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8 Places From Shakespeare That You Can Actually Visit

Juliet's Balcony in Verona. (Photo: Spencer Wright/CC BY 2.0)Ah, the Bard! While Shakespeare is known for his iconic characters and poetic dialogue, he was also a master of establishing place. From...

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Firefighters Yank Fake Horse Out Of The Mud

Passers-by in Soccoro, New Mexico faced an unusual sight yesterday—an enormous fake horse, sunk up to its shoulders in a pit of mud.But this was not the work of a mannequin mobster, or a hater of...

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Audubon Made Up At Least 28 Fake Species To Prank A Rival

A page from Rafinesque's field notebook. (Image: Smithsonian Institution Archives/SIA2012-6095)Pranks are meant to be discovered—what’s the point in fooling someone if they never notice they’ve been...

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Bought: A Billboard Pleading For Old Star Wars Stories

Good afternoon Lucasfilm. The fans would like a word! Please continue the #SWEU and #GiveUsLegendsThank you! pic.twitter.com/1ekEFvfgsC— Give Us Legends (@GiveUsLegends) April 18, 2016 For better or...

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Do You Like Dialect Quizzes? You Have a French Bicyclist To Thank

A 1900s-era bicycle—Edmond Edmont's tool of the trade. (Image: Public Domain)Back in 2013, millions of Americans spent a few minutes clicking through this dialect survey. They threw their lots in with...

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The Hidden Vaults With $248 Billion in Gold Underneath London

(Photo: Bullion Vault/CC BY-ND 2.0)Around one-fifth of all the gold held by governments is beneath the streets of London, in hidden vaults that have been storing the gold in bars for decades. The...

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After 59 Years, Sewage Will Finally Stop Flowing Into Florida Bay

(Photo: Google Maps)Since 1957, sewage from the toilets at the Pensacola Library flowed directly into nearby Pensacola Bay via the city's stormwater drains. That's the year the library was built. A...

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Inscription on Newly Found 2,400-Year-Old Mosaic: 'Be Cheerful, Enjoy Your Life'

2,400 year-old mosaic found in southern Turkey says ‘be cheerful, enjoy your life’https://t.co/auebGUbXOCpic.twitter.com/9YYBvxGsik— DAILY SABAH (@DailySabah) April 22, 2016Look. It's been a long week....

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The Unexpected Individuals Featured on American Currency

Twenty dollar bills, soon to be updated. (Photo: selbstfotografiert/CC BY-SA-3.0)This week, the U.S. Treasury announced a number of changes to the banknotes’ designs, most prominently changing the face...

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German City Experiments with Ground Lighting for Smartphone-Fixated Pedestrians

Flashing LED lights in the ground are intended to identify red lights to smartphone users at the pedestrian crossing for the Haunstetter street tram stop. (Photo: swa/Thomas Hosemann)Hardly a day...

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Sold: Some of the Original 'Laws of Base Ball,' For Over $3 Million

$3,263,246: Final price realized for coveted 'Laws of Base Ball' at @SCPAuctions tonight! #MLB#auction#baseballpic.twitter.com/XT7XvXmqcW— SCP Auctions (@SCPAuctions) April 24, 2016In a home run for...

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A 19th-Century Map of Our 'Square and Stationary' Earth

(Image: Library of Congress/2011594831)According to Orlando Ferguson we are not living on a globe but in a giant donut mold.In 1893, Ferguson, of Hot Springs, South Dakota, published his Map of the...

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Found: A 1994 Computer Game Starring Prince

Enter Prince's world. (Image: Screenshot)Everyone needs to mourn Prince in their own way. At Mashable, Adam Rosenberg tracked a 22-year-old CD-ROM game called Prince Interactive, which contains the...

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The Strange Pocket of Modern Houses in Virginia that Were Considered Communist

A house designed by Charles M Goodman in Hollin Hills, Virginia. (Photo: Clarissa Peterson/CC BY-SA 3.0)“Virginia is for Lovers” reads the sign as you head south across the Potomac River from...

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Statue Gets Detachable Penis After Vandals Keep Stealing It

Arcachon : il faut mettre une prothèse aux attributs d'Héraclès, souvent "raccourcis" https://t.co/BWzTKcLhospic.twitter.com/7QszTAjLUx— Sud Ouest Bordeaux (@SO_Bordeaux) April 19, 2016A French statue...

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Watch One Man Walk 1,630 Feet Across the Utah Sky

Mondays might make you feel at your worst. But folks like Théo Sanson remind us that we can do anything. All one needs is a committed support crew and some serious gumption.On November 15, 2015,...

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Why Bears Will Save Cherries From Climate Change But Not Apples

Cherry savior. (Photo: OpenCage/CC BY-SA 2.5)Every ten days for three summers, a team of Japanese scientists followed a 10-mile route in the high mountains of central Japan. They moved along unpaved...

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The Top Secret Military Base Hidden in Chernobyl's Irradiated Forest

Radar antennas at Chernobyl. (Photo: Ingmar Runge/CC BY 3.0)This April 26 marks the 30th anniversary of one of mankind’s most catastrophic events: the explosion at Chernobyl’s reactor number four....

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Australian Politician Sets River on Fire, Blames Fracking

It shouldn't be possible for a river, which is usually made up of water, to be set ablaze. But it has happened, of course, dozens of times throughout history (most infamously on Cleveland's Cuyahoga...

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This Overweight Gorilla Just Shocked Zookeepers By Giving Birth

Nobody noticed a female gorilla at Prague Zoo was pregnant - until she gave birth yesterday https://t.co/FueJLw1LKphttps://t.co/MQ3qrVxspY— Sky News (@SkyNews) April 24, 2016Life had been rough to...

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