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Jul 10–Jul 16, 2017
Chernobyl by Day, Kyiv by Night
Sep 08–Sep 14, 2017
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Sep 28–Oct 06, 2017
Day of the Dead in the Yucatán
Oct 28–Nov 03, 2017
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Some Versions of 'The Tortoise and the Hare' Messed With the Moral
Slow and steady doesn't always win the race.
June 15, 2017
Growing Mutant Peanuts With the Radioactive Gardening Society
In the 1960s, some experimental horticulturalists went nuclear.
June 08, 2017
The Wartime Spies Who Used Knitting as an Espionage Tool
Grandma was just making a sweater. Or was she?
June 01, 2017
Bessie Stringfield, the Bad-Ass Black Motorcycle Queen of the 1930s
She owned 27 Harleys and rode them all over the United States.
May 18, 2017
The 17th-Century Moon Mission That Never Got Off the Ground
Dr. John Wilkins' lunar ambitions were a little too lofty.
May 03, 2017
When Squirrels Were One of America's Most Popular Pets
Benjamin Franklin even wrote an ode to a fallen one.
April 28, 2017
A Painting of a Crying Boy Was Blamed for a Series of Fires in the '80s
The artwork, said U.K. tabloids of the time, was haunted.
April 21, 2017
Argentina's Ex-President Appears to Be Cursed
By his own acknowledgment, Carlos Menem brings bad luck.
April 19, 2017
It Was Once Someone's Job to Chat With the King While He Used the Toilet
"Groom of the Stool" could be a crappy role, but it came with great benefits.
April 06, 2017
The Forged 'Ancient' Statues That Fooled the Met's Art Experts for Decades
The fakes were on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for 28 years.
March 16, 2017
Meet Bessie Coleman, the First Black Woman to Get a Pilot's License
The fearless aviator was determined to fly.
March 01, 2017
The Rude, Cruel, and Insulting 'Vinegar Valentines' of the Victorian Era
Nothing like getting surprise hate mail from a would-be lover on February 14.
February 08, 2017
The Awkward 17th-Century Dating Practice That Saw Teens Get Bundled Into Bags
And a wooden board separating the lovers in bed.
January 26, 2017
The Best Kitchen Gadget of the 1600s Was a Small, Short-Legged Dog
Turnspit dogs ran in a wheel to keep the spit meat spinning.
January 11, 2017
The Totally Jinxed Map of Global Superstitions
We mapped 150 superstitions around the world.
December 15, 2016
Queen Elizabeth I’s Vast Spy Network Was The First Surveillance State
One of her spies signed his reports with a familiar moniker: "007."
December 07, 2016
The Worst Paid Freelance Gig in History Was Being the Village Sin Eater
Sin eaters risked their souls to soak up the sins of the dead.
November 22, 2016
Why Americans Consider Celebrities for Political Office
Trump’s celebrity past may have been his biggest political advantage.
November 10, 2016
How the Hidden Sounds of Horror Movie Soundtracks Freak You Out
From altered voices to "infrasound," these audio tricks spook and unsettle.
October 31, 2016
Dial-a-Ghost on Thomas Edison's Least Successful Invention: the Spirit Phone
Building devices to talk with the dead was a popular diversion for inventors in the 1920s.
October 18, 2016
Human Eyes Might Not Notice a Good Forgery, But Computers Could
Artificial intelligence might thwart art forgers once and for all.
October 05, 2016
The Once Glamorous Salton Sea is Now Rife With Toxic Dust and Dying Fish
The Salton Sea is a polluted accident turned natural resource, and the government is finally giving it funding.
September 29, 2016
For 200 Years, Secret 'Anvil Weddings' Were Performed by Blacksmiths in the U.K.
Runaway weddings had blacksmiths, cobblers and mole-catchers as priests.
September 22, 2016
One of the Earliest Science Fiction Books Was Written in the 1600s by a Duchess
Meet Lady Margaret Cavendish.
September 16, 2016
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