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Found: A Secret Gas Pump Hidden by a Mexican Altar
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saints

Found: A Secret Gas Pump Hidden by a Mexican Altar

The Virgin of Guadalupe had become a font of illegal fuel.
February 22, 2017
A Waitress Casually Dragged a Massive Lizard Out of a Restaurant in Australia
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minor threats

A Waitress Casually Dragged a Massive Lizard Out of a Restaurant in Australia

There's video.
February 21, 2017
Competitive Eating Was Even More Disgusting in the 17th Century
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sports

Competitive Eating Was Even More Disgusting in the 17th Century

For the Great Eater of Kent, it was all ale-soaked bread and wheelbarrows of tripe.
February 21, 2017
Sold, for $243,000: Hitler's Personal Red Telephone
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hitler

Sold, for $243,000: Hitler's Personal Red Telephone

It was taken from his bunker.
February 20, 2017
A Military Chopper Touched Down to Stop and Ask for Directions in Kazakhstan
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helicopters

A Military Chopper Touched Down to Stop and Ask for Directions in Kazakhstan

Everybody gets a little lost sometimes.
February 17, 2017
In Heraldry, Hearts Can Symbolize Everything From Lily Pads to Testicles
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heraldry

In Heraldry, Hearts Can Symbolize Everything From Lily Pads to Testicles

Love, schmove.
February 16, 2017
The Best Way to Find a Time Capsule
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how to

The Best Way to Find a Time Capsule

They've been waiting for you.
February 15, 2017
The Ships That Helped Silence the Early USSR's Intellectuals
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soviet history

The Ships That Helped Silence the Early USSR's Intellectuals

In 1922, Russia exiled hundreds of academics and journalists on "Philosophers' Ships" to make way for the Soviet Union.
February 14, 2017
It's Not Always Easy Being Iceland's Best Witchcraft Museum
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witchcraft

It's Not Always Easy Being Iceland's Best Witchcraft Museum

Modern-day lessons abound when you're immersed in 17th century sorcery.
February 10, 2017
Inside the High-Flying World of Estonian Extreme Swinging
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extreme sports

Inside the High-Flying World of Estonian Extreme Swinging

Kiiking turns Estonia's cultural obsession with swings into an X-Games contender.
February 09, 2017
Decoding the Classic Burglar Outfit
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villains week

Decoding the Classic Burglar Outfit

Where did the crook in the striped shirt come from?
January 27, 2017
The Joys of Pretend Villainy
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villains week

The Joys of Pretend Villainy

What's so great about playing the bad guy, according to LARPers.
January 26, 2017
The World's Most Powerful 'Super Laser' Has Been Created
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lasers

The World's Most Powerful 'Super Laser' Has Been Created

It's about the pulses, not the watts.
January 26, 2017
The Myth of the Damsel on the Railroad Tracks
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villains week

The Myth of the Damsel on the Railroad Tracks

Tying up women in front of oncoming trains was never a real thing.
January 23, 2017
Chinese Police Destroy Fake Terracotta Army
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police

Chinese Police Destroy Fake Terracotta Army

They crushed the imposter soldiers to rubble.
January 17, 2017
The Voder, the First Machine to Create Human Speech
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computers

The Voder, the First Machine to Create Human Speech

It spoke like a creepy demon.
January 16, 2017
Rediscovering the Wonderful World of Weepuls
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toys

Rediscovering the Wonderful World of Weepuls

These 1980s promotional fuzzballs refuse to die.
January 13, 2017
Predicting the Weather With Shark Oil
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sharks

Predicting the Weather With Shark Oil

No one is quite sure how Bermuda's unique barometers deliver their forecasts.
January 12, 2017
Space Chess Is Here, But No One Is Playing
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chess

Space Chess Is Here, But No One Is Playing

The three-dimensional version of the game was around long before Star Trek.
January 10, 2017
Blood Pancakes Are The Most Metal of All Flapjacks
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food

Blood Pancakes Are The Most Metal of All Flapjacks

Put some plasma in your breakfast.
January 06, 2017
Nearly 100% of Australia Now Has a Feral Cat Problem
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cats

Nearly 100% of Australia Now Has a Feral Cat Problem

Apparently, they can't be herded.
January 04, 2017
Why a Fake Patron Named 'Chuck Finley' Checked Out 2,361 Books at This Florida Library Last Year
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crime

Why a Fake Patron Named 'Chuck Finley' Checked Out 2,361 Books at This Florida Library Last Year

Some library workers wanted to ensure the classics stayed on the shelves.
January 03, 2017
The Highbrow Struggles of Translating Modern Children's Books Into Latin
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language

The Highbrow Struggles of Translating Modern Children's Books Into Latin

What's the best way to translate Dr. Seuss' works in a dead language?
December 28, 2016
FOUND: A Dinosaur That Shed Its Teeth and Grew a Beak
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dinosaurs

FOUND: A Dinosaur That Shed Its Teeth and Grew a Beak

The mouths of these dog-sized T-Rex relatives changed with their diets.
December 27, 2016