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Touring the Abandoned Atlantic City Sites That Inspired the Monopoly Board

Boardwalk. St. Charles Place. Atlantic Avenue. If you grew up playing Monopoly, you’ll be familiar with these place names. While they may sound like they’re from a generic U.S. city, dreamt up by the...

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The Long Death of New Jersey's 600-Year-Old Oak

Basking Ridge, New Jersey, is saying goodbye to one of its oldest and most famous residents: a 600-year old oak tree.Predating the town that currently surrounds it, the massive white oak tree is...

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Prohibition, Moonshine, and an Underground Secret

Dutch Schultz, whose given name wasn't Dutch Schultz, had a lot of secrets.Fatally shot in 1935 while urinating at the Palace Chop House and Tavern in Newark, Schultz was a noted gangster in a time of...

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Wax Worms Have a Voracious Appetite—for Plastic Bags

Plastic is pretty much forever. That polyethylene plastic bag you used to bring your groceries home can last for centuries in a landfill or the ocean. Scientists have tried using bacteria and fungus to...

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A 12-Year-Old's Mission to Drive Across Australia

On Friday, a 12-year-old boy departed Kendall, on Australia's eastern coast, for Perth, on the western coast—around 2,700 miles away. The boy was driving his family's car, and was about 800 miles into...

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Found: World War I Training Tunnels Full of Live Grenades

In Wiltshire, England, a stretch of land is being redeveloped into future housing for Army families, and as part of the work to prepare the site, archaeologists have uncovered tunnels and trenches that...

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Urban Turkeys Are Wreaking Havoc in Boston

Springtime in Boston means swan boats in the Public Gardens, bars blasting WEEI all night, and wild turkeys getting up in your face. Over the past couple of months, the birds have been making...

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Online Poker Players Are Exiled in Paradise

On the very first evening after Ryan Garitta moved to Jaco, Costa Rica, a small beach town on the Pacific Coast, he had dinner with about 2o other recent arrivals much like himself. Garitta had only...

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The Movie Date That Solidified J.R.R. Tolkien's Dislike of Walt Disney

It’s no secret that J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were legendary frenemies. But while they may have sparred over fantasy and religion, they shared one little-known viewpoint: a disdain for the works of...

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Watch the Fastest Perfect Game Ever Bowled

If you want to bowl the fastest perfect game ever, it helps to bowl 50 games a week. And it really helps to work at a bowling alley. Ben Kertola was well prepared to bowl 12 strikes in a row in 86.9...

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Why the Roots of Color Printing Are in Limestone

A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail.In 1993, The New York Timesprinted its first page in color, far later than most...

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The Forgotten American Missionaries of Pyongyang

It may be difficult to imagine from the perspective of the 21st century, but the North Korean capital city of Pyongyang once had at its center a community of Americans—Christian missionaries who lived...

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The Muddy Legality of Shooting a Drone Out of the Sky

High school basketball coach Brad Jones was flying his drone on Easter Sunday when suddenly he heard a gunshot, according to Ars Technica. Moments later, Jones' drone began falling out of the sky.Jones...

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A Rare Glimpse of Three Snow Leopards Snuggling

There are only around 4,000 snow leopards left in the world, most of which live in China, where they maintain a reputation for being notoriously difficult to spot, much less study. But recently some...

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The 1880s Supper Club That Loved Bad Luck

On September 13, 1881, in room 13 of Manhattan's Knickerbocker Cottage, 12 expectant men sat around a table. The meal was all set out: big platters of lobster salad, each moulded into the shape of a...

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The Art of the Dronescape

The top of the Golden Gate Bridge stands 746 feet above the strait between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. From that height, when the Bay Area's famous fog has cleared, the city’s skyline...

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Found: A Cow-Smuggling Tunnel Under a Tea Garden

On the India-Bangladesh border,* the Border Security Force discovered a smuggling tunnel almost 90 yards long that started in a tea garden and went under the border fence to north Bengal. Its...

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Tree Vs. Baseball

Which do you like better, trees or baseball? It's a pretty tough question—some might even say too tough. But Queen Anne's High School in Centreville, Maryland was forced into the choice over the...

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Tracing the Circulatory System Behind Antarctica's Blood Falls

Blood Falls is an on-again-off-again flow of red-orange water—striking against Antarctica’s sweeping grayscape—from the toe of Taylor Glacier, not far from McMurdo Station research base. The color...

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A Distant Orb Named DeeDee Is Reigniting the Planet Definition Debate

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) triggered one of the biggest ever cosmic controversies when they changed the definition of a planet in 2006, kicking Pluto off the list of the most important...

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