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Where Do Maryland Crabs Come From? Virginia, Apparently

Virginia Beach tries to get in on the whole crab thing (Photo: m01229/Flickr)Everything you thought you knew about East Coast summer seafood is a lie. What's up is down, what's down is up, and Maryland...

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8 of the World's Strangest Burial Spots

(Photo: jojo nicdao/Flickr)Death could take you at any time, so it is always a good idea to have some instructions in place for how you would like to be buried. But why settle for a boring underground...

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Every Book Is a Journey, But These Old Posters Make Reading Seem Like a Trip

"Passports to Adventure", 1939. (Photo: Library of Congress)In 1935, as part of his New Deal program to put Americans back to work during the Great Depression, President Roosevelt established the Work...

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Exploring the Secret Nazi Tunnels Under a German Vacation Town

Tunnel system beneath the Platterhof Hotel, now part of the Documentation Centre exhibit. (Photo: Luke Spencer)Deep in the mountains of Bavaria is a concrete doorway set into the side of the mountain....

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FOUND: $1 Million of Sunken Golden Treasure

Sunken treasure is real sometimes (Photo: Queen Jewels)Three hundred years ago this summer, a fleet of Spanish ships set sail from Cuba. Their timing was bad: about a week out, a hurricane blew up and...

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Exit Interview: I'm A Crypto-Specialist Working To Secure the Internet For A...

(Photo: wavebreakmedia/shutterstock.com)It’s 2015, and living half your life online is unavoidable. Our personal computers have become like extensions of our brains and bodies, portals to a world where...

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Why Russian Astronauts Pee on a Bus Tire Before Launching Into Space, and...

(Photo: Christopher Michel/Creative Commons)Imagine it: you're an astronaut and launch day for your first spaceflight has arrived. Years of intense study and training have culminated in this moment....

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The Reign of King Neptune, The Navy's $250 Million Pig

(Photo: Union County Historical Museum/Used with Permission) This story was sponsored by the fine folks of Enjoy Illinois.Every war has its heroes, but some go more unsung than others. Others become...

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FOUND: A 16-Year-Old Discovered a 560,000-Year-Old Human Tooth

The tooth (Photo: Musée de Tautavel)What did you do on your summer break? Two young archaeology volunteers from France found the tooth of a human who likely lived in what's now southwestern France...

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Meet the World’s Most Controversial Inflatable Yellow Duck

"Rubber Duck" hangs out in Pittsburg in 2013. (Photo: Denis Bocquet/Flickr CC-BY 2.0)If you were to come across “Rubber Duck” floating placidly in the harbor of your major city, you would probably,...

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Cities Pass Cat Curfews; Cats Keep Doing Whatever They Want

The neighborhood menace chews on some wildlife. (Photo: LisaSympson/WikiCommons CC BY-SA 2.0)Curfews are usually reserved for unruly teens and convicted felons. But increasingly, governments are trying...

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Places You Can No Longer Go: The Collect Pond

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100 Wonders: Model Behavior

The US Army Corp of Engineers work often goes largely unseen and unappreciated—why they make the news, it's usually when things have gone wrong. Think of, say, when the New Orleans levees failed, or...

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FOUND: Aurorae 1 Million Times Brighter Than Any on Earth

An artist's impression of the aurora (Image: Chuck Carter and Gregg Hallinan/Caltech)Eighteen and a half light years away from Earth, there's an object that we call LSR J1835 + 3259. It's the type of...

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Inside Togo's Thriving Voodoo Fetish Market

Animal bones and horns are stacked high at a stall at the Fetish Market. These items are usually ground up for use in powders, pastes, or other potions. (All photos: Angelica Calabrese)Got a big test...

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For Many Islands, Tourism Means Too Much Trash. Is Cuba Next?

 A busy street in Havana prepares to become somewhat busier. (Photo: Stefan Vetter/Flickr)What will Cuba look like in twenty years? Right now, as the lifting of most remaining travel restrictions and...

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What It Actually Means to 'Read the Riot Act' to Someone

(Image: Library of Congress)When someone talks about being "read the riot act," it usually means they've been caught engaging in antisocial behavior and chastised accordingly. But it's not just a...

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The Secrets of America's Best Rest Stop: Free Ice Water, Donuts, the Cutest...

A Wall Drug billboard (Photo: Jennifer Kirkland/Flickr)Driving through South Dakota, it's impossible to avoid Wall Drug. The billboards start before you even enter the state, and they're arrayed,...

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The Brutal Beauty of Concrete Buildings

Orange County Government Center by Paul Rudolph, Goshen, New York. (All photos: Ty Cole)Brutalism is one of the more controversial architectural styles of the 20th century. Named from the French word...

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FOUND: An iPhone That Fell 9,300 Feet And Works Just Fine

If you're going to drop an iPhone, might as well be from a plane (Photo: redlegsfan21/Flickr)Ben Wilson, of Texas, owns a company that sells propane storage tanks and gas plant equipment. Also, he owns...

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