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Found: A Miniature Working Model of the National Archives Vault

Then-Vice President Richard Nixon stopped by the National Archives building on June 29, 1954, to pay his respects at the unveiling of the shrine to the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and...

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Found: A Turtle With 915 Coins in Its Belly

915 coins found inside sick turtle https://t.co/qNLcyHcW4npic.twitter.com/aa1No2M1nb— Bangkok Post (@BangkokPostNews) March 6, 2017In Thailand, some people believe that it’s good luck to throw a coin...

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Michigan Needs You to Solve Its Asian Carp Problem

Are you someone with a lot of ideas? Do people tend to call them "kind of fishy"? This could be your lucky day! As the Detroit News reports, the Michigan Legislature recently earmarked a cool $1...

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The Original Hidden Picture Artists Were Dutch Masters

The adult coloring book fad may be losing popularity, but another genre of play once reserved for children is gaining ground in the adult world: the hidden picture book. Where children have long been...

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Painted Characters Step From Their Walls and Wander the Streets of San Francisco

At first glance, a couple shaded in black and white look like graffiti art you'd typically find painted on the buildings of San Francisco. But upon closer inspection, you'll see the woman's hair...

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9 of the Strangest and Loveliest Dioramas You'll Ever See

While there are endless different kinds of dioramas, there is something that most all of them have in common: the strange beauty that comes from capturing our world in miniature, in exacting detail....

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A Visual Guide to the Fake Fleets and Inflatable Armies of World War II

The image above depicts a clever trick played on battlefields during World War II: Bobbing next to a sturdy metal tank is a rubber inflatable copy meant to fool enemies. An army could look twice as...

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Lost, in the Mail: A Birthday Card Exchanged for 33 Years Between a Father...

In one of the sweeter family gestures ever devised, for the past 33 years, a father and daughter—who live about 65 miles apart outside of London—have been mailing the same birthday card back and forth...

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A Shark Suit, a Hammer, And an 'Unknown' Amount of Missing Candy

Police in Canterbury, New Zealand, early Monday posted the above picture on Facebook, along with the following description: At approximately 2:20am this morning these two men entered the BP in...

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Found: A Treasure Trove of Candy Wrappers Dating Back to the Depression

Eric Nordstrom of Urban Remains has been exploring Chicago’s Congress Theater, which was built in 1926 and is currently under renovation. Earlier this year, Nordstrom, whose business reclaims objects...

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An Elusive Whale, Caught on Video for the First Time

Sometime in the recent past, a group of educators and schoolkids set out on a boating field trip in Macaronesia and cruised into something unusual. Three whales, with rounded bodies and tapered heads,...

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When Lemon-Shaped Juice Containers Set a British Legal Precedent

A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail.Plastic, barring all the environmental problems and health concerns that might...

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Space Badges Might Be the Army's Coolest Badges

We’re pretty far from the utopian future of Star Trek, but in at least one regard, we're making baby steps toward establishing a real-world Starfleet. Within the U.S. Army and Air Force, there's a...

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California's Bunny Museum Finally Ran Out of Room

Since 1998, Candace Frazee and her husband Steve Lubanski have opened their Pasadena, California home to the public to showcase a collection of bunny-related items that has been steadily expanding for...

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Rediscovering the Civil War Heroics of a Tiny Massachusetts Armory

In 1843, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and his new wife, Fanny, made an unusual honeymoon stop: in between jaunts to the Berkshires and the Catskills, they swung by the Springfield Armory, a small,...

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The Practicalities of Transporting a 400-Year-Old Heart

On Tuesday, December 6, 2016, a mummified human heart was packed into a small, custom-made, €700 suitcase, and hand-carried onto a plane bound from Belgium to Detroit.The heart’s carrier and custodian,...

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The Mini-Amusement Park in This Texan's Backyard

Some kids never get to make it to Disney Land, but then again, some kids have grandparents who aren’t afraid to just build them their own amusement park right in the backyard.According to WFAA,...

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Found, By a Danish Schoolboy: A Crashed WWII Plane in His Family's Field

Klaus Kristiansen’s father had mentioned, once, that during World War II a plane had crash-landed in one of the field of their farm, outside the town of Birkelse, near the northern tip of...

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The Statue of Liberty Went on Strike Last Night

#daywithoutawoman Lady Liberty Is Dark. pic.twitter.com/TZPY2yH7xa— Sarah Sophie Flicker (@sarahsophief) March 8, 2017Today is “A Day Without a Woman,” a nationwide action that aims to highlight...

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Sarah Bagley, the Voice of America's Early Women's Labor Movement

Today—March 8, 2017—people across the United States are taking the day off work, eschewing most purchases, and dressing in red. They're participating in "A Day Without a Woman," a nationwide action...

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