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Fake Road Trippin' Through Europe In A Computer-Generated Truck

Hauling some tubes through the Alps. (Screenshot: Joshua Livingston/Flickr CC-BY 2.0)The call of the open road can be unrelenting. Once you hear it, it takes hold of you, whispering “go, get out” every...

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So You've Been Banned From America. What's Next?

Where are you headed? (Photo: Nick Harris/Flickr)Imagine that you're an American, leading, for all intents and purposes, a relatively successful American life. You have a decent job, good friends, more...

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A Very Still Life: The Art and Music of Jack Kevorkian

(Photo: Hrag Vartanian/Flickr)It’s well-known that Dr. Jacob “Jack” Kevorkian was no stranger to death. But he is less appreciated for his lust for life, which led him down just about every artistic...

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Emily the Cow Ran Away From the Slaughterhouse And Became a Star

Emily the Cow and Meg Randa show their appreciation for each other. (Photos: Meg Randa/Middlesex News)For Emily the Cow, November 14, 1995 probably started off like any normal day. She would have eaten...

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LOST (AND FOUND): A Drone

 Drones crash. (Photo: Via @steveoiraq)On July 16, the American military lost a drone. As the Pentagon recently confirmed to Buzzfeed, "an MQ-1 crashed on its way to its recovery base in Iraq."This...

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Animals Don't Just Flee–They Make Surprisingly Careful Escape Plans

A young cheetah learns to hunt. (Photo: Volt Collection/shutterstock.com)For many years, humans thought simplistically about how animals escape their predators. Because, if another animal wants to eat...

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The Story Behind the World's Most 'Elite' Computer Escape Key

This Vintage Cherry Corp. Red Doubleshot "Esc" Key was in fact sold for $250. (Photo: BiNiaRiS/Imgur)In the second decade of the 21st century, few people care about the escape key.What escape key? That...

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FOUND: The Answer to a 43-Year-Old Mystery

The car pulled out of the lake (Photo: Caldwell County Sheriff's Office)One night in 1972, Pamela Shook Kolbe's father never came home. She recently told a local North Carolina news station:“My parents...

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The Phone App That Transforms Subway Ads into Art

This is how beautiful your commute could be, through No Ad. (Image provided by PublicAdCampaign featuring the work of Soren Solkaer)Bulbous yellow Minions. Protein World urgently asking if you're...

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100 Wonders: The Coldest Town on Earth

Coldness is an odd concept.Close to its lowest point, hovering just a smidge over absolute zero, matter becomes another form altogether. It's not a gas, liquid, or solid, but instead something called...

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Places You Can No Longer Go: Libby Prison

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The Complete Guide to Escaping Earth's Gravitational Pull

Who wants to go to space?!Unfortunately getting anything to break free from the inexorable pull of Earth's gravity requires a startling amount of power and fuel, as objects must reach escape velocity...

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The Strangely Successful History of People Mailing Themselves in Boxes

(Photo: Everett Collection/shutterstock.com)The communication from FedEx’s media relations team was brief. “Dan,” a FedEx employee identified over email only as “Media Relations” wrote, “The shipment...

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How To Escape A Building By Dropping Through a Fabric Esophagus

A net escape chute at an air traffic control tower in Missouri (Photo: U.S. Air Force)The opening to an escape chute isn't exactly inviting. Mostly used on industrial rigs or in buildings when other...

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What It Was Like to Seek Asylum in Medieval England

Notre Dame (Photo: Chi King/Flickr)So you are in 13th century England and you’ve been accused of, or maybe have actually committed, a murder. To be taken into custody and tried would likely result in...

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FOUND: A Four-Legged Fossil That Might Be a Snake

The maybe-snake (Photo: Dave Martill, University of Portsmouth)The snake fossil that David Martill, a British paleobiologist, found in a German museum may not be the oldest snake fossil ever found. But...

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It's Not Hiking: The Patient Practice of Long Distance Walking

April 2015 in Galacia Spain while on a walk along the Camino Portuguese. (Photo: Paul Kiczek/Freewalkers.)For a few months in the mid-1960s, a new exercise technique swept the globe. Like jazzercise,...

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Brazil Is An Alternate Video Game Universe Where Sega Beat Nintendo

Carmen Sandiego on the Sega Master System, (Photo: Kevin Simpson/flickr)When video games moved from arcades to living rooms, a whole new industry was born as Atari, Sega, Nintendo and others competed...

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FOUND: The First Ever Plant Discovered Through Facebook

The plant—Drosera magnifica (Photo: Facebook/Paulo Gonella)The second largest carnivorous plant in the Americas lives on a single mountain peak in the southeast of Brazil. It can grow almost five feet...

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Mapping Storm Hotspots, Where the World's Tempests are Brewed

Global lightning map based on satellite observations between 1995-2013. (Photo: NASA/Public Domain)Where do hurricanes corkscrew into being? Where does the black dervish of a tornado tend to roar up?...

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