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A Visit to India's Last Colony of Magicians And Acrobats

All images courtesy of BOND/360The Kathputli colony, located on the outskirts of New Delhi, is where families of magicians, puppeteers, acrobats, and artists converge. Hand-built by the residents over...

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Annie Edson Taylor's 1901 Retirement Plan: Go Over Niagara Falls in a Barrel

Photo: G.G. Bain News Service/WikipediaThe first daredevil to ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel wasn’t some brash young man looking to make headlines. It was a 63-year-old school teacher who just...

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FOUND: A Large And Creepy Gathering of Kangaroos

In a park on the edge of Melbourne, a cyclist was going for a perfectly normal bike ride when he started seeing kangaroos. First just one appeared:A few second later, he saw more in the distance. And...

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Fleeting Wonders: Read a Book, Ride the Bus for Free

Everyone should read on the bus! (Photo: Cogiati/Wikipedia)If you've been lamenting the large amount of people who sit on the bus and subway with their faces buried in a Kindle or studiously focused on...

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When Disaster Strikes, Museums Call In The A-Team

Restoring a painting at the  FAIC Cultural Recovery Center in Brooklyn. (Photo: Courtesy Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works)You’ve got a muddy 18th...

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A Ruined French City, Resuscitated In a Garden

The city of Reims, c. 1916. (Photo: Public Domain/WikiCommons) In the ancient French city of Reims there is a magnificent turreted town house that dates from the 13th century. It is surrounded by a...

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From Pony Express to Amazon Drone: The Strange History of Delivering Packages

Rural Free Delivery, 1914. (Photo: Library of Congress)These days, with maps that tell you exactly when a bus is coming and weather apps that notify you exactly 12 minutes before it will start raining,...

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Places You Can No Longer Go: Fort Trumbull

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FOUND: Painted Japanese Doors from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition

One of three newly found paintings (Photo: Chicago Park District)In 1892, Japanese workers began building a pavilion on the Wooded Island of Chicago's Jackson Park. The next year, as part of the 1893...

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100 Wonders: The Great Green Wall of Africa

 Clocking in 4,750 miles long and 9 miles wide, the Great Green Wall of Africa is as ambitious as it is necessary.While only 330 miles of greenery have currently been planted in northern Senegal,...

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Drunk, Angry Wasps Are Coming For Your British Marmalade

German wasps on their way to the bar, or in this case, a rotting apple. (Photo: Bernie/Public Domain)"Drunk" and "angry" are just about the last two words you'd want to associate with a swarm of giant...

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150 Years of Coney Island Thrills in Photos

'Modern Venus of 1947, Coney Island'. (Photo: Courtesy Brooklyn Museum Collection)Coney Island has long been an accessible, one-day vacation for New Yorkers wanting to escape the heat. The first...

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'Wet Hot American Summer' On a Bus: The Decadent Thrills of Teen Tours

Arches National Park, one of the many itinerary options for teen tours. (Photo: Jean-Christophe Benoist/WikiCommons CC BY-SA 3.0)For the youth of America, camp has an undeniable allure (the lack of...

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FOUND: Two Giant Black Holes at the Heart of a Quasar

Whoa, double black hole! (Image:  Space Telescope Science Institute)Quasars are unbelievably bright. When astronomers first found them, they thought they might be really, really luminous stars—they can...

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Fleeting Wonders: Watch A Chinese Sinkhole Eat a Bus Stop

News of sinkholes hits the headlines on a surprisingly consistent basis. So much so that sometimes it feels as though we are all just walking around on the thin crust of a hollow Earth, waiting to take...

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Mechanical Beach Monsters No Match for Boston Crowd Control

A Peabody Essex Museum volunteer coaxes a Strandbeest forward. (Photo: Atlas Obscura)Strandbeest Handler #4 was having some trouble. It was time to promenade, and her charge—a ten-foot-long scaffold of...

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How Kurobe, Japan Became the Zipper Capital of the World

A close up of a YKK zipper. (Photo: Chris 73/ WikiCommons CC BY-SA 3.0)There is not a groin in the world that the city of Kurobe has not touched. It has done so through the auspices of YKK, the world’s...

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FOUND: The Mysterious Shigir Idol May Be 11,000 Years Old

The Shigir Idol (Photo: Владислав Фальшивомонетчик/Wikimedia)The Shigir idol was found in 1894, in a bog in western Siberia. Bogs are unusually effective at slowing the decay of organic matter: the...

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Warren G. Harding Was The First Celebrity-Endorsed President

Warren G. Harding campaigns for the presidency in 1919. (Photo: Library of Congress)Nearly a century after his death, Warren G. Harding is having a moment in the limelight.Thanks to timeless curiosity...

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Fleeting Wonders: A Surprisingly Huge Ice Sheet on Mars

Surface evidence of the massive ice sheet found on Mars. (Photo: NASA)As NASA's Curiosity rover makes its way across the Red Planet, the images coming back have been breathtaking. And thanks to the...

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