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Sonic Booms Shake British Homes After Jets Are Scrambled

A Eurofighter Typhoon jet. (Photo: Adrian Pingstone/Public Domain)On Monday residents in the English country of Yorkshire were awoken when car alarms went off, and homes shook after several loud booms....

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Villagers Thought a Sex Toy They Found on a Beach Was a Fallen Angel

Some villagers in Indonesia recently found themselves caring for an inflatable sex toy, which they believed to be a fallen angel. The timing was a little bit odd. A villager had found the toy on a...

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Photos of the World at Twilight, When Everything is a Hushed Grey

Monument Valley, Arizona, USA. (All Photos: © Tom Jacobi)There is a technique in art known as grisaille, in which an artist will create a work entirely from shades of grey. Sometimes it is used simply...

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How to be Cool (According to a Video Game Magazine From 1982)

Meet Art Cater, the coolest dude of the arcades of 1982. (All images: Video Games Player Magazine/Fair Use)Today when people think of arcades they probably imagine expensive niche locations like a Dave...

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The Hidden History of Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language

Deaf children signing the Star-Spangled Banner in Cinncinati, c. 1918. (Photo: Library of Congress/ LC-DIG-npcc-33373)In 1979 in the town of Chilmark, on Martha’s Vineyard, Joan Poole Nash sat across...

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How One Photographer Finally Convinced a President to Give Him Full Access

President Johnson meets with candidate Nixon. (Photo: Yoichi Okamoto/Public domain)It might be said that official White House photography began with a very unofficial photograph of Eleanor Roosevelt.As...

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Found: A Surprise David Bowie Left for Fans on His Last Album

The cover of Blackstar. (Photo: Joseph.bleh/CC BY-SA 4.0)The cover of David Bowie’s last album, Blackstar, has a simple design: a five-point star cut into the album cover, black on black. But as fans...

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For Sale: The Second Largest Diamond Ever Found

Discover the 1109-ct Lesedi la Rona, the largest rough diamond discovered in 100 years https://t.co/7BLeO1uQHapic.twitter.com/RBFrIAGzEG— Sotheby's (@Sothebys) May 4, 2016Attention gem collectors and...

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Man Sues Former Employers for Boring Him

Frederic Desnard, a Parisian, is suing his former employer because his job was too boring. He wants $415k in damages pic.twitter.com/E2TQhxjH1e— NBS Television (@nbstv) May 4, 2016Yawning a bunch at...

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Watch This Tiny Town Get Sucked Into a Tornado Vortex

Torrents of wind whip around buildings and streets as a tornado vortex consumes a tiny town. Good thing the town in this video is just a model test bed for engineers and researchers at Iowa State...

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Entire City Evacuated as Massive Wildfire Destroys Canada's Fort McMurray

'It's gone. It's all gone': Wildfire empties Fort McMurray as flames enter city | https://t.co/fX0ORszlGp | #ymmpic.twitter.com/PykmbKdi8U— Fort McMurray Today (@FortMacToday) May 4, 2016Around 270...

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Canadian Scientists Are Speaking Out After 9 Years of Censorship

Canada's Minister for Innovation, Science, and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, center, who announced a change to the rules for scientists in November. (Photo: Michael Ignatieff/CC BY-ND 2.0)For...

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Scientists Grow 2-Week-Old Human Embryo Outside of Womb For First Time

(Photo: Umberto Salvagnin/CC BY 2.0)For the first time, scientists have grown a human embryo for two weeks outside of a mother's womb, they said Wednesday.Among the things they learned? That cells in...

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Elvis' Long, Failed Quest to Meet J. Edgar Hoover, His Hero

When the King met Nixon. (Photo: Ollie Atkins/Public Domain)A version of this story originally appeared on Muckrock.com.While the meeting between Nixon and the King is the stuff of legend, hidden...

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The Female Ghost Buster Who Rooted Out Spiritual Fraud for Houdini

An illustration from one of Rose Mackenburg's articles for the Winnipeg Tribune. (Photo: Tony Wolf)During the 1920s, the apocalyptic tolls of the First World War and the Spanish Flu pandemic caused a...

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Places You Can No Longer Go: Casa Romuli

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Sold: The Most Expensive Mansion in Atlanta History

Tyler Perry’s Atlanta mansion sells for $17.5 million, breaks record (SLIDESHOW) https://t.co/Bwcjw39ITa via @AtlBizChron— Rickey Bevington (@rickeybevington) May 3, 2016Celebrity homes sell all the...

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Hipsters Trap Themselves In Wristbands Weeks Before Hip Thing

@GovBallNYC i get excited easily and have very sensitive wrists. how can we fix this? pic.twitter.com/f0AMd18kfB— annabelle (@annabellehanflg) May 3, 2016Governors Ball—New York City's annual gathering...

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The Subtle Design Features That Make Cities Feel More Hostile

None-too-subtle spikes at the 18th-century Miles Brewton House in Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo: Spencer Means/CC BY-SA 2.0)There's a fearsome fence surrounding the Miles Brewton House in...

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Found: Stranded Sailor After 2 Months Adrift

On Wednesday, a Colombian sailor found stranded out in the Pacific Ocean 3,500 miles from home finally made it to dry land, according to NBC News. He'd been fighting for survival for two months, forced...

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