Total Eclipse: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Festival of Science, Music, and Celestial Wonder. August 19–21, 2017 in Eastern Oregon.
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The 1929 Plane-Train Hybrid That Almost Was
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The 1929 Plane-Train Hybrid That Almost Was

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a... railplane?
June 26, 2017
The 1930s 'Pedestrian Catcher' That Promised to End Jaywalking Deaths
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inventions

The 1930s 'Pedestrian Catcher' That Promised to End Jaywalking Deaths

Goodbye, car accidents!
June 23, 2017
The Librarian Who Guarded the Manhattan Project's Secrets
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The Librarian Who Guarded the Manhattan Project's Secrets

While dodging accusations of communism, Charlotte Serber made the nuclear bomb possible.
June 23, 2017
So You Want to Buy a Volcano
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So You Want to Buy a Volcano

History shows you're not alone.
June 22, 2017
Genovese Airport Makes Special Exception for Travelers Bringing Aboard Pesto
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Genovese Airport Makes Special Exception for Travelers Bringing Aboard Pesto

But don't even think about carrying on pesto that isn't Genovese.
June 22, 2017
People in 1920s Berlin Nightclubs Flirted via Pneumatic Tubes
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People in 1920s Berlin Nightclubs Flirted via Pneumatic Tubes

It was the Tinder of the early 20th century.
June 21, 2017
A Japanese Diver's 25-Year Friendship With a Local Fish
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A Japanese Diver's 25-Year Friendship With a Local Fish

Plus: a really adorable man-fish kiss.
June 21, 2017
The 'Child Impersonator' Who Voiced a Whole Family of Young Characters
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The 'Child Impersonator' Who Voiced a Whole Family of Young Characters

In the early 1900s, Harry Hemsley became an icon for his youthful mimicry.
June 20, 2017
This Feline Boxing Match From 1894 Is a Precursor to the Cat Video
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This Feline Boxing Match From 1894 Is a Precursor to the Cat Video

Thomas Edison knew his audience.
June 19, 2017
A Treasury Official in 1866 Put His Own Face on U.S. Currency
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A Treasury Official in 1866 Put His Own Face on U.S. Currency

The bill was supposed to feature explorer William Clark instead.
June 19, 2017
This Bizarre 1911 Film Warns of the Perils of Self-Driving Cars
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This Bizarre 1911 Film Warns of the Perils of Self-Driving Cars

Robot chauffeurs will truly take you out of this world.
June 16, 2017
Perhaps You'd Like to Work as a Nanny in This Haunted Scottish Home
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Perhaps You'd Like to Work as a Nanny in This Haunted Scottish Home

The gig may include ghosts, but it also comes with a $63,000 salary.
June 15, 2017
The Self-Playing Violins That Mastered Chopin
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The Self-Playing Violins That Mastered Chopin

The robotic Phonoliszt-Violin was dubbed the "Eighth Wonder of the World" in 1910.
June 14, 2017
Pizza Acrobatics Is the Sport You Have Been Waiting For
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Pizza Acrobatics Is the Sport You Have Been Waiting For

Like the Harlem Globetrotters—but with dough.
June 13, 2017
The 1903 Parrot Academy That Taught Birds to Speak Using Phonographs
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The 1903 Parrot Academy That Taught Birds to Speak Using Phonographs

In three languages!
June 13, 2017
In 1964, You Could Buy Magazines From a Street Dalek
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In 1964, You Could Buy Magazines From a Street Dalek

Your new favorite traveling bookseller.
June 12, 2017
A Pride Month Playlist, Brought to You by the Jazz Age
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1920s

A Pride Month Playlist, Brought to You by the Jazz Age

"You go and give your girl a kiss in the hall / But instead you find you're kissing her brother Paul."
June 09, 2017
The 1920s Sex Detector That Rocked the Poultry Industry
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The 1920s Sex Detector That Rocked the Poultry Industry

Could it really tell whether an egg held a hen or a rooster?
June 09, 2017
Listen to Radio on the Go With This Strange 1931 Hat
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Listen to Radio on the Go With This Strange 1931 Hat

Its name? The Radio Hat.
June 08, 2017
This Rail Line Runs Through the Middle of a 19-Story Apartment Building
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This Rail Line Runs Through the Middle of a 19-Story Apartment Building

In Chongqing, catch the train at your front door.
June 07, 2017
Old Hollywood's Best Theme Restaurants Specialized in Abductions and Dungeons
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Old Hollywood's Best Theme Restaurants Specialized in Abductions and Dungeons

In 1920s L.A., a fun dinner meant getting locked up.
June 07, 2017
These 1950s Coffee Commercials Featured Violent 'Muppets' Prototypes
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These 1950s Coffee Commercials Featured Violent 'Muppets' Prototypes

Buy Wilkins Coffee—or else.
June 06, 2017
This Bizarre '50s 'Rhino' Vehicle Was Designed to Replace the Tank
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This Bizarre '50s 'Rhino' Vehicle Was Designed to Replace the Tank

The U.S. military never bought it.
June 05, 2017
National Doughnut Day Began With an Ingenious Woman on a WWI Battlefield
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National Doughnut Day Began With an Ingenious Woman on a WWI Battlefield

Lt. Colonel Helen Purviance fried dough on the frontlines.
June 02, 2017