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We Have a Copy of Patricia Highsmith's Unpublished Essay on Green-Wood Cemetery

At Green-Wood (Photo: katherine weil/Flickr)Late in October of 1987, the psychological thriller author Patricia Highsmith took a car over the Manhattan Bridge and through Brooklyn to Green-Wood...

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FOUND: The Earliest Known Draft of the King James Bible

An early edition of the King James Bible (Image: Private Collection of S. Whitehead/Wikimedia)In 1604, King James I gave six groups of translators a very important task: produce a definitive English...

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Fleeting Wonders: Rent An Airbnb With 6 Million Skeletons In Its Closet

Photo: Vlastimil Juricek/WikiCommonsSome people like their Airbnb host to be friendly and welcoming. Others prefer one that points them to the bathroom and then gets out of the way. And still others...

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What Is The Point Of A Pug–and 19 Other Dog Breeds?

Best friends. (Photo: artvintage1800s.etsy.com/flickr) It can be hard to look at a modern dog breed and see any sort of use for it other than a snuggle buddy. Dog breeds have been systematically...

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Fleeting Wonders: Green Space Bubbles Captured on a Dragon Camera

Sure being an astronaut is hazardous and lonely and often stressful, but damn if Scott Kelly isn’t making it look fun.When NASA recently tasked him with testing out their new RED Epic Dragon (real...

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FOUND: A Tiny Photo of Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid, on the left (Photo: Kagin's, Inc.)Five years ago, Randy Guijarro spent just a couple of dollars on some old tintype photos he found in Fresno, California. When he looked at one of them...

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How Detroit Exorcised Devil's Night

Detroit by night. (Photo: Ed Schipul/flickr)Some call it Mischief Night, others Cabbage Night but the night before Halloween, with its long history of pranks escalating into chaos and destruction, is...

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Before Farming, Writing, Or The Wheel, Humans Began Perfecting The Skyscraper

Burj Al Arab in Dubai, currently the world's tallest building by 70 feet. (Photo: Donaldytong/WikiCommon CC BY-SA 3.0)Between now and 2018, if all goes according to plan, New York City will be home to...

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The First Global Fairy Census Wants To Hear About Your Close Encounters

John Atkinson Grimshaw’s 1897 painting "Spirit of the Night”. (Photo: Public Domain/WikiCommons) More than 50 years ago, the Fairy Investigation Society was all but destroyed by a fairy sex scandal of...

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FOUND: An Underwater 16th Century Church

 A photo posted by Exploring Chiapas (@exploringchiapas) on Aug 19, 2015 at 7:57am PDTIn 1966, when the Grijalba river in Chiapas, Mexico, was dammed up, a church that had been standing for 400 years,...

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How Denver Airport Became the International Hub of Conspiracy Theories

Denver International Airport, home to many conspiracy theories. (Photo: David Rutledge/flickr)Things have been a little chaotic at Denver International Airport (DIA) in recent weeks, after a breakdown...

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How Jellyfish Exhibits Became Underwater Dance Clubs

Infinite blue in action. (Photo: Dan90266/WikiCommons CC BY-SA 2.0)Jellyfish are, with all due respect, incredibly weird. They're 95 percent water, and spend their lives being pulled to and fro by...

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The 50-Foot Long Map of Manhattan Only On View for 6 Hours

 A piece of the 50-ft. map on display in mid-October. (Photo: Courtesy of Manhattan Borough President's Office.) In 1811, Manhattan’s famous form—its grid of streets and avenues—crystallized. The three...

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Fleeting Wonders: Name the Newest Moth

What will you name this moth? (Image: Western National Parks Association)The right to name a newly discovered species generally goes to the person who made the find, but one entomologist has decided to...

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Why There are Still Borders Bookstores in Malaysia, Or The Strange Case of...

The Berjaya Times Square mall in Kuala Lumpur, where Borders is still going strong. (Photo: Davidlohr Bueso/flickr)When bookstore megachain Borders filed for bankruptcy in 2011, it had completed its...

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FOUND: 9 Minutes of Lost 'Night of the Living Dead' Zombie Footage

Zombies! (Image: Night of the Living Dead)In the 1960s, when George Romero was making the classic zombie movie Night of the Living Dead, one nine minute chunk—supposedly "the largest zombie scene in...

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Fleeting Wonders: Police Thwart A Chinese Ghost Wedding

A Chinese tomb guardian. (Photo: Fordmadoxfraud/WikiCommons CC BY-SA 3.0)Three people in China's Shanxi province were recently arrested for attempting to dig up a young female corpse, iCrossChina...

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How New Yorkers Became Convinced That Dinosaur Bones Were Buried in Central Park

Crystal Palace Park dinosaur, designed by Benjamin Hawkins. (Photo: Gareth Williams/flickr)Besides the daily contributions of water bottles and cigarette butts, the ground beneath Central Park contains...

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Amazon Tribes Want to Remain Isolated–So They're Getting the Internet

Project coordinator João Carlos Nunes Batista shows Ululupuene villagers how you can access the internet. (Photo: © 2015 Amazon Conservation Team)For three days in August, Waura villagers in Ulupuene,...

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FOUND: An Eerie Shipwreck from 1862

A later steamer from the same line (Image: Currier & Ives/Library of Congress)For more than 150 years, the Bay State has been at the bottom of Lake Ontario. One November day, in 1862, the...

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