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Fleeting Wonders: Seattle's Gum Wall

Goodnight, sweet Gum Wall. (Photo: jareed/Flickr)For 20 years, the Gum Wall in downtown Seattle has been growing into a sticky technicolor mural bonded together by hundreds of thousands of strangers'...

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The Open-Air Philippine Prison Where Inmates Dance For Tourists

The entrance to Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm. (Photo: Audra Williams)The signs for Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm in the Philippine city of Puerto Princesa start about a five-minute drive from the gate:A...

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Found: Cloud UFOs Invade Cape Town

A particularly saucer-y lenticular cloud, over Dublin in June. (Photo: Omnisource5/WikiCommons CC BY-SA 4.0) This past weekend, eerie shadows passed over Cape Town, South Africa. Those who looked up...

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The Siren on Your Starbucks Cup Was Born in 7th-Century Italy

Three two-tailed melusines with mirrors. (Photo: cea +/flickr)On a late October morning, the wind howls through the winding streets of ancient Otranto. Whitecaps curl up from a bright blue sea,...

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From Zeus to Williams-Sonoma: The History of the Cornucopia

Do these classical nymphs even know it's almost Thanksgiving? (Image: Wikipedia)Well America, it’s almost that time of year again: time to haul out the decorative cornucopias.Perhaps you'll shell out...

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When Pigs and Other Farm Animals Fly

Dairy cows eye their potential future. (Photo: Kristina D.C. Hoeppner/Flickr)Next time you trace a nice chemtrail across the sky, or end up next to another plane on the runway, think twice before you...

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The Unexpected Origins of Fecal Transplants: Termites

Termites. (Photo: Bernard DuPont/flickr)  What do termites and fecal implants have in common? It turns out that the little bugs are the unsung innovators in an increasingly popular medical...

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Fleeting Wonders: Climbers Caught Scaling the Eiffel Tower

View from the edge. (Photo: Fidelio/WikiCommons CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0)A few evenings ago, dressed in sneakers, slacks, and a magenta sweater, a British freeclimber and his friend casually scaled...

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Secret Chambers, Grain Silos and the Long, Long History of Pyramid Conspiracy...

The Giza Pyramid complex, photographed by Eduard Spelterini from a hot air balloon in 1904. (Photo: Public Domain/WikiCommons) In 867 AD, a European monk named Bernard caught a ride on a slave ship out...

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FOUND: An Exoplanet to Get Excited About

An artist's image of GJ1132b (Image: Dana Berry)Of the thousands of exoplanets discovered in recent years, GJ1132b is one to get excited about. It is, one astronomer told the Guardian, "arguably the...

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For Fraggers, Coral Collecting is Serious Business

Burbling tanks of frags for sale glow under blacklights at the Manhattan Reefs Fall Frag Swap. (Photo: Kyle Frischkorn)Early on a Sunday morning in November, a bunch of fraggers from an online forum...

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100 Wonders: Edison's Last Breath

True friendship can be hard to find. For industrial titans bent on dominating the world, finding someone who understands you is nearly impossible.The friendship that formed between Thomas Edison and...

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Fleeting Wonders: Flock of Birds Foil Soccer Game in Brazil

(Photo: Screenshot)When a fan runs out onto the soccer field, it's annoying. When a fantail (or some other bird) does it, it's cute! And maybe a little annoying.A soccer game in Brazil yesterday had to...

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How a South American Soap Opera Created a Turkish Dessert Craze

A tres leches cake. (Photo: Hungry Dudes/flickr) Desserts have a special place on the Turkish table—after all, this is a country whose main cultural export is Turkish Delight (lokum). But it’s not just...

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FOUND: Glowing Eels

Glowing eel! (Photo: Gruber et al/PLOS ONE)While working underwater off the coast of Little Cayman Island, southwest of Cuba, biologist David Gruber accidentally took a photo of an amazing creature. It...

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Fleeting Wonders: New World Records for Parallel Parking and Roundabouts

Oran Sands and a friend en route to setting a world record. (Photo: screen shot)It’s a phenomenal time for world record and auto enthusiasts. Recently, two monumental records were set, one for the...

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Your New Favorite Honey Is Made Out Of Bug Poop and Bee Vomit

A honeybee at work. (Photo: Peter Shanks/Flickr)In this age of food scares and secret adulterations, when what you put in your mouth is a chemical facsimile of what it’s purported to be, good news: the...

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The Zombie Bus Scam That Just Won't Die

A "ghost bus" parked in the Atlantic City Transportation Center. Some reincarnating carriers paint their buses white so that it's easier to switch them between companies. (Photo: Anonymous/Used with...

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How Worried Should We Be About Space Junk Crashing to Earth?

Space debris seen from outside geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO). The two main debris fields are the ring of objects in GEO and the cloud of objects in low Earth orbit (LEO). (Photo: NASA/Public...

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FOUND: Two Paintings And a Racist Joke, Hidden by an Avant-Garde Square of Black

Black Square. (Image: Kazimir Malevich/Wikimedia)One hundred years ago, Russian artist Kazimir Malevich broke with the work he had been doing up until that point, and dedicated himself to simple colors...

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