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An Adorable Swedish Tradition Has Its Roots in Human Experimentation

During the second World War, at a mental hospital outside of Lund, Sweden, researchers forced a group of patients to ingest 24 pieces of a sticky, light brown substance in a single day. These severely...

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Found: A 2,300-Year-Old Sword, Still Shining

In Xinyang, China, archaeologists excavating a tomb that dates back more than two millennia found a sword still sheathed in its scabbard. When they carefully pulled the sword out, they found a shining...

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Quebec's Hottest New Real Estate Listing Is An Entire Fake Village

Wannabe time travelers, start emptying your coffers: Canadiana Village, a massive fake 19th-century town, has gone up for sale. The village, located in Quebec, is 60 hectares of fields, trees, and...

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See the Crumbling Concrete Dwellings of an Abandoned Japanese Island

Filled with Japanese tourists in straw hats and a handful of gaijin, or Westerners, the cruise ship plied through the calm waters of the South China Sea. I was on my way to Japan's Hashima Island, a...

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The Ice-Skating Dandies of 17th-Century Paris

In the 18th century during the brisk winter months, Parisians flocked to the glistening frozen fields of La Glaciére, or the Glacier. The grassy terrain, flooded with water and frozen over, was an icy...

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The Ice-Skating Dandies of 18th-Century Paris

In the 18th century during the brisk winter months, Parisians flocked to the glistening frozen fields of La Glaciére, or the Glacier. The grassy terrain, flooded with water and frozen over, was an icy...

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Why a Fake Patron Named 'Chuck Finley' Checked Out 2,361 Books at This...

In what might be the dork misdeed of the year-so-far (although seriously, at least one person might lose their job), a small cabal of library workers in Florida have been caught juking the check-out...

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Watch an Armless, Legless Man Light a Cigarette

 Prince Randian was born without limbs in British Guyana in 1871. Propelled to stardom under P.T. Barnum, he built a comfortable life for himself, his wife, and their four children by making a living...

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Scientists Just Classified a Brand New Organ in Your Body

Scientists have long known about the mesentery, a membrane that lines your abdominal cavity and keeps your intestines in place, but until recently, it didn't get the credit it deserved. That's because...

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How Flap Illustrations Helped Reveal the Body's Inner Secrets

For much of recorded history the human body was a black box—a highly capable yet mysterious assemblage of organs, muscles and bones. Even Hippocrates, a man who declared anatomy to be the foundation of...

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Found: A Mysterious Jawbone With Gold Teeth

On Christmas Eve, Isaac Jones went hiking with his new metal detector, on a trail by the Yuba River, near Nevada City, Calif. It was the first time he had ever used a metal detector, and at the...

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A Controversial New McDonald's Has Opened Near The Vatican

McDonald's riles cardinals with branch near Vatican https://t.co/qd57dRtZe2pic.twitter.com/tZNZgUfSph— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) January 4, 2017There are over 30,000 places in the world where you can...

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Giant Snow 'Mushrooms' Are Winter's Rarest Natural Wonder

Vaughan Cornish had come to Canada’s Glacier National Park to look at waves. As a geographer, waves were his great passion. He was fascinated by undulating forms in seas and in deserts, in the movement...

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Watch Hot Maple Syrup Freeze into Toffee on Packed Snow

During the maple syrup season in spring, maple trees drip their sap into buckets that harvesters haul away so they can boil down the sap into syrup. But before the syrup gets distributed, the hot...

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Why is This Space-Age Car Slamming into a Wall of Flaming TVs?

On a bright, clear Fourth of July in 1975, a crowd of onlookers and reporters assembled in the vast parking lot of the Cow Palace, a convention center just outside San Francisco. They had been summoned...

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Nearly 100% of Australia Now Has a Feral Cat Problem

Whether they like it or not, Australians are becoming real cat people. In fact, according to a recently released report, nearly 100% of Australia is now infested with wild cats.As is being reported in...

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Berlin’s Secret Cold War-Era Vineyard

Mention the word “vineyard” and most people will think of rolling green hillsides or sweeping valley views. Yet few of them would expect to find one right in the heart of one of Berlin's hippest...

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Mesmerizing Depictions of Magic and Witchcraft Throughout History

In 1870, artist Robert Bateman painted an unusual scene. In it, a mandrake plant is pulled carefully from the earth with lengths of string. The painting depicts just one part of the extensive mythology...

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Found: Unexplained Poems Left on the Shelves of a British Grocery Store

Someone keeps leaving weird poems on food at Tesco. https://t.co/GUED3ehS2Ypic.twitter.com/rwLlFTPCEE— Report UK (@ReportUK) January 4, 2017In the bakery aisle of a Tesco supermarket in Coventry,...

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Thousands Of Kinder Eggs Have Washed Up On A German Island

Spiel und Spaß auf @Insel_Langeoog: Nach Sturm Zehntausende Innenteile von Überraschungseiern angespült. https://t.co/SQYi36S8D7#Langeoogpic.twitter.com/Q9czJpxp8t— Burkhard Ewert (@burkhardewert)...

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