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College Student Shotguns 13 Beers During Half-Marathon

Emmet Farnan is a senior at the University of Notre Dame, an amateur runner, and a consumer of alcohol. Like many before him, he recently managed to combine the latter two pursuits, this time in a...

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Who Is Shaving Virginia's Cats?

An unknown perpetrator is shaving (apparently) random cats across Waynesboro, Virginia, police there said Friday.Since December, at least seven cats have been abducted and let loose again with their...

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The Largest Centaur in the Solar System Has Rings

The most famous rings in the solar system encircle Saturn, Uranus, and Jupiter, but they're not the only planetary jewelry. Chariklo may be small by comparison—in cross-section it's about the size of...

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One of the Earliest Industrial Spies Was a French Missionary Stationed in China

Plenty of today's technological arms races involve an element of industrial espionage. An executive from Uber has been accused of stealing autonomous car-related data from his old employer, Google....

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Found: The Hoof of Napoleon’s Horse, Hiding in a Cottage Drawer in England

Back in 1815, during the Battle of Waterloo, the British army captured Napoleon’s horse, alive. The stallion, named Marengo, was sold to a member of the Grenadier Guards, who brought the horse back to...

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In Antarctica, a Mysterious Igloo Slowly Appears

If you're a slow TV buff, the webcam for Casey Station, one of Australia's three Antarctic research bases, makes for reasonably compelling viewing. Wind blows, and trucks make tracks in the snow....

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Why Female Dragonflies Fake Death to Avoid Males

“I'm used to dealing with angry, aggressive, dysfunctional men—i.e., men," Selina Meyer, the fictional politician in HBO's Veep, declared in the show's season-four premiere. It turns out female...

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How the Leatherdykes Helped Change Feminism

It was Memorial Day, 2004, and Alex Warner was at a barbecue near Washington, D.C. It was an important time for her. She was in graduate school at Rutgers University, planning a dissertation on women’s...

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Mapping Ireland's Mysterious Carvings of Old Women Exposing Their Genitals

Sometime in the 1940s, workers repairing a culvert in Limerick, Ireland, pried a stone out of the ground, flipped it over, and found a surprise waiting for them on the other side. Carved into the rock...

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The Great Salt Lake's Mercury Mystery

The Great Salt Lake's water is full of salt and minerals—and a serious dose of mercury. Most of that toxic metal was deposited naturally by the atmosphere, but thanks to bacteria and an engineering...

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The 1957 Rikers Island Plane Crash That Made Inmates Heroes

Peggy Benson wanted to get off the plane. The flight from New York’s Laguardia airport to Miami had already been delayed by hours. Scheduled to take off at 2:45, it was now 6pm. The city was blanketed...

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For Sale: A Solid Gold Darth Vader Mask

Tokyo jeweler offers gold Darth Vader mask for $1.4-million https://t.co/HYwVrkG9PCpic.twitter.com/xeecjZPQUn — The Globe and Mail (@globeandmail) May 1, 2017A jeweler in Tokyo is offering a life-size...

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Announcing the Fellowship of the Loneliest Road

Dubbed the “Loneliest Road in America” by Life Magazine in 1986, Nevada’s Highway 50 has captured the imagination of westbound travelers for decades. In the smartphone era, its remoteness (and...

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Debunking the Myth of 19th-Century 'Tear Catchers'

The Victorians were experts in the art of mourning: They wore black for extended periods, wove human hair into elaborate wreaths, and wept, it is said, into delicate glass bottles called “tear...

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Norway's Migrating Reindeer Are Too Slow for Slow TV

Alle må hjelpe til i #NRKrein :) Følg reinsdyrene og familien: https://t.co/0DjlXZZhmNpic.twitter.com/tuJy0hhhXA — NRK (@NRKno) April 30, 2017Reindeer Migration: Minute by Minute was supposed to be the...

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A Visit to the Synthetic Cadaver Factory

In an ordinary Tampa, Florida, office park, just a couple of blocks from a bustling thoroughfare, a skinless cadaver named Quella is having the muscles of her arms individually sewn together by a young...

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Found: A Lost Wallet, 13 Years Later

Around 13 years ago, Dean McAuley of Tacoma, Washington, lost his wallet. At the time, he was too busy to worry about it, he recently told KING. He canceled a few cards and quickly moved on with his...

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A Giant Permafrost Crater Grows in Siberia

Picture a crater, a deep pockmark on the surface of the Earth, and then imagine the process that created it. It is probably very high energy—explosive, catastrophic, destructive. Asteroid...

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Tiny Gadheim Will Be the New Center of the EU, Thanks to Brexit

Gadheim, population 89, is a quiet village surrounded by farms in central Germany's wine country. It may be just a small dot on the map, but Gadheim is about to be a symbolically important dot. When...

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An Ivan the Terrible Statue in Russia Was 'Stolen' an Hour After It Went Up

He is risen."Ivan the Terrible statue goes missing after one hour" https://t.co/TkkNq7bb3Apic.twitter.com/DBG5SBcsw7 — pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) April 30, 2017Ivan The Terrible’s reign as "Tsar of...

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