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The Illicit Spelunker Capturing Underground Scenes at Chernobyl

Wrecked machinery in the Chernobyl sarcophagus.  (All Photos: Alexander Kupny)It is hard to imagine the circumstances why someone would want to climb into a small hole under the Chernobyl’s...

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Found: The Largest Python Ever Captured

The python was 26 feet long, and very heavy. (Photo: Malaysia’s Civil Defence Force)The construction workers found the python curled up under a tree, and they did what most of us would do in that...

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New Zealand's Biggest Sheep Race Was Led By a Black Goat

Sheep lined up for the main event. (Photo: Adam McGhee)Everyone knows about Spain's gory, theatrical Running of the Bulls. But those in the market for something less dramatic may want to check out New...

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The Man Who Began America's Yurt Craze

Bill Coperthwaite, who died in 2013, in his yurt in 2003. (Photo: Kevin Bennett/Bangor Daily News)The story of yurts in America begins 44 years ago, when Bill Coperthwaite was leafing through National...

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Have Fun Trying to Reach the Poles of Inaccessibility

It's a lonely world, and these Poles of Inaccessibility are the loneliest places in it. (Photo: Google Maps/Map Data 2016)Everyone wants to get away, but how far can you actually get? Geography has the...

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World's Wild Tiger Count Rises For First Time in Over a Century

(Photo: GRVO TV/CC BY-ND 2.0)Humans have been slaughtering tigers by the thousands for decades, but Monday a global census revealed some apparent good news: for the first time in over 100 years the...

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On the Scene: Amid the Fighter Jets of the USS Enterprise

(Photo: Christopher Michel)Christopher Michel has photographed all around the world but the circumstances of this photo are particularly remarkable: he took it while spending the night on board the USS...

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British Spy Agency Tried to Stop a Massive Harry Potter Leak

Fans waiting to buy Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. (Photo: Raul654/CC BY-SA 3.0)The year 2005 was a different time. A lot of people were wearing trucker hats, for example, and, until April...

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The Perilous Art of Iraqi Truffle Hunting

Cousins Khogir (left) and Aram carry trowels, water bottles and a bag each of gathered truffles. (Photo: Campbell MacDiarmid)In the springtime, the arid lands of northern Iraq undergo a dramatic...

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Watching a Laser Clean a Baking Tray is Surprisingly Satisfying

In the future, we will live in a world in which we don't have to do the dishes. Instead, we will give our used kitchenware to our household robots, who will take care of all of the scraps and residue...

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When America's Most Notorious Lobbyist Produced a Dolph Lundgren Film

Lundgren in Red Scorpion. (Photo: YouTube) A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail. No matter how many redemption tours...

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Chinese Scientists Have Edited the Genes of Human Embryos—Again

(Photo: Geoff Hutchison/CC BY-ND 2.0)In 50 years, when water has submerged Manhattan, disease has been edited out of the human genome, and the world has become an Orwellian dystopia, you may think...

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Witch Hunting for Dummies: The 15th-Century Witchcraft Manual

Malleus Maleficarum (Photo: Cornell University Library, Kroch Library, Division of Rare Books and Manuscripts, BF1569.A2 I59 1519 tiny)German clergyman Heinrich Kramer really had it out for witches. A...

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The Self-Sacrificing Japanese Pilgrims Who Chose to be Swallowed by the Sea

Two Buddha statues in Japan, showing Bodhisattva Seshi (left) and Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (right). (Photo: Nelo Hotsuma/CC BY 2.0)Sometime around the year 1000, a young man in Japan named Sanuki no...

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On the Scene: Chasing the Ominous Clouds of a Supercell Thunderstorm

(Photo: Caryn Hill) In her eight years as a severe weather photographer, Caryn Hill has photographed 244 tornados. Every spring, in what’s known as "chase season," Hill follows the weather patterns in...

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Tailing an Overnight Doctor at New York's Busiest Animal ER

A little doggie inspiration magnet on one of the hospital's patient charts. (All photos: Tao Tao Holmes)Melchior Firestein is a black cat, he is frowning, and he has a foot of string hanging out of his...

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Found: A Massive, Mysterious Rock Sphere in Bosnia

In Bosnia, in a forest outside the town of Zavidovici, a controversial archaeologist, Semir Osmanagic, has found a giant stone sphere. It’s impressively large—four to five feet in diameter, and has...

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Why All Of Minneapolis Woke Up At The Same Time This Morning

Minneapolis, early in the morning. (Photo: skeeze/CC0)Even infrastructure has to let loose sometimes.Around 6:10 a.m., Minneapolis's civil defense sirens all went off at once, jolting much of the...

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Extreme Speed Pipe Smoking is Not for the Weak of Stomach

Imagine a toxic sport in which old British gentlemen are the premier athletes. Voilà, you've got speed pipe smoking!Watch as these four warriors face off in the pastures of Cumberland, England in 1969....

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The National Weather Service Will STOP USING ALL CAPS IN FORECASTS

Meteorologists working on weather forecasts in 1926. (Photo: NOAA/CC BY 2.0)In the age of the internet, the National Weather Service's forecasts remain written in the voice of your hard-of-hearing...

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