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Found: One (Relatively) Cute Shark And One Hideous Ghost Shark

There are so many small mysteries left in the world. Today’s evidence—a hammerhead shark and a ghost shark, both new discoveries. One is small and, dare we say, cute? For a shark? The other is the...

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Someone Is Driving Around With Too Many (?) Copies of 'Speed' on Their Dashboard

Hi uh there's a minivan parked on my block that has a couple dozen VHS tapes of the motion picture SPEED on the dashboard pic.twitter.com/xXlMAnigHw— Emily Hughes ✨ (@emilyhughes) February 2,...

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A Dictator's Nuclear Bunker Gets a Second Life as an Art Space

A tunnel the length of almost two football fields separates the hustle and bustle of Tirana, Albania’s capital, from one of the country’s largest nuclear bunkers.In the communist days, this five-story,...

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The Alluring Statuette Dividing Dublin

 From the bespectacled bust of James Joyce in St. Stephen’s Green to the busty bronze of Molly Malone off Grafton Street, Dublin is a city of icons. But if you venture out from the winding cobblestone...

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Watch a London Double-Decker Bus Get Methodically Destroyed in 1959

Double-decker buses have been a staple of London streets ever since the first engine-powered one appeared there in 1923. But double-deckers, like all things, some day must die. Above, you can see what...

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How to Learn Geography With Your Hands

In 1830, Stephen Preston Ruggles—an engineer and craftsman, and soon to take charge of the print shop at Perkins School for the Blind, in Watertown, Massachusetts—took on an unusual project. He got a...

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Found: A Rattlesnake in a Toilet, and Then 23 More Underground

A rattlesnake in a toilet is high up on anyone's list of living nightmares, but for one family in Abilene, Texas, there was a bit more to worry about it.That's because there were 23 more snakes hiding...

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Found: A 17th-Century Wreck That Looks Like Sweden’s Most Famous Warship

In Stockholm, Sweden, one of the most prominent attractions is the Vasa Museum, which houses a warship built and sunk in 1628 and rescued from the sea, still intact, in the 20th century. The Vasa has...

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How an Antiquarian Horologist Brings Tiny Machines Back to Life

One look at a centuries-old mechanical silver swan, and Nico Cox was set on her path toward a career in tinkering with antique cogs and fixing chirping metal birds.Cox grew up collecting clocks and...

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There's a Lot of Mold Infesting the Mark Twain Museum in Connecticut

In the preface of Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, the narrator describes meeting a mysterious man on a castle tour. As they walk through the hallways, his new friend begins...

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A Bright and Loud Meteor Just Flew Across the Midwest Sky

#Meteor over Lake Michigan lights up the sky Monday morning across several states in the Midwest. https://t.co/eC4vXQkXQqpic.twitter.com/znbt532xEf— AP Central U.S. (@APCentralRegion) February 6,...

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Earthships, the Ultimate in Off-Grid Architecture

Artist Roxanne Fonder Reeve never imagined that she would find herself dumpster-diving in the industrial areas of Seattle, Washington.On drives around the city, she’ll pull over when she sees...

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6 Stops on the Hunt for the Holy Grail

The first of many myths involving a divine grail was written more than eight centuries ago. People have been fascinated with the potential whereabouts of the holy treasure every since, making it one of...

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Why Men Get More Lint in Their Belly Buttons Than Women

 A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail.Back in 2010, Graham Barker, an Australian librarian, announced that after...

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A Lone Dolphin Keeps Swimming Into Pisa

The Arno, a river that connects the northern Italian city of Pisa with the Mediterranean Sea—and, going inland, Florence—has been a thoroughfare for commerce for centuries. Over the past month, it's...

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The Powerful 1940 Map That Depicts America as a Nation of Immigrants

In the years leading up to the Second World War, isolationist sentiment coursed pretty strongly throughout the United States. Some Americans feared that immigrants were a threat to the country. Sound...

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A Massive Syrup Spill Gums Up a Vermont Highway

Have you ever made yourself a big batch of pancakes, settled down in front of your plate, uncorked a big bottle of maple syrup—and severely overpoured, drowning your breakfast and setting you on a...

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The Little-Known Passport That Protected 450,000 Refugees

On January 27, President Donald Trump signed a sweeping executive order that, among other provisions, barred all refugees from entering the United States for 120 days (and banned Syrian refugees...

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Found: A Gecko That Loses Its Giant Scales if It Is So Much as Touched

Scientists knew, just by looking at them, that geckos of the newly discovered species Geckolepis megalepis were probably distinct from other fish-scaled geckos. Their scales were just that big—larger...

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Humans Probably Altered the Amazon 2,000 Years Earlier Than We Thought

If you go deep into the Amazon, in the Brazilian state of Acre, and you look in the right spot, you'll eventually find lots of geoglyphs: shapes dug into the dirt that are recognizable from high above....

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