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FOUND: A Fish That Looks Like It Has Legs

The view from Motukiekie Island (Photo: Fuadounet/Flickr)The Bay of Islands is on the northern island of New Zealand, almost as far north as it's possible to go on that island. It has 144 islands, and...

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Tourists Love to Rub the Bronze Balls of Wall Street's Charging Bull Statue....

Don't they just look so touchable? (Photo: Tao Tao Holmes/Atlas Obscura)"It gives you good luck," is the usual justification for fondling the testicles, according to tourists from South America, Asia,...

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Drinking Vodka With Elderly Settlers Who Refuse to Leave Chernobyl's...

Radiation warning sign in Pripyat. (Photo: Public Domain/WikiCommons)Let me introduce you to Ivan Ivanich. He is a proud fascist who would truly like to kill us all, however, approaching ninety he...

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After Terror Attacks on Pathankot Air Base, India Considers Censoring Google...

Part of the Pathankot Air Force Station, marked as "Pathankot Airport" on Google Earth. (Photo: © 2016 Google/Digital Globe, CNES/Astrium)Following militant coalition United Jihad Council's January 2...

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The Snake Catchers Who Handle Australia’s Most Venomous Home Invaders

An eastern brown snake, one of Australia's many highly venomous slitherers. (Photo: Peter Woodard/Wikipedia)Reports of snakes unexpectedly slithering into homes and freaking out their inhabitants are...

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FOUND: Desert Hot Spots Just for Microbes

The dark spot is extra hot (Photo: Ferran Garcia-Pichel, Arizona State University)Out in the desert, in addition to hermits, Mars simulations and one lonely mailbox, there are whole communities of...

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Fleeting Wonders: A Petrified Forest Unearthed By A Beach Storm

 Another #submergedforest of ancient wood. This one is #Portreath. These only appear about one every 50 years after heavy gales. May not reappear in my lifetime. #geology #history #archaeology #fossil...

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How Lady Bible Hunters Made the Victorian Era's Most Stunning Scriptural Find

Paintings of Scottish twins Agnes Smith Lewis (left) and her sister Margaret Dunlop Gibson. (Photo: Public Domain/WikiCommons)Scottish twins Agnes and Margaret Smith were the last people you’d expect...

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FOUND: The New 9th Planet! (Maybe)

The orbits of Kuiper Belt objects and of Planet Nine. The entire solar system is tiny in comparison. (Image: Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC))Ever since Percival Lowell began searching in 1906 for a "Planet X"...

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FOUND: Evidence of Early Violence Between Foraging Humans

One of the clubbed skulls (Photo: Marta Mirazon Lahr/ Fabio Lahr)One of the great questions of human history is when we started organizing violent attacks on one another. Often, the beginning of...

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100 Wonders: The Mapparium

Ever notice how big Greenland is on most maps? There is a problem with flat maps. Due to the distortion that happens when you plaster a sphere onto a flat surface, the sizes of things at the top and...

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Fleeting Wonders: Vacation In a WWI Cable Hut

The Cable Hut–once a war tool, now a romantic getaway. (Photo: ceridwen/geograph CC BY-SA 2.0)Prefer your weekend getaway with a side of intrigue? You might want to check out the Cable Hut in...

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7 Dubai Locations That Defy Their Desert Setting

Who cares about sandstorms? (Photo: brett jordan/Flickr)It’s no secret that there is so much money floating around the city of Dubai that it essentially exists in the future.Yet many of the wondrous...

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A Blizzard In This Part Of Canada Delays Exams For 6 Months

A high school in Nunavut, Canada, with snow mobiles parked outside. (Photo: eanoee/WikiCommons CC BY 2.0)For the past week, the East Coast has been blanketed in warnings about the incoming blizzard....

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From Wine Labels to Rembrandt: Celebrating a Century Of Striking Prints at...

Sphaera Mundi (Sphere of the World), 1485. (Photo: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)This year marks the centenary of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Department of Prints. Extraordinarily,...

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Changes in Climate Have Always Made Things Worse for (Accused) Witches

Stop messing with the weather, grandma! (Photo: Public Domain/WikiCommons)This week, 2015 was officially declared the warmest year on record. Droughts are worsening, resources are dwindling, and sea...

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Fleeting Wonders: Gold-Sprinkled Haggis With a $5,700 Price Tag

.@MacsweenHaggis reveals world’s most expensive haggis ahead of Burns Night https://t.co/BuuERVcZRzpic.twitter.com/cuWRRFBN8h— The Scottish Sun (@ScottishSun) January 21, 2016In an era of champagne...

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FOUND: The Stolen Statue of a Berkeley Crew Coach, Now Decapitated

Ebright, a bit worse for the wear (Photo: San Leandro Police Department)One night in early January, UC Berkeley crew coach Carroll "Ky" Ebright went missing from the college's boathouse in Oakland....

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Palm Trees Have Vanished All Over Athens, But Not For The Reason People Think

Work in progress on "Imagine a Palm Tree..." Navine G. Khan-Dossos's artistic exploration of the palm in Athenian culture. (Photo: Navine G. Khan Dossos)Once upon a time, in a mythological Greece, a...

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This Week in Google News Alerts: 'Ghost Town'

Bennettville Bunkhouse, California. (Photo: Utilizer)I’m a pretty bad driver, if we’re being honest. I live in a city with public transportation, fortunately, but my parents live in a rural area, so...

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