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Defy Age Using a 3,600-Year-Old Face Cream Recipe With a Deadly Ingredient

Stanley Jacobs has been fascinated with ancient Egypt for as long as he can recall, but his obsession with one particular passage in one particular document started a little over 15 years ago. At an...

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Heading to Iceland? Just Make Sure You Don't Die There

Inspired by the icy allure of the landscape, the rejuvenating hot springs, the majestic fjords, and the surreal dance of the northern lights, more and more tourists are heading over to Iceland. So many...

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Watch This Adorable Baby Macaque Roll a Snowball Down a Hill

It’s a winter tradition to build snowmen, go sledding, and get into massive snowball wars. Not just for humans, but for baby monkeys. At the first sight of snow, young Japanese macaques will start...

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Cuba Is Trying to Settle a $276 Million Cold War Debt With Rum

During the Cold War, when Cuba and what was then Czechoslovakia were part of the Communist bloc, the two shared business ties, which, today, linger on in the form of around $276 million in Cuban debt....

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Found: A Photo That Might Prove This Famous Jewish Assassin Survived the...

When Herschel Grynszpan was 17, he killed a German diplomat, whose death was used as a pretense for Kristallnacht, the 1938 attacks on Jews in Germany that began the Holocaust. Grynszpan himself was...

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From Bordeaux to Brie, This Map Plots the Origin of Your Favorite French Food

So you’ve given into the foodie inside and are planning a culinary trip to the land of gastronomical heaven: France. But besides enjoying galettes in Brittany and sipping champagne in Champagne, how...

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The Mystery of Why Chattanooga Raised Its Downtown by a Level

Walk the streets of downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, today and you’ll find little evidence that the town’s residents of yesteryear conducted business in first floors that are now below sidewalks and...

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Illicit Teen Snack Tycoon Got a Suspension, And, Eventually, a Scholarship

After molding himself into a lawless snack tycoon, a teenager in Turin, Italy is getting a grab bag of responses—ranging from a high school suspension to a college scholarship.According to the Local,...

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Why Scientists Sank a Telescope Into the Deepest Parts of the Ocean

In 2006, scientists working on the ANTARES neutrino telescope found themselves facing a problem: their brand-new instruments were observing way more light than they had expected. This was particularly...

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Take a Virtual Tour of One of the World's Largest Gingerbread Cities

In the center of the town of Bergen, Norway, the sweet smell of cloves, cinnamon, and allspice emanates from an old public swimming pool arena. Inside is a massive baked and sugar-coated city made out...

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How Pleather Saved the DuPont Company—And Some Cows, Too

A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail.As any cursory watch of an episode of Happy Days will tell you, we’re obsessed...

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Whales Are Likely Behind the Mysterious Sound Coming from the Mariana Trench

Last March, scientists revealed they'd made an astonishing discovery: mysterious and, frankly, kind of terrifying sounds were coming from the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the world's oceans. At...

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Found: A Lot of Terrifying Creatures From the Deep Sea, Thanks to This...

Roman Fedortsov is a deep-sea fisherman, working on a trawler based near the Barents Sea, according to the Moscow Times, and he has Twitter. As the Russian website Ruposters discovered, that...

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The Final Christmas of 4 Catskills Villages Flooded to Create Reservoirs

On November 3, 1955, anyone observing the east branch of the Delaware River, about two miles downstream from the New York town of Dunraven, would have been treated to an unusual sight: Katheryn...

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See the Most Captivating Infographics of the Last Century

The first issueof National Geographic magazine, published in October 1888, was vastly different to the magazine we know today. It contained no photographs or illustrations. The cover was brown, with...

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Found: An Egg With No Yolk

9年間主婦やってきてこんなの初めてです pic.twitter.com/mHEqunP3tR— るふふふ (@Chuchnsdboy) December 9, 2016Would you be unnerved if you cracked an egg and found no yolk inside? Earlier this month a Japanese woman boiled some...

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Watch Salvador Dali in the Greatest Chocolate Commercial Ever

Salvador Dali: famous eccentric, leader of the surrealist art movement, chef extraordinaire, face of Lanvin chocolates.If one of these things is not like the rest, let’s keep in mind that in Dali’s...

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Why Researchers Howl At Wolves—And Why Some Might Stop

When searching for their subjects out in the field, animal researchers rely on a whole bag of tricks. They might hide in hunting blinds until their species of choice comes by, or pinpoint them with...

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This Chocolate Festival in Scotland Went Very Wrong in a Lot of Ways

After a single day of horrors, organizers in Edinburgh cancelled what was supposed to be a weekend-long celebration of chocolate, STV News reports.The event, the Scottish Chocolate Festival, was to be...

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Why Some Christians Are Forsaking Christmas

With four days left until Christmas, people around the world are preparing for the celebration. The Christmas trees have been decorated with ornaments and lights, stockings have been hung, presents...

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