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A Giant, Secret Lake May Have Just Been Discovered in Antarctica

(Photo: Joe Mastroianni/Public Domain)Antarctica is home to one of the most unique natural ecosystems in the world: subglacial lakes, which are massive pockets of warm, fresh water that are sealed in...

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The Billiken is Much More Than the Strangest College Mascot

A Billiken statue in Japan that just wants you to chill out. (Photo: twoKim/Shutterstock.com/Used with Permission)Go Tigers! Go Falcons! Go... uh... Billikens? Most sports teams, college or otherwise,...

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A Devilishly Detailed Map of the Most Hellish Places in America

In 1846, a brief item in the New Orleans Daily Picayune entitled “A Hot Quarter” told readers of an unusual neighborhood in Mississippi. “There is a section of the town of Holly Springs, Miss., known...

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Here Are the Medals Given to Eugenically Healthy Humans in the 1920s

A Fitter Family medal. (Photo: David Plotz)On August 17, 1920, the Topeka Daily Capitalreported an exciting development: a new class of competition had been added to the livestock judging categories at...

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Found: Harper Lee’s Own Article About the ‘In Cold Blood’ Murders

The house where the Clutter murders were committed. (Photo: Spacini/CC BY 3.0)When Truman Capote went to Kansas to report on the Clutter murders, which would become the subject of In Cold Blood, his...

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Bought: The Most Expensive Pumpkin Seed Ever

Would you pay over a thousand dollars for just one pumpkin seed? (Photo: IvanNedialkov Paparaka/CC BY-SA 3.0)In a modern day Jack and the Beanstalk tale, a British horticulture company recently spent...

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The California Teens Reinventing the Science of Space Ballooning

A trio of Earth to Sky Calculus members, with their handiwork in the background. (All photos: Earth to Sky Calculus)Just after the 2012 election, a couple of hikers in California's Sierra Nevada...

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Bubble Runner Again Picked Up By Coast Guard, Which Is Tired of This

Runner traveling on ocean bubble rescued by @USCG. Now @BubbleMan2015 Reza Baluchi faces arrest. Watch @CBS12 at 11p pic.twitter.com/LEf82pZVio— Israel Balderas, Esq (@IzzyCBS12) April 25, 2016This...

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How Turmeric Became a Cure-All Product in India

Freshly-ground turmeric, which is bright yellow in hue. (Photo: saptarshikar/CC BY-ND 2.0)At Brooklyn juicery Botica & Co, you can stop by on your way to a yoga session and grab a $5 Turmeric Shot,...

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Watching Sheep Herding Online is the New Counting Sheep

Why are we told to count sheep when we can't sleep? Is there something specific about sheep that makes them particularly sleep-inducing over, say, cows or goats or bison? Is it because their fluffy...

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Sheepdog Quits Job, Runs 240 Miles to Return Home

'It was a big surprise to us all' https://t.co/SOhgvZHkwdSheepdog covers 240 miles in journey to former homehttps://t.co/034g499MEs— BBC Wales News (@BBCWalesNews) April 25, 2016Sometimes, new jobs...

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Can You Taste Where Your Water is From?

Natural water has a distinctive taste of place. (Photo: Alden Chadwick/CC BY 2.0)Tap water in Tokyo is not the same as what streams from a San Francisco sink, in the same way that San Pellegrino spring...

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Half of All Western European Men Are Descendants of a Bronze Age King

Stonehenge in England, believed to have been built during the Bronze Age. (Photo: Qalinx/CC BY 2.0)Half of men in Western Europe are the descendants of a single Bronze Age ruler, a new study claims,...

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Why a Bunch of Rivers in France Were Dyed Neon Green

People all over France woke up Monday to a lot of green, specifically in the water: 12 rivers had been dyed the bright color, in a move that environmentalists hope will bring awareness to pollution in...

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The Epic Century-Long English Battle to Rid Itself of American Squirrels

A grey squirrel in a London park. (Photo: Pixabay/Public Domain)They’re aggressive. They’re big. They’re stealing resources from the natives, they carry disease. They cost Britain millions of pounds a...

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Found: Rare Footage of the Beatles Obsessing Over Their Hair

In November of 1965, the Beatles appeared on a TV special on "The Music of Lennon & McCartney." Naturally, before they went on TV, they needed to get beautiful.A make-up artist for the show shot...

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Enormous KFC Chicken Bucket Crashes Into Long Beach

A freak windstorm that felled trees and ripped awnings across Long Beach, California also claimed a more finger-lickin' victim—an enormous KFC bucket sign.The sign crashed down from an Atlantic Avenue...

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For Sale: Solar Panels at IKEA

Our Solar Shops launch today in selected stores & online! More info: https://t.co/iuEg8fQ4gFpic.twitter.com/qNmXKzlvDH— IKEA UK (@IKEAUK) April 25, 2016While they disappeared for a little bit...

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How To Drive A Six-Ton Potato Without Causing A Five-Car Mashup

The Big Idaho Potato Truck is looking for a dedicated Tater Team. (Photo: The Famous Idaho Potato Tour/Used With Permission)Do you wish your job offered more opportunities to travel, but also had more...

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The Queer Black Woman Who Reinvented The Blues

Ma Rainey poses for a studio group shot with her Georgia Jazz Band in 1924 or 25. (Photo: JP Jazz Archive/Redferns/Getty Images)If you poured one out for Prince or Beyonce this week, you may want to...

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