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Found: A Billion Rubles Dumped at an Abandoned Mining Operation
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money

Found: A Billion Rubles Dumped at an Abandoned Mining Operation

After the fall of communism, the Russian government needed to get rid of a lot of Soviet cash.
May 25, 2017
Found: Snakes That Hunt in Packs
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hunting

Found: Snakes That Hunt in Packs

Cuban boas coordinate their strikes from cave ceilings.
May 24, 2017
Found: A Hidden Vault Door Beneath the Rhode Island State House
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lost

Found: A Hidden Vault Door Beneath the Rhode Island State House

No one knows how long it's been since anyone looked inside.
May 23, 2017
A Psychic Healer Tried to Hypnotize Soviets to Distract From the Fall of Communism
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psychology

A Psychic Healer Tried to Hypnotize Soviets to Distract From the Fall of Communism

Pay no attention to the man behind the Iron Curtain.
May 23, 2017
This Revolutionary War Shot Still Has Traces of Human Blood on It
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revolution

This Revolutionary War Shot Still Has Traces of Human Blood on It

A rare artifact from a pivotal moment in American history.
May 22, 2017
Found: Tiny ‘Elfish Eyebrow Toad’
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frog

Found: Tiny ‘Elfish Eyebrow Toad’

It is very small.
May 22, 2017
Found: Earliest Evidence of Humans Living on the Australian Coast
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exploration

Found: Earliest Evidence of Humans Living on the Australian Coast

An island cave held artifacts from 50,000 years ago.
May 19, 2017
Found: A Ceiling Dripping With Honey and, Oh, 120,000 or So Bees
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bees

Found: A Ceiling Dripping With Honey and, Oh, 120,000 or So Bees

A beekeeper also removed 60 pounds of honey.
May 18, 2017
What It Took to Get Impeached in the 14th Century
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royalty

What It Took to Get Impeached in the 14th Century

You basically had to sell a castle to the enemy.
May 17, 2017
Found: Three Dozen Giant, Mysterious Disks of Compressed Trash
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trash

Found: Three Dozen Giant, Mysterious Disks of Compressed Trash

They smelled.
May 17, 2017
It's Hard to Be a Natural History Museum in the 21st Century
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natural history museums

It's Hard to Be a Natural History Museum in the 21st Century

As belts tighten, rich collections of plant and animal specimens face relegation, dissolution, or worse.
May 16, 2017
For Sale: Intriguing 19th Century Photos of Britain's Colonial World
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colonialism

For Sale: Intriguing 19th Century Photos of Britain's Colonial World

One Victorian woman traveled the British Empire.
May 16, 2017
Found: A Prime Suspect in the Case of Minneapolis's Vandalized Tiny Doors
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cities

Found: A Prime Suspect in the Case of Minneapolis's Vandalized Tiny Doors

It seems one man has a surprisingly intense hatred of them.
May 16, 2017
Found: A 72-Year-Old Love Letter That Was Never Received
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love

Found: A 72-Year-Old Love Letter That Was Never Received

“Are you as lonesome for me as I am for you?"
May 15, 2017
Found: A Giant Decomposing Sea Creature
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oceans

Found: A Giant Decomposing Sea Creature

It’s probably a whale?
May 12, 2017
Resurrecting the Forgotten Bike Highways of 1930s Britain
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bicycles

Resurrecting the Forgotten Bike Highways of 1930s Britain

The United Kingdom built hundreds of miles of protected bike lanes—and promptly forgot about them.
May 11, 2017
Found: Three Dead Great White Sharks, Missing Their Livers
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murder

Found: Three Dead Great White Sharks, Missing Their Livers

One was also missing its heart.
May 11, 2017
The Tale of the Toad and the Bearded Female Saint
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objects of intrigue

The Tale of the Toad and the Bearded Female Saint

European women used to leave toad votives in holy places as pleas for divine help.
May 10, 2017
Found: A 1937 Recording of JFK as a Harvard Student
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presidents

Found: A 1937 Recording of JFK as a Harvard Student

It’s the earliest known recording of him.
May 10, 2017
The Battle of the Golden Toilets
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rivals

The Battle of the Golden Toilets

When art collectives feud, we all win.
May 09, 2017
Found: A Treasure Buried by a Teen in 1981
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treasure

Found: A Treasure Buried by a Teen in 1981

After three decades, someone finally dug it up.
May 09, 2017
Get in on the Conspiracy: Celebrate Pynchon in Public Day
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holidays

Get in on the Conspiracy: Celebrate Pynchon in Public Day

Today is the author's 80th birthday.
May 08, 2017
Found: Rare, Bizarre ‘Dragon-Skin Ice’
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wind

Found: Rare, Bizarre ‘Dragon-Skin Ice’

It's "evidence of a darker chaos," one scientist says.
May 08, 2017
Found: An 18th-Century Asian Sword Fished From a Welsh River
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fishing

Found: An 18th-Century Asian Sword Fished From a Welsh River

It's in surprisingly good condition.
May 05, 2017