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Rock 'n' Roll and Military Dictatorships Almost Destroyed Argentine Tango

In the 1940s, Argentina was tango and tango was Argentina. Born in the marginalized outskirts and upscale brothels of Buenos Aires, the musical genre slowly but surely seeped into the very roots of the...

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Thousands of Unlucky Geese Landed in the Toxic Berkeley Pit And Are Now Dead

Under normal circumstances, the Berkeley Pit in Butte, Montana, is not such a tempting landing spot for migrating geese. Its vast surface, half a mile wide and twice as long, is sometimes colored red...

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Why do Dwarves Sound Scottish and Elves Sound Like Royalty?

In the game Hearthstone, when the dwarven Innkeeper greets players with a hearty, "WELCOME to the Inn!" he sounds like he's channeling some cartoonish ideal of the Scottish accent. And he's not alone....

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Earth's 'Rarest Geological Sample' Could Tell the Future of Greenland's Ice...

It took five years to drill down to the bedrock beneath the sheet of ice covering Greenland. Down and down and down the exquisitely engineered drill went, through almost two miles of ice, until it came...

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Watch Faux Japanese Acrobats Perform Death-Defying Stunts

In Spanish director Segundo de Chomón's Les Kiriki, acrobates japonais ("The Kiriki, Japanese Acrobats"), French performers made up to appear Japanese nod their heads and wriggle into balanced...

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The First Movie About the Titanic Starred a Titanic Survivor

It can feel like modern Hollywood is too quick to make entertainment out of tragedy, but it turns out that’s always been the case. The first Titanic film was actually made in 1912—only a month after...

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The Popular Victorian Clubs That Yearned To Fill Europe With Hippos

On November 15th, 1877, a select group of dedicated people filed into the Reading Room of the New York Aquarium for their annual meeting. For the next few hours, they updated each other on the...

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Meet San Francisco Airport's New Welcome Pig

 Pilot LiLou reported to her first duty at the SFO airport as part of the SF SPCA's #wagbrigade Got to cheer up the passengers on this rainy day! #lilou #sfpig #nobhillpig #aat #sfspca...

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Two People Found a Brand New Island And Claimed It As Their Own

All hail Rosmic island!: We hereby name this island! https://t.co/yASCcixvEypic.twitter.com/4wInuWP56R— Blackpool Daily News (@blackpooldaily) December 7, 2016Earlier this year, at a spot north of...

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A Tour of Nevada's Natural Wonders

Nevada is known for its gorgeous deserts, but there's so much more to the western state. Early explorers of the Spanish Territory were blown away by the magnificent colors of Nevada's scenery, and...

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Survey: When Will You Open Your Christmas Gifts?

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The World's Most Accidentally Romantic Email Service

Ten years ago, Lenny Jones was in the throes of getting his Master’s in computer science at the University of Utah. It was the era of PS, I Love You (2006) and The Lake House (2007), movies that...

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The FBI File on the CIA’s 'Gentlemanly Planner of Assassinations'

A version of this story originally appeared on Muckrock.com.Many would say that Richard Helms was a stand-up sort of guy; his mom, his neighbors, his friends, even his ex-wife, all attested to his...

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See What Your Blood Looks Like Under a Microscope

Blood. The mere mention of the word is enough to make some people feel faint. Most of us associate it with terrible cuts resulting from bad kitchen accidents, or with Halloween and slasher films. In...

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How the 1963 'Career Girl Murders' Bolstered the Myth that Cities Aren’t Safe...

Emily Hoffert and Janice Wylie were in their early twenties and had just begun working in New York City when they were killed by an intruder in their Upper East Side apartment in August 1963. Both...

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Watch John Glenn Talk About the Human Need for Curiosity and Wonder

John Glenn died today, at the age of 95. And while his many, many accomplishments—first American to orbit the Earth, U.S. senator for 24 years, and, at 77, the oldest man ever to fly in space—will be...

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Found: A One-of-a-Kind Dinosaur Tail Preserved in Amber, With Its Feathers

In Myitkyina, Myanmar, not far from the border with China, there’s an amber market that sells nuggets extracted from mines nearby. Lida Xing, of the China University of Geosciences, was browsing there...

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Photos of the World’s Most Unique and Beautiful Airports

High in the Caucasus Mountains of northern Georgia is the small town of Mestia. It is dotted with medieval stone towers comprising part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But one tower stands out from...

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Found: A Spray-Painted Electric Blue Tortoise

In Florida, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission received a call about a very unusual creature—an electric blue tortoise.This guy wasn’t some superhero mutant, though. He was the victim of an...

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Paris Will Auction Off 'Love Locks' To Help Refugees

Love is a powerful thing—especially when expressed in the form of a small chunk of metal hung on a public bridge.For years, swooning couples wrote their initials on padlocks and fastened them to...

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