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Watch a Snail Lay Pink Eggs

Do yourself a favor and skip straight to minute 3:30 of this life-changing video.You'll see little Pepto-Bismal-colored pink bloops glide out of this snail's somewhere-or-other. What you've just...

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Space Chess is Here, But No One is Playing

If Lieutenant Commander Spock is known for one thing, it's his signature Vulcan handsign for "Live Long and Prosper." But if he's known for a few more things, one of them is definitely his mastery of...

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Found: Historic Ketchup, Buried Under a Music Venue for More Than a Century

In 1985, the Astoria opened in London as a live music venue, where for decades some of Britain’s greatest bands played for packed houses and London’s LGBTQ nightlife thrived. But before this spot on...

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The Bird-Like Soviet Flying Machine That Never Quite Took Off

One day in 1932, Russian avant-garde artist Vladimir Tatlin ventured from his studio in Moscow’s ancient Novodevichy convent to a country field. After five years of work, he wanted to test what would...

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Norway Will Start Shutting Down Its FM Radio Tomorrow

Starting tomorrow, commuters in northern Norway who flip on their car radios as they head into work may be greeted with the sweet sound of... nothing.In a world first, the Norwegian government will...

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The Meatless, Wheatless Meals of World War I America

When American families sat down for dinner in 1918, the table would often be lined with meatless and wheatless dishes. Depending on the day, a meal might start off with rolls made with a blend of...

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Why Do Canadians Say 'Eh'?

When I told friends in the Pennsylvania suburb where I grew up that I was going to college in Canada, their responses tended to come in two forms. One was about the weather; to a southern...

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Visit the Ghost Towns of Nevada

During the 19th century mineral rush that earned Nevada the nickname "the Silver State," boom towns popped up left and right across the desert. Unfortunately, only a few survived. The rest were...

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The Story Behind Gay Bob, the World's First Out-And-Proud Doll

"It's another evidence of the desperation the homosexual campaign has reached in its effort to put homosexual lifestyle, which is a deathstyle, across to the American people."A lobby group called...

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In the 1960s, Telegraph Poles Were Equipped With Nuclear Bomb Alarms

In 1961, all around America, small, cylindrical canisters were being installed at the top of Western Union telegraph poles. The canisters were colored white and topped with a Fresnel-type lens, the...

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Found: A Man Stuck in the Walls of an Apartment Kitchen

In a New York City apartment, a woman was startled when she heard a loud crash in the kitchen. "I freaked out for a couple of minutes," she told the New York Daily News. When she calmed down, she went...

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In Austria, Zoo Elephants Eat Leftover Christmas Trees

Elephants at Schönbrunn enjoy a piney post-Christmas snack https://t.co/iysueNP9POpic.twitter.com/xp2cmdLP3b— The Local Austria (@TheLocalAustria) January 11, 2017Every year at Christmas, a giant tree...

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The Best Kitchen Gadget of the 1600s Was a Small, Short-Legged Dog

In the hot, smoky kitchens of 17th-century Europe, you’d find a lot of things you’d never see in kitchens today; a large open fire, an iron roasting spit, and oh—a giant hamster wheel-like contraption...

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Watch This Artist Knit Body Suits and Tapestries Out of Shredded Paper

Artist Movana Chen spends much of her time next to a large ball of tangled strings of paper. The pages of old books, magazines, diaries, and maps become woven sculptures and dresses—the shreds of paper...

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The Complaints the FCC Got Over This Year's World Series Coverage

A version of this story originally appeared on Muckrock.com.FCC complaints released to Allan Lasser regarding the 2016 World Series offer a grab bag of umbrage, including this rage against the tape...

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'Tree Man' Is No Longer 'Tree Man'

For years, Abul Bajandar had massive growths on his hands, which were actually warts, but looked like branches from a tree. This led to Bajandar being dubbed "Tree Man," in addition to a lot of...

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Martha Matilda Harper, the Greatest Businesswoman You’ve Never Heard Of

Nearly 30 years before Helena Rubenstein and Elizabeth Arden launched their beauty brands, a former servant girl from Canada created the American hair salon industry, designed the first reclining salon...

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The World’s Most Beautiful and Unusual Chess Sets

In 1923, the year after the founding of the Soviet Union, the Lomonosov Porcelain Factory in Petrograd (now St. Petersburg) produced a unique chess set. Since originating in sixth-century India, chess...

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Found: The Tiny, Century-Old Headstone of a Pet Bunny

Sid Saunders, 73, was walking through Marline Wood, in East Sussex, England, when he come upon a “bit of concrete just poking out of the undergrowth,” as he told the Hastings Observer. He found the...

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Hairy-Legged Vampire Bats Caught Feeding On Human Blood for First Time

When a neighborhood changes, the food options do, too. Hole-in-the-wall joints become, say, avocado-toast emporiums. Whole bodegas go organic.Right now, no one knows that better than the hairy-legged...

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