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That's No Alien Megastructure, It's a Star Consuming a Planet

Last year Tabetha Boyajian, an astronomer now working at Louisiana State University, published a paper about a star that had something strange blocking its light. The Kepler telescope had captured the...

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Watch Planes Try to Land in the World's Windiest City

Wellington, New Zealand is considered to be the windiest city on the planet. This is good for the local wind turbines and dramatic hair-blowing photoshoots, but not so great for passengers aboard...

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Inside Brooklyn's 'Soviet Style' Underground Boxing Gym

The Underground Boxing Gym in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, has all the usual accoutrements of a traditional fighters’ gathering place: a ring, some heavy bags, dumbbells, mirrors, pull-up bars, and old...

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Predicting the Weather With Shark Oil

Hanging outside the homes across Bermuda are little vials of fluid that are the locals’ secret to predicting the island weather. Or so they say.Bermuda has a long tradition of using shark oil as a...

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Found: A 400-Year-Old Buddha Statue, Hidden Under a Manmade Lake

In China's Jiangxi province, in the country's southeast, a hydropower renovation project has revealed a centuries-old statue of the Buddha, his head peaking just above the water.The statue was...

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How the Navy Tried to Turn Bioluminescence Against the Soviets

In October 1999, Ukraine’s secret service showed up at the home and office of Sergei Piontkovski, a marine biologist, and started raiding his files. They were looking for information about...

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Found: A Hoard of Gold Hidden Inside a Piano

Inquest into the 'Piano Hoard' from South West Shropshire, opened today... https://t.co/4pxpo9VUs2pic.twitter.com/thk0UV9G9x— Treasure Registrar (@TRegistrar) January 12, 2017After a community group in...

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The Russian Spy Who Convinced America to Take ESP Seriously

On the afternoon of April 22, 1954, reporters massed at a press conference in Bonn, Germany. They’d been invited to meet one Nikolai Evgenievich Khokhlov, a captain in the Soviet Union’s newly minted...

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This Austrian Town Is Hiring A Professional Cave Hermit

Hey, you: Are you looking for a part-time job? Do you love caves and have a "Christian outlook"? Are you willing to relocate to Austria?If so, the town of Saalfelden has an empty hermitage with your...

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The Mysterious Stone Instruments That Keep Popping Up In Vietnam

In April of 2015, farmer Pham Dinh Huyen of Quang Binh, Vietnam set to work on his new fishpond. He had barely started digging when his shovel hit a rock. He pried it out and put it aside, but then he...

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Reddit Users Prompt Recall After 'Flawed' Boots Leave Swastika Tracks

California company recalls boot after discovering Swastika on bottom. https://t.co/e9Q5Hj2xOzpic.twitter.com/Dq4wY07pY5— KCTV5 News (@KCTV5) January 12, 2017Earlier this week, a Reddit user with an...

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Rediscovering the Wonderful World of Weepuls

Do you remember Weepuls? A booming public relations trend in the 1970s and 1980s, they could often be found sitting on car dashboards, or clinging to the tops of computer monitors. For a time, fuzzy...

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Watch This Artist Walk Thousands of Steps to Create Wolves and Leaves In the...

In February 2015, skiers and visitors at Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada may have spotted a man in a pair of snowshoes trudging back and forth though deep snow. The footprints he left behind...

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Found: A Recording of a Martin Luther King, Jr., Speech from 1964

In December of 1964, a little more than a year after he gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington, Martin Luther King, Jr., traveled to Europe to accept the Nobel Peace Prize....

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The Voder, the First Machine to Create Human Speech

Today, machine-made voices talk to us all the time. They act as personal assistants for our cell phones, manage our smart homes, and, occasionally, call from unrecognizable phone numbers to tell us we...

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Watch Nevada's 'Bridge Ninjas' Snatch Dangerous Debris Out Of A Flood

NDOT clearing debris from the river. Keep your storm drains clear and help reduce flooding. #nvflood17pic.twitter.com/vpO2Zn9Bb9— Love NV Waters (@lovenvwaters) January 8, 2017When a flood hits a city,...

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Five Architectural Easter Eggs Hiding on Gothic Cathedrals

The modern use of the term "easter egg"—not the holiday treat but rather a hidden joke or surprise item inserted in a piece of media—originated with Atari in 1979, when a developer snuck his name into...

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One Architect's Spectacular Vision for a Spherical Subterranean City

Imagine if underneath major metropolises there were spherical nuclear shelters that contained more cities—mini-Manhattans buried thousands of feet in the ground.In the 1960s, architect and city planner...

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No One Knows Why Used Toilet Paper Keeps Getting Dumped on This Florida Lot

A couple of months ago, at a city-owned lot in Bradenton, Florida, resident John Lundin started noticing something strange. The lot had always attracted homeless residents as well as some illegal...

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From Tufting to Jingles, the Evolution of Modern Carpet

A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail.I have a song stuck in my head right now. A jingle, really.It’s been stuck in my...

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