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The Strange, Centuries-Old Tradition of Stuffing Dead Horses

Many a hunter has taken one of their big catches—a 12-point buck, for example, or maybe a moose—to a taxidermist, but not so long ago, you may have also considered taking a different animal: your...

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In 1918, California Drafted Children Into a War On Squirrels

In April 1918, as American doughboys faced down the Germans in France, California’s schoolchildren were enlisted to open a new Western Front. “We have enemies here at home more destructive, perhaps,...

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Are 'Semester Abroad Accents' Real or Fake?

When Lindsay Lohan appeared on camera in October speaking in some kind of pan-European accent, she was subjected to the same form of mockery that generations of American college students who study...

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The Long, Politically Fraught History of Seeds in the U.S.

A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail.When you’re looking to plant a fresh urban garden, it’s natural to hit your local...

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Watch the Process of Precipitation in Hypnotic Slow Motion

Precipitation2 from Beauty of Science on Vimeo.After watching this video you will have to eat every word your high school self ever uttered about how boring chemistry was and how lunch couldn’t come...

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Striking Portraits of Lonely Cars in 1970s New York

On a snowy night in 1976, a Buick LeSabre was parked outside a White Tower hamburger restaurant in New York's Meatpacking District. For photographer Langdon Clay, armed with a Leica and some Kodachrome...

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There Are Hundreds of Secret Underground WWII Bases Hidden in British Forests

It’s almost impossible to find one of Britain’s secret, underground military bases unless you know what to look for. In the years since they were built, starting in 1940, many of them have collapsed or...

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Found: A Bucket of Gold on the Streets of Manhattan

What would you do if you walked by a bucket filled with gold on the street?One guy in Manhattan decided to just take it.The bucket of gold, as the New York Times reports, didn’t just magically appear....

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Sea Lions Are Surprisingly Receptive to Holiday Spices

If a sea lion is in a recovery center, how can you make him happy? You can give him some toys to play with, and plenty of water to flop around in. You can house him with a friend, or toss him a fish or...

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Strange Creatures Appear On Kansas Police Cameras

Last week, the police in Gardner, Kansas set up some wildlife cameras to try and get a bead on a mountain lion who had been spotted around town.Instead, they saw these surprises:And also this...

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When the Government Tried to Bust Abbie Hoffman For Publishing Its Own Public...

A version of this story originally appeared on Muckrock.com.On what would have been the radical’s 80th birthday, we look back at one of the strangest incidents in Abbie Hoffman’s 13,000 plus page FBI...

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How Civil War Soldiers Gave Themselves Syphilis While Trying to Avoid Smallpox

Bullets fly, the cold creeps in, and your body is so malnourished that you can barely walk. You know that if smallpox gets a hold of you, you don't stand a chance. You look at your fellow soldier's...

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Here Are the Real Boundaries of American Metropolises, Decided by an Algorithm

When we think about where we live, usually our ideas start with political boundaries—we'd say we live in a particular state, city, or town. Ask about a neighborhood, sports team loyalties, or regions...

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Found: A 2,000-Year-Old Cemetery Full of Pet Cats

In ancient Egypt, where cats were first domesticated, they were often buried in a ritual, religious fashion. The cat burials found on the site of Berenike, an Egyptian town on the Red Sea that thrived...

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Watch a Demonstration of Proper Opossum Massage Techniques

Georgina Spelvin is also known as ME Pearl, a psychic and lover of "lowly life forms." In her series of Proper Opossum Care videos, she extolls the wonders of these nocturnal, trash-eating creatures...

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How Did The Hugest Whales End Up With Baleen Instead Of Teeth?

In the middle of On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin took a moment to note down one of the natural mysteries that dogged him most. "The Greenland whale is one of the most wonderful animals in the...

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Found: Ancient Elephant Fossils Hidden Beneath L.A.'s New Subway

Perhaps it was inevitable that as Los Angeles expanded its vestigial subway system into a public transit option worthy of a major city fossils would turn up. Los Angeles was built in a place pockmarked...

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This Obscure Bangkok Market is Home to a Million-Dollar Collection of...

Thailand’s labyrinthine Chatuchak Weekend Market, which spans 27 acres in downtown Bangkok, is one of the largest open-air markets in the world. The maze-like array of stalls and shops is an immersive...

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The 1925 Match That Ensured Pro Wrestling's Future Would Be Fixed

It was 1925, and pro wrestling was big business. A throng of fans had packed themselves into a Kansas City convention hall, expecting to see champion Ed “Strangler” Lewis easily defeat Wayne “Big”...

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Buzz Aldrin Is Being Evacuated From the South Pole

Early this morning, a LC-130 cargo plane, piloted by an Air National Guard pilot, touched down at the Amundsen-Scott Station in the South Pole for an emergency medical evacuation. But they weren't...

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