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A Field of Lego Daffodils Has Sprouted in England

Awesome surprise in Hull this morning...Lego Daffodils #hull2017pic.twitter.com/9SDsfRNsRx — Dale Baxter (@radio_baxter) April 10, 2017The citizens of Hull, in northern England, have been treated to a...

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A 2-Cent Check Mystery

The U.S. Department of the Treasury sent Bruce Rideout, 79, a check for two cents. https://t.co/govwwtWJ23pic.twitter.com/PyE3kTIYmz — The Daily Item (@itemlive) April 12, 2017Meet Bruce Rideout, a...

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Rowdy 'Mystery Hikes' to Undisclosed Locations Were All the Rage in the '30s

The quickest way to anger a traveler is to interfere with their plans; reroute, delay or cancel them. Deprive them of information, make them guess. But on March, 23, 1932, crowds descended upon...

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Modern Cities Owe Their Cleanliness to These Innovative Old Sewers

Efficient sewer systems have long been a touchstone of modernity, differentiating a primitive settlement from a planned and sophisticated town or city. When studying the remains of ancient...

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Found: A Scorpion on an Airplane

On Sunday, while Richard Bell was flying home to Calgary after a two-week vacation in Mexico, he felt something drop into his hair, apparently from the overhead bins above. It was, he told Global News,...

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With Archaeoacoustics, Researchers Listen for Clues to the Prehistoric Past

Iegor Reznikoff shows no self-consciousness as he imitates the sound of a prehistoric bison in the middle of a Parisian hybrid café and Chinese restaurant. And frankly, no one seems to pay him any...

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Horse Vs. Alligator

In the canon of animal kingdom rivalries, horse vs. alligator isn’t one that comes up a whole lot, but that might just be because we haven't been capturing it on tape.The fight in the video above was...

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Were Vikings All Show?

In the history of warrior cultures around the world—from Spartans to Mongols to Japanese samurai (don’t sleep on the Scythians, by the way)—few have maintained their martial swagger in the modern world...

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The Embarrassing History of Crap Thrown Into Yellowstone's Geysers

When it comes to geothermal features, Yellowstone National Park holds an embarrassment of riches. Located largely inside the massive caldera of an ancient volcano, the park is home to thousands of...

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Why This Bar Built a Labyrinth Outside Its Front Door

A Bar In Kerala Made A 250m-Long Maze Wall To Beat Supreme Court's 500m Rule https://t.co/PE3VSOoNEP via @indiatimespic.twitter.com/H3HA35w0b8 — Enis Erkel (@EnisErkel) April 11, 2017Last December,...

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The Iraqi Version of 'What's Up?' Is an Existential Riddle

In the Middle East, a region of made-up borders and increasingly meaningless flags, language is identity. If an Arab man walks into a bar and says Zayek!, he’s Egyptian. If his Arabic is light and...

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Found: Evidence That a Saturnine Moon Could Support Life

We've probably wondered if we're alone in the universe for as long as we've been self-aware and gazed into the night sky. There could be intelligent life, maybe, but also perhaps some lonely, tiny...

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When the FBI Was Asked to Investigate Groucho Marx Over a (Silly) Joke

A version of this story originally appeared on Muckrock.com.For Groucho Marx, sharing a surname with the author of the Communist Manifesto wasn’t winning him any friends in Middle America at the height...

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All Your Favorite Vacation Spots Have Been Overrun by Feral Chickens

One day in early 2004, Armando Parra Sr. unlocked his Key West barbershop and found something menacing waiting for him: there, in the middle of the floor, was a sprung wire trap with a rotisserie...

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Unveiled: The World's Largest Rubik's Cube You Can Solve By Hand

 A group of engineers and students at the University of Michigan have created the world’s largest hand-solvable Rubik’s cube, and it only took years of their lives.Installed on the second floor of the...

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The Potato Chip Shortage Afflicting Japan

Thanks to a series of typhoons that hit northern Japan last year, the potato crop was poor, which has led to a very big problem this year: potato chip scarcity. Look at these empty shelves, which...

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Unveiled: A Giant Rubik's Cube

 A group of engineers and students at the University of Michigan have created the world’s largest freestanding, hand-solvable Rubik’s cube,* and it only took years of their lives.Installed on the...

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Why Stamp Collectors Hated a 1972 Stamp Designed Just for Them

The early 1970s were a boom time for postage stamps. The U.S. Postal Service, which had reorganized itself at the beginning of the decade, cranked up production and was releasing ever more—and ever...

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Have You Seen This Bird?

In 1822, a resident of Bothmer Estate near Mecklenburg, Germany shot a stork out of the sky. When he ran to gather up the body, he was shocked to find that the stork had already been shot, with a long...

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Found: A 1950s-Era Wallet Belonging to a Women's Army Corps Veteran

A snapshot of history, hidden for half a century and discovered by chance:https://t.co/V3QhaUpjJJpic.twitter.com/df4oYdxt7o — SpokesmanReview (@SpokesmanReview) April 16, 2017While renovating a...

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