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Listen to the Call to Prayer in Countries Around the World
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mosques

Listen to the Call to Prayer in Countries Around the World

A new project collects sounds from sacred places in 34 countries.
February 22, 2017
Found: Strange Graffiti on 4 of Washington's Most Famous Monuments
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conspiracy theories

Found: Strange Graffiti on 4 of Washington's Most Famous Monuments

It referenced the JFK assassination and the 9/11 attacks.
February 22, 2017
There's Another Orange Alligator Roaming the Carolinas
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minor threats

There's Another Orange Alligator Roaming the Carolinas

North Carolina would not be outdone.
February 21, 2017
Found: Love Letters a WWII Soldier Wrote to His Boyfriend
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love

Found: Love Letters a WWII Soldier Wrote to His Boyfriend

Homosexuality was illegal at the time.
February 21, 2017
The Mall of America Is Looking for a Writer-in-Residence
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atlas job board

The Mall of America Is Looking for a Writer-in-Residence

Must be willing to deeply immerse in the Mall's atmosphere.
February 20, 2017
Found: 50,000-Year-Old Microbes Hiding in the Cave of the Crystals
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microbes

Found: 50,000-Year-Old Microbes Hiding in the Cave of the Crystals

They are a kind of "super life."
February 20, 2017
I Heart New York
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meat

I Heart New York

My quest to buy (and eat) as many different hearts as I could in a single day in the city.
February 17, 2017
Found: A Possible Eighth Continent
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geology

Found: A Possible Eighth Continent

Zealandia!
February 17, 2017
Found: A Glimpse of Marcel Proust, Caught on Film
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weddings

Found: A Glimpse of Marcel Proust, Caught on Film

This is the first known footage of the famous author.
February 16, 2017
Found: An Essay Winston Churchill Wrote About Alien Life
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world war ii

Found: An Essay Winston Churchill Wrote About Alien Life

"Are we alone in the universe?" he asked.
February 15, 2017
The True Origins of the Phrase 'Bleeding-Heart Liberal'
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hearts week

The True Origins of the Phrase 'Bleeding-Heart Liberal'

Thank Westbrook Pegler, Joe McCarthy, and Ronald Reagan.
February 15, 2017
Medieval Europe Couldn't Quit This Story About a Woman Eating Her Lover's Heart
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folklore

Medieval Europe Couldn't Quit This Story About a Woman Eating Her Lover's Heart

Her husband tricks her into eating it.
February 14, 2017
Found: Tiny Pebbles Ritually 'Killed' by Paleolithic People
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death

Found: Tiny Pebbles Ritually 'Killed' by Paleolithic People

They used them to color a dead body then broke them in half.
February 14, 2017
An Iconic Salad Has Two Key Ingredients: Hearts of Palm and Green Ice Cream
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hearts week

An Iconic Salad Has Two Key Ingredients: Hearts of Palm and Green Ice Cream

It's from Florida, naturally.
February 13, 2017
For Sale: Photos From Hawaii in the 1890s
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surfing

For Sale: Photos From Hawaii in the 1890s

Surfing!
February 13, 2017
Found: A Lost Wedding Dress From 1870
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fashion

Found: A Lost Wedding Dress From 1870

When a dry cleaners went bankrupt, the dress went missing.
February 13, 2017
Why Did Medieval Artists Give Elephants Trunks That Look Like Trumpets?
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medieval

Why Did Medieval Artists Give Elephants Trunks That Look Like Trumpets?

Maybe not just because they didn't know what elephants looked like.
February 10, 2017
Archaeologists Discover a 12th Cave Connected to the Dead Sea Scrolls
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archaeology

Archaeologists Discover a 12th Cave Connected to the Dead Sea Scrolls

But no new texts.
February 09, 2017
When Land Surveys Were a Modern Marvel
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government

When Land Surveys Were a Modern Marvel

In 1784, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton squared off over the best way to divvy up newly American territory.
February 09, 2017
Found: A Very Orange Alligator
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color

Found: A Very Orange Alligator

A South Carolina community has a new resident.
February 09, 2017
Found: A Long-Lost Photo of Harriet Tubman
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slavery

Found: A Long-Lost Photo of Harriet Tubman

The post-Civil War photo shows her in her 40s.
February 08, 2017
U.S. Presidents Do Have Spending Limits for Securing Private Homes
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security

U.S. Presidents Do Have Spending Limits for Securing Private Homes

Thanks, Nixon.
February 07, 2017
Found: A Gecko That Loses Its Giant Scales if It Is So Much as Touched
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escape routes

Found: A Gecko That Loses Its Giant Scales if It Is So Much as Touched

Do not grab this gecko.
February 07, 2017
Found: A 17th-Century Wreck That Looks Like Sweden’s Most Famous Warship
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oceans

Found: A 17th-Century Wreck That Looks Like Sweden’s Most Famous Warship

The Blekinge was launched in 1682 and sunk in 1713.
February 06, 2017