, but its subjects are the very real performers that dress up as spirits and ghosts for...

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The Surreal British Clone Towns Taking Over the Turkish Coast

"Selfridgez" in Hisaronu, Turkey. (Photo: Courtesy Matthew Hopkinson)Along a road that snakes down towards the sea in the ancient Turkish province of Mugla is the village of Kayakoy. Here, women sit on...

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The Extremely Strange World of Infinite Dungeon Video Games

Peter Burr spent hours trapped in a dungeon.He sat in the glow of the pixelated green and black screen of his Apple IIe, exploring the dark dangerous tunnels of an ancient tomb in the 1982 adventure...

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