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Why People Have Such Strong Feelings About the Spelling of 'The Berenstain...

 (Photo: Random House/ Wiki Commons)Here's a little quiz for you. Remember that book series, about the family of bears? Papa Bear had overalls, Mama Bear had a weird spotted bonnet, and Brother and...

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Resurrecting the Original Road Trip on America's Ghost Highway

A piece of the Old Spanish Trail, Milton, Fla. (Photo: drivetheost/Flickr)In the past 15 years, while hunting for missing pieces of the Old Spanish Trail, Charlotte Kahl would sometimes find herself...

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Forgotten Quests From the Golden Age of Adventure Games

The lovely vista of a 1994 gem, Beneath A Steel Sky. The 1990s were a good age for adventure, if your idea of adventure is playing video games. Point-and-click adventure games were at their peak,...

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Push The Boundaries of Time-Keeping With These 11 Clocks

The Mengenlehreur clock in Berlin. (Photo: Muritatis/Flickr)Since the advent of standard time, we've relied on clocks to keep us on track. But clocks are not merely a simple collection of hands and...

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The New York Interns Spending their Summer in a Cemetery

Shechem Scatt cleaning a headstone at the Gracie lot in Woodlawn Cemetery. (All photos: Ella Morton)It's a Wednesday morning in August, and a heat wave in New York has turned the city air thick and...

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LOST: 20 Metric Tons of Latvian Cheese

(Image: RT on YouTube)Russian president Vladimir Putin has finally taken a stand against his country's eternal enemy: food.Thanks to mutual sanctions between Russia and Europe, a no-tolerance policy...

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The Truth and Myth Behind Animal Trials in the Middle Ages

(Image: Wikipedia)Weevils destroy your crops? Pig maim your children? Dying to get back at these creatures? In Europe during the Middle Ages, you could bring them to court, where they could face...

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Matrimonial Maps Chart the Delights and Perils of Marriage

'Map of Matrimony' by George Skaife Beeching, c1880. (Photo: Courtesy Barron Maps)Cartography is all about creating accurate, detailed maps so that travelers know what to expect when setting out on a...

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Before the Band-Aid, People Used Honey and Sugar to Wrap Wounds

(Photo: superdumb/shutterstock.com)Blood is a terrible thing to waste, and for centuries, the ways to stop blood from leaving the body were inefficient at best and not exactly easy to use.In the time...

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Fleeting Wonders: Watch Astronauts Taste Space Lettuce For The First Time

Astronaut Scott Kelly tends to a crop of space lettuce. (Photo: NASA Johnson/Public Domain)For several years, NASA has been trying to grow veggies in space, in order to nourish astronauts' bodies and...

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FOUND: Jerry Lewis' Very Strange And Long-Hidden Holocaust Film

A shot from a film documenting the making of The Day the Clown Cried (Photo: Screenshot from making of footage)The Day the Clown Cried, a 1972 Holocaust movie starring comedian Jerry Lewis, was never...

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Object of Intrigue: A Nuclear Reactor's Tombstone

(Photo: Federal Government of the United States/Public domain)This story was sponsored by the fine folks of Enjoy Illinois.Standing on a grassy clearing in Red Gate Woods just outside Chicago is a...

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In a Ghost Town, Stuffed Animals Gather

In Dogtown (Photo: Sarah Laskow)Some places just can't shake their pasts. Think of the atmosphere in an abandoned factory or the uneasy energy of a neighborhood "transitioning" from one demographic to...

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FOUND: New Evidence of the Fate of the Lost Colony of Roanoke

The Carte of Coastal Virginia (Image: Theodor de Bry/Wikimedia)Since 1590, the fate of the colonists who settled on Roanoke Island, off the coast of what's now North Carolina, has been one of America's...

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The Quest to Recover Eastern Europe's Most Avant-Garde Art

The scene in the film "Stuart Little," with the Róbert Berény painting in the background. (Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures) Last December, Gergely Barki was at home in Budapest watching Stuart...

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Fleeting Wonders: Millions of Balls Saving Los Angeles From Drought

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti lets some shade balls fly. (Photo: City of Los Angeles)It's jet black, fist-sized and perfectly round, and it's going to save California. Give it up for the shade...

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Tyrannosaurus Wrecks: The Most Delightfully Derpy Dinosaur Parks You'll Ever...

(Photo: London looks/Flickr)Everybody loves dinosaurs, but it takes a special kind of devotion to try and build your own.Thankfully, though, across America, there are many places to see that passion in...

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FOUND: A Recording of MLK Testing Out His 'I Have a Dream' Speech

King in 1964 (Photo: Walter Albertin/Library of Congress)Eight months before Martin Luther King Jr. gave his most famous speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, he delivered a sort of prequel, in...

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How Acoma Sky City has Endured for a Millennium (and Still Won't Go Electric)

Acoma Sky City. (Photo: Scott Catron/Wiki Commons CC BY-SA 2.0)Acoma Sky City may be the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in North America, but on a scorching midday walk in July, it certainly...

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Today, 6 Teens Will Be Crowned Microsoft Office World Champions

Arjit Kansal of India holds out his PowerPoint 2010 trophy at last year's Microsoft Office Specialist World Championships. (Photo: Certiport/Flickr)Proud of your word-processing chops? Think you're hot...

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