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These Unique Wails Piercing Indian Streets are a Genius Form of Advertising

A feriwala in Tamil Nadu. (Photo: Brandvenkatr/CC BY-SA 3.0)A strange sound pierces most residential streets in Indian cities: a recurring cry that sounds almost like an attempt to imitate a bird call....

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Found: A Rare, Backwards Tornado That Spun the Wrong Way

Normal tornadoes, just two of them. (Photo: NOAA)In Oklahoma, one of eight tornados that touched down this week was rotating the wrong direction.*12-mile anticyclonic #tornado track*; radar shows circ...

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For Sale: A Housebroken Pet Bison

Could you care for an indoor bison? (Photo: Jack Dykinga/Public Domain)Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the pets. As reported on WFAA8, a woman in Argyle, Texas has put up her pet bison for sale...

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Watch a Dog Gang Shut Down a Tokyo Airport

Four canine trespassers managed to sneak into Tokyo's Haneda Airport yesterday, giving themselves the run of the place and making life ruff for pilots, TheAsahi Shimbun reports.The pack, which started...

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The Magic of Quidditch Could be Real if Only We Lived in Space

A beater approaches a chaser with the quaffle during a quidditch match in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Photo: Anton Bielousov/CC BY-SA 3.0)On fields across the world there are people running around...

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How England's First Feline Show Countered Victorian Snobbery About Cats

An 1892 painting by Carl Kahler, entitled My Wife's Lovers. (Image: Public Domain)In the 1860s, the cats of England were suffering from a major image problem. Having experienced the highs of Ancient...

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Astronaut Reveals Gash in Space Station Window Caused by Debris

(Photo: ESA)The Cupola on the International Space Station provides, as the European Space Agency puts it, the best room with a view anywhere. Built as an observatory, the seven-windowed module was...

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Watch This Amazing Infrared Footage of a Volcanic Eruption in Costa Rica

The Turrialba Volcano, around 30 miles east of Costa Rica's capital San Jose, has been increasingly active in recent years, spewing ash on occasion, as well as minor eruptions in recent years. But on...

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The Violent Ice Cream Wars of 1980s Scotland

An ice-cream van in Scotland. (Photo: Andy Mitchell/CC BY-SA 2.0)In Glasgow, Scotland, during the 1970s and '80s, people in public housing might have heard the music-box-like song of Greensleeves...

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A Beard Tax is Being Proposed in England, and It's Not the First

An 1884 beard trimming chart. Should men who look like this be taxed? (Image: W. W. Bode/Public Domain)Beards—once associated strictly with hermits and wizards—have become one of the hottest fashion...

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NYC's Great Ice Cream Crime Craze of 2016

Your ice cream might be hot, and I don't mean its temperature. (Photo: Rene Schwietzke/CC BY-2.0)It’s happening again: the ice cream bandits are hitting New York City’s pharmacies.For months now, the...

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The Efforts to Identify the Lost Souls of America's Potter's Fields

Grave markers constructed by volunteers for the Dunn County potter's field. (Photo: Bstaab22/CC BY-SA-4.0)Today, the New York Times has provided a look into the lives and deaths of some of the...

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Watch These Active Volcanoes Bubble, Explode, and Spark

Right now, Mount Nyiragongo, an active stratovolcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been spewing lava about every minute, reports the Weather Channel. Scientists are more concerned about the...

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The Politics and Bureaucracy That Detemine Who Goes to Mecca

 The Kaaba at the start of the 2008 Hajj. (Photo: Al Jazeera English/CC BY-SA-2.0)Iran announced this week that it is suspending participation in the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, the latest...

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Over 3,000 Years of Humans Exaggerating Their Lineage on Family Trees

The family tree of German bishop Sigmund Christoph von Waldburg-Zeil-Trauchburg, from 1776. (Photo: Public Domain)The language of trees has been used to describe human bloodlines for millennia. The...

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For Sale: An Entire Town in Australia

A whole Queensland town for sale for $750,000 https://t.co/w75gnQsiOXpic.twitter.com/5EfbIQfOCS— Domain (@Domaincomau) May 16, 2016 The Australian town of Allies Creek is up for sale for less than some...

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The Woodcarver Drawing Secret Faces on Trees at This Canadian Park

Visitors to Cottonwood Island Nature Park in Prince George, British Columbia can walk green trails, gaze out at the intersection of the Nechako and Fraser rivers, and look for peace among the...

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Acorn Woodpeckers Hoard Thousands of Acorns in a Single Tree

The granary doesn't maintain itself. (Photo: Jean-Edouard Rozey/Shutterstock.com)Once a team of acorn woodpeckers has had their way with a tree, the tree is left nearly unrecognizable, and covered in...

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Found: A 1,600-Year-Old Shipwreck Full of Treasure

Statues found in the sand. (Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority)Earlier this spring, when two divers were exploring Caesarea National Park, off of Israel’s coast, not far south from Haifi, they noticed...

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Meet Brooklyn's Internet Bonsai Kingpin

Paul Graviano, at home, has bonsais in his backyard and a model train in his basement. (All Photos: Zach Gross)Paul Graviano does not live in the Brooklyn of waterfront condos and $30 beard trims. He...

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