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Secret Crocodile Mummies Found Inside Bigger Crocodile Mummy

We heard you like mummified crocodiles, so we put some mummified crocodiles inside your mummified crocodile! While Xzibit had nothing to do with it, according to the BBC, researchers at the National...

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After Being Abandoned, This French Beach Resort Was Adopted by Artists

Born of a financial fiasco in the 1990s, the resort of Pirou-Plage in Normandy remained a half-built ghost town until its colorful houses were discovered by squatters and ravers. Since then the French...

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Found: A 7,300-Year-Old Fingerprint Left on a Shard of Clay

This faint mark on this shard of clay pottery is one of the oldest human fingerprints ever discovered.Found at an archaeological site in northern Kuwait, it’s approximately 7,300 years old, dating back...

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In Barrow, Alaska, the Sun Just Set for the Final Time

On Friday, the sun set for the final time in Barrow, Alaska, as the city plunges into polar darkness for the next two months and, in December, formally changes its name to Utqiaġvik, according to...

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Welcome to Horizon Line, A Podcast About Adventure

All adventures start—and end—with a story. A good story can inspire us to veer off the beaten path and reach for the unknown. A good story is also the explorer's reward, an opportunity to share and...

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Mapping the Watery Future of New York City

Imagine life a thousand years from now. What comes to mind? Colonies on Mars, artificial intelligence that lives alongside humans (or has enslaved us), virtual reality that helps you live whatever life...

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How Xerox Invented the Copier and Artists Pushed It To Its Limits

A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail.In an era where paper is becoming less important than ever, it feels a bit...

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A History Buff's Guide to Medieval London

Though the start of the Middle Ages in Europe is generally considered to coincide with the fall of Rome around 500 AD, in many ways the medieval era in London truly began some time later: on Christmas...

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Resurrecting America's Great Old Diners, By Moving Them Across State Lines

The Hi-Lo Diner has lived in more U.S. cities than most of its patrons. Made in 1957 in a New Jersey warehouse owned by an Italian immigrant, this classic diner—then called the Venus Diner—lived for...

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Watch 167 Theremin Nesting Dolls Play Beethoven's 9th Symphony

You've likely heard of the theremin, an early electronic synth instrument once intended to replace the violin that has now been relegated to the sphere of novelty. You've also likely heard of the...

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Found: Centuries-Old Dentures Made From Real Teeth

A team of archaeologists excavating the tomb of a powerful Italian family has found centuries-old dentures—five human teeth held together with a clever gold plate."We couldn't find the corresponding...

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The Father of Modern French Cuisine Wrote a Very Misguided Thanksgiving Cookbook

In the world of fine dining, Auguste Escoffier has had a greater influence than perhaps any other chef in history. When his canonical cookbook, Le Guide Culinaire, was published in 1903, it set the...

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Inside the Theme Park Where Thanksgiving Never Ends

Over the years, Christmas-themed amusement parks have popped up all across the globe (and crumbled right back down), but to this day there is is only one theme park that celebrates the American...

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The Worst Paid Freelance Gig in History Was Being the Village Sin Eater

When a loved one died in parts of England, Scotland, or Wales in the 18th and 19th centuries, the family would grieve, place bread on the chest of the deceased, and call for a man to sit in front of...

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How One Activist Used Opera and Drag to Change American Politics Forever

Empress José Sarria knelt by his husband’s grave clad in an old-fashioned black petticoat, dress, and widow’s veil. Dark gloves ran the length of his arms; elaborate jewelry hugged his neck and wrists....

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How a Father And Son Helped Create Weather Forecasting as We Know It

It’s an almost supernatural ability that most of us take for granted: at any given time, almost anywhere in the world, we can know the weather of the future. It’s all laid out for us, often on maps...

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Watch the Oldest Hand-Tap Tattoo Artist in the Philippines at Work

The Last Mambabatok from Brent Foster on Vimeo.Apo Whang-Od, aged approximately 97, keeps a steady pulse and entrancing rhythm as she completes her tattoos. She is not only the oldest tattoo artist in...

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The Failed Attempt to Market Sweet-Smelling Cigarettes to Women

In 1989, full-page ads for a new product named Chelsea began appearing in American women’s magazines. Featuring soothing imagery of glittering tropical waters and a scent strip that smelled like...

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The Centuries-Old Netherlands Church Celebrating American Thanksgiving

It’s the church that celebrates America’s Thanksgiving. But it’s some 3,500 miles away from U.S. shores in the Netherlands.On one wall hangs a bronze plaque, a “token of enduring gratitude and in...

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Add a Surrealist Touch to Your Thanksgiving With These Dali Recipes

Salvador Dali once claimed that “Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.”It was perhaps because of this that he decided to bring surrealism...

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