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Who will be this man's nemesis? (Photo: Rud-gr on Wikipedia)

Hulk Hogan and Macho Man. Lakers and Celtics. Potter and Malfoy. There is virtually no end to the classic rivalries that have existed across sports of all kinds. However there are a handful of odd regional "sports" and contests that could use the drama of a heated clash of egos. Be it swimming laps in bogs or rolling oranges down a hill, it would be a riot to see these five strange competitions get their own set of frenemies.

WORLD WORM CHARMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Yun Huang Yong on Flickr

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Charming, right? (Photo: Yun Huang Yong on Flickr)

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From a different era of Toledo: redlining maps. (Courtesy of Ohio State University Libraries,

From our smug (though extremely temporary) perch atop history, we can safely say that we know exactly where the U.S. city of Toledo is: It’s in Ohio, of course. But in the 1800s, the answer wasn’t so easy—and the resulting battle was incredibly bitter.

Michigan and Ohio share a border and in 1800s they also shared something else: an unwavering, unassailable belief that Toledo belonged to their state, and their state only. Now, looking back, it may (sorry, Toledo) seem a little surprising that the city inspired such a passionate need in both states.

But, two hundred years ago, Toledo was a much hotter property than it is today, due to its position on the newly constructed Miami and Erie canal, which both states (mostly wrongly) assumed was the key to untold riches.

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Sometimes one city doesn’t like the look of another city. There’re many reasons for that – rankable reasons, too – and they’re explored below. If your city isn’t mentioned or there’s a category you’ve missed, feel free to contribute below using #dayofrivals on Twitter.

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Minneapolis, that bastard. (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.) 

1. Minneapolis v. St. Paul

Length of rivalry: 120 years, on and off.

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The counting of steps, the smell of gunpowder, the sound of clashing swords. This is the duel; gentleman’s right, settler of disputes, restorer of honor, a really easy way to get yourself killed. Duels took many forms over the years, including some very unusual conflicts. In the first installment of a four-part animated video series,  we recount history's most unusual duels along with the lessons learned.

 

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This post first appeared online in In the Artifact Lab,  a blog run out of the article-image.

My family has a tradition that we honor at the beginning of every school year that we call “goodbye old pals.” As kids, it was a way to celebrate the start of the new school year and, maybe for our parents, the fact that we weren’t going to be around the house as much (but don’t worry – they always threw us a “hello old pals” party at the end of the school year). Well, today I’m throwing myself and Pinahsi, our New Kingdom mummy from Abydos, our own little goodbye old pals party here in the Artifact Lab, because he is leaving the lab on Monday to go back on exhibit in our Secrets and Science gallery.

Pinahsi has been in the lab for several months for conservation treatment and documentation. I’ve already written a bit about the treatment here and here, but I’ll provide a summary below using some of the before and after treatment images.

The treatment of Pinahsi’s remains was limited to the external wrappings – nothing, with the exception of a very light surface cleaning, was done to any of the exposed human remains (and only his feet are exposed). The goal of treatment was to stabilize the wrappings that were susceptible to further damage and deterioration. After surface cleaning, tears in the linen were repaired with tiny strips of Japanese tissue paper and methyl cellulose adhesive, all carried out from the underside of the linen.

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