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A Very Fast Moose Takes to the Slopes

 That time a #moose chased @shamey08 and I down the run #breckenridge #snowboarding #homesweethome @bestofbreck #mooseonthelooseA post shared by Cheri (@cherbearox) on Mar 10, 2017 at 8:59am PSTHave...

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The Final Resting Places of 7 Famous Dogs

Every dog deserves a proper burial, but few pups reach a level of fame earning them a tombstone that will be visited for generations. These seven graves comprise a macabre memorial tour of the Western...

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The Enduring Mystery of James A. Garfield's Immigration Scandal

On October 20, 1880, just a couple weeks before the U.S. presidential election of that year, the New York newspaper Truth published a letter made up of two short paragraphs signed by James A. Garfield,...

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This Map Charts the Complex Landscape of an Artist's Face

It isn’t unusual to come across maps of fictional worlds or mistaken regions explorers once thought were real. But in the case of map above, the creator intentionally charts an entire land...

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The (Possible) Ghosts Haunting Brazil's Presidential Residence

Michel Temer, who is the president of Brazil, might have mounting political controversies and other problems, but, last week, he mentioned a new one: ghosts.He was talking about the Palácio da...

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This House Off Lake Ontario Is Completely Covered in Ice

Yesterday, at 9:10 a.m., John Kucko, an anchor at WROC in Rochester, tweeted an image of a home off Lake Ontario in western New York that was completely covered in ice. A few minutes later, he posted...

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For Sale: A Castle Where Henry VIII Honeymooned

If you’ve ever wanted to live like a king, now's your chance, as Thornbury Castle in Bristol has gone up for sale. The king you might end up living like, though, is Henry VIII, known mainly for...

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Found: The World's First Known Fluorescent Frog

In Argentina, the polka-dot tree frog is common. But even though it is a species familiar to humans, the frog was hiding a special power.It is fluorescent, as a team of scientists reports in the...

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Humpback Whales Are Forming Mysterious 'Super-Groups'

Over the past few years, humpback whales—normally solitary creatures—have been amassing in huge "super-groups," surprised scientists report in a recently published article in PLOSone. At dozens of...

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The Massive Pizza Funeral That Never Had to Happen

44,000 pizzas dumped in an Ossineke landfill due to possible botulism tainted mushroomsEscanaba Press 3/8/1973#nationalpizzadaypic.twitter.com/xoHYnG5GQl— Michigan's Past (@MichiganHist) February 10,...

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The Steak-Sauce Bottle Mystery Unfolding at an Ohio Library

Small town newspaper photography can be a thankless task, a never-ending parade of firefighter photo ops, the occasional crime scene, and, yes, parades. But Bruce Bishop, the photo chief at Elyria,...

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Smoking Banana Peels Is the Greatest Drug Hoax of All Time

Drug scares are a dimebag a dozen, but the hysteria surrounding fake drugs is always fascinating to behold. Even today, mythical ways of getting high, from the gross-out nonsense that was Jenkem to the...

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The True Story of Hitler's Fake Baby Photo

What did fake news and viral media look like during World War II?It looked like my Uncle Johnny, a.k.a. “Baby Adolf.”A photo and some newspaper clippings from my grandmother’s scrapbook chronicled how...

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A Pair of Staten Island Ponies Escaped to Frolic in the Blizzard

Ponies spotted running through Staten Island streets during winter storm https://t.co/q7xFKX6Zir— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) March 14, 2017While many New Yorkers (several Atlas Obscura staffers...

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Found: A Jeep Under 20 Feet of Snow at the Donner Pass

Last Thursday, the California Highway Patrol in Truckee, California, posted the above photo to its Facebook page. "Oh the things we find playing hide and seek in the winter!" they wrote without further...

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A 'Pi Enthusiast' Calculated 9 Trillion More Pi Digits

Twenty-nine years ago today, a physicist at the Exploratorium in San Francisco decided to celebrate Pi Day, which comes but once a year on March 14—numerically rendered as 3-14, echoing the famous...

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The 'Forgotten' Ratcatchers of Paris Went on Strike Yesterday

The rats were cavorting in Paris yesterday: citing a variety of grievances, the city's ratcatchers spent Tuesday on strike. Several dozen workers gathered outside City Hall with a banner that read,...

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Found: The Oldest Plant Fossil Ever Discovered

Therese Sallstedt, a geobiologist working with the Swedish Museum of Natural History, was examining an ancient fossilized microbial mat when she saw something incredible. Usually, she studies minuscule...

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Floods Might Have Unlocked a Lot of California Gold

In central California, 168 years after the state's mid-19th century gold rush, people are still prospecting for gold.And while many of the oldest techniques—hydraulic mining, in which high-pressure...

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Most American Cities Once Had Red-Light Districts

In February, in San Francisco, the City Attorney accused the owners of a business on Kearny Street of running not, as advertised, a massage parlor but a “place of prostitution, assignation, and...

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