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Teens and Krampus Are Again Violently Battling Each Other

The war between Krampus and teens has flared up once again in the small Austrian city of St. Johann im Pongau, as a group of teens have brutalized one of the performers in the annual Christmas demon...

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Exploring The Last Resort, Robert De Niro's Forgotten '90s Adventure Game

It’s 1996. At the behest of Robert De Niro, a small group of coders and game designers toil away in a seedy San Francisco warehouse to finish a surreal, puzzle game about a run down hotel that may...

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Watch Electric Guitars Being Made in 1965 England

The 1960s were swept up by the boisterous, raging rock-and-roll wave. And at the heart of the sound: the electric guitar. This 1965 video archived by British Pathé follows the creation process of...

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The 2016 Atlas Obscura Holiday Gift Guide

Gather 'round, holiday shoppers, for a gift guide that takes inspiration from some of the most memorable items featured on Atlas Obscura this year. Got someone in your life who's difficult to surprise?...

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The Creative and Forgotten Fire Escape Designs of the 1800s

In the morning of March 10, 1860, a crowd of several hundred New Yorkers looked up curiously at a long cloth chute dangling from the top of City Hall. The tube was supported by ropes along its sides,...

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When Mother Teresa Met With New York's Mayor to Lobby for a Parking Permit

In the picture above, Rudy Giuliani, Hizzoner, Mayor of New York City, is having a grand old time with Mother Teresa. This meeting took place in June of 1997, just a few months before her death, when...

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When a Physicist Asked the FBI to Stop Calling Because He Helped Make the...

A version of this story originally appeared on Muckrock.com.Richard Feynman’s sprawling FBI file covers two-thirds of the physicist’s legendary career, from drama over his invitation to speak at a...

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Watch a Hungarian Masked Monster Parade

Every February in the Hungarian city of Mohács, goat-horned monsters and mysterious women in lace masks parade through town, jangling bells and twirling noisemakers. This is Busójárás, a national...

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Watch Mad Max Enthusiasts Create a Post-Apocalyptic World in the Desert

Wasteland, Another Roadside Attraction from MEL Films on Vimeo.Some people love a movie so much, they re-watch it over and over and over again. Others, decide to live it. Literally.Such is the case of...

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Found: A $5,000 Mortgage Payment That Was Accidentally Thrown in The Trash

After one Long Island woman accidentally tossed out $5,000 in cold, hard cash, a group of heroic sanitation workers went dumpster diving to fish it back out, according to NBC 4 New York.Bayban Nadalall...

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In China, Searching to Fill Mysterious Gaps in the Family Tree

In southern China, not far from where the rice paddies fade into the urban sprawl of the Pearl River Delta, there is a place that used to be called the Four Counties. It's farming country still, even...

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Scientists In Iceland Are Digging The World's Hottest Borehole

What's cooler than living on top of an active underground volcano? Oh, I don't know—maybe drilling into the volcano's core in order to renewably power your town. A team of geologists on Iceland's...

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Tokyo's Vibrant, Adorable Taxi Signs Are Disappearing

If you raise an arm in the neon-soaked streets of Tokyo, a taxi—or takushi—will begin a series of majestic maneuvers.The vehicle will exit the steady stream of traffic, and glide towards you. Before...

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In 1912, Thousands of Women Rallied Against 'Useless' Christmas Giving

The year was 1912, and the rampant commercialism of Christmas in America had begun to irritate the working women of New York City. Americans had been exchanging holiday gifts for centuries, after the...

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Whether You Say Freakin', Friggin', Or Frickin' Depends On Where You’re From

The Real Housewives of New Jersey is very often on in my house, blaring from a television or phone or tablet. I hear it more than I see it, and it is a fantastically fun show to listen to, if you have...

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The Totally Jinxed Map of Global Superstitions

Across the world, and likely right this moment, humans are knocking on wood. Many are frantically flipping over their slippers, making sure they’re not upside-down. Still others around the globe are...

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Found: The World’s Oldest Pool of Water Is 2 Billion Years Old

Deep within a mine in Canada, there is a pool of water bubbling out of the ground. It’s close to 2 miles below the surface of the earth and, according to the scientists who discovered it, it’s been...

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Here's When You Told Us You Open Your Christmas Presents

If you celebrate Christmas—either for the sake of Jesus or just seasonal tradition—and you're lucky enough to receive a bounty of gifts from friends and family, it's time to make the yearly decision of...

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For Teddy Roosevelt's Son, Rebelling Meant Sneaking Christmas Trees Into the...

Theodore Roosevelt was tough. As a deputy sheriff on the Western Front, he chased a trio of boat thieves down a flooding river for eleven days. Once, when a gun-toting cowboy made fun of his glasses,...

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Whale Sharks May Mate In Captivity For The First Time

The modern world is paradise for voyeuristic humans. But as of now, there's at least one thing people haven't gotten to see: we have never watched whale sharks have sex.Now one aquarium is trying to...

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