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Meet the Man Who Wants to Make Eating Shad a Fad Again

Warner Lew claims he has witnessed two people moan with rapture while eating smoked shad. Not just two people—two teenagers. They happened to have stopped by Lew’s kitchen right as he was taking a...

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There Is Gold in Seawater, But We Can't Get at It

The oceans are filled with gold, just floating out there for the taking! The trouble is figuring out how to extract the precious metal. For over a century, dreamers, con artists, mad men, and...

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How Argentina's Baked Goods Reveal Its Political Past

Argentina has a complex history of social rebellion, political unrest, and enduring leftist movements. As with most political legacies, Argentine socio-politics have had a way of manifesting themselves...

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Rare Night Parrot Captured on Camera

Broome men crack holy grail of bird watching - rare sighting of Australia's most mysterious bird, the night parrot https://t.co/eyXJgnpC8opic.twitter.com/LGdc4IZeua— ABC News Perth (@abcnewsPerth)...

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Teen Corrects NASA Error

Forget space camp, one U.K. teenager found and corrected a data error on the International Space Station in his free time.According to the BBC, 17-year-old Sheffield student Miles Soloman, taking part...

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In the 1960s, an Artist Imagined an Ever-Changing City That Feels a Lot Like...

In the winter of 1956, the Dutch artist Constant Nieuwenhuys went to visit his friend, the painter Pinot Gallizio, in his hometown of Alba, Italy. When he got there, though, he found that Gallizio had...

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Found: A ‘Very Large’ African Cat Roaming the Streets of New Jersey

In Paterson, New Jersey, on Thursday morning, the people of Mill Street saw a surprising creature walking the block—a very large cat that they weren’t quite able to identify.“One person said it was a...

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Shanghai's Daring 'Rooftoppers' Are Taking Urban Exploration to New Heights

 A post shared by Co (@cocoanext) on Feb 25, 2017 at 4:58am PST“Do you know how many lightning rods you can climb in Shanghai? The answer is 23. Of course, there are many more for us yet to...

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One Sloppy Land Surveyor Almost Caused a War Between Missouri and Iowa

When Sheriff Uriah S. Gregory—those who knew him called him Sandy—made his way into disputed territory for the second time, he must have known it would not go well for him.When he crossed from land...

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Portland's Love Affair With Its Special Water Fountains

Portland, Oregon, is known (and sometimes ridiculed) for its staunchly iconoclastic residents and attitude. What not many outsiders know is that the city even has its own iconic drinking fountains,...

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A Brief History of Project Moby Dick, the Cold War's Least Believable...

On January 13, 1956, a specially modified Air Force C-119 roared over the Sea of Japan in pursuit of a high priority target. The plane, callsign “Center 39,” suddenly made visual contact with what...

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Frogs Made Famous by Mark Twain Are Finally Laying Eggs Again

Good news for fans of Mark Twain and competitive frog jumping competitions: California’s endangered red-legged frog, the star species of the author’s breakout short story The Celebrated Jumping Frog of...

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Newfoundland's Cod Are Making a Comeback, But Not Everyone's Happy About It

For centuries, fishermen off Newfoundland fished cod, which remained plentiful until the early 1990s, when their populations, the Canadian government found, fell off a cliff. And so a moratorium on...

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Found: A Secret Warehouse Full of Toy Trains

Tom Gibson was working as a milkman when he started collecting trains; he bought his first set from one of his milk customers. Later in life, he was able to turn his hobby into a profession, when he...

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For Sale: A Pennsylvania Garbage Town

Do you have $1.5 million lying around? Do you want to spend it on your very own town? Today is your lucky day—the village of Reduction, Pennsylvania has been on the market for nearly half a year,...

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A Popular '40s Map of American Folklore Was Destroyed by Fears of Communism

During World War II, the painter, illustrator, and cartoonist William Gropper offered his services to the U.S. Treasury Department and the White House’s Office of War Information. He received a...

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Not Sold: Captain Cook's Waistcoat

Captain Cook's waistcoat passes at auction but local buyer in negotiations with sellerhttps://t.co/yMF1mHlDNVpic.twitter.com/yy4q6doLXf— ABC News Sydney (@abcnewsSydney) March 26, 2017Even though he...

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The 1920s Women Who Fought For the Right to Travel Under Their Own Names

The current U.S. passport includes 13 inspirational quotes from notable Americans. Only one belongs to a woman, the African-American scholar, educator, and activist Anna J. Cooper. On pages 26-27 are...

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The Brazen Heist of a Massive Gold Coin in Germany

Around 10 years ago, the Royal Canadian Mint, which produces both coins for regular use as currency and some designed especially for collectors, produced a very large coin, nearly two feet in diameter...

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The People Who Decide What the Inside of a Human Body Sounds Like

Quick—what does a brain sound like?Time's up! The answer is, of course, "nothing." If you said "lightning and sparks," though, you're forgiven. Odds are good that every "trip" you've taken inside the...

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