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For Sale: An Eternity With Eleanor Rigby
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pop culture

For Sale: An Eternity With Eleanor Rigby

Just how did she, and other characters from Beatles songs, get their names?
August 21, 2017
The Beetle That Goes Undercover to Steal From Foraging Ants
story
espionage

The Beetle That Goes Undercover to Steal From Foraging Ants

The high-risk, high-return antics of the parasitic highwayman beetle.
August 21, 2017
Space Station Astronauts Are High on a Fresh Ice Cream Shipment
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ice cream

Space Station Astronauts Are High on a Fresh Ice Cream Shipment

It's not the freeze-dried stuff.
August 18, 2017
The Best Way to Drink Whiskey Is With a Bit of Water, After All
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whiskey

The Best Way to Drink Whiskey Is With a Bit of Water, After All

Diluters, consider yourselves absolved.
August 17, 2017
Despite Europe's Egg Scare, a Belgian Town Unites Over a Giant Omelette
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eggs

Despite Europe's Egg Scare, a Belgian Town Unites Over a Giant Omelette

Kudos, Knights of the Giant Omelette.
August 16, 2017
An Oregon Town Welcomed Its Sister City's Festival Queen—3 Decades Late
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cities

An Oregon Town Welcomed Its Sister City's Festival Queen—3 Decades Late

Why do our cities have sisters, anyway?
August 15, 2017
How to Predict an Eclipse Without a Computer
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mathematics

How to Predict an Eclipse Without a Computer

Some methods are easier than others.
August 14, 2017
A Colony of Bats Has Moved Into a Triceratops
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bats

A Colony of Bats Has Moved Into a Triceratops

It's put the ancient herbivore in a bit of an awkward position.
August 14, 2017
Did Mooncakes Help the Chinese Overthrow the Mongols?
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cake

Did Mooncakes Help the Chinese Overthrow the Mongols?

On the enduring power of myth and metaphor.
August 11, 2017
Almost Edible, 106-Year-Old Fruitcake Found in Antarctica
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cake

Almost Edible, 106-Year-Old Fruitcake Found in Antarctica

Even the original owners didn't want to eat it.
August 11, 2017
The Premeditated Zucchini Switcheroo
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detectives

The Premeditated Zucchini Switcheroo

A library mystery.
August 10, 2017
Why Some Ancient Cannibalism May Have Been Ritualistic Rather Than Culinary
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cannibals

Why Some Ancient Cannibalism May Have Been Ritualistic Rather Than Culinary

A mystery to sink your teeth into.
August 10, 2017
Found: 20,000 World War Two Aircraft Blueprints
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world war ii

Found: 20,000 World War Two Aircraft Blueprints

They might be used to rebuild and launch a Mosquito plane for the first time since 1949.
August 09, 2017
The Strange, Sad Story of Joe Orton, His Lover, and 72 Stolen Library Books
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books

The Strange, Sad Story of Joe Orton, His Lover, and 72 Stolen Library Books

After being imprisoned for a reading-related prank, the couple never recovered.
August 09, 2017
Japanese Scientists Discover the Secret to Un-Meltable Ice Cream
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ice cream

Japanese Scientists Discover the Secret to Un-Meltable Ice Cream

The secret is strawberries.
August 08, 2017
Was the First Eclipse Prediction an Act of Genius, a Brilliant Mistake, or Dumb Luck?
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ancient greece

Was the First Eclipse Prediction an Act of Genius, a Brilliant Mistake, or Dumb Luck?

It is hard to predict an eclipse when you think the world is flat.
August 08, 2017
Was an Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh a Giant?
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egypt

Was an Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh a Giant?

Sa-Nakht may be the oldest known case of acromegaly.
August 07, 2017
The 19th-Century African-American Actor Who Conquered Europe
story
theater

The 19th-Century African-American Actor Who Conquered Europe

And why you might never have heard of Ira Aldridge.
August 07, 2017
Why Americans Are Cursing More Than Ever
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swearing

Why Americans Are Cursing More Than Ever

Swear more to express yourself as an individual. Everybody's $#*%! doing it!
August 04, 2017
Found: A Praying Mantis Older Than Tyrannosaurus Rex
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fossils

Found: A Praying Mantis Older Than Tyrannosaurus Rex

The fossil is reviewing the secrets of mantis evolution.
August 03, 2017
How America Fell Into—and Out of—Love With Mock Turtle Soup
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offal

How America Fell Into—and Out of—Love With Mock Turtle Soup

The calf's head concoction that once claimed American hearts.
August 03, 2017
Exploding Zombie Caterpillars Rain Death From on High
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zombies

Exploding Zombie Caterpillars Rain Death From on High

Creepy, yes, but not apocalyptic.
August 02, 2017
One 18th-Century Horse Eclipsed All the Others
story
gambling

One 18th-Century Horse Eclipsed All the Others

The temperamental, spirited, fast steed that changed horse racing forever.
August 02, 2017
An Italian Priest Brought the Virgin Mary to Beachgoers in a Paddle Boat
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summer

An Italian Priest Brought the Virgin Mary to Beachgoers in a Paddle Boat

Literally #blessed.
August 01, 2017