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Found: A 9,000-Year-Old Decapitation Victim

(Photo: Strauss et al./PLOS ONE)Back in July of 2007, researchers excavating human burials at the Brazilian site of Lapa do Santo found something strange—two amputated hands that had been laid across...

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See the Bible in Real Life: Photos of Florida's Holy Land Theme Park

The Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Florida. (All Photos: Dan Cronin) Just four miles from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida is the Holy Land Experience, a theme park that turns Biblical stories...

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The Miracle Sugar Substitute The FDA Won't Let You Have

Miracle berry tablets. (Photo: Alexander Klink/WikiCommons)If you have any kind of sweet tooth, the miracle berry really lives up to its name.When you eat this West African fruit, or let a tablet of...

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Zzyzx, California, Or the Biggest Health Spa Scam In American History

The last word in miracles. (Photo: Vezoy/WikiCommons CC BY-SA 3.0)Of all the legendary hucksters, grifters, and con men throughout American history, there is perhaps none more brazen than Curtis Howe...

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How the Miracle Mollusks of Fangataufa Came Back After a Nuclear Blast

An aerial view of Fangatuafa atoll, the site of France's 1968 nuclear bomb test. (Photo: Public Domain/WikiCommons)In the 1960s and 70s, France conducted 193 nuclear tests in French Polynesia,...

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FOUND: $10 Million Worth of Fake Pot

 Just a small portion of the NYPD's haul (Photo: NYPD)The New York Police Department, along with the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Attorney's office, has found two million packets of...

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Fleeting Wonders: Super Blood Moon

The super blood moon is hanging right around the corner. (Photo: Hanzlers Warped Visions/flickr)There’s a Super Blood Moon Apocalypse right around the corner, and it’s basically sky-gazing on steroids....

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Photos of European Churches Left in Holy Ruin

(All photos: Hans van Vrouwerf)It’s estimated that every year between 4,000 and 7,000 churches close down in the USA. In Europe, the statistics vary by country: approximately 20 Church of England...

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FOUND: Pluto's Dragon-Scale Surface

Pluto (Photo: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI)NASA's New Horizons probe keeps sending back ever-more amazing pictures of Pluto. The newest batch, downlinked to Earth on September 19, shows an "extended color" version...

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How Ten Miles Can Change a Miracle

St. Brigit's miracle: she took out her own eye rather than marry (Image: Wolfgang Sauber/Wikimedia)A good story, in the telling, should change and morph over time. But a miracle? In theory, a miracle...

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Fleeting Wonders: The Magna Carta is Visiting America for 7 Days

The Magna Carter of 1215, written in iron gall ink on parchment paper, in medieval Latin. (Photo: Earthsound/Wikimedia Commons)Was Beyonce just in town? Didn't notice—we were too busy getting excited...

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How Miracle Max Nearly Shut Down 'The Princess Bride'

Miracle Max was a miracle unto himself. (Image: Youtube)Creating a scene-stealing character takes a special alchemy of performance, direction, and artistic license that isn’t easy to predict or...

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The 10 Trials of the Master Bladesmith

Master bladesmith Tim Hancock forges a Damascus steel blade, is a badass. (Image: Daviddarom/Wikipedia)  You think it’s hard to get a job in your industry? Try becoming a master bladesmith—there are...

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The Hidden Bolts that Drive Manhattan's Infrastructure Nerds Nuts

A street planning map from 1821 by John Randel. (Photo: Library of Congress)If you’re going to complete this quest, bring a GPS tracker or have a damn good internal compass. Comb the southern area of...

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The Ohio Superstore That Beat Walmart by Giving Up Electricity

Lehman's (Photo: Courtesy of Lehman's)The world was supposed to end on December 23, 2012, and Lehman’s, the largest purveyor of non-electric goods in the U.S., knew it. Anytime the apocalypse is nigh,...

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FOUND: Evidence of Water on Mars

Mars is streaky (Photo: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona)After teasing the world with the announcement that a "Mars mystery" had been solved (and after news outlets that likely knew the embargoed study...

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Fleeting Wonders: The Face in the Thumb

Who is the the Face In The Thumb?! (Image: Imgur)Pope Francis may have departed the U.S., but thanks to the internet, we are never short of miracles—and they can appear in the most mundane places. Like...

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The Names of America’s Coffee Shops Cover All the Grounds

(Photos: Chris Stuart (Baguetteaboudit); Yuting (Snakes and Lattes); Phocion Bryer (The Donut Whole); Noah (The Human Bean)See our ultimate crowdsourced map of punny businesses in America.America’s...

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Hair They Are, the Punniest Salon Names in America

(Photos: Jacob Haller (Sunny and Shears, From Hair 2 E-Tan-ity); Jeannie O (Intl. Hairport); Kirsten Ruud (I Kneaded This); Jane Nagle (Jack of all Fades); Todd Tracy (Grateful Head); Emily C Hughes...

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America's Crappy Plumbers, Bloomin' Awful Florists, and Dirty Cleaning Companies

(Photo: Bruce Ryan (Sherwood Florist); Aaron Harris (The Perennial Gardener): Kelly (Eufloria); Steven Lemaster (Bokay))See our ultimate crowdsourced map of punny businesses in America.A person's home...

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