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How Kurobe, Japan, Became the Zipper Capital of the World
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How Kurobe, Japan, Became the Zipper Capital of the World

Reverse engineering and the Cycle of Goodness™ helped make YKK a universal brand.
September 21, 2017
Victorians' Christmas Parlor Games Will Leave You Burned, Bruised, And Puking
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Victorians' Christmas Parlor Games Will Leave You Burned, Bruised, And Puking

Do not try them at home.
December 22, 2016
There's Only One Government Agency With Its Own Special Anthem
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There's Only One Government Agency With Its Own Special Anthem

The 1980s-era ditty is strangely catchy.
November 15, 2016
How a Tiny New Zealand Town Became the Global Center of Sheep
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sweaters

How a Tiny New Zealand Town Became the Global Center of Sheep

It's all about innovation in sheep-shearing.
October 03, 2016
Space Art Propelled Scientific Exploration of the Cosmos—But Its Star is Fading Fast
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Space Art Propelled Scientific Exploration of the Cosmos—But Its Star is Fading Fast

The huge, hidden cost to severing the bond between art and science.
September 20, 2016
The California Town That Produced 10 Million Eggs a Year
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The California Town That Produced 10 Million Eggs a Year

And then went on to become the Arm Wrestling Capital of the World.
July 25, 2016
Why Humans and Insects Keep Holding Funerals for Insects
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Why Humans and Insects Keep Holding Funerals for Insects

We have surprisingly overlapping death traditions.
June 20, 2016
The Invention that Tamed America, and the Town Obsessed with It
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The Invention that Tamed America, and the Town Obsessed with It

Western agriculture is hard to imagine without barbed wire.
May 23, 2016
Over 3,000 Years of Humans Exaggerating Their Lineage on Family Trees
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tree week

Over 3,000 Years of Humans Exaggerating Their Lineage on Family Trees

Charting genetic lines through branches gets aspirational pretty fast.
May 16, 2016
The Strange Pocket of Modern Houses in Virginia that Were Considered Communist
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The Strange Pocket of Modern Houses in Virginia that Were Considered Communist

At one time, a glass house was suspected of being a red house.
April 25, 2016
This Iowa Town's Dirt Might Be More Valuable than Gold
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This Iowa Town's Dirt Might Be More Valuable than Gold

Conrad, Iowa is the black dirt capital of the world.
April 18, 2016
The 'Itchless' Innovation that Made Minneapolis the Capital of Underwear
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The 'Itchless' Innovation that Made Minneapolis the Capital of Underwear

Undergarments used to be made of wool.
March 07, 2016
How a Small Town in Michigan Became the World's Gravel Capital
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How a Small Town in Michigan Became the World's Gravel Capital

The intriguing story of Oxford and its pits.
February 08, 2016
From Accordions to Zippers, a Map of 90 of the World's Most Surprising Capitals
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From Accordions to Zippers, a Map of 90 of the World's Most Surprising Capitals

January 28, 2016
When Americans Embraced the Bob, This New England Town Had To Make Something Besides a Comb. Enter the Pink Flamingo
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When Americans Embraced the Bob, This New England Town Had To Make Something Besides a Comb. Enter the Pink Flamingo

January 04, 2016
How 'Jones' Became One of World's Most Common Last Names
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How 'Jones' Became One of World's Most Common Last Names

November 30, 2015
The Quixotic Quest to Find the Fairytale Capital of the World
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The Quixotic Quest to Find the Fairytale Capital of the World

November 09, 2015
How Green Bay, Wisconsin Became the Toilet Paper Capital of the World
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How Green Bay, Wisconsin Became the Toilet Paper Capital of the World

October 12, 2015
How a Traditional Punishment Ritual Made a Desert Town the Stabbing Capital of the World
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How a Traditional Punishment Ritual Made a Desert Town the Stabbing Capital of the World

September 14, 2015
How the Jeans Capital of the World Moved from Texas to China
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How the Jeans Capital of the World Moved from Texas to China

August 10, 2015
Strong, ME: The Rise and Fall of the Toothpick Capital Of The World
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Strong, ME: The Rise and Fall of the Toothpick Capital Of The World

July 27, 2015
Exile off Main Street: 8 Historical Options for Deposed Rulers
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Exile off Main Street: 8 Historical Options for Deposed Rulers

July 15, 2015
Dalton, GA: How a Bedspread Fiefdom Became A Carpet Kingdom
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Dalton, GA: How a Bedspread Fiefdom Became A Carpet Kingdom

July 07, 2015