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money

A 2-Cent Check Mystery

A Massachusetts retiree has no idea why he got a strange payment from the feds.
April 13, 2017
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computers

Homemade Computers Found Hidden in a Prison Ceiling

Some inmates went on an "illegal surfing spree."
April 12, 2017
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cars

Found: A Car With a Suspension Made of Logs and Chicken Wire

Police were not happy with the driver.
April 12, 2017
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drugs

The Prison Rehab Where a Meth-Addicted Python Got Clean

Wombats, turtles, and kookaburras, among other creatures, are also welcome.
April 11, 2017
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video games

An Inflatable Mario and a Free-Speech Lawsuit

The owner of a video game store is angry he can no longer display the Nintendo icon.
April 10, 2017
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cold war

A Mysterious Albanian Island Will Open to Tourists

It's home to a military base and a lot of bunkers and tunnels.
April 07, 2017
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money

When You Win the Lottery for the Third Time

A Canadian couple has gotten lucky over the years.
April 06, 2017
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found

Found: Some Old Boxes With Human Remains Inside

"Tiki Island Mayor Goldie Telchick said there is nothing to investigate and there's no reason to be concerned."
April 05, 2017
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literature

Jack Kerouac's Last Home to Be Sold

His nephew says it will become a museum.
April 04, 2017
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data

The Svalbard Seed Vault Just Got a New Vault Neighbor

This time, it's for data.
April 03, 2017
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mystery

The Mysterious Carving at the Church Where JFK Got Married

It was uncovered during an organ restoration.
March 30, 2017
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chickens

Just an Unsettlingly Large Chicken Egg

It's almost a half of a pound.
March 29, 2017
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libraries

Man Returns Library Book After 35 Years With an Apology, Donation, and Explanation

He says he has read it at least 25 times.
March 28, 2017
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feats

The Brazen Heist of a Massive Gold Coin in Germany

The coin's face value is one million Canadian dollars.
March 27, 2017
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minor threats

Newfoundland's Cod Are Making a Comeback, But Not Everyone's Happy About It

Sorry, shrimp lovers.
March 24, 2017
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animals

A Rare Night Parrot, Captured on Camera

It's the first confirmed sighting in Western Australia in over 100 years.
March 23, 2017
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alcohol

Found, in Israel: Lots of Liquor Bottles That Belonged to British WWI Soldiers

"It seems that the soldiers took advantage of the respite given them to release the tension by frequently drinking alcohol."
March 22, 2017
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minor threats

Found: 5 Baby Alligators in Maine

They were confiscated by authorities.
March 21, 2017
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feats

'I Chose to Fly a Chair, Not Because It Is Easy But Because It Is Hard'

Calgary's balloon man has no regrets.
March 21, 2017
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weapons

Coconut Cannon, Confiscated

The artist Julian Charrière built the device, which is currently in the hands of German police.
March 20, 2017
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feats

A Minnesota Driver's Insane, Unexplained Car Crash

He somehow landed on a partially frozen lake, and still walked away.
March 17, 2017
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animals

The Massive Black Wolves on a 'Flat Out' Run Along a Canadian Highway

There's video.
March 16, 2017
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bombs

Dozens of Previously Hidden Nuclear Test Videos Declassified, Uploaded to YouTube

Mushroom clouds galore.
March 16, 2017
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language

Why This Court Decision Hinged on the Oxford Comma

"For want of a comma, we have this case," a federal judge wrote.
March 15, 2017