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An Anthropologist Explains Why We Want to Eat Tide Pods
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An Anthropologist Explains Why We Want to Eat Tide Pods

But you really shouldn't swallow laundry tablets.
January 19, 2018
Watch Andy Warhol Stoically Eat a Whopper
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Watch Andy Warhol Stoically Eat a Whopper

He has some trouble with the ketchup.
January 18, 2018
Horatio Nelson's Grog Chest Just Sold for $95,000
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Horatio Nelson's Grog Chest Just Sold for $95,000

Also, what is grog?
January 18, 2018
The Forgotten Fruit That Looks Like an Anus
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The Forgotten Fruit That Looks Like an Anus

Medlars' shapes once inspired a lot of jokes.
January 16, 2018
When the Soviet Union Paid Pepsi in Warships
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When the Soviet Union Paid Pepsi in Warships

The company had a long, strange relationship with the U.S.S.R.
January 12, 2018
New York City Officials Hunted Down 10 Food Poisoning Outbreaks Using Yelp
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New York City Officials Hunted Down 10 Food Poisoning Outbreaks Using Yelp

The key words are sick, vomit, diarrhea, and food poisoning.
January 11, 2018
Australian Soldiers Used to Write Letters Home on Crackers
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Australian Soldiers Used to Write Letters Home on Crackers

They were easier to find than paper.
January 10, 2018
Like Avocados? Thank This Giant Extinct Sloth
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Like Avocados? Thank This Giant Extinct Sloth

They ate avocados, pit and all.
January 09, 2018
Remembering the Astronaut Who Smuggled a Sandwich Into Space
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Remembering the Astronaut Who Smuggled a Sandwich Into Space

He got in a lot of trouble.
January 08, 2018
The Holiday That Celebrates Apples With Rifles and Cider
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The Holiday That Celebrates Apples With Rifles and Cider

Hanging toast on trees feeds good spirits.
January 05, 2018
Watch a Thief Steal a $1.3 Million Bottle of Vodka
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Watch a Thief Steal a $1.3 Million Bottle of Vodka

Cameras caught the burglar snatching the diamond-and-gold decorated liquor.
January 04, 2018
Lemon Pigs Are the World’s Newest New Year’s Tradition
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Lemon Pigs Are the World’s Newest New Year’s Tradition

They go viral roughly every 50 years.
January 03, 2018
The Grocery List Sketched by Michelangelo
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The Grocery List Sketched by Michelangelo

You can't sculpt like Michelangelo, but you can eat like him.
January 02, 2018
Toasting Your Friends Once Involved Actual Toast
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Toasting Your Friends Once Involved Actual Toast

As in crispy bread.
December 19, 2017
The Glamorous Train Line That Justified a Brutal Occupation
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The Glamorous Train Line That Justified a Brutal Occupation

Even the lunch menu had a nationalistic agenda.
December 18, 2017
Since 1700, Wine Glasses Have Gotten 7 Times Bigger
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Since 1700, Wine Glasses Have Gotten 7 Times Bigger

And they probably make us drink more.
December 15, 2017
Building a Life-Sized Gingerbread House Takes Over 10,000 Cookie Bricks
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Building a Life-Sized Gingerbread House Takes Over 10,000 Cookie Bricks

To be ready by Christmas, you better start baking in August.
December 14, 2017
In 19th-Century Britain, The Hottest Status Symbol Was a Painting of Your Cow
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In 19th-Century Britain, The Hottest Status Symbol Was a Painting of Your Cow

The livestock looked surprisingly geometric.
December 13, 2017
Researchers Built a 'Nose' to Find Rotting Food and Dead People
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Researchers Built a 'Nose' to Find Rotting Food and Dead People

Say goodbye to the sniff test!
December 12, 2017
Recreating King Midas's 2,700-Year-Old Feast
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Recreating King Midas's 2,700-Year-Old Feast

A mysterious tomb contained a royal feast. Scientific analysis made it possible to taste once again.
December 11, 2017
The Story Behind Britain's Unexpected Mega-Apples
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The Story Behind Britain's Unexpected Mega-Apples

How one of the country's favorite apples went from pint-sized to pound-sized.
December 08, 2017
The Psychic Tea Rooms of 1930s New York Didn't Predict All the Police Raids
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The Psychic Tea Rooms of 1930s New York Didn't Predict All the Police Raids

Tea parlors were the battleground in a war against fortune telling.
December 07, 2017
In This Museum Full of Treasures, The Most Popular Attraction Is a Tiny Cabbage
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In This Museum Full of Treasures, The Most Popular Attraction Is a Tiny Cabbage

But it's fit for an emperor.
December 06, 2017
Gorillas Don't Need to Be Taught to Clean Their Food
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Gorillas Don't Need to Be Taught to Clean Their Food

Sandy apples? No problem.
December 05, 2017