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The Animal Soldiers of World War I
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The Animal Soldiers of World War I

A diverse array of creatures provided comfort and combat.
February 28, 2017
In 1959, British Scientists Carefully Perfected the Pickled Onion
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In 1959, British Scientists Carefully Perfected the Pickled Onion

It was all for the "notoriously fickle pickle-fancying public."
February 24, 2017
Japanese Street Vendors and Their Spongy Fish Pancakes
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Japanese Street Vendors and Their Spongy Fish Pancakes

Yum.
February 23, 2017
Lady Jane Franklin, the Woman Who Fueled 19th-Century Polar Exploration
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Lady Jane Franklin, the Woman Who Fueled 19th-Century Polar Exploration

Determined and dedicated to the sciences, she dispatched many a vessel to the Arctic.
February 23, 2017
George Washington's Own 1793 Map of Mount Vernon
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George Washington's Own 1793 Map of Mount Vernon

Before he was the first U.S. president, Washington surveyed the lands of colonial America.
February 20, 2017
What It's Like to Hold Your Own Heart
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What It's Like to Hold Your Own Heart

Baylor University Medical Center in Texas is encouraging transplant patients to meet their former organs.
February 17, 2017
Using a Motor to Make Two Hearts Fuse
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Using a Motor to Make Two Hearts Fuse

Try it today!
February 16, 2017
Remembering Nüshu, the 19th-Century Chinese Script Only Women Could Write
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Remembering Nüshu, the 19th-Century Chinese Script Only Women Could Write

This gender-specific practice continues to fade with time.
February 16, 2017
Watch Lights in Madison Square Park Pulse to Heartbeats
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Watch Lights in Madison Square Park Pulse to Heartbeats

Artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer creates art installations with heart rate monitors.
February 14, 2017
Between the Folds of This Silk Fan Is a 19th-Century Horse Racing Program
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Between the Folds of This Silk Fan Is a 19th-Century Horse Racing Program

Stop sweating, start betting.
February 14, 2017
The Enduring Mystery of the 'Fool's Cap Map of the World'
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The Enduring Mystery of the 'Fool's Cap Map of the World'

The full meaning of this 16th-century illustration may never be understood.
February 13, 2017
Watch a Mesmerizing Display of Fire Spirals on Loop
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Watch a Mesmerizing Display of Fire Spirals on Loop

Oh sweet flames.
February 09, 2017
Watch a German Motorcycle Gymnastics Show From 1934
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Watch a German Motorcycle Gymnastics Show From 1934

The performance includes a "crazy scientist."
February 08, 2017
The Powerful 1940 Map That Depicts America as a Nation of Immigrants
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The Powerful 1940 Map That Depicts America as a Nation of Immigrants

It was produced by the Council Against Intolerance in the lead up to World War II.
February 06, 2017
Earthships, the Ultimate in Off-Grid Architecture
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Earthships, the Ultimate in Off-Grid Architecture

A new spin on a ‘70s sustainability movement.
February 06, 2017
Watch a Massive Swirling Tornado of Tuna
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Watch a Massive Swirling Tornado of Tuna

They're mating in there.
February 02, 2017
Marie Duval, the Pioneering 19th-Century Cartoonist That History Forgot
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Marie Duval, the Pioneering 19th-Century Cartoonist That History Forgot

She's responsible for developing the world of Ally Sloper, one of England's most iconic comic characters.
February 01, 2017
Watch a Strange Miniature Automaton of Marie Antoinette Play a Dulcimer Music Box
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Watch a Strange Miniature Automaton of Marie Antoinette Play a Dulcimer Music Box

Beautiful and creepy.
January 31, 2017
The Stunning Early Infographics and Maps of the 1800s
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The Stunning Early Infographics and Maps of the 1800s

Educational diagrams of scientific discoveries, from the moon's surface to the longest rivers.
January 30, 2017
In 1969, One Inventor Tried to Sell Police a 'Net Gun' for Catching Robbers
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In 1969, One Inventor Tried to Sell Police a 'Net Gun' for Catching Robbers

While effective, the invention never quite took off.
January 26, 2017
How We Forgot the Bobbed Haired Bandit
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How We Forgot the Bobbed Haired Bandit

In the 1920s, the armed robber Celia Cooney unintentionally became a symbol for the women's movement.
January 26, 2017
Watch a Hong Kong 'Villain-Hitter' Beat Away Foes With a Shoe
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Watch a Hong Kong 'Villain-Hitter' Beat Away Foes With a Shoe

The centuries-old ritual started as a way to drive away evil spirits.
January 25, 2017
A 1927 Map Reveals the Hide-Outs of Chicago's Most Notorious Gangsters
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A 1927 Map Reveals the Hide-Outs of Chicago's Most Notorious Gangsters

Drawn by hand, one sociologist detailed the whereabouts of over 1,300 active criminal enterprises.
January 23, 2017
A Tour of Al Capone's 'Killer' Cadillac, Which Once Terrorized Chicago Streets
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A Tour of Al Capone's 'Killer' Cadillac, Which Once Terrorized Chicago Streets

It featured bullet-proof glass and a police siren.
January 23, 2017