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Found: Medieval Manuscripts Stolen From Italy, Hiding in the Boston Public...

In 1392, the brotherhood of Our Lady of Mercy at Valverde was blessed with a new manuscript, beautifully illustrated. It was the Mariegola della Scuola di Santa Maria della Misericordia, and it laid...

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North Korea's Nuclear Test Site Spent the Weekend Hosting Volleyball

Watching North Korea for nuclear activity but finding volleyball games instead. https://t.co/y7mR6CID69pic.twitter.com/icgbQqek3K — New York Times World (@nytimesworld) April 20, 2017All eyes have been...

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Antarctica Is Covered in Streams and Waterfalls

It’s not that scientists didn’t know there were streams and waterfalls in Antarctica. Over decades of research on the frozen continent, researchers have documented the occasional stream of meltwater...

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Jest Books Were the 16th-Century Version of Insult Comedy

Don Rickles, the merciless “merchant of venom” who insulted anyone and everyone during a comedy career that began in the 1950s, passed away in early April. Throughout his years on the stage he was...

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The Artists Who Depicted War in a Whole New Way

In spring 1918, as hundreds of thousands of doughboys poured into Europe, one special group of eight American soldiers were brought together to provide an artistic take on the war. America’s first...

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This (Very Cool) Photo of a Giant Iceberg Off Canada Is Also Now ... a Meme

@EddieSheerr The huge iceberg in ferryland, Newfoundland. April 16, 2017. pic.twitter.com/KVmXLhUiym — Jody Martin (@tummppeer) April 16, 2017Earlier this week, Reuters posted some pictures of a...

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The Legoland Controversy Brewing in Australia

Everyone loves Lego, whether that's thanks to nostalgia or the childlike sense of imagination and accomplishment you get when you finish building a Lego creation. But there are limits, and some adult...

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The Many Possible Reasons British People Hire Chimney Sweeps for Their Weddings

Kevin Giddings, 54, is the owner of Milborrow Chimney Sweeps in West Sussex, England. Despite some big name clients, including Buckingham Palace, his job is reasonably straightforward. Most days, he...

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Colonial America Was Built on Lottery Revenue

In the late 19th century, Ainsworth Rand Spofford, the sixth Librarian of Congress, went looking through America’s early newspapers for the the earliest notice of a lottery he could find. What he found...

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Found: A Unique, Handwritten Copy of the Declaration of Independence

Before Danielle Allen and Emily Sneff found a copy of the Declaration of Independence in an obscure British archive, the only known 18th century, handwritten copy of the U.S.’s founding document was...

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Why Scientists Drag Dead Whales to the Bottom of the Sea

It was a calm day on the Pacific Ocean. Perfect conditions for a sunset sailing cruise, or maybe a kayaking trip. But on April 11, 2007, scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute...

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Postcard Reaches Destination After 53 Years

In January of 1964, some children in Germany decided to do something nice for their grandmother, Frieda Lehmann. They bought a postcard with some Berlin landmarks on the front, and filled the back with...

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Seeing Earth From Between Saturn's Rings, Nearly a Billion Miles Away

The Cassini Orbiter is about 5,000 pounds (minus its fuel, which is all gone, and the Huygens probe it dropped off on Titan in 2004) of science that’s been orbiting Saturn for nearly 13 years. It is,...

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The Mystery Boom and the Bachelor Party in Michigan

Last Saturday, April 15, near Grandville, Michigan, residents reported hearing a very loud boom, which spooked a lot of people and led to multiple calls to local police dispatchers. Sheriff's deputies...

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A Painting of a Crying Boy Was Blamed For a Series of Fires in the '80s

In the middle of the night in Thatcher-era England, a home in South Yorkshire succumbed to a fire. The lounge room was charred black, drapes and furniture reduced to ash. The owners of the home, Ron...

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Google Maps and the Non-Existing Pizza Joint

Thanks to an error on Google Maps, a home in Darwin, Australia was labeled as a pizza joint, and sure enough, the people came out.The home belonged to 69-year-old Michael McElwee, who became aware of...

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Fear of a White Lighter

There are all sorts of luck-related legends surrounding smoking. Some people turn one cigarette upside down in each new pack they buy, making it “lucky.” Others believe that lighting three or more...

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Found: ‘Extraneous Golf Ball Materials’ in Frozen Hash Browns

Over the weekend, the company McCain Foods USA announced a voluntary recall of “Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns,” sold in in states at Roundy’s and Harris Teeter supermarkets. These two-pound bags of...

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Was the Guy in 'The Scream' Afraid of... Clouds?

Take a look at Edvard Munch's 1893 oil painting "The Scream," and any number of feelings may bubble to the surface. You might find yourself overcome by awe at the work's mastery. You could feel...

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Why Is Iceland So in Love With Licorice?

Step into any Icelandic gas station or grocer and you’ll find at least 75 percent of the candy contains black licorice. Licorice powders, chocolate-covered licorice gummies, licorice-coated raisins,...

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