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magic

British Spy Agency Tried to Stop a Massive Harry Potter Leak

"We don't comment on our defense against the dark arts," an agency spokesperson said.
April 11, 2016
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tigers

World's Wild Tiger Count Rises For First Time in Over a Century

Wildlife groups counted 3,890 of the big cats across the planet.
April 11, 2016
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shipwrecks

Shipwrecked Mariners Saved On Deserted Island After Writing 'Help' on Beach

A short trip turned into a three-day calamity.
April 8, 2016
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airplanes

Watch This Video of a Dog Flying a Plane

It actually, finally happened.
April 8, 2016
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data

Australian Uses Phone to Download Nearly a Terabyte of Free Data in One Day

Including 24 seasons of the Simpsons, 14 seasons of Mythbusters, and the entire Wikipedia database.
April 8, 2016
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telephones

You Can Call This Number If You Want to Talk to a Random Swede

Ask them anything.
April 7, 2016
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holidays

Every Friday in Venezuela is Now a Non-Working Holiday

For the next two months the nation will be conserving energy with three-day weekends.
April 7, 2016
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iceland

The Incredible, Rapid Rise of Iceland's Pirate Party

The party can thank the Panama Papers leak for recent triumphs.
April 7, 2016
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tigers

Tigers Have Gone Extinct in Cambodia

The country is working on a plan to reintroduce them.
April 6, 2016
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police

Worldwide Fake Food Crackdown Seizes Monkey Meat, Locusts, Painted Olives

There were also Kalashnikovs, chicken intestines, and sardines.
April 6, 2016
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spain

French Farmers Hijack Trucks, Dump Out Spanish Wine in Angry Protest

Many gallons of red wine were set free.
April 6, 2016
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england

You Can Buy an Entire Village in England for $28 Million

West Heslerton in the county of Yorkshire is on the market.
April 5, 2016
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turkey

Did Hackers Just Leak a Complete Database of Turkey's Citizens?

The 6.6 gigabyte file is said to contain nearly 50 million names and identifying numbers.
April 5, 2016
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monkeys

The World's Largest Gorillas Are Being Massacred Because of War

Up to 93 percent of Grauer's gorillas have disappeared in two decades.
April 5, 2016
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data

Where the Missing Millions Went After Britain's Biggest Gold Heist

Newly leaked documents reveal a complex money-laundering scheme.
April 4, 2016
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water

Palau Could Run Out of Water by the End of the Month

El Niño is partly to blame.
April 4, 2016
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canals

Controversial China-Backed Nicaraguan Canal Project May be Doomed

It would have been the largest amount of earth moved in human history.
April 4, 2016
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soviet history

Poland To Take Down 500 Soviet-Era Monuments

The country has steadily been eliminating remnants of its Cold War past.
April 1, 2016
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japan

Japan Activates Massive Ice Wall to Halt Radioactive Leaks

It's been over five years since the Fukushima meltdown.
April 1, 2016
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ninjas

29-Year-Old American Becomes Japan's First Paid Foreign Full-Time Ninja

Meet Chris O'Neill. He has skills.
April 1, 2016
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drones

Did a Self-Identified Spy Hunter Leak an NSA Secret on LinkedIn?

The American government built underwater drones in the 1990s to tap into fiber-optics cables, he claims.
March 31, 2016
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cults

2,500-Year-Old Rock Could Be Key To Understanding Ancient Religious Cult

Not much is known about the Etruscan civilization or its unique language.
March 31, 2016
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king tut

Did Egypt Really Discover Hidden Chambers In King Tut's Tomb?

Experts are doubting the country's claim.
March 31, 2016
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monkeys

Brothers Arrested in Attempted Smuggling of 61 Monkeys From Tanzania

One of them owned an "exotic park."
March 30, 2016