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Why Are Penguins' Sex Lives So Scandalous?

This past fall, a popular TV channel aired a very brief, very controversial documentary. It was debauched and violent, packing a betrayal, a screaming match, and a bloody fight into fewer than three...

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Why This Court Decision Hinged on the Oxford Comma

The Oxford comma, also known as the serial comma, refers to the comma that appears just after the penultimate item and before the coordinating conjunction of a list of three or more things. As in: "The...

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The Goldfish That Got a Wheelchair

Just wanted to let you guys know wheelchair fish is still doing well and got an even more comfortable wheelchair pic.twitter.com/AwjeJU0pFL— Taylor Nicole Dean (@taylorndean) March 15, 2017In feat of...

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What Happens When an Amtrak Train Hits a Snowbank at the Station

Last week's snowstorm brought a solid stack of white stuff to much of the Northeast. The Amtrak station above—which has been identified as Rhinecliff, New York's—wasn't spared. So when a southbound...

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Found: Golden Coins Hidden in a Crusader Shipwreck

The city of Acre sits on Israel’s Mediterranean coast, just north of Haifa. Back in the 13th century, this place was one of the most important strongholds left to European Crusaders defending...

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Why We Have Such Complicated Feelings About Eating Horses

In many cuisines—Chinese, French, French Canadian, Kazakh—eating horse is no big deal, and sometimes even considered a delicacy. But in the U.S., the U.K., and much of the modern English-speaking...

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The Forged 'Ancient' Statues That Fooled the Met's Art Experts for Decades

In 1933 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, three Etruscan warrior sculptures of black terracotta clay towered over their audience in an all-new exhibit. The ancient art, believed to be from...

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Dozens of Previously Hidden Nuclear Test Videos Declassified, Uploaded to...

On Tuesday, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a federally funded facility outside San Francisco that focuses on nuclear research, released 63 rare, restored and declassified nuclear-test...

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The Invisible Unmarried Mothers of Ireland

For many years now, stories about the conditions at the now-shuttered Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, Ireland, have circulated among locals. Little by little, those stories started gaining...

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Canadian Bar Annoys Ireland With Its 'Sacrilegious' Guinness Pour

*Every person in #Ireland collectively screams in horror* #RailtownCafe#StPatricksDaypic.twitter.com/3D44LKiDu2— Laura (@ElleEmSee) March 14, 2017Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, a Vancouver...

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The Massive Black Wolves on a 'Flat Out' Run Along a Canadian Highway

Have you seen a bear? Have you also seen a wolf? Do you think you know what the difference is?Before you answer that question, have a look at the video above. Now, without cheating, do you think that...

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How Ireland Uses Shamrocks to Gain Access to the U.S. President

It was quite the unlucky rollout. Ahead of St. Patrick’s Day, President Trump’s online shop debuted a green version of his signature “Make America Great Again” hat. To “capture the luck of the Irish”...

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The Fixers Who Buried Old Hollywood's Biggest Scandals

Howard Strickling’s phone was always ringing. First it might be Jean Harlow, panicking that William Powell had gotten her pregnant. Then it might be a security guard, informing him that he’d removed a...

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Found: Rocks Formed From Earth’s Earliest Crust

For rocks, time on Earth can be rough. Over billions of years, they might be crushed, eroded, melted, and transformed from what they once were. A rock might have started out as a piece of the planet’s...

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The Irish Workers in This Famous Photograph Have Finally Been Identified

In 1972, 21 construction workers posed for a newspaper photographer in front of a loop of raised highway. A group of Irish immigrants, they appear tired but proud, smiling at the camera and standing...

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The Russian Poetry Scandal That Ended in a Duel

There is a fine tradition of taking the wind out of the stuffed shirts who run the literary world by tricking them into publishing the work of fictional authors. In the 1940s, an Australian poetry...

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A Minnesota Driver's Insane, Unexplained Car Crash

Alexandria man wakes up to disoriented driver in his house, lucky to be alive after launching car into lake. https://t.co/euSRz9nArMpic.twitter.com/GZylzxCErj— Star Tribune (@StarTribune) March 15,...

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Why Chess Fans Hate the Movies

The scene above, from the classic Ingmar Bergman film The Seventh Seal, has a unique premise. Death—a cloaked figure with a very pale face—has come for Antonius, a knight fresh off the Crusades who...

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Why Scientists Are Worried About a Landslide No One Saw or Heard

If a steep mountainside in a remote national park gives way and drops 200 million tons of rock into deep glacial water, will anyone hear?In the case of the massive landslide that fell into Taan Fjord,...

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Found: An Unusually Situated Bat Cave

The population of bats living in Alberta, Canada, is lucky: so far, the deadly white nose syndrome that’s wiped out other bat populations hasn’t devastated bats here. Scientists and conservationists...

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