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soccer

The Serendipitous Survival of Soccer’s Least-Known Birthplace

Hiding in plain sight, the first Hampden Park is ready to reclaim its fame.
February 10, 2021
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poop

The Messy Business of Scrubbing 2,000 Years of Bird Poop From an Egyptian Temple

The crap covered up cartouches and constellations.
January 13, 2021
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codes

Found: A Nazi 'Enigma' Machine at the Bottom of a Bay

The rust-encrusted device was likely abandoned at the end of World War II.
January 4, 2021
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rats

Meet the Rats That Wear Protective Poison Armor

They’ve got loyal relationships and a preference for toxic plants.
December 30, 2020
Gastro Obscura
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cookies

The Satisfaction of Mathematically Efficient Christmas Cookies

If only there were a cookie-cutter solution.
December 23, 2020
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ice caves

When in Drought, Ancestral Puebloans Turned to Ice Blocks in Lava Tubes

Thirsty people once visited these ancient volcanic corridors.
December 9, 2020
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bacteria

Found: Cases of ‘Trench Fever’ in Ancient Rome

The five-day fever was made famous during World War I, but has been a constant companion of poor hygiene.
December 2, 2020
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henry viii

Found: The Jousting Yard Where Henry VIII Took a Nasty Tumble

Researchers have located the site of an accident that rattled England’s many-wived widower.
November 20, 2020
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clothing

Leather Balls and 3,000-Year-Old Pants Hint at an Ancient Asian Sport

They were found in the Yanghai Tombs in modern-day Northern China.
November 17, 2020
Gastro Obscura
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drinks

How a Black-Feathered Dino Inspired a Series of Nerdy Cocktails

Drink your way through the history of life on Earth.
November 13, 2020
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lost wonders

Found: A Shipwrecked Nazi Steamer, Still Filled With Cargo

It carried soldiers, military vehicles, and sealed crates that divers can't wait to open.
October 21, 2020
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colonial america

One of America’s First Black Churches is Being Excavated in Virginia

The First Baptist Church was a spiritual home for free and enslaved African Americans.
October 15, 2020
Gastro Obscura
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bacteria

Did Early Humans Invent Hot Pot in Geothermal Pools?

A mystery microbe found at Olduvai Gorge inspired scientists to speculate about the origins of cooking.
September 30, 2020
Gastro Obscura
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underwater

How a King's Feast of Sturgeon Sank to the Bottom of the Baltic Sea

In 1495, a fire destroyed a stately ship and sank a big fish.
September 23, 2020
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genetics

Found: The Rare Singing Dogs of New Guinea, In the Wild

The distant cousin of the dingo had been hiding out in the island’s highlands.
September 10, 2020
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archive

Inside a Historic Observatory That Almost Went Up in Flames

Lick Observatory in California has lived to see another starry night.
September 3, 2020
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coins

For Sale: One of the First and Most Valuable Dollars in U.S. History

You’ll need a lot of pretty pennies to buy it.
August 28, 2020
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american revolution

The Death Site of John Laurens, Friend to Alexander Hamilton, Was a Mystery—Until Now

The 18th-century soldier, statesman, and abolitionist was also a character in the hit musical 'Hamilton.'
August 19, 2020
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llamas

Found: A Miniature Incan Llama at the Bottom of Lake Titicaca

The centuries-old offering was nestled inside an underwater stone box.
August 12, 2020
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missiles

For Sale: A Cold War Bunker and Missile Silo in North Dakota

“It’s the ultimate in social distancing.”
August 4, 2020
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stonehenge

We Now Know Where Almost All of Stonehenge's Stones Came From

The main source for its largest megaliths is just a stone’s throw from the iconic site.
July 31, 2020
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iron age

Subterranean Scans Reveal New Mysteries at an Ancient Irish 'Fort'

Navan Fort is perched on an Irish hilltop, but some of its history hides beneath the soil.
July 23, 2020
Gastro Obscura
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drinks

How a Viral Tweet Brought Back a Boozy Root Beer Called Cronk

Who said Cronk was dead?
July 23, 2020
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jellyfish

Why Do Marine Animals Love Gobbling Up Gelatinous Jellyfish?

Moon jellyfish are mostly water—but one part of these slippery creatures is surprisingly nutritious.
July 15, 2020