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objects of intrigue

Dozens of Mysterious 'Reserve Heads' Were Sealed in Ancient Egyptian Tombs

Over 30 have been found, but their function is unclear.
June 4, 2018
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music

Need a Last-Minute Mariachi Band in L.A.? Go to This Plaza

Boyle Heights has long been a gathering place for gig-ready Mexican musicians.
May 16, 2017
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women

The Dramatic Life and Mysterious Death of Theodosia Burr

The fate of Aaron Burr's daughter remains a topic of contention.
October 7, 2016
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spies

The Brilliant MI6 Spy Who Perfected the Art of the 'Honey Trap'

During WWII, Betty Pack used seduction to acquire enemy naval codes.
September 8, 2016
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kickass women

The Medieval Prophetess Who Used Her Visions to Criticize the Church

Hildegard of Bingen fought the patriarchy from her cloister.
July 13, 2016
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resorts

At This Lost Alpine Resort, You Could Ski Among California's Orange Groves

Why choose a winter or summer vacation when you could have both at once?
June 30, 2016
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wedding day

Russia’s Centuries-Old Bride-Shows Were the Original Version of ‘The Bachelor'

Tsars need love, too.
June 14, 2016
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police

Meet ‘Deadshot Mary,’ a 1930s Undercover Cop Superstar

How one NYC policewoman became a media sensation.
May 25, 2016
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royalty

Why the Last Words of Anne Boleyn Remain a Mystery

What she said depends on who's telling the story.
April 14, 2016
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celebrity

The Peculiar History of Celebrity Dolls

How a commemorative doll of Karl Lagerfeld is related to the Venus of Willendorf.
April 5, 2016
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garbage week

In Search of Ambergris, a Highly Prized Slurry of Squid Beaks and Whale Feces

Also known as the secret ingredient in Chanel No. 5.
March 18, 2016
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feminism

When Sipping Tea Was A Socially Ruinous Act

There's a revolution brewing in that pot of Earl Grey.
March 7, 2016
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us civil war

How First Ladies on Opposing Sides of the Civil War Forged an Unlikely Bond

February 22, 2016
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kickass women

The Women Who Rose High in the Early Days of Hot Air Ballooning

January 25, 2016
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pirate strongholds

Did the Utopian Pirate Nation of Libertatia Ever Really Exist?

December 14, 2015
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kickass women

The BFFs Who Ruled Silent Hollywood

December 2, 2015
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circus

The Many Lives of Maria Rasputin, Daughter of the 'Mad Monk'

November 4, 2015
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female explorers

The Daredevil Gal Pals Who Conquered the Sky

October 12, 2015
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secret society

Uncloaking the Origins of Collegiate Secret Societies

October 1, 2015
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female explorers

How Two 18th-Century Lady Pirates Became BFFs on the High Seas

September 9, 2015
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cheat week

I Spent 4 Seasons as Amy Poehler's Stand-In

August 19, 2015
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shrines

How Gandhi's Ashes Landed in Los Angeles

January 12, 2015