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Fleeting Wonders: A Vlogging Gorilla

The Ugandan mountain gorilla, imploring you to go easy in the comments section. (Image: YouTube video screenshot)Somewhere in the mountain forests of Uganda is a three-year-old ape with a flair for...

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Why Does the Australian Flag Still Have a Union Jack?

Canada's flag, pre maple leaf. (Photo: Josh Graciano/Creative Commons)When the British Empire established dominion over half the world, the Union Jack became a ubiquitous presence. Whether flown as a...

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FOUND: A GoPro That Went to the Edge of Space And Got Lost for Two Years

What the GoPro saw (Photo: chanmnb/Imgur)In June 2013, after months of planning, five friends launched a GoPro to the edge of space. They attached the camera to a weather balloon, along with a phone...

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Kim Davis, William Franklin, And Others Who Picked The Wrong Revolution

Men gather outside the National Anti-Suffrage Association headquarters in 1911. (Image: Harris & Ewing/Library of Congress Public Domain)This morning—having spent the past week hopping between a...

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Fleeting Wonders: A Meeting of the Secret International Tortoise Assembly?

A member of the Pattenburg Volunteer Fire Company posing with Sulley, finally found a mile from home. (Photo: the Pattenburg Volunteer Fire Company)It was a busy weekend in the tortoise world, with not...

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What Miracles Have You Seen?

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In 500 Years, the Sierras' Stores of Snow Have Never Been This Low

The Sierra Nevadas (Photo: François B. Lanoë/Nature Climate Change)As if there needed to be one more sign that man-made climate change is making the world a very different place to live, a new study...

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The Duke, the Landscape Architect and the World's Most Ambitious Attempt to...

 Last fall, a hand-picked group of the world's top theoretical physicists received an invitation to a conference about the multiverse, a subject to which many of them had devoted the majority of their...

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Lydia Locke, the Turn of the Century Opera Singer With a Soap Opera Life

Lydia Locke, Turn of the Century Scandal Factory (All newspaper clipping images courtesy of Jim Logan and the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery)Getting married seven times is a little excessive—especially when...

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FOUND: Who Does This Dennis the Menace Statue Belong To?

Whose Dennis the Menace is this? (Photo: City of Monterey)All the way back in 1956, Hank Ketcham, the creator of Dennis the Menace, helped establish a playground in Monterey, California, that riffed on...

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Fleeting Wonders: NASA Says Astropoop Turns Into Shooting Stars

Image via NASAUntil March 2016, when you wish upon a star, you may actually be wishing on Scott Kelly's feces.NASA has released a new infographic with handy facts about astronaut Scott Kelly's...

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See Avant-Garde Soviet Bus Shelters Before They Disappear

Disputed region of Abkhazia Pitsunda. (All photos: Christopher Herwig) When photographer Christopher Herwig challenged himself to shoot at least one “interesting” image per hour hour during a cycling...

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A Short History of Area 51's Shady Expansion

Area 51 keeps growing... (Image: Google Maps)Area 51, everyone’s favorite military test site turned alien conspiracy theorist hub, is growing—whether its neighbors like it or not.The Associated Press...

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Fleeting Wonders: Emu On The Lam In New Hampshire

Some emus in Australia, where they are supposed to live. (Photo: djpmapleferryman/Flickr)Police in Bow, New Hampshire are tracking down a feathery fugitive.For several days, the station has fielded...

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The Perpetually Dying Art Of The Small-Town Obituary

(All illustrations by Matt Lubchansky)After graduating from journalism school, I took a job at a tiny local paper in Northern California. I didn’t know this until I got there, but this paper was one of...

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The Victorian Traderess Who Battled Colonialism and Crocodiles in Africa

Mary Kingsley, perhaps the most fashion forward early explorer. (Photo: Courtesy of The Victorian Web)Explorer, trader, and anthropologist Mary Henrietta Kingsley was once saved from a grisly death by...

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When Treasure Hunting is the Family Business

Shipwreck haul. (Photo: Courtesy of Booty Salvage.)Not everyone wants to go into the family business. The world is littered with the children of tailors or lawyers or insurance agents who want to break...

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Take a Grand Tour of the World's Great Tattoos

A Hindu deity (Photo: Tang Ping/World Atlas of Tattoo)A Grand Tour of Tattooing, hitting all the highlights, might start in New York and end in Montreal. But in between, it would circle the world.You'd...

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Why Can’t We Get Rid of the 7-Day Week?

The almighty calendar. (Photo: Joe Lanman/Flickr)In general, units of time can be divided into two categories. One category contains the units that measure something objective and observable, typically...

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Fleeting Wonders: A Thrilling Killer Whale Chase Caught on Camera

When you think of action-packed cinematic chase scenes, they don't usually involve a pod of killer whales and a motorboat helmed by two frightened fishermen.Well, here's a new spin on the genre. As the...

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