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This 'Flightlapse' Offers a Stunning View of the Milky Way

The view from 12A on a red-eye is pretty boring. But the view from the cockpit can be spectacular. Most people won't ever access the cockpit during a flight, but Swiss International Air Lines pilot...

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The Boston Public Library Has a 'Car Wash' for Books

A behind-the-scenes look at how we remove dust from our #books. It's like a mini car wash for books, minus the water! #libraries#bookloverspic.twitter.com/3xGI6ZEHVJ — BostonPublicLibrary (@BPLBoston)...

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A Fond Farewell to England's Prefab WWII Bungalows

For decades, residents of the Excalibur Estate, London’s last community of post-World War II, prefabricated houses, have been fighting against property developers and hostile local authorities to save...

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The End of a Long Controversy Over a Striped Townhouse

Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring is a person who owns a townhouse in the posh London district of Kensington. In March 2015, she had red stripes painted on its white facade. Her neighbors, who are all very...

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When the CIA Made 'Pseudo-Marijuana'

A version of this story originally appeared on Muckrock.com.According to declassified meeting minutes from 1972 and an old article saved by CIA, the Agency’s Office of Medical Services had a drug abuse...

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John Lennon Left This Sketch Behind When He Moved House in the 1960s

Imagine… moving into John Lennon’s old house as a child in the 1960s and finding his original sketch for the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.Lennon once lived in a house called Kenwood,...

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How to Rescue a Stuck Beaver

A fat Hamilton beaver that got stuck in a fence has been freed by the soapy hands of a quick-thinking animal services worker #zoornalismpic.twitter.com/IkSYz3t2Dc — Liam Casey (@liamdevlincasey) April...

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Found: An Unusually Beautiful Bathroom Hidden Beneath a Factory Floor

Stoke-on-Trent, the “World Capital of Ceramics,” became famous for its industrial-scale pottery operations all the way back in the 17th century. This is where famous brands like Spode and Wedgwood were...

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The Nazi Board Games of World War II

During World War II, the Nazis fueled children’s enthusiasm for both their war effort and genocide partly by stocking toy stores with cheerful-looking but insidious board games. As budding potential...

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How FDR Used Famous Immigrants to Extoll America’s Greatness

On May 4, 1940, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) launched a radio show called I’m an American. On each episode of this short-lived and long-forgotten program, an INS employee...

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Secrets of the Swazzle

Long before there were Muppets or Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, there was Punch and Judy. The traditional puppet show has been around since at least the 17th century, and even today, specialist...

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Practicing Looking for Life on Mars in Chile's Atacama Desert

A team of scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been in Chile's Atacama Desert to test a new computer—in part because the region is so arid and lifeless that it makes an able stand-in...

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Last Century a DJ Saved My Life

If you're in New York City, and you like to dance, you've got a lot of options. A typical night offers everything from punk shows to EDM nights to tango classes to old-school hip hop. It is the city...

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Found: A Lot of Snakes in a Walmart Parking Lot

There’s a lot of reasons to avoid going to Walmart, but one Arkansas location recently added another reason to the list: a parking lot full of snakes!According to KAIT, around 40 snakes were discovered...

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A Photographer’s Quest to Find the Last of the Drive-In Theaters

Photographer Lindsey Rickert was just seven or eight years old when she went to her first drive-in movie. Looking back now, what she remembers most is magic of the experience itself, “laughing and...

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The World Needs a Vagina Museum

Florence Schechter is the sort of person who gets a good idea, starts a project, and sees if it its sticks. “I like just going for things and seeing if they work,” she says. “I get upset if I’ve got a...

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Found: Mystery Safe Unopened for 40 Years

Mysterious safe found during Bonanza demolition https://t.co/GtmFun6xvlpic.twitter.com/tsIxvVuOt8 — CTV Saskatoon (@ctvsaskatoon) April 28, 2017For two decades, the owner of the Bonanza Steakhouse ran...

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In Fast-Changing Seattle, an Effort Not to Forget the Past

If anyone has been paying close attention to San Francisco's growing housing affordability crisis over the past few years, it's Seattle residents. The parallels between the two cities are hard to miss:...

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When Squirrels Were One of America's Most Popular Pets

In 1722, a pet squirrel named Mungo passed away. It was a tragedy: Mungo escaped its confines and met its fate at the teeth of a dog. Benjamin Franklin, friend of the owner, immortalized the squirrel...

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The Religious Feud in England Over Asparagus

Great to see Asparagus being venerated in such a way at the Church of England! pic.twitter.com/JEGgSEtnhG — Julie Bishnope (@juliebishnope) April 28, 2017This past Sunday, April 23rd, churchgoers at...

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