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Inside the NSA’s For-Sale Spy Town

Last week, nearly two dozen potential buyers showed up for a remote open house in Sugar Grove Station, West Virginia. Unlike typical open house-goers, though, they weren’t planning to buy a home. They...

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This Rare Bear Gathering in Montana Might Have Been a Family Reunion

Most of the time, wild grizzlies are independent creatures. New moms and cubs excepted, they tend to hunt alone, hibernate alone, and wander the forests solo.But a week ago, a grizzly management...

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How Man Caves Took Over America's Basements

We’ve all heard this phrase before: man cave. Whether it’s in a hardware store commercial, a chagrined sigh from mom, or as a sitcom punch line, the man cave is, without a doubt, a part of our current...

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Watch the U.S. Government Test Biological Warfare Masks on Kids

In 1960, the Cold War was going strong and the enemies of the United States were both manifold and secret. The threat of global destruction loomed large just beyond the horizon. There was a feeling...

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The FBI’s 2-Year Investigation Into a Fictional Anti-Goth Cult

A version of this story originally appeared on Muckrock.com.In December 2005, the FBI opened a file on the religious extremist group the “Church of the Hammer.”Named after the infamous treaty on...

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32 Things We Are Not Panicking About

There are plenty of things in the world to panic about. Some are rational. Many are not. If we were worried about real dangers, we would be constantly freaking out about the flu, dying in a car...

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In the Late 1960s, Singapore was Gripped By a Genital Panic

At the very end of the Malay peninsula sits the city state of Singapore, which was once plagued with retracting penises. In 1967, in one of the best-documented epidemics of koro, (or genital retraction...

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In 1987, Heineken Tried to Convince Beer Drinkers That Corona Was Actually...

After a long day at work, there’s nothing better than sitting down at a bar and enjoying a nice, foamy bottle of yellow liquid previously stored in a human body.Did the thought make you panic? If so,...

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Exploring Mexico’s Zone of Silence, Where Radio Signals Fail and Meteorites...

There’s an area in the Chihuahuan desert in northern Mexico where radio signals don’t work, and compasses spin out of control when placed near stones on the ground. It’s called the Zone of Silence. It...

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The 2016 Election Is Giving a Lot of People Night Terrors

The nature of dreams is that their origins are, mostly, mysterious. Where do they come from? They start from reality, of course, but the true beginnings are rarely clear. This year it's a little bit...

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Did a Silent Film About a Train Really Cause Audiences to Stampede?

If you’re at all interested in the history of cinema, you’ve probably heard some version of the story about the train film that sent an audience running. According to the tale, as the silent...

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You Can Buy Your Very Own Florida Voting Machine From the 2000 Election

The specimen above is a voting machine—but not just any voting machine. This voting machine was used in Florida, in the 2000 election. More specifically, it comes from Palm Beach County, where...

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Watch a Hollywood Star Perform a Tap Dance Routine With a Dog

To dance with Eleanor Powell—the Golden Era of Hollywood star considered to be among the best tap dancers in the world—was a privilege afforded to few. None of her partners, however, were as decidedly...

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What To Do With a Cold War-Era Bunker

During the Second World War the only way civilians could stay safe from bombs dropped during air raids was by going underground. When bomb technology ramped up with the introduction of nuclear...

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Watch Gelatinous Slime Mold Smartly Forage for Food

Slime molds may be more intelligent than you think. At least that’s what scientists are discovering in labs at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. These single-celled, yellow blobs seen above don’t...

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Inside Churchill's Secret Subterranean WWII Bunker in London

“All the world that is still free marvels at the composure and fortitude with which the citizens of London are facing and surmounting the great ordeal to which they are subjected, the end of which or...

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Panic in Comfort With the Modern Safe Room

Ever since the release of the 2002 movie Panic Room, in which Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart play a mother and daughter taking refuge in their home's specially designed safe room during a burglary,...

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The First People to Push the Panic Button Were Korean War Pilots

On March 12th, 1950, a 23-year-old Air Force Lieutenant named William M. Guinther found himself in a tricky situation. He had just flown out of Otis Air Force Base in Falmouth, Massachusetts, and his...

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Manic Panic Isn't Just a Hair Dye Brand: It Was the First Punk Store in America

In 1977, Tish and Snooky Bellomo opened a store at 33 St. Marks Place, in New York's East Village. It was called Manic Panic, and as far as anyone knows, it was the first punk store in America. The...

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The Wunderkind Writer Who Disappeared Without a Trace at Age 25

New England, winter 1923. A little girl sits alone in her room, staring through the window at the woods behind her house. She daydreams as most children do, but then she goes to her typewriter and she...

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